University of Wisconsin–Madison

Archive: Week in Review – May 9, 2016

At the Top

After a national search, James Maloney, MD, associate professor in the Division of Cardiothoracic Surgery, was named chief of surgery at the William S. Middleton Memorial Veterans Hospital. In this role Dr. Maloney will provide administrative and clinical leadership over all surgical services at the VA, maintain a VAH-based research program, and train and mentor medical students and surgical residents. Dr. Maloney has been an active member of the VA surgical team since joining the UW in 2006 and has been dedicated to improving veteran medical care locally and nationally. He has been a clinical champion for the VA national cancer care collaborative, as well as a member of the National VAH Transplant Advisory Council and a board member of the Association of VA Surgeons Foundation. Please join us in congratulating Dr. Maloney on this new role and thanking Ken Kudsk, MD, departing Chief. Dr. Kudsk did an outstanding job in this role for four years, encouraging faculty to meet VAH standards of accountability, overseeing growth in our clinical services, and implementing new transplant contracts. He will be a hard act to follow!

Continuing Medical Education

Over 100 physicians and advanced practice providers attended this weekend’s 7th Annual Current Topics in General Surgery course held at the Monona Terrace. Focused on advances in diagnosis and treatment of problems faced in daily surgical practice, highlights of the course included seven visiting faculty experts and 45 speakers from UW Department of Surgery and UW Health. Using technology developed by Surgery’s IT team, live operations are broadcast from University Hospital OR’s to the Monona Terrace with engaging conversations between the surgeons, moderators, and attendees. This year, new faculty member, Amber Shada, MD, and Luke Funk, MD, MPH, did a POEM procedure and Chuck Heise, MD, and Evie Carchman, MD, completed a laparoscopic sigmoid resection. Thanks to Keely Jeppson, Shaun Hernandez, Don McDermott and his powerful IT team, and our administrative assistants who work together to make this course successful.

The Division of Otolaryngology-Head & Neck Surgery hosted the nation’s first comprehensive laryngeal learning course April 30, attracting 25 participants — many of them residents from regional OTO programs. Seth Dailey, MD, a national expert on voice surgery, led the day-long training, designed to teach practicing otolaryngologists and surgical residents new procedures and techniques through the use of lasers, simulators and surgical dissection in a hands-on learning environment. Dr. Dailey has led a similar session for residents for the last six years, but this year was the first time he and his team opened up the course to practicing otolaryngologist and added the continuing medical education component. Kudos to Dr. Dailey and his 15 instructors on launching a successful CME course!


The Division of Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery reported a successful Midwest Association of Plastic Surgeons (MAPS) meeting in Chicago on April 30. The UW was particularly well represented, with the most number of residents and the highest percentage of faculty in attendance. Several members of the division and residents presented excellent papers. Jenny Chen, MD, PGY-5, won the first place clinical research award with her paper “The Economics of Skin Cancer: An Analysis of Medicare Payment Data.” Sam Poore, MD, PhD, was promoted to Vice President and Program Chair for MAPS. He gave a tremendous presentation about neural interfaces and strategies for extremity reconstruction as part of a complex nerve injury panel.

Patient Comments from Hospital Survey

Anthony D’Alessandro, MD (Transplant)
“Great hospital for a transplant! Dr. D’Alessandro was a great doctor and the surgery was perfect. He put me at ease right from the start, I chose by far the best hospital & staff for my transplant. Your nurses & nurse assistants were helpful & knowledgeable about my surgery”

Ellen Reyerson, CPNP (Pediatric Surgery)
“Ellen Reyerson is amazing at what she does and she should continue to provide the quality care for her patients and their families. Thank you, Ellen, for everything you do!”

Benjamin Marcus, MD (Otolaryngology)
“Dr. Marcus and his staff were top notch professionals. It was obvious to me the very first time we met that Dr. Marcus loves his field of medicine. When I went in for my initial consult, Dr. Marcus was excited to tell me about the procedure I had elected to do. His confident manor made me feel comfortable with the decision I was about to make. He will receive my highest recommendation to anyone.”