Nov. 2, 2018
The latest news and updates from Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School
Message from Chancellor Brian Strom, MD, MPH
Sherine E. Gabriel, MD, MSc, has announced that she is resigning her position as dean of Robert Wood Johnson Medical School to become the President of Rush University in Chicago. Dean Gabriel joined Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences (RBHS) in July 2015 from Mayo Medical School and has been instrumental in leading the medical school through the continued integration with Rutgers and our clinical partners at RWJBarnabas Health. 
 
Under Dr. Gabriel’s leadership, the medical school experienced significant increases in NIH and extramural funding year-over-year; opened a modern Clinical Research Center with expanded capabilities adept at managing clinical trials; received a full eight-year accreditation from the LCME; and earned the coveted Gold Seal Certification for Ambulatory Practices from The Joint Commission. She promoted stronger collaborative endeavors between medical school faculty and colleagues across RBHS and the university, and with our health system partners. Dr. Gabriel also completed the school's financial turnaround, successfully filled ten chair positions and began the integration of the Robert Wood Johnson Medical School's clinical enterprise into Rutgers Health. 
 
It is always bittersweet when a colleague leaves. However, it is testament to the important work that we accomplish here at RBHS and to the quality and achievements of our leaders when they are offered positions that then significantly advance their careers. We are proud of Dean Gabriel and her accomplishments. We will celebrate them together in the near future. Please join me in wishing Dean Gabriel success in her new position. She will continue her role as dean until January 10, 2019. 
 
In addition, I am pleased to announce that Robert L. Johnson, MD, FAAP , The Sharon and Joseph L. Muscarelle Endowed Dean of New Jersey Medical School (NJMS), has agreed to assume the additional position of interim dean. Dean Johnson joined the faculty of the NJMS Department of Pediatrics in 1976, following the completion of his fellowship training in Adolescent Medicine. He created the Division of Adolescent and Young Adult Medicine and led it since its inception. He served as Chair of Pediatrics from 2001 to 2005, when he was asked to serve as the school’s interim dean. In 2011, following a nationwide search, Dr. Johnson was named dean.  Dr. Johnson will continue to serve as dean of NJMS as he assumes the interim deanship of Robert Wood Johnson Medical School.

Dr. Johnson is a Fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics and serves on the Advisory Committee of the Division of Behavioral and Social Sciences of the National Research Council's National Academy of Sciences. He serves as Vice Chair of the Community Preventive Services Task Force at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. At the state level, Dean Johnson chairs the New Jersey Governor's Advisory Council on HIV/AIDS and Related Blood Borne Pathogens and the Newark Ryan White Planning Council. Previously, Dr. Johnson served as the President of the New Jersey Board of Medical Examiners; as the Chair of the US Department of Health and Human Services' Council on Graduate Medical Education; and as a member of the National Council of the National Institute of Mental Health; the NIH AIDS Research Council; and the Institute of Medicine, Health Care Services Board.

Dean Johnson was welcomed to the Robert Wood Johnson Medical School community at a Town Hall on Oct. 31, during which faculty and staff had the opportunity to meet him and ask questions. Dean Johnson plans to get to know Robert Wood Johnson Medical School faculty, staff and students, understand our aspirations and work together to promote our goals. Photographed above is Dean Johnson ( center ) with Executive Vice Dean Tom Hecker, PhD , and Dean Gabriel.
Faculty Speaks at Academic Health Symposium
Leaders from  Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences  and  RWJBarnabas Health discussed challenges facing health care nationwide and in New Jersey at an inaugural Academic Health Symposium on Oct. 30.

The event started with a keynote address by David Blumenthal, MD, president of The Commonwealth Fund. Dr. Blumenthal focused on four issues – the dynamics of health care markets and the unique way in which U.S. health care is organized; how health care affects and is affected by climate change; “miracle cures” and treatments that are too expensive for our system and patients; and how patients use technology to ask more questions and gain more information about their health. He reflected on what these challenges mean in New Jersey, at Rutgers and at RWJBarnabas Health during a panel discussion that included (pictured above, l-r)   Rutgers President Robert Barchi, MD, PhD; RBHS Chancellor Brian Strom, MD, MPH; Dean Sherine E. Gabriel, MD, MSc ; David Blumenthal, MD; Barry Ostrowsky, president and CEO of RWJBarnabas Health; Dean Robert L. Johnson, MD, Rutgers New Jersey Medical School ; and Rep. Frank Pallone. The panelists discussed how to effectively provide care that sets patients up to live healthier, happier lives in an ever-changing landscape including the need to communicate more effectively with patients to reduce disparities in health care; the importance of understanding patient needs and engaging patients and communities as partners in research labs; and the influence of race in health care.

The afternoon featured topical presentations on the challenges and disparities of the United States’ aging population, including presentations from Soko Setoguchi, MD , associate professor of medicine and epidemiology, and Carol A. Terregino, MD , senior associate dean for education and academic affairs.

