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Risa Lavizzo-Mourey, alumna (Penn CSP) and President & CEO of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation is featured in a Star-Ledger series called "I Am New Jersey" that profiles some of the people who make the Garden State special.

Art Kellerman (Washington CSP 83-85) has written about health care costs in a RWJF HC blog post.

Dan Hunt (Penn CSP 1975-77) is interviewed for a NY Times article entitled N.Y.U. and Other Medical Schools Offer Shorter Course in Training, for Less Tuition.

Gerardo Moreno (UCLA CSP 07-10) received a NIA/NIH Paul B. Beeson Career Development Award in Aging Research. This is a 5 year grant that will protect 75% of Dr. Moreno's time for research and allow him to continue work that started when he was a clinical scholar. For more refer directly to their website.

In a front page New York Times article, alum Eric Coleman (Yale CSP 95-97, VA Fellow) and current Yale Program Co-Director Harlan Krumholz, discuss their work advising hospitals on monitoring patient re-admission to comply with new Medicare rules. 

The RWJF Human Capital Blog featured a story on Comilla Sasson's (Michigan CSP 07-10) and co-author, Art Kellerman's (Washington CSP 83-85), research in the New England Journal of Medicine on how socioeconomic status in a neighborhood affect the chances of receiving life saving CPR. Read the full article on JAMA's website

Raina Merchant (Penn CSP 07-10), along with 9 others, were honored for their leadership in health care with the first ever RWJF Young Leader's Award to commemorate the foundation's 40 year anniversary. Read more about the award on the RWJF Network

In a New York Times op ed, Leora Horwitz (Yale CSP 04-06, VA Fellow), cautions physicians about the ease of patient chart entry through electronic means and issues with accuracy. 

Raina Merchant (Penn CSP 07-10) published an article in Health Affairs on using new technological tools, such as social media, to improve cardiac care. Merchant is already know for her work on creating a cell phone app to assist in CPR and now works to map out all external defibrillators in the US.

UNC Family Medicine associate professor Anthony Viera, MD, MPH (UNC CSP 04-06) is the inaugural recipient of the Charles Baynes Wilkerson, MD ‘06 Distinguished Professorship in Family Medicine. Viera has an emerging national reputation in the area of hypertension and to read more about his work check out UNC Health Care's website

Zachary Meisel (Penn CSP 08-11) writes for The Medical Insider blog in

Links to articles:

11/27/12 - Viewpoint: Are Doctors to Blame for Prescription-Drug Abuse?

7/17/12 - ‘July Effect’ Revisited: Why Experienced Docs May Not Deliver the Best Care Read

6/1/2012 - Simple Design: What Health Care Can Learn from a TV Remote Control

1/23/2012 - Can Better Access to Health Care Really Lower Costs?

12/30/11 - Should Your Doctor Be Napping on the Job?

11/15/11 - Can Doctors Have Work-Life Balance? Medical Students Discuss

8/29/11 - Why You Don’t Want to Get Sick on a Saturday

Click here to read other Time Medical Insider articles written by Dr. Zachary Meisel >>

Des Runyan (RWJF CSP National Program Director and UNC CSP Alumnus) discusses an RWJF grant awarded in its first year of existence 1972 that jumpstarted research in child abuse pediatrics. Hyu-Fai Fong (Penn CSP 12-14) provides her insights on current research as well.

The Board of the Foundation for the History of Women in Medicine (FHWIM) has announced that N. Lynn Eckhert, MD, MPH, DrPH (JHU CP 72-75) , has been selected as the recipient of the 2012 Alma Dea Morani, M.D. Renaissance Woman Award. FHWIM ( is an internationally recognized organization whose mission is to promote the history of women in medicine and the medical sciences on a national and international level.

Mitchell Katz (UCSF CSP 89-91), Lauren Patty Daskivich (UCLA CSP 10-12, VA Scholar), and Raymond Perry (UCLA CSP 09-12) were all featured in the Los Angeles County Health Service's news letter Fast Facts.

Chris Elias (Washington CSP 88-90) and Tracy Lieu (UCSF CSP 91-93) have been nominated for membership to the prestigious Institute of Medicine (IOM). According to the Health Affairs blog nomination to the IOM “is considered one of the highest honors in the fields of health and medicine and recognizes individuals who have demonstrated outstanding professional achievement and commitment to service.”

Alum, Anisha Patel (UCLA CSP 06-09), and a practicing general pediatrician at University of California-San Francisco was recently awarded the 2012 American Academy of Pediatrics Outstanding Achievement Award. 

The Brotherhood Crusade honors Robert K. Ross (Penn CSP 88-90) for his work in medicine and philanthropy, with their annual award, Pioneer of African American Achievement Award. The Los Angeles Sentinel published a short story about Dr. Ross' achievement. 

