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Godishala Named Medical Director of Advanced Heart Failure Inpatient Services
Anu Godishala, MD, from Cardiology, is taking on multiple leadership roles in the Advanced Heart Failure program, which charted 40 heart transplants in 2023 and leads one of the largest LVAD programs in the country.
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DOM Members Recognized for
Teaching Excellence
In December, SMD hosted the Medical Student Achievement Awards, which includes the Faculty & Resident Teaching and Mentoring Awards. Congratulations to these outstanding individuals for shaping the future of medicine!
Could a High-Fiber Diet Improve Cancer Immunotherapy Performance?
Brendan Guercio, MD, from Hematology/Oncology, is at the forefront of studying how specific diets can boost the effectiveness of cancer immunotherapies for patients with bladder or kidney cancer. His work is supported through a recent award from the Kidney Cancer Association.
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Publication: Alec O’Connor, MD, MPH, and Amy Blatt, MD, associate director and director of the IM Residency program respectively, are co-authors of "Multicenter Study of Optional In-Person Visits to Residency Programs After Virtual Interviews," published in the Journal of Graduate Medical Education.

Publication: Thomas Caprio, MD, and division chief Annie Medina-Walpole, MD, both from Geriatrics & Aging, are co-authors of "Adopting Age-Friendly Concepts at the Eastman Institute for Oral Health the First Dental Age-Friendly Health System Participant," published as part of the Geriatrics Workforce Enhancement Program Coordinating Center (GWEP-CC) Age-Friendly Health Systems Case Studies from the American Geriatrics Society.

Publication: Sullafa Kadura, MD, MBA, from Pulmonary & Critical Care Medicine, is lead author of "Sleeping with one cerebrum open: patient and staff perceptions of sleep quality and quantity on an inpatient neurology unit," published in the Journal of Clinical Sleep Medicine.

Appointment: Fahad Saeed, MBBS, from Nephrology, joined the Office of Health Equity Research as a Core Investigator.

In the News: Joseph Nicholas, MD, MPH, associate chief of Medicine at Highland Hospital, is the featured expert in the video "The Impact of Frailty on Surgical Readiness," published on AO TV.

In the News: Katie McBride, MD, and Jennifer Muniak, MD, both from Geriatrics & Aging, organized a festive caroling event at the Highlands at Brighton, featured as a Bright Spot on 13 WHAM. Check out their inspiration in this video on social media.

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

DEI Champions: Paul Vermilion, MD, and Chay Webb, division coordinator

Division: Palliative Care

Spotlight: What's the driving force behind Palliative Care's commitment to DEI? Dive into the minds of their two champions as they share how embracing similarities can ignite meaningful conversations.

    Off the Clock  
Over the holidays, Annie Medina-Walpole, MD, chief of Geriatrics & Aging, visited Miami with her family, where they attended a Florida Panthers NHL game. Annie's husband, Bill, was honored through the Veteran Heroes Among Us program while their daughter, Hannah, sang the national anthem.
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