University of Wisconsin–Madison

Archive: Week in Review – September 13, 2010

Department Initiatives

It’s not every day that a UW Surgeon is quoted in the New York Times. On September 10, Dr. Gretchen (Margaret) Schwarze was interviewed by health reporter, Pauline Chen. Headlined “The Surgeon’s Pact With the Patient” Dr. Margaret L. Schwarze, lead author of the study and an assistant professor of surgery (Division of Vascular Surgery) and bioethics at the University of Wisconsin in Madison states “Clearly, surgeons believe something significant is happening during the consent process.”
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Members of the Dean’s Leadership Team recently reviewed departmental nominees to serve on the SMPH Appointment and Promotion Committees. Girma Tefera was selected to serve on the CHS committee and Tony D’Alessandro was selected to serve on the Tenure committee, both for three-year terms.

Welcome Dr. Lee Wilke, as Associate Professor in the Department of Surgery!

Lee Wilke spent her first eight years as an undergraduate and medical student at Duke University and following a general surgery residency and a two year ACS research fellowship in immunotherapy at the University of Michigan, returned to Duke as a faculty member, where she has been for the last 10 years. Dr. Wilke is a national leader in novel methods to treat breast cancer; as a member of the Executive Committee of the American College of Surgeons Oncology Group, she instituted several clinical trials at Duke which she will bring to the University of Wisconsin. She was first author on a recent publication in the Annals of Surgical Oncology, in which she reviewed adherence to the National Quality Forum breast cancer measures within cancer clinical trials and on a publication in the American Journal of Surgery titled “Breast self-examination: defining a cohort still in need.” She is also a collaborator on a study evaluating the use of optical spectroscopy to evaluate breast tumor margins and aid in the diagnosis and evaluation of solid tumors, work which was published in April 2010 in Optics Express.

Research Update

Herb Chen received a minority supplement to his NIH R01 Grant “GSK3-beta Signaling in Medullary Thyroid Cancer” in the amount of $59,085 to fund a one year research fellowship for Dr. Yvette Carter, an MD from the University of Virginia, who did her Surgery residency at Howard University, University of Texas and St. John Hospital and Medical Center. Most recently she completed a lung transplant immunology research fellowship at Washington University, St. Louis School of Medicine in Cardiothoracic Surgery.

At the DOS Faculty Meeting held the evening of Sept. 7, 2010, a majority of Surgery faculty present voted in favor of granting three-year joint departmental appointments to Eric Bauman, PhD, RN, Faculty Associate in the Department of Anesthesia and Ruth Litovsky, PhD, Professor of Communicative Disorders.