Kudos to Clinical Research & Leadership Faculty, Students, Residents, and Fellows 

Congratulations to the George Washington University (GW) School of Medicine and Health Sciences (SMHS) faculty, students, and residents who received appointments, awards, and honors over the past month.

July 25, 2018

Marisa Birkmeier and co-authors have published, "Recommendations from the Common Terminology Panel of the American Council of Academic Physical Therapy," in the June issue of Physical Therapy. Birkmeier is an assistant professor in HHFRS.

A five-year plan for Rhea Cohn. Cohn, an assistant professor in HHFRS, has been appointed to the American Physical Therapy Association's Ethics and Judicial Committee for a five-year term.

New grant in HHFRS. Keith Cole and a GW colleague have received a FY19 Cross Disciplinary Research Fund (CDRF) Grant, A cross-disciplinary examination of a novel weight-bearing dual-task intervention in older adults, from the Office of the Vice President for Research. Cole is a visiting assistant professor in the HHFRS’ Physical Therapy Program. His colleague on the grant is Sarah Shomstein, an associate professor of cognitive neuroscience in the Department of Psychology. Cole and co-authors have also published, “Hybrid stimulation enhances torque as a function of muscle fusion in human paralyzed and non-paralyzed skeletal muscle,” in the June issue of Journal of Spinal Cord Medicine.

London town has a new summer resident. Uli Koch, assistant professor in CRL, has spent the last three months as a visiting research fellow at the Institute of Advanced Studies and the affiliated Health Humanities Centre of the University College London. Koch is collaborating with Professor Sonu Shamdasani who directs the center. See:

And the winner is… Susan LeLacheur, associate professor in the PA program. LeLacheur has been selected as the recipient of the 2018 PAEA Master Faculty Award. She will be honored later this year at the 2018 Physician Assistant Education Association’s Annual Forum in Anaheim, Calif.

Gaetano R. Lotrecchiano delivered a workshop at Emory University Georgia Clinical & Translational Science Alliance entitled, Building and Managing a Multidisciplinary Research Team in April. Lotrecchiano also conducted two invited workshops with colleagues in May: “Enhancing Effectiveness of Collaborative Teams by Engaging Individual Motivation” and “Effectiveness through Engaging Individual Motivation: The MATRICx Assessment Instrument and Knowledge Producing Team (KPT) Building Interventions” at the 10th annual National Organization for Research Professional Development. Lotrecchiano is associate professor in CRL and in pediatrics.

Care kits, planning, and a new post for Lisa Schwartz. Schwartz, assistant professor in HIS, served on the planning committee of the 2018 National Association for Advisors for Health Professions (NAAHP) conference held this summer in Washington, D.C. She helped organize a tour of GW for about 100 staff and faculty advisors from universities across the country. Two HS colleagues, Firmani, HIS interim chair, and Ellen Costello, PT program director, assisted with the tour. Schwartz also led a service project, sponsored by SMHS, to support Operation Gratitude during the conference. The project produced 500 care kits for service members, veterans, first responders, wounded warriors, and military families. She was elected to a two-year term on the executive board of the Northeast Association of Advisors for Health Professions (NEAAPH).

Dual continents. Philip van der Wees, adjunct professor in CRL, has been appointed a professor of allied health sciences at Radboud University Medical Center in the Netherlands. Van der Wees will divide his time between GW and Radboud.

Maranda Ward is changing it up. Ward, a visiting assistant professor in CRL, was nominated for the WEXDC Award for Change Leaders at the Women Empowerment Expo in May. WEXDC is an annual day-long experiential symposium for women entrepreneurs, industry leaders, and change agents to network and share skills. Ward also presented on a panel, "WAKANDA Women Unite: How Women Can Educate, Women's Health Symposium at Towson University in May. She talked about the new Global Women's Health course she designed and taught during the fall 2017 and spring 2018 semesters, as well as the youth development pipeline she manages for Washington, D.C., youth. As part of her faculty development award by the GW Nashman Center for Public Service and Civic Engagement, Ward also attended a social action training at Wagner College in June.

Josh Woolstenhulme receives recognition. Woolstenhulme, assistant professor in HHFRS, made a presentation in June, “Physical Fitness, Exercise, and Inflammatory Myopathies,” at the 2018 Cure JM [Juvenile Myositis] Foundation National Conference in Arlington, Va. He also received a recognition award at the conference for his grant from the same organization titled Determinants of fatigue in juvenile dermatomyositis.

Congrats to the following HS members who are celebrating one-year work anniversaries: Caroline Eltrich, senior administrative assistant; Will Noone, finance director; Girija Patil, data analyst; and Maranda Ward, visiting assistant professor in CRL. And to Karen Schlumpf, instructor in CRL, who celebrates five years.