Letter From the Chair
Ruth O'Regan

The start of the new academic year is well underway, and it is my pleasure to offer a warm welcome to all new residents and fellows. Our 38 IM interns (including IM and neurology prelims) and eight MP interns come from nine countries, 22 states, and 31 medical schools. We are thrilled to have you join our team, and the department is excited to see how we all move forward together. Another welcome to our newest faculty members! Between January and July, we have had 42 new faces among us, and from now through December, we know 22 more will begin with us.

All of your arrivals will bring fresh perspectives and your unique experiences to URMC, which will undoubtedly enrich our department as we all learn from each other. A transition to a new institution can be both exciting and challenging. Our DOM members are here to help guide you through everything as you settle in.

Be well,
Ruth O'Regan, MD

    Top Stories  
From Ukraine to URMC: A Residency
of Resilience

It's not often a first-year resident brings over 10 years of experience to the table. Meet Ulyana Khaba, MD, and read her riveting tale of leaving a war-torn country while pursuing the ability to practice medicine in a new nation.

Infectious Diseases and Pulmonary Team Up to Treat Growing Disease

Sonal Munsiff, MD, from Infectious Diseases, has noticed an increase in cases of NTM lung disease. She, along with Alexandra Adams, MD, and Paul Levy, MD, from Pulmonary & Critical Care Medicine, have teamed up to treat these patients, and are now working to develop a program here at URMC, with the goal of establishing a multidisciplinary center.

Cardiac Care Team Unveils First Mobile CPR Training Station

UR Medicine and the American Heart Association teamed up to launch a community-wide CPR training initiative, introducing a mobile training station to boost bystander response rates. Interim chief of Cardiology, Spencer Rosero, MD, appeared in this news segment with WROC.

    Special Announcements  

Grants: Jennifer Barnas, MD, PhD, from Allergy, Immunology & Rheumatology, received a Mentored Clinical Scientist Research Career Development Award (K08) from the National Institute of Allergy & Infectious Diseases (NIAID), for her project "Autoimmunity-Associated B Cells in Lupus Nephritis."

Grants: The UR Aging Institute announced the recipients of the 2023-24 Pilot Awards. DOM members include Fahad Saeed, MBBS, from Nephrology, for his project "Pilot Testing of a Novel Palliative Care intervention (AKI-DIALYSIS) to Help Critically Ill Older Adults and Families with Dialysis Decision-Making," and Carla Casulo, MD, and Danielle Wallace, MD, both from Hematology/Oncology, for their project "The Impact of Age on the Phenotype and Function of CAR-T Cells in Patients with Diffuse Large B-Cell Lymphoma: Implications for Toxicity and Outcomes."

Awards: Danielle Wallace, MD, from Hematology/Oncology, was accepted into the American Society of Hematology (ASH) Medical Educators Institute for her proposed curriculum on malignant hematology. Her mentors are Carla Casulo, MD, from Hematology/Oncology, and Alec O'Connor, MD, MPH, from Hospital Medicine.

Awards: Ciandra D’Souza, MD, MPH, from Geriatrics & Aging, was named a Next Generation Leaders Fellow by the American Hospital Association. She also received the John A. Hartford Foundation Age-Friendly Health Systems Cohort Scholarship.

Publication: Daniel Lachant, DO, from Pulmonary & Critical Care Medicine, is co-author of "Safety and efficacy of transitioning from selexipag to oral treprostinil in pulmonary arterial hypertension: Findings from the ADAPT registry," published in Pulmonary Pharmacology & Therapeutics.

Publication: Jing (Jason) Wu, PhD, from Nephrology, is the author of "Paradigm Shift in Hyperglycemic Glomerular Hyperfiltration: Blunted Tubuloglomerular Feedback or Preglomerular Vasodilation?," published in Hypertension.

In the News: Jennifer Readlynn, MD, from Hospital Medicine, is featured in the editorial board profile "Dr. Readlynn Enjoys the Team-based Care of HM and Working with Learners," published in The Hospitalist.

    Discover DEI  
Learn about the unique DEI initiatives from each of our divisions!

Division: Cardiology

Spotlight: In the realm of DEI, we are all always learning. The Cardiology division formalized some learning by developing a fellowship curriculum!

    Department News  

Become a Member of the University of Rochester Aging Institute!

The UR Aging Institute (URAI) invites University of Rochester faculty members with interest in contributing to aging-related research, education, clinical care, and community engagement to become members of URAI.

Membership Benefits Include:

  • Eligibility to apply and receive funding for pilot projects or other activities that support the URAI mission
  • Email subscription and access to our list serve to promote aging-related activities and opportunities
  • Opportunities to contribute meaningfully to community engagement and diversity, equity, and inclusion goals of the URAI and the University
  • Listing on the Institute website to facilitate networking and visibility

Visit the URAI Membership page to apply!


Special Guest Star Mark Shapiro to Give Grand Rounds on Gun Safety

Hospitalist Mark Shapiro, MD, is the producer of the popular Explore the Space Podcast. He'll join the DOM for a special Grand Rounds on Tuesday, August 15 for his talk "Things I Didn't Learn in Training About Firearms.” Conversations about gun violence are never easy, and there is a history of legislation around health care providers and what they can and cannot talk to patients about. In his talk, Shapiro explores a physician's role in promoting gun safety and how to have productive talks with your patients.

Tuesday, August 15 from 12 – 1 p.m., Class of 62 Auditorium (G-9425)
Or virtually via zoom, Meeting ID: 996 8710 1705, Password: 618873

    DOM Photo Album  
Art can have a wonderful impact on our lives. On July 20, the Acute Care for Elders (ACE) unit at SMH held an abstract art show for their patients, featuring the work of patient care tech, Getachew Taye. The art show, along with some other fun activities, was organized by Taye and nurse manager, Dawn Buss. ACE Physician Director Ellie Garbade, MD from Hospital Medicine, attended the art show as well! Follow this link to read Taye's Artist Statement and see some pictures from the show.
All members of the UR Diabetes Team crossed the finish line at the local Tour De Cure event on July 22, hosted by the American Diabetes Association. All riders in red are people living with diabetes. Pictured: in front, Heidi Kipp, NP, team captain. Back row left to right, Meredith (Heidi's wife), Marilyn, Susanne Miedlich, MD, and Nancy. Susanne treats Marilyn and Nancy, and was pleased they joined the team as first-time riders. The group also won third place for Best Tent Decoration! (Click the picture for full-size.)
    Off the Clock  
Ruth O’Regan, MD, chair of Medicine, and Kathy Parrinello, PhD, chief operating officer of SMH, are organizing a tennis tournament at Tennis Club of Rochester on Saturday, August 26 at 3 p.m., and are looking to add some team members! Registration is $25. Please email Ruth if you are interested in playing with them. (Pictured: Steve Hammes, MD, PhD, with Ruth, ready to rock the court!)
*Professional tennis skills not required, just your sense of fun.
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