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Froedtert & MCW: Drs. deRoon Cassini, Hillard, Receive $350,000 NIH Grant

Nov. 25 - Terri deRoon Cassini, PhD, (Surgery –Trauma & Critical Care) and Cecilia Hillard, PhD, (Director, Neuroscience Research Center; Pharmacology & Toxicology) received a two-year, $350,000 grant from the National Institute of Mental Health to investigate the biological mechanisms. Wauwatosa Now

Dr. Michael E. Mitchell Named 2014 Health Care Hero

Nov. 25 - Milwaukee BizTimes named Dr. Michael E. Mitchell as a 2014 Health Care Hero in the category of Advancements in Health Care. Biz Times

Dr. Raj Rao receives David Selby Award of the North American Spine Society

Nov. 19 - Dr. Raj Rao received the 2014 David Selby Award of the North American Spine Society. The award was presented at the society’s annual meeting in San Francisco.

Dr. Baker Receives $1.8 Million NASA Grant to Study Risk of Space Radiation on the Heart

Nov. 17 - NASA awarded a $1.8 million grant to John Baker, PhD to determine the risk of developing degenerative heart disease from exposure to space radiation. Milwaukee Business Journal and Fox 6 Now

Dr. Turaga Authors Commentary on Study Citing Colon Cancer Increases Among Young Adults

Nov. 11 - In a commentary published in JAMA Surgery, Dr. Kiran Turaga discusses the unsettling implications of an adjoining study by MD Anderson Cancer Center researchers that found that the incidence of colon and rectal cancers are rising among men and women between 20-35 years of age. Dr. Turaga’s comments are included in more than 125 news stories worldwide. Daily Mail,Cleveland and Forbes

Dr. Gamblin Discusses Successful Treatment of Rare Liver Cancer

Nov. 11 - In a feature story on Fox-TV/Channel 6, Dr. Clark Gamblin discusses the successful treatment of a patient’s rare liver cancer. Dr. Gamblin believes that that treatment approach used may be the first in the U.S. Fox 6 Now

Dr. Baker Receives $1.8 Million NASA Grant to Study Impact of Space Radiation

Nov. 11 - John Baker, PhD received a four-year, $1.8 million grant from NASA to determine the risk of developing degenerative heart disease from exposure to space radiation. Wauwatosa Now

Effect of chemotherapy on surgical resection of liver tumors

Nov. 7 - Researchers at MCW and CHW were involved in a study that suggests an opportunity to reduce chemotherapy in up to 65% of patients with hepatoblastoma. Newswise

Colon cancers may be increasing among young adults

Nov. 6 - A study published in JAMA Surgery reports the rate of colorectal cancer in young adults is rising. Kiran Turaga, MD, MPH published a commentary that accompanied the study in which he suggests the findings should stimulate opportunities to develop better risk-prediction tools. Reuters Health

Wisconsin Cancer Council recognizes Honoring Choices

Nov. 5 - Honoring Choices Wisconsin, an initiative of the Wisconsin Medical Society, was recognized with a Community Service Award during the Wisconsin Cancer Council’s (WCC) Annual Meeting Thursday, Oct. 23, in Madison. Lauren Kosinski, MD, (surgery) is the chair-elect of the WCC. Wisconsin Health News

Can space travel hurt your heart? NASA funds research to explore the evidence

Nov. 3 - The Medical College of Wisconsin has received a four-year, $1.8 million grant from NASA to determine the risk of developing degenerative heart disease from exposure to space radiation.

Sarah Misustin named PA of the Year

Oct. 14 - Sarah Misustin, inpatient Physician Assistant on the Breast, Pancreas and Endocrine Service in the Division of Surgical Oncology at the Medical College of Wisconsin and Froedtert Hospital, was named PA of the Year by the Wisconsin Academy Physician Assistants at its annual awards banquet in Stevens Point.

MCW committed to fighting pancreatic cancer

Oct. 3 - US Airways Magazine featured the Froedtert & the Medical College of Wisconsin Cancer Center in its new magazine. US Airways Magazine

Melodie Wilson Oldenburg Breast Cancer Symposium planned for October 3

Aug. 26 - The Department of Surgery is hosting the Froedtert/Medical College of Wisconsin (MCW) Melodie Wilson Oldenburg Breast Cancer Symposium on Friday, October 3 in the MCW Alumni Center.

First MCW Foregut Symposium planned for Oct. 11

Sept. 24 - The Department of Surgery is hosting the first Medical College of Wisconsin (MCW) Foregut Symposium on Saturday, October 11 in Conference M, located on the third floor of the Froedtert & MCW Clinical Cancer Center (8800 W. Doyne Avenue).

Mesothelioma awareness event planned for September 30

Sept. 16 - Froedtert and the Medical College of Wisconsin are hosting a reception on Tuesday, September 30 to promote awareness about mesothelioma.

