The Transport Series: Episode 2 - Dr. Michael Steuerwald

In the second episode of the Surgery Sett Transport Series, Dr. Michael Steuerwald supplements our "Piloting a Medical Helicopter" episode with his own perspective. Dr. Michael Steuerwald is a flight physician, and the medical director for UW Med Flight. He shares his experience providing care in a helicopter, as well as the innovations that are making his job more efficient.

The Transport Series: Episode 1 - UW Med Flight Senior Lead Pilot Phil Jennings

In the first episode of the Surgery Sett Transport Series, Dr. Kohler sits down with Senior Lead Pilot Phil Jennings of UW Med Flight. Flying medical helicopters is strategic, calculated work, and contributes greatly to the health and safety of patients. Phil discusses the considerations that go into every flight and his journey to becoming a pilot. And we listen to an actual UW Med Flight dispatch.

Episode 105: Dr. Girma Tefera

Dr. Kohler invites Dr. Girma Tefera on the show to discuss racial inequality and prejudice that healthcare workers face. Dr. Tefera urges everyone to reflect, honestly, on the biases you have learned throughout your own life. People of color face inequality in every facet of our society- it is not an issue of the past. Any discrimination is an unacceptable amount, and until it is 100% resolved, our country will continue to be plagued by it.

Just Mercy (Free):

The Souls of Black Folk by W.E.B. Du Bois:

The Frontlines of COVID: A Surgery Sett Series: Episode 16 - Dr. Gwynneth Schell

Throughout this pandemic, we've experienced intense isolation, great loss, and, for many, unprecedented stress in the workplace. It comes as no surprise that the era of coronavirus may have a lasting impact on people's mental health. So how can we work through it? What are mental health care providers doing to make services accessible and effective? Dr. Gwynneth Schell discusses how her services have changed, and the impact of the pandemic on our mental health.

Dr. Gwynneth Schell, LPC:

UW Health Behavioral Health and Crisis Numbers:

"If" by Rudyard Kipling:

If you or someone you know is having a mental health emergency:

Dane County Crisis: (608) 280-2600

National Suicide Prevention Line: 800-273-8255

Or call 911

The Frontlines of COVID: A Surgery Sett Series: Episode 15 - Peter Adamczyk

As we continue to understand the coronavirus pandemic as a collaborative effort from journalists to surgeons, we have yet another role to add to our ever-growing list of contributors: engineers. Peter Adamczyk is the co-director of the College of Engineering's COVID response here at UW-Madison. His team at the UW maker space has been designing face shields and other vital equipment for the UW Hospital in the midst of shortages. Peter discusses how this collaboration came to be, and gives advice for engineers hoping to follow in his footsteps.

Wired Magazine article:

Sector 67:

More on the UW-Madison College of Engineering's COVID response:

Peter Adamczyk:

The Plague by Albert Camus:

The Frontlines of COVID: A Surgery Sett Series: Episode 11 - Dr. Bill Hartman and Dr. Joe Connor

In what has been a seemingly endless fight against COVID, Dr. Bill Hartman and Dr. Joe Connor arrive with some hopeful news. Through the use of convalescent plasma, or the antibodies found in the blood of a recovered patient, a potential treatment for COVID-19 is being tested. Dr. Hartman and Dr. Connor discuss how they streamlined the process of developing such a therapy at unprecedented speeds, and share how you can help!

UW Convalescent Plasma:

National website:

Hotline: +1(608)262-8300

Toll-free number: +1(833)306-0681

“Sometimes” poem:

The Frontlines of COVID: A Surgery Sett Series: Episode 8 - Dr. Jill Ties

COVID-19 has put an unprecedented strain on the resources in our healthcare system, especially in big cities where the virus spreads rapidly. Where we see cities struggling to deal with a lack of resources, a lot can be learned from rural communities where getting creative with a lack of resources is more common. Dr. Jill Ties gives us her perspective on this lack of resources, and shares how her hospital is dealing with coronavirus.

The Surgical Collaborative of Wisconsin COVID-19 Resources:

American College of Surgeons COVID-19 Resources for Surgeons:

Hospital Resource Utilization and Pandemic Prediction Models from the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation:

Abraham Lincoln’s Cooper Union Address:

Episode 79: Dr. T. Rockwell Mackie

What if you are a surgeon but have a great idea for innovation in your field and you want to become an entrepreneur? My guest today is Thomas “Rock” Mackie, a UW-Madison professor emeritus of medical physics and engineering physics. Mackie is a well-known member of Madison’s biotechnology sector as a researcher, entrepreneur and investor whose list of innovations and companies includes founding Geometrics and TomoTherapy (incubated at UW Health), investing in and conducting research for Shine Medical Technologies, investing in Wisconsin Brewing and many more.

Episode 73: Dr. Geoffrey Gurtner

Geoffrey Gurtner, MD, is the Johnson & Johnson Distinguished Professor and Vice Chair of Surgery for Innovation within the Department of Surgery and the Division of Plastic Surgery at Stanford Medical Center. In April he visited Madison to give a Grand Rounds Talk on “Entrepreneurship: Getting Real About Bench to Bedside.” He says that clinical experience plays a critical role in the business world.

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