University of Wisconsin–Madison

Archive: Week in Review – September 22, 2014

At the Top

Lee Wilke, MD, was a keynote speaker at the UWSMPH’s and Wisconsin Medical Alumni Association annual Middleton Society Dinner, celebrating donors, on Friday, September 12, 2014. Her talk, “Teams, Tailors and Teens: The Next Generation of Breast Cancer Research and Care,” focused on the incredible interdisciplinary team at UW Health who are tailoring care to address the complex behavior of cancer in each patient.


Luke Funk, MD, received a $25,000 grant from the American Society for Metabolic & Bariatric Surgery for his proposal “Understanding Primary Care Physician Perspectives on Severe Obesity.” The award will support focus group work to gather preliminary data for the submission of his career development award later this year. Dr. Funk’s mentor, Dr. Caprice Greenberg, noted that it is a commendable accomplishment to receive funding from a surgical society for purely qualitative research.


The Doris Duke Charitable Foundation Board of Trustees approved a two-year renewal of the Surgery Clinical Research Experiences for High School Students internship program, which is designed to encourage participants to consider careers in surgery with a clinical research component. Students are chosen from the UW’s Precollege Enrichment Opportunity for Learning Excellence (PEOPLE) program, a pre-college pipeline for students of color and low-income students, most of whom are the first in their families to attend college.

Ryan Macke, MD, assistant professor in the Division of Cardiothoracic Surgery, and Satoru Osaki, MD, PhD, clinical assistant professor, joined more than 30 other faculty members from academic centers around the country last week at the Thoracic Surgery Directors Association Boot Camp in Chapel Hill. The three-day, hands-on course offered first-year CT residents simulation-based training and gave them a chance to learn from some of the leading CT surgeons in the country. Dr. Macke will also be one of 28 academic CT surgeons participating in the Joint Council on Thoracic Surgical Education’s third annual Educate the Educators program next month. This 2.5-day course will focus on the effective delivery of skills-based education (simulation and intraoperative teaching) and methods to convert education efforts into career advancement (grants and promotion).

Update Your Calendars

Since our last issue of Week in Review, the time and place for the yoga event in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness (BRA) Day has changed. Please update your calendars with this current information: Yoga for Breast Cancer Awareness (BRA) Day will be held October 15, 2014, at the Brink Lounge, 701 East Washington Avenue, in Madison, Wisconsin. At 5 p.m., yoga instructor Laura Flanagan will lead a free, public yoga practice. At 6 p.m., participants will gather for refreshments and a Q&A panel with UW Health professionals about breast reconstruction and other breast cancer topics.