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Susan Thibeault, PhD, CCC–SLP, Otolaryngology, has been named a 2017 recipient of a University of Wisconsin Kellett Mid-Career Faculty Research Award. Kellett awards recognize outstanding faculty seven to 20 years past their first promotion to a tenured position. The awards honor faculty members who have made major contributions to the advancement of knowledge, primarily through their research endeavors, but also as a result of their teaching and service activities. The Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research and Graduate Education chooses winners from professors nominated by departments, Ph.D. major programs and interdepartmental groups. The award comes with $75,000 in flexible research funding. Congratulations, Dr. Thibeault, on receiving this major campus honor – you are the first faculty member in the Department of Surgery to win a Kellett and we are grateful for your contribution to our success.
Ahmed Afifi, MD, (Plastic), who has been a faculty member of the department since 2011, earned promotion to the rank of Associate Professor (CHS) effective July 1, 2017.
Jacob Greenberg, MD, EdM, (MIS), who has been a faculty member of the Department of Surgery since 2011, has earned promotion to the rank of Associate Professor (CHS) effective July 1, 2017.
Please join me in congratulating Drs. Afifi and Greenberg on their well-earned promotions.
The ACGME Residency Review Committee for Surgery reviewed and met regarding the Colorectal Surgery Fellowship, and the program has been approved/accredited effective 1/20/17. Congratulations to Charles Heise, MD, and his team for all of their hard work and dedication during the application and review process.
The ACGME Residency Review Committee for Surgery also reviewed the Complex General Surgical Oncology Fellowship, and the program has been approved/accredited effective 7/1/16. Congratulations to Sharon Weber, MD, and her team for all of their hard work and dedication during the application and review process.
Thanks to Jonathan D’Angelo who after just one year in the Department has made a remarkable contribution preparing and submitting the applications for these and other new ACGME fellowships.
Patient Comments from Hospital Survey
Girma Tefera, MD (Vascular)
“Dr. Tefera is very personable and puts his patients at ease. He answers questions and explains things in a very concise and understandable way. I appreciate him very much!”
Tony Kille, MD (Pediatric Otolaryngology)
“Dr. Kille has been extremely compassionate and professional in dealing with our medical needs. We would recommend him to anyone.”
Sharon Weber, MD, FACS (General)
“Dr. Weber was attentive my entire hospital stay and even before surgery! Wonderful person and even better surgeon.”
Rebecca Wasieleski is moving on to become a communications specialist for the Wisconsin Alzheimer’s Disease Center with the Division of Geriatrics and Gerontology in the Department of Medicine. She has been an outstanding editor for the Publications Office for the past three years, helping write Week in Review. Kristii Horn, who has been preparing all promotion documents and writing award applications (with many recent successes) for nearly two years, will now be the correspondent for Week in Review. Thank you, Rebecca, and welcome, Kristii!