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Medical Directions

This issue of Medical Directions continues our new hybrid communication approach – offering a limited number of brief stories in printed form and taking advantage of Internet technology to bring you lots of additional information about UW Health services and providers.
Our new format includes:
  • More stories– about three times as many articles as in previous issues
  • Broad variety – articles and content cover the full range of medical services available
    at UW Health
  • Opportunities for feedback – online response forms allow you to share your thoughts
    on current articles or requests for future topics 


Medical Directions Headlines


Featured News


American Family Children's HospitalWhat's New at American Family Children's Hospital?


As the UW's American Family Children's Hospital celebrated its first birthday this fall, there are several new developments that took place this fall at Wisconsin's state-of-the-art pediatric health care facility.
American Family Children's Hospital's beautiful new surgical services opened in September, filling the entire third floor of the building. With the goal of providing state-of-the-art care for children with high-risk forms of neuroblastoma, the American Family Children's Hospital will soon begin treating patients in a way that can enhance the quality of a child's life and hopefully improve cure rates. And American Family Children's Hospital is using technology to help MIBG patients and families.


Full Story: What's New at American Family Children's Hospital?


There's nothing more we can do for you. Without question, it's the most difficult thing a physician ever has to say to a patient facing a life-threatening cardiovascular disease – the point at which the battle appears lost, the options exhausted.

But in an era in which medical science and surgical technique is advancing more quickly than at any other point in history, there's often another chance – and when other centers have said "no," the experts who are part of UW Hospital and Clinics' Heart and Vascular Care program can hold out the possibility of "yes."
Full Story: Second Chances
More Heart and Vascular Care Stories
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Transplant, Hans Sollinger, MD
Major Milestone: 1,000 Kidney-Pancreas Transplants

In the beginning, doctors called the pancreas "The Beast" and struggled to find a way to solve the post-transplant problems that so frequently led to infections and patient death. Now, 40 years after the first successful transplant, Hans Sollinger, MD and the transplant program at University of Wisconsin Hospital and Clinics have become the first to reach an impressive milestone in organ transplantation: 1,000 kidney-pancreas transplants.
Full Story: Major Milestone: 1,000 Kidney-Pancreas Transplants

More Transplant Stories

Orthopedics and Rehabilitation; X-ray
OrthoAccess is a new service for physicians who refer patients to any UW Health orthopedics and rehabilitation medicine clinic/provider.
By using the phone or e-mail, referring providers will be able to access highly trained nurses who can offer specific recommendations for patient referrals based on the needs of the patient and also can assist providers with setting up appointments. 
More Orthopedics and Rehabilitation Stories

Neuro staff 
Joshua Medow, MD, the newest member of the UW neurosurgery department, is a dedicated and dynamic neuro-intensivist with a focus on critical care and an emphasis on the neurologically ill. Taking a unique approach to patient care, Dr. Medow conducts patient visits with a multidisciplinary team including members from the nutrition, respiratory therapy, discharge planning, pharmacy and nursing departments. Under his leadership, the UW Health Neuroscience Intensive Care team also provides 24/7 on-call critical care coverage.
More Neuro Stories

The University of Wisconsin Paul P. Carbone Comprehensive Cancer Center’s Cancer Connect office is staffed by skilled oncology nurses and health educators who provide specific information about the Carbone Cancer Center and how patients can access care.
More Cancer stories:
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Thank you for your participation. UW Health would like to thank each of you who participated in our Referring MD Survey in February 2008. As a teaching, research, tertiary and quaternary patient referral center, UW Health is committed to providing services and programs that support the needs of our regional physicians and their patients.
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Miscellaneous services
Left to right: Maureen Meyer,
Mark Geiger, Judy Anderson, Paul Johnson