MCW Campus News, 2017

MCW research helping to prevent drug-resistant infection

Dec. 27 - Research during the past 10-20 years – including that conducted by Drs. Nita Salzman and Christopher Kristich – has begun to shed light on many types of interactions between microorganisms living within the human body and their human hosts.

Summer internships, events connect students and families to community and translational science

Dec. 20 - The 500 Stars Summer Internship Program is part of the overall CTSI 500 Stars Initiative, a 10-year strategic, comprehensive and community-focused effort that seeks to replenish and increase diversity in the translational science workforce.

Joe Carroll Receives 2018 Pfizer Ophthalmics Carl Camras Translational Research Award

Dec. 15 - Joseph Carroll, PhD, has been selected to receive a 2018 ARVO Foundation/Pfizer Ophthalmics Carl Camras Translational Research Award for his efforts in applying high-resolution imaging tools to the study of the human retina.

MCW Emergency Medicine publishes “Resident Well-Being: A Guide for Residency Programs”

Dec. 12 - Alicia M. Pilarski, DO, and Jill M. Simonson, BA, in the MCW Department of Emergency Medicine, have recently published “Resident Well-Being: A Guide for Residency Programs” on behalf of HCPro. Resident Well-Being is a tool for residency program directors, coordinators and faculty to create policies for resident well-being, develop system changes that facilitate a supportive work environment and encourage well-being practices within residency programs.

Investing in Emergency Medicine at MCW

Dec. 6 - MCW's department of emergency medicine has invested heavily in research, patient care and educational efforts to improve the emergency care people around the community, state and even in other parts of the world receive from the point of incident through – if needed – arrival in the ED.

A young Milwaukeean's aspirations to fight Alzheimer's

Dec. 5 - “What do you want to be when you grow up?” for Aremontae Rawls, a seventh-grader at Universal Academy for the College Bound, only one specific profession will do. “I want to be a neurosurgeon,” he says with confidence. While Rawls’ response raises a few eyebrows from the adults around him, his reasons for this choice are straightforward: Neurosurgeons work on the brain, they help people, and the work is challenging.

Making a difference in HIV/AIDS prevention

Dec. 1 - With partner programs in Russia, the Ukraine, Hungary, Bulgaria and El Salvador, CAIR has designed and tested interventions to prevent new HIV infections, increase treatment rates for those already infected, and transfer the latest prevention research to AIDS service providers on the front lines of patient care.

Identifying and aiding victims of human trafficking

Nov. 29 - Human trafficking comes with many misconceptions, including that it's not a problem in Wisconsin and that when it does happen, the victims aren't local. Both of those aren't true. Dr. Angela Rabbitt has made it her life's work to improve the identification and care of human trafficking victims – in Milwaukee and across the country.

Special issue of Applied Magnetic Resonance dedicated to Dr. James S. Hyde

Nov. 29 - The December 2017 issue of "Applied Magnetic Resonance" is a festschrift for James S. Hyde, PhD, professor emeritus of Biophysics, “on the occasion of his 85th birthday.”

Drawing inspiration from health care

Nov. 21 - Theresa Maatman, MD, assistant professor of internal medicine at MCW, uses her talent with comics as a tool for teaching medical students and training residents.

Eye Institute well-represented among charter Inductee members to Retina Hall of Fame

Nov. 21 - The Medical College of Wisconsin Department of Ophthalmology & Visual Sciences is proud to announce that 17 ophthalmologists with connections to the MCW Eye Institute, including two current faculty, have been named charter inductees to the Retina Hall of Fame for their achievements in medicine and contributions to the retina subspecialty. Dennis P. Han, MD, the Jack A. & Elaine Klieger Professor of Ophthalmology, and Judy E. Kim, MD, professor of ophthalmology & visual sciences, were among the 242 charter members who have distinguished themselves in research and treatments of retinal diseases and conditions.

MCW and Notre Dame join forces for global health student research program

Nov. 16 - Under the guidance of a Notre Dame professor, three MCW Kohler Summer Academy of Global Health Research Scholars studied tropical diseases and public health awareness in Belize.

From Marine to Medicine: A man’s life of service

Nov. 10 - While serving his country was a clear part of Matthew Ewy’s future from a young age, serving his community as a health-care provider wasn’t in the picture until he was already overseas.

Destined to become a doctor through MCW

Nov. 8 - Destiny is a recurring theme in Tyler Schmidt's life, a fourth-year medical student at the Medical College of Wisconsin (MCW).

Michael Lerch, PhD, joins Department of Biophysics faculty

Oct. 12 - Michael Lerch, PhD, has been appointed assistant professor of biophysics. Dr. Lerch’s current research focuses on defining the molecular mechanisms of protein function, particularly with respect to the functional role of protein conformational heterogeneity, using electron paramagnetic resonance (EPR) spectroscopy.

