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BUSM Faculty Named Top Docs

December 2nd, 2014 in Uncategorized

Boston_Mag_Bhadelia-e1416946221435Boston Magazine has released its annual Top Docs issue.

Sixty-two BUSM faculty and BMC physicians from 29 specialties are listed as “tops” in their respective fields, and Dr. Nahid Bhadelia, assistant professor of medicine and director of infection control at the National Emerging Infectious Diseases Laboratory (NEIDL) at Boston University is featured on the coverwith a story about her recent work caring for Ebola patients in Sierra Leone.

In addition, Dr. Thea James, associate professor of emergency medicine and assistant dean for Diversity and Multicultural Affairs at BUSM, was featured in a story titled “A Day in the Medical Life,” which tracked personal health stats of five health care workers in 24 hours.

 

Addiction Psychiatry
Domenic Ciraulo, MDAllergy and Immunology
Helen Hollingsworth, MD 

Cardiac Electro-Physiology
Kevin Monahan, MD, FACC

 

Cardiovascular Disease
Eric Awtry, MD
Gary Balady, MD
Sheilah Bernard, MD

 

Dermatology

Tania Phillips, MD

 

Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism

Alan Farwell, MD

Michael Holick, PhD, MD

Stephanie Lee, MD, PhD

James Rosenzweig, MD

 

Family Medicine
Thomas Hines, MD
Brian Jack, MD

 

Gastroenterology
Francis Farraye, MD, MSc, FACP, FACG
David Lichtenstein, MD
Robert Lowe, MD
David Nunes, MD

 

Geriatric Medicine
Heidi Auerbach, MD
Serena Chao, MD, MSc
Eric Hardt, MD
Sharon Levine, MD
Daniel Oates, MD, MSc

 

Hand Surgery
Andrew Stein, MD

 

Internal Medicine
Thomas Barber, MD
Elaine Hylek, MD
Jeffrey Samet, MD
Charles Tifft, MD
Robert Witzburg, MD

 

Interventional Cardiology
Alice Jacobs, MD

 

Maternal and Fetal Medicine
Jodi Abbott, MD

Robert Blatman, MD

Aviva Lee-Parritz, MD

 

Medical Oncology
Kevan Hartshorn, MD

Nephrology
David Salant, MDNeurology
Carlos Kase, MD 

Neuroradiology
Alexander Norbash, MD

 

Orthopaedic Surgery
Paul Tornetta III, MD

 

Otolaryngology
Anand Devaiah, MD
Gregory Grillone, MD
Kenneth Grundfast, MD
Scharukh Jalisi, MD

 

Pediatric Infectious Disease
Stephen Pelton, MD

 

Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation

Susan Bergman, MD

 

Pulmonary Disease
John Berk, MD
Harrison Farber, MD

 

Radiation Oncology
Lisa Kachnic, MD

 

Reproductive Endocrinology
Robert Weiss, MD

 

Rheumatology
David Felson, MD
Eugene Kissin, MD
Robert Simms, MD

 

Surgery
Peter Burke, MD
Gerard Doherty, MD
Donald Hess Jr., MD
Maureen Kavanah, MD
David McAneny, MD

 

Thoracic & Cardiac Surgery
Hiran Fernando, MBBS, FRCS
Harold Lazar, MD

 

Urology
Richard Babayan, MD
Ricardo Munarriz, MD
Robert Oates, MD
David Wang, MD

 

Vascular Surgery
Alik Farber, MD

NEJM Editor Delivers Annual Kirshenbaum Lecture

December 2nd, 2014 in Uncategorized

Jennifer Kirshenbaum ( Law ’05); Elaine Kirshenbaum (CAS’71, SED’72, SPH’79); David Coleman, MD; Jeffrey Drazen, MD; Daniel Kirshenbaum (MED ’11); and Laura Kirshenbaum.

