Freeman to Receive the Cura Personalis Award
As a Washington, D.C., native who trained to become a doctor during the civil rights movement, Harold P. Freeman, MD, developed a strong sensitivity around social injustice. This November, Freeman's work as a patient advocate, surgical oncologist, researcher and national leader will be recognized with GUMC's highest honor. 

In addition to the $100,000 award to Rebecca Riggins, PhD, six projects by GUMC researchers received funding from Partners in Research, which has raised more than $850,000 since its inception.   

To answer the research questions Waddah Al-Refaie, MD, FACS, was interested in asking, he needed to find experts in biostatistics, health finance and economics, public policy and law. He found them at Georgetown.

As co-inventor of the technology that led to the development of a human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine, Richard Schlegel, MD, PhD, has focused on decreasing the incidence of cervical cancer for more than 30 years.

A student of the late bioethics giant Edmund D. Pellegrino, Daniel Sulmasy, MD, PhD, returned to Georgetown earlier this year to join the faculty as the inaugural André Hellegers Professor of Biomedical Ethics, with appointments in the departments of medicine and philosophy.

The Pellegrino Center for Clinical Bioethics hosted Cardinal Donald Wuerl, archbishop of Washington, D.C., for a panel discussion titled "Lives Worthy of Respect," to reaffirm the Catholic community's reverence for all stages of life.

Blythe Shepard, PhD, a new assistant professor of human science at NHS, is directing her research to understand the activity of olfactory receptor 1393 in the kidneys. 

Rebeck Recognized with 2017 President's Award for Distinguished Scholar-Teachers
Georgetown University President Jack DeGioia announced that William Rebeck, PhD, is one of three recipients of this year's President's Awards for Distinguished Scholar-Teachers. The awards celebrate individuals who have made an exceptional impact through the integration of ambitious research and extraordinary student engagement. Rebeck will receive the award at the Fall Faculty Convocation on Tuesday, October 24.

Inaugural Class of Cura Personalis Fellows Selected
Twenty physicians and residents from a wide range of specialties were selected to serve as the first School of Medicine  Cura Personalis Fellows for 2017-2018. The  Cura Personalis Fellowship was created to serve as a platform for physicians to establish a strong and diverse foundation in existing and emerging concepts in physician professional identity formation. The fellowship and curriculum are described here and the list of this year's fellows can be viewed here .

Evangelista Appointed to GUMC-MedStar Health Joint Role
Rebecca Evangelista, MD, has been appointed as the GUMC Associate Dean for Clinical Faculty and the MedStar Health Director of Clinical Faculty Affairs.  This joint role supports a unified effort by both MedStar and GUMC to provide more structure, support and resources to assisting clinical faculty to advance professionally and thrive academically within our learning environment. Read more here

Toretsky to Lead Pediatric Hematology/Oncology Division at MGUH
Jeffrey Toretsky, MD, has been named chief of the pediatric hematology/oncology division at MedStar Georgetown University Hospital. In this capacity, Toretsky will assume administrative oversight of the division.

Sexton Named as Editor-in-Chief of American Family Physician
Sumi Sexton, MD, has been named editor-in-chief for American Family Physician , the peer-reviewed journal of the American Academy of Family Physicians. Sexton, an assistant professor in the department of family medicine, replaces current editor-in-chief, Jay Siwek, MD, a professor in the department. Her tenure begins February 1, 2018.  

The Student Health Center, in partnership with GUWellness and the Office of Faculty and Staff Benefits, will offer influenza immunization clinics for the 2017-2018 season for all Georgetown students, faculty and staff. The vaccinations are free with a valid Georgetown ID (GOCard) and they will be administered on a first-come, first-served basis. The on- and off-campus schedule is now available.

Salon Vaping is better for you than smoking cigarettes says new study study by David Levy, Oct. 5, 2017

Reuters Switching to e-cigarettes could save 6.6 million American smokers: researchers with David Levy, Oct. 2, 2017

Politico Racial Gap (available upon request) study by Waddah Al-Refaie, Oct. 5, 2017

Education Week Early Bilingualism Helps With Learning Languages Later in Life, Study Shows study by Michael Ullman, Oct. 2, 2017

HealthDay Bilingual Kids Learn New Languages Better study by Michael Ullman, Oct. 2, 2017

MedPage Today Time to Change the Way We Price Drugs with Michael Pishvaian, Oct. 4, 2017

BBC News Las Vegas shooting: Victims face a different kind of trauma with Priscilla Dass-Brailsford, Oct. 6, 2017

