Nov. 22, 2019
The latest news and updates from Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School
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Best wishes for a happy and healthy Thanksgiving! Thank you for all that you do for our medical school.  The Weekly View  will return on Dec. 6. 
Faculty Named Top Docs by New Jersey Monthly
Congratulations to the 31   physicians from Rutgers Health at Robert Wood Johnson Medical School   who have been named Top Doctors in 2019 by New Jersey Monthly !

Recognition as a  Top Doc  is a point of pride as physicians are nominated by their patients and peers.  Congratulations to the following faculty members who received this recognition:
  • Judith Amorosa, MD, clinical professor of radiology
  • David August, MD, professor of surgery
  • Joseph Barone, MD, professor of surgery and chief of pediatric urology
  • Margaret Blackwood, MD, associate professor of surgery
  • Dalya Chefitz, MD, associate professor and chief of general pediatrics
  • Vicki Craig, MD, associate professor of pediatrics and senior associate dean of safety, quality and clinical affairs
  • Robert Eisenstein, MD, associate professor and chair of emergency medicine
  • Sammy Elsamra, MD, assistant professor of surgery
  • Aziz Ghaly, MBBCH, associate professor of surgery
  • Gaurav Gupta, MD, associate professor of neurosurgery
  • Simon Hanft, MD, assistant professor of neurosurgery
  • Sabiha Hussain, MD, associate professor of medicine
  • Gary Kohn, MD, clinical professor of pediatrics
  • Soula Koniaris, MD, associate professor of pediatrics and chief of pediatric gastroenterology and nutrition
  • Leonard Y. Lee, MD, professor and chair of surgery
  • Yi-Horng Lee, MD, associate professor of surgery and chief of pediatric surgery
  • Amisha Malhotra, MD, associate professor of pediatrics
  • Robert Manduley, MD, associate professor of pediatrics
  • Catherine Monteleone, MD, professor of medicine
  • John Nosher, MD, clinical professor and chair of radiology
  • Amy Pappert, MD, associate professor of pathology and laboratory medicine
  • Saum Rahimi, MD, associate professor of surgery and chief of vascular surgery and endovascular therapy
  • Chirag Shah, MD, associate professor of emergency medicine
  • Ankit Shah, MD, assistant professor of medicine
  • Sheraz Siddiqui, MD, associate professor of family medicine and community health
  • David Sorrentino, MD, associate professor of pediatrics and chief of neonatology
  • Roger Strair, MD, PHD, professor of medicine
  • Tudor Vagaonescu, MD, PHD, associate professor of medicine
  • Patricia Whitley-Williams, MD, professor of pediatrics and chief of pediatric allergy, immunology and infectious disease
  • Susannah Wise, MD, assistant professor of surgery
Community Members Attend Fall Health Fair at Monroe
Faculty and staff hosted an open house and health fair Nov. 16, promoting primary and specialty health services available at the Rutgers Health practice in Monroe. Attendees heard from faculty experts who gave presentations about different health topics and received free health screenings and giveaways. Children participated in teddy bear clinics and face painting. To view photos from the event, click here to watch a video created by Communications and Public Affairs .

Participating departments and programs included  Anesthesiology and Perioperative Medicine's Pain Medicine Group Communications and Public Affairs Family Medicine and Community Health Medicine Neurology Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Health Otolaryngology -- Head and Neck Medicine Pediatrics ; and  Surgery's Division of Urology , as well as students in the medical school's  HIPHOP (Homeless and Indigent Population Health Outreach Project)  program. Representatives from RWJBarnabas Health and Ivy Rehab also joined in the fun.

Thanks to all who came to promote the great services we provide to the community!
Department of Anesthesiology Hosts a Night of Art and Music
The Department of Anesthesiology and Perioperative Medicine hosted a unique open house event last night. Department Chair Keith Lewis, MD ( left, second from left with Preet Patel, MD ; Navjot Singh, M4; and Chris Fjotland, MD), shared the innovative ways pain is being managed with a focus on health and wellness, and discussed the importance of the integration of art and music in medicine. Dr. Lewis also introduced the 13 new faculty members.

During the event, resident s and faculty members performed music ( from l-r: Sho Tanaka, MD; Christina Brooks, MD; Matthew Bushman, MD; and Dora Zuker, MD ) and guests viewed an art exhibit featuring the works of students, faculty and staff. A three-string ensemble of graduate students from Mason Gross was the elegant backdrop to the evening, and Mason Gross students also provided artwork. In addition to the art and music, guests enjoyed wine and hors d'oeuvres and toured the beautiful new integrated space.

Get to know the Department of Anesthesiology and Perioperative Medicine by watching a video here and stay tuned for videos and photos from the event in a future Weekly View issue.
Evidence Shows Shared Reading Advances Vocabulary Skills in Nearly All Children
Shared reading between parents and very young children, including infants, is associated with stronger vocabulary skills for nearly all children by age 3, according to lead author Manuel Jimenez, MD , assistant professor of pediatrics, and family medicine and community health. The study was published in   The Journal of Pediatrics ,  along with colleagues including  Daniel Notterman, MD , professor of molecular biology and co-investigator of the Fragile Families and Child Wellbeing study at Princeton University, clinical professor and former chair of pediatrics at the medical school.