Alumni and current Program Director of the Yale training site, Cary Gross (Johns Hopkins CSP 97-99), led a team of researchers who discovered the breast cancer treatment brachytherapy is more likely to cause complications after one year than would whole-breast radiation. The Yale School of Medicine team published their results in the Journal of Clinical Oncology

Dan Bradford, MD, MPH (UNC CSP 03-05) has been selected as the National Program Director for Intensive Case Management Services in VA Central Office, Mental Health Services. Dr. Bradford is now responsible for policy development, training, and oversight for nearly 140 clinical programs nationally serving Veterans with serious mental illnesses using an assertive community treatment model. He will continue to work at Durham VA Medical Center as the Director of the Psychosocial Rehabiliation and Recovery Center and as a faculty member at Duke University Medical Center.

Alum and former National Advisory Committee member, Art Kellermann (Washington CSP 83-85), led an Intelligence Squared debate on whether government should have the ability to ration end of life care.

Yale's Associate Director Marjorie Rosenthal (Yale CSP 03-05), two current scholars Nurit Harari (Yale CSP 11-13) and Anita Vashi (Yale CSP 11-13, VA Scholar), and community partner Barbara Tinney of New Haven Family Alliance have received a three year National Health Institute grant for their work on youth violence. 

Alumna, Sarwat Chaudry (Yale CSP 01-03, VA Scholar), has just accepted the position of Director of the Hospitalist Group at Yale University

In a recent New England Journal of Medicine editiorial and Cardiovascular Business news piece, David A. Asch (Penn CSP 87-89), explains how the future of healthcare will require providers to treat patients as customers. 

Kenric Maynor (Johns Hopkins CSP 04-06) was featured in October 2012 issue of The Hospitalist's spotlight section. 

Eric Coleman (Washington CSP 95-97) receives a MacArthur Foundation fellowship, which in a recent New York Times article, reporter Felicia Lee describes the fellowships as “awards that can’t be applied for, are the stuff of fantasy.” Dr. Coleman was recognized for his leadership in geriatric and chronic disease care. The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation also recognized this amazing achievement in a recent news posting.

David Rosenman (Yale CSP 74-76) posted on one of the top rated US Medical blogs,, about the issues facing college campuses in improving veteran healthcare. If you are interested in student veteran care, also visit Wellness Needs of Military Veteran Students Coalition (a part of the American College Health Association).

Lauren Patty Daskivich (UCLA CSP 10-12) and Carol Mangione (Co-Director, UCLA CSP program site) published a comment in the Archives of Internal Medicine, discussing the viability of using telemedicine and retinal imaging to evaluate diabetic retinopathy.

In Huffington Post Blog post, alum Mark Litwin (UCLA CSP 91-93) and current scholar Jonathan Bergman (UCLA CSP 11-13) discuss the debate we should be having nationally in regards to healthcare costs.

Rebekah Gee (Penn CSP 06-09) received a 3 year grant from the Kellogg foundation to make New Orleans one of four national “Best Babies Zone” national sites—a model based on Jeffrey Canada and other’s place based work with the goal of reducing prematurity and infant mortality.

Rebekah Gee (Penn CSP 06-09) received the 2012 Association of Maternal and Child Health Programs (AMCHP) State Leadership Award.

Editors of Obstetrics and Gynecology, the official publication of the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists known as "The Green Journal," invited Rebekah Gee (Penn CSP 06-09), Assistant Professor, LSU Health Sciences Center New Orleans' Schools of Public Health and Medicine, to be the lead expert on health policy for a year's worth of columns. This is the first time the journal, the leading source of professional information for obstetricians and gynecologists in the US, has devoted this much space for a single author "expert." Gee's Health Policy in Practice series, is designed to help physicians clearly understand and anticipate changes to the practice of medicine through health care reform proposals in order to successfully navigate and them.

Lenny Lesser (UCLA CSP 09-12) encourages medical professionals to take a more active role in promoting healthy eating habits on the RWJF Human Capital Blog. His essay appears in the Journal of the American Medical Association and his original research on the topic is in the journal Academic Pediatrics

Recent alums Oni Blackstock (Yale CSP 10-12, VA Scholar) and Jed Barash (Yale CSP 10-12, VA Scholar) were featured in Yale Medicine in regards to their community involvement and research. Current Yale program director, Harlan Krumholz, was also included discussing how integral community based participatory research is to the RWJF Clinical Scholars Program. 

Tamera Coyne-Beasley (UNC CSP 95-97), a professor in the departments of pediatrics and internal medicine and adjunct professor in the Gillings School of Global Public Health at UNC-Chapel Hill, was recently appointed as the chair of the adult immunization work group of the U.S. Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP). She was appointed to the ACIP by the Secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services in 2010 and also serves on the influenza, measles/mumps/rubella and human papillomavirus work groups.

