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Department of Surgery Among Nation's Best in Research Funding
By just about any measure, the Department of Surgery at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health in Madison is excelling in research.
The department's vision is to be a national leader in surgical innovation by performing cutting-edge research that makes a difference. Dr. K Craig Kent, professor and chair, highlighted many of the department's accomplishments over the last year that supported that goal during the third annual Department of Surgery Research Retreat, which was held Jan. 11 at Epic in Verona.
Most notable was that the department ranks No. 12 among all academic surgery departments in the country in National Institutes of Health (NIH) funding. The School of Medicine and Public Health's Department of Surgery received $5.8 million in NIH funding in 2011. In 2008, the department ranked No. 22 and received $4.4 million in funding.
Kent noted that the 2011 figure doesn't include all types of NIH funding, such as federal subcontracts, American Recovery and Reinvestment Act funds and career development awards (also known as K awards), which increase the total amount of federal funding to more than $7 million.
"This is a success that I think we can all claim credit for and be very proud about," Kent said.
Other 2011 achievements Kent highlighted included:
"We may be 12th in the country in NIH funding, but we have a top-10 team. There's no question about that," Kent said.
Kent's talk was one of nine sessions at the conference, which was attended by more than 180 faculty, staff, residents and students. The keynote speeches were presented by:
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