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.

Journal Rankings: MCW Libraries Featured Resource

Oct. 12 - This month we are featuring resources that can be used to find journal rankings. A journal ranking is intended to show the place of a journal within its respective field. Journals which rank higher in their field are generally considered to be more prestigious and higher quality and are more difficult to get articles accepted for publication. In order to eliminate subjective assessment, measures have evolved to objectively measure the influence of scholarly journals.

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.

Cullen Family Runs for Heart Health and Research

Sept. 13 - On a brisk but relatively seasonal day in February 2017, hundreds of people gather a few miles northwest of the Medical College of Wisconsin (MCW) to honor the life of a former Milwaukee alderman and to raise money for the MCW Cardiovascular Center (CVC).

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.

School of Pharmacy Welcomes Inaugural Class

Aug. 25 - The desire to have high quality, team-based education at the Medical College of Wisconsin (MCW) was fulfilled this August as the School of Pharmacy’s inaugural class was officially welcomed to the first new school at MCW in more than 20 years.

Medical students help address health disparities in state's Hmong population

Aug. 23 - Wisconsin has the third-largest population of Hmong Americans in the country (behind California and Minnesota), yet this ethnic group has little representation in healthcare – either as providers or patients.

Dr. Shi-Jiang Li receives 2017 Alzheimer Award

Aug. 22 - Shi-Jiang Li, PhD, professor of biophysics, received the 2017 Alzheimer Award from the Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease for his article, “Staging Alzheimer’s Disease Risk by Sequencing Brain Function and Structure, Cerebrospinal Fluid, and Cognition Biomarkers.”

Dr. John Raymond Featured in Wisconsin Health News ‘On the Record’

Aug. 15 - Sharing insight on the Medical College of Wisconsin’s (MCW) new School of Pharmacy and Kern Institute, MCW President and CEO Dr. John Raymond was featured in “On the Record,” a weekly Q & A section in Wisconsin Health News’ daily e-newsletter.

Bringing innovation, discovery and hope to the care of pancreatic cancer patients

Aug. 15 - Atlanta-based John R. Couvillon was on top of the world in early 2014. But then he began feeling fullness and abdominal discomfort, and in March of 2014, was diagnosed with stage II (operable) pancreatic cancer. Couvillon's wife did online research into the disease and quickly found world-renowned pancreatic cancer surgeon Douglas Evans, MD, chair and the Donald C. Ausman Family Foundation Professor of Surgery at the Medical College of Wisconsin. Learn more about Couvillon’s cancer journey and participation in a clinical trial in the Summer 2017 issue of MCW Magazine.

Quadriplegic patient gains motor skills from MCW clinical trial, throws out Brewers first pitch

Aug. 15 - Lucas Lindner, a quadriplegic patient who has regained functional use of his fingers, hands and lower arms after participating in a clinical trial based on Dr. Shekar Kurpad's research into cellular transplantation for spinal cord injury, threw out the ceremonial first pitch at the Aug. 13 Milwaukee Brewers game.

CAIR researcher receives NIH grant to study HIV vulnerability of young African American men

Aug. 9 - Katherine G. Quinn, PhD, assistant professor of psychiatry and behavioral medicine in the Center for AIDS Intervention Research (CAIR), has received a four-year, $527,000 K01 Career Development Research Award from the National Institute of Mental Health for her project, “The Effects of Intersecting Stigmas on PrEP Outcomes for Young Black MSM.”

Honoring a valued partnership: Dr. William and Marlene Listwan

Aug. 9 - Dr. William Listwan always insists that he did not attend medical school alone. "I always say that 'we' went to medical school," says Dr. Listwan. His wife, Marlene, was at his side through the entire journey – and it was a team effort.

Dr. Hershel Raff to receive Distinguished Service Award from national physiology association

Aug. 3 - Hershel Raff, PhD, professor of medicine (endocrinology, metabolism and clinical nutrition), physiology and surgery, and director of the Endocrine Research Laboratory at Aurora St. Luke’s Medical Center, has been selected to receive the Distinguished Service Award from the Association of Chairs of Departments of Physiology.

