AAMC News and Leadership Announcements, 2013 January 27

The current issue of AAMC News and Leadership Announcements is now available:

Dr. Katrina Armstrong, a professor of medicine and obstetrics and gynecology at the University of Pennsylvania, has been named chair of the Department of Medicine at Massachusetts General Hospital. She is the first woman to hold the prestigious position. She will join the hospital on April 15 and succeeds Dr. Dennis Ausiello.

Johns Hopkins announced on Saturday that “Philanthropist and New York City Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg has committed $350 million to The Johns Hopkins University, anchoring a major initiative aimed at bringing significant innovation to U.S. higher education. The total commitment — the largest ever to the university — lifts Bloomberg’s lifetime giving to Johns Hopkins beyond $1 billion. The majority of the new gift, $250 million out of $350 million, will be part of a larger effort to raise $1 billion to facilitate cross-disciplinary work across the university to galvanize people, resources, research and educational opportunities around a set of complex global challenges.”

The Bristol (Tennessee) Herald Courier on Sunday reported that King College, a proposed southwest Virginia medical school, and East Tennessee State University’s Quillen College of Medicine, have signed a memorandum of understanding to discuss a possible Virginia “partnership campus” under Quillen’s LCME accreditation. King College received Virginia tobacco settlement funds for the school, which is currently listed by the LCME as an “Applicant School.”

Senator Tom Harkin (D-IA) on Saturday announced he would not seek a sixth term in the U.S. Senate and will step down when his current term ends in 2014. Throughout his Senate career, Senator Harkin has been a powerful advocate for NIH and played a key role in the NIH doubling effort.

Dr. Francis Collins, director of the NIH, started a blog a few months ago. Recent postings include a discussion of copy-editing the genome, the science of stuttering, and a new rheumatoid arthritis drug developed from NIH research. Dr. Collins also has been posting some stunning research-related images.

The University of Kansas Medical Center, the University of Kansas Hospital and the University of Kansas Physicians (the physicians’ practice group) announced last week that they “are taking steps to formally establish a new, more integrated clinical enterprise and to benefit medical education. These three entities, along with 18 medical foundations (the clinical departments) have agreed to work toward a clinical partnership to enhance health care delivery. While talks will continue to mid-2013 on the details of the enterprise, campus leaders predict the eventual model will structurally bring the hospital and physicians into one organization, with physicians holding leadership and board positions. This will more closely align the hospital and physicians and allow them to focus beyond immediate inpatient and outpatient care to managing the health of the community, a necessary function as the market adopts new policies related to health care reform.”

Several major appointments have been made within the Michael E. DeBakey Department of Surgery at Baylor College of Medicine. Scott A. LeMaire, M.D., professor of surgery and molecular physiology & biophysics, has been named vice chair for research. David E. Wesson, M.D., professor of surgery, will serve as director of faculty education and development in the Department. This is a new position.
In addition, a new Division of Surgical Research has been created within the Department. Johnny Chen, M.D., Ph.D., professor of surgery and molecular & cell biology, will serve as the inaugural chief of the division.

Johns Hopkins reported last week, “In a study designed to see if doctors who are told the exact price of expensive medical tests like MRIs in advance would order fewer of them, Johns Hopkins researchers got their answer: No. In a report published online in the Journal of the American College of Radiology, the researchers found that revealing the costs of MRIs and other imaging tests up front had no impact on the number of tests doctors ordered for their hospitalized patients.”

The journal Academic Medicine has launched a new blog, AM Rounds. Created as a space to complement journal content and engage with the journal’s readers, AM Rounds will feature posts from a range of contributors from across the academic medicine community. It is hoped that the blog will help keep the conversation going between monthly issues and draw new voices into the discussion. You can read it on-line, but also opt to receive new posts via email or subscribe to the RSS feed.

Dr. Steven G. Gabbe, senior vice president for health sciences at Ohio State University and chief executive officer at Ohio State’s Wexner Medical Center, recently wrote an op-ed in the Columbus Dispatch calling on state leaders in Ohio to expand Medicaid under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. Dr. Gabbe wrote that “the health-reform law provides Ohio with a unique opportunity to streamline Medicaid eligibility, promote long-term stability of the state’s finances and create rational incentives in health-care delivery.”

The Food and Drug Administration reported that it approved 39 new drugs in 2012, up from 30 in 2011.

