Jefferson Medical College Dean
Appointed LCME Chair
Joseph S. Gonnella, MD, senior vice president for academic affairs and dean,
Jefferson Medical College (JMC), has been appointed chair of the Liaison
Committee on Medical Education (LCME) through December 1997.
The LCME, the accrediting body sponsored jointly by the American Medical
Association and the Association of American Medical Colleges, is responsible
for the accreditation of all medical education programs offering doctor
of medicine degrees in the United States and Canada.
The LCME attests primarily to the educational quality of accredited programs
directly serving the interests of the general public and of the students
enrolled. It comprises 17 members who are medical educators and administrators,
practicing physicians, public representatives and medical students.
Dr. Gonnella, who has been associated with the college since 1967, is responsible
for the development and management of the administrative affairs and academic
programs in education, research and patient care. As a professor of medicine,
he founded and directs the medical college's Center for Research in Medical
Education and Health Care.
He has been awarded the Commendatore nell Ordine from the president of Italy,
the Dongbaeg Medal from the president of Korea and the Presidential Medal
from Dartmouth College.
In addition, he received honorary doctor of medicine degrees from the University
of Chieti, Italy, and Soon Chun Hyang University in Seoul, Korea, for his
research in medical education. He also has received an honorary professorship
from Tianjin Medical College in Tianjin, China.
The Delaware Valley Hospital Council (DVHC) board
of directors has elected as its chair for 1996 Thomas J. Lewis, senior
vice president for healthcare and hospital CEO. Mr. Lewis was previously
vice chair of DVHC's board and has been a board member since 1993. He recently
chaired their Strategic Planning Committee.
Allan M. Lefer, PhD, professor and chairman,
physiology, was elected president of the Fourth International Shock Congress
scheduled for Philadelphia in 1999. Dr. Lefer's election took place recently
during the Third International Shock Congress held in Japan, where he presented
a plenary lecture, "The Selectins: Their Role in Ischemia, Shock and
Trauma." In addition, Dr. Lefer was named recipient of the 1996 Distinguished
Alumni Award of the department of physiology and biophysics at the University
of Illinois/Urbana-Champaign, where he earned his doctorate.
David C. Levin, MD, professor of radiology
and department chairman, has been elected president of the Society of Chairmen
of Academic Radiology Departments. The organization is composed of chairmen
of all radiology departments in the United States and Canada having residency
programs. Its purpose is to address issues relating to radiology research,
education, clinical practice and management. Dr. Levin was also recently
invited to present the keynote address at the annual meeting of the Israel
Radiological Society in Jerusalem. He spoke on "The Future of Radiology."