People Notes: Notables
** Robert L. Capizzi, MD, Magee Professor and Chairman of the Department of Medicine, Jefferson Medical College of Thomas Jefferson University, has announced that Geno J. Merli, MD, Clinical Professor of Medicine, Vice Chairman for Primary Care of the Department, and Director of the Division of General Internal Medicine has been named the Ludwig Kind Clinical Professor of Medicine.
Geno J. Merli, MD, has been accorded this honor in recognition of his leadership role over five years in developing the Division of General Internal Medicine at Jefferson Medical College of Thomas Jefferson University, at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital and at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital-Methodist Hospital Division as well as for his outstanding leadership in contributing to the successful development of our primary care network - Jefferson HealthCARE.
In making the announcement, Dr. Capizzi said, "The primary care emphasis is key in Jefferson's educational programs for students, residents and also for continuing medical education for practicing physicians. Dr. Merli's leadership role has been essential to our success in these areas. I am very pleased to recognize his extraordinary contributions through this endowed chair."
Dr. Merli, JMC '75, has a nearly 25-year history of Jefferson awards to complement this latest honor in being accorded an endowed chair and named professorship. Among his achievements have been election as President of the Hospital's House Staff Administration, the AOA House Staff Teaching Award, the Lindback Award for Distinguished Teaching, the Pharmacology Teaching Award, Department of Medicine's Teaching Attending Award, Housestaff Award for Leadership, Support and Dedication to Medical Housestaff Education. He has also recieved the Neal Certificate of Merit - Editorial Award for "Anatomy of a Malpractice Case" as well as U.S. Army Achievement and Commendation medals.
John J. Hodges, MD, Emeritus Trustee, Thomas Jefferson University, was the first Ludwig Kind Professor of Medicine. The Ludwig Kind Professorship of Medicine was established through an initial gift by Mrs. Ludwig A. Kind in memory of her late husband. Ludwig Kind, an industrialist, had been an owner of the Kind Gelatin Company, President of the Kind Knox Gelatin Company, and President of the Board of Directors of the First Bank of Camden. He and Mrs. Kind had been patients of Dr. Hodges.
**At the recent annual meeting of the American Hospital Association, Thomas Jefferson University Hospital was one of two hospitals to receive an award for support shown to the Association's Institute for Diversity in Health Management. The Institute aims to expand healthcare leadership opportunities for minorities and increase the number of qualified minorities entering the field. Since the program began four years ago, Jefferson has had four administrative residents on board learning our methods under the auspices of the Institute's enrichment program.
**Mark T. Curtis, MD, PhD, Assistant Professor of Pathology, Neuropathology Secion, Department of Pathology, Anatomy and Cell Biology, has been awarded first place prize in Light Microscopy by the American Society of Clinical Pathologists for his entry entitled "Squashed Pseudorosette" in the Society's 1997 Medical Photography Competition sponsored by Nikon. His entry will be on display at the Society's national meeting in Philadelphia, September 20 to 25, and can also be seen on the Society's Web Site at www.ascp.org
**S. Grant Mulholland, MD, the Nathan Lewis Hatfield Professor and Chairman, Department of Urology, Jefferson Medical College, is the recipient of the 1997 Alumni Achievement Award from the Temple University School of Medicine Medical Alumni Association. The Alumni Association recently honored Dr. Mulholland for distinguished achievement in clinical practice, medical education and research.