University of Wisconsin–Madison

Archive: Week in Review – May 30, 2017

At the Top

Over 100 surgeons, doctors, and advanced practice providers from across Wisconsin participated in our 8th annual “Current Topics in General Surgery” CME course May 19-20, held this year at the Wisconsin Institute for Discovery. During the two-day event, guest lecturers, Surgery faculty and attendees discussed patient cases, shared best practices in surgical care, and learned ways to build their practices. The event was a successful time to learn and connect. As one attendee said, “This year’s course has been outstanding!” Leading up to the course was the 1st Annual Clinical Adjunct Faculty Retreat, where Surgery faculty met with surgeons from across the state who teach UWSMPH students rotating in their practices. Based on the robust discussion about how to educate students in the rural rotation, this new session will become an annual event.


Results from a transitional care improvement study led by Sharon Weber, MD, were recently published in the Journal of American College of Surgeons. In the pilot study, discharged surgical patients received follow-up phone calls from trained nurses at the University of Wisconsin hospital. The study’s results included high patient engagement and findings that nearly half of participating patients had postoperative medication discrepancies. Other study authors include Suresh Agarwal, MD, Sara Fernandes-Taylor, PhD, Alexander Fisher, MD, MS,, and Caprice Greenberg, MD, MPH.


Three faculty members were recently selected as 2017 UW Health Physician Excellence Award winners: Evie Carchman, MD (UW Health Rising Star), Charles Heise, MD, and Roland Vega, MD, (UW Health Leadership). The Department is honored to have three award winners this year. Congratulations to our extraordinary faculty on this remarkable achievement!

Patient Comments from Hospital Survey

Stephanie Faucher, APNP (Otolaryngology)
“Stephanie was caring and incredibly important to my recovery. The level of care and concern is wonderful!”

Nilto De Oliveira, MD (Cardiothoracic)
“Dr. De Oliveira was very helpful in answering all of my questions and explained what is for me a challenging situation and put me at ease with respect to my upcoming surgery. He inspires great confidence.”

Tony Kille, MD (Pediatric Otolaryngology)
“We really appreciate that Dr. Kille explains our child’s situation very clearly without simplifying terms or language. Also, the staff is always very friendly which helps our child to feel comfortable during the visit”