Letter From the Chair
Ruth O'Regan

Welcome, everyone, to the first edition of the Levy Letter, a newsletter dedicated to sharing the incredible accomplishments of the department of Medicine team. While we have 14 distinct divisions, given so much collaboration and interdisciplinary research, it's time to break down any silos so we can move forward as one cohesive department. This newsletter is for you, to shine a light on your work and for you to get to know your fellow departmental members.

We are delighted to name our newsletter after Paul Levy in honor of his amazing leadership in the department. I want to thank him for his unwavering support this past year and teaching me the ropes of what it means to be chair of the department of Medicine.

As we approach Thanksgiving, I want to share how truly thankful I am for all of the great people I now have the honor of working with, and for all of your support.

Be well,
Ruth O'Regan, M.D.

    Top Stories  
Spotlight: Paul Levy
The decade that Paul Levy, M.D. led our department of Medicine was transformative in how we provide care, conduct research, and mentor trainees. Get to know the man for whom this newsletter is named: his history, his passions, and of course, his favorite college football team.
Jennifer Anolik Named Interim Division Chief of AIR
In September, Jennifer Anolik, M.D., Ph.D., took the reins as interim division chief while Christopher Ritchlin, M.D., M.P.H, stepped down. Anolik is a dedicated professor and mentor with a strong research background and heads the Physician Scientist Training Program.
    Special Announcements  

Honors: Chunkit Fung, M.D. recently joined the Human Rights Campaign Board of Governors. His work strives to bring health equity to the region for our LGBTQ+ patients.

Honors: Ann Falsey, M.D. was given a high honor during ID Week as she was selected to deliver the prestigious John F. Enders Lecture.

Awards: Christopher Ritchlin, M.D., M.P.H. received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the National Psoriasis Foundation during the 2021 Commit to Cure Gala. (Note: Lifetime Achievement article is on the URMC intranet, VPN connection required.)

New Hire: Give a warm welcome to Laura Stamm, Ph.D., who joins us as director of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion for the DOM. Laura received her Ph.D. from the University of Pittsburgh in Film & Media Studies and Gender, Sexuality & Women's Studies. Her book The Queer Biopic in the AIDS Era is available for pre-order, coming out in December.

    Upcoming Event  

New Dean's Lectureship Series Highlights International Experts, URMC's Best Vera Gorbunova, Ph.D., the Doris Johns Cherry Professor of Biology and Medicine and a member of the University of Rochester Aging Institute will give the inaugural lecture of URMC's newly established Dean's Lectureship Series. Featuring outside speakers and SMD faculty, the lectures will provide our faculty, learners and staff the chance to hear from both international experts and the best that SMD has to offer on a broad range of timely and interesting topics. The series was endowed by the George D. and Freida B. Abraham Foundation. Gorbunova's talk, "Mechanisms of Longevity: Lessons from Long-Lived Mammals" will take place on December 6 at 4:00 pm in the Class of '62 Auditorium (G-9425). Read more about the lectures series here and add the event to your calendar.

    Off the Clock  
Over the summer, you may have seen Stewart Mahler, M.D. compete on the show American Ninja Warrior. He's so dedicated that his passion has spilled over to his kids, and he built a basement ninja gym for them all to enjoy. Check out his submission video for a previous season!
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