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PM&R Resident, Yeng Her, to Present at Association of Academic Physiatrists

Congratulations to our PGY4 Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation resident, Yeng Her, who will be presenting “Researching in Residency: The Essentials” at the Association of Academic Physiatrists’ virtual didactics in June. Way to go, Dr. Her!

2022 Spine Surgery Fellowship Match Results

Congratulations to our incoming 2022 Spine Fellows; we are thrilled to welcome you to our program!

  • Christopher Lindsay, MD, University of Iowa
  • Nicole Look, MD, University of Colorado

Department Administrator, Kim Beld, awarded Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Leadership

When COVID-19 hit campus last year, Kim Beld quickly mobilized key leaders at the Department of Orthopedics and Rehabilitation. Within 24 hours, she’d helped put together the first of many plans to address a range of possible scenarios, from restricting elective surgeries to consolidating clinics and implementing telehealth — all while needing to maintain safe patient care under rapidly changing circumstances.

It was another example of Beld’s peerless skills as the administrator of a large, complex department. Since 2008, Beld has excelled in organizing, guiding and supporting the 200-plus faculty, staff and clinical providers with whom she works.

Co-workers describe Beld as a nimble problem-solver, someone unshakeable under pressure and able to toggle effortlessly between day-to-day tasks and big-picture visioning. She approaches her work with compassion, infectious energy, and a collaborative attitude that brings out the best in others.

Beld has been instrumental in many of the department’s successes, including achieving a Top 25 ranking by U.S. News and World Report when previously unranked, growing a productive philanthropic program with gifts exceeding $6 million since its 2010 inception, and, among the most notable, increasing representation of female orthopedic surgeons on the faculty from 0% to 24%, one of the highest percentages in the nation.

“Of course, these achievements involved the work of many, but Kim’s leadership was critical from conception to execution,” says Professor Thomas Zdeblick, M.D., the department’s chair.

View additional 2021 Academic Staff Excellence Recipients

2020 Journal of Athletic Training Kenneth L. Knight Award for Outstanding Research Manuscript

Congratulations to the entire research team on “A Prospective Study of Concussions and Health Outcomes in High School Football Players” for receiving the 2020 Journal of Athletic Training Kenneth L. Knight Award for the Outstanding Research Manuscript.

The paper, written by Timothy McGuine, PhD, ATC; Adam Pfaller, MD; Scott Hetzel, MS; Steven Broglio, PhD, ATC, FNATA; and Erin Hammer, MD, MPH, details how high school football players who sustained a sport related concussion described no sustained adverse health outcomes (increased post-concussion symptoms or symptom severity, increased depression symptoms, or lower health related quality of life) after their return to play through 12 months post injury. Over the past decade, there has been increased emphasis from the WI state legislature and the WIAA regarding the importance of correctly identifying and treating sport related concussions in adolescents. As a result, in most schools, Licensed ATs are available to promptly identify potential sport concussions and monitor a gradual and safe return to sports  for the athlete following the injury.

Congratulations to this outstanding team on their well deserved award!

View the full paper

*note: all data was collected in Wisconsin high schools with licensed athletic trainers available at the schools*

Thank You, Doctors!

Over the last year, our doctors have been at the forefront of an unprecedented time in medicine. On this day, we want to take a moment to recognize all that you do for your community, each and every day. Your dedication, kindness, and care are what make our doctors so special.

Watch our video: Thank You, Doctors!