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2013

Radiology resident Joey Tiwari elected to Medical Society of Virginia’s Board of Directors

Joey Tiwari, M.D.

Joey Tiwari, M.D.

Radiology resident Joey Tiwari, M.D., has been elected to a two-year term with the Medical Society of Virginia Board of Directors. He holds the position of the Resident Associate Director.

“Given that only one resident is elected each year to the Board and that the position is open to all specialties and institutions across the state, this is an outstanding honor for Joey, for radiologists in general, our Department of Radiology in particular, and for the VCU Health System,” said Ann S. Fulcher, M.D., chairman and professor of radiology.

The Medical Society of Virginia’s Board of Directors includes just two residents. Tiwari will transition to the position of Resident Director during his second year on the board.

Throughout his academic career, Tiwari has made time for community service, most often working with neighborhood children. While pursuing post-graduate research in radiation oncology at Stanford University, Tiwari used his tennis skills to connect with East Palo Alto’s inner city children. A former Division 1 scholarship player, he devoted his spare time to teaching the children tennis. As a medical student at the University of Louisville, he was honored with an award for humanitarian field work in recognition of a health-care mission trip to South Africa that he led and organized to assist children diagnosed with HIV and AIDS.

A PGY-4 in Diagnostic Radiology, Tiwari is applying for fellowship in Interventional Radiology.

10
2013

Microbiology’s Masoud Manjili publishes opinion in The Scientist

Masoud Manjili

Masoud H. Manjili, Ph.D., D.V.M.

An opinion piece by Masoud H. Manjili, Ph.D., D.V.M., associate professor of microbiology and immunology, was published on Sept. 10 by The Scientist magazine. In it he discusses challenges to academic research in the U.S.

In the essay, Translational Research in Crisis, Manjili describes the “discordance between preclinical findings and clinical results” that he says has “hindered the clinical impact of academic research, despite sizeable investments made in it.”

From Manjili’s vantage point as a researcher with a focus on cancer and the immune response, he enumerates preclinical and clinical issues that he faces in his field — from problematic animal models of disease to the contradiction between personalized medicine and the need for statistical significance.

With a warning that the federal funding alone is insufficient to support academic research, he writes: “It’s time to break away from the status quo and reinvent translational research. Doing so could enable therapeutic breakthroughs and drive up return on investment, which in turn would facilitate additional funding for academic research.”

The challenge of bringing research findings to patients’ bedsides is a persistent one for the American biomedical community. One strategy to address it is the Clinical and Translational Science Award program, designed by the National Institutes of Health to create a nationwide consortium of research institutions working to turn laboratory discoveries into treatments for patients. In 2010, the NIH selected VCU as the only academic health center in Virginia to join the consortium. A $20-million grant from the NIH supports VCU’s Center for Clinical and Translational Research that is working to advance science and foster partnerships to accelerate translational research for the betterment of human health.

09
2013

Leadership transition for medical school’s continuing medical education program

John W. Seed, M.D.

John W. Seeds, M.D.

John W. Seeds, M.D., professor of obstetrics and gynecology and senior associate dean for professional education and president and CEO of UHS Professional Education Programs, Inc., will step down from his role on March 31, 2014. He has served the School of Medicine and VCU Health System in this role since January 2010.

Seeds led the development of the new continuing medical education organization from its inception, created the CME Advisory Committee with broad stakeholder representation and has strengthened UHS-PEP’s integration with the VCU Health System.

During his tenure, UHS-PEP — which houses the VCU Office of Continuing Medical Education — has supported collaborations with the Association of American Medical Colleges Section for Continuing Education and Improvement “Aligning and Educating for Quality” initiative and is currently participating in a successfully funded Society for Academic CME Research Grant to study interprofessional, practice-based learning. New CME programs in primary care and simulation education were developed. In July 2013, UHS-PEP received full four-year accreditation renewal from the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education.

“I want to express my profound gratitude to Dr. Seeds for his outstanding service to our professional education programs, and for his longtime dedicated service to the School of Medicine,” said Jerry Strauss III, M.D., Ph.D., dean of the School of Medicine and executive vice president for medical affairs for the VCU Health System.

John M. Pellock, M.D.

John M. Pellock, M.D.

John “Jack” M. Pellock, M.D., professor of neurology and chair of the Division of Child Neurology, will assume the role of interim senior associate dean for professional education and CEO of UHS-PEP. He will begin working with UHS-PEP this fall to allow for a smooth leadership transition.

Pellock has worked with VCU CME for more than 20 years, including service as co-chair of the Hans Berger Clinical Neurophysiology Symposium, which attracts almost 200 physicians, EEG technicians, nurses and other health care professionals to our campus each year. He recently served as president of the American Epilepsy Society and in 2004 received the J. Kiffen Penry Award for Excellence in Neurology from the society.

“Jack’s multidisciplinary background and knowledge of the school and health system bring valuable insights and experience as the school continues to develop educational collaborations to support improvements in patient care and safety,” said Strauss.

Annually, more than 17,000 physicians and health care professionals participate in VCU-sponsored and jointly-sponsored continuing education activities. Each activity is designed to meet identified educational needs in clinical practice and health care delivery in an era of rapidly expanding knowledge, new technologies and progressive demands on health care professionals.

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