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Kids and Kidneys: Using Theatre to Educate and Entertain
Nephrology chief Thu Le, MD, and associate professor Fahad Saeed, MBBS, know that prevention is the best medicine. They teamed up with a local arts group to develop an engaging program for students aged 10-15 to learn about kidney health in the most fun way possible, an afternoon at the theatre! (Article is on the intranet, VPN connection required.)
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Cardiologists Make Their Mark at ACC
Many residents, fellows, and faculty attended the American College of Cardiology annual conference last month. Read the full article for a list of participants and their poster presentations. Congratulations to Amole Ojo, MD, who was inducted as a fellow of the ACC! (And moderated ACC Jeopardy…)
Match Day is TODAY! (March 17)
Fourth-year medical students will open their envelopes and learn where they are headed for residency. Celebrate along with them in-person in the Class of 62 Auditorium, or virtually via zoom. Event starts at 11:30 a.m. For those of you on social media, share your congratulations and words of wisdom with the hashtag #URochesterMatch, and tag the account @URochester_SMD. A future article will give you all the details and numbers on who matched with UR programs.
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Awards: Sara MacLeod, DO, MPH, from Endocrinology, Diabetes & Metabolism, and David Staudt, MD, from Hospital Medicine, have received the 2023 – 2025 Ritchie Teaching Fellowships.

Award: Jeremy Taylor, MD, from Nephrology, received the Excellence in Care Award from the National Kidney Foundation.

Appointment: Justin Hopkin, MD, chief of Hospital Medicine, has been appointed as a member of the NY State Department of Health Rare Disease Workgroup.

Publication: Sarah Enslin, PA, from Gastroenterology & Hepatology, is co-author of "Incorporating advanced practice providers into gastroenterology hospitalist teams," published in iGIE: Innovation, Investigation and Insights.

In the News: Allison Magnuson, DO, from Hematology/Oncology, is featured on the podcast "What to Know About Cancer Care and Research for People 65+: A Q&A With Patient Advocate Beverly Canin," produced by Cancer.net.

In the News: Janice Cheong, MD, from Gastroenterology & Hepatology, spoke with Spectrum News about the benefits of colon cancer screenings.

In the News: CMO Mike Apostolakos, MD, from Pulmonary & Critical Care Medicine, spoke with Spectrum News about the third anniversary of the COVID pandemic.

    Ruth O'Regan: Cancer Trailblazer  
In February, the Georgia CORE (Center for Oncology Research and Education) celebrated its 20th anniversary with a gala to honor 20 of their members who helped create the foundation for the organization, including chair of Medicine, Ruth O'Regan, MD. (She was in good company, as another honoree is David Lawson, MD, former President Jimmy Carter's doctor!) Long before coming to URMC, Ruth served as Chief of Hematology and Medical Oncology at the Georgia Cancer Center for Excellence at Grady Memorial Hospital. "It was truly an honor and a privilege to have run the first two clinical trials through GA CORE, an outstanding organization that has done so much for Georgians with cancer," Ruth said. Ruth is pictured here with Andrew Pippas, MD, board chairman and director of clinical oncology research, and Lynn Durham, EdD, Board President and president & CEO of Georgia CORE.
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Grand Rounds Special: Sussman Does the Sussman

Join us for the 10th annual URMC Sussman Family Lecture, delivered by our own Bernie Sussman, MD, professor emeritus of Medicine and Health Humanities & Bioethics. He recently retired after four decades serving the Rochester community as a primary care and palliative care physician and member of the SMH Ethics Committee. This year's presentation is titled "Past Medical History: American Eugenics, Past and Present."

Tuesday, March 21 from 12 – 1 p.m., Class of 62 Auditorium (G-9425)
Virtually via zoom, meeting ID: 990 2090 0456, password: 658237


Dean’s Lecture: Data-Driven Era of Medicine Leads to Precision Medicine

The Priscilla Chan and Mark Zuckerberg Distinguished Professor will deliver a talk titled "Precisely Practicing Medicine from 700 Trillion Points of Data." A computer scientist and pediatrician, Butte will highlight his work integrating electronic health records data from over 8 million patients across the entire University of California, and how analytics on this "real world data" can lead to new evidence for drug efficacy, new savings from better medication choices, and new methods to teach intelligence to more precisely practice medicine. SMD Dean Mark Taubman, MD and Thomas Mariani, PhD, David H. Smith Professor in Pediatrics will welcome and introduce Butte.

Monday, April 10 from 2:15 – 3:15 p.m., Class of 62 Auditorium (G-9425)
Add to Outlook calendar.

    Off the Clock  
Wally Johnson, MD, director of UR Medicine Primary Care Network, has also been a theatre director! He has been a Board member and treasurer of the Herbert Berghof (HB) Studio in New York City for the past 15 years. This not-for-profit theatre school is one of New York's original acting studios, having opened in 1945. Wally uses this role as an excuse to go to NYC six times a year to hang out with theatre people. He trained at HB to be a theatre director, but got sick of waiting tables and "wised up." He went back to take pre-med classes at City College in New York, and the rest, as they say, is history! (Wally didn't have personal photos to share, so here is the HB Studio entrance.)
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