Letter From the Chair
Ruth O'Regan

Take a deep breath and delight in the fact that Spring has arrived. As the weather gets warmer (hopefully soon), we can all spend a little more time outside in the sunshine. Personally, I can't wait until I can play tennis outside.

Spring means new beginnings, and in the department of Medicine that also means new faces. Two weeks ago, medical schools across the country celebrated Match Day, when graduating students learned where they'll take up their residencies. We will be welcoming eight new residents into the Med-Peds program, and 38 new residents into the Internal Medicine program, eight of whom graduated from the UR School of Medicine & Dentistry.

We also welcome Patricia Rivera, M.D., who joins us as the division chief of Pulmonary & Critical Care Medicine. She officially begins her new role today. I'm excited to have her on board and look forward to all she will bring to our team. You can read more about our incoming residents and Dr. Rivera in the stories below.

Sending all of you warm wishes for a lovely Spring.

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

    Top Stories  
DOM and Wilmot Welcome Patricia Rivera
M. Patricia Rivera, M.D. joins us today as division chief of Pulmonary, associate director of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion at Wilmot, and as director of the Clinical Lung Cancer Screening Program.
Suzanne Gillespie Named President of AMDA Society PALTC
Suzanne Gillespie, M.D., from the division of Geriatrics & Aging, has been named president of the American Medical Directors Association (AMDA) Society of Post-Acute and Long-Term Care. In this new role she has the opportunity to impact change at a national level.
Welcome to Our New Residents
On March 18, family and friends gathered in-person for the first time in two years to celebrate Match Day. Several UR SMD graduates are staying at URMC, and the DOM's two residency programs are excited to welcome our incoming first-years.
    Special Announcements  

Research: Kaval Chhabra. M.Pharm., Ph.D., from the division of Endocrinology, Diabetes & Metabolism, and members of the Chhabra Lab, have published their research "Loss of function of renal Glut2 reverses hyperglycaemia and normalises body weight in mouse models of diabetes and obesity" in the journal Diabetologia.

Appointment: Sonal Munsiff, M.D., from the division of Infectious Diseases, has been selected by the Infectious Diseases Society of America (IDSA) as chair for the multi-society panel for the revision of the "ATS/IDSA/CDC/ERS Drug-Susceptible and Drug-Resistant Tuberculosis Treatment Guidelines." Tuberculosis remains a leading infectious cause of death worldwide. There have been many new innovations in treatment, and the panel will be tasked with updating these international guidelines. A final document is expected by the end of 2023.

Editorial: Edward Walsh, M.D., from the division of Infectious Diseases, co-authored the article "The Challenge of Respiratory Syncytial Virus Human Challenge Studies" in the New England Journal of Medicine.

    Department News  
URMC Clinical Trial Examines Second COVID Booster

Angela Branche, M.D., from the division of Infectious Diseases, is leading a national Phase 2 clinical trial that will evaluate additional booster shots. COVID continues to evolve into multiple variants: the goal of this study is to move from responsiveness to preparedness. Branche is currently enrolling participants, and one of the first in line was Ruth O'Regan, M.D., chair of Medicine. "As a physician-scientist myself," said O'Regan, "it is imperative that we all support clinical trials to improve outcomes for all patients, including preventing complications from COVID-19."

Read the announcement.

You can also read the NIH announcement here.

    Off the Clock  
Neil Scheier, M.D., a retired/voluntary clinical senior instructor in Medicine, is the president of the Joseph Avenue Arts and Culture Alliance. He recently participated in a press conference where Senator Chuck Schumer announced $400,000 in funding to transform an older building into a new cultural arts center. Scheier is directly behind the podium, with Senator Schumer standing to the left.
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