New Features
The newly named director of diversity and inclusion brings her expertise and passion for working with diverse student populations to the School of Medicine.
Two events organized by the School of Medicine encouraged participants to reflect on and draw inspiration from Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s legacy.
New guidelines from the National Comprehensive Cancer Network broaden the hereditary cancer genetic testing criteria.
Midwife Ebony Marcelle (NHS’05) has dedicated herself to improving health outcomes for black women and their babies through care and social justice.
When HelenMarie Dolton graduated from GU's nursing program in 1953, she left campus with a bachelor’s degree, lifelong friendships and an elevator operator’s license.
Other News & Announcements
Last week, President DeGioia and Edward Healton marked the official launch of the decanal search by charging the search committee. Please read this important message about the search and how you can participate in this process by providing input regarding the qualifications and qualities of our next Dean for Medical Education at an upcoming listening session.

Decanal Search Listening Sessions

February 4: 5:30 - 6:30 p.m., SW107 Med Dent

Georgetown Community:
February 10: 5:00 - 6:30 p.m., SW107 Med Dent
February 11: 7:30 - 9:00 a.m., SW107 Med Dent
Interim Dean for Research Moshe Levi, MD, has established a new seminar series that showcases the work of leading investigators in a variety of fields. The series debuts on Thursday, February 6 at 4 p.m. with speaker Scott Friedman, MD, of the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai (pictured left). See details here.
All are invited to join Georgetown Women in Medicine and the GUMC community for the unveiling the portrait of Dean Princy N. Kumar (pictured right) on Thursday, February 6, at 5:30 p.m. in the North/Front Lobby of the Med-Dent Building.
Want to Mentor a First Generation Georgetown Med Student?
The GUSOM Generation I Program is seeking new mentors for medical students who identify as first generation. Established in 2018, the program is a community of Georgetown medical students, faculty and alumni who are the first in their family to attend college/professional school and/or the first in their families born in the United States. The program’s mission is to build an inclusive home for Georgetown's first generation medical students and provide alumni, faculty and staff the opportunity to give back to their communities in an impactful way through mentorship.  Sign up here by February 7 to be a mentor. 
Mishori Appointed PHR Senior Medical Advisor
Physicians for Human Rights named Ranit Mishori, MD, MHS, FAAFP, professor of family medicine, as its senior medical advisor. She will provide strategic counsel, technical and research leadership for a range of PHR programs and projects, including PHR’s burgeoning work to promote clinician engagement in policy discussions and advocacy at the highest domestic and international levels. Mishori directs the family medicine department’s global health initiatives and its health policy and health & media fellowship programs.
GUMC Community Members Honored
Recently, Georgetown University President John J. DeGioia honored (video) several GUMC staff/AAP with the 2019 President’s Excellence Award. We congratulate the winners and thank them for their outstanding service to our university.
Kelly Blevins
University Counsel
Office of General Counsel
L. Whitman Brown
Associate Dean and Chief of Operations
School of Medicine
Elizabeth Song
Assistant Dean of Administration and Finance
Biomedical Graduate Education
Shawn Rousseau
Facility Manager
Division of Comparative Medicine
Susan Martin
Director, Environmental Health and Safety
Georgetown University Medical Center
Sharon Levy
Business Administrator
Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center
Karen Howenstein (C'93)
Senior Administrative Officer and Business Manager
Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center
In Remembrance
This week, we learned of the death of Bennett Jenson, MD, who was a pathologist and immunologist at Georgetown from 1980 to 2000. During his time here, Jenson recruited Dick Schlegel, MD, PhD, and, together with Shin-Je Ghim, they researched human papillomavirus (HPV). The three are co-inventors of the technology that led to the HPV vaccine. Schlegel penned this tribute to his longtime collaborator and friend.
GUMC in the News
Medscape Gut Microbiome Link to Increased CRC in Younger Adults? with Ben Weinberg, Jan. 27, 2020

The Hoya GUSOM Names New Director of Diversity and Inclusion with Isela Melendez-Carpio, Jan. 21, 2020

Medscape Urine Collection Cups to Get Red-Carpet Treatment at Oscars with Kenny Lin, Jan. 23, 2020

Below is a sampling of news articles featuring Georgetown faculty.  Click here for a complete list of news stories .
The New York Times As New Virus Spread, China’s Old Habits Delayed Fight with Alexandra Phelan, Feb. 1, 2020