The new (February) issue of the Report on Research Compliance reports that John E. Dahlberg, Ph.D., has been named deputy director of the HHS Office of Research Integrity. He has been director of the Division of Investigative Oversight. Susan Garfinkel, Ph.D., has been named acting director of the division.

The Denver Post reported on Friday, “Colorado’s three Catholic bishops Thursday evening said they will make a full review of a lawsuit in which a Catholic hospital defending against malpractice has argued that fetuses aren’t persons.”

PRIM&R’s 2013 Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC) Conference will be held March 18-19 (with two pre-conference programs on March 16-17) in Baltimore, MD. Registration for the meeting is now open.

The Governing Board of the California Institute for Regenerative Medicine (CIRM) has adopted a “framework of proposals” in order to address recommendations from the Institute of Medicine (IOM). The IOM report, issued in December, made numerous recommendations, including changes to the structure of the agency’s Board and in the role of patient advocates on advisory committees.

Dr. Donald Hornig, the former president of Brown University and LBJ’s White House Science Advisor, died last Monday at the age of 92. During his tenure at Brown (1970-76), the school began its four-year medical school. An obituary in Sunday’s New York Times highlighted Dr. Hornig’s role in the Manhattan Project.

The “call for proposals” deadline for the AAMC Group on Diversity and Inclusion’s annual professional development meeting has been extended until January 31. The meeting will be held May 16-19, 2013 in Toronto.

The Association of American Indian Physicians (AAIP) and the AAMC are partnering to sponsor a Cross Cultural Medicine Workshop in Washington, DC, March 1-3. The workshop provides physicians, faculty, medical students, health care professionals, and others with greater understanding of Western and Traditional Medicine to enhance their cultural competence.

Charles (Chuck) V. Clevenger, M.D., Ph.D. has been named the new Chair of the Department of Pathology at Virginia Commonwealth University School of Medicine. He will assume the position on August 1, 2013. Dr. Clevenger is currently at Northwestern where he has served as co-leader of the Avon Foundation Breast Cancer Research Laboratories and the leader of the Women’s Cancer Research Program.

Razelle Kurzrock, MD, has joined the UC San Diego Department of Medicine and the Moores Cancer Center (MCC). At the Cancer Center she has been named Senior Deputy Director for Clinical Science and will head the MCC Clinical Trials Office and a newly established Center for Personalized Therapy. She also will serve as Vice Chief for Hematology-Oncology. She joins UCSD from the MD Anderson Cancer Center where she was founding chair of the Department of Investigational Cancer Therapeutics, In addition, Dr. Napoleone Ferra has joined the Cancer Center as senor deputy director for basic science and distinguished professor of pathology in the School of Medicine. He had been at Genentech. Both appointments were highlighted in the new issue of The Cancer Letter.

Dr. Michael K. Magill has been named executive medical director of the University of Utah Health Plans (UUHP). A professor and chair of family and preventive medicine at the University of Utah (U of U) School of Medicine, Dr. Magill previously served as executive medical director of the U of U community clinics. Also at the University of Utah, Dr. Michael B. Strong, has been appointed chief medical information officer for the University’s health sciences center, which includes four major colleges (medicine, pharmacy, nursing and health), as well as the University of Utah Hospital & Clinics. Dr. Strong is an associate professor of internal medicine and hospitalist.

The University of Rochester Medical Center (URMC) has named Helena Temkin-Greener, Ph.D. interim chair of the Department of Public Health Sciences, effective February 1, 2013. Dr. Temkin-Greener takes over leadership of the Department from Susan Fisher, Ph.D., who has accepted a new faculty position at the Temple University School of Medicine and the Fox Chase Cancer Center.

Michael Petracek, M.D., has been named interim chair of Vanderbilt’s Department of Cardiac Surgery. Dr. Petracek is a professor of Clinical Cardiac Surgery, The current chair, John Byrne, M.D., is departing on April 1 to head Cardiac Surgery at Brigham and Women’s Hospital.

Thomas W. McAllister, M.D., has been named chair of the Department of Psychiatry and the Albert Eugene Sterne Professor of Clinical Psychiatry at Indiana University School of Medicine. Currently a member of the Dartmouth Medical School faculty, Dr. McAllister is the Millennium Professor of Psychiatry and Neurology and vice chair for neuroscience in the Department of Psychiatry.

Tony Mazzaschi

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