Jennifer Kirshenbaum ( Law ’05); Elaine Kirshenbaum (CAS’71, SED’72, SPH’79); David Coleman, MD;Jeffrey Drazen, MD; Daniel Kirshenbaum (MED ’11); and Laura Kirshenbaum.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The lecture, named in honor and memory of prominent cardiologist Howard Kirshenbaum, offered a history of known Ebola outbreaks in central Africa and an overview of the current outbreak in West Africa.

“The current West Africa Ebola outbreak has been more extensive than the cases in Central Africa for a number of reasons,” said Drazen, also a pulmonologist at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Distinguished Parker B. Francis Professor Medicine at Harvard Medical School, professor of physiology at Harvard School of Public Health and adjunct professor of medicine at BUSM. “With no previous experience with Ebola, the health care systems in Sierra Leone, Guinea and Liberia do not have the knowhow or capacity to effectively deal with and contain the disease.

Drazen, who referenced several recent NEJM articles on the Ebola outbreak, noted the differences between the two regions. The Ebola virus variant or strain evident in West Africa differs from the Central African region. He also said that some of the cultural and behavioral customs in Central African countries with outbreaks, exclusive of burial rites, carry a lower risk of infection. The West African outbreaks occurred in more densely populated areas with a more extensive road network making transmission of the virus more likely.  Drazen concluded his remarks encouraging health care workers to volunteer to care for patients in West Africa.

Elaine Kirshenbaum, BU Board of Overseers and BUSM Dean’s Advisory Board member, established the lecture. “My husband was an exceptional physician and it is an honor to support this lecture in his memory,” said Kirshenbaum. “I am honored that Jeff Drazen is this year’s lecturer, and I am grateful to BU who has been here for me.”

BUSM’s Honeyman Blogs at NEJM

December 2nd, 2014 in Uncategorized

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As if the fourth year of medical school is not busy enough, Brian Honeyman, (MED’15) chose to spend October interning at the editorial office of the New England Journal of Medicine (NEJM).

This four-week elective, offered by NEJM for medical students from Massachusetts medical schools, exposed Honeyman to the world of medical publishing and allowed him to learn how editorial decisions are made. Honeyman wanted to get a sense of how novel and innovative medical findings are reviewed and disseminated to the medical community.

During his internship Honeyman supported individual NEJM editors, worked on a number of pieces including a letter to the editor, summaries and critiques of potential articles, and a decision letter. He also prepared a piece for NEJM’s online blog “Vaccination and Pneumococcal Disease in South Africa,” which reviewed the importance of vaccination in US communities through the lens of pneumococcal vaccination in South Africa.

Submitted by Adil Yunis, MD

BUSM Students Ride for BMC Pediatrics

December 2nd, 2014 in Uncategorized

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Gen Guyol and Janine Petito took a break from their busy schedules as second year medical students at BUSM to raise money for Boston Medical Center’s Department of Pediatrics.

On Sept. 20, they joined Team BMC in the sixth annual Rodman Ride for Kids, a fundraiser for children’s charities. Joining more than 50 other riders representing BMC—including physicians, residents, staff, BUSM students and friends—Gen and Janine each rode 50 miles and together raised more than $3,000 for the department

Gen also took the time to encourage other medial students to take part in the charity by riding or becoming virtual riders. Overall, her group raised more than $5,000 for pediatrics. Their donations will be earmarked toward medical student initiatives within the pediatric department.

BUSM First-Year Medical Students Receive Stethoscopes Compliments of Alumni

December 2nd, 2014 in Uncategorized

The stethoscope is considered the symbol of medical professionals. On Tuesday, Oct. 28, each member of the BU School of Medicine’s MD Class of 2018  received one as a gift from a BUSM alum.

“This is a special day for first-year medical students as they receive their medical equipment that will serve as their clinical tools for years,” says Nanette Harvey, MD, BUSM course director for the Introduction to Clinical Medicine course and coordinator for the medical equipment distribution to first-year students.  “When we announced to the class that they would all be receiving their stethoscopes compliments of the School’s graduates, they broke into applause. They are so appreciative of alumni generosity.”