An article featured on the front page of the New York Times warns hospitals that doctors may be giving up on cardiopulmonary resuscitation efforts too soon in cases of cardiac arrest. Zachary Goldberger (Michigan CSP 10-12) led the study, along with Colin Cooke (Michigan CSP 09-11), Rodney Hayward (UCLA CSP 86-88 and Michigan CSP Site Director), and Harlan Krumholz (Yale CSP Site Director). The article was also featured in the online journal Occupational Health & Safety and originally the study appeared in TheLancet.

Raina Merchant (Penn CSP 07-10) is featured in an interview on the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s Human Capital Blog, about her work with the MyHeartMap Challenge, a community improvement initiative and research project to identify and map automated external defibrillators (AEDs) in Philadelphia.

Comilla Sasson (Michigan CSP 07-10) shares her perspective on being the head of the University of Colorado Hospital emergency room during the recent mass shooting in Aurora, Colorado. She shared her experiences on the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Human Capital Blog.

A current scholar and recent alum, Katherine Neuhausen (UCLA CSP) and Stephen Patrick (Michigan CSP 10-12), will have articles published in August's Health Affairs issue.

A op-ed piece in the Archives of Internal Medicine written by current scholar Katherine Neuhausen (UCLA) and alumni Mitchell Katz (UCSF CSP 89-91) warns of the danger of reducing funding to the Medicaid and Medicare Disproportionate Share Hospital (DSH) programs and how it would negatively impact Safety Net Hospitals.

Recent graduate Stephen Patrick (Michigan CSP 10-12 VA Scholar) published an article in Health Affairs demonstrating how the number of insured children significantly increased after the federal government provided matching funds to Medicaid and Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP).

The Center for Disease Control in honor of its Injury Center's 20th Anniversary, has launched the "20 for 20 Project." The Project honors those who have been innovators in the field of violence and injury prevention. Of those honored, many come from Robert Wood Johnson Foundation programs: Jackie Campbell, is head of the Executive Nurse Fellows and 3 are former Clinical Scholars - David Grossman (Washington CSP 88-90), Art Kellerman (Washington CSP 83-85), and Fred Rivara (Washington CSP 78-80).

Ryan Greysen (Yale CSP 09-11), Cary Gross (Yale CSP Co-Director and JHU CSP 97-99) and others wrote a research letter in JAMA about professionalism and physician use of social media.

Health Day:
Physician Misconduct Showing Up on the Internet: Survey

Physician Misconduct Showing Up on the Internet: Survey

Physician Misconduct Showing Up on the Internet: Survey

MSN Health:
Physician Misconduct Showing Up on the Internet: Survey

US News & World Report:
Physician Misconduct Showing Up on the Internet: Survey

New article by Jeremiah Schuur (Yale CSP 05-07) and Arjun Venkatesh (Yale CSP 12-14) New England Journal of Medicine, July 12, 2012 The Growing Role of Emergency Departments in Hospital Admissions

Capt. David A. Lane (Yale CSP 94-96) took command of the Naval Hospital at Camp Lejeune, NC on June 8, 2012. Read an interview conducted by the RWJF Alumni Network about his transition and his appeal to RWJF alums with experience in post-traumatic stress. Information about the naval hospital is available at their website. Also read a recent article from the US Army's official website about Capt. Lane's work in the Philippines.

See how Alicia Arbaje (John Hopkins CSP 03-05 and Harold Amos Scholar 07-11) is improving elder care through her research.

Sheldon M. Retchin (UNC CSP 80-82) wrote a commentary in the Richmond Times-Dispatch concerning health care reform and the supply of physicians. He concluded, "The risk of health professional shortages should rally policymakers, providers, the business community and health insurers alike. Stakeholders need to seek common ground for long-term solutions. With proposed cuts to post-graduate training programs looming, and payment reductions imminent, the nation's health care work force cannot be taken for granted if health care reform is to become a reality."

Recent alum Justin Fox (Yale CSP 10-12) has been honored with the following awards:

  • Paul Meyers Research Competition – Clinical Science (2nd place) from the Society of Air Force Surgeons

  • Air Force Surgeon General Research Award from the Society of Air Force Clinical Surgeons

  • John P. Minton Research Award in Oncology from the Ohio Chapter-American College of Surgeons

  • Daniel Elliott Resident Research Symposium Award, Dayton, Ohio

Craig Pollack (Penn CSP VA 06-09) wrote an article in the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation's blog, Human Capital, about the United States Preventative Services Task Force's recent recommendations on prostate cancer screening.

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Aasim Padela (Michigan CSP 08-11) recently published a new study in the Journal of General Internal Medicine about how healthcare providers can meet the needs of their American Muslim patients. Read a brief article from Michigan Radio (an NPR affiliate):

University of Chicago Science Life Blog piece on his work: h-disparities/

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Sunita Mutha (UCSF CSP 92-94) has been named the interim director of the Center for Health Professions at University of California, San Francisco (UCSF). Until now, Dr. Mutha has served as the director for the Clinic Leadership Insitiute at UCSF, where she has committed her time to developing leaders in the health care profession.

