In Memoriam: Todd Varness, MD, MPH

In Memoriam: Todd Varness, MD, MPH

Assistant Professor Todd Varness, MD, MPH, died August 2, 2010, after a courageous battle with cancer.

A native of Peoria, IL, Todd graduated from the John Hopkins School of Medicine in 2002. He completed a residency and fellowship in endocrinology and diabetes at UW-Madison, and joined the faculty in July 2008.

Todd's excitement about learning and his excellence as a teacher inspired so many others. It also meant he was an exceptionally effective and admired teacher, recognized for excellence at every stage of his own training and brief faculty career.

Todd also lived every day with an unwavering devotion to others. He was passionate about family, friendships, education and service, and this passion was infectious. He made everything he did look effortless and fun, largely because of his gifted mind, sharp wit and unwillingness to complain.

Each year, the Department of Pediatrics will present the Todd Varness Resident Teaching Award in Todd's honor. The award will recognize others who demonstrate Todd's remarkable devotion to excellence in learning and teaching.

In 2010, the Department of Pediatrics had 325 employees: 138 faculty (all tracks) and 187 staff.

Department of Pediatrics Staff

Faculty Transitions

The department recruited 12 new faculty in 2010:

Name Division Recruited From
Margaret Bartholomew, MD Hospitalists Fort Defiance Indian Hospital; Fort Defiance, AZ
Kris Catrine, MD Hospitalists Medical College of Wisconsin; Milwaukee, WI
Melissa Cercone, MD Critical Care Children’s Hospital; Denver, CO
Scott Hagen, MD Critical Care Medical College of Wisconsin; Milwaukee, WI
Laura Houser, MD General Pediatrics & Adolescent Medicine University of Wisconsin–Madison
Daniel Jackson, MD Allergy, Immunology & Rheumatology University of Wisconsin–Madison (fellowship)
Matt Maruna, MD Neonatology Nationwide Children’s Hospital; Columbus, OH
Amy Peterson, MD Cardiology Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia
Allison Redpath, MD Nephrology Seattle Children’s Hospital
Jesse Roach, MD Nephrology University of Michigan; Ann Arbor, MI
Sandra vanCalcar, PhD, RD Genetics & Metabolism University of Wisconsin-Madison Graduate School
Angela Veesenmeyer, MD, MPH Hospitalists University of Chicago

The following faculty left the department in 2010:

  • Sunny Dovat, MD, DSc (Hematology and Oncology)
  • Larry Kaplan, MD, ScM (Developmental Pediatrics)
  • Cheryl Sanchez, MD (Nephrology)

In addition, Gordon Tuffli, MD (Endocrinology & Diabetes) retired in 2010.

Faculty Promotions

Eight faculty were promoted in 2010:

Name Track Promotion to Rank
Gail Allen, MD Clinician Teacher Associate Professor
Sally Corden, MD Clinician Teacher Associate Professor
Sunny Dovat, MD, DSc Tenure Associate Professor
John Frohna, MD, MPH CHS Professor
Christopher Healy, MD Clinician Teacher Associate Professor
Christine Seroogy, MD Tenure Associate Professor
Shardha Srinivasan, MD CHS Associate Professor