Fall Research Seminar planned for September 26

Sept. 17 - The MCW Department of Surgery is hosting the fifth annual Fall Research Seminar on Friday, September 26 in the Helfaer Auditorium, located on level one of Froedtert West.

“Medical miracle” celebrated at Miller Park

Sept. 08 - A local man who defied the odds and beat colon cancer got to fulfill a lifelong dream and stand on the field at Miller Park before Saturday’s game. His care team, including surgical oncologist Dr. Kiran Turaga, joined him for the game. Fox 6

Programs aim to standardize surgical care for children

Sept. 04 - The Wall Street Journal featured a story about a new program that classifies pediatric surgical centers based on the level of care provided. Keith Oldham, MD, Marie Z. Uihlein Professor and chief of pediatric surgery at MCW, was instrumental in creating the program and was featured in the story. Wall Street Journal

Dr. White Receives RSNA Grant to Study Metastatic Colorectal Cancer

Aug. 18 - Dr. Sarah Beth White was awarded a two-year, $150,000 Research Scholar Grant by the Radiological Society of North America Research and Education Foundation to study metastatic colorectal cancer. Wauwatosa Now

Dr. Tina Yen wins $100,000 Clinical Investigator Award

Sept. 12 - Tina Yen, MD, MS, a surgical oncologist and Associate Professor of Surgery at the Medical College of Wisconsin (MCW), was presented with a James Ewing Foundation/Society of Surgical Oncology Clinical Investigator Award at the Society’s annual Cancer Symposium. The two-year award promotes patient-oriented research conducted by surgical oncologists in clinical and translational science.

Dr. Hong Discusses Expansion of Transplant Program

Aug 2 - Dr. Johnny Hong discusses plans to expand the joint organ transplant program for MCW, Froedtert, Children’s and the BloodCenter in the Milwaukee Business Journal. Milwaukee Business Journal

Text Messages Remind Pre-Op Patients to Follow Showering Instructions

Aug. 04 - In a study published in the Journal of the American College of Surgeons, Charles Edmiston, Jr., PhD found that text messages are an effective way to remind patients to follow shower directions before coming to the hospital for surgery. Outpatient Surgery Magazine

Research on Angled Front/Side Impact Crashes

July 29 - In an ABC-TV/Channel 12 report, Frank Pintar, PhD discusses research in MCW’s Vehicle Crashworthiness Lab at the Zablocki VA Medical Center on angled front/side impact crashes. The report notes that MCW research has contributed to the development of side, curtain, and knee airbags in automobiles. Dr. David Milia discusses the types of injuries created by angled crashes that are treated at the Children’s and Froedtert Trauma Centers. WISN

Dr. Charles E. Edmiston recognized by Wisconsin Division of Public Health for research initiative

July 09 - Charles E. Edmiston, Jr., PhD, CIC, Professor of Surgery and Director of the Surgical Microbiology Research Laboratory, has been recognized by the Wisconsin Division of Public Health’s Infection Prevention and Public Health Update for his research efforts to define an evidence-based approach for reducing the risk of surgical site infections.

Dr. Kiran Turaga presents Grand Rounds at UW Madison on peritoneal surface malignancies

July 08 - Kiran Turaga, MD, MPH, Assistant Professor of Surgery (Surgical Oncology), presented Cancer Center Grand Rounds at the University of Wisconsin-Madison Carbone Cancer Center. His presentation was on peritoneal surface malignancies.

New Device Used to Treat Acid Reflux

June 10 - In a report on the increasing numbers of children with acid reflux, NBC-TV/Channel 4 notes that a new device called the LINX - a small, flexible band of titanium beads placed on the esophagus - is being offered at Froedtert as a form of treatment for acid reflux. 620 WTMJ

Dr. Brasel Discusses Automobile Crash-Related Aortic Tears as a Cause of Death

June 04 - Dr. Karen Brasel told the Philadelphia Inquirer that aortic tears are a common cause of death in automobile crashes. Philly News

Carl W. Eberbach Lecture scheduled for June 13

May 30 - John L. Cameron, MD, the Alfred Blalock Distinguished Service Professor of Surgery at The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, will deliver the 54th annual Eberbach Lecture on Friday, June 13, in the Froedtert Hospital Helfaer Auditorium. His presentation, William Stewart Halsted, Our Surgical Heritage, will begin at 4 p.m.

Dr. Gould Implants Magnetic Beads to Treat GERD

May 05 - The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports on surgery performed by Dr. Jon Gould (Surgery – General) to correct GERD by placing a small ring of titanium magnetic beads at the place where her esophagus and stomach meet. Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Dr. Weigelt to Conduct Pigskin Graft Surgery on Badly-Burned Dog

April 28 - Dr. John Weigelt who also is a veterinarian, is working with the Milwaukee Emergency Center for Animals to conduct needed surgery on an abused dog that has second and third degree burns. Fox 6 Now

Dr. Hong Discusses Value of Partial Liver Transplantation

April 28 - Dr. Johnny Hong provides background information on partial liver transplantation on a Fox-TV/Channel 6 report on a father who donated a portion of his liver to his infant son. Fox 6 Now

Vascular Access Symposium planned for May 15

April 23 - The Medical College of Wisconsin (MCW) Department of Surgery is hosting the fourth annual Vascular Access Symposium on Thursday, May 15, in the MCW Alumni Center. The event targets medical professionals who work with end-stage renal disease patients to improve aspects of care related to patients’ dialysis access.