Glenn W. Geelhoed (George Washington CSP, 75-77) featured in George Washington University's Alumni Newsletter about being the only alumni in the University's history to earn six degrees.

Dr. Geelhoed is the founder of a non-profit organization called Mission to Heal that provides healthcare to those who would not normally have access. As part of this mission he also facilitates the peace process in some of the regions he visits. Recently he is using marathon running as a mechanism to broker peace among the tribes in South Sudan (see article below for more).

Mashid Abir (Michigan CSP 09-11) and Art Kellermann (Washington CSP 83-85) in a recent USA Today piece discussed the invaluableness of electronic medical records when natural disasters such as the Joplin, MO tornado outbreak in 2011, destroy original paper files.

Cary Gross SGIMCo-Director, Cary Gross (Johns Hopkins CSP 97-99) received the 2012 Mid-career Research Mentorship Award at the Society of General Internal Medicine (SGIM) Annual Meeting. This award recognizes the research activities of general internal medicine investigators.

Zachary F. Meisel (Penn CSP 08-11) Brendan G. Carr (Penn CSP 06-08) Patrick H. Conway (Penn CSP 05-07) “From Comparative Effectiveness Research to Patient-Centered Outcomes Research: Integrating Emergency Care Goals, Methods,and Priorities” Annals of Emergency Medicine, 2012

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Matt Press (Penn CSP 08-10) and colleagues win a $250,000 grant from Aetna to analyze communication between home health nurses and physicians caring for recently hospitalized Medicare patients with congestive heart failure.

The Aetna Foundation awarded $250,000 to the Weill Cornell Medical College for a study to analyze communication between home health nurses and physicians caring for recently hospitalized Medicare patients with congestive heart failure. The study, which is being conducted in collaboration with the Visiting Nurse Service of New York, is being led by Matthew Press, M.D., M.Sc., assistant professor of public health and assistant professor of medicine at Weill Cornell Medical College and by Linda Gerber, Ph.D., professor of public health at Weill Cornell Medical College. Researchers will track in a retrospective cohort how often attempts by home health nurses to communicate with physicians were unsuccessful, assess whether failed attempts were associated with increased risk of hospital readmission, and provide insights into why these failures occur. By potentially revealing a common—and remediable—lapse in the quality of post-hospitalization health care, this study has the potential to make a significant contribution to the national effort to improve care coordination, reduce hospital readmissions, and achieve better interprofessional collaboration.

Rebekah Gee (Penn CSP 06-09) discusses healthier moms, healthier babies with the RWFJ in honor of National Women's Health Week" May 13-19.

Triangle Medical News has selected Samantha Meltzer-Brody, MD, (UNC CSP 00-02) Director of the UNC Perinatal Psychiatry Program and Associate Professor of the UNC Department of Psychiatry, as one of the Triangle's Top 10 Women in Medicine.’s-top-10-women-medicine

Crista Johnson (Michigan CSP 05-08) discusses her research and approach to culturally sensitive Ob-Gyn care in certain refugee and immigrant communities.

Mark Neuman (Penn CSP 08-10) co-publishes paper in the Milbank Quarterly on changing concepts of surgical risk over time in medical thought. The authors found writings before 1977 demonstrated a summative, global approach to patients as “good” or “poor” risks, without quantifying the likelihood of specific postoperative events. Beginning in the early 1980s, assessments of operative risk increasingly emphasized quantitative estimates of the probability of dysfunction of a specific organ system after surgery.

Click here to download the paper (PDF)>>

Danil Makarov (Yale 08-10 – VA Scholar) leads study examining appropriate and inappropriate imaging for prostate cancer published in Health Affairs. April 2012 vol. 31 no. 4, pp. 730-740. In their cross-sectional analysis of prostate cancer patients in 2004–05, the authors found that regions of the country with high rates of inappropriate imaging of menwith prostate cancer also had high rates of appropriate imaging. Similarly,regions with low rates of inappropriate imaging also had low rates of appropriate imaging. The authors conclude that poorly designed policies intended to drive down imaging use overall could have the unintended effect of depriving patients of needed services.

RWJF Human Capital Blog:

Health Affairs:

NYU Press Release:
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David Bundy (UNC CSP 03-05) publishes articles on the accuracy and usefulness of the HEDIS childhood immunization measures in Pediatrics. Vol. 129 No. 4 April 1, 2012. pp. 648 –656. doi: 10.1542/peds.2011-3073. The article finds HEDIS childhood immunization measures are, on the whole, accurate and useful. Certain immunizations (eg, hepatitis B, pneumococcal conjugate) and children (e.g., those with a single overdue immunization), however, are more prone to HEDIS misclassification.

