University of Wisconsin–Madison

Archive: Week in Review – October 5, 2015

At the Top

The Division of General Surgery has grown in size and strength over the past several years. There are currently 41 outstanding faculty members who excel in the operating room, provide superior clinical service throughout the region, and lead funded research programs in the clinic, laboratories, and WiSOR. The academic and rural residency and soon to be five fellowships are extremely competitive. Many of our surgeons hold national leadership positions.

In an effort to further grow and strengthen general surgery we are restructuring the current division into five new divisions, each led by an incredibly talented faculty member. The new divisions in the Department of Surgery are as follows:

  • Colorectal, One South Park, and Regional will be led by Gregory Kennedy, MD, PhD
  • Endocrine Surgery will be led by Rebecca Sippel, MD
  • Minimally Invasive Surgery will be led by Anne Lidor, MD, MPH
  • Trauma, Acute Care and Surgical Critical Care will be led by Suresh Agarwal, MD
  • Surgical Oncology (Hepatobiliary, Breast and Melanoma) will be led by Clifford Cho, MD

We are excited to announce a national search to identify and recruit a Section Chief to lead the five divisions, as well as to oversee residencies, fellowships and the VAH service. We are hopeful that this reorganization will facilitate continued growth and excellence of general surgery at UW.

Please join us in congratulating our five new division chiefs and support the recruitment of a talented surgeon and leader to head our new Section of General Surgery.


October 1, 2015, marked the first day for ICD-10, the standard for medical coding and billing around the world. The new International Classification of Diseases represents a five-fold increase in diagnosis codes over the previous version. UW Health has been preparing for this change since 2010, and our Billing and Reimbursement Office, under the direction of Senior Coding Coordinator Sherri Buechner, has gone through training, payer testing, and dual coding in order to prepare for this epic change. While our preparation for the switch has been comprehensive, our providers may see an increase in coding queries and InBasket communication. Thank you to everyone in our department and in UW Health’s business office who have worked hard to prepare for ICD-10.