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Claire Pomeroy, M.D., M.B.A., has been named the new President of the Albert and Mary Lasker Foundation. She will join the Foundation this spring and succeeds Dr. Maria Freire, who was appointed President of the Foundation for the National Institutes of Health in November. Dr. Pomeroy is currently the Dean of the University of California, Davis School of Medicine, CEO of the UC Davis Health System, and Vice Chancellor for Human Health Sciences at UC Davis. In November, Dr. Pomeroy announced her intention to step down from her UC, Davis positions later this year. Dr. Pomeroy is past chair of the AAMC Council of Deans (2011-2012).
Philip C. Bagnell, M.D., dean of East Tennessee State University’s James H. Quillen College of Medicine, announced on Tuesday that he will retire on July 31. A pediatrician, Dr. Bagnell has led the school for the past seven years.
Rowen Zetterman, M.D., stepped down as dean of the Creighton University School of Medicine last month. Robert “Bo” Dunlay, MD, MBA, was named interim dean of the School of Medicine effective January 1. Dr. Dunlay, chief medical officer of Alegent-Creighton Health Creighton University Medical Center and professor of medicine and pharmacology in the School of Medicine, is a nephrologist.
Dr. Robert O. Messing has been named vice provost for biomedical sciences at the University of Texas at Austin. He will help develop the planned new medical school. His appointment was effective Jan. 16. Dr. Messing was most recently at UCSF, where he was on the faculty for 26 years, having spent the past 15 years as an administrator helping to build the Ernest Gallo Clinic and Research Center. His research has focused on the neurobiology of addiction. Dr. Messing will serve as one of two co-chairs for the steering committee charged with overseeing the development of the budget, curriculum, research program, clinical training program, community engagement and other aspects of the new medical school. The other co-chair will be Dr. Susan Cox, Austin’s regional dean for UT Southwestern Medical Center.
Science reported on Wednesday, “Almost a year after they announced it, leading influenza researchers are ending a voluntary moratorium on certain types of controversial experiments involving the H5N1 avian influenza virus.”
A new report from an expert panel provides an overview of the current state of teaching quality and safety, competencies for faculty, and recommendations for enhancing these programs. The report calls for the creation of a national faculty development initiative to train faculty as quality improvement educational experts and to teach health care improvement within the nation’s medical schools and teaching hospitals. “Teaching for Quality: Integrating Quality Improvement and Patient Safety Across the Continuum of Medical Education” is part of Teaching for Quality (Te4Q) — the medical education effort of the Best Practices for Better Care campaign, an initiative sponsored by AAMC and University Health Consortium designed to improve the quality and safety of health care.
The NIH on Wednesday issued a Request for Information (RFI) seeking public comment on a new report from the NIH Council of Councils Working Group on Use of Chimpanzees in NIH-Supported Research. The Working Group was asked to advise the NIH on the implementation of the recommendations of the Institute of Medicine’s (IOM’s) Committee on the Use of Chimpanzees in Biomedical and Behavioral Research. NIH is accepting comments on the Working Group’s recommendations until March 23. The Working Group called for ending many current chimp studies, the retirement of most active research chimps, and the maintenance of a 50 chimp research colony should they be needed for future research.
University of Chicago Medicine last week dedicated its new state-of the-art, 1.2 million-square-foot Center for Care and Discovery. The Governor of Illinois and other dignitaries participated in the ceremonies that marked the completion of “one the nation’s most modern clinical and surgical centers dedicated to specialty care in areas such as cancer, gastrointestinal disease, neuroscience and advanced surgery and high-tech medical imaging.” The Center for Care and Discovery will open to patients on Feb. 23.
The New York Post late Wednesday reported, “Long Island College Hospital in Brooklyn faces closure — just two years after the state approved a merger to save the financially ailing 155-year old facility, source told the Post. SUNY Downstate Medical Center, which acquired LICH in 2011, has sent out word that it’s eying shutting down the Cobble Hill hospital – the only one that provides emergency room service in Brownstone Brooklyn.”
The new issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) includes a set of articles on hospital readmissions. A research report in the set found that large teaching hospitals and safety net hospitals are most likely to be penalized under the Hospital Readmissions Reduction Program (HRRP), which ties Medicare reimbursements to readmissions.
AcademyHealth’s Electronic Data Methods (EDM) Forum for Comparative Effectiveness Research (CER) has officially launched eGEMs, a free, peer-reviewed e-publication that publishes innovative ideas and practices using electronic clinical data (ECD) to advance health systems research, quality improvement (QI), and improve patient and community outcomes. eGEMS (Generating Evidence & Methods to improve patient outcomes) will facilitate the exchange of strategies to advance the science of comparative effectiveness research, patient-centered outcomes research, and QI using ECD. Submissions may be in the form of papers, visualizations, or other media
The AAHRPP Advance newsletter recently highlighted some of the innovations being advanced by the National Cancer Institute’s Institutional Review Board (CIRB). In addition to being the first NIH entity to receive AAHRPP accreditation, the article discussed the CIRB’s plan to “transition to an independent model of review for NCI-funded clinical trials. Under this model, the CIRB will conduct the local context review and serve as the IRB of record.”
Tuesday’s New York Times reported that Cornell NYC Tech, a new graduate school focusing on applied science, opened on Monday “not at some temporary structure on the edge of a construction site but to 20,000 square feet of donated space in the middle of Google’s $2 billion New York headquarters.” The Times further reported that the school, “is a bold experiment on many fronts: a major expansion for an august upstate school, a high-impact real estate venture for Roosevelt Island, an innovative collaboration with a foreign university, a new realm of influence for City Hall. But the most striking departure of all may be the relationship it sets forth between university and industry, one in which commerce and education are not just compatible, they are also all but indistinguishable.”
Dr. Elliot Sussman is the new president of the Society of Medical Administrators (SOMA), succeeding Dr. Michael Collins. Dr. Sussman is chair, The Villages Health, a patient-centered medical home partnership between The Villages retirement community and the University of South Florida (USF). Dr. Sussman is also a professor of medicine at USF’s Morsani College of Medicine and a former chair of the AAMC. SOMA is limited to 50 active members and composed of physicians with major leadership responsibilities not limited to acute care hospitals.
The National Association for Biomedical Research (NABR) has organized a coalition letter of more than 150 leading research organizations and institutions and sent it to CEO’s of certain airlines which are currently targets of activists’ global campaigns, urging them to continue transporting animals needed for research purposes. AAMC strongly supported the initiative and was among the signers of the letter.
Wing of Zock, a blog about innovation and change in medical schools and teaching hospitals, featured a new posting this week about promoting innovations in medical education. It was written by Jeremy A. Lazarus, M.D., the president of the AMA. Dr. Lazarus is a psychiatrist in private practice in Denver.
An essay recently posted by The Atlantic Magazine discussed the relationship between trees and human health. The article highlighted “The curious connection between an invasive beetle that has destroyed over 100 million trees, and subsequent heart disease and pneumonia in the human populations nearby.”
Catalin S. Buhimschi, MD, has been appointed Director of Maternal-Fetal Medicine and Vice Chair for Research in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at The Ohio State University. Irina A. Buhimschi, MD, has been named Director of the Center for Perinatal Research in The Research Institute at Nationwide Children’s Hospital. Both most recently had leadership roles at Yale.
EVMS President Harry T. Lester announced that he will step down in April. Upon his departure, Richard V. Homan, MD will become President, Provost and Dean of Eastern Virginia Medical School. He already holds the Provost and Dean titles. This is the first time in EVMS’s history that the President and Dean titles will be held by the same person. Dr. Homan is a family physician.
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