Jan. 6 - The Medical College of Wisconsin Department of Surgery, Division of Trauma and Critical Care took part in a national, multi-center study to compare how severely injured patients are given blood transfusions necessary to save their lives. The study took place at Froedtert & the Medical College from January to December 2013. It was designed to compare the effectiveness of different blood product ratios (Platelets, Plasma, and Red Blood Cells). Milwaukee Courier
Oct. 15 - The 5th annual Vascular Access Symposium is planned for Thursday, Oct. 22, in the MCW Kerrigan Auditorium. The event runs from 12:30-5:30 p.m.
Sept. 10 - The Department of Surgery is hosting a half-day Fall Pancreatic Cancer Symposium on Friday, Sept. 18, in the Milwaukee Yacht Club Boat House, 1700 N. Lincoln Memorial Drive. The event will run from 12-5 p.m. and include lunch.
Sept. 9 - Dr. Kevin Walter provides expert comment to a Milwaukee Journal Sentinel article on the National Football Leagues new policies on addressing concussions. Dr. Walter said that standard treatment is to rest and avoid mental stimulation. In a sidebar article, Dr. Walter answers frequent questions about the treatment of concussions. Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Aug. 31 - Dr. Carole Vetter (Orthopaedic Surgery) tells CBS-TV/Channel 58 and Fox-TV/Channel 6 that the torn anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) suffered by Green Bay Packers’ wide receiver Jordy Nelson is a season-ending, but not career-ending, injury. CBS 58 and Fox 6 Now
Aug. 31 - CBS-TV/Channel 58 conducts an in-depth interview with Dr. John Weigelt (Surgery – Trauma & Critical Care; Associate Dean for Quality). Channel 58 notes that an international award for patient care excellence is named for Dr. Weigelt (the Weigelt-Wallace Award.) CBS-TV/Channel 58
Aug. 31 - Driven by mounting student debt and a projected physician shortage, interest in a three-year medical school curriculum has recently resurfaced. Researchers at the Medical College of Wisconsin (MCW) are calling for an evidence-based discussion on the advantages and challenges of the three-year curriculum model.
Aug. 18 - The Department of Surgery will host the 5th annual Multidisciplinary Approach to Complex Abdominal Wall Reconstruction and Inguinal Hernia Symposium on Friday, Aug. 28, in the MCW Education Conference Room (M3077).
Aug. 13 - Fox TV/Channel 6 reports on a Waukesha-area woman who successfully recovered from a double lung transplant at Froedtert. Fox 6 Now
Aug. 12 - ABC-TV/Channel 2 in Green Bay reports on 10-month old infant from Peshtigo who successfully underwent a living donor liver transplant at Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin. Dr. Johnny Hong (Surgery – Transplant) said that without a transplant, the risk of dying was 100%. WBAY
Aug. 11 - Expert comment by Dr. David C. Cronin II is included in a New York Times opinion editorial on the ethics of compensating kidney donors. Dr. Cronin, who directs the pediatric liver transplant program at Children’s, and a colleague at Yale University are proposing pilot tests of a program that would provide kidney donors with $50,000 in the form of tax credits, tuition vouchers, health insurance or other noncash compensation. New York Times
Aug. 10 - Last month, 10-month-old Paityn Walters of Peshtigo began to act tired, was throwing up and would cry while she was awake. Her mom, Tara Ellison, said it was out of character and troubling. “She was [normally] just very energetic. Never stood still. Always getting into everything she could,” she said. WBAY
Aug. 6 - Fox-TV/Channel 6 provides an update on a dog that was stolen in 2014 and set on fire. Dr. John Weigelt (Surgery – Trauma and Critical Care) performed pigskin skin grafts that saved the dog’s life. Fox 6 Now
July 29 - Dr. Toku Takahashi (Surgery – Colorectal) tells Time magazine that stomach grumbling is one phase of a larger process called migrating motor complex, which ensures that the stomach and intestines stay active and continue to clear away detritus between meals. Time
Margaret Motl, MD '81, "pays it forward" by establishing a scholarship fund to honor Derward Lepley, Jr., MD '49, who led Wisconsin's first heart transplant surgery.
July 1 - Dr. Keith Oldham provides comment to CNN on the announcement that the Joint Commission is evaluating patient safety at St. Mary’s Medical Center in West Palm Beach, Florida. Dr. Oldham is the Medical Director of the Children’s Verification Program of the American College of Surgeons. CNN has been investigating St. Mary’s for its high mortality rate for pediatric open heart surgeries. CNN
June 9 - Fox-TV/Channel 6 reports on Dr. T. Clark Gamblin’s (Surgery – Surgical Oncology) development of “Together, We Are Strong,” a blog to support cancer patients and their families. Fox 6 Now
June 8 - Dr. David C. Cronin II (Surgery – Transplant) co-authored an editorial in JAMA Internal Medicine that calls for testing methods of rewarding people for organ donations. Dr. Cronin suggests delayed payments such as in-kind rewards like a donation to a retirement fund, income tax credit or a tuition voucher. Fox News
June 5 - Froedtert & MCW launched a new blog written by cancer patients for cancer patients. Fox 6 interviewed Dr. Clark Gamblin about the blog and the importance of cancer patients being able to relate to other patients who have shared similar experiences. WITI TV
June 4 - The annual Medical College of Wisconsin and M.D. Anderson Cancer Center Endocrine Surgery Symposium is scheduled for Friday, June 19, and Saturday, June 20, in Rumble located in the Harley-Davidson Museum, 401 W. Canal Street in Milwaukee.
