University of Wisconsin–Madison

Archive: Week in Review – November 9, 2009

Department News

Twelve residents and six faculty members and residents presented at The Wisconsin Surgical Society’s annual conference in Kohler, Wisconsin on Friday, November 6 and Saturday, November 7. Residents also presented 17 posters at the meeting. Congratulations on a prolific representation of the outstanding research being done in the Department of Surgery.

The search for a new Chief of the Division of Transplant Surgery has been initiated. The Search Committee is chaired by Sharon Weber and includes Jon Matsumura, Michael Lucey, Wade Bushman, Greg Kennedy, Carter Ralphe, Maureen McCausland and Bob Flannery.


Ken Kudsk was awarded an ARRA NIH subcontract with Emory University. The subcontract adds the UW as another clinical trial site to Emory’s U01 grant entitled ” Efficacy and Mechanisms of GLN Dipetide in the SICU.” This NIDDK-funded trial is a multi-center, double-blind, placebo-controlled, intent-to-treat, Phase III trial, designed to determine the effect of parenteral glutamine dipeptide on important clinical outcomes in patients requiring surgical ICU care and parenteral nutrition after cardiac, vascular or intestinal surgery. It is for one year with direct costs of $41,234, total costs $61,232.

Sam Gubbels and Peter Nichol have been notified that their applications were selected for submission to the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation Clinical Scientist Development Award 2010. The foundation plans to award up to 14 three-year grants in 2010 of $125,000 per year in direct costs and $10,000 per year in indirect costs to junior faculty level physician-scientists conducting clinical research in any disease area. Each U.S. accredited, degree-granting institution-which would encompass for that institution all affiliated graduate schools, related hospitals and research institutes- may nominate up to two candidates (both from Surgery this year). Only people in their first 4 years can apply.


Matt Mell, Assistant Professor, will be leaving the Department of Surgery at the end of November to join his family in Palo Alto. Dr. Mell has accepted a position at Stanford University as an Assistant Professor in Vascular Surgery.

On December 1, Alejandro Munoz will join the Department of Radiology as a biostatistician and Victoria Rajmanikan will be joining ICTR as a biostatistics consultant. The Department will be recruiting for a scientist and a researcher to replace the biostatisticians. Position announcements are being sent to all Schools of Public Health, and Departments of Biostatistics and Statistics throughout the country. Expertise in health services and outcomes research is stressed in both positions.

Please join us in thanking all three of these Surgery employees for their great service during the past several years. We wish them well in their new positions.