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Levstik Named Chief of Gastroenterology & Hepatology
The DOM is thrilled to announce that Mark Levstik, MD, has been named chief, after his exceptional tenure as interim chief since 2019. He has put URMC on the map for serving as medical director of the Liver Transplant Program, attracting patients from all across New York State. Congratulations, Mark!
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Mulkerin Promoted to New Leadership Role at Wilmot Cancer Institute
Dan Mulkerin, MD, from Hematology/Oncology, has been named Medical Director and Associate Chief Medical Officer for Wilmot. He has already done a stellar job expanding the regional program. This role was recently created in response to Wilmot's substantial growth, and vision to further integrate clinical operations across the numerous departments which serve our patients.
STEPPing Up to the Challenge: Team Wins Video Contest
Members of Unit 7-3600 collaborated on a project for the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) TeamSTEPPS video challenge, and won! The contest called for groups to create updated versions of training videos for the AHRQ website. DOM members involved in the project are Debra Ogie, MD, Kathleen Brennan, NP, and Valerie Lang, MD, MHPE, all from Hospital Medicine.
Join Us for the DOM Research in Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Healthcare Equity Symposium
Our second annual symposium will feature a keynote session on Bias in Medicine, thought-provoking panel discussions, and plenty of poster presentations. This year places an emphasis on research addressing workplace climate and culture, and will also feature work on health disparities, including anti-racist clinical care, social determinants of health, and LGBTQ+ care. Register now to attend on Friday, September 29, and add it to your Outlook calendar.
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Publication: Brendan Guercio, MD, from Hematology/Oncology, is first author of "Clinical and genomic landscape of FGFR3-altered urothelial carcinoma and treatment outcomes with erdafitinib: a real-world experience," published in Clinical Cancer Research.

Publication: Min Qiao, MD, MS, from Pulmonary & Critical Care Medicine, is the corresponding author of "Long term adherence to continuous positive Airway pressure in mild obstructive sleep apnea," published in BMC Pulmonary Medicine.

Publication: Theresa Bingemann, MD, from Allergy, Immunology & Rheumatology, is co-author of the editorial "Changing with the times—learning to pivot as an academic allergist," published in the Annals of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology.

In the News: Susan Friedman, MD, MPH, from Geriatrics & Aging, is a featured expert in the article "Life-Changing Lessons from Blue Zone Regions, Where People Often Live to Be 100," published on MarthaStewart.com

In the News: Ann Falsey, MD, from Infectious Diseases, was an expert guest on the episode "An update on the state of COVID-19," that aired on WXXI's Connections.

In the News: Tanya Bruckel, MD, from Gastroenterology & Hepatology, gave her expert opinion on the segment "URMC doctor explains diagnosis that led Bruce Springsteen to postpone shows," that aired on News 8 WROC.

In Photos: Jing (Jason) Wu, PhD, from Nephrology, delivered the Rising Star Lecture, "Hemodynamic and Immune Mechanisms in Chronic Kidney Disease," at the AHA Hypertension Scientific Session in Boston. (His presentation are photos 70-77.)

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Get to know the DOM’s Diversity, Inclusion, Culture & Equity (DICE) Board!

DEI Champion: Emily Salib, MD

Division: Highland Hospital

Spotlight: If you ask Emily, DEI work isn't always the big initiatives and projects, it's often the smaller, individual actions of people. Discover her DEI perspective and plans!

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Connect with a Colleague: Learn What Grant Reviewers Look For

Members of the DOM are active in peer review of research proposals. In our scholarly review survey, 36 DOM members reported serving on grant selection committees (study sections) over the past five years. 25 individuals reviewed proposals to the National Institutes of Health, and seven reported reviewing for the Department of Defense. Additional grant review activity included serving on study sections for foundations and participating in intramural grant reviews.

The Research Administration Team can share information with new investigators who want to tap into this expertise. Please contact Stefanie Fingler. Do you have your own scholarly activity you would like to share with your colleagues? The survey is still open!

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Apply for KL2 Career Development Award

The deadline to submit letter of intent for the UR CTSI KL2 Career Development Award is fast approaching! The award provides two years of support for early-career, multidisciplinary, clinical and translational scientists to foster their transition to independent research careers.

Submit letters of intent by Monday, September 18 at 5 p.m.


Meliora Weekend: Alumnus Lecture on Hepatology

Join John Vierling, MD, chief of Hepatology at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, Texas, for the Distinguished Alumnus Lecture, "Creation of Hepatology as a Medical Subspecialty: A Personal Journey." This talk will travel back to the days of WWII when the maladies of the liver were not yet studied intensely, and how early visionaries in the 1950's would train Vierling and his peers, setting the stage for his generation to develop the diagnostics and therapeutics that established hepatology as a medical subspecialty. Vierling completed his residency at URMC in 1974, and returns to SMD as part of Meliora Weekend.

Friday, October 6, 12 p.m.
Class of 1962 Auditorium

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Ismat Shafiq, MBBS, from Endocrinology, Diabetes & Metabolism, is all about family, food, and enjoying nature. Her favorite thing is hiking and exploring different parks locally. It's all about getting family together and making memories! This picture is from Chimney Bluffs State Park with her two children and their cousin's clan. (Click the image for full-size.)
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