NPR 1A The Living Wounded with Priscilla Dass-Brailsford, Oct. 4, 2017
WJLA DC area reacts with horror, sadness and anxiety to the Las Vegas shootings with Priscilla Dass-Brailsford, Oct. 3, 2017
DevEx Opinion: 4 ways to demystify universal health coverage by Mark Dybul, Oct. 2, 2017
PBS NewsHour How to safely dispose of pain medication by Amber Robins, Oct. 4, 2017
MedScape Experts Alarmed by Yellow Fever Cases in Asia with Daniel Lucey, Oct. 3, 2017
MedPage Today Place More Value on Talking with Patients, Experts Say with Yalda Jabbarpour, Sept. 26, 2017


NY State Medicaid Expansion Widened Racial Gap in Access to High-Quality Cancer Surgery
The 2001 New York State Medicaid expansion - considered a precursor to the Affordable Care (ACA) - widened the racial disparity gap when it came to access to high-quality hospitals for cancer surgery, according to a new study from Georgetown University.

Two Agents Deliver Knockout Punches to Ewing Sarcoma
When combined with an already FDA-approved chemotherapy, a novel agent developed by researchers at Georgetown University Medical Center appears to halt the ability of Ewing sarcoma to grow and progress.
If Your Child is Bilingual, Learning Additional Languages Later Might be Easier
It is often claimed that bilinguals are better than monolinguals at learning languages. Now, the first study to examine bilingual and monolingual brains as they learn an additional language offers new evidence that supports this hypothesis, researchers say.
Tobacco Smokers Could Gain 86 Million Years of Life if They Switch to Vaping, Study Finds
Up to 6.6 million cigarette smokers will live substantially longer if cigarette smoking is replaced by vaping over a ten-year period, calculates a research team led by investigators from Georgetown Lombardi Cancer Center. In all, cigarette smokers who switch to e-cigarettes could live 86.7 million more years with policies that encourage cigarette smokers to switch completely to e-cigarettes.
By Decoding How HPV Causes Cancer, Researchers Find a New Potential Treatment Strategy
A study that teases apart the biological mechanisms by which human papillomaviruses (HPV) cause cancer has found what researchers at Georgetown University Medical Center say is a new strategy that might provide targeted treatment for these cancers.
Global Health Leader Dr. Charles Holmes Joins Georgetown
Georgetown University Medical Center has named Charles B. Holmes, MD, MPH, as faculty co-director of its Center for Global Health and Quality. Holmes, an infectious disease physician, is a visiting associate professor of medicine at Georgetown's School of Medicine

Tuberculosis is a preventable and treatable disease which kills more people globally than any other infectious disease, approximately 5,000 every day. Despite grim statistics and the plethora of human rights violations that occur in the context of TB, there is inadequate funding, and limited public awareness that TB remains a public health crisis.


Thursday, November 16
10:00 - 11:30 a.m.
Convocation and Awards Ceremony
4:00 - 5:30 p.m.
Research Building Auditorium

Join us as the GUMC community comes together to celebrate academic achievement in research, education and service. 

Tuesday, October 10
8:00 a.m. Registration
Medical-Dental Building, South Lobby
9:00 Oral Presentations
Medical-Dental Building, NE 401
2:00 p.m. Poster Presentations
4:45 p.m. Reception
Pre-Clinical Science Building Hallway

Learn more here. Email the Medical Center Graduate Student Organization for more information. 

Nora Volkow, MD, on "Scientific Solutions to the Opioid Epidemic"

Thursday, October 12
4:00 p.m. 
Research Building Auditorium

Department of Psychiatry Grand Rounds hosts Nora Volkow, MD, director of the National Institute on Drug Abuse. 

Sunday, October 22 - Wednesday, October 25
Georgetown University Hotel and Conference Center

Co-hosted by CENTILE and MedStar Health. Register here
Tuesday, October 10
9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Healey Family Student Center, Social Room

RSVP (required) here. Co-hosted by Georgetown University's Center on Child and Human Development, the Walsh School of Foreign Service and the Global Health Initiative. 

Tuesday Evenings
October 3 - November 21
7:00 - 9:00 p.m.
Research Building Auditorium

Taught by medical school faculty, Mini Medical School offers practical and applicable lessons from medical school courses. Weekly lectures will cover autoimmune disorders, neuroscience, transfusion medicine and more. 

Register here

Friday, October 13
7:30 a.m. Registration and Coffee
8:00 p.m. Discussion with Ambassador Jimmy Kolker
Intercultural Center, Executive Conference Room

RSVP (required) here

Friday, October 27
8:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m. 
Georgetown University Hotel and Conference Center

Hosted by ICBI. Register here

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