After 16 years as the Nuclear Medicine, PET, and BMD Manager, Derek Fuerbringer is retiring from UW Health.
During his time on the Radiology Leadership Team, Fuerbringer has made a lasting impact on the hospital and in the field of Nuclear Medicine. His accomplishments include:
• Unifying the bone mineral density scanners into one database, allowing trends in patient data to be captured across UW Hospital and Clinics and University of Wisconsin Medical Foundation sites
• Participating in the effort to affiliate with UW – La Crosse, a partnership that allowed UW Health to become a clinical site for the Nuclear Medicine technologist internship program
• Assisting in numerous construction projects to add and replace equipment at new sites, such as American Family Children’s Hospital and East Madison Hospital
• Contributing critical insight and expertise to the discussion and planning for new therapies for Neuroendocrine tumors and prostate cancer
In addition, his team consistently achieves high standards of patient safety and satisfaction, and has been recognized for providing the highest level of teamwork and compassionate care from UW Health’s patient satisfaction surveys.
“Our patients and Nuclear Medicine staff have greatly benefited greatly from his care, professionalism, and management leadership,” says Dr. Cho. “We will miss, and may never recover, his black-belt level Healthlink build skills, too!”
In addition to his extensive knowledge of nuclear medicine and his incomparable IT skills, Fuerbringer’s compassion and willingness to teach others have distinguished him during his time with UW Health.
“Derek has been a great person to work with,” adds Dr. Perlman. “He always had a patient’s concerns as a top priority, and he will do anything he can to provide our patients with the best care possible. His computer and software skills are outstanding, and we will really miss his help with everything.”
All of his coworkers thank him for his committed service over these 16 years, and wish him the best in his retirement. His plans for this next stage of his life include exploring new trails on his bicycle with his wife, Bev.