University of Wisconsin–Madison

Archive: Week in Review – May 4, 2015

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UW Health will hold a reception on May 5 to honor the recipients of the 2015 Physician Excellence Awards, given to the organization’s “most skilled and dedicated physicians who demonstrate exceptional performance in clinical practice, education or regional services, and a commitment to the missions, vision and values of UW Health.” Two of the 10 awardees are from the Department of Surgery — Jacob Greenberg, MD, EdM, recipient of the Rising Star Clinical Excellence Award, and James Maloney, MD, recipient of the Clinical Practice Excellence Award. Twenty-two nominees will also be recognized, including Lee Wilke, MD. Congratulations to these surgeons for their commitment to patient care.


The SMPH Tenure Track Promotions Committee unanimously endorsed the department’s recommendation that Carla Pugh, MD, PhD, be promoted to the rank of Professor. The promotion will be effective July 1, 2015. Congratulations, Dr. Pugh, on this well-deserved promotion!


Susan Thibeault, PhD, CCCSLP, will continue her service on the Graduate Faculty Executive Committee (GFEC) after a recent election to an additional one-year term beginning Fall 2015.


Alex Brauer, an undergraduate in the Michelle Ciucci, PhD, lab, received a Hilldale Award for his project “Toward a gene therapy for Parkinson’s disease: A characterization of the PINK1-/- mouse model.”

Dr. Will Burlingham’s lab will welcome two funded undergraduate researchers this summer. Wanying Lou has been awarded the Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF) from the Stem Cell and Regenerative Medicine Center for her project focusing on developing humanized mouse models for the study of tolerance and immunogenicity of pluripotent stem cell-derived tissues. Norah Ntambi, a nutrition major at the UW was awarded an NIH fellowship supplemental to Dr. Burlingham’s R01 grant “Maternal Microchimerism and Neonatal Tolerance” to develop flow cytometry techniques for the study of IL-35 in human regulatory T cells.

Ryan Macke, MD, had two peer-reviewed journal articles published in April. “Resident Perceptions of 2-Year Versus 3-Year Cardiothoracic Training Programs,” published in The Annals of Thoracic Surgery, was the result of a nationwide committee study that compared exit survey results from residents graduating from two-year and three-year cardiothoracic programs. In addition, Dr. Macke was lead author on “Parenchymal Preserving Anatomic Resections Result in Less Pulmonary Function Loss in Patients with Stage I Non-small Cell Lung Cancer,” published in the Journal of Cardiothoracic Surgery.