Read more about the symposium at Rutgers Today.
Staff Council Launch Events
The Robert Wood Johnson Medical School Staff Council hosted launch events on Oct. 23 and Oct. 25 in Piscataway and New Brunswick, respectively. View photos from the events here . The Staff Council is a new representative body of non-faculty employees who will work to increase staff involvement in the governance of the school by broadening and strengthening lines of communication within the entire community. Executive Vice Dean Tom Hecker, PhD , spoke at the events about the importance of the Staff Council to improve the lines of communication with the Dean’s office and strengthen the relationship between faculty and staff. Dr. Hecker emphasized that staff is the heart of the medical school family, helping the school successfully educate its students, treat its patients and fulfill its research mission.
 
“I believe that it is possible for us to be that great academic medical center where people are excited to get up in the morning and come to work,” said Rhonda L. Smith, PhD , executive director of strategic initiatives and administration. “The initiatives being brought forth by the Staff Council are to let you know that we appreciate you, that we are proud you chose to work at Robert Wood Johnson Medical School and to make sure that you feel welcomed while you are at work.”
 
The Staff Council extends its deepest appreciation to those who donated items to the Tricky Tray; click here to view the list of contributors and winners. Look for more information about staff appreciation initiatives and social outings organized by the Staff Council in future issues of Weekly View, and learn more about Staff Council at its website .
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Don't Forget to Stop by AAMC Reception this Saturday
Faculty, staff, students and alumni who are attending the annual  Association for American Medical Colleges (AAMC) meeting in Austin, Texas, are invited to attend a reception co-hosted by  Robert Wood Johnson Medical School and New Jersey Medical School. 

The reception will be held at the JW Mariott Austin on  Saturday, Nov. 3, from 6:30 - 8 p.m.
Department of Pediatrics Celebrates Diwali
From left to right: Janice Cato-Varlack, MD; Dayla Chefitz, MD; Lakshmi Moorthy, MD; Maya Ramagopal, MD; Christina Varghese ; and Amisha Malhotra, MD .
Department of Pediatrics Resident
Kabila Marepalli, MD (left), with her sister.
On Oct. 25, the Department of Pediatrics celebrated Indian culture and the holiday of Diwali, the Hindu festival of lights. The morning was filled with educational presentations, dance performances by pediatric residents and attending physicians and food.
Medical School Departments Celebrate Halloween
Congratulations to the Division of Cardiovascular Diseases and Hypertension for their second-place win in Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital's pumpkin-carving contest! Many thanks to Fatima Meadows, program assistant, who led the effort.
Pediatric ENT Care Bear nurses dress up for Halloween!
Boggs Center Hosts Twice Born on Nov. 28
The Boggs Center on Developmental Disabilities is hosting Twice Born: Stories from the Special Delivery Uni t on Nov. 28 from 9:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. at Rutgers Continuing Education Center at Atrium (300 Atrium Drive, Somerset). The event, titled " A Family Centered Care Journey: One Mother's Evolution from Fetal Surgery, to Coordinating Care, to Becoming a Health Care Professional," highlights one family’s experience with the highly complex intervention of fetal surgery, receiving care from a multidisciplinary team and supporting a child with complex health and care needs both in and out of the hospital setting. 

During this NJLEND Continuing Education session, Monica Lange, producer/director and executive producer of Twice Born , will present excerpts from her award-winning PBS mini-series featuring Lesly Leiva, parent and health care professional, as a special guest. Together they will reflect on Lesly's emotional journey with her daughter Lilly, who is now five, and will discuss the different perspectives of being a caregiver versus being a provider. Register for the event here .
Dr. Shahidullah Publishes Handbook of Pediatric Behavior
Jeffrey Shahidullah, PhD , adjunct assistant professor of pediatrics and assistant professor at the Graduate School of Applied and Professional Psychology, recently published Handbook of Pediatric Behavioral Healthcare , which will be available next month.
 
The book explores integrated pediatric behavioral health service delivery across systems, focusing on providing care to youth with chronic and acute health conditions.
Jennifer Schaefer Wins Prize for Outstanding Poster
Congratulations to Jennifer Schaefer , PhD candidate, Joint Graduate Program in Toxicology, who presented her research on the molecular regulation of uterine receptivity at the Mid Atlantic Society for Toxicology on Oct. 24. Jennifer was awarded a prize for an outstanding poster.

Andy Babwah, PhD , associate professor of pediatrics, and Sally Radovick, MD , chair of pediatrics, were supervisors of the project.
Next week's Grand Rounds and Case Conference programming is highlighted by three separate departments ( Psychiatry, Emergency Medicine, and Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Sciences ), hosting speakers who will address the timely and pertinent topics of the opioid epidemic and proposed N.J. State recreational marijuana legislation.  

I also wish to extend a warm welcome to  Keith Lewis, MD , the new chair for the  Department of Anesthesiology and Perioperative Medicine . Dr. Lewis and I met earlier this week and discussed innovative ideas for future CME-related activities.

Click  here   to view all upcoming CME activities.

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