Katherine Yun (Yale CSP 09-11) produced a scholarly manuscript in The Journal of Community Health and a community report "Foundations For Health: Health And Health Care For Refugees During Their First Year In Connecticut" based on community-based participatory research she conducted as a Clinical Scholar with her community partner in New Haven, Integrated Refugee & Immigrant Services.

Yun, K. et al. High Prevalence of Chronic Non-Communicable Conditions
Among Adult Refugees: Implications for Practice and Policy. J Community Health
DOI 10.1007/s10900-012-9552-1 (PDF) >>

Foundations for Health - Health and Health Care for Refugees during their First Year in Connecticut (PDF) >>

Dr. Mehul Dalal (Yale CSP 06-09) recently accepted a position with the Connecticut Department of Public Health as Chronic Disease Director. His new role will be to provide leadership, strategic direction and clinical expertise to the diabetes, cardiovascular, asthma, cancer, tobacco, nutrition and obesity programs. Dr. Dalal's key responsibilities will be to lead the development of a State chronic disease prevention plan, develop strategies to impact root causes of poor health and health inequities, facilitate coordination and collaboration among existing chronic disease programs to enhance overall impact, and engage stakeholders and partners across multiple sectors around chronic disease prevention.

Aasim Padela (Michigan CSP 08-11) discusses with the RWJF Human Capital blog his most recent work examining health care accommodations requested by American Muslims and the need to make all patients feel respected and comfortable.

Craig Pollack (Penn CSP 06-09 – VA Scholar) weighs in on the increasing use of retail medical clinics in lieu of a physician’s office. The 2011 RAND study found proximity was the largest predictor of retail medical clinic use. Dr. Pollack finds retail medical clinics are not evenly distributed across communities. In particular, retail walk-in clinics are a natural fit for the Hispanic community, but expansion into underserved Hispanic communities has been limited.

John Takayama (Washington CSP 90-92) receives the Chancellor’s Award for Disability Service. The prestigious award recognizes Dr. Takayama’s contributions to ‘ensuring equal opportunity for people with disabilities at UCSF by access and inclusion, outreach, admission, recruitment, hiring, retention, promotion, advancement and mentoring, as well as fostering an environment of mutual respect, understanding and appreciation for people with disabilities.

Megumi Okumura (Michigan CSP 04-06) produces study finding adolescents with chronic rheumatic disease may need additional support to achieve independence in self- management. Pediatr Rheumatol Online J. 2011; 6:35. The study, “Self- management skills in adolescents with chronic rheumatic disease: A cross-sectional survey,” found the most common reason for missing medications was forgetfulness. Among health care tasks, there was an age-related increase in ability to fill prescriptions, schedule appointments, arrange transportation, ask questions of doctors, manage insurance, and recognize symptoms of illness.

John Takayama (Washington CSP 90-92) and team publish study finding BMI z-score is the optimal measure of annual adiposity change in elementary school children in the Annals of Human Biology. 2011; 38: 747-51. The study found The within-child BMI, BMI% and BMI centile SDs were significantly different in overweight and non-overweight children, while the BMI z-score SDs were similar in the two groups. Furthermore, the within-child BMI, BMI% and BMI centile SDs were inversely correlated with baseline BMI z-score, whereas BMI z-score SDs were not, with the exception of measurements for grade 1-2 children.

Lisa DeCamp (Michigan CSP 08-11) leads study of Latina moms showing physician personality and empathy trumps Spanish skills and quick service in Maternal and Child Health Journal; February 15, 2012, DOI: 10.1007/s10995-012-0951-9. The study, “The Voices of Limited English Proficiency Latina Mothers on Pediatric Primary Care: Lessons for the Medical Home,” involved interviews with 38 Latina mothers with limited English proficiency whose infants and young children received care at 10 primary-care community clinics in Detroit. More than 90 percent of the mothers were of Mexican descent, and most of the children were born in the United States. The mothers described their ideal provider as warm, caring and friendly, one who didn't rush through the visit, performed a thorough physical exam, accurately diagnosed the child, prescribed the appropriate medications and answered all the parent's questions.

Jeremiah Schuur (Yale CSP 05-07 - VA Scholar) and team produce study finding The CMS imaging efficiency measure for brain CTs is not reliable, valid, or accurate and may produce misleading information about hospital ED performance published in Annals of Emergency Medicine; published online 27 February 2012. The study, “Assessment of Medicare’s Imaging Efficiency Measure for Emergency Department Patients With Atraumatic Headache,” used a retrospective record review at 21 US emergency departments. The team identified 769 patient visits that The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services labeled as including an inappropriate brain CT to identify clinical indications for CT and reviewed the 748 visits with available records.

