MEDICAL COLLEGE OF WISCONSIN NEWS



NIH Awards $5.5 Million Grant for Alzheimer’s Research
May 4 - Shi Jiang Li, PhD of the Medical College of Wisconsin in collaboration with the University of Wisconsin-Madison have received a four-year, $5.5 million grant to better understand how communication between parts of the brain changes as the result of normal aging or of dementia. The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel


Dr. Dietch Discusses Importance of Early Detection of Breast Cancer
May 4 - When it comes to battling breast cancer, every second counts. One breast cancer survivor's journey to recovery was a little easier -- thanks to early detection. For Beth Van Grinsven, early detection was crucial. Sarah Dietch, breast imaging doctor at Froedtert & the Medical College of Wisconsin, is quoted. Fox6Now


Dr. Khan Finds Small Molecule Drug is Effective in Helping Patients with Kidney Disease
May 4 - A new study by Abdul Hye Khan, an instructor of pharmacology and toxicology at MCW has found that a small molecule drug can help patients with chronic kidney disease. The new study, published in the journal Clinical Science, tested a small molecule drug called EET-A and found it can significantly lessen the damage that occurs when cancer patients receive radiotherapy. Efforts are now focusing on bringing EET-A to clinical trial. The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel


Dr. Evans Discusses Need for Complex Surgeries to be Performed by Experienced Specialists
May 4 - The largely unfettered ability of surgeons with minimal expertise to perform high-risk procedures — particularly at hospitals that lack experience caring for significant numbers of patients — has been the subject of a contentious, long-running battle known as the volume-outcome debate. Washington Post


CIBMTR’s Role in Aiding Chernobyl Victims Recalled on 30th Anniversary
May 4 - Monday marked exactly 30 years since the explosion at the Chernobyl nuclear power station in Ukraine. It was the worst nuclear accident ever seen. What may be forgotten is how Milwaukee was thrust into the spotlight when doctors saved lives after the disaster. The chief historian at the Medical College of Wisconsin shared how they sponsored three American doctors from California to fly to the now former Soviet Union. The doctors performed life-saving bone transplants to nineteen people.TMJ4


Froedtert and Medical College of Wisconsin named area's safest hospital
May 2 - Leapfrog’s April 25 release of its 2016 hospital safety scores triggered local coverage in cities nationwide. In Milwaukee, WTMJ4-TV called Foedtert Hospital to request an interview after seeing that the hospital received an A grade. Froedtert’s Chief Quality Officer, Dr. Sid Singh, was able to accommodate the request, and the result was a terrific story highlighting the quality of our care.TMJ4


Froedtert Has State’s Highest Organ Transplant Survival Rate
Apr. 29 - The Scientific Registry of Transplant Recipients reports that the Froedtert & MCW Transplant Center had the highest three-year solid organ transplant patient survival rates in Wisconsin from 2010-2012. The Froedtert & MCW program’s three-year patient survival rates all exceeded the national average. CBS58


Wisconsin researchers land NIH dementia grant
Apr. 28 - Researchers at the Medical College of Wisconsin and the University of Wisconsin- Madison have received a four-year, $5.5 million grant to better understand how communication between parts of the brain changes as the result of normal aging or of dementia. Milwaukee Journal Sentinel


Medical students experience the burden vets carry — literally
Medical College of Wisconsin student Katherine Umhoefer tries on an Army rucksack and body armor with the help of 1st. Lt. Erin Bullock (left), an Army reservist from Madison, and Chris Kissinger, an Iraq war veteran who served in the Army, as other students look on. Credit: Michael Sears


Medical College of Wisconsin supports fetal tissue research
Mar. 17 - Dr. John R. Raymond Sr., president and CEO of MCW, publishes op-ed reinforcing MCW’s stance on the use of fetal tissue in biomedical research. Washington Post


Froedtert & the Medical College of Wisconsin Announce New Clinic in Brookfield
Mar. 17 - Froedtert & the Medical College of Wisconsin is opening a new Brookfield clinic, leasing space in a medical office building that is replacing a former restaurant. Froedtert & the Medical College of Wisconsin Calhoun Health Center will lease 15,000 square feet in the new building that will be developed by Irgens, the health care network announced Monday. Milwaukee Business Journal, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel and Biz Times


464 MCW Doctors Named as Best Doctors 2015-2016
Mar. 17 - A total of 464 Medical College of Wisconsin (MCW) faculty physicians, representing 40 specialties and 400 subspecialties, are listed on the Best Doctors in America® list for 2015-2016. The information, compiled by Best Doctors, Inc., includes more physicians from MCW than any other group practice or institution in Wisconsin. Wisconsin Health News


