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.

June 2019

Callier collaborations. Shawneequa Callier and colleagues published, “Cardiologists' perspectives on race-based drug labels and prescribing within the context of treating heart failure,” in the May 22 online issue of Health Equity. She also co-authored, “Attitudes and experiences regarding genetic research among persons of African descent,” in the May issue of the Journal of Community Genetics. Callier is an associate professor and director of doctoral research with the Translational Health Sciences Ph.D. Program in CRL.

Poster prowess. Catherine Golden presented two posters, “We have a dashboard for that? Strategies to increase data use and meet them where they are” and “Using data to support faculty assessment training,” at the 2019 Association for Institutional Research Forum in Denver in May. Golden is associate dean for academic planning and assessment.

Stellar scholarship. Ken Harwood is a co-author on a paper that received the 2019 John M. Eisenberg Article-of-the-Year in Health Sciences Research Award for “Physical therapy as the first point of care to treat low back pain: An instrumental variables approach to estimate impact on opioid prescription, health care utilization and costs,” published in the December 2018 issue of Health Services Research. The writing team led by Bianca Frogner from the University of Washington Center for Health Workforce Studies also included Jesse Pines, former faculty and director of CHIPR at GW. The award recognizes excellent and original research among all articles published in the Journal during the previous year. Harwood is associate professor, director of the Health Care Quality Program in CRL, and director of research for the Doctor of Physical Therapy Program (DPT) in HHFR.

PT publishers. D.J. Jayaseelan, Holly Jonely and coauthors have published, “Possible nervous system sensitization in patients with persistent lower extremity tendinopathies: 3 case reports in the April issue of Journal of Orthopaedic and Sports Physical Therapy. Jayaseelan and Jonely are assistant professors in HHFR.

HS delegation. Joyce Maring, Ellen Costello, and Jennifer Weaver participated in a U.S. - China Coordination Meeting on Disability on May 29 at the U.S. Department of State. Maring is associate professor and chair of HHFR, Costello is associate professor and director of the DPT Program, and Weaver is associate director of the post professional Occupational Therapy Doctorate Program.

On the front lines. Kevin O’Connor was profiled in, “FP reflects on service on front lines of family medicine,” in the June online edition of the American Academy of Family Physicians. O’Connor is associate professor of medicine and senior medical advisor for HS.

Boosting science. Ian Toma and co-authors published, “How bioinformatics and open data can boost basic science in countries and universities with limited resources,” in the March issue of Nature Biotechnology. Toma is an associate professor in CRL and assistant director for genomic clinical research.

Turner’s take. Robert Turner was quoted in, “Our college sports system is broken. Do we have the guts to fix it?” in the May 15 issue of the Boston Globe. Turner is an assistant professor in CRL.

Presenting… Reamer Bushardt, four PA faculty members, and a staff member made presentations at the annual conference of the American Academy of PAs in May in Denver. Bushardt co-presented, “Peer Reviewing Manuscripts,” and presented, “The Art of Medical Writing: Roadmap to Publication,” with Harrison Reed and Capshaw. Bushardt presented a research poster, “Demographics and career interst of students in a novel high school STEM academy designed to increase diversity in the health professions,” co-authored by Catherine Golden, Linda Zanin, Blake Harrison, and other colleagues. Bushardt, Reed, and Rick Dehn, a professor at the University of Arizona, presented a poster, “Analysis of Unsuccessful Original Research Submissions to JAAPA.” Reed also led two clinical presentations: “Undifferentiated Shock” and “Do Physician Assistant State License Applications Create a Barrier to Mental Health Treatment?” (presented as a poster, too). Susan LeLacheur presented, “That’s HIV? Acute Presentations of HIV and its Complications Eradicating Hepatitis B and C by 2030.” Tami Ritsema presented, “British PAs in 2019: Results of the Annual Census.” Six other PA faculty members attended the conference: Lisa Alexander, Erika Bramlette, Debra Herrmann, Sean Robinson, Howard Straker, and Karen Wright. Alexander and Straker attended the AAPA House of Delegates (HOD) as representatives of the Physician Assistant Education Association while Robinson attended the HOD as a Virginia delegate. Alexander is professor, Bramlette, Herrmann, LeLacheur, Ritsema, Robinson, and Straker are assistant professors; Wright is associate professor, director of the PA Program, and assistant dean of Student Life and Academic Support. Golden is associate dean for academic planning and assessment, Zanin is director of strategic partnerships, and Harrison is project manager for HS strategic initiatives.

Happy anniversary! The following faculty and staff members are celebrating work anniversaries: Kelly Carr, assistant director of admissions and enrollment services for CRL, celebrates five years, while Souheil Ghannouchi, visiting assistant professor in PA, Allison Hardy, assistant director of admissions for PA, Blake Harrison, project manager for strategic initiatives, and Andrea Kelley, research fiscal administrator, all celebrate one-year anniversaries.