Sidney Kimmel, Leslie W. Whitney, MD, Elected to Jeffersons Board of Trustees
The Board of Trustees of Thomas Jefferson University has elected two new members: Sidney Kimmel and Leslie W. Whitney, MD.
Mr. Kimmel is perhaps best known to Jeffersonians through his generous gifts to establish the Kimmel Cancer Center of Jefferson Medical College and the Kimmel Cancer Institute for research. As National Chairman of The March, Mr. Kimmel spearheaded a program last year in Washington, DC, that resulted in an unprecedented 16 percent increase of $400 million in Federal funding for cancer research.
Mr. Kimmel has produced major films through his entertainment company and has been the lead supporter of his native Philadelphias performing arts center, currently under construction as the new home of The Philadelphia Orchestra.
Leslie W. Whitney, MD
Since 1994 he has served as Director, Academic Affairs, Medical Center of Delaware and
since 1996 as Assistant Dean, Jefferson Medical College. Since 1995 he has been Executive
Director, Delaware Institute for Medical Education (DIMER) and since 1994 has chaired
faculty committees on quality improvement, clinical care and credentialing for the Medical
Center of Delaware in addition to serving as Medical Director, Health Services
Corporation, Medical Center of Delaware. Dr. Whitney has been a Trustee of the Medical
Center of Delaware Foundation and a Director of the Medical Center of Delaware Inc. since
Dr. Whitney received his medical degree from Temple University School of Medicine and his undergraduate degree from Bucknell University.
Cardiovascular Research Center Director Appointed to The Smith Chair in Cardiac Research
Andrew Zalewski, MD, Professor of Medicine, Jefferson Medical College, has been appointed to the William Wikoff Smith Chair in Cardiac Research. Dr. Zalewski, who is Director of Jeffersons Cardiovascular Research Center in the Division of Cardiology, is a leader in the field of vascular biology and interventional cardiology. He and his group have widely published in medical journals on the mechanisms of vascular repair under physiological and disease-related conditions. Under Dr. Zalewskis direction, Jeffersons Cardiovascular Research Center has become a nationally recognized center bridging basic sciences with clinically relevant issues of coronary restenosis, bypass graft disease and atherosclerosis.
A native of Warsaw, Poland, Dr. Zalewski received his MD degree from Warsaw Medical School, where he did his internship and residency. He has been associated with Jefferson since 1983, when he initially served as a Fellow in Cardiology at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital. He is a member of the American Heart Association, the American Physiological Society and the North American Vascular Biology Organization.
The William Wikoff Smith Chair was established by The W. W. Smith Charitable Trust of Newtown Square, PA. This grant was given as a reflection of Mr. Smiths exceptional vision and his desire to enhance medical excellence, said Mrs. Mary L. Smith, his widow and trustee of the Smith Trust. It is an honor to be a partner with Jefferson and its professionals who are at the forefront of heart research.
Help Keep Jefferson Smoke Free
Smoking has been identified by the U.S. Surgeon General as the nations single most important preventable cause of disease and premature death.
Thomas Jefferson University Hospital has been a smoke-free facility since 1989, and the hospitals commitment to promote a safe and healthy environment for patients, visitors, physicians, employees, volunteers and students has not diminished. The hospital has recently installed improved signage at the 11th Street Gibbon entrance to remind everyone that smoking is not permitted.
While we remain respectful of the rights of individuals to smoke, I believe our primary obligations and commitments are to our patients, said Thomas J. Lewis, President and CEO for the hospital. Therefore, I am asking for your renewed support of our policy to maintain a smoke-free environment.
While Jeffersons Security Department helps to enforce this policy, enforcement is everyones responsibility. In addition, if you are a smoker who would like to break the smoking habit, please take advantage of the smoking cessation programs offered by Jeffersons Health Awareness program.
Attend a Free College Course
As a member of the Greater Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce, Thomas Jefferson University is now offering the Chambers First Class Program to employees. This program provides a free college course at any of the Community College of Philadelphia campuses to Jefferson employees who have never attended college. The program helps employees improve job-related skills, learn about new technologies and earn college credits. To find out more about the program and to obtain a class listing, log on to www.ccp.cc.pa.us
Celebration of Hope Supports Cancer Research Awareness
All Jeffersonians are invited to attend a Celebration of Hope on Friday, September 24, at noon in front of the Bluemle Life Sciences Building/ Kimmel Cancer Institute. The Jefferson event supports the Candlelight Vigil of Hope in Washington.
The Vigil will take place on the weekend of September 24-25. It is a Coming Together To Conquer Cancer and to increase awareness of the need for more federal dollars for research in the search for a cure.
Why? According to Ellen Stovall of the National Coalition for Cancer Survivorship, at last years March we promised to testify, to bear witness, to stand vigil, to protest, to raise their voices, to let our lawmakers know what is unacceptable and to say, NO MORE.
Ch. 6 Action News medical reporter Anita Brikman, who lost her father to cancer, will be the honored guest speaker.
Annual Aids Walk Set for Sunday, October 17
1999 Leon Peris, MD, Medical Records Prize Awarded To Resident
Each year, the Leon Peris, MD, Medical Records Award is presented to a resident who is completing his or her training in any of the hospital clinical departments and has the best overall record of timely, accurate, and complete chart dictations for inpatient care. This year's Leon Peris, MD, Award winner is John J. Huang, MD, Resident, Department of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery. Dr. Huang received a plaque and Dining With Heart gift certificate. First runner-up, Francine Ton, MD, Resident, Department of Medicine, received a Dining With Heart gift certificate.
The Department of Health Policy and Clinical Outcomes established the Leon Peris, MD, Medical Records Award as a way to recognize the contributions of Leon Peris, MD, and residents' efforts.