More than 160 alumni participated in the Stethoscopes for Students program, now in its seventh year and coordinated by the BUSM Alumni Association. Along with the stethoscope, the distribution of medical equipment included a blood pressure cuff, ophthalmoscope, otoscope, reflex hammer, tuning fork and a CD of heart sounds. Harvey notes that by the School organizing the distribution of medical equipment for the students, the difficulty and worry about purchasing the tools has been alleviated for them.

Students wrote thank-you notes to the alumni who purchased their stethoscopes.

“What makes this gift so meaningful is that it is something we will carry with us for our entire medical careers,” said first-year student Gareth Marshall.  Tovah Koswosky noting the milestone of receiving her stethoscope also was especially gratified, “that she received this from alumni who were in my exact shoes at one time. This makes them present.”

BUSM’s Thea James Receives 2014 Schwartz Center Compassionate Caregiver Award

December 2nd, 2014 in Uncategorized

CCA_Robert-Urban_TheaJames1-e1416604118323Thea James, MD, associate professor of Emergency Medicine at BU School of Medicine, is the recipient of the 2014 Schwartz Center Compassionate Caregiver Award, which recognizes health care providers who demonstrate extraordinary compassion in caring for patients and families.

One of the region’s most prestigious honors, recipients are chosen based on how well they embody the characteristics of compassionate care, including effective communication, emotional support, mutual trust and respect, involving patients and families in health care decisions, and treating patients as people, not just illnesses.

James is an attending physician in Boston Medical Center’s (BMC) Emergency Department and Director of BMC’s Violence Intervention Advocacy Program (VIAP). She also cofounded Unified for Global Healing, an organization that seeks to improve health outcomes across the globe.

“Dr. James interacts with patients in a truly authentic and compassionate manner. She sees the person behind each injury and searches for that person’s story. Her sensitivity, communications skills, optimism and kindness have deeply impacted the lives of her patients and families. We’re so pleased to honor her and our extraordinary finalists,” said Schwartz Center Executive Director Julie Rosen when presenting James with the award.

“Whatever I can see and I want to see it all.” The photography of Paul Gitman ’66

December 2nd, 2014 in Uncategorized

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Paul Gitman, MD (MED ’66) starting taking photos when he about 11 years old. “It’s an interest that my dad who was also a physician enjoyed,” recalls Gitman. “I now look at his photos and realize that we have the same eye. What pleases me is clearly what pleased him.” Retired now from an internal medicine practice in New Hyde Park, New York, Gitman, as reflected in his photography, travels the world over seeking out cultures, people, wild life and scenery. He especially love big animals, waterfalls, ice, and sunrise and sunsets.  Most often he travels with groups interested nature and photographs “Whatever I can see and I want to see it all.”

You can enjoy more of Dr. Gitman’s photography at  https://www.flickr.com/people/pgitman/

Boston Physician Receives AMA Award for Health Education

December 2nd, 2014 in Uncategorized

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(Boston)–Daniel Alford, MD, MPH, dean of the office of Continuing Medical Education and associate professor of medicine at Boston University School of Medicine (BUSM) and director of the Clinical Addiction Research and Education Unit at Boston Medical Center (BMC), received the American Medical Association (AMA) Foundation Award for Health Education.

This award was established to recognize professional educational activities by practicing physicians and to encourage health education, with a special focus on physicians working in drug and alcohol abuse. The award will be presented to Alford at the December Massachusetts Medical Society Meeting of the House of Delegates.

Alford specializes in opioid use disorders and chronic pain management and has made broad strides in his field. He is a diplomat in Addiction Medicine by the American Board of Addiction Medicine, president of the Association for Medical Education and Research in Substance Abuse, and the medical director of the BMC Office-based Opioid Treatment program. He is also the course director of the BUSM Safe and Competent Opioid Prescribing Education (SCOPE of Pain) program and was recognized as a Champion of Change by the White House.

