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January 2017

Dr. Corrine Voils joins faculty of University of Wisconsin Department of Surgery

WiSOR is pleased to welcome Corrine Voils, PhD, who will serve as WiSOR’s Scientific Director. She holds a dual appointment as a Research Career Scientist at the VA and Visiting Professor in the Department of Surgery. Prior to her move to Wisconsin, she had a dual appointment in the Center for Health Services Research in Primary Care at the Durham Veterans Affairs Medical Center and Professor of Medicine in the Division of General Internal Medicine at Duke University Medical Center. Dr. Voils received her PhD in experimental social psychology from the University of Kentucky in 2001. She then completed a postdoctoral fellowship in health services research in the Center for Health Services Research in Primary Care at the Durham VAMC. Following her fellowship, she received a career development award in health services research from the VA.

One area of interest is developing and evaluating behavioral interventions for primary and secondary prevention of cardiovascular disease. She led a randomized controlled trial (RCT) to evaluate a telephone-delivered, spouse-assisted intervention to improve patient cholesterol levels (CouPLES). She recently completed an RCT to evaluate a weight loss maintenance intervention following behavioral weight loss (MAINTAIN). She has a new pilot from the VA to evaluate the feasibility of adapting the intervention to promote weight loss maintenance among patients following bariatric surgery. With R34 funding from the NHLBI, she is evaluating the feasibility of providing financial incentives for dietary self-monitoring and weight loss. A second area of interest is genomics health services research. Dr. Voils led an RCT to evaluate the clinical utility of genetic testing for type 2 diabetes. She is currently PI of an RCT to evaluate effectiveness and implementation of an information technology innovation that collects patient-entered family history and provides decision support to patients and providers. Dr. Voils also has a strong interest in research methodology. She has developed and validated a self-report measure of medication nonadherence and developed methods for synthesizing qualitative and quantitative research findings. Dr. Voils is a Fellow of the Society of Behavioral Medicine.

March 2016


Daren Jackson, PhD, started February 29 as Associate Researcher for Dr. Anne Lidor, where he will assist Dr. Lidor in her research projects as well as execution of research including data analysis. Daren comes from the Department of Neurology, where he previously was an Assistant Scientist. He received his PhD in Clinical Psychology from the University of Wisconsin in 2004.

Daren is located in K6/117C, please stop by and introduce yourself when you can!

January 2016

With WiSOR’s continued growth of faculty, we have added several more staff members to our team.

Megan Saucke, MA, started on January 4, 2016 as Assistant Researcher to Drs. Angela Ingraham and Susan Pitt. Megan will collaborate with investigators to conduct high quality research, maintain knowledge of specific study and regulatory guidelines to help ensure compliance, and collaborate in the development and implementation of new research projects. Megan joins us from the UC Davis Energy Efficiency Center, where she was a Research Assistant. Megan received a Master of Arts degree in Sociology from the University of California, Davis in 2013.

November 2015

The Veteran’s Administration awarded Luke Funk, MD, MPH, a 5-year career development award for his grant “Identifying and Addressing Barriers to Bariatric Surgery within VA.” The total budget including indirects over five years is $1,366,539. This CDA, funded by the VA’s Health Services Research and Development Service, is the first of its kind to be awarded to a Madison VA investigator.

Anne Lidor, MD, MPH will serve as Minimally Invasive Surgery-Chief and director of our MIS, Foregut and Bariatric Surgery Fellowship beginning November 2nd. She comes from Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine where she completed her Fellowship, received her Master’s, and served as Associate Professor before coming to Madison. Dr. Lidor’s research interests focus on bariatric surgery, surgery education, obesity and surgical techniques and outcomes.

October 2015

Dr. Schwarze PCORI Grant Awarded

Margaret (Gretchen) Schwarze, MD, was notified that her grant "Navigating High Risk Surgery: Empowering Older Adults to Ask Questions that Inform Decisions about Surgical Treatment,” was funded by the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI). PCORI, an independent nonprofit, nongovernmental organization located in Washington, D.C., was authorized by Congress in 2010. The total budget including indirects over three years is $2,110,000. Four other institutions will participate on this multicenter project: Brigham and Womens, UCSF, Rutgers, and Oregon Health Sciences University. Dr. Schwarze hopes to initiate the project by November 30, 2015. This is Dr. Schwarze’s first PCORI grant — she currently holds NIH National Institute of Aging, American Geriatrics Society and the Society for Vascular Surgery, and ICTR funding. Congratulations on this major accomplishment.