Complex abdominal hernia symposium planned for April 25

April 08 - The Medical College of Wisconsin Department of Surgery is hosting the Complex Abdominal Wall Reconstruction and Inguinal Hernia Symposium on Friday, April 25, in Health Research Center room H1210. The event targets general surgeons, plastic surgeons and allied health professionals involved in the care of patients who require abdominal wall reconstruction.

Dr. Ludwig Discusses Incidence of Colorectal Cancer

Apr 3 - March is Colon Cancer Awareness Month. Fox 6 News & Living Lake Country

Dr. Tutton Reports on Success of Vertebral Augmentation to Relieve Spinal Fracture Pain

Apr 3 - Dr. Sean Tutton reported at the Society of Interventional Radiology’s annual meeting that a new type of vertebral augmentation proved successful in a clinical trial in relieving pain for patients with spinal fractures caused by osteoporosis or weakened bones. The Seattle Times, Science Codex, & dailyRX

Laughing for a Cure event on April 25 to raise funds for abdominal cancer research

Mar. 31 - The second annual Laughing for a Cure will be held Friday, April 25, at 6 p.m. at Milwaukee’s Comedy Café, 615 E. Brady Street. Proceeds from the event, which will include three live comics, will go to the Sebastian Raclaw Abdominal Cancer Research Fund at the Medical College of Wisconsin, which supports innovative abdominal cancer research.

Milwaukee Woman Spreads Awareness About Colon Cancer

Mar 28 - Fox 6 profiled a local women who battled colon cancer five years ago, and is now an advocate for colorectal cancer awareness. Fox 6 News

Solid Organ Transplantation Program Featured

Mar 26 - BizTimes published an in-depth feature on the Solid Organ Transplantation Joint Program under the leadership of Dr. Johnny Hong. BizTimes

Oconomowoc Man Defeats Colon Cancer

Mar 25 - The Oconomowoc Focus profiled a local man who was treated for colon cancer at Froedtert & the Medical College of Wisconsin. Oconomowoc Focus

Proposed Harmony Initiative Project Interested in Saving Laacke & Joys Buildings

Mar 18 - Officials with the proposed Harmony Initiative said they are planning to save the Laacke & Joys buildings near downtown Milwaukee if they buy the property for their new arts and health care project. Milwaukee Business Journal

Dr. Rao Elected to Board of American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons

Mar 18 - Dr. Raj Rao has been elected to the Board of Directors of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons. Becker's Spine Review

Patient Makes Lifestyle Changes to Qualify for New VAD Model

Mar 11 - Dr. Robert Love contributes to an NBC-TV/Channel 4 report on a Milwaukee man’s commitment to lifestyle changes so that he could become one of the nation’s first patients to be approved for a new model of a ventricular assist device. 620 WTMJ-AM

Dr. Oldham Chairs Task Force on National Resources Needed for Childhood Surgery

Mar 11 - Dr. Keith Oldham was Chairman of the American College of Surgeons’ Task Force for Children’s Surgical Care, which developed new comprehensive guidelines that define the resources the nation’s surgical facilities need to perform operations effectively and safely in infants and children. Journal of the American College of Surgeons

Editorial by Dr. Kosinski Encourages Physicians to use Hospital Stairways

Feb 25 - Dr. Lauren Kosinski discusses the benefits of using hospital stairwells by exercise-deprived physicians. General Surgery News

Dr. Hong Discusses Joint Solid Organ Transplant Program

Feb 18 - Dr. Johnny Hong discussed the joint MCW-Froedtert-Children’s Solid Organ Transplant Program on WTMJ-AM. 620 WTMJ-AM

Change of Heart

Feb 17 - The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel followed a Froedtert & the Medical College patient with heart failure as she was first put on a total artificial heart, then a portable device, and then, months later, a heart transplant. Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Father Donates Portion of Liver to Save His Infant Son’s Life

Feb 6 - A front-page article in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports on a father who donated a portion of his liver to save his infant son’s life. Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Donating liver to save son “the best thing I ever did in my life”

Jan 31 - The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel profiled a Milwaukee man who donated part of his liver to save his 19-month old son who was in liver failure. Johnny Hong, MD, was the surgeon on the case and was interviewed for the story. Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Dr. Hong Reports on Pediatric Liver Transplant Outcomes

Dec 6 - In a study published online in JAMA Surgery, Dr. Johnny Hong reports that liver transplant outcomes in children are similar whether organ donation follows circulatory or brain death. News Daily

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