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Marshfield Medical Center-Minocqua doctor named president of Wisconsin Surgical Society

​​​Dec. 13, 2021

MINOCQUA – Barbara Boyer, M.D., FACS, general surgeon at Marshfield Medical Center-Minocqua, was inaugurated as the 71st president of the Wisconsin Surgical Society on Nov. 5 during their 75th annual conference in Kohler, Wisconsin.

​Boyer will serve a two-year term as president of the Society after having served as president-elect since 2018 and as secretary/treasurer prior to that. She replaces Brian Lewis, M.D., FACS, a vascular surgeon from Froedtert & the Medical College of Wisconsin.

The Wisconsin Surgical Society is a chapter of the American College of Surgeons. It aims to bring surgeons together to help disseminate and exchange information for the advancement of patient care.

Boyer accepted the honor 25 years after her father, Barry Seidel, M.D., FACS, became the 50th president.

“Improving patient outcomes not only for the patients in my care, but for all patients across the state is a passion of mine," Boyer said. “It is for this reason that the Wisconsin Surgical Society is very near and dear to my heart."

Boyer also currently serves on the nominating committee for the Society. Jessica Wernberg, M.D., FACS, surgical oncologist at Marshfield Medical Center, currently serves on the program committee for the Society. David Vavra, M.D., general surgery resident (PGY4), currently serves as a resident member on the leadership council for the Society.

During the conference, Marshfield Clinic Health System residents also provided scientific presentations and were the top team in the Society's inaugural surgical Jeopardy competition. Residents participating in the Jeopardy competition included Cory Emmert, D.O., general surgery resident (PGY5) and Ryan Patterson, D.O., general surgery resident (PGY1).

“I am proud to say the Health System was well represented at the conference," Dr. Boyer said. “I look forward to ongoing staff and resident participation in the Society." 



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