Raina Merchant (Penn CSP 07-10) and David Asch (Penn CSP 87-89) publish perspective piece in Circulation: Cardiovascular Quality Outcomes outlining the tremendous potential associated with greater utilization of AEDs in public places and a method to find the devices and help more people use them during emergencies. February 21 2012, doi:10.1161/CIRCOUTCOMES.111.964825. In the article, “Can You Find an AED If a Life Depends on It?” the Penn doctors envision a massive search for the location of these one million lifesaving AEDs and the creation of an Internet and mobile app-based map to pair the devices with people willing to use them during cardiac arrests. In addition to making the map available via smart phone for bystanders, they also call for providing this information to local 911 dispatchers.


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Barron Lerner (Washington CSP 91-93) weighs in on breast cancer cures in an NPR interview. Dr. Lerner indicates that while death rates have gone down, breast cancer research has focused on the individual cure of a patient rather than eradication of the disease. He's written a book called The Breast Cancer Wars.

Rebekah Gee (Penn CSP 06-09) receives Recognition of Distinction for Excellence in State Maternal Child Health Leadership Award from the Association of Maternal & Child Health (MCH) Programs. The award, which was established this year, recognizes outstanding state MCH professionals whosecareers have made significant contributions to their state's MCH program, state maternal and child health outcomes, and who have made other significant contributions to promoting and protecting the health of women, children, and families in their state.

Former Surgeon General David Satcher (UCLA CSP 75-76) debates government intervention in American’s obesity epidemic on NPR. The debate featured a group of experts who argued about the obesity epidemic in the latest Intelligence Squared U.S. debate. They faced off two against two in an Oxford-style debate on the motion: "Obesity Is The Government's Business." ABC News’ John Donvan moderated the Feb. 7 debate.

Peggy Chen (Yale CSP 07-10) publishes several manuscripts and accepts new position at RAND Corporation. Dr. Chen began working for RAND Corporation as an Associate Natural Scientist in mid-December. She has several manuscripts published or in press including:

Chen P.G., Nunez-Smith M, Berg D, et al. International medical graduates in the USA: a qualitative study on perceptions of physician migration. BMJ Open 2011;2:e000138. doi:10.1136/bmjopen-2011-000138. 
Chen P.G., Curry L.A., Berg D., Nunez-Smith M., Professional challenges of non-U.S.-born international medical graduates and recommendations for support during residency training. Academic Medicine, 2011. 86(11): 1383-1388.
Chen P.G., Nunez-Smith M., Desai M.M., Bradley EH., Curry L.A., Career Satisfaction Among Practicing Physicians: A Comparison ofInternational and United States Medical Graduates, In press, Journal of General Internal Medicine.
Sipsma H., Chen P.G., Bradley E.H., Female Genital Cutting - Current Practices and Beliefs in West Africa, in press, Bulletin of the World Health Organization.
Chen P.G., Johnson L.W., Rosenthal M.S., Sources of Education and Breastfeeding Duration: Analysis of the Infant Feeding Practices Survey II, in press, Maternal and Child Health.

Marc Manger (UCLA CSP 80-82) named “super doctor” by Phoenix medical professionals for his outstanding work as a diagnostic radiologist. More than 8.600 Phoenix doctors were surveyed. Doctors are asked to submit their nominees based on one question: “If you needed medical care in one of the following specialties, which doctor would you choose?"

Alyna Chien (Chicago CSP 04-06) publishes article examining pay for performance in physician organizations located in lower socio-economic areas in the Journal of General Internal Medicine; December 13, 2011. The article, “Do Physician Organizations Located in Lower Socioeconomic Status Areas Score Lower on Pay-for-Performance Measures?” finds physician organizations' performance scores in a major pay for performance program vary by the socioeconomic status of the areas in which their practice sites are located. Pay for performance programs that do not account for this are likely to pay higher bonuses to physician organizations in higher socioeconomic status areas, thus increasing the resource gap betweenthese physician organizations and physician organizations in lower socio-economic areas.

Rebekah Gee (Penn CSP 06-09) publishes article addressing the gap in medical education leadership training in The Lancet: Vol. 379 No. 9813 p e25. The article, “IAMP tackles a void in medical education: leadership,” discusses the initial effort to remedy the leadership training gap in medical education by the Inter Academy Medical Panel (IAMP)Young Physician Leaders (YPL) program. Dr. Gee is the only physician from the United States to serve on the inaugural IAMP YPL programheld during the third World Health Summit in Berlin, Germany.

Raina Merchant (Penn 07-10) discusses innovative method to map life-saving defibrillators in a RWJF Human Capital Blog. Known as MyHeartMap Challenge, the pilot program developed by Dr. Merchant uses social media and social networking tools to gather critical public health data and create searchable maps of Philadelphia’s AEDs that can be used by health professionals and the general public.

