Alan Bridges, MD, professor and interim division chief, Rheumatology, senior vice chair, Department of Medicine, and chief of staff at the William S. Middleton Memorial Veterans Hospital, has won the prestigious Veterans Heath Administration (VHA) John D. Chase Award for Executive Excellence in Health Care.

This award recognizes sustained...

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Last spring, when researchers began pivoting their studies to COVID-19 research, Miriam Shelef, MD, PhD, associate professor, Rheumatology, saw the need for a biological repository of blood samples from individuals who have recovered from the virus.

Dr. Shelef started sending emails to see if anyone at UW–Madison was banking...

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Scientists at the University of Wisconsin–Madison, including David Andes, MD, professor, Infectious Disease, have discovered a new antifungal compound found in the microbiome of a sea squirt from the Florida Keys. The antifungal, which the scientists named turbinmicin, efficiently targets multi-drug–resistant strains of deadly fungi without toxic side effects in...

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Matthew Merrins, PhD, assistant professor, Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism, recently led a study on insulin secretion that has changed previous thinking, and could open up doors for new research to be done on diabetes treatments. Dr. Merrins and his colleagues look at activating the enzyme, pyruvate kinase, as a way to increase insulin secretion...

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As an accomplished clinical researcher who is committed to serving marginalized groups, Shenikqua Bouges, MD, assistant professor, Geriatrics and Gerontology, was named one of this year’s UW-Madison Outstanding Women of Color. Her generosity, passion for her work, and spirit of service have inspired those around her, and have not...

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Jeff and Lynn Bakiares’ remarkable relationship with Didier Mandelbrot, MD, professor, Nephrology—and their overwhelmingly positive experiences with the UW Health kidney transplant program overall—has resulted in the creation of a new endowed professorship.

Thanks to a generous gift from Jeff and Lynn Bakiares through the Virginia Lee Cook Foundation...

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Shivani Garg, MD, MS, assistant professor, Rheumatology, was the lead author on a study that found Black patients with lupus in the U.S. have a three times higher risk of stroke and a 24-fold higher risk for ischemic heart disease. The researchers also identified risk factors that were predictive of...
By tracking COVID-19 virus mutation, a study published in Nature Communications that includes co-authors Nasia Safdar, MD, PhD, and Caitlin Pepperell, MD, FRCPC, shows the success that stay-at-home orders had in preventing the spread of the virus. According to an analysis of the genome sequences of virus samples collected from...
For Bret Benally Thompson, MD, clinical assistant professor, Hematology, Medical Oncology and Palliative Care, medicine was a career he dreamed of as a boy—and ultimately attained in midlife. A member of the White Earth Band of Ojibwe, Benally Thompson grew up off the reservation but was immersed in the cultures...
UW Health recently recognized physicians and advanced practice providers (APPs) who have demonstrated exceptional performance in clinical practice, education or regional services and displayed a commitment to the UW Health mission, vision and values. A number of physicians and APPs from the Department of Medicine were nominated, with two award...
Mariah Quinn, MD, MPH, associate professor, General Internal Medicine, has been selected as UW Health’s first Chief Wellness Officer. Dr. Quinn will be responsible for leading the vision and strategic direction for provider well-being across the health system, including the measurement of burnout and professional fulfillment of providers and the...
As the COVID-19 pandemic took hold in regions across the United States in the spring, governors, mayors and local leaders hoping to quell the spread of the virus turned to the only actionable defenses available at the time: They closed schools and businesses, banned mass gatherings, issued stay-at-home orders and...
On October 1, 2020, the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health and UW Health removed race from a formula routinely used to assess kidney function. With conversations about racism and equity circulating the country, Marin Darsie, MD, assistant professor, Emergency Medicine and Neurosurgery, was thinking about inequities...
Higher education institutions frequently offer mentored research experiences to increase undergraduate student interest, motivation and preparedness for research careers in Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematic and Medicine (STEMM) fields. However, for participating students from historically underrepresented groups, unaddressed cultural factors may hinder engagement and result in a less effective mentoring relationship...
“I completed the Health Equity Leadership Scholars program. I also have an ICTR grant to study the impact of incarceration on cancer outcomes in Wisconsin, present lectures around the health care of immigrants and refugees in Wisconsin and sit on the Graduate Medical Education Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion committee.” —Farah...
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