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Archive 2008 - Alumni News

Diabetes Treatment Becomes More Complex, Costly - Science Daily

ScienceDaily (Nov. 3, 2008) — A progressively more complex and expensive array of treatments for type 2 diabetes is being prescribed to an increasing number of adults, according to a new report in the Archives of Internal Medicine.

Dr. G. Caleb Alexander is a Robert Wood Johnson Faculty Scholar and is also supported by a career development award from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality. Senior author Dr. Stafford was supported by a Mid-Career Mentoring Award from the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute.

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Current & Former Scholar Collaboration in JAMA

2nd Yr. Michigan Scholar C. Sasson and Former Scholar A. Kellerman,
M.D., M.P.H., F.A.C.E.P. (Washington CSP 83'-85') Author JAMA Study on
Standard ER Guideline for Cardiac Arrest Victims
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Jennifer Waljee (Michigan CSP 2005-2007) Newswise — Most women with breast cancer assume that surgery to preserve their breast will be less disfiguring than a mastectomy that removes the entire breast. Results of the study appear in the July 10 Journal of Clinical Oncology.

But nearly one-third of women reported pronounced asymmetry between their breasts, and that perceived disfigurement greatly affects a woman’s quality of life after treatment, according to a new study by researchers at the University of Michigan Comprehensive Cancer Center.

Arkansas Surgeon General Dr. Joe Thompson Receives 2008 Health Care Quality Award

Arkansas Surgeon General Dr. Joe Thompson (UNC CSP 1993-1995) received the 2008 Health Care Quality Award from the National Committee for Quality Assurance. The 2008 Health Quality Award recognizes the achievements of individuals and organizations who highlight the need for and drive health care quality improvement.

A Fruitful Research Collaboration Continues for Five UNC Clinical Scholars Alums

Association of Numeracy and Diabetes Control. Kerri Cavanaugh, Mary Margaret Huizinga, Kenneth A. Wallston, Tebeb Gebretsadik, Ayumi Shintani, Dianne Davis, Rebecca Pratt Gregory, Lynn Fuchs, Robb Malone, Andrea Cherrington, Michael Pignone, Darren A. DeWalt, Tom A. Elasy, and Russell L. Rothman.
/Ann Intern Med/ 2008; 148 737-746
(Scholars in bold)

Bob Arnold (Penn 1986-1988) Named Distinguished Alumnus of the Year at University of Missouri at Kansas City

From UMKC press office:

2008 Alumnus of the Year gives his best to dying patients

For those who graduate with multiple degrees, there are certain academic strengths, some personal motivation and a conviction that there must be a field where those qualities unite. Bob Arnold, who graduated from UMKC in 1983 with degrees in philosophy, biological sciences and medicine, decided to use his collective education caring for patients beyond recovery.

Arnold, UMKC’s 2008 Alumnus of the Year, is a bioethicist who considers the emotional as well as the physical needs of the dying. He is a physician who has had an enormous impact on treatment and care at life’s end – helping patients and families make choices about continuing care or organ donation. As one colleague says, “He gets it.”

Wearing many hats is nothing new for Arnold . Currently, he is a professor of medicine; chief of palliative care and medical ethics; and assistant director for education in the Center for Bioethics and Health Law at the University of Pittsburgh , in Pittsburgh , Pennsylvania . In recognition of his work, Arnold was chosen by the College of Arts and Sciences as their Alumnus of the Year in 1998; moreover, the College nominated Arnold for UMKC’s 2008 Alumnus of the Year. In addition to these honors, Arnold received the noted “Take Wing” award from the School of Medicine in 2003.

Virginia Chang (1997-1999, Chicago), Assistant Professor of Medicine and Sociology at the University of Pennsylvania, received the 2008 award for Outstanding Junior Investigator of the Year from the Society of General Internal Medicine (SGIM).

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