WiSOR faculty present at annual ACS Clinical Congress

Please see the list of speakers and the ACS program below.

American College of Surgeons

Caprice Greenberg, MD, MPH
Monday 10/5
Meet the Expert Luncheon: “How to Write a Successful Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) Grant”
Tuesday 10/6
Session: Patient Centered Outcomes Research: What Is It and How To Do It
Presentation: “Improving Post-Cancer Treatment Surveillance”

Gretchen Schwarze, MD, FACS
Monday 10/5
Course: “Practical Communication Skills for Difficult Patient Encounters”
Tuesday 10/6
Session: “Caring for Patients Who Are Jehovah’s Witnesses”
Wednesday 10/7
Session: “How to Incorporate Clinical Ethics within a Surgical Career”

Emily Winslow, MD
Tuesday 10/06
Hepatobiliary and Pancreas II Session: “Post-hepatectomy Bleeding: Examing the effect of a change in NSQIP definition“
Wednesday 10/07
Quality, Safety and Outcomes IV Session: “Examining the Severity of Postoperative Complications from the Perspective of the Patient”

September 2015


Susan Pitt, MD joined the Division of General Surgery, Section of Endocrine Surgery as Assistant Professor on August 1. Dr. Pitt completed an Endocrine Surgery Postdoctoral Research Fellowship here at the University of Wisconsin followed by fellowships in St. Louis, Missouri and Boston, Massachusetts. She will be developing an endocrine surgery outcomes research program within WiSOR.

Angela Ingraham, MD, MS joined the Division of General Surgery, Section of Trauma and Acute Care on August 10. Dr. Ingraham comes from the University of Pittsburgh where she was an Acute Care Surgery Fellow. She received her MD at Loyola University, her Masters from Northwestern, and completed her General Surgery Residency at the University of Cincinnati. Dr. Ingraham’s research program will focus on improving outcomes in emergency general surgery patients.

Jonathan Kohler, MD will be joining the Division of Pediatric Surgery on September 4. After receiving his medical degree at the University of Chicago Pritzker School Of Medicine, Dr. Kohler received his Master’s degree in Health Communications at Emerson College in collaboration with Tufts University School of Medicine, Boston, Massachusetts. Dr. Kohler was a Pediatric Surgery Fellow at Comer Children’s Hospital in Chicago, IL before coming to Madison. Using his expertise in health communication, his initial research interests will focus on improving the surgical consultation process.

August 2015

The following new faculty members will be building research programs in WiSOR:

John Scarborough, MD joined the Division General Surgery, Section of Trauma and Acute Care in July. Dr. Scarborough comes from Duke University Medical Center where he was an Associate Professor in the Division of General Surgery as well as Associate Director of the General Surgery Residency Training Program since 2012. He attended medical school, completed his General Surgery Residency, a SCC fellowship and an Abdominal Transplant Fellowship at Duke University.

Kyla Bennett, MD joined the Division of Vascular Surgery as Assistant Professor in July. Dr. Bennett attended medical school at Duke University. This was followed by a General Surgery residency, vascular fellowship, and research fellowship also at Duke.

July 2015


Lauren Taylor, MD will be completing a two-year research fellowship under the mentorship of Dr. Gretchen Schwarze. She comes from the UW General Surgery Residency Program and received her MD from the Feinberg School of Medicine, Northwestern University in 2013.

Becca Gunter, MD will be completing a two-year research fellowship under the mentorship of Dr. K. Craig Kent. She comes from the UW General Surgery Residency Program and received her MD from the Emory School of Medicine in 2013.

May 2015

Expanding Your Department’s Portfolio: Programmatic Development in Surgical Health Services Research

WiSOR hosted a health services research course in Madison, Wisconsin, May 26-27, 2015. The course was designed to assist departments of surgery, vice chairs of research, surgical administrators, and surgical health services researches interested in health services research program development.

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