University of Wisconsin–Madison

Archive: Week in Review – May 31, 2016

At the Top

The Department of Surgery’s Division of Otolaryngology-Head & Neck Surgery was well-represented at the Combined Otolaryngology Spring Meetings (COSM) in Chicago, Illinois, May 18-22. Several faculty members participated on panels, and Jake Feldman, MD, PGY-5, presented a research paper. J. Scott McMurray, MD, current president of the American Broncho-Esophagological Association (ABEA), introduced the association’s guest of honor, Diane Bless, PhD, professor emeritus in otolaryngology an internationally renowned voice and airway researcher. Dr. McMurray also presented Jack Jiang, MD, PhD, with the ABEA Presidential Citation, and Matt Hoffman, MD, PhD, PGY-1, with the ABEA Presidential Citation for a Young and Upcoming Physician Scientist. Another notable achievement that took place during the event was the induction of Timothy McCulloch, MD, into The Triological Society, the most prestigious society in otolaryngology. Congratulations to Dr. McCulloch on this great honor.


The National Cancer Institute renewed the Department of Surgery’s Surgical Oncology Research Training Program T32 grant for five years. Caprice Greenberg, MD, MPH, general surgery, is PI on the grant, which the Department of Surgery has held since 2001. Each year the program accepts two new MDs who have completed two years of surgical residency training and supports a total of six trainees—this renewal is vital to funding our general surgery residents in their two-year research experience. Program trainers come from a wide range of departments across campus, including the UW Carbone Cancer Center, Department of Radiology, Department of Chemistry, and the Department of Medical Physics.

Lynn Haynes, a distinguished researcher in the Department of Surgery, was appointed to another three-year term on the UW School of Medicine and Public Health (SMPH) Animal Care and Use Committee (ACUC). Her responsibilities in this role include reviewing protocols, performing semiannual inspections of animal activity areas, and participating in semiannual program reviews. Thank you, Lynn, for your exceptional leadership on this important committee.


The American College of Surgeons and the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery renewed University Hospital’s designation as a Comprehensive Center through its Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery Accreditation and Quality Improvement Program (MBSAQIP). This accreditation demonstrates our bariatric surgery program provides patients with multidisciplinary, high-quality, patient-centered care. Thank you to Mike Garren, MD, medical director for the UW Health Medical and Surgical Weight Management Program, for his work in organizing the successful credentialing site visit.


The American Board of Otolaryngology, the organization that oversees the certification of otolaryngologists throughout the United States, named Benjamin Marcus, MD, Professor, Otolaryngology, to a four-year term as Senior Examiner. In this position Dr. Marcus will participate in the administration of the national certifying examination, review exam questions, and produce protocols for the oral exam.

Patient Comments from Hospital Survey

Caprice Greenberg, MD, MPH (General Surgery)
“Dr. Greenberg was extremely attentive and sympathetic during our visit. She put many of our fears to rest and allowed us to ask many questions.”

Thomas Pasic, MD (Otolaryngology)
“I appreciate Dr. Pasic and his staff. They are get it done kind of people and don’t mess around. They do what they can the first time to get to the root of the problem. Thank you!”

Venkat Rao, MD, MBA (Plastic Surgery)
“I was extremely pleased with the way I was treated and cared for by Dr. Venkat Rao and his staff. He’s an excellent Dr. and I would highly recommend him to anyone.”