Sergio Jimenez, MD, The Dorrance H. Hamilton Professor of Medicine, Director of the Division of Rheumatology, Professor of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, JMC, discussed how fetal cells lingering in a woman's body for years may cause scleroderma on WPVI-TV (Ch. 6), WHYY (91 FM), WBZ-AM (ABC in Boston), KNBC-TV (NBC in Los Angeles), and KPIX-TV (CBS in San Francisco).
Gary Shaber, MD, Research Professor of Radiology, Director of the Division of General Diagnostic Radiology, JMC, discussed the benefits of using digital X-rays as compared to film on WPVI-TV (Ch. 6).
Richard Fishel, PhD, Professor of Microbiology and Immunology, Kimmel
Cancer Center at Jefferson, discussed
the amount of research that went into developing two drugs to control cancer in mice on the Fox News Channel Cable Programming.
Charles Pohl, MD, Clinical Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, JMC, discussed the importance of setting a child's sleep routine early on and offered solutions to help parents on WCAU-TV (Ch. 10).
Charles Dunton, MD, Associate Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology, JMC, discussed the new breast cancer drug, tamoxifen in the Philadelphia Inquirer (circulation 457,932).
Carmen Sultana, MD, Assistant Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology, JMC, discussed the use of the new anti-impotency drug Viagra among women in the Philadelphia Inquirer (circulation 457,932).
Alexander Vaccaro, MD, Assistant Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery, JMC, discussed a new surgical procedure for back pain in the Central Record (Marlton, NJ and Medford, NJ) (circulation 14,000).
Stephen Corson, MD, Clinical Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology, JMC, explained outpatient hysterectomy alternatives in the Investor's Business Daily (Los Angeles, CA) (circulation 235,000).
College of Health Professions Dean Lawrence Abrams, EdD, received an honorary degree of Doctor of Humane Letters from the State University of New York (SUNY), Health Science Center at Brooklyn. Pictured here with SUNY's JoAnn Bradley, EdD, Vice President for Academic Affairs and Executive Dean of Allied Health and Nursing, Dr. Abrams was cited as "a national and international leader in allied health education."
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Robert M. Steiner, MD, Professor of Radiology and Medicine and Clinical Professor of Diagnostic Imaging of the College of Allied Health Professions, was elected President of the Society of Thoracic Radiology at its annual meeting in March. The Society is the world's largest medical society devoted to cardiopulmonary imaging with over 600 members in 20 countries. Dr. Steiner is the first Jefferson physician to serve as the Society's President. Dr. Steiner recently retired from Jefferson after 26 years with Jefferson's Radiology Department. He will continue working in the field of Radiology as Chairman of the Department of Radiology at New York Methodist Hospital, a 550-bed medical center in New York. Dr. Steiner will also be Professor of Radiology and Associate Chairman, Department of Radiology at New York Hospital/Cornell Medical Center.
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Michael Mooreville, MD, Instructor of Urology, Jefferson Medical College, received a $25,000 grant from the Benjamin Franklin Technology Center of Southeastern Pennsylvania to develop a new urinary continence device. Dr. Mooreville was awarded the grant after his idea was selected from the many entries. Dr. Mooreville has also received an allowance notification from the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office for his patent application covering an automated penile prothesis. His devise contains an electromagnetic-activated pump which also acts as a valve and transports fluids between a reservoir and the penile chambers.
Jack London, PhD, Director of the Laboratory for Applied Computing, Kimmel Cancer Center, received a national award honoring his efforts to connect community physicians and the public with Thomas Jefferson University Hospital expertise. Intel Corporation nominated Dr. London for the Computerworld Smithsonian Award in the medicine category. Each year, the awards program "identifies and honors men and women whose visionary use of information technology produces positive social, economic and educational change." Dr. London's and his colleagues' project titled "Facilitating Access to Optimal Cancer Center," introduces low-cost technology - video conferencing with a personal computer - to facilitate clinical consultations between community physicians and Jefferson cancer specialists. The project is now part of the Smithsonian Institution's Permanent Research Collection on Information Technology Innovation at the National Museum of American History.
Charlene J. Williams, PhD, Department of Rheumatology, and Associate Professor of Medicine and Biochemistry/Molecular Pharmacology, Jefferson Medical College, was awarded an Arthritis Foundation Biomedical Science Grant for arthritis research. The grant, approved for three years, begins in July with a first-year award of $78,002, and second and third year awards close to $80,000. Dr. Williams will study Blau Syndrome, a hereditary, multi-organ inflammatory disorder.
Raelynn Cooter, PhD, Director of Financial Aid, TJU, was honored at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) Awards Ceremony held in Rockville, MD. Dr. Cooter, representing a group of five contractors, received the Administrator's Citation for Outstanding Group Performance "for outstanding development and presentation of financial management workshops for medical residency staff." The Division of Student Assistance nominated Dr. Cooter's team for the award. The team's accomplishments include developing and presenting several workshops in various parts of the country to help medical residents manage their educational debt, and developing the guide, "Doctors, Dollars & Sense," a federal publication available to directors of medical residencies so they can tailor the workshop concept to meet individual needs.