Dr. Kenneth Simons elected treasurer of National Resident Matching Program Board of Directors

Aug. 3 - Kenneth B. Simons, MD, MCW senior associate dean for graduate medical education and accreditation as well as professor of ophthalmology and pathology, was elected treasurer of the National Resident Matching Program (NRMP) Board of Directors at its most recent Board of Directors meeting

Milwaukee High School Student Wins International Award for Research Conducted at MCW Lab

Aug. 2 - A junior at the University School of Milwaukee will soon have his name written in the stars.

MCW offers multidisciplinary approach to treating sleep disorders

Aug. 2 - Sleep is something we often take for granted and something one does not appreciate or think about much…until it is unattainable. When it is absent or elusive, it becomes almost an obsession.

Dialing back on pain: comprehensive approach to pain management

July 26 - What exactly is pain? We've all felt it to varying degrees, so are very familiar with it on a personal level. But what you might not be aware of is the science behind why you hurt.

Dr. Carmen Bergom receives Mary Kay Foundation research grant

July 25 - Carmen Bergom, MD, PhD, assistant professor of radiation oncology, is a recipient of The Mary Kay Foundation 2017 research grant.

MCW, Kern Institute Featured in Modern Healthcare

July 25 - The Medical College of Wisconsin (MCW) and its President and CEO Dr. John Raymond were featured in a Modern Healthcare article, “Medical schools aim to make curricula mirror the real world,” published online July 24.

Visual Learning in Medical School

July 19 - MCW medical student Rushi Patel uses sketching and drawing to learn complex subject matter in medical school.

Governor Scott Walker signs four HOPE Agenda Bills into law at MCW-Green Bay

July 18 - Governor Scott Walker visited the Medical College of Wisconsin-Green Bay on Monday, July 17, to sign four new bills into law. These bills are part of The HOPE (Heroin Opiate Prevention and Education) Agenda, a bipartisan Wisconsin State Legislature effort to combat the heroin epidemic. MCW had a direct role in establishing, and will be significantly impacted by, two of the signed bills in particular.

MCW-Green Bay, MCW-Central Wisconsin welcome Class of 2020

July 18 - MCW-Green Bay and MCW-Central Wisconsin welcomed their newest classes of medical students in early July.

MCW Consortium on Public and Community Health call for nominations

July 13 - The Advancing a Healthier Wisconsin Endowment (AHW) is soliciting nominations to fill a public member vacancy on the Medical College of Wisconsin’s Consortium on Public and Community Health in the category of community health advocate.

CAIR, Russian researchers awarded grants from respective countries to collaborate on HIV efforts

July 12 - Yuri A. Amirkhanian, PhD, and Jeffrey A. Kelly, PhD, both professors of psychiatry and behavioral medicine in the MCW Center for AIDS Intervention Research (CAIR), were awarded a three-year grant under the US/Russia Bilateral Research Partnership on the Prevention and Treatment of HIV/AIDS initiative of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) Office of AIDS Research. The project is entitled, Social Network Intervention to Engage Community PLH to Enter HIV Medical Care.

Thriller at Miller

July 10 - The friendly rivalry between the Medical College of Wisconsin (MCW) and Marquette University’s Dental School returns to kick of its second decade at the 11th annual Thriller at Miller on July 15.

Biophysics researchers publish a review article in Chemical Reviews

July 10 - Researchers from the MCW Department of Biophysics recently had a review paper published in Chemical Reviews, a highly regarded and ranked journal with an impact factor of 47.9.

MACC Fund reaches $60 million milestone in research support

July 6 - The MACC Fund, Midwest Athletes Against Childhood Cancer, Inc., contributed $1,387,500 on June 27 to its three beneficiaries -- the Medical College of Wisconsin Cancer Center, Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin and the University of Wisconsin Carbone Cancer Center.

Dr. Konrad Soergel, founder of MCW’s division of gastroenterology, dies at age 87

July 6 - Konrad H. Soergel, MD, a 40-year member of the Medical College of Wisconsin faculty, founder of MCW’s division of gastroenterology, and a winner of the MCW 1988 Distinguished Service Award, died June 29. He was 87 years old.

