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Archive 2009 - Alumni News

Carla Keirns (Michigan CSP 2006-2009) authors article in JAMA on Patient-Centered Care and Preference-Sensitive Decision Making

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Eliana Perrin (2000-02 UNC CSP) and Kori Flower (2002-04 UNC CSP) co-author article in Pediatrics: Using BMI to Determine Cardiovascular Risk in Childhood: How Do the BMI Cutoffs Fare?

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Gail Slap (80-82 Penn CSP) is series editor for articles in Pediatrics under a new series about Promoting Lifelong Health for Adolescents and Young Adults With Special Health Care Needs.

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Heather Yeo, M.D., M.H.S.R. (Yale CSP '06 - '08) was the lead author on a study by the Yale School of Medicine and the Yale School of Public Health published in the Journal of the American Medical Association reporting that the majority of general surgery residents in the United States say they are satisfied with their training and confident of their ability to perform. However, a significant number believe that the hours and stress are straining their family life. In addition, many express uncertainties about future income and career prospects.

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Dr. Terrence E. Steyer (Michigan CSP '98 - '00), associate professor of family medicine at the Medical University of South Carolina and a national leader in medical education, has been named founding chair of the Department of Clinical Sciences at the Medical College of Georgia/University of Georgia Medical Partnership in Athens.

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Jonathan D. Klein, MD, MPH (UNC 1988-90) joined the full time staff at the American Academy of Pediatrics as Associate Executive Director in September, 2009. He is on leave from the University of Rochester School of Medicine in Rochester, New York, where he is a Professor of Pediatrics and served as Associate Chair and Interim Chief of the Division of Adolescent Medicine. Since 2006, Jon has served as the founding Director of the AAP Julius B. Richmond Center, a national center of excellence dedicated to the elimination of children's exposure to tobacco and secondhand smoke. He will continue to direct the AAP Richmond Center as part of his work at the Academy. The Richmond Center is named for pediatrician and former Surgeon General Julius Richmond, and is funded by the Flight Attendant Medical Research Institute and the American Legacy Foundation.

Julie Rosenbaum MD (Yale CSP 2002) had her essay Duality, about work-life balance for a female physician, originally published in Health Affairs in March/April 2008, was selected for inclusion in the first of its kind anthology, Best American Medical Writing 2009, edited by Pauline Chen MD, published by Kaplan Publishing.

Leora I. Horwitz, MD, MHS (Yale CSP 2004-2006) authors article in Annals of Emergency Medicine that examines the US Emergency Department Performance on Wait Time and Length of Visit .

Tenet Names Kelvin A. Baggett, M.D., (2003-2005 JHU CSP) Chief Medical Officer

Ying Ying Goh (UCLA CSP 2005-2008) lead author in article on using community-based participatory research to identify potential interventions to overcome barriers to adolescents’ healthy eating and physical activity in Journal of Behavioral Medicine (October 2009).

RWJF Alumni Network Receptions

The RWJF Alumni Network is a collaborative project to re-engage alumni from our scholars, fellows and leadership programs and strengthen their ties to each other, to our national program offices and to the Foundation. Your assistance throughout the planning of this project has been invaluable. The foundation is sponsoring two Alumni Network receptions in the coming months. Both events are open to all alumni of our Human Capital scholars, fellows, and leadership programs.

Wednesday, October 7, 6-8 pm

[At the RWJF Community Health Leaders Program annual meeting*]
Renaissance Mayflower Hotel
1127 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC


*participants do not need to be registered for the Community Health Leaders meeting to attend the reception

Monday, November 9, 6:30-8:00 pm

[At the American Public Health Association annual meeting*]
Philadelphia Marriott Downtown
1201 Market Street


*participants do not need to be registered for the APHA meeting to attend the reception

Nicholas Christakis's (CSP Penn 91-93) study highlighted in New York Times article on spreading of happiness.

Nicole Lurie (UCLA CSP '82-'84) authors commentary in New England Journal of Medicine on H1N1 Influenza, Public Health Preparedness, and Health Care Reform

Harlan Krumholz (director of the Yale Clinical Scholars) and Joseph Ross (CSP Yale '04-'06) author an article on exposure to low-dose ionizing radiation from medical imaging procedures in /New England Journal of Medicine.

Craig Pollack (Penn 06'-09') authors article in American Journal of Public Health that examines the health status of people undergoing foreclosure in the Philadelphia Region

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Chisara Asomugha (Yale 07'-09') appointed Community Services Administrator for the City of New Haven, Connecticut

Patrick Conway (Penn CSP 2005-07) has been appointed Exec Director for Federal Coordinating Council for Comparative Effectiveness Research

Kavita Patel (UCLA CSP 2003-05) is featured on the White House website - Health Insurance Reform Reality Check, where they are directing people to get "the facts" about the health care proposals.

