University of Wisconsin–Madison

Archive: Week in Review – May 26, 2014

At the Top

Michael Bentz, MD, was the faculty speaker at the 2014 UW School of Medicine and Public Health commencement ceremony. In his speech, Dr. Bentz challenged the graduates to meet five goals in their professional careers and lives: aim for global impact; be a scholar; establish habits of life long learning and quality improvement; work toward work-life and life-work balance; and don’t underestimate the power of your impact as a person. His address was outstanding and extremely well received by the graduating physicians as well as their families. What an honor for our department to have a surgeon chosen for this role.


Matt Brown, research assistant, and Dr. Will Burlingham were awarded an ICTR Novel Methods Pilot Grant for $50,000 for development of a novel humanized mouse model using pediatric tissues. Matt is completing his PhD thesis work in the Burlingham lab.

Annie Yao, an undergraduate student under the mentorship of Lian-Wang Guo, PhD, won the UW’s Welton Honors Summer Sophomore Research Apprenticeship Grant.

Department of Surgery faculty members advising students who received a Hilldale Faculty/Undergraduate Research Award for the 2014-15 academic year are Jack J Jiang, PhD, (student Andrew Vamos), Bo Liu, PhD, (student Carmel Assa), and Susan Thibeault, PhD, (student Gabrielle Enos).


Scott McMurray, MD, is president-elect for the American Broncho-Esophagological Association. He will serve one year each as president-elect followed by president, and then immediate past president. Dr. McMurray most recently served as editor for this same association.

The American Surgical Association appointed Herb Chen, MD, to a five-year term on its Program Committee. Members of the Program Committee are expected to score all abstracts received for the association’s Annual Meeting.