September 2014 Newsletter

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Department of Medicine eNewsletter
September 2014
:: Department News
:: Department Events
:: Leadership Council Minutes
Leadership Council
September 2014
Richard Walsh

B. Arafah

K. Armitage

A. Askari

R. Chandra

F. Creighton

S. Gravenstein

T. Hostetter

N. Meropol

R. Salata

R. Schilz

D. Simon

R. Walsh

B. Watts

J. Wright

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Division of Cardiovascular Medicine
Richard Josephson, MD, was appointed as head of the Cardiac Rehabilitation Work Group for the American College of Cardiology.




Judith Mackall, MD, received the Irving B. and Virginia Spitz Master Clinician in Cardiology award from University Hospitals Harrington Heart & Vascular Institute. The endowed position supports clinical research and the development of new therapies for patients with heart failure and arrhythmia.





Division of Gastroenterology & Liver Disease

Stanley Cohen, MD
, joined the Educational Affairs Committee of the American College of Gastroenterology (ACG) and Training and Workforce Committee of the American Association for the Study of Liver Diseases (AASLD).

Dr. Cohen also presented his work at AASLD Hepatitis C conference in New York entitled "Identifying and Fixing Roadblocks to Hepatitis C Screening in the Primary Care Setting."



Maneesh Dave, MD, published his research entitled "Ischemic Colitis: Incidence, Risk Factors, Clinical Features, and Outcomes in a Population Based Cohort in Olmsted County, Minnesota, 1976 - 2009" in the Journal of Clinical Gastoenterology and Hepatology







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Division of General Internal Medicine

Karen Horowitz, MD, was the invited plenary speaker at the Society of General Internal Medicine Midwest Regional Meeting with the talk entitled "Collaboration: Lessons from the ACCORD Trial."

In addition, Dr. Horowitz published her work entitled "The Cross-Sectional and Longitudinal Associations of Diabetic Retinopathy with Cognitive Function and Brain MRI Findings: The Action to Control Cardiovascular Risk in Diabetes (ACCORD) Trial" in Diabetes Care Journal.


Charles LoPresti, MD, became the head of the Leadership in Medical Education pathway in the Internal Medicine Residency program. The newly introduced pathway prepares applicants for pursuing careers in medical education and becoming leaders in the medical community.










Division of Hematology & Oncology

Nathan Berger, MD
, was awarded a $17,500 grant from the NIH to study biobehavioral benefits of mixed gender housing on survival of mice with colon neoplasia.







Jennifer Eads, MD,
was awarded a $50,000 grant from the North American Neuroendocrine Tumor Society for her project "DNA Repair Pathways in Pancreatic Neuroendocrine Tumors." Dr. Eads was specifically selected for the Young Investigator award for this work.



Lalitha Nayak, MD,
received $520,000 from the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute for her K08 grant. The funds will support Dr. Nayak's career development and groundbreaking research exploring the role of myeloid kruppel-like factor 2 in vascular thrombosis.




Neal Meropol, MD, received a $1.6 million grant from the National Cancer Institute (NCI) to increase the participation of cancer patients in experimental clinical trials. The new program will focus on educating nurses on effective ways of discussing trials with patients, alleviating their doubts and anxieties while bringing new awareness and knowledge. Dr. Meropol notes that nurses spend more time with patients and, therefore, have a unique opportunity to highlight the importance of clinical trials in finding cures for cancer and increase patient enrollment.




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Division of Infectious Diseases & HIV Medicine


Robert Salata, MD, and Amy Ray, MD, were invited to serve on the University Hospitals Physician Advisory Group. The group promotes physicians' involvement across the system and contributes to shaping the strategic agenda.









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department conferences & events

Grand Rounds

When: Tuesdays, 12:00 - 1:00 p.m.

Where: Kulas Auditorium, Lakeside, 5th Floor


October 7

"Kidney Disease and the Public Health: Problems, Progress and Prospects" by Jonathan Himmelfarb, MD


October 14

"Tuberculosis Vaccination: Some New Thoughts for an Old Topic" by Thomas Daniel, MD


October 21

"Harnessing Research to Personalize Care and Cure Lung Cancers" by Mark Kris, MD


October 28

"Principles of Therapy for Obstructive Sleep Apnea" by Kingman Strohl, MD




Morbidity and Mortality Conferences

When: Fridays, 12:00 - 1:00 p.m.

Where: Kulas Auditorium, Lakeside, 5th Floor

October 3
A 49-year-old man with orthotopic heart transplant presents with dyspnea and dysphagia.
October 10
A 22-year-old man presenting with fever and headache is found to have typhoid fever. A 63-year-old man returning from India with fever is found to have malaria.
October 17
A 92-year-old woman suffers from a fall and subdural hematoma.
October 24
HIPPA: Lessons learned.
Risk Management Credit



Happy Hour Summer 2014
The chief residents hosted a Happy Hour to celebrate the hard work of the interns during the first few weeks of service. Our interns were able to unwind and socialize with their co-residents over great food and drinks at Fairmount.

department leadership council minutes

Leadership Council

Dr. Walsh reminded council members to save the date for the annual Leadership Council dinner at his home. This year, the dinner will take place at 6 p.m. on Saturday, October 11.



Leadership Council

Dr. Walsh outlined information on the hospital's budgets and discussed national trends regarding a decrease in Medicare payments beginning October 1.



Leadership Council

Dr. Salata represented the Department of Medicine at a retreat of basic science and clinical chairs on August 9. He reported that two key topics discussed were coordination of research between departments, and coordination of training between departments, i.e., fellowship, MSTP, graduate students, etc.


Leadership Council

Dr. Walsh distributed information on the School of Medicine program, "To Tenure and Beyond: Building an Intentional Career at Case Western Reserve University" for second year pretenure faculty.



Dr. Walsh discussed UH leadership competencies including inspiring, innovating and achieving, "to create a positive climate and work toward positive outcomes."



Leadership Council

Dr. Walsh summarized the External Review of the Department of Medicine for the Council.




Leadership CouncilDr. Salata is coordinating a Saturday departmental Clinical Mission Retreat this winter. He will poll council members for available dates toward the end of January or February 2015.


Leadership Council

Dr. Armitage reported that he participated in a house officer Clinical Learning Environment Review (CLEAR) visit, which is hospital-, rather than program-based.


Leadership Council

Dr. Armitage reminded council members that intern recruitment starts in five weeks. He will send a save the date email for the interview dates for the Harrington Physician Scientist Research Pathway which will take place December 6, 2014, and January 17, 2015. Participation by Division Chiefs and Fellowship Directors is essential as these candidates are being recruited for a residency/research/fellowship package.


Leadership Council Dr. Armitage will also send Division Chiefs requests for Grand Rounds speakers for this academic year.


Leadership Council Dr. Salata announced that the 4th Annual Quality Summit is scheduled for Saturday, November 22 from 7:15 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Global Center for Health Innovation and Convention Center, downtown Cleveland. Mr. Zenty will be a guest speaker at this year's Summit. Four Risk Management Credits may be obtained by attending this Summit.


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