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MCW Alumni News

Survey response valuable

Thank you to the many alumni, students and trainees who participated in the 2013 Alumni News survey and provided important feedback and ideas that will help shape the direction of future communications.

Late alumnus founds patient library in Clinical Cancer Center

A gift from the estate of Myron B. Minko, MD ’76, has been used to create a new library and resource center in the Froedtert & the Medical College of Wisconsin Clinical Cancer Center.

Storm chasers

In the aftermath of super typhoon Haiyan, two alumni traveled to islands in the Philippines on separate medical missions to provide care to the many victims of the storm.

Alumna Profile-Linda Resar

Dr. Linda Resar, a faculty member at The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, has been studying high mobility group genes for two decades. Her passion for research began nearly 30 years ago at the Medical College of Wisconsin.

Alumnus establishes David S. Haskell, MD Endowed Chair in Orthopaedic Education

Already extremely active with his alma mater, a Medical College of Wisconsin alumnus has made a substantial gift to establish an endowed chair supporting teaching and training in orthopaedic surgery at MCW.

Future directions-Profiles in Primary Care

While much is influenced by external forces, the strength and success of primary care in the years to come may depend on individual choice, adaptation and the development of new ideas. In the third and final installment of this multipart series, alumni discuss the future directions of primary care.

Alumni knowledge of community medicine and MCW benefits advisory boards for new campuses

Alumni are providing an important voice in the development of MCW’s new medical school campuses in Green Bay and Central Wisconsin. An Alumni Association Board member serves on each community advisory board, and other alumni represent their respective health systems or academic institutions in partnership.

Anatomage makes virtual dissection a reality

To complement the traditional anatomy experience, MCW acquired a state-of-the-art Anatomage Table last year. With a high resolution, life-size touchscreen, the technology offers students, residents and faculty the ability to view the human body from countless viewpoints and cross sections to further their understanding through virtual dissection.

Clinical apprenticeship puts concepts into practice

The Medical College of Wisconsin’s Discovery Curriculum encourages students to think and act like physicians from day one. The new Clinical Apprenticeship component of the curriculum is providing earlier and expanded clinical education for the next generation of physicians.

Dr. Ebert Receives Families of Spinal Muscular Atrophy Grant

Feb 25 - Families of Spinal Muscular Atrophy announced that Allison Ebert, PhD, is one of eight scientists worldwide who will share in $600,000 in basic science research awards to study the disorder. Families of SMA

Alumnus establishes David S. Haskell, MD Endowed Chair in Orthopaedic Education

Feb. 11 - Already extremely active with his alma mater, a Medical College of Wisconsin alumnus has made a substantial gift to establish an endowed chair supporting teaching and training in orthopaedic surgery at MCW.

Serving special populations - Profiles in Primary Care

Primary care physicians practice on health care’s front lines, and sometimes those lines are drawn by patients’ unique needs and circumstances. In our second installment of a multipart series, some alumni who care for special populations of patients discuss their perspectives and experiences in a profession whose call of duty is often above and beyond.

Dr. Marie Therese Southgate, MCW alumna and senior JAMA editor for five decades, dies Nov. 22

Nov. 27 - Marie Therese Southgate, MD, who received her MD degree from the Marquette University School of Medicine (which later became the Medical College of Wisconsin) in 1960 and served as a senior editor at JAMA: The Journal of the American Medical Association for nearly five decades, died at her home in Chicago on Nov. 22 after a short illness. She was 85.

Dr. George J. Magovern, MCW alum and pioneer of artificial heart valve, dies Nov. 4

Nov. 26 - George J. Magovern, MD, who received his medical degree from the Marquette University School of Medicine (which later became the Medical College of Wisconsin) in 1947 and revolutionized heart valve surgery, died Nov. 4 of natural causes. He was 89.

Scuba technology born from one of MCW's earliest discoveries

In the late 1930s, Dr. Edgar End, an alumnus and faculty member at Marquette University School of Medicine developed the breathing mixture that allowed his associate to shatter the world diving record. The discovery gave birth to scuba technology and led to further advances in diving and hyperbaric medicine.

Packers welcome alumna home from Afghanistan

Upon returning to the U.S. following a seven-month deployment to Afghanistan as a Marine Corps regimental surgeon, Dr. Katrina Destree was treated to a very special homecoming.

Sept. 11 tribute features well-traveled U.S. flag

A gift sent by an alumnus serving in southern Afghanistan ensured the Medical College of Wisconsin’s observance of 9/11 this year was personal and poignant.

