By Lisa Brown

BU Medical Campus Pride Welcomes Students at Networking Event

August 29th, 2017 in Featured

Students from the three schools on the Medical Campus join BUSM faculty Ann Zumwalt, Associate Professor of Anatomy; Thea James, Associate Professor of Emergency Medicine; and Rafael Ortega, Associate Dean of Diversity and Multicultural Affairs, at a reception held nearby in the South End.

Students from the three schools on the Medical Campus join BUSM faculty Ann Zumwalt, Associate Professor of Anatomy; Thea James, Associate Professor of Emergency Medicine; and Rafael Ortega, Associate Dean of Diversity and Multicultural Affairs, at a reception held nearby in the South End.

BU Medical Campus Pride, an organization dedicated to providing a safe and supportive environment for LGBTQIA+ students, faculty and staff, held a networking reception Aug. 27.

Sponsored by the BUSM Office of Diversity and Multicultural Affairs, more than 70 students from BUSM, BUSPH and BUGSDM attended the event and enjoyed good conversation, food and drinks. Ann Zumwalt serves as the faculty advisor of BU Medical Campus Pride. For more information contact

Rev. Julian A. Cook Visits Medical Campus

July 5th, 2017 in Featured


Rafael Ortega, MD, left, with Rev. Julian Cook.

On Monday, July 3, Rev. Julian A. Cook, assistant director for the Thurman Center at Boston University, toured the Medical Campus. The Thurman Center is dedicated to providing programs, events and experiences to students designed to encourage the creative exchange of ideas, thoughts, beliefs and opinions. Rev. Cook met with BUSM Associate Dean, Diversity and Multicultural Affairs Rafael Ortega, MD, to continue exploring areas of potential collaboration between the Thurman Center and the Medical Campus. Rev. Cook also serves as Senior Pastor at Roxbury’s historic St. Mark Congregational Church, United Church of Christ, the oldest black congregational church in Boston.

Hundreds Enjoy Diversity Networking BBQ

May 30th, 2017 in Featured

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More than 200 students, residents and faculty with diversity-related interests from across the Boston University Medical Campus, including Boston Medical Center, gathered for a networking mixer on Tuesday, May 23, on Talbot Green. Diversity BBQ 2Sponsored by offices invested in diversity and inclusion from across the Medical Campus, attendees included BUMC Provost and BUSM Dean Karen Antman, MD; BMC Senior Vice President of Medical Affairs and Chief Medical Officer Ravin Davidoff, MBBCh; Assistant Deans of Diversity Samantha Kaplan, MD (BUSM) and Yvette Cozier, PhD (BUSPH); BUSM Associate Dean Academic Affairs Doug Hughes, MD; GSDM Director of Diversity Larry Dunham, DDS; GSDM Assistant Dean of Students Joseph Calabrese, DMD; and Jeff Schneider, MD, BMC Office of Graduate Medical Education Designated Institutional Official.

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The evening featured a lively performance by the BUMC Band, an ensemble of students and faculty, along with friends from the Berklee College of Music, all of whom enjoy a broad variety of music. The relaxed atmosphere provided an opportunity for individuals to get to know one another better, while enjoying the good weather, live music and food.

The Medical Campus is dedicated to educating, recruiting and retaining a multicultural constituency and believes that diversity is essential to the development of future leaders in healthcare and research to serve our community, our nation and the world.

Cataldo Leone Elected Faculty Council Vice Chair

May 10th, 2017 in Featured

COM Cataldo LeoneCataldo Leone, DMD, DMSc, GSDM Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and Professor, Periodontology and Molecular & Cell Biology, has been appointed as the Vice Chair of the Boston University Faculty Council, effective at the start of the 2017-2018 academic year.

BUMC Community Spreads Message of Inclusivity at March for Science

April 22nd, 2017 in Featured

Determined to communicate their message of inclusivity and support for science, nearly 100 of BUMC faculty, staff and students braved the rainy, chilly weather to carry colorful — and sometimes politically nuanced — signs as they marched toward Boston Common for the March for Science on Saturday afternoon.

Although their motivations for participating were varied, they all hoped to share positive messages about the impact science has on their lives and the need to have their voices heard.

Faculty, staff and students gather at the steps of the Boston Public Library before marching to Boston Common.

Faculty, staff and students gather at the steps of the Boston Public Library before marching to Boston Common.

Linda Hyman, PhD, associate provost of the Division of Graduate Medical Sciences, said she decided to march because it is important to communicate to the community at large that science is important, science saves lives and science is part of our everyday lives.

“What keeps me up at night is the training of the future leaders of the biomedical workforce,” Hyman said. “I am concerned that we are sending the message that science isn’t as important as it used to be.”

Ben Wolozin, MD, PhD, professor of pharmacology and experimental therapeutics, said he was inspired to participate in the March for Science in order to stand up for what he calls “evidence-based policy.”

“I don’t see how a company can run without addressing facts, I don’t see how you can plan your budget at home without addressing facts, and I don’t see how the government or Americans can address the future well without addressing facts,” he said.

Wolozin, whose research focuses on the causes of, and potential treatments for, neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer’s or Parkinson’s, said funding cuts to the National Institutes of Health would have far-reaching effects.

“Just the threat of funding cuts to the National Institutes of Health has had an impact on science,” Wolozin said.

Jasmeet Hayes, PhD, assistant professor of psychiatry and research psychologist at the National Center for PTSD at the VA Boston Healthcare System, marched in order to speak up for military personnel and veterans.

