University of Wisconsin–Madison

Archive: Week in Review – November 21, 2011

At the Top

The Doris Duke Charitable Foundation selected “Surgery Clinical Research Experiences for High School Students at the University of Wisconsin” to receive a Clinical Research Experiences for High School Students (CREHSS) award. The CREHSS program provides clinical research and enrichment activities for high school students from underrepresented minorities in medicine, with the long-term goal of increasing the diversity of the biomedical research workforce. Thanks to Kristi Herritz who wrote the application.


Dr. Sharon Weber hosted over 50 women (medical students, residents, fellows and junior faculty) at the Women in Surgery Career Symposium at Monona Terrace on November 1-2, 2011. Keynote speaker Evelyn Murphy, a PhD economist, spoke on “Wage Equity”. The program, which covered topics from work/life balance to building a national reputation, was sponsored by a grant from Covidien. Nine faculty from UW Surgery spoke at the event.

Dr. Herb Chen’s book, “Success in Academic Surgery,” was published by Springer this month. Co-edited with Lillian Kao, MD, MS at UT Houston, the book provides advice and insight on establishing a successful academic surgical career. Dr. Chen and Dr. Kao are past presidents of the Association for Academic Surgery and coordinated the work of 15 authors. Chapters written by department members include David Foley, Caprice Greenberg, and Margaret (Gretchen) Schwarze.

Congratulations to the three UW Plastic Surgery chief residents who received their top choice for a fellowship: Summer Hanson, MD, PhD in Microvascular Surgery at MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, Carolyn Rogers, MD in Craniofacial Surgery at Children’s Hospital Boston, Harvard Medical School, and Dan Schmid, MD in Microvascular Surgery at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia.

Honors and Awards

The UW’s Distinguished Prefix Review Committee (DPRC) recommended that Margaret (Muggs) Helin, Senior Clinical Nurse Specialist, be awarded the Distinguished Prefix title. The committee vote was unanimous. Obtaining this title requires a document similar to that of a faculty promotion packet and is only bestowed on long-term employees with academic service at a national level. Congratulations!

Pixi Foulks, Assistant Director, was recently notified that she was elected as a member at large to the Wisconsin Medical Group Management Association Board of Directors. Pixi has been a member of MGMA since January 2002 and Fellow in the American College of Medical Practice Executives since 2003.