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Medical Directions - News and resources for referring physicians.
Spring 2012

Medical Directions

This issue of Medical Directions continues our 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.


Featured News

  Daughter and Elderly Father

Breakthrough in Heart Valve Treatment Offers New Hope for Patients

University of Wisconsin Hospital and Clinics is one of the first sites in the country to offer a new heart valve replacement therapy for patients too sick to undergo traditional open heart surgery to correct severe aortic stenosis. Read more

More Heart, Vascular and Thoracic Stories:
Minimally Invasive Surgery: Trends and Outcomes
 Lower Extremity Vascular Disease
 Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm Repair
 Carotid Revascularization

Surgery Videos Available Online


Regional Team Update


UW Health Physician Liaison Program - A Resource for Referring Providers

The UW Health Physician Liaisons have a long history of working with physicians who refer patients to UW Health. The team provides support regarding the UW Health referral process and helps to identify collaboration opportunities. Learn more about the services the liaisons provide. Read more


Neurology & Neurosurgery

  Patient and doctor

UW Health's Brachial Plexus Clinic Offers Complete Services

For patients with brachial plexus and other peripheral nerve injuries there is treatment and hope for a better life. A critical benefit of UW Health's Brachial Plexus Clinic is the multidisciplinary approach used for evaluation purposes and treatment program development. Read more

More Neurology and Neurosurgery News:
Spasticity Clinic Explores and Implements Treatment Options



Newborn Screening for SCID Saving Lives

Pediatric immunologists have long sought to screen for Severe Combined Immunodeficiency (SCID), a universally fatal disease that became widely known during the 1970s and '80s, when the world learned of David Vetter, a boy with X-linked SCID, who lived for 12 years in a plastic, germ-free bubble. Read more

More Pediatric News:
Two Pediatric Specialty Clinics Open



UW Partners with Hospitals to Improve Organ Donation Rates

Already one of the nation's highest performing and respected organ procurement organizations, the University of Wisconsin Organ Procurement Organization (UW OPO) recently began a major push to further increase organ donation rates in the state. The two-year initiative, Forward Focus: Excellence in Organ Donation, is the first local donation improvement collaborative in the nation. Read more

More Transplant News:
New Transplant Study: Immune Response Between Family Members


Orthopedics and Rehabilitation

UW Health Pediatric Fitness Clinic: A Specialty Clinic to Promote Health and Fitness for Children and Teens

One in three children in the U.S. is overweight and unfit, increasing their risk of diabetes, hypertension and cardiovascular disease. Many of these complications can be avoided if treated early. The UW Health Pediatric Fitness Clinic helps address weight and fitness concerns through an individualized plan. Read more

More Orthopedics and Rehabilitation News:
Save the Date - Sports Medicine Symposium: May 3-4, 2012



UW Researcher Pursuing Alternate Prostate-Cancer Vaccine

A UW Carbone Cancer Center researcher is working to develop a vaccine that would stimulate the immune system to kill prostate cancer cells, even before the cancer can be spotted on scans. Read more

More Cancer News:
UW Researchers Study "Scrambler Therapy" for Pain Relief


Other News

Check Out the New
New Digestive Health Center Scheduled to Open in Early 2013
CME Course Update
Robbins Chosen as Recipient of the 2012 Frank R. Kleffner Lifetime Clinical Career Award by the Wisconsin Speech and Hearing Association



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