"Good News" - January 26, 2015

The Good News for the Week of January 26. pdf

The School of Medicine has created the Pittman Scholar Awards to honor the legacy of Dr. James A. Pittman, Jr., our longest-serving dean. Andre Ballesteros-Tato, PhD (Clinical Immunology and Rheumatology) and J. Michael Wells, MD (Pulmonary, Allergy, and Critical Care Medicine) will receive funding to support their research and scholarly enrichment.

Daniel Balkovetz, MD, PhD, led the grant writing effort which has earned the Division of Nephrology its 6th consecutive Genzyme Fabry Nephrology Fellowship Award. This $75,000 grant will be divided among four renal fellows to study Fabry’s Disease under the mentorship of David Warnock, MD, and Eric Wallace, MD, during the second year of their fellowship.

Pankaj Arora, MD (Second-year Fellow, Cardiovascular Disease) has first-authored a clinical study published in the Journal of the American Heart Association.  Dr. Arora and his colleagues demonstrated for the first time that increase in natriuretic peptides (ANP, BNP) with weight loss in obese individuals undergoing gastric bypass surgery are “primary” and not secondary to alterations in cardiac structure or function.

The University of Alberta invited Lawrence Lamb, MN, PhD (Hematology and Oncology) to speak as their Walter Campbell Mackenzie Endowed Visiting Professor on January 22. The special guest lecture series is designed to invite faculty who are considered to be leaders in their respective disciplines. His address was entitled, “Chemotherapy Resistance Gene Modification as a Strategy for Cytotoxic T cell Therapy of Temozolomide-Resistant High-Grade CNS Tumors.”

Kelly Andringa, PhD, (Nephrology) was selected as the Department of Medicine Employee of the Month for November 2014!  Kelly is the Program Manager for a large NIH-funded O’Brien Center grant, the Nephrology Research and Training Center (NRTC), and a T32 Training Grant. Kelly is adept at juggling myriad details on a daily basis, and she is indispensable to the smooth operation of these complex programs.

Valerie Lehman-Paige was selected as the Department of Medicine Employee of the Month for December 2014! Valerie is an Office Associate who is well-known for her professionalism and her ready smile. Her positive attitude shines through every interaction, and her associates are proud of her many contributions to the Division.

Do you have Good News to share? If so, please email the Department of Medicine's Director of Communications, Carolyn Walsh.

"Good News" - January 19, 2015

The Good News for the Week of January 19. pdf

Did you know the Department highlights the work of one of our research faculty on our web site each month? Tiffany Carson, PhD, MPH (Preventive Medicine) is January’s featured investigator. Tiffany is an applied epidemiologist whose research focuses on health disparities of black and white women with a particular emphasis on the effects of stress on obesity and cancer.

An article by Carmello Blanquicett, MD (PGY-2 Resident) “A genome-wide association study of heparin-induced thrombocytopenia using an electronic medical record” has been e-published ahead of print in Thrombosis and Haemostasis.

Luciano J. Costa, MD, PhD (Hematology and Oncology) has first-authored the article “Disparities in the Utilization of Autologous Hematopoietic Cell Transplantation for Treatment of Multiple Myeloma” which has been e-published ahead of print in Biology of Blood and Marrow Transplantation.

Shin Mineishi, MD (Hematology and Oncology) reports that the former Bone Marrow Transplantation and Cell Therapy Program will now be known as the Blood and Marrow Transplantation and Cell Therapy Program. This name change reflects increased prevalence of Peripheral Blood Stem Cell (PBSC) Transplantation where chemotherapy and radiation patients receive harvested stem cells which travel to the bone marrow and begin to produce new blood cells.

Division Directors’ Meeting Recap from January 15:
  • A smooth transition is underway in Hematology and Oncology with the new Director Ravi Bhatia, MD, at the helm. The Division is working together to continue growing in all areas in 2015.
  • Dragon dictation software will soon be available for 100 DOM physicians. Stay tuned for more on how the latest version of this software can help save you time.
  • Work/Life Balance Initiatives are underway in three divisions to improve the IMPACT experience.

Please note the special times and places for Medical Grand Rounds on January 28!

  • Senior Vice President and Dean Selwyn Vickers, MD, will present his State of the School of Medicine address during our regular MGR time slot, speaking from noon until 1:15pm. Lunch is provided.
  • David Schwartz, MD, chair of the department of medicine at the University of Colorado will present “The Genetics of Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis” in WP-E at 4:00 p.m. as a guest of the Division of Pulmonary, Allergy, and Critical Care Medicine. Reception to follow.

Do you have Good News to share? If so, please email the Department of Medicine's Director of Communications, Carolyn Walsh.