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SMHS Kudos

Congratulations to all our students, alumni, faculty, and staff this month on their success. The items below highlight the breadth of achievement and expertise that can be found at the George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences (SMHS) in recent months.

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APPOINTMENTS

Catherine Bollard, MD, director of the Center for Cancer and Immunology Research at the Children’s National Research Institute and professor of pediatrics and microbiology, immunology, and tropical medicine at SMHS was named by the American Society of Hematology as the next editor-in-chief of its journal Blood Advances.

SMHS alumna Luciana Borio, MD ’96, BS ’92, assistant professor of medicine Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, was named to President-Elect Joe Biden’s COVID-19 Taskforce led by former Surgeon General Vivek Murthy, who has been nominated to reprise his role in the Biden administration.

Mountasser Kadrie, PhD, associate professor of clinical research and leadership, has been named a member of the 2020-22 Technology Informatics Guiding Education Reform International Task Force, charged with reforming clinician education curriculum, developing and implementing learning innovations, and increasing faculty and student acceptance and understanding of health information and technology. Kadrie, also recently was appointed as a reviewer for the 2021 Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society’s Global Health Conference & Exhibition.

Newton Kendig, MD, clinical professor of medicine and program director for the MSHS in Correctional Health Administration at SMHS, has been appointed to the National Commission on Correctional Health Care board of representatives as liaison of the American College of Physicians.

 

AWARDS

Daniel Ein, MD, Clinical Professor Emeritus at SMHS, received the Walter Henry Award from the D.C. Chapter of the American College of Physicians, presented by Alan Wasserman, MD, chair of the Department of Medicine at SMHS, during the chapter’s annual awards program.

Jill Catalanotti, MD, MPH, associate professor of medicine and of health policy at SMHS, received the Volunteerism Award from the D.C. Chapter of the American College of Physicians, presented by Alan Wasserman, MD, during the chapter’s awards program.

Dominic Raj, MD, MBBS, professor of medicine and Director of the Division of Kidney Diseases and Hypertension at SMHS, has been recognized in the American Association of Kidney Patients’ (AAKP) inaugural President's Volunteer Service Awards. Raj received the gold medal is this new program that recognizes exceptional volunteers for their ongoing advocacy and response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Roger Ideishi, JD, professor of health, human function, and rehabilitation sciences, received the August 2020 Individuals with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilties: Participation, Health, and Well-Being Award from the Patient Centered Outcomes Research Institute.

Muralidharan Jagadeesan, MD, FACP, FASN, associate professor of medicine in the Division of Renal Diseases and Hypertension and chair of Transplant Medicine and the Medical Director of Kidney-Pancreas Transplant Program at SMHS, has been recognized in the AAKP’s inaugural President's Volunteer Service Awards. Jagadeesan received the silver medal.

Rita Manfredi, MD, associate clinical professor of emergency medicine at SMHS, has been named a recipient of the 2020 Outstanding Director of Wellness Award provided by the American College of Emergency Physicians Wellness Section.

Cynthia Tracy, MD, associate director of the Division of Cardiology and professor of medicine at SMHS, was a co-winner of the Sol Katz award from the D.C. Chapter of the American College of Physicians, presented by Alan Wasserman, MD, during the chapter’s awards program.

Philip Van der Wees, PhD, adjunct professor of clinical research and leadership, received the Outstanding Article of the Year award from the International Society for Quality of Life Research, for his December 2019 Journal of Patient-Reported Outcomes article titled, “Development of a framework with tools to support the selection and implementation of patient-reported outcome measures.”

Trey Watmore, PA Class of 2023, is the 2020 recipient of the Frank Slaby PA Anatomy Award. The second-annual award is given to a PA student based on peer feedback, class participation, and class performance.

 

PUBLICATIONS

Anthony Artino, PhD, interim associate dean for evaluation and educational research, and professor of health, human function, and rehabilitation science, co-authored “Knowledge syntheses in medical education: A bibliometric analysis,” in the October edition of Perspectives on Medical Education.

Gaetano Lotrecchiano, PhD, associate professor of clinical research and leadership, and Deborah DiazGranado, PhD, adjunct assistant professor of clinical research and leadership, co-authored, “Individual and Team Competencies in Translational Science Teams,” in the October edition of the Journal of Clinical and Translational Science. Lotrecchiano and Lauren Tidmore, EdD, instructional designer with GW Libraries and Academic Innovation, published, “Change and crisis: shifting dynamics in digital learning,” for the proceedings of the EDULEARN20 Conference.

Timothy McCall, PhD, director of HSCI undergraduate courses, and adjunct assistant professor of clinical research and leadership, co-authored “Re-examining the gap: A wage gap between male and female physician assistants persists,” in the November edition of the Journal of the American Academy of Physician Assistants.

Marianne Vail, PhD, MS ’95, and Sean Robinson, DHSc, both assistant professors of physician assistant studies, and co-author Heather Condon, PA-C, clinical preceptor in physician assistant studies, co-wrote the article “Recognition of oral potentially malignant disorders and transformation to oral cancer,” in the November 2020 edition of Journal of the American Academy of Physician Assistants.

 

RECOGNITION

Joel Willis, DO, PA, MA, MPhil, assistant professor of emergency medicine at SMHS, was among eight physicians selected to participate in the American Board of Medical Specialties’ 2020-21 Visiting Scholars Program. During the one-year, part-time program, Willis will explore “Telemedicine in the Ambulatory Primary Care Space: Implications for Patient Safety, Diagnostic Error, and Preventable Diagnostic Harm.”