Surgery Sett

The Value of Child Trauma Centers


Episode 58: Mark Slidell, MD, MPH, is an Assistant Professor of Surgery at the University of Chicago. He specializes in pediatric surgery and is the Director of Pediatric Trauma at Comer’s Children Hospital.

Cars Curing Kids and Other Charitable Work


Episode 57: Peter Nichol, MD


Dr. Peter Nichol discusses his commitment to rural healthcare on this week’s episode of the Surgery Sett. Dr. Kohler and Dr. Nichol also discuss Dr. Nichol’s work with Cars Curing Kids foundation and other charitable work to improve health for children in Wisconsin.


Here are links to organizations discussed in this podcast:

The Possibilities of 3D Printing in Surgical Education


Episode 56: Dr. Joshua Hermsen from UW’s Department of Surgery, who specializes in pediatric cardiothoracic surgery. Dr. Hermsen has some very innovative research interests. We discuss the use of medical 3D printing in surgical training.

To hear Dr. Hermsen’s Grand Rounds Talk, click here

The Benefits of Fellowships for Residents


Episode 55: Dr. B. Timothy Baxter is a professor of Surgery at the University of Nebraska Medical Center. He specializes in Vascular Surgery and plays a big role at Nebraska’s Vascular Fellowship program.


Dr. Baxter and I spoke about the importance of a fellowship during a residency. It’s a time to think and plan one’s profession and on opportunity for personal growth. The benefits go beyond the lab.


I spoke with Dr. Baxter after he gave his Grand Rounds Talkhere at UW.


Gender Equality In Surgery


Episode 54: Drs. Caprice Greenberg and Jake Greenberg both teach here at the University of Wisconsin, Madison, and have made gender equality within the surgical community a focus of their work. We have an insightful discussion about everything from pay gaps to parental leave. We also mention a number of resources for those interested in inclusion within surgery. Those are listed below.


The Association of Women Surgeons

Twitter feed: @WomenSurgeons

(Great Twitter feed, too, says Dr. Greenberg)


Twitter: Hashtags #HeForShe


Book: Why So Slow: The Advancement of Womenby Virginia Valian


White Paper:

“Ensuring Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion in Academic Surgery: An American Surgical Association White Paper”,_Diversity,_and_Inclusion_in.3.aspx


Dr. Caprice Greenberg’s talk at the Association for Academic Surgery in 2016: “Sticky Floors and Glass Ceilings.”

A Culture of Wellness


Episode 53: Dr. Catherine Cheng is a national speaker on physician health and well-being. Her medical interests are stress management, social and emotional aspects of health, and health education. She is a clinical instructor at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine.

Dr. Kohler spoke with Dr. Cheng after she gave her Grand Rounds Talk, “We Are the System: From Personal Resilience to A Culture of Wellness.”

Here are links to books mentioned in the podcast:

The Righteous Mind by Jonathan Haidt

Switch: How to Change Things When Change Is Hard By Chip Heath and Dan Heath

Thinking, Fast and Slow By Daniel Kahneman

How Humanites Make Better Surgeons


Episode 52: Dr. Seymour Schwartz, MD

Dr. Schwartz is a ninety-year-old pioneer in medicine and the longtime editor of the world’s leading surgery textbook, Schwartz’s Principles of Surgery. 2017 marked the fiftieth anniversary of the book’s publication. In his “post-op” life, as he calls it, Dr. Schwartz has become a cartographer and has delved deeply into the Humanities.


The Education of Surgeons


Episode 51: Dr. Gurjit Sandhu

How do we know residents are ready to be surgeons? Dr. Gurjit Sandhu of the University of Michigan joins us to discuss the new assessment tools being developed in medical education. Entrustable Professional Activities are the future of surgical education, and the UW's Department of Surgery is part of a pilot project sponsored by the American Board of Surgery to study how medical schools assess the abilities of graduating residents.


New Treatments in Melanoma


Episode 50: Dr. Carol Bradford

Dr. Carol Bradford of the University of Michigan Rogel Cancer Center has discovered new ways to help patients with melanoma without doing too much or too little. Find out more about Sentinel Lymph Node Biopsy on this week’s episode of The Surgery Sett. To hear Dr. Bradford’s Grand Rounds Talk, “Contemporary Management of Melanoma of the Head and Neck,” click here.


Surgery: Where We’ve Been and Where We’re Going


Episode 49: Dr. Gerard Doherty

Dr. Doherty was in Madison to deliver a Grands Rounds Talk about the history of surgery, and more importantly, where it’s going. How do we organize our professional lives? What could the surgeon’s office of the future look like? How do we sustain our careers and maintain a level of satisfaction? To hear Dr. Doherty's Grand Round Talk, click here.