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Introducing Our New Medical Directions Newsletter
18th century US District Court judge William Drayton once said, "Change starts when someone sees the next step." For Medical Directions, the next step is taking advantage of new technology to bring referring physicians information you can use about UW Health services and providers.
Our new format includes:
  • More Stories
    The new Medical Directions contains about three times as many articles as previous issues
  • Broad Variety
    Articles in the new Medical Directions cover the full range of our medical services 


Medical Directions Headlines

Heart and Vascular Care surgical image
UW Health Adds Coronary Artery Bypass Graft (CABG) to Robotic Surgery Options
The coronary artery bypass graft (CABG) is one of the most important and frequently performed treatment options in cardiovascular surgery. UW Health surgeons have taken this critical procedure to a new level by beginning to perform certain types of CABG procedures with the assistance of the Da Vinci surgical robot.
More Heart and Vascular Care Stories

Transplant, Anthony D'Allesandro, MD
Pediatric Transplantation at UW Health

Eleven-month-old Brayden Welhoefer landed on the national organ donor list last August, after he was diagnosed with biliary atresia, the main cause of liver failure among newborns and children. When the time comes, Brayden will be in the experienced hands of UW Health's transplantation program, which has performed over 400 pediatric organ transplants since 1988.
Full Story: Pediatric Transplantation at UW Health

More Transplant Stories

Diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes when he was two years old, Aidan McLeod made the transition from shots to a pediatric insulin pump in October 2007. He joins hundreds of pediatric "alumni" of UW Health's pediatric insulin pump program, which was among the first in the country to place children on insulin pumps.
More Pediatric Stories
 Pediatrics; doctor examining child

 Orthopedics and Rehabilitation; medical staff examining a patient
Your healthy, active 50-year-old patient comes to your office complaining of elbow pain, and you decide a referral to a specialist is appropriate. But with the range of UW Health orthopedic and
rehabilitation specialists available for you to select from, how do you determine which specialist is right for your patient? Physicians can now find the answer with OrthoAccess.
By e-mail ( or phone (888-978-4611), referring providers can access highly trained nurses for specific recommendations for referrals based on the needs of the patient and for assistance with setting up appointments.
More Orthopedics and Rehabilitation Stories

 Neuro; brain image 
Though pituitary tumors are often benign, their location in the brain and the vital role the pituitary gland plays in the endocrine system call for a variety of specialized care. For that reason, the UW Health Multidisciplinary Pituitary Tumor Clinic brings together a range of specialists to provide a comprehensive range of services to patients.
Once diagnosed, treatment plans are developed to both deal with the tumor and its ripple effects on the body. Plans may include surgery, medications, and/or radiation therapy.

It's estimated that about half of the U.S. population will at some point develop a thyroid nodule. For four to seven percent of patients, the lump will be large enough for a physician to feel, or to cause problems breathing or swallowing.
UW Health's Multidisciplinary Thyroid Clinic (608-263-7502) is a twice-weekly collaboration of UW Health surgeons, endocrinologists and pathologists dedicated to nodule evaluation and treatment. Patients referred to the Thyroid Clinic can go from initial assessment to treatment plan in half a day.
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Miscellaneous services; cells