Department of Medicine "Unsung Heroes"The Department of Medicine celebrated the many accomplishments of our faculty at the 2019 Faculty Honors Reception last week. Awards abounded for extraordinary teaching, innovative research, and especially the ”Unsung Heroes” in each division who faithfully contribute without fuss or fanfare to make our department an amazing place to work. Congratulations these honorees!

Pictured L to R: Drs. Trisha Parekh, DOM Chair Seth Landefeld, Isabel Scarinci, Garrett Hurst, Deepti Bahl, Sarah Morgan, William Maddox, Gaurav Agarwal, Ali Ahmed, Olaf Kutsch, Clare Lyons, Andrew Sellers. Not pictured: Drs. Antonio DiStasi, Jim Johnson.

More Good News for May 8, 2019

Vinay Narasimha Krishna, MD (Assistant Professor, Nephrology) and colleagues received one of fifteen innovation awards at the first national KidneyX Summit. KidneyX—a public-private partnership between the HHS and the American Society of Nephrology—is a two phase “Redesign Dialysis” competition to conceptualize and develop the next-generation in dialysis products. The team developed a wearable telehealth device to monitor vascular access health.

Seema Kumar, MD (PGY2) won first place in the National ACP poster competition. Her poster beat out 374 other competitors with a clinical vignette on heparin induced thrombocytopenia after knee replacement. Congratulations, Dr. Kumar!

The Department is thrilled to announce four Koopman Medical Student Research Excellence Awardees for 2019. These first year medical students will participate an in eight-week summer research experience prior to their second year of medical school. Venkata (Siva) Tekumalla will work with Suzanne Oparil, MD (Professor, Cardiovascular Disease). Andres Camino will work with Nick Van Wagoner, MD, PhD (Associate Professor, Infectious Diseases). John Hunsicker will work with Ellen Eaton, MD (Assistant Professor, Infectious Diseases). John Mitchell will work with Martin Young, Dphil (Professor, Cardiovascular Disease). Kudos to all these ambitious learners and their mentors!

Drs. Bob Centor and Lisa Willett (Professors, General Internal Medicine) have authored an e-book to teach faculty how to be better attendings. It covers a variety of important topics from setting expectations, to giving feedback, to time management. Proceeds from the book will benefit the Tinsley Harrison Internal Medicine Residency Program. Find it online!

Shawn Galin, PhD (Associate Professor, Pulmonary, Allergy, and Critical Care) has been named to the Board of Directors of the Association of Standardized Patient Educators (ASPE).  ASPE has a membership of over 600 individuals representing SP Center Directors and SP Educators from various institutions world-wide. In addition to serving on the Board, Shawn will hold the newly created position of Chair of the Modules Project to oversee the development of stand-alone courses on SP methodology. Keep up the great work, Dr. Galin!

The Division of Infectious Diseases STD Research Program celebrated the “teamwork that makes the dream work” during National Medical Laboratory Week, Administrative Support Week and Nurses Week! We join them in thanking all those who make our research programs so successful!

Jack Hasson, MD (Clinical Associate Professor, Pulmonary, Allergy and Critical Care) has been appointed to the Board of Censors of the Medical Association of the State of Alabama. The association exists to serve, lead and unite physicians in promoting the highest quality of health care for the people of Alabama through advocacy, information and education. Thank you for your service, Dr. Hasson.

Coming next week to Medical Grand Rounds: Jagat Narula, MD, PhD, Professor of Medicine and Philip J. and Harriet L. Goodhart Chair in Cardiology, and the Director of Cardiovascular Imaging Program in Mount Sinai’s Zena and Michael A. Wiener Cardiovascular Institute and the Marie-Josée and Henry R. Kravis Center for Cardiovascular Health will present “Can We Eliminate Coronary Disease in Our Lifetime” at noon on Wednesday, May 15, in Margaret Cameron Spain Auditorium.

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