Dean Gonnella Receives Italian
Order of Merit
Joseph S. Gonnella, MD, senior vice president for academic affairs and dean,
Jefferson Medical College, was honored with the title, "Grande Ufficiale,"
of the Order of Merit of the Republic of Italy. The honor was bestowed upon
him by Italy's President Oscar Luigi Scalfaro and presented by Philadelphia's
Consulate General of Italy at a ceremony in June. The title is given to
individuals who have achieved special merit in the fields of science, art
or economy, and whose activities fulfill social, philanthropic or humanitarian
Postdoctoral Fellow of the Year Award Goes
To Dr. Satoshi Kubota of Infectious Diseases
Satoshi Kubota, DDS, PhD, a senior post-doctoral fellow in the Center for
Human Retrovirology, division of infectious diseases, has been awarded the
1996 "Postdoctoral Fellow of the Year Award." The award is given
each year by the department of medicine for the research fellow who best
demonstrates novel findings in biomedical research.
Roger J. Pomerantz, MD, professor of medicine, chief of infectious diseases
and director, Center for Human Retrovirology, notes this is the second straight
year that a research fellow from the division's laboratories received this
important honor. Hui Zhang, MD, PhD, received the award last year.
Winning the award two consecutive years suggests strong progress in meeting
the dual mission of the division and center, Dr. Pomerantz asserts. The
dual mission is to develop novel molecular therapies to fight human viral
diseases while training future medical scientists and researchers.
Dr. Kubota's research findings generated four publications in prestigious
journals during the 1995-96 academic year. Basically his studies seek ways
to design gene therapies that inhibit the growth of HIV-1, the virus leading
Two dermatology residents have won awards and
scholarships. Stacy Katchman, MD, a second-year resident in the department
of dermatology and cutaneous biology, was selected a recipient of an American
Academy of Dermatology Award at the society's annual meeting. The award
highlights outstanding research by young dermatologists and the institutions
supporting their work. Dr. Katchman's award-winning submission is entitled,
"Development of a Transgenic Mouse Model for Biological Assay of Topical
Glucocorticoidsteroid Potency." Sabatino Ciatti, MD, also a
second-year resident in the department, was selected by the American Academy
of Dermatology's Committee on International Affairs to receive a traveling
scholarship to attend the annual meeting of the Italian Society of Dermatology,
in Rimini, Italy, in July.
Gerald J. Herbison, MD, professor of rehabilitation
medicine and director of research, has been selected as one of the 1996
recipients of the Distinguished Clinician Award from the American Academy
of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation.
In nationwide competition, Mark Schweitzer,
MD, associate professor of radiology, recently won the prestigious Scholar
Award of the Radiological Society of North America to pursue his research,
"The Cost-effectiveness of MRI for the Diagnosis, Evaluation and Management
of Osteomyelitis." Presented annually to only four radiologists, this
award provides $90,000 in salary support over two years during the course
of the research.
Joseph L. Seltzer, MD, professor and chairman,
department of anesthesiology, has been elected president of the Pennsylvania
Society of Anesthesiologists for a one-year term.
Brian G. Swift, PharmD, manager of Jefferson
Home Infusion Service, has been elected to a one-year term as vice chair
of the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations (JCAHO)
Home Care Professional and Technical Advisory Committee (PTAC). As vice
chair of the PTAC, Dr. Swift will also serve as a voting member of JCAHO's
Standards and Survey Procedures Committee, which guides the development
of practice standards for health systems. The committee, one of the four
standing committees of the JCAHO Board of Commissioners, is responsible
for the review and approval of new or revised standards and scoring guidelines,
new indicators for inclusion in JCAHO's performance measurement system,
and survey procedures for each accreditation program.
Richard C. Wender, MD, has been appointed
to the United States Medical Licensing Examination (USMLE) Step 3 Computer-based
Case Simulation Test Material Development Committee. Dr. Wender is clinical
associate professor and vice chairman of the department of family medicine
at Jefferson Medical College.
JMC Establishes Scholarship in Name of Late
James Bryce Templeton, Class of 1996
Jefferson Medical College has established a scholarship in the name of James
Bryce Templeton, who would have received his MD degree with his classmates
in June had not a tragic and needless auto accident snuffed out a life of
promise at age 33.
In making the announcement of the scholarship in a ceremony opening the
annual JMC Class Day, Joseph S. Gonnella, MD, senior vice president for
academic affairs and dean, JMC, said:
"Establishing this scholarship will help ensure that the humanist principles
of caring and service that guided James Templeton's life can help other
students in the future."
At the Class Day ceremony, Dean Gonnella presented a Jefferson bowl in Mr.
Templeton's memory to his parents, Bryce Templeton, MD, and Dorothy Templeton.
Dr. Bryce Templeton was professor of psychiatry and director of medical
student education in psychiatry at JMC from 1985 to 1991.
James Templeton was known and remembered by his teachers and peers as finding
in medicine a career that captured all his enthusiasm. Evaluations portrayed
him as a motivated student, an excellent communicator and a highly principled
man. He was noted for his extremely high levels of enthusiasm, energy and
communication and for building relationships with "even the most difficult
By his fourth year, James Templeton had decided to enter family medicine
and to practice in a rural area to combine his love of the outdoors with
a career in medicine. Ironically, he was killed when returning in January
from an interview for a residency in rural Lancaster County when a drunk
driver crashed headon into his auto. The other driver died also.
Since the tragedy, his father, Dr. Bryce Templeton, has dedicated himself
to bolstering public education efforts against drunk driving, particularly
through the organization MADD, Mothers Against Drunk Driving.
As Dean Gonnella noted, James Bryce Templeton will be sorely missed by his
family, friends, classmates, teachers ­p; and by countless patients forever
denied the benefits of his boundless caring and competence. How You Can
Contribute to the James Templeton Scholarship Fund Many contributions to
the James Bryce Templeton scholarship fund have already flowed in from friends
of the Templeton family and from Jefferson faculty and students. Any member
of the Jefferson community who wishes to participate may do so by directing
contributions to the JMC Alumni Office, M41, Jefferson Alumni Hall, 1020
Locust St., Philadelphia, PA 19107. Tel. 215-955-7750.