Letter From the Chair
Ruth O'Regan

The holiday season is here, and with it comes all of the unique ways people celebrate with friends, family, and loved ones. Whether you're cooking a large meal, following family traditions, or opting for virtual gatherings this year, I wish you all joy and warmth.

As I reflect on this past year, I am humbled by the strength and perseverance you all have shown as the pandemic continues. Although times have been tough, you have been tougher, and it is a privilege to witness your courage and kindness in the face of difficult times. Thank you for all that you do.

I hope that you all find safe and fun ways to celebrate in the coming weeks. This is our last newsletter of 2021, and we will return in January to kick off the New Year. Looking forward to getting to know everyone better in 2022 and for the NFL play-offs!

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

    Top Stories  
Rebecca Monk named Chief of Medicine at Highland Hospital
Congratulations to Rebeca Monk, M.D., professor of Medicine in Nephrology, for her promotion. Monk has served in our system for nearly 30 years and is currently chief of Nephrology at Highland. She succeeds Robert McCann, M.D., who has been Medicine chief at Highland for the past 20 years.
New Division Chief of Pulmonary & Critical Care Medicine
We are excited to announce the appointment of Patricia Rivera, M.D., as Pulmonary division chief. She will join us in April 2022. Thank you to Augusto Litonjua M.D., M.P.H., for serving so diligently as interim chief since 2019. (Note: article is on the URMC intranet, VPN connection required.)
Allergy Clinics Offer Care, Counseling to Manage COVID Vaccine Reactions
When COVID vaccines became available, many people had concerns about allergic reactions or how certain health conditions would be affected by the shot. Emily Weis, M.D., M.S., clinical director for Allergy, and her team were there from the beginning, and continue to guide and support patients on their road to vaccination.
    Special Announcements  

Awards: The division of Hospital Medicine has a new endowed fund available, thanks to the generosity of hospitalist Valerie Lang, M.D., M.H.P.E., and hematologist Alexander Solky M.D. It is named the Lang and Solky Hospitalist Faculty Development Award.

Publications: Benzi Kluger, M.D., M.S., professor in the division of Palliative Care, studied how patient and caregiver factors are associated with spiritual well-being. His findings have been published in the Journal of Palliative Medicine.

Publications: Jennifer Barnas, M.D., Ph.D., of the Allergy, Immunology & Rheumatology division and team published findings related to B cell activation and plasma cell differentiation in the Journal of Immunology.

In the News: Louis Papa, M.D., professor of Clinical Medicine, and Ted Louie, M.D., associate professor of Clinical Medicine in Infectious Diseases, discussed antibiotic resistance on the show Second Opinion with Joan Lunden.

    Call for Applications  

Geriatrics Faculty Scholars Program The University of Rochester Aging Institute and division of Geriatrics & Aging are calling for applications for the 2022 Geriatric Faculty Scholars Program. This program is open to junior and mid-career academic faculty from the School of Nursing and School of Medicine & Dentistry with an interest in aging who wish to spearhead program development through geriatric education within their school, program, division, or department. The program will enhance the scholars' teaching and leadership skills and facilitate their career development as academic leaders with a clinical, educational, and/or research niche in geriatrics and gerontology that advances the paradigm of the Age-Friendly Health System (AFHS). An AFHS incorporates "4Ms" of care that health systems need to address for older adults: what matters, medication, mentation, and mobility.

    Off the Clock  
Neil Scheier, M.D., a retired/voluntary clinical senior instructor in Medicine, was recently honored with a plaque from the Mayor's office for his contribution to "the vitality of the City of Rochester." Scheier serves as President of the Joseph Avenue Arts and Cultural Alliance. The plaque reads "Your work has strengthened Rochester's national reputation as a city of diversity, arts, culture and amazing events."
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