University of Wisconsin–Madison

Archive: Week in Review – September 15, 2014

At the Top

Carla Pugh, MD, PhD, was selected to be among the nation’s elite at a TEDMED conference presented from San Francisco and Washington, D.C. on Thursday, September 11. Audience members pay $5000 to listen to thought leaders from around the country speak to a selected theme. Of the 60 speakers, Dr. Pugh was one of a handful to receive a standing ovation. Nassim Assefi, MD, director of stage content for TEDMED, emailed Dr. Carla Pugh to congratulate her on her performance. He stated, “You were absolutely fantastic on the TEDMED stage. I’m so proud of you and hope you feel very happy about your performance. It couldn’t have gone any better from my perspective. … Please know that this is just the beginning of your relationship with TEDMED — you are a gem and a valuable member of our community.” Stay posted for opportunities to view Dr. Pugh’s presentation in the “Play Is Not a Waste of Time” session.


Becoming a top surgical educational research center is a major initiative in the Department of Surgery. In an effort to meet this goal we have recruited Sarah Sullivan to conduct surgical education research in collaboration with faculty, fellows, residents and students in all divisions of the department. Sarah will work under the supervision of K. Craig Kent, MD, and Carla Pugh, MD, PhD. Later this year Sarah will receive a PhD in Learning Sciences from the University of Wisconsin. Sarah is located in H4/785B. You can reach her at 262-1240 or via email.


Dr. Susan Behrens, one of the first women to complete a surgery residency in Wisconsin, recently created the Susan Behrens, MD (Class of 1975) Surgery Education Professorship. The Professorship will be awarded to Dr. Carla Pugh and will support programs in simulation and education.

After learning one of his patients was interested in supporting oncology research, Cliff Cho, MD, connected her with our development team. As a result of the referral, the donor and her husband made a $10,000 gift to support Dr. Cho’s research.

If you have a patient you think might be interested in supporting our department’s research, please contact Russ Austin, senior director of development, 263-5496 or via email.

Community Service

Many of our department faculty members are involved in programs we sponsor with the City of Madison Parks Division, namely Walk with a Doc and Yoga in the Park. Our Walk with a Doc program, one of the most active chapters in the country, typically includes a short, doctor-led presentation on a specific health topic followed by a Q&A session that takes place during a walk through a Madison park. Luke Funk, MD, MPH, and Ann O’Rourke, MD, MPH, led our September 2014 programs, and our upcoming October Walk with a Doc schedule is as follows:

  • Oct. 13, 6 p.m., Walk with a Doc, Topic: Lung Cancer, Dr. James Maloney, Warner Park
  • Oct. 18, 9 a.m., Walk with a Doc, Topic: Breast Cancer 101, Dr. Lee Wilke, Cherokee Marsh North Unit

Yoga in the Park is an annual event held on Breast Reconstruction Awareness (BRA) Day. This year, the event will take place Oct. 15, 4-6 p.m., at the Warner Park Community Recreation Center. Following yoga practice, participants will gather for refreshments, a presentation about breast reconstruction, and a physician-led Q&A panel with plastic surgeons Samuel Poore, MD, PhD, and Ahmed Afifi, MD.

Thank you to Christine Schmieden for her work coordinating these events and to all the faculty members who have taken the time to participate in this valuable community service program.