Mikail Kosoborid (Yale CSP 03'-05') co-authors article identifying training resources, including the Clinical Scholars program, for careers in cardiovascular outcomes research.

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Sonia Angell, MD, MPH, (2004 alumna of the Michigan program ) was the lead author of a paper in Annals of Internal Medicine entitled Cholesterol Control Beyond the Clinic: New York City’s Trans Fat Restriction Sonia Y. Angell, MD, MPH; Lynn Dee Silver, MD, MPH; Gail P. Goldstein, MPH; Christine M. Johnson, MBA; Deborah R. Deitcher, MPH; Thomas R. Frieden, MD, MPH; and Mary T. Bassett, MD, MPH
(Ann Intern Med. 2009;151:129-134.)

David Satcher (UCLA 1975-76) was the 2009 TRUST Award Recipient. The TRUST Award was created in 2003 by Health Research and Educational Trust to honor individuals who have demonstrated long-standing leadership in improving health care quality and rebuilding trust within America's health care organizations and communities.

"At a time when our nation once again assesses the need for health care reform, Dr. Satcher is a welcomed voice to health care leaders on the need to place greater emphasis on disease prevention, improving quality of care, and eliminating health disparities," - Maulik S. Joshi, DrPH, HRET President.

Mark Chassin (UCLA 1976-78) as appointed President of the Joint Commission effective as of January 2008. The Joint Commission evaluates and accredits more than 16,000 health care organizations and programs in the United States. An independent, not-for-profit organization, The Joint Commission is the nation’s predominant standards-setting and accrediting body in health care.

Dr. William Kassler, ('88-'90 UCLA CSP), Appointed as Incoming
American Medical Student Association Foundation President

"We are honored that Dr. Kassler will be leading the AMSA Foundation this year," says Carol Williams-Nickelson, PsyD, AMSA executive director. "As an AMSA alumnus and a prominent and well-respected physician, he brings historical perspective, valued experience and a unique vision to the position. Students view Dr. Kassler as an eminent leader and mentor and will learn much from his approach to improve and shape the organization."

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Dr. Anish Majahan (UCLA 2006-2009) selected as a White House Fellow

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Dr. Loren Berman ('06-'08 Yale CSP) co-authors study examining the effects of insurance coverage on the care for newborns with congential defects.

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Carol Horowitz, MD ('93-'95 Washington CSP) authors article in Circulation on preparation of researchers to conduct community-based participatory research.

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Glenn Geelhoed, MD, FACS ('75-'77 GWU) will be given the 2009 American College of Surgeons/Pfizer, Inc Surgical Volunteerism Award for International Outreach at the October 2009 ACS Clinical Congress.

Task Force Led by Woodrow A. Myers, MD, MBA (UCSF-Stanford CSP 1980-82) Releases Report Providing New Vision for L.A. County Healthcare Safety Net

LOS ANGELES, Apr 28, 2009 (BUSINESS WIRE) -- A new report released today by the Los Angeles Healthcare Options Task Force recommends that L.A. County should form a Healthcare Planning Commission to capitalize upon imminent opportunities to improve the quality of care and financial stability of the county healthcare safety-net system. The report, Achieving the Vision: Healthcare Options for Los Angeles County, lays out a vision of a reengineered safety net of health services for the residents of Los Angeles County.

"The unfortunate realities of the economic downturn mean that business as usual in healthcare simply cannot be sustained," said Woodrow A. Myers, MD, MBA, Managing Director, Myers Ventures, LLC, who also serves as the chair of the Los Angeles Healthcare Options Task Force. "The integrated healthcare delivery model the Task Force has put forth is not just a wish list, it is a fiscal imperative."

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Dr. Patrick Conway (Penn CSP 05-07) co-authors study documenting that hospital care varies greatly for children with urinary tract infections.

More than 45,000 infants and children in the United States are hospitalized each year for urinary tract infections, but a new study reveals significant variability across hospitals in treatment and outcomes.

The findings of the study provide an opportunity to eliminate potential waste in the healthcare system and to engage in quality improvement efforts for this common condition, according to study co-authors Patrick Conway, M.D., a pediatrician at Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center, and Ron Keren, M.D., a pediatrician at The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia.

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Dr. Thomas Gill (Yale CSP 91-93) Designated as Humana Foundation Professor

Dr. Thomas Gill (Yale CSP 91-93) is designated as the Humana Foundation Professor. He is the co-director of the Yale Program on Aging and of the Claude D. Pepper Older Americans Independence Center.

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Responding to Child Maltreatment: 2008 Survey Findings and Trends

Dr. Carol Jenny, MD, MBA (Penn CSP 74-76), Professor at Brown University and Director of the Child Protection Program at Hasbro Children's Hospital in Providence, RI, provides video commentary on the latest data from the National Association of Children's Hospitals and Related Institutions (NACHRI) report, Responding to Child Maltreatment: 2008 Survey Findings and Trends.

