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  • Dr. Josh Mezrich interviewed on NPR’s Fresh Air

    Josh Mezrich, MD, transplant surgeon and author, was recently interviewed on National Public Radio’s Fresh Air to discuss his new book, “When Death Becomes Life: Notes from a Transplant Surgeon.” Listen to the show online.

  • Dr. Elise Lawson awarded grant for rectal cancer research

    Elise Lawson, MD, MSHS recently received an American Cancer Society Institutional Research Grant for her project, “Addressing disparities in outcomes for patients with rectal cancer in Wisconsin by identifying multi-level facilitators and barriers to provision of …

  • Dr. Schwarze honored with Vilas Faculty Mid-Career Investigator Award

    Gretchen Schwarze, MD, has been awarded a 2-year, $100,000, Vilas Faculty Mid-Career Investigator Award from the University of Wisconsin. This prestigious campus-level award is given to mid-career faculty in recognition of excellence in research and …

  • A Q&A with Dr. Josh Mezrich, author of “When Death Becomes Life”

    Surgeon, teacher, and now writer: transplant surgeon Dr. Josh Mezrich recently joined the Surgery Sett podcast to discuss his new book, When Death Becomes Life: Notes from a Transplant Surgeon, released by HarperCollins on January …

  • 2018 in Photos

    Every day, our faculty, trainees, researchers, and staff do extraordinary things to move surgery forward. Whether it’s compassionate patient care, world-class teaching, or innovative research, we’re proud to be engaged in the meaningful work of …

  • Treating Bell’s Palsy and Facial Paralysis: How and when to refer a patient with facial paralysis

    The sudden onset of facial paralysis is a complex clinical scenario. When do you call a specialist, which specialist do you call, and at what point does persistent paralysis warrant referral? The multi-disciplinary faculty at …

  • Our top 5 Surgery Sett podcasts of 2018

    Check out the top 5 most played episodes of 2018 for our podcast, the Surgery Sett. Listen or download the podcast by following the links below: Surgical Power Couples: Episode 39: Drs. Laurel Rice and …

  • Blue “blood” gives residents innovative microsurgery training

    A resident practices microsurgery training on a chicken thigh in the Plastic Surgery Basic Science Lab. The UW Department of Surgery is at the forefront of training residents in microsurgery, a surgical discipline that combines …

  • Dr. Kara Vande Walle chosen for Outstanding Resident Research Award

    General surgery resident Kara Vande Walle, MD, has been chosen to receive the Association for Academic Surgery’s Outstanding Resident Research Award – Education for her work entitled, “What Makes a Good Surgical Coach?” Co-authors include …

  • Faculty Selected for Junior Faculty Exchange Program

    Our Department is establishing junior faculty exchange visiting professor programs with several other academic programs across the country. Our goal is to foster research collaborations and networking, and to raise awareness of the research efforts …

  • Learn about Dr. Kristin Long’s global surgery work in Kenya

    Learn about the global surgery work of Dr. Kristin Long in the below videos. The first video, produced by, features her surgical capacity building work in Kenya. The second is Dr. Long’s November 2018 Grand …

  • Alumni encouraged to participate in pediatric surgery survey

    If you recently retired or are currently practicing in a general surgery or sub-specialty discipline (e.g. colorectal surgery) where you operate on patients under 18 years old, especially if you practice in a more rural …

  • Featured Alumni: Spencer Goodson, MD, JD

    Spencer Goodson with his wife Mary, 2 of his 4 adult kids and spouses, and 5 of 6 grandkids — on a bridge they built for a summer camp where Dr. Goodson went as a …

  • Dr. Dixon Kaufman and colleagues leading UW participation in kidney transplant trial

    Dixon Kaufman, MD, PhD, and colleagues in the Division of Transplantation were featured in the Wisconsin State Journal. The article, “Sisters pioneer new kidney transplant at UW that includes immune system,” features a pioneering new …

  • Surgery student researchers win Shapiro Awards

    Medical student surgery summer research assistants Stephen Chen and Nadeem Bandealy were both awarded Shapiro Excellence in Student Research Awards at the UW School of Medicine and Public Health Annual Medical Student Research Forum on …

  • Clinics awarded with UW Health Team Awards

    Congratulations to the clinics awarded with UW Health Team Awards, which recognizes clinics embodying Ambulatory Service Standards: Audiology (1 S Park), Medical and Surgical Weight Management (The American Center), Otolaryngology (Transformations), and Plastic Surgery (1 …

  • Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease: Surgical Treatment

    By Amber Shada, MD Gastroesophageal reflux Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) is the most common GI disorder in the US. Ten percent of people experience symptoms of reflux weekly, and 20-40% of the population will suffer …

  • Faculty members appointed as Fellows of the American College of Surgeons

    Special congratulations to the faculty members who were appointed as Fellows of the American College of Surgeons (FACS). This designation after a surgeon’s name mean that their education and training, professional qualifications, surgical competence, and …

  • Department members honored at Wisconsin Society of Otolaryngology meeting

    The Wisconsin Society of Otolaryngology hosted its annual meeting October 27-28, which was attended by Otolaryngologists and Advanced Practice Providers from around the state. Otolaryngology residents Chad Ennis, MD, and Matthew Hoffman, MD, PhD, received …

  • 2018 Forward Award Winner: Louis Bernhardt

    Every year we honor our talented alumni moving surgery forward by presenting one special alumni with the Forward Award, which acknowledges outstanding alumni contributions by current or former residents, faculty, and fellows of the Department …