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

Medical Directions

This issue of Medical Directions continues our hybrid communication approach - offering a limited number of brief stories in the print edition and more information online.


Featured News


New Stem Cell Technique Promises Abundance of Key Heart Cells

Cardiomyocytes, the workhorse cells that make up the beating heart, can now be made cheaply and abundantly in the laboratory. The technique shows the potential to make the production of large, uniform batches of cardiomyocytes routine. Read more

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Neurology & Neurosurgery


Clinical Perspectives in Neurosurgery Podcast Launches

A new resource for neurosurgeons and related specialties is now available for viewing and downloading. Clinical Perspectives in Neurosurgery is a series of brief videos intended to share new techniques, important research, intriguing case studies and advanced treatments at UW Health's Department of Neurological Surgery. Read more

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American Family Children's Hospital Moves Up in U.S. News Annual Rankings

American Family Children's Hospital has moved up substantially in this year's U.S. News & World Report rankings of children's hospitals in the nation. For 2012-13, the hospital is ranked among the top 50 children's hospitals in seven medical and surgical specialties. Read more

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Being No. 5 is the Best

Being fifth in the nation at anything is pretty special, but for Kim Lowery it's amazing. Kim is the nation's fifth longest surviving heart and double-lung transplant recipient. Read more

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Orthopedics and Rehabilitation

Robotic Assisted Surgery Now Offered for Total Hip Arthroplasty

Robotic arm-assisted partial knee replacements have been offered at UW Hospital and Clinics since 2010. Now the UW Joint Replacement Program is the only one in Wisconsin, and one of a select group of programs in the nation, to use this technology for total hip arthroplasty (THA). Read more

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UW Cancer Researchers Testing Vaccine for Pancreatic Cancer

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

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Other News

New Surgery for Migraines
UW Surgeon Specializes in Bariatric Surgery After Liver Transplant
New Diagnostic Tool for Detecting Bladder Cancer
Non-Surgical Treatment Offers Relief From Acid Reflux
UW Health Robotic-Assisted Surgical Procedures
Home Dialysis Patients Assisted by Shared Medical Appointments
CME Course Update
Dr. Rikkers Named President-Elect of the American Surgical Association
Dr. Rikkers was named president-elect of the American Surgical Association, the oldest and most venerable of American surgical societies. For more information, go to



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