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Seven DOM Faculty Named with Endowed Professorships
An appointment to an endowed professorship is a high academic honor that carries with it considerable prestige, and grants those appointed with the opportunity to enhance research, education, and clinical care at the University of Rochester. Congratulations to all! (Pictured: back row, Robert Horowitz, M.D., Joseph Nicholas, M.D., M.P.H., and Michael Apostolakos, M.D. Front row, M. Patricia Rivera, M.D., Ruth O'Regan, M.D., Annie Medina-Walpole, M.D., and Thu Le, M.D.).

"I am truly honored to be named the Charles Dewey Professor," said Ruth O'Regan, M.D., chair of Medicine, "and am so delighted that so many of my DOM colleagues were also honored."

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The Quality Institute: Why Mike Apostolakos Cares, and You Should Too
Chief Medical Officer Mike Apostolakos, M.D., a member of the DOM in the division of Pulmonary & Critical Care Medicine, is a passionate advocate for quality. He is the chair of the Quality Institute, and in this Q&A he addresses some of the top questions about what the QI does, and why it matters. (Note: article and QI website are on the intranet, VPN connection required.)
What is Just Culture? A Conversation with Our Chief Safety Officer
Mistakes happen. Just Culture is an approach to addressing them that does not blame an individual, but rather looks at the system-based policies or procedures that enabled an error to occur. UR Medicine takes a supportive approach, and sees mistakes as an opportunity to learn and improve. This Q&A with Chief Safety Officer Michael S. Leonard, M.D., M.S. sheds light on how we categorize behavior, why reporting incidents and near-misses is so important, and how we offer support to individuals. (Note: article is on the intranet, VPN connection required.)
    Special Announcements  

Awards: Jing (Jason) Wu, Ph.D., from the division of Nephrology, earned a pilot grant from the University of Rochester Environmental Health Science Center (EHSC). The one-year award will support the Wu lab to investigate the "Role of Per- and Polyfluoroalkyl Substances (PFAS) in Hypertension and Chronic Kidney Disease" and to generate preliminary data for a NIEHS R01 application.

Appointment: Kristen O’Dwyer, M.D., from the division of Hematology/Oncology, has been selected by the American Society of Hematology (ASH) as the clinical co-chair for the "ASH Guideline Panel on Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia in Adolescents and Young Adults: Management of Remission and Relapse." In this national leadership role, she will lead the development of guidelines for the care of young adult patients with acute lymphoblastic leukemia.

In the News: Susan Friedman, M.D., M.P.H., from the division of Geriatrics & Aging, was interviewed for the article "It's Time to Throw Out Stereotypes on Aging," published in AARP.

Research: Authors from the Clinical Cardiovascular Research Center, including Ilan Goldenberg, M.D., Scott McNitt, M.S., Valentina Kutyifa, M.D., Ph.D., Helmut Klein, M.D., Wojciech Zareba, M.D., Ph.D., and the division of Cardiology, including Mehmet Aktas, M.D., David Huang, M.D., and interim division chief Spencer Rosero, M.D. published their original investigation, "Sex Differences in the Risk of First and Recurrent Ventricular Tachyarrhythmias Among Patients Receiving an Implantable Cardioverter-Defibrillator for Primary Prevention" in JAMA Network Open.

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Division of Endocrinology, Diabetes & Metabolism Make their Mark at Endo 2022

Led by division chief Steve Hammes, M.D., Ph.D., faculty, fellows, and graduate students attended the annual conference of the Endocrine Society. They presented their work in the form of multiple posters, presentations, and workshops. The conference ended with Hammes officially becoming president-elect of the society, as well as a top influencer on social media!


Department of Medicine Biostatistical Shared Resource Program

This new pilot program is designed to offer biostatistical support to mentored trainees and faculty who are performing research and do not have current funding available to cover their activities. The program will begin on July 1. For full details, read the program overview. This resource can help facilitate development of new research grants within the DOM.

The exciting new program is brought to you by Laura Calvi, M.D., vice-chair for Basic & Translational Science, Valentina Kutyifa, M.D., Ph.D., vice-chair for Clinical Research, and Stefanie Fingler, MBA, research program administrator.

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Stewart Mahler, M.D., from the division of General Medicine, appeared for the second time on American Ninja Warrior! He wore a shirt proclaiming himself Doctor Ninja, which is appropriate because he incorporates physical activity into his everyday life. He's so passionate that his whole family enjoys being ninjas as well, and he has built a ninja-gym in their home basement.
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