Letter From the Chair
Ruth O'Regan

As we embrace the coming of September, there are so many things I'm excited for this month.

The NFL season begins soon! There are a lot of football fans in the DOM, I'd love to see your team spirit on display. I'm particularly looking forward to the Buffalo Bills, as they'll be heading across the ocean in October for a game in London. Go Bills!

Our Second Annual DOM Research in Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion & Healthcare Equity Symposium is coming up on September 29. We're thrilled to bring people together to discuss their research in health disparities and workforce diversity. Register before September 15 to get the early bird pricing.

September is also Women in Medicine Month. We can simultaneously look back at the trailblazers for women, while reflecting on the incredible achievements being made today. The DOM is proud to have strong representation of women on our leadership team, and we have about 250 women on faculty. It's incredible to watch you all breaking barriers and making significant strides in medicine.

Be well,
Ruth O'Regan, MD

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Welcome New DOM Faculty

Over the past year, we have welcomed 58 new faculty members! We look forward to learning from and collaborating with you as you add your expertise, passion, and dedication to advancing medicine.

Immune Modulators Have Mixed Results on COVID Pneumonia

Christopher Palma, MD, ScM, from Allergy, Immunology & Rheumatology, and Caroline Quill, MD, from Pulmonary & Critical Care Medicine, were principal investigators in the ACTIV-1 trial. See how they got involved in the trial through the national Trial Innovation Network. Watch Palma's Twitter video highlight, and read the JAMA article.

Meditation and Music Can Reduce Cancer-Related Anxiety

Alissa Huston, MD, from Hematology/Oncology, contributed to a new set of national guidelines that recommend mindfulness activities for patients with cancer. You can read the research article in the Journal of Clinical Oncology.

    Special Announcements  

Grants: Eric Small, PhD, from the Aab Cardiovascular Research Institute, received a $3 million NIH R01 grant to investigate novel mechanisms of arrhythmogenic right ventricle cardiomyopathy (ARVC). The first manifestation of this disease is often sudden cardiac arrest in young athletes.

Grants: Rebecca Levy, MBBCh, BAO, MSc, from Nephrology, was selected by the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia and Johns Hopkins University Pediatric Center of Excellence in Nephrology (PCEN) Pilot & Feasibility Program, for her project "Variation in the Care of Adolescents and Young Adults with Chronic Kidney Disease between Internal Medicine and Pediatric Nephrologists."

Publication: Angela Branche, MD, and Ann Falsey, MD, both from Infectious Diseases, are co-authors of "Immunogenicity of a Two Dose Regimen of Moderna mRNA Beta/Omicron BA.1 Bivalent Variant Vaccine Boost in a Randomized Clinical Trial," published in the Journal of Infectious Diseases.

Publication: Olga Astapova, MD, PhD, from Endocrinology, Diabetes & Metabolism, is the corresponding author of "Paxillin knockout in mouse granulosa cells increases fecundity," published in Biology of Reproduction.

In the News: Richard Dunne, MD, MS, from Hematology/Oncology, is the featured expert in the interview "Confirmation of the Dangers of Cachexia in Patients With Pancreatic and Colorectal Cancers," published in MedPage Today.

In the News: Edward Walsh, MD, from Infectious Diseases, is a featured expert in the article "What to Know About the New R.S.V. Immunizations," published in The New York Times.

In the News: Brian McGarry, PhD, from Geriatrics & Aging, is a featured expert in the article "How Nursing Homes Failed to Protect Residents From Covid," published in The New York Times.

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

Division: General Medicine / Ambulatory

Spotlight: The division is driving the future with game-changing initiatives underway, including Trauma-Informed Primary Care, led by Andrea Garroway, PhD, and a focus on patient well-being with the Medical Legal Partnership, led by Mahala Schlagman, MD.

    Research Roundup  

Are You Submitting an NIH Grant Soon?

The upcoming due dates for fall submission are fast approaching! View this list for the Standard Due Dates for NIH. Don't forget to adhere to the University's five-day internal deadline policy to make sure you're on time. You can always email Stefanie Fingler, Research Program Coordinator, with questions.


And the Research Survey Says…

We conducted a survey to capture the scholarly review activity in the department and received an excellent response, with 32 people reporting successful grant applications in the last three years, backed by external agencies, including the NIH.

We have collected these grant submissions for a departmental application bank and can share information if you need help. Do you have your own scholarly activity you would like to share with your colleagues? The survey is still open!

    Department News  

UR CTSI Novel Biostatistical and Epidemiologic Methods Pilot Awards

Apply now to receive one year of funding up to $35,000 for development of novel biostatistical and epidemiologic methods that overcome analytic limitations and enhance the validity, accuracy, scope, or speed of clinical or translational research. Submit initial abstracts by 5 p.m. on October 16.


Internal Medicine Alum to Give George Engel Memorial Lecture

Lawrence Smith, MD, MACP, graduated from his residency at URMC in 1979. Now retired, he most recently served as executive vice president and physician-in-chief of Northwell Health, and was the founding dean of Hofstra Northwell School of Medicine. He returns to URMC in October to present his talk "Innovating Minds, Reshaping Wellness, Illness and Doctoring: The Legacy of Dr. George M. Engel," as part of Meliora Weekend. This lecture will reflect on George Engel's work establishing the biopsychosocial model, and how it impacted faculty, staff, and students during his time at the University of Rochester, and showcases how his work is still relevant and significant today.

Friday, October 6, 3:30 p.m.
Class of 1926 Auditorium
Reception to follow in Flaum Atrium

    Off the Clock  
Emma Mrzywka, PA, from Nephrology, captured three of her biggest passions in this one photo! She loves to kayak, spending much of her summer in Sodus Point. Her hat shows off her Bills pride: she attends most (if not all!) home games with her friends. And of course, she shares all of this with Moose, a mini-Australian Shepherd who goes on many water and hiking adventures with Emma, finding new parks to explore, and playing lots of fetch. (Click the image for full-size.)
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