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When Death Becomes Life: Notes from a Transplant Surgeon

Episode 60: Dr. Joshua Mezrich from UW’s Department of Surgery discusses his new book When Death Becomes Life: Notes from a Transplant Surgeon. The book chronicles his own journey to become a transplant surgeon, along with an insightful history of the field. It will be published January 15, 2019. Dr. Mezrich was also our first guest on the Surgery Sett. He tells the "Story of Big Daddy," which was the original title of his book. Listen to Episode 60 to find out why he changed the title.


Upending Medical Education

Episode 59: Ann O’Rourke, MD, MPH, FACS Dr. O’Rourke is the program director for medical student education at the University of Wisconsin’s Department of Surgery. Dr. O’Rourke has played a key role in the new ForWard curricula that upends the traditional medical school model. Learn more about medical training at UW discussed in the episode. Listen to Dr. O’Rourke’s Grand Rounds Talk.


The Value of Child Trauma Centers

Episode 58: Mark Slidell, MD, MPH, is an Assistant Professor of Surgery at the University of Chicago. He specializes in pediatric surgery and is the Director of Pediatric Trauma at Comer’s Children Hospital.


Cars Curing Kids and Other Charitable Work

Episode 57: Peter Nichol, MD Dr. Peter Nichol discusses his commitment to rural healthcare on this week’s episode of the Surgery Sett. Dr. Kohler and Dr. Nichol also discuss Dr. Nichol’s work with Cars Curing Kids foundation and other charitable work to improve health for children in Wisconsin. Here are links to organizations discussed in this podcast:


The Possibilities of 3D Printing in Surgical Education

Episode 56: Dr. Joshua Hermsen from UW’s Department of Surgery, who specializes in pediatric cardiothoracic surgery. Dr. Hermsen has some very innovative research interests. We discuss the use of medical 3D printing in surgical training. To hear Dr. Hermsen’s Grand Rounds Talk, click here


The Benefits of Fellowships for Residents

Episode 55: Dr. B. Timothy Baxter is a professor of Surgery at the University of Nebraska Medical Center. He specializes in Vascular Surgery and plays a big role at Nebraska’s Vascular Fellowship program. Dr. Baxter and I spoke about the importance of a fellowship during a residency. It’s a time to think and plan one’s profession and on opportunity for personal growth. The benefits go beyond the lab. I spoke with Dr. Baxter after he gave his Grand Rounds Talkhere at UW.


Gender Equality In Surgery

Episode 54: Drs. Caprice Greenberg and Jake Greenberg both teach here at the University of Wisconsin, Madison, and have made gender equality within the surgical community a focus of their work. We have an insightful discussion about everything from pay gaps to parental leave. We also mention a number of resources for those interested in inclusion within surgery. Those are listed below. The Association of Women Surgeons Twitter feed:...


A Culture of Wellness

Episode 53: Dr. Catherine Cheng is a national speaker on physician health and well-being. Her medical interests are stress management, social and emotional aspects of health, and health education. She is a clinical instructor at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. Dr. Kohler spoke with Dr. Cheng after she gave her Grand Rounds Talk, “We Are the System: From Personal Resilience to A Culture of Wellness.” Here are links to books...


How Humanites Make Better Surgeons

Episode 52: Dr. Seymour Schwartz, MD Dr. Schwartz is a ninety-year-old pioneer in medicine and the longtime editor of the world’s leading surgery textbook, Schwartz’s Principles of Surgery. 2017 marked the fiftieth anniversary of the book’s publication. In his “post-op” life, as he calls it, Dr. Schwartz has become a cartographer and has delved deeply into the Humanities.


The Education of Surgeons

Episode 51: Dr. Gurjit Sandhu How do we know residents are ready to be surgeons? Dr. Gurjit Sandhu of the University of Michigan joins us to discuss the new assessment tools being developed in medical education. Entrustable Professional Activities are the future of surgical education, and the UW's Department of Surgery is part of a pilot project sponsored by the American Board of Surgery to study how medical schools assess the abilities of graduating residents.


New Treatments in Melanoma

Episode 50: Dr. Carol Bradford Dr. Carol Bradford of the University of Michigan Rogel Cancer Center has discovered new ways to help patients with melanoma without doing too much or too little. Find out more about Sentinel Lymph Node Biopsy on this week’s episode of The Surgery Sett. To hear Dr. Bradford’s Grand Rounds Talk, “Contemporary Management of Melanoma of the Head and Neck,” click here.


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 Dr....


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 here.


The Opioid Crisis: One Surgeon’s Perspective.

Episode 45: Dr. Rebecca 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, Dr. Busch talks 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

Episode 44: Dr. Zara Cooper is an Assistant Professor of Surgery at Harvard Medical School and surgeon at Brigham and Women’s Hospital. Dr. Cooper talks about high quality end of life care for seriously ill surgical patients. 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

Episode 43: Dr. Julie Conyers 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 “Medicine and Wide Open Spaces.”


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

Episode 42: Dr. Heather Logghe and Dr. Susan Pitt (UW-Surgery) are two of the women 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 blog, which we discuss, is


Maintaining Weight Loss

Episode 41: Dr. Corrine Voils 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 & 19 at Monona Terrace in downtown Madison. Registration is open...