By teaching, alumni can volunteer their wisdom for next generation

Alumni who participate in medical education as volunteer clinical faculty members give students practical, life lessons to complement the science. Alumnus Dr. Mark Harlow returns to Milwaukee from South Dakota every year to teach and encourages other alumni to consider giving the gift of wisdom to the next generation.

Thirty years of undergraduate research training

The Summer Program in Undergraduate Research (SPUR) has given college students direct experience in MCW laboratories for 30 years, building a pipeline for future scientists.

Three faculty leaders honored for distinguished service

Three faculty members with a combined 53 years of service to MCW received Distinguished Service Awards, the College’s highest faculty honor, at the MCW convocation ceremony Sept. 18.

Invention keeps reflux in check

Gastroenterologist Dr. Reza Shaker, along with his MCW research team, has invented a medical device capable of alleviating the symptoms of extraesophageal acid reflux disease in patients while they sleep.

Classes support scholarships

Alumni who celebrated reunions in 2012 gave a combined $773,340 to the Medical College in class gifts. In addition, reunion-year alumni have made planned giving commitments totaling more than $3 million this year.

Bugling, flag flown in Afghanistan to help MCW community honor 9/11

Sept. 10 - On Wednesday, Sept. 11, Rebecca Seevers, MS, will play Taps in front of the MCW flag pole at 7:46 a.m., 8:03 a.m., 8:13 a.m. and 9:10 am to honor those who lost in their lives on Sept. 11, 2001. Those times correspond to the times of the four plane crashes that day.

Association President leads by example

Dr. Paul Hankwitz seeks to build enthusiasm among alumni for MCW’s growing education and research programs as Association President.

Lifetime of service benefits hometown

Dr. James Algiers has served his country, his alma mater, his community and his fellow man with humble passion. The longtime Hartford physician earned the 2013 Alumni Distinguished Service Award, (but you won’t hear it from him).

Graduates begin next adventure

The Medical College of Wisconsin’s annual commencement exercises were held May 17 at the Milwaukee Theatre. During the ceremony, the Medical College and its Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences awarded 194 MD, 40 PhD, 23 MS, eight MA, and 16 Master of Public Health degrees.

Students supported by Alumni Association

The Medical College of Wisconsin/ Marquette Medical Alumni Association presented eight medical students with scholarships this spring.

Seniors match to residency programs

At the Medical College of Wisconsin, 181 fourth-year medical students obtained first-year residency positions on Match Day 2013.

VP dedicated to alumni, advancement

Since being appointed the Medical College of Wisconsin’s first Vice President for Institutional Advancement in 1993, James W. Heald has elevated the significance and College-wide impact of the programs he directs, including the offices of Alumni Relations, Development and Public Affairs.

Humanitarian makes world of difference

Throughout her career as an OB/GYN and fertility expert, Dr. Gloria Halverson has offered her services to the most vulnerable populations in the world. In retirement, she has increased her efforts as her missionary work seeks to help victims of human trafficking and extreme poverty. The 2013 alumni Humanitarian Award is hers.

PT leader brings diversity to health fields

Recognizing the need for greater diversity in his field of physical therapy, Dr. Lawrence Pan launched programs at Marquette University, where he is a department chairman, that have helped scores of underrepresented students find success in scientific careers. For his efforts, Dr. Pan has been named the 2013 Graduate School Alumnus of the Year.

Neurosurgeon leads with innovation

Dr. Philip Stieg has led the Department of Neurological Surgery at Weill Cornell Medical College for 13 years, and he hasn’t wasted a moment of it. His pursuit of innovation in the operating room, in the laboratory, in the academic halls and in developing nations contributed to his selection as the 2013 Medical School Alumnus of the Year.

Joseph E. Kerschner, MD, confirmed as Dean of the Medical School and Executive Vice President

Nov. 18 - The Medical College Board of Trustees today confirmed Dr. Raymond’s appointment of Joseph E. Kerschner, MD, as Dean of the Medical School and Executive Vice President.

Congratulations to the Class of 2012

The 99th annual commencement took place on May 18 at the Milwaukee Theatre, at which the Medical College of Wisconsin and its Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences awarded 202 MD, 38 PhD, 27 MS, 4 MA, and 18 Master of Public Health degrees, as well as bestowed numerous honors.

How academic detailing improves patient care

With medical information in a constant state of evolution, academic detailing offers a personal form of educational outreach that places the most current, evidence-based data directly in the hands of practicing physicians.

Educational spaces upgraded

Educational spaces at MCW underwent numerous renovations and technology upgrades during the last year.
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