University of Wisconsin–Madison

Archive: Week in Review – October 1, 2012


Brigitte Smith, 3rd year vascular surgery resident, received a P50 Training Tobacco Scientists mini-grant from the UW-Center for Tobacco Research and Intervention. The grant will support her quality improvement project “Improving Provision of Smoking Cessation Resource to Vascular Surgery Inpatients.” The grant is funded through the National Cancer Institute for one year.

Clinical Advances

Greg Hartig recently earned a spot on a national list of surgeons with extensive experience with the da Vinci surgical robot. Dr. Hartig is one of the top 15 highest-volume robotic ENT surgeons in the country in 2012. Dr. Hartig was the first surgeon in Wisconsin to use the da Vinci robot for trans-oral surgery. He has used the robot for a number of procedures including radical tonsillectomy, base of tongue resection and supraglottic partial laryngectomy.

On September 14, ten surgeons attended a course focused on a newer form of bariatric surgery called vertical sleeve gastrectomy, a procedure that permanently reduces the size of the stomach without the need to bypass the duodenum. The educational course, sponsored in partnership with Ethicon, was taught in the Simulation Center. Course director, Guilherme Campos, and invited faculty, Samuel Szomstein from the Cleveland Clinic in Florida and Drake Bellanger from Louisiana, instructed surgeons in this new technology through tissue workshops and didactic lectures.

Honors and Awards

In September Ben Marcus received the William K. Wright award for outstanding contributions to facial plastic surgery at the national meeting of the American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery in Washington DC.

Becky Sippel was inducted into the Gold Humanism Honor Society on September 23 at the SMPH White Coat Ceremony. Each year, the GHHS nominates faculty members and residents who exemplify humanism in medicine. Dr. Sippel was nominated by this year’s GHHS class because many students recognized her empathic patient care and integrity while working with her on surgical rotations. She was cited as a role model as a physician, teacher, and leader.

Chuck Heise and Eugene (Chip) Foley were recognized by the Professional Conduct Committee with the SCRUBs award (Surgical Colleagues Recognizing Uplifting Behaviors) in May and August, respectively, from the OR staff. Congratulations from the Department!