 

Alford became a Boston University faculty member in 1996, after spending much of his education and training on the BU medical campus. He completed his residency at Boston City Hospital (now Boston Medical Center). He received his MPH and MD from BU as well.

BUSM First-Year Medical Students Receive Stethoscopes Compliments of Alumni

November 3rd, 2014 in Uncategorized

Dr. Nanette Harvey (center in white coat) with first-year medical students displaying their new medical equipment.

Dr. Nanette Harvey (center in white coat) with first-year medical students displaying their new medical equipment.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The stethoscope is considered the symbol of medical professionals. On Tuesday, Oct. 28, each member of the BU School of Medicine’s MD Class of 2018  received one as a gift from a BUSM alum.

“This is a special day for first-year medical students as they receive their medical equipment that will serve as their clinical tools for years,” says Nanette Harvey, MD, BUSM course director for the Introduction to Clinical Medicine course and coordinator for the medical equipment distribution to first-year students.  “When we announced to the class that they would all be receiving their stethoscopes compliments of the School’s graduates, they broke into applause. They are so appreciative of alumni generosity.”

More than 160 alumni participated in the Stethoscopes for Students program, now in its seventh year and coordinated by the BUSM Alumni Association. Along with the stethoscope, the distribution of medical equipment included a blood pressure cuff, ophthalmoscope, otoscope, reflex hammer, tuning fork and a CD of heart sounds. Harvey notes that by the School organizing the distribution of medical equipment for the students, the difficulty and worry about purchasing the tools has been alleviated for them.

Students wrote thank-you notes to the alumni who purchased their stethoscopes.

“What makes this gift so meaningful is that it is something we will carry with us for our entire medical careers,” said first-year student Gareth Marshall.  Tovah Koswosky noting the milestone of receiving her stethoscope also was especially gratified, “that she received this from alumni who were in my exact shoes at one time. This makes them present.”

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Two BUSM Students Named 2014 Benjamin H. Kean Travel Fellows in Tropical Medicine

September 9th, 2014 in Uncategorized

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The American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene (ASTMH) announced the 2014 recipients of the Benjamin H. Kean Travel Fellowship in Tropical Medicine. Through a highly competitive process, 22 Fellows from 18 medical schools were selected including two from Boston University School of Medicine Katrina Ciraldo and Daniel Silva.

This Fellowship is the only medical student award dedicated to nurturing a career path for physician-scientists in tropical medicine. It is awarded annually to full-time medical students at accredited medical schools in North America. Fellows receive airfare and up to $1,000 in living expenses for a clinical training or research project that takes place in an area where tropical diseases are endemic. ASTMH, founded in 1903, is a worldwide organization of scientists, clinicians and program professionals whose mission is to promote global health through the prevention and control of infectious and other diseases that disproportionately afflict the global poor.

“The future of global health and tropical medicine is in great hands with a group as dynamic and committed as this class of Fellows,” said Kean Fellowship Committee Chair, Chandy John, MD, MS, University of Minnesota. “Headlines and news reports remind us that diseases that affect people in the tropics can have worldwide consequences. These fellows will be part of the next generation working to alleviate the suffering and long-term disability caused by these diseases.”

“This premier award is both honorific and substantive. It makes overseas training experiences for students interested in tropical disease possible, and works to build the ranks of physician-scientists focused on diseases in low-income countries,” said ASTMH President Alan Magill, MD, FASTMH. “The Fellowship enables these future leaders to expand their scientific networks, which in turn advances their professional contributions. As a Society, our goal is guide them towards fulfilling career options allowing them to do the work that helps improve the lives of so many who suffer needlessly from tropical disease.”

The Fellowship is named to honor Benjamin H. Kean, MD, (1912-1993), an internationally acclaimed tropical medicine expert and personal mentor to many of today’s world-renowned tropical medicine experts who were inspired by him as his students in medical school. Kean is also credited with discovering the causes of several diseases, including turista or travelers’ diarrhea.