University of Wisconsin–Madison

Archive: Week in Review – October 8, 2012

At the Top

Nadine Connor has been named Chair of the School of Medicine and Public Health Animal Care and Use Committee. As chair, Connor’s duties include leading and managing meetings of the SMPH ACUC and participating in campus-wide discussions and implementation of animal care and use policy.


Representatives from the National Institutes of Health met with Campus and Department Research Administrators (Kelly Mallon, Corey Thompson, and Teri Keeler) to plan how an annual $1 Million Opportunity Funds Pool will be managed. The funds will be awarded to investigators around the country who are part of a consortium studying transplant donor tolerance. Dixon Kaufman is the Principal Investigator.

Clinical Kudos

Two retired physicians from Milton, Wisconsin wrote to Jeff Poltawsky to recognize outstanding care provided by Ash Gosain and Peter Nichol for their granddaughter visiting from Florida who came in with a perforated appendix. They expressed their gratitude for the wonderful doctors, responsive nurses, and programs that saved their granddaughter’s life after 11 days of care. “Every single person we met was warm and knowledgeable.”

Norm Fost, Professor of Pediatrics and Bioethics, wrote to credit Herb Chen with helping a friend who lives in Washington DC but is spending the semester in Madison to work on a book she is writing. Shortly before she moved, she learned she probably had hyperparathyroidism. Dr. Fost writes “Dr. Chen evaluated her medical record and provided this friend with recommendations (all on a weekend). He handled our friend with grace, compassion, and efficiency.”


Dr. Greenberg was the first physician to participate in Madison’s Walk with a Doc program on October 6 in Owen Conservation Park. Dr. Greenberg provided walkers with information on weight loss surgery and medical care for weight loss. Walk with a Doc was founded in 2005 by Columbus, Ohio cardiologist David Sabgir, with the goals of reversing the consequences of a sedentary lifestyle and improving the health of our country.

Honors and Awards

Tony D’Alessandro was honored as a Distinguished Alumnus of Morosky College of Health Professions and Sciences, where he graduated with a Bachelor of Science in biology. The award was bestowed at a special dinner during the 2012 Homecoming festivities.

Deb Gugel and Delight Hensler were accepted into the 2012-2013 University of Wisconsin Department Administrator Certificate Program.

Teri Keeler was elected as Midwest Regional Representative of the Association of Academic Surgical Administrators at their 25th Annual Meeting on October 2 in Chicago, Illinois.