Amy Zelenski, PhD, assistant professor, General Internal Medicine, is known in the department for bringing her theater training—and specific skills like improvisation, storytelling, spontaneity and observation—to spark resident learning.

Now, in her new role as the Department of Medicine’s inaugural director of education innovation and scholarship, Zelenski will use...

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Thanks to leadership from Nasia Safdar, MD, PhD, professor, Infectious Disease, and colleagues, the William S. Middleton Memorial Veterans Hospital will join a national network of VA medical centers dedicated to strengthening clinical research at those centers.

The Network of Dedicated Enrollment Sites (NODES) currently consists of 10 VA medical centers with...

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1. Agarwal PD, Lucey MR. Management of hepatocellular carcinoma recurrence after liver transplantation. Ann Hepatol. 2021;27(1):100654.
2. Aggarwal R, Rydzewski NR, Zhang L, Foye A, Kim W, Helzer KT, Bakhtiar H, Chang SL, Perry MD, Gleave M, Reiter RE, Huang J, Evans CP, Alumkal JJ, Lang JM, Yu M, Quigley...

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Angela Byars-Winston, PhD, professor, General Internal Medicine, has been appointed to the Advisory Council for the National Institute of General Medical Sciences, one of the 27 centers and institutes in the National Institutes of Health. The council performs second-level peer review of research and training grant applications to NIGMS...

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At an awards ceremony on November 30, 2021, UW Health recognized physicians who have demonstrated exceptional performance in clinical practice, education, or regional services and displayed a commitment to the UW Health mission, vision and values. The Department of Medicine had three award winners.

Clinical Educator Award

Sam Lubner, MD...

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This year’s Fellowship Match Day on December 1, 2021, was a success for many of the Department of Medicine residents seeking subspecialty fellowships, as well as the department’s own fellowship programs.

Residency director, Andrew Coyle, MD, says he is excited to see so many residents remain at UW-Madison’s strong...

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Amy Kind, MD, PhD, professor, Geriatrics and Gerontology, has been named inaugural Associate Dean for Social Health Sciences and Programs at UW SMPH. 

In this role, she will oversee and create synergies among the school’s current and future initiatives focused on the underlying mechanisms and the eradication of health disparities...

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1. Bal S, Malek E, Kansagra A, Usmani SZ, Vij R, Godby KN, Cornell RF, Kang Y, Umyarova E, Giri S, Chhabra S, Liedtke M, Callander NS, Hari P, Kumar S, Costa LJ. Treatment outcomes of triple class refractory multiple myeloma: a benchmark for new therapies. Leukemia. 2021. 2. Breyer...
In a new study designed to better understand and combat biofilm, a sticky, armor-like goo, that encases clusters of disease-causing organisms, David Andes, MD, professor, Infectious Disease, and his collaborators identified some of the key proteins in biofilms of the fungus Candida albicans that control both how they resist antifungal...
1. Arias F, Alegria M, Kind AJ, Jones RN, Travison TG, Marcantonio ER, Schmitt EM, Fong TG, Inouye SK. A framework of social determinants of health for delirium tailored to older adults. J Am Geriatr Soc. 2021. 2. Astor BC, Hirschman K, Kennedy J, Frinak S, Besarab A. Development and...
Appleton resident Donald Krause became the first patient in the country last week to undergo an investigational cell therapy for a debilitating heart condition called chronic myocardial ischemia (CMI). Krause, who’s been suffering from CMI for years, volunteered to be part of the Phase III CardiAMP Cell Therapy Trial at...
Cynthia Carlsson, MD, MS, professor, Geriatrics and Gerontology, director of the Wisconsin Alzheimer’s Institute and clinical core leader of the Wisconsin Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center will serve as the next Chair of the US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Advisory Council on Alzheimer’s Research, Care, and Services. This...
Equity and inclusion in academic medicine is a highly sought-after change and big task for any department. One way organizations initiate this change is through educational interventions, like training and workshops for faculty. However, these interventions are only effective if faculty attend. That is why Molly Carnes, MD, MS, professor...
Over the last few decades, scientists have discovered that long-term calorie restriction provides a wealth of benefits in animals: lower weight, better blood sugar control, even longer lifespans. Researchers have largely assumed that reduced food intake drove these benefits by reprogramming metabolism. But a new study led by Dudley Lamming...
Shenikqua Bouges, MD, assistant professor, Geriatrics and Gerontology, and Christine Sharkey, MD, clinical assistant professor, Rheumatology, were accepted into the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health (SMPH) Centennial Scholars/Centennial Clinicians Program.  The competitive program develops faculty whose diversity enhances the quality of education, clinical care and research...
Vital Signs is featuring introductions to many of the new faculty members and chief residents who joined us over the past year. Each has been invited to provide some background about their primary professional focus in clinical, research, and/or medical education, what drew them to UW-Madison, their hopes and dreams...
Nasia Safdar, MD, PhD, professor, Infectious Disease, has been named the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health’s inaugural associate dean for clinical trials and the research director of the new Wisconsin Medicine Institute for Clinical Trials, a joint venture between the school and UW Health. As associate...