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Dr. Eric Coleman (Washington CSP 95-97) an author for study that finds that too many Medicare patients must go back to the hospital after an in-patient stay

The nation spends billions of dollars a year on patients’ return visits to the hospital — many of which are readmissions that could be prevented with better follow-up care, according to a study published Wednesday in the New England Journal of Medicine.

As many as a fifth of all Medicare patients are readmitted within a month of being discharged, according to the study, and a third are rehospitalized within 90 days.

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Dr. Ed Ehlinger (UNC CSP 1978-1980) hosts weekly cable television program, A Public Health Journal

A Public Health Journal is a weekly cable television program with host Dr. Ed Ehlinger. The program is produced by Minneapolis Office of Media Services, University of Minnesota Boynton Health Service, Minnesota Public Health Association, West Metro Medical Society, and the Hennepin County Human Services and Public Health Department. Each week Dr. Ehlinger is joined by a variety of guests to discuss health issues and problems.

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Dr. Gary Gottlieb, M.D., M.B.A., (Penn CSP Alum), President of Brigham and Women’s Hospital, selected as incoming President and CEO of Partners HealthCare.

Consistent with a succession plan approved by the Partners HealthCare Board of Directors and James J. Mongan, MD’s long standing plan to retire at the end of 2009, the Partners Board has named Brigham and Women’s Hospital President Gary L. Gottlieb, MD, MBA as its next President and CEO effective January 1, 2010. Dr. Gottlieb will be the fourth Partners CEO since the organization was founded in 1994.

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Dr. Kavita Patel (UCLA CSP 2003-2005) has been appointed as senior policy staff for Valerie Jarrett, a senior advisor to President Barack Obama. Dr. Patel will be representing domestic policy issues across health, education, and other public areas.

Timothy Carey, MD, MPH (UNC CSP 1983-1985) Lead Author on Study Finding Chronic Low Back Pain Is on the Rise

A North Carolina study finds that the rate of chronic low back pain has more than doubled in that state since the early 1990s -- a statistic the authors say might reflect what's happening in the country as a whole.

"We were actually surprised by what we found," said Dr. Timothy S. Carey, a professor of medicine at the University of North Carolina and the study's lead author.

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Systemic Solutions for Health Care - Benjamin Littleford, MD (Stanford CSP 1986-1988)

After residency, Benjamin Littenberg received postdoctoral training as a Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholar at Stanford University, where he worked with such greats as Harold "Hal" Sox, then Stanford's chief of general internal medicine, now a leader in shaping clinical, educational, and public policy in the United States, and the late Moses Lincoln, a pioneer in the field of biostatistics. Among Littenberg's projects at Stanford was a meta-analysis of diagnostic tests, conducted with Lincoln, that established a new standard method for medical decision-making.

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David Brailer, MD, PhD, (Penn CSP 1989-1991) the Chairman of Health Evolution Partners to Present Keynote at the 2009 Health Tech Investment Forum

The Health Tech Investment Forum announced today that David Brailer, MD, PhD, the Chairman of Health Evolution Partners will present the opening Keynote at this year's forum Tuesday, March 24th at 8:45am in San Francisco. His presentation entitled, "Health Care Information Technology: Center Stage in Health Care's Future" will present unique perspectives on key drivers in healthcare, insight on new opportunities and who is investing where.

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John Morton, MD (Washington CSP 95-97) pioneers natural orifice procedures

John Morton, MD describes natural orifice procedures as being a part of a continuum of evolving practices. "They're innovations in what I call 'minimal access' surgery," he said. "We're moving away from small, multiple incisions, to just one scar or, in some cases, no scar. It's something we can offer that hopefully will decrease pain and allow for quicker recovery."

As Morton and other surgeons at Stanford continue to refine no-scar and single-incision procedures, he predicted that more flexible instruments, which will help surgeons work in smaller areas and around corners, will be developed. "That's a prime direction for the hospital's Surgical Innovations Program, that we look for new tools and new technologies to help us perform these procedures," he said.

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Clinic lead by Dr. Crista Johnson (Michigan CSP 2005-08) reaches out to African refugees

"What was striking was the language barriers and the stress of the women when they would come to the hospital," Johnson said. "This will be an oasis to the community because there will be people who understand them better."

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Ruben Amarasingham, M.D., M.B.A. (Hopkins CSP) lead author on statewide study that "paperless" hospitals are better for patients

Results from a large-scale Johns Hopkins study of more than 40 hospitals and 160,000 patients show that when health information technologies replace paper forms and handwritten notes, both hospitals and patients benefit strongly...

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Child Abuse Article in JAMA by 2 Clinical Scholars Alumni Desmond Runyan
and Molly Berkoff

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