Graduation This spring, 165 graduates received their medical degrees and 26 their Ph.D. degrees from the School of Medicine. The M.D. graduates received a memorable send-off from graduation speaker and alum Thomas Krummel, M.D., who completed both a surgical residency and research fellowship here before joining the Surgery faculty in 1985. A pioneer in the application of information technology to enhance the quality and safety of surgical education, Dr. Krummel is now Stanford University's Emile Holman Professor and Chairman of Surgery and the first Susan B. Ford Surgeon-in-Chief at Lucile Packard Children's Hospital.
Campaign Underway to Endow Professorship in Urology
In May, the campaign to endow a Professorship in Urology was kicked off with a reception at the home of former Urology Chairman Dr. Warren Koontz and his wife Win. With the goal of improving and expanding the current research program, the Professorship will be used to recruit a research scientist with a track record of exceptional accomplishments. Toward this goal, Dr. and Mrs. Koontz have pledged a leadership gift of $50,000 that has been matched dollar-for-dollar by the Department of Surgery. See pictures from the reception at the Koontz home. If you are interested in making a gift to the Professorship, please contact Tom Holland at firstname.lastname@example.org or (800) 332-8813.
Low-dose oral contraceptives may increase heart attack risk
A study published in the July issue of the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism reported that the overall estimated risk of cardiovascular events among low-dose oral contraceptive users was doubled compared to non-users. John Nestler, M.D., H'83, professor and chair of the Division of Endocrinology and Metabolism, says that the findings could have further significance for women who already are at increased risk for such events because of polycystic ovary syndrome or metabolic disorder. Read more about Dr. Nestler's findings.
First in state to implant medical device to treat hypertension
As part of a Phase II clinical research program being conducted at a limited number of U.S. medical centers, a patient at the VCU Medical Center received a device that is the first of its kind to treat resistant hypertension. The surgery was the first in the state, and only the second in the country. Read more about the device that is being implanted in patients with high blood pressure that is inadequately controlled with multiple medications.
Call for better infection-control standards
Clinics and other outpatient facilities should employ the same strict infection-control standards as hospitals to prevent patient-to-patient transmission of Hepatitis C outbreaks like one that occurred at a freestanding clinic in Nebraska, according to infectious disease expert Richard P. Wenzel, M.D., chair of Internal Medicine. Read more about the recommendations Dr. Wenzel laid out in an editorial in the June 6 issue of the Annals of Internal Medicine.
Pediatric hem/onc patients mark high school graduations
"This experience has made my family and me look at the world totally different and taught us to live life each day to its fullest," said cancer survivor Aubrey Cox, a graduating senior who will be majoring in radiation therapy this fall at VCU. Aubrey was one of 14 patients from the Pediatric Hematology and Oncology Clinic who are finishing high school this year. Read more about the students who shared their personal stories and experiences at an annual graduation ceremony on campus.
Honoring longtime Biostatistics Chair
To mark the retirement of Hans Carter, Ph.D., alumni from the Biostatistics Department have endowed a Professorship that will bear his name. Led by alums Karl Peace, Ph.D.'76, and Chris Gennings, Ph.D.'86, the endowment was built without Dr. Carter's knowledge until it totaled more than $300,000 in gifts and pledges. See pictures from Dr. Carter's retirement party at Richmond's Jefferson Hotel last month, where he was finally let in on the secret. If you are interested in making a gift to the Carter Professorship, please contact Tom Holland at email@example.com or (800) 332-8813.
National medical award for innovative cardiologist
Robert Jesse, Ph.D.'81, M'84, was honored with the Richard A. Kern award from the Association of Military Surgeons of the United States for his work in sparking a national transformation of systems for managing cardiac emergencies. Read more about the contributions of Dr. Jesse, who serves as the national program director for cardiology for the Veterans Health Administration and as director of the Acute Cardiac Care Program at the VCU Medical Center.
For a decade, the Foundations of Clinical Medicine program has placed first- and second-year medical students on the front lines of healthcare - working in concert with community physicians and their patients. The program celebrated the anniversary in May, honoring more than 200 physicians who have served in the program - about half of whom are medical school alums. The evening also honored more than 50 physicians who completed the Reynolds Geriatrics Scholars Program, earning at least 30 hours of CME. See pictures and read more about the programs.
Event celebrates gifts to the Campaign for the School of Medicine
On May 19, Dr. Erika, H'73, and Mr. Eldridge Blanton welcomed to their Richmond home those who've supported the ongoing Campaign for the School of Medicine. About 130 alumni and friends enjoyed the garden party and heard about the success of the Campaign that is currently $68.7 million toward its $87-million goal. On schedule for completion in July 2007, the Campaign will fuel the School's traditional strengths with gifts geared toward medical research, chairs, teaching professorships, and importantly, scholarships for medical and graduate students. See pictures from the Campaign celebration.
Multicultural enrichment in the medical school recognized
Of the four university members recently recognized for their significant contributions toward enhancing VCU's commitment to diversity, two were from the School of Medicine. Read more about Wally R. Smith, M.D., a physician on a mission to improve health care for the poor and minority populations who are traditionally underserved, and Agnes L. Mack, a driving force to increase minority enrollment at the School of Medicine.
Medicine Alum supports school through Charitable Gift Annuity
When Fred Rahal, M'59, investigated the benefits of Charitable Gift Annuities, he found an opportunity to generate an annual retirement income while, at the same time, building an endowment for the Department of Pediatrics, where he had completed his housestaff training in 1962. With a Charitable Gift Annuity, a donor can make a gift of cash or property to the MCV Foundation, and the Foundation will provide the donor with a guaranteed income for life. Learn more about how Dr. Rahal's Charitable Gift Annuity works for him.
More than 230 School of Medicine alumni returned to Richmond for Reunion Weekend 2005. From Friday night's all classes cocktail reception to individual class events on Saturday evening, alums enjoyed catching up with old friends and seeing changes on the MCV campus. See pictures from Saturday night's Grand Alumni Dinner honoring alumni from the Class of 1954 and earlier.
Receptions honor alumni from the Carolinas
In May and June, the MCV Foundation welcomed more than 40 guests to receptions in Durham, Wilmington and Charleston. See pictures from the Carolina receptions.
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