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Surgery: Where We’ve Been and Where We’re Going

Episode 49: Dr. Gerard Doherty Dr. Doherty was in Madison to deliver a Grands Rounds Talk about the history of surgery, and more importantly, where it’s going. How do we organize our professional lives? What could the surgeon’s office of the future look like? How do we sustain our careers and maintain a level of satisfaction? To hear Dr. Doherty’s Grand Round Talk, click here.


The History of Surgical Education in America

Episode 48: Dr. Joseph Losee Dr. Joseph Losee, Professor of Surgery and Pediatrics in the Division of Plastic Surgery at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, is our guest this week. I spoke with Dr. Losee after he gave a Grand Rounds talk called “The History of Surgical Education in America: Past, Present and Back to the Future.” It’s a remarkable distillation of how we got to where we are. We talk about the informal medical education of Colonial America and medicine’s Wild...


Loin Pain Hematuria Syndrome–A Surgical Disease

Episode 47: Dr. Robert Redfield On this episode, I speak with Dr. Robert Redfield, Assistant Professor in the Division of Transplantation in Department of Surgery here at U.W.—Madison, and hold the Endowed Chair, Berkman Family Transplantation Professorship. Dr. Redfield specializes in pancreatic and multi-organ transplants, along with autotransplantation. Today, we discuss the rare disease, Loin Pain Hematuria and the treatment offered here at the University of Wisconsin. I spoke to...


The Simplicity and Complexity of Organ Transplantation

Episode 46: Dr. Allan Kirk Dr. Kirk specializes in organ transplantation and is the chair of the Department of Surgery at Duke University. Dr. Kirk received his MD and PhD in Immunology from Duke University. He also received a fellowship from U.W.–Madison to study multi-organ transplantation. Dr. Kirk and I discuss the simplicity and complexity of organ transplantation and what defines a surgeon. I spoke to Dr. Kirk after he gave an illuminating Grand Rounds talk, which you can access...


The Opioid Crisis: One Surgeon’s Perspective.

Episode 45: Dr. Rebecca Busch Dr. Busch is a General Surgery Resident at UW but is currently taking two years away from her surgical training to pursue research with Dr. Kenneth Kudsk. Today, though, I speak with Dr. Busch not about her research, but about the epidemic of opioids ravaging our communities. She gave a recent Grand Rounds talk entitled, “The Opioid Crisis: One Surgeon’s Perspective.” The opioid crisis has directly impacted Dr. Busch’s family.


Measuring What (Also) Matters: High Quality End of Life Care

Epiode 44: Dr. Zara Cooper On this episode, I speak with Dr. Zara Cooper about high quality end of life care for seriously ill surgical patients. Dr. Cooper is an Assistant Professor of Surgery at Harvard Medical School and surgeon at Brigham and Women’s Hospital. She is also does research to improve end-of-life care through the National Institutes of Aging. Dr. Cooper is actively involved in ethics and palliative care education for surgical residents and fellows.


The Challenges of Rural Medicine

Season 2, Episode 43: Dr. Julie Conyers On this episode, we speak with Dr. Julie Conyers. She practices medicine at PeaceHealth Ketchikan Medical Center in Ketchikan, Alaska. Dr. Conyers is a general surgeon with more than 20-years’ experience, Dr. Conyers says she chose to specialize in general surgery after she “fell in love with it” during her third year of residency. Click HERE to see Dr. Conyer’s Grand Rounds talk [...]


#I Look Like a Surgeon with Drs. Logghe & Pitt

Season 2, Episode 42: Drs. Logghe and Pitt Today on The Surgery Sett, we talk about the rising movement of women surgeons with Dr. Heather Logghe and Dr. Susan Pitt (UW-Surgery). These doctors are two of the surgeons behind the Twitter hashtag #ILookLikeASurgeon, which raises the visibility of women surgeons and sparks discussion about the challenges women face in surgery. We discuss we how the #ILookLikeASurgeon movement grew online and reached millions of Twitter users. Dr. Logghe’s...


Maintaining Weight Loss

Season 2, Episode 41: Dr. Corrine Voils On this episode, we speak with Dr. Corrine Voils. She is a psychologist and the scientific director of Wisconsin Surgical Outcomes Research Program at the University of Wisconsin. Dr. Voils has been the Principal Investigator of randomized controlled trials to evaluate the efficacy of a weight loss maintenance intervention. She will be discussing her findings about weight loss maintenance at the 2018 UW Obesity Management Summit to be held May 18 &...


Surgical Power Couples

Episode 39, Drs. Laurel Rice and Chip Foley In this episode of The Surgery Sett, the guests are Dr. Chip Foley and Dr. Laurel Rice. The two physicians are married and one of the power couples of surgery here in Madison. They did a Grand Rounds talk on the subject, which can be seen here. Dr. Foley specializes in the treatment of diseases of the colon and rectum, including colon and rectal cancer, ulcerative colitis, Crohn’s disease, and diverticulitis. He is also the vice chairman of...


