Jeffersonians in the News
Michael Savage, MD, Associate Professor of Medicine, Division of Cardiology and Richard Valicenti, MD, Assistant Professor of Radiation Oncology, JMC, discussed intracoronary brachytherapy, a procedure that uses radiation to open closed arteries on WPVI-TV (Ch. 6).
Andrew Freese, MD, Associate Professor of Neurosurgery and Director of Neurosurgery Research, JMC, discussed a special treatment for a child suffering from a rare condition known as Canavan's Disease on WCAU-TV (Ch. 10).
Frederick Vivino, MD, Associate Professor of Medicine, Division of Rheumatology, JMC, discussed new treatments for Sjogren's Syndrome on WCBS-TV (Ch. 2-New York), and WCIA-TV (Ch. 3-Springfield, Ill.).
Herbert Patrick, MD, Clinical Associate Professor of Medicine, JMC, explained the effects of high ozone levels on respiration, especially in children and the elderly on WCAU-TV (Ch. 10) and WPHL-TV (Ch. 17).
Charles Dunton, MD, Associate Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology, JMC, discussed how the benefits outweigh the risks of a new drug, Tamoxifen, in preventing breast cancer in the Post Dispatch (St. Louis, Mo.) (circulation 340,000).
Michael G. Ciccotti, MD, Clinical Assistant Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery, JMC, discussed an innovative transplant procedure using knee cartilage grown from cells harvested from the patients own body in the Intelligencer-Record (Doylestown, Pa.) (circulation 446,000).
Ruthann Johnson, RN, Nursing Care Coordinator for General Surgery, Trauma and Transplant, JMC, discussed her work philosophy in the Courier-Post (Cherry Hill, N.J.) (circulation 90,000).
Guy Webster, MD, Associate Professor of Dermatology, JMC, explained the use of copper in anti-aging creams in Allure Magazine (circulation 735,000).
General and Newsworthy
John H. Moore Jr., MD, Clinical Associate Professor of Surgery, Division of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, Jefferson Medical College, received "A Gift of a Smile" special recognition award from The Philadelphia Chapter of Operation Smile. Dr. Moore is co-founder of this chapter and has participated in several overseas medical missions including the Philippines, Liberia, Kenya and Nicaragua. Operation Smile provides free, reconstructive plastic surgery to more than 5,000 children every year throughout the United States and in 16 countries around the world.
David Manin, Director of Marketing, Public Relations and Communications, Main Line Health, Jefferson Health System, received a Beigel Screenplay Award for Most Promising Script presented by the Independent Feature Project. The competition awards $5,000 to the best screenplay and is part of the annual "From Script to Screen" conference, produced in association with the Writers Guild of America East. Mr. Manin and writing partner René Donnard won the award with their second screenplay, Johnny Nice. The story focuses on the Italian nephew of a South Philadelphia crime boss who struggles to maintain his loyalty to his family while secretly pursuing his passion for cooking.
Charles Brenner, PhD, Assistant Professor of Microbiology and Immunology, Jefferson Medical College, and a member of Jefferson's Kimmel Cancer Center, has received a prestigious 1998 Burroughs Wellcome Fund New Investigator Award in Pharmacological Sciences. The award, given to encourage the development of talented scientists early in their careers who will bring new ways of thinking and new experimental approaches to pharmacology, provides $195,000 over three years.
Dr. Brenner, who also recently received a 1998 Beckman Young Investigator award from the Arnold and Mabel Beckman Foundation, will use the Burroughs Wellcome Fund award to support his research on defining cancer drug targets. Dr. Brenner studies a gene known as a tumor-suppressor gene, which normally protects cells against cancer. When such genes become damaged, cancer may result.
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950 AM; Hear Jefferson Health System (JHS) physicians discuss the latest health topics on HealthWise, WPEN's weekly health information radio show hosted by Martin Weisberg, MD, Clinical Associate Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology, JMC. The show, sponsored by JHS, airs Sunday mornings, at 8:30 am. For upcoming topics and speakers, call 1-800-JEFF-NOW.