More than 50 Georgetown faculty members from across the university shared research, ideas, goals and recommendations at a recent faculty forum held by Georgetown's Global Health Initiative, a priority area for GUMC and the university as a whole.

Inspired by her experiences in medical education, Carrie Chen, MD, PhD, has studied learning experiences and the assessment of learning. As associate dean for assessment and educational scholarship, Chen is helping the School of Medicine continue developing a medical school experience that both supports and educates students.

The partnership will expand the research and training missions in the biomedical sciences by enhancing the quality of science, technology and education at both institutions.

By pairing clinicians with medical students when they start medical school, the Cura Personalis Fellowship supports students' personal and professional development by focusing on leadership, mindfulness and wellbeing, and lifelong learning.

To mark International HPV Awareness Day (March 4), we re-visit this story about Richard Schlegel, whose work with colleagues earned him the patents on which the first HPV vaccine was based. The HPV vaccine is effective against more than six kinds of cancer, preventing countless cancer deaths.

Georgetown Honors Barbara Bayer
Georgetown University has selected Barbara Bayer, PhD, to deliver the 2018 Spring Faculty Convocation "Life of Learning" lecture. Since 1983, Bayer has been a faculty member of the Georgetown University Medical Center, where she has strengthened and enriched the community through her extraordinary leadership, teaching and scholarship. Bayer, professor and chair of neuroscience, is senior associate dean for biomedical graduate education. The Spring Faculty Convocation is Wednesday, March 21 at 5:00 p.m. in Gaston Hall.

Mark Dybul, MD, a professor in the department of medicine at Georgetown University Medical Center and faculty co-director of the Center for Global Health and Quality, has been named a co-chair of the Towards an HIV Cure Advisory Board at the International AIDS Society. Dybul (M'92) has worked on HIV and public health for more than 25 years and recently returned to Georgetown after serving as head of the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria.

Newport Receives Top Honors in Her Field
Elissa L. Newport, PhD, is the 2018 recipient of the Norman Anderson Lifetime Achievement Award. Presented by the Society of Experimental Psychologists on Saturday, March 3, the annual award recognizes outstanding achievement in experimental psychology in the United States and Canada. Newport is professor of neurology and director of the Center for Brain Plasticity and Recovery at Georgetown University and MedStar National Rehabilitation Network.

Ladan Eshkevari, PhD, CRNA, LAc, director of the Doctor of Nurse Anesthesia Practice (DNAP) program, has been selected to serve on the Medicare Evidence Development & Coverage Advisory Committee at the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS). The committee was established to provide independent guidance and expert advice to CMS on specific clinical topics. This appointment will allow Eshkevari to give her expert advice on a variety of pressing federal healthcare issues.

Waddah B. Al-Refaie, MD, FACS, has been named regional chief of surgical oncology and vice chair for research for the MedStar Washington Integrated Surgery Service. In these new roles, Al-Refaie will direct the regional surgical oncology program and the research activities of surgical services in the Washington region.


Science News Babies can recover language skills after a left-side stroke with Elissa Newport, Feb. 18, 2018

The Guardian Scientists seek drug to 'rewire' adult brain after stroke with Elissa Newport, Feb. 18, 2018

The Times Drugs could return stroke patient's brain to childhood with Elissa Newport, Feb. 19, 2018

BBC News How baby stroke survivors' brains adapt with Elissa Newport, Feb. 19, 2018

The Washington Post How proton therapy attacks cancer with Anatoly Dritschilo, March 1, 2018

NBC Nightly News Report shows ties between opioid makers and patient groups with Adriane Fugh-Berman, Feb. 18, 2018

American Council on Science and Health (news) Dr. Oz. Dr. Who? with Ranit Mishori, Feb. 27, 2018

AAFP News (editorial) Cutting Global Health Programs Puts Americans at Risk by Ranit Mishori, Feb. 22, 2018

The Hoya Master's in Aging and Health Announced with Pamela Saunders and Elliott Crooke, Feb. 19, 2018

Kuwait News Agency His Highness Amir congratulates Kuwaiti oncologist on promotion with Waddah Al-Refaie, Feb. 28, 2018


Frederick National Laboratory and Georgetown Launch Partnership
Georgetown University has partnered with the Frederick National Laboratory for Cancer Research. The partnership will expand the research and training missions in the biomedical sciences by enhancing the quality of science, technology and education at both Georgetown and Frederick National Laboratory, the nation's only federal national laboratory wholly focused on discovery and innovation in the biomedical sciences to improve human health.

