University of Wisconsin–Madison

Archive: Week in Review – October 10, 2016

At the Top

The University of Wisconsin Department of Surgery will welcome Pauline Chen, MD, as the Louis C. Bernhardt Visiting Professor on October 12, 2016. Chen, a respected physician and author, will present Surgery Grand Rounds, meet with faculty, and participate in teaching and mentoring sessions with students throughout the day. Chen is the author of the New York Times best-seller Final Exam; A Surgeon’s Reflections on Mortality and a regular New York Times column, “Doctor and Patient,” which examines the relationship between physicians and the patients they serve. Her Surgery Grand Rounds presentation, “Heroes and Anti-Heroes,” will take place at 7:20 a.m. in room 1345 Health Sciences Learning Center. All faculty, staff, residents, and medical students are invited to attend.

Global Health

The Division of Vascular Surgery is leading global health efforts in Ethiopia on several fronts. In June, leaders from our department met with representatives from the UW School of Engineering and other campus partners to discuss a solution for the estimated deficit of 600 biomedical engineers in Ethiopia. In July, Jon Matsumura, MD, and Girma Tefera, MD, were in Ethiopia to commemorate the launch of the country’s first formal vascular surgery training program at Addis Ababa University. Several faculty members from the UW School of Medicine and Public Health, including James Maloney, MD, thoracic surgery, and John Hoch, MD, vascular surgery, made educational trips to Ethiopia to help train the first class of vascular surgeons. Most recently, the First Lady of Ethiopia visited Madison and the World Dairy Expo as part of a government-to-government exchange. During her visit, the First Lady attended a UW Global Health Institute event in HSLC and also a gathering at Dr. Tefera’s home, where she recognized Dr. Tefera, Heidi Busse, PhD, an associate researcher in the Division of Vascular Surgery, and others for their commitment to improving the lives of Ethiopians.


Susan G. Komen South Central Wisconsin honored Lee Wilke, MD, surgical oncologist and director of the UW Health Breast Center, at its recent Mad for the Cure fundraiser. The group works to end breast cancer forever by empowering people, ensuring quality care for all and energizing science to find cures.


Ben Marcus, MD, otolaryngology, was elected to the national board of the American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery as Midwest regional director. Congratulations, Dr. Marcus!


Ahmed Afifi, MD, was corresponding author on the cover story of the October issue of the journal Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery_. The article, “Obstructive Sleep Apnea in Adults: The Role of Upper Airway and Facial Skeletal Surgery,”__The_Role_of.31.aspx was also highlighted by the editor-in-chief as an article of interest. Co-authors include plastic surgery residents Ravi Garg, MD, PGY-5, and Ruston Sanchez, MD, PGY-3. This was an especially fine example of teamwork since Dr. Sanchez was not only co-author but also artist of the beautiful illustrations that accompanied the article and appeared on the cover. Great work!

Patient Comments from Hospital Survey

Brienne Ruel, MA, CCCSLP (Otolaryngology):
“Brienne is very helpful and professional. She is very nice and explains everything. She really helped me with my problems, I don’t wish anything was done differently at my visits!”

David Melnick, MD, MPH (General):
“We were very satisfied with our wonderful doctor and staff!”

Paul Tang, MD, PhD (Cardiothoracic):
“We were wonderfully satisfied with Dr. Tang and his entire staff from start to finish. They were wonderful! We would recommend him with enthusiasm. He was extremely competent, available, caring, and interesting in explaining. His auxiliary staff were equally available, friendly, and most importantly, competent. Our whole experience at University Hospital and Clinics has been amazing!”