The Frontlines of COVID: A Surgery Sett Series: Episode 6 - The Women's Healthcast

In this episode, we hand over the reins to Jackie Askins of the Women's Healthcast as she discusses how people should handle pregnancies during the COVID-19 pandemic. As with all things in the moment of coronavirus, extra precautions should be taken when handling a pregnancy. Jackie details exactly what those precautions are. The Women's Healthcast is a production of the University of Wisconsin-Madison's Department of Obstetrics & Gynecology.

The Women's Healthcast:

Pregnancy & Breastfeeding - US Centers for Disease Control & Prevention:

Coronavirus disease (COVID-19): What You Need to Know About its Impact on Moms and Babies - March of Dimes:

COVID-19 Information for Pregnant and Breastfeeding Individuals and Newborns - UW Health

Coronavirus pregnancy FAQs – Babycenter

COVID-19 – Wisconsin Department of Health Services


The Frontlines of COVID: A Surgery Sett Series: Episode 5 - Dr. Thomas Raife

As the healthcare system struggles to care for COVID-19 patients, a second unprecedented crisis is in need of attention. Dr. Thomas Raife, the director of transfusion services at UW, is calling for action on blood shortages across the country, including you! Why is there a blood shortage during a respiratory-based pandemic? What can you do to help?

To make a blood donation, visit the following links: or call 1-800-RED-CROSS


Music: "The Sea" by Dee Yan-Key

The Frontlines of COVID: A Surgery Sett Series: Episode 4 - Dr. Giana Davidson and Dr. Estell Williams

Seattle serves as the epicenter of the COVID-19 pandemic, and provides a window into the future of communities across the nation. Dr. Giana Davidson and Dr. Estell Williams are surgeons from the University of Washington. They share how their healthcare community has pulled together to provide the best care possible in this crisis, and what to expect in the coming days.

YoYo Ma's "Songs of Comfort":

UW Medicine Protocols:

Estell Williams’ Blog Post:

The Frontlines of COVID: A Surgery Sett Series: Episode 3 - Dr. Tom Brazelton

One of the main concerns with the COVID-19 crisis in America is the inability of our healthcare system to handle a massive influx of patients, even patients that may not have coronavirus, but still need care. Dr. Tom Brazelton, like many others, finds that telehealth and telemedicine can help relieve some of the stress on our healthcare system. Especially now, when some restrictions are starting to be lifted that have hindered the use of telehealth in the past.

The Frontlines of COVID: A Surgery Sett Series: Episode 2

In the second episode of "The Frontlines of COVID: A Surgery Sett Series," Dr. Kohler provides some resources for healthcare workers personally struggling with this pandemic, and invites you to be a part of the conversation. Be well, everyone!



The Frontlines of COVID: A Surgery Sett Series: Episode 1 - Dr. Jeff Pothof

In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, daily life as we know it has changed. This shift has brought endless questions, like "what is 'social distancing' and how can it help prevent the spread of coronavirus?" COVID-19 is testing the limits of our healthcare system, as well as its flexibility. Dr. Jeff Pothof joins Dr. Kohler for the first of many in the Surgery Sett's COVID-19 series. Dr. Pothof helps answer some of these questions, and tells us what to expect in terms of testing, and the hardships of adapting to coronavirus.

Episode 87: Dr. Lee Wilke

Dr. Lee Wilke has developed a GPS clip to be used for breast cancer surgery. How does having a smart clip make breast surgery least painful for patients, and easier for surgeons? How can surgeons with an entrepreneurial side find collaborators?

February 20, 2020

DCD Heart Transplants

Episode 86: Dr. Amy Fiedler and Dr. Jason Smith

An exciting, innovative procedure in cardiac surgery has just reached the University of Wisconsin thanks to Dr. Fiedler and Dr. Smith's team! What is a DCD heart transplant? What technology goes into such a procedure? What does this procedure mean for the future of heart transplants? Dr. Kohler sits down with Dr. Fiedler and Dr. Smith to find out the details of this amazing feat.

Episode 85: Dr. Alfred Atanda

How can telemedicine save your patients time and money? What are some downstream issues that telemedicine can solve? How can telemedicine protect surgeons in court? Dr. Kohler sits down with orthopedic surgeon Dr. Alfred Atanda from Nemours duPont Hospital for Children in Delaware to discuss how he developed a telemedicine system, and the benefits he's discovered in using it.

February 3, 2020

The Surgeon’s Rulebook

Episode 84: Dr. Jay Nathwani

How can we as surgeons deal with complications as people? Why should you start a rulebook for your surgical career? How can you use compromise as a tool in your treatment? Dr. Jay Nathwani discusses his personal history as a surgeon, and the lessons he has learned from both his patients, and the more seasoned attendings here at the University of Wisconsin.

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