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FOR ALUMNI OF RUSH MEDICAL COLLEGE SPRING 2008 NEWS PROFESSIONAL INTERESTS Endowed Chair Established in Honor of Stuart Levin, MD CLINICAL TRIALS Here is a sampling of clinical trials now under way at Rush After an outpouring of commitments from former Rush medical students, University Medical Center. For a complete listing, click the residents, fellows and colleagues of Stuart Levin, MD, chairperson of the “Clinical Trials” link at www.rush.edu. Bookmark the site, Department of Internal Medicine at Rush University Medical Center, the and keep it in mind for your patients. Stuart Levin, MD, Endowed Chair has been established. The chair honors Levin, former head of the residency program, for his 40 years of dedication to Multiplex Family Alzheimer’s Study Rush’s students and residents. David Bennett, MD 1984, in the Rush Alzheimer’s Disease The number of unique gifts and pledges to this chair — 171 in total — speaks Center is participating in the Alzheimer’s Disease Genetics to the breadth of Levin’s influence as a teacher, mentor and physician. Initiative, The Multiplex Family Study, to find genetic risk factors that determine whether a person is at greater risk “An extraordinary number of Stu Levin’s colleagues, former trainees and students, and friends of developing Alzheimer’s disease. This study looks at have come together to create this chair in his honor,” said Alan A. Harris, MD, vice chairman of families with a history of Alzheimer’s disease and analyzes academic affairs in Rush’s Department of Internal Medicine and an epidemiologist in the Section DNA samples from both affected and unaffected members of Infectious Diseases. “It’s an incredibly fitting tribute to our chairperson who has likely been of a family. RUMC’s greatest teacher, motivator and mentor of students over the last 40 years.” For a list of inclusion and exclusion criteria or more infor- All income from the Levin Chair will go toward scholarships for students of Rush Medical mation, please contact Jenny Haddow at (312) 942-4799. College. Rush’s medical students graduate with debt well above the national average. Scholarship support increases Rush’s ability to compete for top students and lighten the load for future Approved Bone Growth Stimulators Following Either graduates as they embark on their medical careers. The establishment of the Levin Chair is an Cervical or Lumbar Spine Fusion Surgery important component of the initiative to increase Rush University’s scholarship endowment by Dr. John O’Toole in the Department of Neurosurgery is $20 million, part of the $300 million Campaign for Rush University Medical Center. participating in a post-market surveillance of clinical and To support Rush’s students with a gift to the Levin Chair, contact Alysha Comstock at functional outcomes associated with the adjunctive use (312) 942-2569. of Food and Drug Administration-approved bone growth stimulators following either cervical or lumbar spine fusion surgery in high-risk patients. The purpose of this program RMC Reunion 2007 Honors Outstanding Alumni is to observe clinical and functional outcomes of pulsed electromagnetic field (PEMF) treatment when used as Nearly 140 alumni and guests celebrated the Biennial Rush Medical College adjunctive therapy following spinal surgery in a heteroge- Reunion at the University Club of Chicago on November 3. The event neous population. especially honored classes whose years end in a one, two, six or seven. For a list of inclusion and exclusion criteria or more Kit Grotelueschen, MD 1980, outgoing alumni association president, spoke on information, please contact Carol Macpherson at (312) the current state of the alumni association and thanked those alumni who have 942-8614. contributed to the Campaign for Rush University Medical Center, which aims to raise $300 million including $70 million for Rush University. The Alumni Medication Study to Improve Cognitive Functioning Association Executive Council has set a campaign fundraising goal of $3 million Dr. John Zajecka in the Department of Psychiatry is partici- for RMC alumni, 20 percent of which had been met as of the reunion date. Grotelueschen also pating in a medication study to improve cognitive introduced Karen B. Weinstein, MD 1983, as her successor as president. functioning (including problems with learning, memory, Julie Ann Freischlag, MD 1980, gave the 2007 Distinguished Alumna