Episode 16: Dr. Michelle Ciucci

In this episode, we hear from Dr. Michelle Ciucci, an associate professor at UW-Madison in the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders with a joint appointment in the Department of Surgery, Division of Otolaryngology Head and Neck Surgery. Dr. Ciucci discusses her research on Parkinson’s Disease and covers a broad spectrum of topics related to her work. She makes note of potential signs of early onset, and explains the research that suggests that this disease starts much earlier than was previously thought. Recorded 8/25/2016

April 24, 2017


Episode 15: Dr. Susan Pitt

In this special edition of the Surgery Sett, host Jonathan Kohler sits down with Dr. Susan Pitt, an Assistant Professor in the Division of Endocrine Surgeon here at UW, who’s received a lot of media attention lately. Earlier this month (April 2017), Dr. Pitt made waves when she decided to recreate the cover of The New Yorker’s annual Health, Medicine & the Body Issue, which features four female surgeons standing over an operating table. She posted her recreation to Twitter on April 3, and invited others to join her with #NYerORCoverChallenge. Within days, the tweet caught fire and female surgeons from around the world began posting their own versions of the cover along with #ILookLikeASurgeon. This viral movement has empowered female surgeons to express solidarity and increase their visibility in a traditionally male-dominated field. Currently at the UW Department of Surgery, 20 of 38 general surgeons are female. This is significantly higher than the national average of surgeons who are female, which sits around 19% according the American Medical Association. In this episode, Dr. Pitt will delve into some of the specifics of this social media frenzy, and discuss her rational behind the posting. We hope you enjoy! Recorded 4/20/17

Episode 14: Dr. Alaa Abd-Elsayed

Dr. Alaa Abd-Elsayed, or Dr. Al, as he likes to be called, is both an assistant professor in the Department of Anesthesiology at UW, as well as the medical director of the UW Pain Services and the Chronic Pain Management Program. Dr. Al discusses the various facets of pain management, including pre and postoperative options, and the concerns surrounding the current pain management system. In addition, Dr. Al explains why he thinks transitional pain clinics are the future of pain management and notes some of the added benefits that a clinic could bring to both surgeons and patients here in Madison.  Recorded 9/28/16 

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