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Medical College of Wisconsin physicians
and health professionals offer
specialized expertise

Highlights of special expertise for adult care

Froedtert Hospital was ranked among the nation’s top 50 hospitals in the 2010-11 edition of America’s Best Hospitals for expertise in gastroenterology by US News & World Report.  For the sixth straight year, Froedtert Hospital earned the National Research Corporation’s 2010 Consumer Choice Award for most-preferred hospital in Milwaukee.
Adult care provided at Froedtert Hospital and other Froedtert & the Medical College locations 
  • The SpineCare Program has been recognized by the National Committee for Quality Assurance in its Back Pain Recognition Program, and is one of two programs in southeastern Wisconsin recognized for superior care for back pain.  The team of spine surgeons, physical medicine specialists, neurologist, chiropractors, pain psychologist, physical and occupational therapists and nurses has demonstrated improved patient outcomes and reduced costs. Their outcomes have drawn national attention.
  • Among the first gynecologic oncologists in the region to offer intraperitoneal chemotherapy, which improves outcomes for patients with ovarian cancer. The gynecologic oncologists have extensive experience using minimally invasive surgery to treat women’s cancers.
  • Surgeons perform the most endocrine surgeries in southeastern Wisconsin.
  • The number of epilepsy surgeries performed by Medical College surgeons places them among the top 10 academic medical centers in the U.S.
  • Physicians monitor patients in a state-of-the-art neuro-intensive care unit that is among the top 10 academic medical centers in the U.S. for quality.
  • Cardiology outcomes have the 7th lowest mortality rate within the University HealthSystem Consortium, an alliance of more than 100 academic medical centers in the U.S.  Cardiologists provide the full spectrum of heart care, including heart catheterization, cardiac imaging, diagnosis and management of heart failure and management of cardiac arrhythmias.
  • Ophthalmologists were among the pioneers of an approach to corneal transplantation that is safer and restores sight sooner.  They provide access to clinical trials for age-related macular degeneration and diabetic retinopathy.  Cataract surgery outcomes exceed national standards.
  • Vascular neurosurgeons have achieved superior results for complication rates and length of stay, according to University HealthSystem Consortium standards.
  • Surgeons perform a full array of plastic and reconstructive surgeries, including extremity replants, peripheral nerve surgery, surgical treatment for migraine headaches, the repair of traumatic facial injuries, complex birth deformities, breast reconstruction, and free tissue transfer (microsurgery) of all parts of the body.
  • The radiation oncology program is among the 10% of all U.S. radiation oncology programs to be fully accredited by the American College of Radiology, following a comprehensive external review for quality and safety.  The program is a leader in providing advanced radiation therapy techniques that result in more accurately directing high-dose radiation to tumors, while lowering the risk to surrounding normal tissues.
  • Radiologists are recognized as leaders in southeastern Wisconsin for expertise and volume of advanced imaging techniques, including 3-D reconstruction images to aid complex surgical procedures.

Highlights of special expertise for pediatric care

Pediatric care provided at Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin and other Children’s locations

Children’s Specialty Group is the state’s largest pediatric specialists group practice and provides care to more Wisconsin families than any other pediatric provider in Wisconsin.  Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin has six pediatric specialties ranked in the 2010-2011 edition of Best Children’s Hospitals by U.S. News & World Report.  Parents magazine rated Children’s Hospital third in the nation for Best Children’s Hospitals in 2009.
  • Internationally recognized for excellent clinical outcomes for complex neonatal heart surgery. Cardiovascular surgeons and pediatric cardiologists practice at the Herma Heart Center, named one of the top 10 locations for specialty heart care by U.S. News and World Report and Parents magazine.
  • Largest group of pediatric anesthesiologists in the state ensures that every child having surgery at Children’s Hospital is cared for by a pediatric anesthesiologist and contributes to our improved pediatric surgical outcomes.  Specialty teams are on call continuously for general and high-risk pediatric and neonatal anesthesia, cardiac anesthesia, emergency airway management, and pain.
  • Patient with intractable epilepsy who are selected as surgical candidates have an overall seizure free outcome of 74%.  The pediatric epilepsy surgical team is the largest group in the state.  More than 600 patients are monitored each year in our epilepsy monitoring unit.
  • As a result of a program that primary immunodeficiency specialists initiated, Wisconsin became the first state in the nation to screen all infants for severe combined immunodeficiency disease, commonly known at “bubble boy disease.” Early treatment of this otherwise fatal disease can cure as many as 95% of affected infants.
  • Inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) clinic is one of only seven programs nationwide designated as an inception center for a large pediatric IBD network being developed by the Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation of America.
  • Our pediatric craniofacial surgeons are among the few in the US to perform the Mandibular distraction procedure for Pierre Robin patients with airway obstruction.  This procedure can eliminate airway obstruction after one surgical procedure.
  • The only cardiothoracic surgeons in Wisconsin with American Board of Thoracic Surgery Certificates in Congenital Heart Surgery.
  • Pediatric cardiothoracic surgeon developed innovative techniques and is one of fewer than five in the nation with the expertise to care for children with complex tracheal disorders.
  • Regionally known as experts in cleft lip and palate repair, our team is recognized by the American Cleft Lip and Palate/ Craniofacial Association. Our pediatric plastic surgeons repair clefts for approximately 90% of all newborn cleft patients in Wisconsin annually as well as a significant number from surrounding states and other countries.
  • International reference center for histological diagnosis of Vascular Anomalies.
  • The Advanced Genomics Laboratory carries out testing for chromosomal abnormalities that cause mental retardation and birth defects using DNA microarray technology, the most advanced diagnostic testing available for chromosomal disorders.
  • The largest network of Child Advocacy Centers within a health system on a national scale. The first specialists in Wisconsin to be board certified in Child Abuse Pediatrics.
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