The Institute for Surgical Excellence Appoints Carla Pugh of the University of Wisconsin to Board of Directors

Madison, WI (January 23, 2017) –The Institute for Surgical Excellence (ISE)— an emerging non-profit dedicated to improving surgical care and patient outcomes — today announces that Carla Pugh, MD, PhD, vice chair of education and patient safety at the University of Wisconsin Department of Surgery, will be joining the organization’s board of directors as it continues to expand its groundbreaking surgical training and education programs. Pugh brings a wealth of experience and knowledge to the board and shares ISE’s mission to equip surgeons of all disciplines with the skills needed to apply cutting-edge technologies and provide their patients with the best level of care.

“We are pleased to have Dr. Pugh join us as we continue our work in promoting surgical excellence in all disciplines,” Martin Martino, ISE Board of Directors member, says. “Innovations in surgery are continuing to create countless opportunities for both surgeons and patients, and Dr. Pugh’s commitment to improving the quality and standards of surgical training and better outcomes is widely recognized and will be an invaluable component to the ISE leadership.”

Dr. Pugh is a professor of surgery and vice-chair of education and patient safety at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health (UWSMPH). Her clinical specialty is acute care surgery.

During her surgery residency at Howard University in Washington, D.C., Dr. Pugh recognized that there was a need for new and innovative modes for assessing hands-on clinical skills. While obtaining a PhD in education at Stanford University, Dr. Pugh was awarded a method patent on the use of haptic sensors and data acquisition technology to measure and characterize the sense of touch.

Dr. Pugh is nationally recognized for her research on the use of sensors and simulation technology to assess and quantitatively define hands-on clinical skills. Currently, more than 200 medical and nursing schools use one of Dr. Pugh’s sensor-enabled training tools for their students and trainees.

“The future of safety, efficiency and high quality care is heavily dependent on the investigation and incorporation of advanced engineering technologies. The ISE has assembled a critical mass of key stakeholders in this process. I consider it a huge honor and privilege to join this prestigious group,” Pugh explains.

About the Institute for Surgical Excellence:

The Institute for Surgical Excellence (ISE) is a 501(c)(3) public non-profit organization dedicated to improving surgical care and patient outcomes. ISE’s mission is to support the implementation of safer solutions to complex surgical interventions, often involving the application of emerging technologies. ISE utilizes a systems-based approach to bring together key stakeholders to identify issues, set clearly defined goals, facilitate collaboration, assess and fill gaps, and better inform healthcare consumers.

About the Robotic Training Network:

The vision of the Robotics Training Network (RTN) is to standardize the robotic surgical curriculum and education for residents/fellows-in-training (OBGYN and SURGERY) through the development of a collaborative network. This network is led by a multidisciplinary team of surgeons who are also Fellows in the American College of Surgeons (FACS) and the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecology (FACOG) representing nine founding members from leading academic institutions in the United States.

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