June 4 - The Milwaukee Business Journal named Drs. Tom Aufderheide (Emergency Medicine) and Michael Mitchell (Surgery – Pediatric Cardiothoracic) as recipients of the newspaper’s 2015 Eureka Awards. Dr. Aufderheide received a Lifetime Achievement award recognizing him as an international leader in methods of lifesaving resuscitation. Dr. Mitchell received the Health Care award for developing a non-invasive method to monitor pediatric heart transplant recipients to identify early signs of rejection. Milwaukee Business Journal
May 27 - Dr. Johnny Hong tells Gannett Wisconsin Media that only one-third of patients on transplant waiting lists will get a transplant in a given year. Some that don’t get organs – mainly liver patients – will die. Throughout April and May, Froedtert & MCW is partnering with Gannett Wisconsin Media and Green Bay Packers wide received Randall Cobb to create awareness of the need for organ donors. The Northwestern
May 20 - Dr. John Weigelt was the guest on CBS-TV/Channel 58’s “Sunday Morning Spotlight” CBS 58
May 20 - Dr. Shayne Fehr provides expert comment in news reports on CBS-TV News and U.S. News & World Report on a study that found that children and teens recovering from concussion may experience difficulty with school work until they fully recover. CBS News and US News and World Report-Health
May 19 - Dr. Johnny Hong (Surgery – Transplant) tells the Wisconsin State Journal that he supports a proposal to create eight-districts nationwide for the distribution on donated organs. Wisconsin State Journal and The Journal Times
May 7 - Dr. Gary Seabrook (Surgery – Vascular) discussed risk factors for abdominal aortic aneurysms at a public presentation on May 2 at Froedtert. AAAneurysm Outreach hosted the event which included free ultrasound screenings for at-risk individuals. More than one million Americans are living with undiagnosed abdominal aortic aneurysms. If the aneurysm bursts, only 10-25 percent of victims will survive. Community Journal
May 6 - Dr. Johnny Hong (Surgery – Transplant) contributes comments to a Milwaukee Magazine article on a live liver transplant procedure performed at Froedtert. Milwaukee Magazine
Apr. 28 - Milwaukee BizTimes identifies “12 Big Ideas in Wisconsin Research” that includes two MCW/Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin studies. Dr. Michael Mitchell and Mats Hidestrand, PhD, (both Surgery – Pediatric Cardiothoracic) are pioneering a new, less invasive and more cost-efficient way to detect the possibility of transplant rejections. Dr. Harry Whelan (Neurology – Pediatric) is utilizing infrared lasers to destroy malignant brain tumors in children. Biz Times
Apr. 20 - Expertscape named Dr. Douglas Evans (Surgery – Surgical Oncology) as the world’s fourth highest ranked doctor for the treatment of pancreatic cancer. PRLOG
Apr. 20 - The Appleton Post Crescent reports on a newly-wed who is waiting for a kidney transplant at Froedtert & MCW. Post Crescent
Apr. 16 - The Milwaukee Business Journal provides a photo tour of the $140 million Froedtert & MCW Center for Advanced Care, an eight-story building that will house expanded facilities for heart, vascular, and transplant surgery programs. The facility is scheduled to be completed in the fall. Milwaukee Business Journal
Apr. 14 - The Appleton Post Crescent and Fox-TV/Channel 6 recognized April as Donate Life Month. Dr. Johnny Hong (Surgery – Transplant) said that only one-third of the patients on Wisconsin’s organ transplant waiting lists will receive needed organs. Green Bay Packers wide receiver Randall Cobb is leading a public service campaign in Wisconsin to encourage donations. Fox 6 Now, Post Crescent, Post Crescent, and WTAQ
Apr. 8 - The Medical College of Wisconsin Department of Surgery is hosting the Acute Care Surgery: Trauma, Critical Care and Emergency General Surgery Symposium on Friday, April 17, in the Aaron Room at Miller Park. The event targets medical professionals who are involved with the practice of emergency general surgery, surgical critical care and trauma care.
Apr. 3 - Johnny Hong, MD, the Mark B. Adams Professor of Surgery and director of the solid organ transplantation program at MCW, Froedtert, Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin, and BloodCenter of Wisconsin; discussed the ongoing need for organ donation education in the community. Appleton Post Crescent
Apr. 2 - Green Bay Packers wide receiver Randall Cobb visited organ transplant patients at Froedtert Hospital to raise awareness of the importance of organ donation. WITI TV
Mar. 11 - In conjunction with the Midwest Council Transportation Summit on Friday, March 6, MCW hosted a visit from Secretary Tommy G. Thompson, former Secretary of the United States Department of Health and Human Services and current Co-Chair of the Midwest Council.
Feb. 12 - In honor of Black History Month, the Medical College of Wisconsin has created a series of video vignettes and stories that will be posted online during the month of February. The vignettes highlight a number of our African-American and Black faculty, staff and students, their experiences at MCW and the contributions they have made.
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