University of Wisconsin–Madison

Archive: Week in Review – November 30, 2015

At the Top

This week we are excited to welcome Richard Feinberg, MD, to the Department of Surgery as professor in the Division of General Surgery. Dr. Feinberg earned his MD and completed his general surgery residency training at George Washington University School of Medicine in Washington, DC. He went on to complete a two-year fellowship in vascular surgery at Eastern Virginia Graduate School of Medicine before commencing a 16-year stint in private practice as a vascular and endovascular surgeon in the Washington, DC area. He joined Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine in 2009, where he served as medical director and founder of the Johns Hopkins Non-Invasive Vascular Diagnostic Laboratory at Howard County and also medical director for the Johns Hopkins Vein Center of Howard County. As a member of our faculty, Dr. Feinberg will utilize his extensive background to develop a robust vein center at 1 S. Park. Welcome aboard, Dr. Feinberg!

In the News

The national news scene has been abuzz in recent weeks with reports that researchers from the Department of Surgery led a team that bioengineered working vocal cord tissue in the lab. The findings, which could lead to treatments for patients with voice impairments due to damaged vocal cords, were published in the journal Science Translational Medicine. Nathan Welham, PhD, associate professor in the Division of Otolaryngology-Head & Neck Surgery, was corresponding author on the paper, while Changying Ling, associate scientist in Dr. Welham’s lab, was lead researcher on the paper. Will Burlingham, PhD, and graduate student Matthew Brown, both in the Division of Transplantation, were co-authors on the paper.

The story “UW-Madison scientists grow functional vocal cord tissue in the lab” appeared on the front page of the Wisconsin State Journal on November 19, 2015. Numerous national and international news outlets, including NBC News, CBS News, Popular Science, Popular Mechanics, BuzzFeed, The Huffington Post, BBC News, MIT Technology Review, Yahoo! News, and NPR, also covered the story.


In FY2015, Department of Surgery faculty performed a record number of operations on regional patients at University Hospital — 55 percent, or 7,026 operations, were on patients who traveled to University Hospital from outside of Dane County. Roughly 2,000 of those patients traveled here from out of state.

Honors & Awards

Hans W. Sollinger, MD, PhD, received the International Pancreas and Islet Transplant Association (IPITA) 2015 Richard C. Lillehei Memorial Lecture Award, a biennial award given to an outstanding clinician and/or scientist for their substantial contributions toward advancing the field of pancreas transplantation. Dr. Sollinger presented the Lillehei lecture during the IPITA 2015 Joint Congress, which took place November 15-19 in Melbourne, Australia.