Using data from the Fragile Families cohort, the team assessed the difference in vocabulary skill development based on genetic differences in two neurotransmitter systems that are associated with mental health outcomes like poor executive control, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder or addictive behaviors. The study found that shared reading with children at 1 year old was associated with higher vocabulary scores on a standardized assessment at age 3, in line with previous published studies. Children with genetic variations that put them at-risk fared just as well as their peers on the assessment when shared reading was conducted at age 1. However, at-risk children who were not exposed to shared reading did poorly on the same vocabulary assessment. The research underscores the importance of a positive environment with close parental contact and its direct correlation to favorable child development, even when a child may be at-risk for learning and behavioral challenges.
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Student Presents
at AHA Meeting
Fourth-year student Russell Pepe presented a poster at the American Heart Association’s Scientific Sessions in Philadelphia last week.

Congratulations , Russell, on this opportunity!
Faculty and Staff Thanked at Appreciation Luncheon
The first of two appreciation luncheons for faculty and staff took place yesterday in New Brunswick. Team members were celebrated and thanked for the hard work and dedication to education, research and clinical care that they provide throughout the year. 

Yikes! The Communications and Public Affairs Team apologizes for underestimating your appetite yesterday. It will not happen again. We are so sorry!

The Piscataway luncheon is on Thursday, Dec. 5 , from 11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. in the Great Hall. 
Dr. Soto-Green Receives AAMC Award
Congratulations to Maria Soto-Green, MD , executive vice dean of New Jersey Medical School, who was awarded the Association of American Medical Colleges’ (AAMC) 2019 Herbert W. Nickens Award for her support of underrepresented students and faculty throughout their careers in medicine. The award was presented during the AAMC conference in Phoenix.

In her role, Dr. Soto-Green ensures that diversity, inclusion and equity are foundational for all aspects related to academic affairs, faculty affairs and student services. Read more about Dr. Soto-Green’s accomplishments here
Late-Night Safety Available 
Shuttle services and on-campus walking buddies provide extra security for Rutgers students, faculty and staff to get to their destinations. Contact campus safety below:

  • Walking Buddy: 732-932-7211 or use a campus emergency phone
  • Knight Mover Shuttle: 732-932-RIDE (7433)
Yarn Club to Begin for
Faculty and Staff
Know your way around a garter stitch or purl? Or perhaps a moss or granite stitch is more your style? Slip on down to the medical school's new monthly yarn club and connect with other enthusiasts over lunch to knit, crochet, decompress and relax with your colleagues.

If you're interested, or would like more information, contact  Mindy Rodden  at 732-235-6305.
String Quartet, NJSO Principal Cellist to Perform at the CAB
The lobby of the Clinical Academic Building will be host to several special classical performances next month, as a string quartet of musicians from Rutgers Mason Gross School of the Arts joins us to perform select pieces from their repertoire.

The first performance, scheduled for  Friday, Dec. 6, from 12:45 - 1:15 p.m. , will feature Jonathan Spitz, head of strings, cello, at Mason Gross School of the Arts. Spitz has served as principal cellist of the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra since 1991, tours internationally as a member of the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra and is principal cellist of the American Ballet Theater Orchestra. He is considered one of the leading cellists in the New York Area.

The musicians will perform Schubert String Quartet in A minor. Separate performances by Mason Gross artists will take place on Thursday, Dec. 12 and Friday, Dec. 13 . More details to come!
Save the Date for These Upcoming Events!
Dean's Appreciation Luncheon on Dec. 5 in Piscataway
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Interim Dean Robert L. Johnson, MD, FAAP , cordially invites you to attend a special celebratory luncheon in appreciation of your hard work and dedication.
The next luncheon is being held:
Thursday, Dec. 5
11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
Great Hall, Piscataway
Thank you for your commitment to excellence. 
We hope to see you there.
Vendor Fairs Dec. 3 & 6
The Staff Council invites you to shop at Vendor Fairs. Crafts, candles, cakes and jewelry are just some of the items that will be available from small-business owners.

Tuesday, Dec. 3
10 a.m. to 3 p.m. 
Great Hall, Piscataway
Friday, Dec. 6
10 a.m. to 3 p.m
Arline and Henry Schwartzman Courtyard
Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital
New Brunswick
Global Health Fair on Dec. 4
The Annual Global Health Fair is on Wednesday, Dec. 4 at 5:30 p.m., in the Arline and Henry Schwartzman Courtyard.

The keynote speaker is Joanna Regulska, PhD, vice provost and associate chancellor, Global Affairs and professor of gender, sexuality and women's studies at University of California, Davis.

For more information, contact Christina Rozario.
Donate a Toy to Chandler Health Center Until Dec. 4
Eric B. Chandler Health Center is a federally qualified community health center that offers high-quality ambulatory care services to the region's medically underserved, including infants, young children and adolescents. Last year thanks to your help, Chandler Health Center was able to distribute approximately 500 toys to approximately 250 families. 

Chandler Health Center is in need of additional donations this year. Your continued generosity is greatly appreciated. 
Please donate a new, unwrapped toy and place it in the donation box in your area.
  • Center for Advanced Biotechnology and Medicine -- Entrance 101
  • Child Health Institute -- Front Street Lobby and Plum Street Lobby
  • Clinical Academic Building -- Main Lobby
  • Dept. of Communications --Monument Square, 317 George Street, Suite 215
  • Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences Institute -- Room 235
  • Research Tower -- Office of Student Affairs
  • School of Public Health -- 3rd Floor Lobby
Upcoming CME and Grand Rounds
With CME activities resuming fully during the first week after Thanksgiving, I highlight the  Department of Medicine's  Grand Rounds presentation titled, "Pain Management in Rheumatic Disease," by Lee Simon, MD , on  Wednesday, Dec. 4  in CAB 1302 from 8 -

Click here to view all upcoming CME activities.
Paul F. Weber, MD, RPh, MBA , associate dean, Continuing Medical Education
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