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Harry van Loveren, MD, chair of the University of South Florida (USF) Morsani College of Medicine Dept. of Neurosurgery, and Donna Petersen, ScD, dean of the College of Public Health, have been selected as interim leaders for USF Health effective Aug. 12. Dr. van Loveren will serve as interim dean of the Morsani College of Medicine and Dr. Petersen will serve as interim CEO of USF Health. Dr. Stephen Klasko, who held both positions, has been named president of Thomas Jefferson University and president and CEO of Thomas Jefferson University Hospital System.
The authors of a Viewpoint posted by JAMA on Monday are recommending a change in the definition of cancer. As part of a fundamental change in the approach to cancer detection and treatment, the authors suggest that the word ‘cancer’ be eliminated altogether from some common diagnoses.
Northwestern University on Tuesday said it “has entered into a settlement agreement with the U.S. Department of Justice and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to end litigation over the expenditure of certain federal grant funds by a former Northwestern faculty member. The settlement involves no findings or admissions of wrongful conduct by Northwestern. The University was nonetheless disappointed to see the allegations in the complaint because they are at odds with the University’s commitment to a culture of compliance in the administration of federal research grants.” Under the agreement, Northwestern will pay the government $2.93 million. The Chicago Tribune reported that individual claims against the researcher and others may still be pending.
Reuters reported that Consumer Reports magazine has “released ratings of 2,463 U.S. hospitals in all 50 states on Wednesday, based on the quality of surgical care. The group used two measures: the percentage of Medicare patients who died in the hospital during or after their surgery, and the percentage who stayed in the hospital longer than expected based on standards of care for their condition.” Reuters reported that “The ratings will surely ignite debate, especially since many nationally renowned hospitals earned only mediocre ratings.”
NIH-sponsored clinical trials in India are being affected by new regulations recently enacted by the Indian government. In a statement to a biotech industry publication, an NIH spokesperson said, “The recent clinical trial regulations in India have affected some NIH studies. Some trials have stopped enrollment and some others have been postponed. NIH has expressed its concerns about the new regulations, and looks forward to hearing clarifications from the Indian government on this important issue. The NIH hopes that future changes will enable studies to resume, and that we will be able to continue collaborations with colleagues in India for the mutual benefit of our citizens.”
An article in Monday’s Wall Street Journal reported, “CMS said 9,539 physicians who had accepted Medicare opted out of the program in 2012, up from 3,700 in 2009. That compares with 685,000 doctors who were enrolled as participating physicians in Medicare last year, according to CMS, which has never released annual opt-out figures before.” The article further reported, “…the proportion of family doctors who accepted new Medicare patients last year, 81%, was down from 83% in 2010, according to a survey by the American Academy of Family Physicians of 800 members. The same study found that 4% of family physicians are now in cash-only or concierge practices, where patients pay a monthly or yearly fee for special access to doctors, up from 3% in 2010.”
The new newsletter of the Arnold Gold Foundation featured a profile of Meghan Wilson, MD, PhD. Dr. Wilson, who completed her studies this year at the University of Pittsburgh, was chosen by her peers to be inducted into their chapter of the Gold Humanism Honor Society. A skiing accident in high school forced Dr. Wilson to adjust to life with quadriplegia. Dr. Wilson is currently in a rehab medicine internship at Northside Medical Center in Youngstown, Ohio, prior to entering a residency program at UC, Irvine.
The National Coalition for Health Professional Education in Genetics (NCHPEG), an organization that has promoted health professional education in human genetics and genomics, will cease operations on August 31. Information collected on its website will be maintained by the American Society of Human Genetics (ASHG).
Anthony A. Campagnari, PhD, has been named senior associate dean for research and graduate education at the University of Buffalo School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences, effective July 1. He is a professor of microbiology and immunology as well as medicine.
Dr. Elad Levy, has been named the new chairman of University of Buffalo’s Department of Neurosurgery in its School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences. He is currently a professor of neurosurgery at the school and also co-director of the Kaleida Health Stroke Center and director of the Toshiba Neuroendovascular Catheterization Laboratory.
Kevin P. Reilly, PhD, president of the University of Wisconsin System, on Tuesday announced that he will step down to serve as a presidential advisor for leadership with the American Council on Education, and also return to teaching. Dr. Reilly’s new role will begin in January 2014. He has served as president since 2004.
Dr. D. Douglas Miller, dean of the Faculty of Medicine & Dentistry at the University of Alberta, has announced the appointment of Dr. David Evans as vice-dean of research for a five-year term, effective July 1. Dr. Evans is a professor and associate director of the Li Ka Shing Institute of Virology. He obtained his PhD in biochemistry from the University of Alberta in 1982 and, after post-doctoral studies at Berkeley and Harvard, joined the faculty of the University of Guelph in 1987. In 2003, he returned to the University of Alberta to become chair of the Department of Medical Microbiology & Immunology.
L. Ebony Boulware, MD, MPH, has been named the chief of the Division of General Internal Medicine, within the Dept. of Medicine at Duke University School of Medicine, effective September 25. Currently, Dr. Boulware is associate professor of medicine at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and associate professor of epidemiology and of health behavior and society at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.
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