lecture, “Women in Surgery: concentration, and putting thoughts and emotions into Are You Ready for a Woman in Charge?” Freischlag is The William Stewart Halsted Professor, words). The study aims to determine whether adding the chairperson of the Department of Surgery and surgeon-in-chief at The Johns Hopkins Hospital. study drug to the current treatment for schizophrenia can help improve cognitive difficulties. The James A. Campbell, MD, Alumni Service Award was presented to those esteemed alumni who graduated from Rush Medical College before it closed its doors in 1942. Rush alumnus For a list of inclusion and exclusion criteria or more infor- Thomas Glasscock, MD 1942, accepted the award on behalf of Rush’s early graduates. mation, please contact Linda Skaggs at (312) 942-5592. To view and purchase photos, please visit: http://rushreunion.shutterfly.com. The next Rush Medical College Reunion will be held in fall 2009. CME BRIEFS The Faces of Flu™: Current Clinical Updates in Faculty News Seasonal and Pandemic Influenza Bernard Bach Jr., MD, was installed as president of the American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Jan. 1 – Dec. 31, 2008 Medicine during its annual meeting in July 2007. He holds the Claude N. Lambert, MD – Helen Sponsor: Department of Medicine S. Thomson Chair of Orthopedic Surgery and is widely known for his expertise in disorders of the Section of Infectious Diseases shoulder and knee, particularly the anterior cruciate ligament. Location: Cities include Portland; San Antonio; Naples, Fla.; and Boise, Idaho Alumni Relations News Credit Hours: 1.5 On Friday, Feb. 9, Thomas Deutsch, MD 1979, Provost and Henry P. Russe, MD, Dean of Rush Contact: Angela Fracasso Medical College, and MaryPat Mauro, senior director of alumni relations, hosted a Rush alumni dinner in Phoenix, Ariz. Alumni and guests in attendance included Floyd Shewmake, MD 1973, HLR Communications and his wife, Margaret; Marvin Padnick, MD 1973, and his wife, Adrienne; Gary Salzman, MD (813) 891-6999 1977; Caroline Johnson, MD 2006; and Shepherd Pryor, MD 2001, and his wife, Clareann Wojcik email@example.com Pryor, a 1999 graduate of Rush College of Health Sciences. Deutsch updated the group on some of the changes going on at Rush, and everyone shared their own particular Rush story. If you would Rush Hemophilia & Thrombophilia Center Provider be interested in working with the Office of Alumni Relations to host a similar event in your area, Shadow Program Symposium please contact MaryPat Mauro at (312) 942-7165. November 2007 – November 2008 Second Thursday of each month CLASS NOTES tive May 2008. Fried is currently professor of medicine, epidemiol- Sponsor: Department of Pediatrics ogy, health policy and nursing at Johns Hopkins University and Location: Marriott Chicago Northwest Marshall P. Welles, MD 1935, of Duarte, Calif., was the director of The Johns Hopkins Center on Aging and Health, the 4800 Columbine Boulevard subject of an August 12, 2007, feature in the Los Angeles Times. Program in the Epidemiology of Aging at the Bloomberg School Titled “Doctor marks a century of selflessness,” the profile of Public Health, and the Division of Geriatric Medicine and Hoffman Estates, Ill. highlighted Welles’ 100th birthday celebration, 55-year career Gerontology. Credit Hours: 4 in missionary work and medicine, and years spent practicing in Contact: Kimberly Yvette Williams John F. Neylan III, MD 1979, has joined Wyeth Phar- Japan, Thailand and the Philippines, where he and his family were maceutical’s transplant immunology group as vice president of (312) 942-8114 captured by the Japanese and held as prisoners during World War scientific affairs, transplantation. He will serve as Wyeth’s primary firstname.lastname@example.org II. Before his retirement in 1991, Welles delivered nearly 1,400 liaison to the transplant community and further help Wyeth meet babies and traveled to 84 countries. the needs of the transplant community. For more information, visit www.psp4you.org Linda P. Fried, MD 1979, has been named the next dean of the Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health, effec- continued on the back CME credit hours free to RMC alumni. Visit www.rush. edu/professionals/cme for more CME opportunities. Thomas Baier, MD 1980, was featured in the August 10, 2007, Thomas R. Hurley, MD 1987, was elected to the Illinois State IN MEMORIAM edition of the Chicago Tribune and on