JMC Alumni Association Elects
Eight officers were installed at the Annual Meeting of the Jefferson Medical
College Alumni Association on April 25. The elected officers are: Stanton
N. Smullens, MD, '61, president; Joseph W. Sokolowski, MD, '62, president-elect;
James M. Delaplane, MD, '64, vice president; Barbara G. Frieman, MD, '80,
vice president; Edward A. Jaeger, MD, OPH, '64, vice president; Joseph L.
Seltzer, MD, '71, vice president; Pauline K. Park, MD, '81, secretary; John
R. Patterson, MD, '54, treasurer.
The accomplishments of the past year were reviewed at the meeting, including
the 125th anniversary celebration and symposium, the 125th anniversary issue
of the Alumni Bulletin, the making of a video entitled "Rise
of the Morning Star," and $1.63 million contributed to the Medical
College. A proclamation from Mayor Edward Rendell cited the contributions
of Jefferson alumni.
Genetic Study of Anorexia Nervosa Under Way
A Jefferson research team led by Wade H. Berrettini, MD, PhD, professor
of psychiatry and human behavior, is currently enrolling patients in a two-year
study to identify genes that may contribute to anorexia nervosa (AN).
Recent medical research suggests that the risk for AN, in persons who have
immediate relatives with AN or other related eating disorders, may be six-times
higher than the norm. The data suggest the possibility that there are one
or more inherited genes that contribute to the rise of this illness.
In a study that is similar in design to this AN study, Jefferson researchers
led by Dr. Berrettini recently identified genetic markers on chromosome
18 for a gene that increases the risk of manic-depressive illness. The finding
was a milestone in psychogenetics research. Through studies of many families,
adoptions and twins, researchers like Dr. Berrettini have clearly demonstrated
that genetic factors play an important role in the etiology of mental disorders.
AN is a disorder in which individuals, usually young women, relentlessly
pursue weight loss. It is currently not well understood. Causes are unknown,
and treatments have been minimally successful. As many as 20 percent of
AN patients eventually die of the illness.
During the next two years, Jefferson investigators, along with six other
medical centers located throughout North America and Europe, will study
400 relatives to identify genes that may lead to AN. The participants will
be interviewed by mental health professionals using semistructured interviews
to assess lifetime eating disorder symptoms and related behaviors. Blood
samples will be taken to assess the participants' DNA.
The researchers are seeking volunteers who have had anorexia nervosa, and
who have a sister, brother or cousin who has an eating disorder, to participate
in this two-year study. Participants will be compensated. Interested persons
may call 5-0411 for more information.
Looking for Exciting Summer Reading? Try
These Medical Thrillers
Two novels of "medical espionage" ­p; a genre their author,
Marshall Goldberg, MD, may have created ­p; have just been published
and are available on campus.
"A Deadly Operation" poses what is perhaps the worst dilemma a
surgeon can face: Whether to kill his patient, a leading Russian physicist,
on the operating table ­p; or betray his country instead. Its sequel,
"Intelligence," centers on the development of molecular computers
­p; now a reality ­p; and the race between Russian and American scientists
for computer supremacy.
You can purchase either thriller at the hospital's gift shop in the Gibbon
lobby or at the Jefferson Book Store.
Dr. Goldberg, professor of medicine, is author of several other novels with
medical themes or settings.
Jefferson Transitional Rehab Sparkles for
DOH Site Visit
Congratulations to Jefferson Transitional Rehab (JRT) administrator Linda
M. Sloane, NHA, and her staff for successfully completing a surprise and
very early site visit by the Department of Health with no citations. JTR
played an important role in the positive financial reports from Ford Road
Campus this month, as well.
For Food Service, It's Nutrition and Dietetics
Beginning July 1, the hospital's department of nutrition and dietetics will
handle all the food service needs of the University, says Richard C. Alberto,
assistant executive director for support services.
Nutrition and dietetics will provide food service to:
In addition, the department will staff food carts in:
- the patients of the hospital
- Atrium cafeteria customers
- Jefferson Alumni Hall Cafeteria customers
Catering for University events in all campus buildings will also be provided
by the department of nutrition and dietetics. For additional information,
- Bluemle Life Sciences Building
- Curtis Building
- Edison Building
Admissions for 11 months of this fiscal year (July ­p; May) were 23,888
or 6 percent below last year. In addition, the average length of stay for
the hospital was only 6.2 days, which is a half day below the prior year.
Patient days are another critical indicator of the need to save costs since
approximately one half of the insurers now pay a daily rate. The hospital's
patient days for this period total 145,150 or 23,038 less than last year,
reports Walter E. Moore, assistant executive hospital director for fiscal