Anthony Lehman (UCLA CSP 79-81) appointed as the new senior associate dean for clinical affairs at the University of Maryland School of Medicine. In his new role, Dr. Lehman — professor and chair of the Department of Psychiatry — will work closely with the University of Maryland Medical Center, the University of Maryland Medical System, the Baltimore VA Medical Center and the medical school’s faculty practice plan to strengthen the School of Medicine’s clinical affairs efforts.

Rebekah Gee (Penn CSP 06-09) weighs in on Louisiana’s attempt to reduce premature births by 8% in the next two years. Known as The Louisiana Birth Outcomes Initiative, the program focuses on finding solutions to the state's poor birth outcomes. According to Gee, there's been a practice by doctors and patientsaround the state to deliver babies early, based on the doctor's and patient's convenience rather than the physical readiness of the baby and mother.

Margaret Gourlay (UNC CSP 02-04) talks to NPR about her latest study on older women and frequency of bone scan

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The bone-thinning disease called osteoporosis is a big problem for women past menopause. It causes painful spine fractures and broken hips that plunge many women into a final downward spiral.

So it seemed to make sense to monitor older women's bones on a regular basis to see when they need to start taking drugs that prevent bone loss and fractures. Since Medicare will pay for a bone-density scan every two years, that's what many women have been getting.

But a new study says it's not necessary for perhaps half of women over 67.
These women show no bone loss, or very little, on their first bone density scan. For them, the study says, it's not necessary to do another scan for 15 years.

For women whose initial bone scan shows a moderate level of bone loss, the study indicates another scan in five years. And for those with pronounced bone thinning – but not yet at a level considered osteoporosis – scanning should be done once a year to predict when a fracture may be imminent and drug therapy should begin.
The study appears in this week's New England Journal of Medicine.

Dr. Margaret Gourlay of the University of North Carolina, who led the study, told Shots her team didn't expect older women with normal or near-normal bone density would take so long to develop osteoporosis. Of the 5,000 women in the study, half were in this low-risk group at the age of 67.

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Justin Fox (Yale CSP 10-12), Cary Gross (JHU CSP 97-99), and others discuss older patient experiences in the mammography decision-making process. Arch Intern Med. 2012;172(1):62-64.

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Health Services Research publishes articles by RWJF Clinical Scholars alumni as part of a special issue on "Bridging the Gap between Research and Health Policy" featuring articles by current and former RWJF Clinical Scholars. Print edition to be pub in Feb 2012.

Building a Bridge to Somewhere Better: Linking Health Care Research and Health Policy

From Research to Health Policy Impact

Health Insurance Can Increase Pediatric Asthma Diagnosis, Treatment

State-Level Variations in Racial Health Disparities

Translating Evidence-Based Research In to Health Care Practice

"Does This Doctor Speak My Language?"

Is Patient Safety Improving? National Trends in Patient Safety Indicators: 1998–2007

A Policy Impact Analysis of the Mandatory NCAA Sickle Cell Trait Screening Program

Physician Practices and Readiness for Medical Home Reforms: Policy, Pitfalls, and Possibilities

Physician Social Networks and Variation in Prostate Cancer Treatment in Three Cities

Interpretation Systems Important for Emergency Department Care

Expanding the Safety-Net of Specialty Care for the Uninsured: A Case Study

Kelly Kyanko (Yale CSP 09-11) co-authors study that points to use of out of network services by women more than men as a possible factor in higher health care costs (pending publication).

Donna Zulman (Michigan CSP 08-11 VA Scholar) authors an article in Annals of Internal Medicine on patient interest in sharing their electronic health information.

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Kara Odom Walker (UCLA CSP 07-10), Arleen Brown (UCLA CSP 96-98), Robin Clarke (UCLA CSP), and Gery Ryan publish report studying the impact of hospital safety net closures on primary care physicians in Annals of Family Medicine: November/December 2011 vol. 9 no. 6 496-503. The study, “Effect of Closure of a Local Safety-Net Hospital on Primary Care Physicians’ Perceptions of Their Role in Patient Care,” found physicians in close proximity to the closed hospital—even those practicing in nonunderserved settings—reported difficulty getting their patients needed care that extended beyond the anticipated loss of inpatient services.

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Alicia I. Arbaje, MD, MPH (JHU 03-05) was interviewed for the RWJF Human Capital Blog on "Navigating Care Across Settings: The Role of Caregivers"

Raina Merchant (Penn CSP 07-10) leads study on early withdrawal of care among cardiac arrest patients published in Critical Care Medicine, 10 November 2011 doi: 10.1097/CCM.0b013e3182372f93. The study, “Timing of Neuroprognostication in Postcardiac Arrest Therapeutic Hypothermia,” finds physicians may be making premature predictions about which patients are not likely to survive following cardiac arrest – and even withdrawing care -- before the window in which comatose patients who have received therapeutic hypothermia are most likely to wake up.