Bacteria Killing Light Could Revolutionize Healthcare Industry
Mar. 17 - New technology called Indigo Clean is currently being tested at Froedtert Hospital in Wauwatosa. It's a blue light that is able to kill micro-organisms and bacteria linked to diseases like MRSA. Dr Nathan Ledeboer of Medical College of Wisconsin is quoted. CBS58


Dr. Hillard Contributes to Study Linking Sleep Loss to Hunger and Unhealthy Eating
Mar. 14 - Researchers have found that lack of sleep may lead to increased appetite and an affinity for unhealthy foods. Cecilia J. Hillard, PhD, professor of pharmacology and toxicology, director of the Neuroscience Research Center, and associate dean for research is a co-author on the study. CNN


Dr. Decker Discusses Impact of Accountable Care Act on Emergency Visit Increases
Mar. 14 - The Affordable Care Act was supposed to get newly insured patients out of emergency rooms and into primary care doctors’ offices. But since the ACA went into effect, ER visits have spiked, and Wisconsin is leading the nation in non-emergency visits to the emergency room. Dr. Chris, Emergency Department Medical Director at Froedtert & the Medical College of Wisconsin, is quoted. WUWM


Drs. Cowley, Kotchen & Liang Discuss Role of Precision Medicine in Hypertension Treatment
Mar. 14 - In a study reported in the January 2016 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association, three MCW research scientists analyzed the merits of utilizing precision medicine and incorporating epigenetic profiles to investigate individualized strategies for the prevention and treatment of hypertension. Lake Country Now


Dr. Hargarten Discusses Need for “Smart Guns” to Prevent Firearm Injuries in Children
Mar. 15 - Dr. Stephen Hargarten, president and chair of the department of emergency medicine and director of the Injury research Center, comments on an experiment in Iowa that places small children in a room with an unloaded gun. WISN


Truven Health Analytics Names Froedtert & MCW as One of the Nation’s Top 100
Mar. 15 - A study that analyzed quality-of-care data for Medicare patients listed Froedtert & the Medical College of Wisconsin among the nation’s top 100 hospitals for the fourth consecutive year. CBS58 and BizTimes


2016 In The News
Archived In The News stories from 2016.


First responders try new protocol, drive to emergencies without lights & sirens
Mar. 1 - First responders are rethinking the role of lights and sirens in their emergency responses. A nationwide trend has some traveling with the flow of traffic to avoid dangerous collisions. WISN


Brain Stimulation Implant Device Provides Hope to Epilepsy Patients
Feb. 9 - Seizures had disrupted virtually every facet of Ryan Diettrich’s life. Could implanting a device that would send a current into his brain help manage the condition? Milwaukee Journal Sentinel


Dr. Dubra and Colleagues Identify Early Warning Signs for Glaucoma
Feb. 9 - The study of biomarkers for glaucoma is pointing to promising avenues for new treatments. Ophthalmology Times


MCW’s Advancing a Healthier Wisconsin Endowment awards more than $250,000 to increase fitness in Milwaukee children
Jan. 21 - The Medical College of Wisconsin’s (MCW) Advancing a Healthier Wisconsin Endowment awarded more than $250,000 over three years to provide additional physical education (PE) support to Milwaukee Public School (MPS) students, resulting in increased fitness and creating an orientation to lifetime fitness. Wisconsin Health News and Milwaukee Journal Sentinel


MCW’s Advancing a Healthier Wisconsin Endowment awards more than $200,000 to help improve vision health for Wisconsin children
Jan. 21 - The Medical College of Wisconsin’s (MCW) Advancing a Healthier Wisconsin (AHW) Endowment awarded more than $200,000 over two years to improve vision health for Wisconsin’s children through an integrated system of screening, referral and education across schools and communities. Wisconsin Health News


MPS students, experts invite community to learn about cancer prevention, racial disparities in Milw
Jan. 21 - Families and community members are invited to learn more about cancer prevention and cancer-related racial disparities from students and experts as Milwaukee Public Schools’ Milwaukee High School of the Arts (MHSA) hosts a health fair. The MHSA service learning project is happening thanks to a grant from the American Cancer Society and Kohl’s to the Medical College of Wisconsin (MCW). Through the grant, MHSA students have been studying cancer and related racial disparities in Milwaukee, and hearing from MCW guest speakers.Milwaukee Courier, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, Milwaukee Neighborhood News, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel and WISN