Letter From the Chair
Ruth O'Regan

As we honor National Nurses Week, I would like to take this opportunity to offer my sincere gratitude and acknowledge the amazing work of our DOM nurses. Your dedication, expertise, and unwavering commitment to patient care are truly commendable and deserving of recognition.

Our nurses are the heartbeat of our institution; they provide compassionate care, guarantee patient safety, and speak up for the welfare of everyone they are responsible for. They are often the first faces our patients see, providing comfort in uncertain times. They are the last to leave, making sure every detail is handled precisely and carefully.

While this week is a formal opportunity to celebrate our nurses, let's all remember to express appreciation for our nurses every day. A simple "thank you," kind gesture, or moment of recognition, we should all take the time to recognize the invaluable work of our nurse colleagues.

Thank you, nurses!

Be well,
Ruth O'Regan, MD

    Top Stories  
Medicine and Surgery Collaboration Unveils New Transplant Institute

The recently formed institute will grow UR Medicine's liver, kidney, and pancreas transplant programs. One goal is to create a larger footprint in Upstate New York, increasing access for patients. In 2023, the three programs performed more than 170 transplants.

Another Age-Friendly Designation! Center for Perioperative Medicine
Earns Elite Status

The Age-Friendly initiative supports health care providers who offer exceptional care for older adults. Katlyn McBride, MD, from Geriatrics & Aging, helped lead the efforts to gain this recognition, with support from division chief Annie Medina-Walpole, MD.

    Special Announcements  

Appointment: Timothy Holahan, DO, from Highland Hospital, was named treasurer of the Monroe County Medical Society.

Awards: Felicia Canaday, MD, and Carlo Arevalo Rodriguez, MD, both fellows in Pulmonary & Critical Care Medicine, are recipients of the Underrepresented Trainee Development Scholarship from the American Thoracic Society. Canaday's project is investigating how switching to race neutral pulmonary function test (PFT) interpretation impacts the predictive value of PFT's. Rodriguez's project aims to showcase the efficacy of SPECT ERNA, a nuclear medicine study, as a non-invasive, easily accessible method for monitoring right ventricle function in patients with pulmonary arterial hypertension.

Publication: Conrad Gleber, MD, MBA, and division chief Justin Hopkin, MD, from Hospital Medicine, are co-authors of "Automated Screening to Enhance Proactive Consultation-Liaison Psychiatry Services in Acute Medicine Units: Evaluation of Service Outcomes," published in the Primary Care Companion for CNS Disorders.

Publication: Sarah Enslin, PA, and Vivek Kaul, MD, from Gastroenterology & Hepatology, are co-authors of "Update on applications of endoscopic cryotherapy in the gastrointestinal tract," published in Current Opinion in Gastroenterology.

Publication: Susan Friedman, MD, MPH, from Highland Hospital, is co-author of "Piloting a brief assessment to capture consumption of whole plant food and water: version 1.0 of the American College of Lifestyle Medicine Diet Screener (ACLM Diet Screener)," published in Frontiers in Nutrition.

In the News: Emily Weis, MD, MS, and Theresa Bingemann, MD, from Allergy, Immunology & Rheumatology, offer their expert advice in "As difficult patient interactions continue to rise, here is how to handle them," published in Healio.

    Research Roundup  

Clinical Trials and Feasibility Services

Planning a new clinical trial or research project? The Office of Clinical Research can help assess its feasibility. Their services easily evaluate the potential of your proposed study and develop meaningful metrics to guide its management. Request a Feasibility Assessment to gauge your project's viability, and receive feedback within three to five business days.

    DOM Photo Album  
Several faculty members were honored recently at the SMD Faculty Mentoring Awards Reception, which includes named professorships. Congratulations to Thu Le, MD, Amy Blatt, MD, Mark Levstik, MD, and Jenny Shen, MD. Read about their achievements. Enjoy a few pictures courtesy of Ruth O'Regan, MD.
Congratulations Angela Branche, MD, for receiving VTEU Investigator of the Year and Scientific Publication of the Year honors at the annual meeting of the NIH Infectious Diseases Clinical Research Consortium. Pictured with Ann Falsey, MD, and Edward Walsh, MD. View additional pictures of the event here, including Branche receiving her award from David Stephens, MD, leader of the IDCRC.
    Department Bulletin Board  

Community Health Mini-Grants

Supported by the Center for Community Health & Prevention and the Clinical & Translational Science Institute, these grants provide up to $2,000 to help address barriers to URMC partnerships. Funds can support meeting space rental, refreshments, transportation, childcare, and more. Faculty, staff, and advanced trainees at URMC can apply by Wednesday, May 15.


Celebrate Community Health Improvement Work at Satcher Awards

Join colleagues for the 15th annual Dr. David Satcher Community Health Improvement Awards, on Friday, May 31 at the School of Nursing Auditorium at Helen Wood Hall. The event honors faculty members who have improved community health and health equity in the region. Keynote speaker Sacoby Wilson, MS, PhD, director of Community Engagement, Environmental Justice, and Health at University of Maryland School of Public Health, will present "The Power of Community Engagement in the Fight for Environmental, Climate, and Energy Justice."

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