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Zach Meisel (Penn CSP 08-11) and Jason Karlawish publish study in JAMA arguing for the value of personal narrative when evaluating evidence. The study, “Narrative vs. Evidence-Based Medicine—And, Not Or,” urges guideline developers and regulatory scientists to recognize, adapt, and deploy narrative to explain the science of guidelines to patients and families, health care professionals, and policy makers to promote their optimal understanding, uptake, and use.


Vijay Singh (Michigan CSP 07-10) and Katherine Gold (Michigan CSP 05-07) co-author study on the risk of suicide among pregnant women and new mothers in General Hospital Psychiatry. Increased screening of pregnant women and new mothers for major depression and conflicts with intimate partners may help identify women at risk for suicide.

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Camilla Sasson (Michigan CSP 07-10) leads study finding cardiac arrest survival rates at home or at work have remained virtually unchanged over 30 years. This was the first study to look at the associations between five clinical variables and overall survival from an out-of-hospital cardiac arrest.



Kate Goodrich (Yale CSP 08-10) is featured in The Hospitalist discussing her path to a health policy career. In the article, “She’s Found Her Calling” Dr. Goodrich discusses how her experience as a hospitalist and with the Clinical Scholars program has helped build a solid foundation for health policy work at the federal level.

Karin Rhodes (JHU CSP 95-97) receives the American Public Health Association's Student Assembly Public Health Mentoring Award. A teacher at the University of Pennsylvania School of Social Policy and Practice, researcher and physician in the emergency department at the University's hospital, Rhodes was nominated by a group of graduate students who had worked with her over a period of five years.

Gates Foundation Names Dr. Christopher Elias (Washington CSP 88-90) to Lead Expanded Global Development Program

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Stacy Lindau (Chicago CSP 00-02) and team publish article on the health benefits of low-income mothers moving to lower poverty areas in The New England Journal of Medicine, 2011; 365:1509-1519. The study, “Neighborhoods, Obesity, and Diabetes — A Randomized Social Experiment,” used data from a social experiment to assess the association of randomly assigned variation in neighborhood conditions with obesity and diabetes.

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Katherine Gold (Michigan CSP 05-07) heads study on women’s use of Internet forums to cope with pregnancy loss to be published in Women’s Health Issues, 2011; DOI: 10.1016/j.whi.2011.07.006. The study, “Internet Message Boards for Pregnancy Loss: Who’s On-Line and Why,” surveyed more than 1,000 women on 18 message boards. The study found only half of women surveyed were within their first year of loss after pregnancy and only 2% of African American women used the internet message boards.


Lisa Diamond (Yale CSP 06-08), Elizabeth Jacobs (Chicago CSP 96-98), and team publish study examining how physicians characterize their skills in a second language in Health Services Research, 27 Oct. 2011 DOI: 10.1111/j.1475-6773.2011.01338.x. The study, “’Does This Doctor Speak My Language?’ Improving the Characterization of Physician Non-English Language Skills,” examines how physicians at the Palo Alto Medical Foundation describe their language skills under the old categorization system versus a newly adapted version of the Interagency Language Roundtable.

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Jane Jue (Penn CSP 08-11) and Josh Metlay (Penn CSPCo-Director) evaluate the prevalence and use of college web-based health resources in Preventing Chronic Disease: 2011;8(6): A138. The study, “Web-Based Health Resources at US Colleges: Early Patterns and Missed Opportunities in Preventive Health,” found 60% of colleges provided some web-based health resources, most commonly around topics of mental health and general health. The report highlights the lack of online resources around nutrition, physical activity and tobacco cessation.

James Tulsky (UCSF CSP 91-93) elected to the National Advisory Council for Nursing Research (NACNR). The NACNR is the principal advisory board for the National Institute of NursingResearch (NINR).

Tom Boyce (UNC CSP 74-76), Sharon Inouye (Yale CSP 87-89), and Barbara Vickrey (UCLA CSP 88-90) were recently elected as new members to the Institute of Medicine (IOM). Election to the IOM is considered one of the highest honors in the fields of health and medicine and recognizes individuals who have demonstrated outstanding professional achievement and commitment to service. The ClinicalScholars program now has 42 alumni who have been inducted into the IOM.

Jeremiah Schuur (Yale CSP 2007) and Arjun Venkatesh (Yale CSP 2012) in studying hand hygiene of healthcare workers in the emergency department found certain care situations, including bed location and type of healthcare worker performing care, resulted in poorer hand hygiene practice. The study was reported in the November issue of Infection Control and Hospital Epidemiology, the Journal of the Society for Healthcare Epidemiology of America.

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Jeremiah Schuur (Yale CSP 2007) and Arjun Venkatesh (Yale CSP 2012) author study showing national use of observation care for emergency department patients on the rise.

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