Air Power to Sound Power: Vocal Chords as a Transformer

In this episode, we speak with Dr. Seth Dailey, a surgeon in the Division of Otolaryngology at the University of Wisconsin. Most people who suffer from voice disorders do not seek help. Dr. Dailey is here discuss what a vocalizing society we have become. (Hello, Alexa!) In his practice, he sees professionals such as singers but he also sees a lot of teachers. He specializes in voice, airway and swallowing disorders. Dr. Dailey is course director for University of Wisconsin Laryngeal...


A Transplant Journey Spanning 50 Years and 2 Continents

A Transplant Journey Spanning 50 Years and 2 Continents Season 2, Episode 6: Dr. Munci Kalayoglu In today’s episode, host Dr. Jonathan Kohler had the fantastic opportunity to sit down with famed UW-Madison surgeon, Dr. Munci Kalayoglu. His medical practice has spanned multiple continents and he not only started the UW-Madison liver transplant program, but he has continued to do similar work after he left. Today he speaks to us about his incredibly journey throughout his career as a...


Hernias, Surgery, and Primates, Oh My! Taking Surgical Skills to the Zoo

Season 2, Episode 5: Dr. Andrew Wright In this episode, we connect by phone with Dr. Andrew Wright, an Associate Professor of Surgery at UW Medicine/Northwest Hospital and Medical Center in Seattle, Washington. Dr. Wright specializes in advanced gastrointestinal and hernia surgery and recently put his skills to the test when he performed an emergency hernia repair on a 450lb Silverback Gorilla named Vip (Very Important Primate). Dr. Wright talks about this astonishing surgery and how he...


Where Will Surgical Robotic Technology Go From Here?

Season 2, Episode 4: Dr. Melissa Hogg What’s next for robotics in surgery? This episode features Dr. Melissa Hogg, an Assistant Professor of Surgery from the University of Pittsburgh. Dr. Hogg specializes in the use of surgical robotic technology and spoke to us about her experience learning and teaching the technology as well as where she believes the technology will go from here. We hope you enjoy! Watch Dr. Hogg’s Grand Rounds here: Recorded...


Super-Micro Surgery: Innovations at 1mm Wide

Season 2, Episode 3: Dr. Brett Michelotti In this episode of the Surgery Sett, we’re joined by Dr. Brett Michelotti, an Assistant Professor and Plastic Surgeon at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Dr. Michelotti works with super micro surgery and discusses techniques for helping patients with lymphedema with a microscope powerful enough to work with blood vessels less than 1mm wide. Watch Dr. Michelotti’s Grand Rounds here: Recorded...


What We Talk About When We Talk About Surgery

Season 2, Episode 1: Dr. Jonathan Kohler. In this episode we hear from our host, Dr. Jonathan Kohler, as he kicks off the second season of the Surgery Sett. Dr. Kohler discusses his work communicating what surgery is to the public and the expectations that television and film place on the profession. We hope you enjoy!


Innovative Approaches to Surgical Education

In this episode, we’re joined by esteemed surgical educator and Wisconsin Alum, Dr. David Farley. Dr. Farley has been a surgical educator at the Mayo Clinic for nearly two decades. His innovative approach to surgical education uses games and challenges to help students deepen their understanding of the core material. In addition, he’s also been extremely crafty when it comes to building surgical simulators. This is an episode you won’t want to miss! Recorded 6/7/2017


Contributing to the Process: Collaboration and Mentorship in Medicine

In this special episode, we revisit Dr. Ronald Maier’s discussion of mentorship in medicine in honor of his being named President of the American College of Surgeons. Dr. Maier is a trauma surgery researcher from the University of Washington and he sat down with guest host Daniel Abbott last February to discuss the importance of mentorship in medicine, how to be a better mentor, and the importance of a collaborative work environment to foster innovation. We hope you enjoy! Recorded...


Surgical Training and the Impacts of Competency Based Evaluation

Episode 28, Jo Buyske Dr. Jo Buyske, the Associate Executive Director and the Director of Evaluation at the American Board of Surgery, discusses the future of surgical residency training with guest host Daniel Abbott. They look at the potential impacts competency-based evaluation could have on both high and low preforming surgical trainees, and discuss the current status of resident autonomy. Recorded 5/24/2017


Setting the Standards for Surgical Quality

Episode 27, Sarah Tevis In this episode, guest host Daniel Abbott sits down with Dr. Sarah Tevis, a general surgery resident here at UW, and the founding chair of the UW’s Resident Quality and Safety Committee. Dr. Tevis explains how she became interested in helping improve surgical outcomes, and delves into some of the pressing questions about improving patient care. She discusses who should be developing the standards for quality metrics, and looks at the debate buzzing around payment...