Georgetown University's Global Health Initiative convened a briefing to discuss the state of the U.S. health care financing system, the current status of the Affordable Care Act and Medicaid expansions. The discussion was led by faculty experts and was aimed at health policy-focused embassy and mission officers. 


Monday, March 5
Monday, March 12
1:00 - 2:00 p.m.
By appointment only

Learn more here. Contact Veronica Chiu if you have any questions.

Wednesday, March 7
4:00 p.m. Screening
6:00 p.m. Q&A
Faculty Dining Room, Hotung Building
Georgetown University Law Center

Join Jim Yong Kim, MD, PhD, president of the World Bank Group, for a screening of " Bending the Arc," a documentary about how Haiti overcame its HIV/AIDS epidemic. RSVP here

Tuesday, March 13
4:00 p.m.
Leavey Center, Salon AG

"The Affordable Care Act: Impact on Health Equity, Communities, and Workforce" with Mary Wakefield, PhD, RN, FAAN, visiting distinguished professor in the practice of health care at the School of Nursing & Health Studies.  Learn more and register here .

Tuesday, March 13 - Tuesday, May 1
7:00 - 9:00 p.m.
Research Building Auditorium

This semester's Mini Medical School will include presentations from expert faculty on traumatic brain injury, immunotherapy, alternative medicine, plastic surgery, obesity and more. Learn more and register here. Email Sulphat Sanni if you have questions.

Thursday, March 15
11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
The President's Room outside Riggs Library

Faculty and staff are invited to have their headshots taken by the university photographer. No appointment necessary. Headshots will also be taken Friday, April 6.

Music as Medicine: Enhancing Well-Being and Buffering Exhaustion

Thursday, March 22
9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Medical-Dental Building, Proctor Harvey Amphitheater

Featuring world-renowned scholars at the forefront of music, arts and stress in health care. Presented by the Georgetown Lombardi Arts and Humanities Program and the MedStar Institute for Innovation. Learn more here. Contact Julia Langley to RSVP.

Tuesday, March 6
12:00 - 1:00 p.m.
Medical-Dental Building, NE201C

Join us for a discussion of adversity in color in medicine. Lunch will be provided. Sponsored by the GUSOM Office of Diversity & Inclusion. RSVP  here

Friday, March 9
12:00 - 1:30 p.m.
TBL Space (2nd floor), Dahlgren Memorial Library

The Center for New Designs in Learning and Scholarship (CNDLS) staff will present on "Transforming Your Lecture into Active Learning." Learn more and register here .

Tuesday, March 13
5:00 p.m.
Medical-Dental Building, NE401

Join the Medical Center Graduate Student Organization (MCGSO) for a screening of the movie "Split" and a discussion led by psychiatrist Ana Maria Muniz-Leen, MD. RSVP here. Contact Sikoya Ashburn if you have any questions.

Wednesday, March 14
11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Lohrfink Auditorium, Hariri Building

Deval Patrick, JD, managing director at Bain Capital Double Impact and former governor of Massachusetts, will discuss social impact investment, innovation and America's health at this event, hosted by the School of Nursing & Health Studies. Register here.

Thursday, March 15
12:00 - 1:00 p.m.
Building D, Warwick-Evans

Learn more here. Email Amy Botello if you have any questions.

Minority Health Research Speaker Series

Friday, March 23
11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
St. Mary's, Room 110

"Using Research to Promote Social Justice and Improve Health in Minority Communities" with Bridgette Brawner, PhD, APRN. Luncheon to follow.

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