Chicago’s CBS 2 news for Medical Society Board of Trustees during its annual meeting in April joining the U.S. Army as a major at the age of 53. The Tribune story 2007. Hurley is a neurosurgeon at Silver Cross Hospital in Joliet. Samuel Bolonik, MD 1936, of Lincolnshire, Ill.; December 2007 reported that Baier, a father of four, joined the armed forces follow- Dean Manus, MD 1987, has been featured as one of the plastic Bertram Capus, MD 1937, of El Cerrito, Calif.; Sept. 21, 2007 ing his son’s graduation from basic training for the Marines. He will surgeons on the E! Entertainment Television reality series “Dr. Ralph Friedlander, MD 1938, of Tamarac, Fla.; Nov. 14, 2007 use his expertise in bone and joint injuries with the 801st Combat 90210.” Manus has also appeared on “The Today Show,” “Extreme Support Hospital unit at Ft. Sheridan. Rolf Eissler, MD 1941, of San Francisco, Calif.; March 7, 2007 Hollywood,” “The Tyra Banks Show” and more. He practices in West John Jay Shannon, MD 1986, has been named senior vice Hollywood, Calif. Martin Matthew Fahey, MD 1941, of Glenview, Ill.; president and chief medical officer of Parkland Health & Hospital Sept. 29, 2007 Darin Jordan, MD 1997, has been named medical director of System in Dallas, Texas. He joined Parkland in August 2007, after convenient care at Central DuPage Hospital. The hospital’s Conve- Jeffrey Arenswald, MD 1973, of Las Vegas, Nev.; January 2003 more than a decade at Cook County Hospital in Chicago as senior nient Care Centers are located in Bloomingdale, Wheaton, Bartlett, attending physician and associate chairman of medicine for respira- James Magary, MD 1981, of Phoenix, Ariz.; May 19, 2007 Naperville and St. Charles, Ill. Jordan has been treating patients at tory and intensive care medicine. the centers for seven years. Anne Elizabeth Fisher, MD 1988; Oct. 2, 2007 Alumni Association Support of Student Research Get RushMD Online At the November 2007 meeting, the Executive Council of the Alumni RushMD is now available in an electronic format with expanded stories, links Association of Rush Medical College approved a proposal to make a $25,000 and photos. If you’d like to have RushMD delivered right to your inbox, please gift to the Dean’s Office Summer Research Fellowship Program. Each year, send your e-mail address to email@example.com. the Dean’s Office Summer Research Fellowship Program offers Rush medical students the opportunity to contribute to faculty research projects or pursue service opportunities beyond the scope of their normal training during the summer following their first year. The alumni association’s gift will strengthen the program’s ability to train a new generation of innovative researchers. Benjamin Rush Society Dinner Alumni Association of Rush Medical College Executive Council On Nov. 2, Dr. Larry J. Goodman, president and CEO of Rush OFFICERS COUNCILORS University Medical Center, and his wife, Mikki, welcomed more President Mary C. Anderson, MD 1992 than 90 faculty, alumni and guests to the Robert W. Sessions Karen B. Weinstein, MD 1983 Joseph P. Bernardini, MD 1975 House for the Benjamin Rush Society Annual Dinner, the best President Elect Thomas P. Bleck, MD 1977 David Hines Jr., MD 1981 Catherine A. Dimou, MD 1991 attended society dinner to date. Karen B. Weinstein, MD 1983, Max L. Harris, MD 1977 was honored for her nine years of service as BRS chair, and Past President Harold A. Kessler, MD 1974 Catherine “Kit” Grotelueschen, MD Russell M. Petrak, MD 1980, was installed as the new chair. 1980 Anthony Kotin, MD 1977 Andrea Lawless, MD 1980 If you have not yet renewed your BRS membership for this fiscal year, now is Secretary Beth McQuiston, MS (CHS), MD 2006 the time. A gift of $2,000 or more to Rush Medical College will qualify you Liza Pilch, MD 1994 Ravi Nemivant, MD 1998 for membership and make a meaningful impact on Rush’s medical students. Treasurer Russ Petrak, MD 1980 Associate membership is extended to those who graduated from Rush within the Susan Anderson-Nelson, MD 1986 Scott Rubinstein, MD 1983 Robert Sargis, PhD 2003, MD 2005 past 10 years and make annual gifts of at least $1,000. As of February 2008 Contact the Office of Alumni Relations at (312) 942-2569 for more information. Send us your e-mail If you’re interested in receiving news and updates via e-mail, Contact us please send your e-mail address to firstname.lastname@example.org. 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