Sept. 7, 2018
The latest news and updates from Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School
Pediatric Surgical Specialties Unveil New Offices
Surgical Care for Kids, the Rutgers Health practice of Robert Wood Johnson Medical School-affiliated specialists in pediatric surgery, pediatric neurosurgery and pediatric urology, celebrated the grand opening of its new New Brunswick office yesterday with an open house and ribbon cutting.

Individuals from the medical school and across Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences, as well as RWJBarnabas Health facilities, including The Bristol-Myers Squibb Children's Hospital at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital, and community-based clinicians were in attendance. The practice, located on the third floor of the medical school's Clinical Academic Building, boasts more than double the space of the group's previous location, with a more patient-friendly layout that is child- and family-focused. In addition to the larger waiting area and exam space, the new location allows for expanded services, with a new pediatric intestinal care center, fetal counseling center, coordinated trauma care and larger consultation areas for multidisciplinary care of children with advanced surgical needs. It specializes in advanced, minimally invasive techniques for the most complex conditions, serving children from birth through early adulthood.

Featuring joint services of divisions within the departments of Pediatrics, Surgery and Neurosurgery, the Surgical Care for Kids space houses the offices of the following faculty physicians:  Yi-Horng Lee, MD , chief of pediatric surgery, and pediatric surgeons  Joelle Pierre, MD , and  Shaheen Timmapuri, MD Prithvi Narayan, MD , chief of pediatric neurosurgery; and  Joseph G. Barone, MD, MBA , chief of pediatric urology, and pediatric urologist  Robert E. Stecker, MD .
Dr. Whitley-Williams Receives NMA Award
Patricia Whitley-Williams, MD , professor of pediatrics, chief of the Department of Pediatrics' Division of Allergy, Immunology and Infectious Diseases and associate dean for inclusion and diversity, received the Scroll of Merit Award on Aug. 11, the National Medical Association's (NMA) highest honor.

Designated by the president and chair of the Board of Trustees at NMA, the award is presented to individuals or organizations whose efforts and contributions have been preeminent in medicine, health advocacy or service to the association. Dr. Whitley-Williams was chosen because of her promotion and advancement of medicine for people of African descent through education, advocacy and health policy to promote health and wellness, eliminate health disparities and sustain physician viability. The award was presented to Dr. Whitley-Williams at the 2018 Annual Convention and Scientific Assembly on Aug. 11 in Orlando. 

Congratulations, Dr. Whitley-Williams!
Participate in New Wellness Initiative by Taking Survey 
Faculty, staff and resident volunteers are invited to participate in a research study designed to determine job satisfaction and burnout before and after the implementation of a wellness program. The medical school will launch an employee health and wellness program this fall, kicked off with Health and Wellness Fairs on the New Brunswick and Piscataway campuses.
 
The study will be provided at no charge and you will have access to all wellness initiatives offered through this program. This research is being conducted under the direction of Juana Hutchinson-Colas , MD, MBA , associate professor of obstetrics, gynecology and reproductive sciences , and Rhonda M. Smith, PhD executive director of strategic initiatives and administration .

To participate, click here to take the survey. Please complete the survey by Sept. 21. Thank you in advance for helping improve the wellness of all medical school employees.  
Dr. Blackwood Appointed Chief of Breast Surgery
M. Michele Blackwood, MD, FACS , joined Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey as the chief of breast surgery. As a surgical oncologist dedicated to the care of patients with breast cancer, Dr. Blackwood works closely with a multidisciplinary team in the Stacy Goldstein Breast Cancer Center to provide compassionate, comprehensive patient care including the most advanced surgical techniques.

In addition to seeing patients at Rutgers Cancer Institute, Dr. Blackwood will also see patients at the Barnabas Health Ambulatory Care Center in Livingston and serve as the director of breast health and disease management at Saint Barnabas Medical Center, and Northern Regional Director of Breast Services for RWJBarnabas Health and Barnabas Health Medical Group.