“It is fundamentally important to support science,” Hayes said. “There are still a lot of treatments that don’t work for everybody, so we have to continue the scientific process and come up with the treatments that help as many people as we can.”

Hayes, whose research involves examining the effects of PTSD and Traumatic Brain Injury on the brain and cognition for military personnel and veterans, said she hoped marching would raise awareness that science can affect people on a personal, day-to-day level.

“The bottom line is if you support our veterans, you need to support science,” Hayes said.

PhD candidate Alicia Wooten was one of the featured speakers at the event. Wooten is deaf, and took the opportunity to discuss the importance of inclusivity in science.

“I didn’t need to hear a single thing to know that I could make a difference in science, despite other people’s doubt,” Wooten said. “It doesn’t matter what kind of disability you have, or the color of your skin or your gender. It is about what you can bring to the table. I am a scientist who just happens to be deaf.”

Brad Zehr, a fourth-year medical student, is concerned about the national dialogue surrounding science. He feels science is being disrespected on many levels. As a student looking forward to starting his residency, he said he could be especially impacted by potential funding cuts.

“Part of the responsibility of having the privilege of being so highly educated is to be very public about why we need to respect science and fund science,” he said. “Suddenly it’s very real to me when science is threatened because that is going to be my livelihood. We need to be the generation that stands up for science.”

See the Facebook album for more photos of the March.

Nominations for 2017 BUMC Emerging Leaders Program

April 7th, 2017 in Featured

The Provost’s Office is looking for candidates for the 2017 Medical Campus Emerging Leaders Program. The two-day workshop will be held on August 9 & 10 at BU’s Questrom School of Business (on the Charles River Campus) focuses on developing the leadership skills of some of our most promising junior faculty.

Sessions taught by faculty who teach in the health management MBA program will cover:

  • Negotiating skills
  • Leadership styles
  • Financial decision making

Eligible faculty are:

  • Late assistant professor or early associate professor with a full-time appointment at one of the three Medical Campus schools
  • Willing to commit to attending both full days of leadership skills training
  • Effective, innovative, reliable, and capable of mobilizing and energizing others

Interested? Please discuss this with your department chair or center director who should submit your name, CV, and a brief description of your promise as a leader (paragraph or two, no more than one page) by April 21 to

Chairs/Center Directors: Two, diverse candidates from each department preferred.

Candidates will be chosen on the strength of their promise as a leader, balance across schools and diversity of candidates’ backgrounds and expertise.

Alumni Medical Library Offering Assistance to BUMC Authors

April 7th, 2017 in Featured


While preparing a manuscript for publication, one of an author’s chief concerns is plagiarism as even the accidental misuse of published material or the inclusion of insufficient citations can lead to serious consequences.

As a free service to authors on the Medical Campus, the Alumni Medical Library uses a program called TurnItIn to produce detailed Originality Reports, which flag each potential occurrence of plagiarism in the document along with providing an overall score indicating the possibility of plagiarism. The Librarians also provide context and commentary regarding these scores, as they can be a bit confusing to individuals unfamiliar with TurnItIn.

If you would like to make use of this service, please contact David Flynn.

April 17 Patriot’s Day Parking and Transportation Information

April 7th, 2017 in Featured

Patriot’s Day will be celebrated on Monday, April 17.

Shuttle: No Daytime Service on Patriot’s Day for Boston University Shuttle. Late night service begins at 10 p.m.

MBTA: Commuter rail trains will operate on a regular weekday schedule. Buses will operate a weekday schedule. Some routes will be detoured at certain times during Marathon Monday to prevent disruption to the race or other Patriots’ Day events. For additional information on routes and schedules for Patriot’s Day, visit

Parking: All Parking facilities will be open. Employees should park in their assigned garages.

If you have any questions regarding this holiday schedule, please call the TranSComm Office of Transportation Services at 638-7473 or the Parking Office at 638-4915.

Meditation and Prayer Space on Campus

April 6th, 2017 in Featured

There are several spaces for meditation and prayer on the Medical Campus:

  • Interfaith Chapel on the second floor of the East Newton Pavilion
  • Temporary Chapel on the ground floor of the Dowling Building
  • 7th Floor of the BioSpace at 650 Albany St., where the Muslim community congregates every Friday (Jummah Prayer) from 12:15-12:45 p.m.
  • Muslim Dhur prayers Monday-Thursday in the Menino Temporary Chapel

The Medical Campus strives to create a culture and climate that demonstrates the belief that diversity adds value to intellectual development, academic discourse, patient care and research. We believe that diversity is essential to the development of future leaders in healthcare and research to serve our community, nation and world.

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact the BUSM Office of Diversity and Multicultural Affairs.

Art Days 2017 Seeks Submissions

March 23rd, 2017 in Announcements, Featured

art_daysAll students, faculty and staff from all BUMC schools are encouraged to submit artwork of any medium to the 27th annual Boston University Medical Campus gallery for the arts, sponsored by the Provost’s Office.

“Art Days” was begun by then Dean Chobanian to foster the support and growth of the creative arts at BUMC. It has been very successful and has shown work from students, faculty and staff and family members. The exhibition is mounted by the Creative Arts Society.

To be placed on the “submit list” or if you have any questions please contact: Keith Tornheim, PhD, at 638-8296

On March 31, the Creative Arts Society will accept paintings, photos, poetry, sculpture, needlework, etc. Pieces should be framed if possible. Security will be provided. Works will be returned April 5. Specific instructions will be sent at a later date to those who email Dr. Tornheim.

Monday-Tuesday, April 3-4
Instructional Building, Hiebert Lounge
Receptions both days at 3 p.m.