Jennifer L. Cirello, JMC '01, has received an Alpha Omega Alpha Student Research Fellowship for $3,000. Ms. Cirello was chosen among applicants from across the country who submitted research proposals. Ms. Cirello's research is titled "Immunolipsome Mediated Delivery of a Fluorescent Dye to Sca-1 Hematopoietic Stem Cells of C-57BL/6j Mice." The fellowship also provides a financial award to the student's mentor, Fred C. Garbrecht, MD, Director of Bone Marrow Processing Laboratory and Assistant Professor of Medicine, Jefferson Medical College.
Randolph L. Haines, CPE, Manager, Facilities Services Department, was elected President of the Association for Facilities Engineering (AFE), Trenton - Princeton Chapter #125. Mr. Haines served as the secretary for this AFE chapter for the past five years.
Alvin F. Goldfarb, MD, Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology, is the author of "The Endocrine Management of Benign Gynecologic Disease" recently published by Chapman and Hall. In addition, Dr. Goldfarb edited "An Atlas of Pediatric and Adolescent Gynecology" published by Current Medicine and distributed by Appleton and Lang. The Atlas is the first book of its kind published in the United States and contains over 600 pictures, illustrations and charts.
Steven J. DiBiase, MD, resident physician in the Department of Radiation Oncology, was recently elected to a three-year term on the American Association for Cancer Research (AACR) Associate Member Council. Dr. DiBiase is one of twelve international members on this council.
Elena G. Hitraya, MD, PhD, Research Assistant Professor, Division of Rheumatology, Department of Medicine, has been awarded a $50,000 grant from the Scleroderma Foundation for her project "Identification of TGF-B-Responsive Elements in the First Intron of the al(L) Procollagen Gene and Evaluation of Their Role in the Pathogenesis of Scleroderma."
Mery Kostianovsky, MD, Associate Professor of Pathology, Anatomy and Cell Biology, was an invited speaker at the XXI Congress of Latin-American Pathology held in Panama, where she presented the paper "Tumors in AIDS Patients."
Dennis B. Leeper, PhD, Professor and Director, Division of Radiation Biology, Department of Radiation Oncology, was elected President of the North American Hyperthermia Society at its annual meeting. This society represents physicians, biologists, physicists, and engineers interested in using hyperthermia to treat cancer. Dr. Leeper also was invited to give a keynote address on the "Role of the Tumor Cell Microenvironment on Response to Treatment" at the second annual Uludag Oncology Symposium in Turkey. Also presenting at this symposium was Belma Kurdoglu, a doctoral candidate at the Institute of Oncology, University of Istanbul in Istanbul, Turkey who is doing research for her thesis with George Iliakis, PhD, Professor and Associate Director, Division of Radiation Biology, Department of Radiation Oncology. Dr. Leeper also spoke on "Modifications of Tumor Extracellular pH by Hyperglycemia and its Potential for Thermoradiotherapy Sensitization" to the Department of Radiation Oncology at the Medical College of Uladag University.
Bruce E. Northrup, MD, Clinical Associate Professor of Neurosurgery, recently completed his term as President of the Cervical Spine Research Society. The 25th international meeting was held in Palm Springs, California where Dr. Northrup delivered the presidential address on collegiality.
David Reiter, MD, DMD, FACS, Professor of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery, Jefferson Medical College, represented the American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery as well as the American Academy of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery at a meeting of the federal government's Practice Expense Validation Panel of the Healthcare Finance Administration (HCFA). In addition, Dr. Reiter was nominated to represent both academies to the American Medical Accreditation Program (AMAP) of the American Medical Association. He was also elected to the Credentials of the American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery and was appointed Chairman of the Task Force on Practice Parameters and Guidelines.
Several copies of the new board game "Adventure Park" were recently donated to the department of pediatrics at Jefferson Medical College. Developed through a collaboration between Cancervive, a support group for patients and survivors of cancer, and the Pfizer Pediatric Health Team, "Adventure Park" is designed to help chronically ill children, their families, and friends communicate their feelings about coping with serious illness. As players move around the game board, they select cards containing questions designed to help initiate a dialogue on their feelings about being sick.
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Hoechst Marion Roussel recently awarded ACCORD Grants to two members of the Office of Health Policy and Clinical Outcomes: David B. Nash, MD, MBA, Associate Dean and Director of the Office, not shown, and Jennifer Lofland, PharmD, left, Project Director, for their study "Reliability and Validity Testing of an Evaluation Tool for Diabetes Management." Pictured with Ms. Lofland is Cathy Carroll, PhD, MBA, RPh, Health Outcomes Research Director for Hoechst Marion Roussel. Sponsored by the drug company's health outcomes research division, ACCORD Grants fund health outcomes research projects that focus on cardiovascular diseases, neurosciences, oncology, respiratory diseases, endocrinology, rheumatology and infectious diseases. ACCORD stands for A Company-wide Commitment to Outcomes Research and Development. Sandra Sauereisen, MD, MPH, formerly of the Office of Health Policy and Clinical Outcomes, was also involved in this study.
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