Welcome, Dr. Blackwood, to the community at Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences!
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Departments of Medicine and Pediatrics Compete in Softball Game
The Departments of Medicine and Pediatrics participated in their second annual softball tournament on Aug. 19 in Highland Park. 

The game was sponsored by Department of Medicine Chair Fredric Wondisford, MD , and Department of Pediatrics Chair Sally Radovick, MD . The game ended in a tied score. 
Register for the Hudson Shea Foundation Angel Walk on Sept. 15
The Hudson Shea Foundation donates to the Child Health Institute of New Jersey to support pregnancy loss and prematurity research. Every year, the foundation hosts the Angel Walk fundraiser to support The Child Health Institute, in addition to the $100,000 donation. The first award supports collaborative translational research project between Derek Sant'Angelo, PhD  the Harold L. Paz, MD, Professor in Developmental Biology, professor of pediatrics and associate director for basic science at the Child Health Institute, and the Department of Pediatrics'   Neonatology Division  to study novel immune cells in newborn babies' blood.  

This year, the walk takes place on Saturday, Sept. 15 at 10 a.m. at Van Saun Park in Paramus. The medical school community is encouraged to register for the RWJMS Child Health Institute of NJ & Dept. of Pediatrics. To sign up or to donate, click here .
July and August Research Report
Medical school investigators were awarded 17 new grants totaling more than $16.7 million in July and August. Below is a representation of grants that were $1 million or more, awarded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH). To read about all the research grants in July and August, click here .

Shawna Hudson, PhD  (professor of Family Medicine and Community Health), together with contact PI  Cristine D. Delnevo, PhD, MPH  (professor of Social and Behavioral Health Sciences, School of Public Health), received a five-year R01 grant to study “Adoption diffusion, and implementation of Tobacco 21 polic ies to address health disparities” ($3,157,179). The grant received a first percentile ranking on first submission.

Hatem Sabaawy, MD, PhD  (associate professor of Medicine), received a five-year R01 grant to study “Mechanisms of targeting cellular self-renewal in glioblastoma” ($2,362,180).

John Langenfeld, MD  (associate professor of Surgery), was awarded a five-year R01 grant for “Developing bone morphogenic receptor II inhibitors for the treatment of cancer” ($1,818,565).

Zhaohui Feng, MD, PhD  (associate professor of Radiation Oncology), was awarded a second five-year R01 grant this year, to study “SENP6, a novel p53 negative regulator, is an important new player in cancer” ($1,818,565).

Andrew Zloza, MD, PhD  ( assistant professor of Surgery), was awarded a five-year multi-PI R01 grant , together  with  Ahmed Lasfar, PhD  ( assistant professor of Pharmacology and Toxicology at the Rutgers Ernest Mario School of Pharmacy ), to investigate “Role of IFN-Lambda in promoting breast cancer metastasis” ($1,818,565).

Peter Yurchenco, PhD  (professor of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine), received a five-year competitive renewal R01 grant to investigate “Basement membrane self-assembly and structure” ($1,788,750). With this new grant, Dr. Yurchenco becomes the only PI at Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences and at Rutgers to currently have an active NIH grant awarded for 38 consecutive years in duration.
Taking place on Wednesday, Sept. 12 , at 8 a.m., in the Clinical Academic Building, Room 1302,
the Department of Medicine and the Office of Inclusion and Diversity are co-sponsoring a Medical Grand Rounds. "Health Disparities and Health Inequity: A Call to Action," will be presented by Wayne J. Riley, MD, MPH, MBA, MACP, president of SUNY Downstate Medical Center in Brooklyn, New York; professor of internal medicine at the College of Medicine; and professor of health policy and management, School of Public Health at The State University of New York.
 
Dr. Riley will lead participants in an informative discussion on the history and impact of health disparities within specific populations in the United States and introduce strategies for attendees to apply, as physicians and as citizens, to reduce these disparities. CME is provided by the Department of Medicine. 

In addition, the full Grand Rounds and Case Conference schedule has resumed for this Fall. Click here to view all upcoming CME activities.

-- Paul Weber, MD, RPh, MBA , associate dean, Continuing Medical Education
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