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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.

October 2019


The new Kudos program started by the HS Staff Culture and Morale Committee is off and running. The following staff members received one or more certificates of appreciation in August and September: Nurcan Basar, Allison Cannon, Kelly Carr, Linda Cotton, Desmond Edwards, Emma Levine, Alison McGuire, Whitney Milhouse, Miriam Okine Davies, Nahoemi Pablo, Heather Richards, Carmen Session, Janessa Silcox, Melanie Trask, Marsha White, Ernestine Yarborough, and Maggie Zhu.

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Reamer Bushardt and several faculty members attended the Association of Schools of Schools Advancing Health Professions (ASAHP) conference earlier this month in Charleston, S.C. Bushardt presented two research posters.

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Kevin O’Connor joined with Reamer Bushardt to lead plenaries and immersive educational sessions for an interdisciplinary conference of primary care professionals, including physicians, advanced practice nurses, physician assistants, and pharmacists.

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Marcia Firmani and co-authors published an article titled, "Colony-stimulating factor-1- and interleukin-34-derived macrophages differ in their susceptibility to Mycobacterium marinum," in the Journal of Leukocyte Biology in September.

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Rohini Ganjoo, Dylan Bright, Andrew Jones, and a colleague presented a poster, "Integrating Google Collaborative Tools to Enhance Classroom Learning," at GW's Teaching Day in September. Ganjoo is an assistant professor in BLS and Bright and Jones are teaching assistants with the Post-Baccalaureate Pre-Medicine Program.


Mountasser Kadrie recently presented, “Combating Physician Burnout: Strategies to Promote Physician Engagement, Resiliency, and Wellness,” at the annual conference for the Medical Group Management Association. Kadrie is associate professor with CRL and director of the Clinical Operations and Healthcare Management Program.


The newest member of our SMHS family is baby Ella Rylan Appel, born to Sarah Klein and her husband on Oct. 15. The new family is happy and healthy. Klein is senior associate director of constituent giving.


Three faculty members from PA Studies made presentations at the Physician Assistant Education Association (PAEA) 2019 Education Forum held in Washington, D.C., earlier this month.

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Congratulations to Gaetano Lotrecchiano, who was recently elected president of the International Network for the Science of Team Science (INSciTS). He also gave a talk, “Defining a Collective Mission and Vision,” with a colleague at the National Socio-Environment Synthesis Center on his NSF-funded work on development of team scientists lifecycle. Lotrecchiano is associate dean for innovative and collaborative pedagogy at GW, associate professor with CRL, and director of doctoral candidacy with the PhD in Translational Health Sciences Program.


Samar Nasser and co-authors have published, “Unique Collaborative Initiative to Overcome Barriers to Access,” a white paper on the Association of Black Cardiologists (ABC) website. You can access the paper here. Nasser is associate professor and director of the Clinical and Translational Research Program in CRL.


Congratulations to Howard Straker and Reamer Bushardt for new positions with the Physician Assistant Education Association (PAEA).

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Robert Turner was the keynote speaker at the University of Texas at Arlington’s Center for African American Studies Annual Opening Lecture in September. Turner discussed his research and his book, Not For Long: The Life and Career of the NFL Athlete. Turner is assistant professor with CRL.

40 UNDER 40

Maranda Ward has earned a spot on the Leadership Center for Excellence’s 40 Under 40 list. She was chosen for the honor for demonstrating exceptional and impactful leadership in her professional and personal life in the Washington, D.C., region. Ward was recognized with other recipients at a luncheon last week at the Army-Navy Country Club in Arlington, Va. Ward is assistant professor with CRL.


Terri Workman made a presentation in August titled, "A Proficient Spelling Analysis Method Applied to a Pharmacovigilance Task," at the MEDINFO conference in Lyon, France. Workman is assistant research professor with the Biomedical Informatics Center.


Linda Zanin has been elected to represent Region 1 on the National Alliance of Concurrent Enrollment Partnerships (NACEP) Engagement Commission. The commission’s job is to recruit new members, provide professional development and support, and serve as a liaison with members and other commissions. NACEP works to ensure that college courses offered by high school teachers are as rigorous as courses offered on the sponsoring college campus. Zanin is director of strategic partnerships for HS.


Marisa Birkmeier is celebrating 10 years with HS this month. Birkmeier is assistant professor and director of clinical education with HHFR.