Dr. Melinda Stolley and Milwaukee’s Sisters 4 Cure Featured in Modern Healthcare

Oct. 9 - An article about reducing cancer disparities among low-income and minority populations, "Community organizations help low-income cancer patients stay healthy after treatment,” was published online September 30 in Modern Healthcare.

Reel Change : Promoting a Healthy Fish Diet Together with the Anishinaabe People

The health benefits of fish are well known. They are packed with protein, provide a good source of Vitamin D, and are considered the best source of important omega-3 fatty acids. For all the health benefits fish provide, however, there are also health risks from eating them.

Congratulations Dr. Narayan Yoganandan on receiving the 2017 Bertil Aldman Award

Oct. 6 - Narayan Yoganandan, professor of neurosurgery and chair of biomedical engineering in the Department of Neurosurgery, received the 2017 Bertil Aldman Award for “Outstanding Contributions to Fundamental Injury Biomechanics Research.”

Dr. Carlyle Chan appointed AAMC senior consultant in GME

Oct. 5 - Carlyle Chan, MD, professor of psychiatry and behavioral medicine and the Institute for Health and Equity, has been appointed AAMC senior consultant in GME. He will work with two other senior consultants to advise a new AAMC section, Strategic Initiatives and Partnerships in Medical Education.

Dr. Alonzo Walker highlighted as Change Agent

Oct. 4 - Alonzo Walker, MD, the Ruth Teske Professor in Surgical Oncology and professor of surgery at MCW, was highlighted in MCW’s Change Agent column.

Drs. Kathlyn Fletcher, Geoffrey Lamb honored by state chapter of American College of Physicians

Oct. 4 - Kathlyn E. Fletcher, MD, and Geoffrey C. Lamb, MD, both professors of medicine in the division of general internal medicine, have been honored by the Wisconsin Chapter of the American College of Physicians (ACP) for their efforts in patient care and education.

Dr. Mary Horowitz receives Mastership accreditation from the American College of Physicians

Oct. 3 - Congratulations to Mary Horowitz, MD, the Robert A. Uihlein Professor for Hematologic Research and chief of the division of hematology and oncology, who has received Mastership accreditation from the American College of Physicians (ACP)!

Scientists study the 3D structures of proteins to discover new drugs

Sept. 27 - Brian Volkman, PhD, MCW professor of biochemistry, sees the world at a unique scale. He looks far beyond the proverbial forest and its trees in order to view the structure of proteins, atom-by-atom, with an understanding that the smallest of details about how proteins are ordered may lead to sizable benefits in the form of new drugs to treat disease.

Students Learn Life Lessons in Honoring Those Who Give

Sept. 21 - As a new academic year begins, students reflect on the Anatomical Gift Registry Memorial Service and how the lessons learned in Clinical and Human Anatomy go far beyond biology.

Memorial Service Evokes Lessons Learned in Anatomy Lab

Sept. 20 - He wanted to give back to science so they could learn more about the lymphoma he had," a grandmother of one family said through welled-up tears as she recalled her husband of more than 60 years.

Wisconsin researchers awarded $5.3 million for NIH precision medicine research

Sept. 8 - The Medical College of Wisconsin, the Marshfield Clinic Research Institute and the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health have collectively been awarded $5,360,832 to help implement in Wisconsin the National Institutes of Health’s (NIH’s) All of Us Research Program that aims to benefit communities across the country. These institutions will partner with BloodCenter of Wisconsin and regional Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHCs) to aid in engagement and recruitment of research participants.

Beauty and the Beast brings together two hearts, two lives, two medical careers

March 14 - They don’t call it The Magic Kingdom for nothing. Dr. Julie Owen, a fourth-year MCW psychiatry resident, and her husband John Owen, a fourth-year MCW medical student, met on stage while performing in Disney World’s Beauty and the Beast back in 2006. It was a chance happening that brought together each of their previous passions, their separate but almost simultaneous interest in taking on new passions in the field of medicine, and their incredible love.

Big-league gift from Dr. Paul Jacobs

Jan. 5 - Two unlikely turns in life led to happy surprises and life-altering detours for Paul A. Jacobs, MD. As a devoted Dodgers baseball fan growing up on the schoolyard ball diamonds of Brooklyn, he couldn't have imagined he would switch his allegiance and work for a major league franchise in Milwaukee.

Flight For Life and MCW: Providing Care in the Air

Thanks to a partnership with Flight For Life, MCW emergency medicine residents care for the most critical patients in eastern Wisconsin.