A Presidential Experience

July 3 - In February 1990, Dr. John Weigelt, MD, DVM, professor of surgery and chief of trauma and critical surgery at the Medical College of Wisconsin, found himself aboard the USS Nassau off the shore of Barranquilla, Colombia, preparing for a possible medical emergency involving the U.S. President George H.W. Bush.

Dr. Dennis Han recognized with the American Academy of Ophthalmology Life Achievement Honor Award

July 3 - Dennis P. Han, MD, Jack A. and Elaine D. Professor of Ophthalmology, has earned the American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO) Life Achievement Honor Award for his career-long commitment to “advancing the profession and positively impacting patients’ eye health,” according to the AAO.

Community welcome receptions for inaugural psychiatry residents in central and northeast Wisconsin

July 3 - MCW kicked off the inaugural psychiatry residency programs with welcome events for the first classes of incoming residents in the central and northeastern Wisconsin residency programs.

Published paper looks at results of weight loss intervention for African American breast cancer survivors

June 23 - Melinda Stolley, PhD, associate director of cancer prevention and control in the MCW Cancer Center, completed a study called Moving Forward with 250 African American breast cancer survivors, successfully implementing an intervention to help these women make and maintain positive changes in weight, eating habits, physical activity and social support networks. The results of this work were recently published in the Journal of Clinical Oncology (JCO), a high-impact cancer journal.

Dr. Kellie Brown elected to Vascular Surgery Board

June 20 - Kellie R. Brown, MD, professor of surgery in the Division of Vascular Surgery, has been elected to a three-year term on the Vascular Surgery Board of the American Board of Surgery.

Wisconsin State Assembly recognizes MCW-Central Wisconsin

June 19 - The Wisconsin State Assembly passed a joint resolution on Wednesday, June 14, honoring the efforts of the Medical College of Wisconsin-Central Wisconsin since its opening in July 2016.

Four falcon chicks banded at MRMC Thermal Plant

June 19 - Four falcon chicks that are part of a statewide Urban Peregrine Falcon Recovery Program were recently banded at the Milwaukee Regional Medical Center (MRMC) Thermal plant.

Doctor Dad

June 15 - Medical College of Wisconsin-Green Bay student Ryan Berns (Class of 2018) knew it was a possibility, but when he found himself faced with the reality that he was going to deliver his own child he thought, “This is really happening.”

An Animated Approach to Patient Education

June 7 - It’s not often that a doctor asks her 5-year-old daughter for professional advice, but that’s exactly what Dr. Diana Lerner, an assistant professor of pediatric gastroenterology at the Medical College of Wisconsin, did when she was working on a project she had imagined since her residency.

Milwaukee Health Department honored with 2017 President’s Award for Community Partners

June 7 - The Milwaukee Health Department received the President’s Community Engagement Award for Community Partners. The Milwaukee Health Department Laboratory (MHDL) has been instrumental in developing a new community resource for analysis of soils for urban gardening that goes above and beyond standard practices.

Milwaukee VA celebrates 150 years of Veteran Care with June 3 event

June 2 - n May 3, 1867, 60 Civil War veterans moved into farmhouses on the Milwaukee VA Medical Center grounds, and the Center has been caring for veterans ever since. As part of its 150th anniversary celebration, there will be an event on the Milwaukee VA Medical Center grounds, 5000 W. National Ave., on Saturday, June 3, that includes tours, food, talks, displays, music and more.

Dr. John Weigelt receives Distinguished Alumnus Award from Michigan State

June 2 - John A. Weigelt, MD, DVM, Milt & Lidy Lunda/Charles Aprahamian Professor of Trauma Surgery, professor of surgery and chief of trauma and critical surgery, received a Distinguished Alumnus Award – Non-Practitioner from the Michigan State University College of Veterinary Medicine.

Dr. Kenneth Lee: Veteran, Doctor, Teammate

May 25 - Harry S. Truman. John F. Kennedy. Henry Kissinger. Pope John Paul II. Linda Carter. Those are just a few of the notable names Dr. Kenneth Lee joined when he received the 2017 AMVETS Silver Helmet Award in March.

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.