University of Wisconsin–Madison

Archive: Week in Review – October 27, 2014

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The UW Department of Surgery is delighted to announce the addition of Robert Redfield, MD, to the Division of Transplantation. Dr. Redfield graduated magna cum laude from the University of Maryland School of Medicine where he served as president of his AOA medical honor society. He completed his surgical residency and postdoctoral research fellowship at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. Dr. Redfield was then recruited in 2013 as a Transplant Surgery Fellow at UW. He is currently finishing his fellowship at UW and will officially join our faculty in July 2015.

Dr. Redfield’s clinical focus will include multi-organ transplantation and vascular access with a special focus on the preoperative and postoperative care of the highly allo-sensitized patient. This clinical focus will merge with his research focus to develop novel therapies to target B cells and allo-antibodies both pre- and post-transplant, with the ultimate goal of increasing access to transplantation and improving the care of our patients. He has authored numerous articles, abstracts and presentations at national meetings on this topic. He also has a strong interest in medical and resident education and has received numerous teaching awards throughout his training.Welcome aboard, Bob. We are pleased to have you join our faculty!


Sarah Franco, a PhD student in Dr. K. Craig Kent’s lab, won the 2014 Society for Advancement of Hispanics/Chicanos and Native Americans in Science (SACNAS) Graduate Student Oral Presentation Award in the category of Pharmacology & Other Biological Sciences for “TGF-Beta and Its Signaling Protein, Smad3, Drive the De-Differentiation of Smooth Muscle Cells.” Sarah attended the SACNAS National Conference October 16-18 in Los Angeles, California, on a travel scholarship. Congratulations, Sarah!


Four years ago, Charlie Quirt lost his wife to pancreatic cancer. He volunteered to help find a cure so other people didn’t have to experience the grief he and his family faced. Part of that work included organizing a fund drive to raise seed money for Emily Winslow, MD, to create a pancreatic cancer markers database that could help determine risk factors that contribute to the disease. WKOW Channel 27 covered Quirt’s story in “In the name of science: Madison man pleads for pancreatic cancer research study.” $22,000 was raised; $9,000 more than their original goal. Dr. Winslow also received a $500 gift from a grateful patient this week.