Los Angeles Times How Prepared is the U.S. Health System for a Major Coronavirus Outbreak? with Rebecca Katz, Jan. 30, 2020
The Hill What a WHO Global Health Emergency for Coronavirus Means with Rebecca Katz, Jan. 30, 2020
Bloomberg News Escalating Outbreak Heaps Pressure on World Health Watchdog with Rebecca Katz, Jan. 29, 2020
Think Global Health Why Global Governance of Disease Matters for the Emergence of a Novel Coronavirus with Rebecca Katz and Alexandra Phelan, Jan. 28, 2020
The Take-Away I s the World Prepared for the Next Pandemic? with Matthew Kavanagh, Jan. 28, 2020
The Guardian The Disease Always Gets a Head Start: How to Handle an Epidemic with Alexandra Phelan and Rebecca Katz, Jan. 28, 2020
Science Magazine  Wuhan Seafood Market May Not Be Source of Novel Virus Spreading Globally with Dan Lucey, Jan. 26, 2020
The Atlantic A Historic Quarantine with Alexandra Phelan, Jan. 24, 2020
Scientific American WHO Declines to Declare China Virus Outbreak a Global Health Emergency with Alexandra Phelan, Jan. 24, 2020
Science Deadlocked WHO Panel Puts Off Decision on Global Virus Alarm with Alexandra Phelan, Jan. 22, 2020
MedPage Today First Case of Coronavirus Lands in U.S. with Julie Fischer, Jan. 21, 2020
Los Angeles Times Chinese Coronavirus Outbreak has Reached U.S. Shores, CDC Says with Rebecca Katz, Jan. 21, 2020
New York Times (via Reuters) China Reports New Virus Cases, Raising Concern Globally Before Key Holiday with Alexandra Phelan, Jan. 17, 2020
Los Angeles Times Coronavirus Screenings to Begin at LAX, Two Other U.S. Airports Amid Outbreak in China with Alexandra Phelan, Jan. 17, 2020 
Press Releases

Georgetown experts weigh in on the decision of the World Health Organization Emergency Committee to declare the 2019-nCoV acute respiratory disease outbreak that began in Wuhan, China, a Public Health Emergency of International Concern (PHEIC).

The World Health Organization should facilitate a multidisciplinary committee to develop a “global action plan” to help bring the 2019-nCoV outbreak under control, say three Georgetown University global health security and law experts.

Georgetown global health security and legal experts disagreed with the World Health Organization Emergency Committee’s decision to decline to declare the novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV) outbreak a Public Health Emergency of International Concern (PHEIC).

Georgetown global health and security experts reacted to the World Health Organization Director-General’s delay in a decision on whether or not to declare the novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV) outbreak a Public Health Emergency of International Concern.

Georgetown University global health experts say the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s decision to screen airline passengers arriving from central China for a new virus creates many challenges.
Gut Bacteria May Be One Culprit for Increase of Colorectal Cancer in Younger People

Preliminary findings of an ongoing Georgetown Lombardi study point out how differences in the bacteria that comprise what is known as the body’s microbiome could affect cancer outcomes to varying degrees. 
New Drug Prevents Liver Damage, Obesity and Glucose Intolerance in Mice on High-Fat Diet

Mice given a new drug targeting a key gene involved in lipid and glucose metabolism could tolerate a high-fat diet regimen (composed of 60% fat from lard) without developing significant liver damage, becoming obese, or disrupting their body’s glucose balance.
Around Campus
Washington, DC, asthma rates are among the highest in the nation. After learning this, two McCourt School students created “Breathe Easy,” an effort that helps community health workers facilitate home visits, identify environmental triggers that can exacerbate asthma symptoms, and provide families with resources and long-term managed care plans.
Upcoming Events

Tuesday, February 4
11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Maguire Hall 303

Featuring Hank Tomlinson, MD, director of the CDCs
Division of Global HIV & TB.
Global Health Initiative

Wednesday, February 5
10:00 - 11:30 a.m.
Building D, Warwick Evans Conference Room

Elliott Crooke, PhD, Priscilla Furth, MD, and John Kraemer talk about the appointment and promotion process for tenure line faculty and new UCRT policy and changes.   Register. Contact Karen Bokoski for Zoom option.
Sponsored by the Office for Faculty and Academic Affairs
Special Health Policy and Public Health Grand Rounds: A Viewer's Guide to Health Care in the 2020 Elections

Thursday, February 6
8:00 - 9:00 a.m.
Goldberg Auditorium,
Gorman Building
Medstar Georgetown
University Hospital

Featuring Kaiser Health News’ Julie Rovner

Thursday, February 6
4:00 - 5:00 p.m.
New Research Bldg. Auditorium

Scott Friedman, MD, of Icahn School of Medicine. Reception follows. Sponsored by the Office of the Dean for Research.
Dean Princy N. Kumar
Portrait Unveiling

Thursday, February 6
5:30 p.m.
North/Front Lobby
Med-Dent Building

Presented by Georgetown University School of Medicine and Georgetown Women in Medicine.

Friday, February 7
Noon to 1 p.m.
Basic Science Building
Room 239

Presented by Rebecca Evangelista, MD. Zoom and recording options available. Register online

Saturday, February 8
8:30 am to 6:30 pm
Social Room
Healey Family Student Center

Learn what it takes to build a startup. Sponsored by StartupHoyas MED. Register

Monday, February 10
5:00 - 7:00 p.m.
Copley Formal Lounge

A talk by author Harriet Washington. Co-sponsored by the GU Medical Humanities Program, Georgetown Humanities Initiative, GU Journalism Program, GUSOM Literature & Medicine Track, The Lannan Center for Poetics & Social Practice, and Howard University Graduate School.
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