Barry M. Manuel, MD, Associate Dean for Continuing Medical Education from 1980 to 2014 and Professor of Surgery from 1982 to 2014 at BUSM, has been honored by the Massachusetts Medical Society with its 2015 Award for Distinguished Service to the Massachusetts Medical Society. The honor is given each year to a member of the Society who has made a lasting contribution to the practice of medicine over a lifetime and who has made significant contributions to the goals of the Society.
The award, one of the most prestigious given by the Society, will be presented to Dr. Manuel at the Society’s Annual Meeting May 1 at the Seaport Hotel in Boston. It is the second major recognition from the Society given to Dr. Manuel. In 2010, he was honored with the organization’s Lifetime Achievement Award.
A member of the Medical Society since 1962, Dr. Manuel has a long and distinguished record of service with the organization. He was the Society’s 1990-1991 President, following terms as President-Elect and Vice President. He has been a member of its House of Delegates, its Board of Trustees, and many of the organization’s committees, including the Committees on Administration and Management, Finance, Professional Liability, and Occupational Health, all of which he chaired at various times over the years.
His activity in organized medicine also extended to the national level. He was a member of the Board of Governors of the American College of Surgeons from 1979-1985, was Chairman of the Board of Governors Committee on Professional Liability, Chairman of the Regents Committee on Patient Safety, and was elected president of the College’s Massachusetts Chapter in 1982-1983. He was also a member of the Massachusetts delegation to the American Medical Association for six years.
Dr. Manuel was also Chairman of the Board for 12 years of Coverys (formerly ProMutual Medical Professional Insurance Company), one of the largest medical malpractice carriers in the U.S. and upon retirement there was honored with the title of Chairman Emeritus. He also founded and served for seven years as Chairman of the Professional Liability Foundation, Ltd., an organization composed of all healthcare providers in Massachusetts dedicated to reforming the tort system. He was also honored with the title of Chairman Emeritus upon his retirement.
Dr. Manuel has spoken extensively in this country and abroad on the reform of the national system dealing with medical errors. He has published many articles on the subject in peer- reviewed literature and conducted many postgraduate courses on Professional Liability and Patient Safety for the American College of Surgeons. He has published editorials on health policy, professional liability and patient safety in leading U.S. newspapers and has written book chapters and co-edited a book on Patient Safety.
While at BUSM, Dr. Manuel was Executive Director of the Alumni Association for more than 35 years and was Faculty Councilor to Alpha Omega Alpha, the National Honor Medical Society for 23 years. He has served as a member or chairman of many medical school committees. He also served as a member of the school’s Executive Committee and the Dean’s Committee throughout his tenure.
Upon his retirement on June 30th of this year, he will be confirmed with the titles of Associate Dean, Emeritus and Professor of Surgery, Emeritus, and the Office of Continuing Medical Education will be renamed the Barry M. Manuel Office of Continuing Medical Education at BUSM.
A graduate of BUSM, Dr. Manuel has previously been recognized by the school with its Distinguished Alumnus Award and by the American College of Surgeons with its Distinguished Service Award, the highest award presented by the College of Surgeons. He is a resident of Belmont.
Boston University Associate Professor of Ophthalmology and Pediatrics Jean E. Ramsey, MD, MPH has been named a recipient of the 2015 Dr. Allen Crocker Health Services Award from the Commonwealth of Massachusetts Executive Office of Health and Human Services, Department of Developmental Services. Presented annually, the award recognizes an individual or organization that mirrors the life of Dr. Crocker and his respect for and value of individuals with a disability.
Dr. Ramsey, BUSM ‘90, BUSPH ’08 who also serves as BUSM Associate Dean for Alumni Affairs and Vice Chair of Education and Program Director for the Department of Ophthalmology, was selected because she excels in including individuals with disabilities in her clinical practice, increasing the cadre of people who joyfully and compassionately care for individuals with disability, focusing on individuals’ capabilities rather than their disabilities, and advocating for equity and social justice.
Boston 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.
Domenic Ciraulo, MDAllergy and Immunology
Helen Hollingsworth, MD
Tania Phillips, MD
Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism
Alan Farwell, MD
Michael Holick, PhD, MD
Stephanie Lee, MD, PhD
James Rosenzweig, MD
Maternal and Fetal Medicine
Robert Blatman, MD
Aviva Lee-Parritz, MD
David Salant, MDNeurology
Carlos Kase, MD
Pediatric Infectious Disease
Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation
Susan Bergman, MD
Thoracic & Cardiac Surgery
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.”
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
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.
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.”
Thea 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.
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)–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.