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October 2018 Archives

October 30, 2018

Serving Our Community – Pride in Our Commitment

Dear Colleagues-Friends,

Several of our senior faculty were privileged to participate recently in the 10th installment of the Discovery Series. The event was hosted by the MCV Foundation, which was represented by Margaret Ann Bollmeier and Harry Thalhimer, MCV Foundation president and board chair, respectively.

Our faculty colleagues participated in a panel discussion about the transformational impact of imaging on healthcare. Panelists included Dr. Ann Fulcher, professor and chair, Department of Radiology, and director of Abdominal Imaging; Dr. Greg Hundley, director of the Pauley Heart Center and director of Cardiac Imaging; Dr. Patrick Nana-Sinkam, professor and chair, Pulmonary Disease and Critical Care Medicine; and Dr. Sarah Temkin, director of Gynecologic Oncology.

Alongside VCU Health’s Chief Medical Officer Dr. Ron Clark – who opened the event with “A Medical Moment” to explain the latest research on the preventative value of daily aspirin – the esteemed panel elaborated on several imaging techniques, how they are refined in clinical practice for early diagnosis and tailored treatment, and how they can be combined with blood tests/biomarkers to be even more precise. Two cross-cutting themes emerged from the dialogue – how imaging not only supports diagnosis but also prevention of disease, and the value of collaborating across areas of medicine to do the best for patients.

Our faculty made us all very proud by their erudite yet highly conversational style which displayed a remarkable level of clinical knowledge and academic leadership in their areas of expertise. The audience of over 230 community leaders in Williamsburg responded in a lively discussion, and Mr. Thalhimer concluded by highlighting the value of academic medicine and the strength of this collaboration.

We appreciate the leadership of the MCV Foundation and the event’s host committee – comprised of Williamsburg community leaders Ms. Julie Baxter and Mr. Paul Dresser; Ms. Louise and Mr. Bob Canfield; Ms. Ginny and Mr. Charles Crone; Ms. Jane and Mr. James Kaplan; and Ms. Judi Starkey – in establishing and nurturing this innovative lecture series which over the past four years has raised awareness about the outstanding medical research, care and education that happens every day at our institution.

With every good wish,

Peter F. Buckley, M.D.
Dean, VCU School of Medicine
Executive Vice President for Medical Affairs, VCU Health System

October 18, 2018

Outstanding contributions of our faculty, staff, students and alumni

Dear Colleagues-Friends,

We have some marvelous things to celebrate this fall:

• Endowed professorships and chairs represent the highest academic honor a university can bestow on a faculty member, and serve as a lasting tribute for the donors who establish them. Last month, we were delighted to see 34 School of Medicine faculty members recognized with this honor. See the list and view photos from the 2018 Investiture Dinner.

• Congratulations to our faculty members Stephanie R. Goldberg, M.D., and Donna Jackson, Ed.D., who have secured grants from the American Medical Association that make possible a pair of research projects into students’ experiences. One project incorporates coaching and individualized learning plans to improve wellness for students entering surgery and other specialties, and the second explores inclusion and engagement in medical students. The lessons we learn will be used to improve students’ experiences – here and at other medical schools.

• When the Class of 2019’s Austin Oberlin started his Fogarty Global Health Fellowship, the aspiring OB-GYN public health physician had a touch of imposter syndrome. “Am I really supposed to be here?” But he talked with his mentor and kept on doing the work — and one year later, he took home the Young Investigator Award based on his cervical cancer research abroad.

• At VCU’s annual service awards, a host of the School of Medicine’s faculty and staff were honored: Katherine Mulloy, in Internal Medicine, was honored with the Award of Excellence; Valerie Harris, in Internal Medicine’s Division of Nephrology, received the Outstanding Achievement award; Harold Greenwald, in the medical school’s Office of Graduate Education, received the Service Excellence award; and Robert Diegelmann, Ph.D., was honored for his 45 years of service to the university.

We also appreciate the ways those in the medical school serve their communities and professions:

• OB-GYN’s Mishka Terplan, M.D., and emergency medicine’s Allen Yee, M.D., are two of the half dozen VCU faculty and alumni who’ve been named to the 27-member Governor’s Advisory Commission on Opioids and Addiction. They’ll offer their expertise in education, first-response, treatment and rehabilitation.

• Surgery’s Paula Ferrada, M.D., has been elected chair of the Young Fellows Association of the American College of Surgeons and secretary of the Panamerican Trauma Society. She is an ardent advocate for inclusivity in the surgery field of surgery.

I hope you will enjoy reading about their contributions.

With every good wish,

Peter F. Buckley, M.D.
Dean, VCU School of Medicine
Executive Vice President for Medical Affairs, VCU Health System

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