June 11, 2021

The latest news and updates from Interim Dean Robert L. Johnson!
The Dean's Weekly View will publish every other week throughout the summer.
Celebrating Pride Month
Every June, the LGBTQIA community celebrates Pride in a number of ways. Events are held worldwide as a way of recognizing the influence and impact that LGBTQIA people have made on society.

Pride Month is also an opportunity to peacefully protest and raise political awareness of current issues facing the community. The original organizers chose this month to pay homage to the Stonewall uprising in June 1969 in New York City, which helped spark the modern gay rights movement. 

Click here to show your pride and community support by displaying downloadable or digital assets this month and throughout the year!
Dr. Womack Publishes Study with Big Ten Colleagues on Cardiac Effects of COVID-19
A new study in JAMA Cardiology found that a cardiac MRI of athletes who had COVID-19 is seven times more effective in detecting inflammation of the heart than symptom-based testing, according to a study by researchers at Rutgers and 12 other Big Ten programs. The study is the largest study of college athletes and comprehensive cardiac evaluation including cardiac MRIs.

Jason Womack, MD, associate professor and chief of sports medicine in the Department of Family Medicine and Community Health, was a site co-principal investigator along with Carrie Esopenko, PhD, assistant professor in the Department of Rehabilitation and Movement Science at Rutgers School of Health Professions.

The study of 1,597 COVID-19 positive Big Ten athletes who had cardiac magnetic resonance (CMR) screening found 2.3 percent were diagnosed with myocarditis and most didn’t exhibit symptoms of the rare disease, a leading cause of sudden death in competitive athletes. Of the 37 athletes diagnosed with myocarditis, 28 were asymptomatic.

“COVID-19 has presented us with many challenges as the infections seem to affect different people in different ways. Our athletes rely on a heavy workload from their cardiovascular system to excel at what they do. Knowing if COVID-19 infection could have affected an athlete's heart is of utmost importance to allowing these young men and women to compete safely,” said Dr. Womack, who also is director of the medical school's sports medicine fellowship and a team physician for Rutgers Athletics.

Read more about the study in Rutgers Today.
Dr. Like Honored by Tanenbaum Center for Interreligious Understanding
Congratulations to Robert C. Like, MD, MS, emeritus professor of family medicine and community health, who was honored with the Adam Solomon Award by the Tanenbaum Center for Interreligious Understanding at its annual gala held virtually on June 3. The event celebrates the work and achievements of exceptional leaders and visionaries who continue to promote a world where difference is respected. Dr. Like was recognized for “His expertise and knowledge of medicine, population health, community health, and working to alleviate health disparities has had an unparalleled impact on Tanenbaum's Health Care programming.”
Read more about the award here.
Dr. Graber Joins Department of Psychiatry; Will Direct Virtual Drop-in Clinic for Employees
Welcome to Cheryl Graber, MD, who has joined the Department of Psychiatry as associate professor. Dr. Graber graduated from Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School and completed her general psychiatry residency at the medical school in 2010. Following which, Dr. Graber accepted a position at Hackensack Meridian Health where she served as the division chief of neuromodulation, directing electroconvulsive therapy (ECT) and transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMI) services for Jersey Shore University Medical Center. Dr. Graber serves as a physician business consultant to Rutgers University Behavioral Health Care where she advises on a strategic plan to create a therapeutic brain stimulation service. Her clinical duties in the Department of Psychiatry will include outpatient practice, as well as directing and staffing a virtual psychiatric drop-in clinic for Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences and RWJBarnabas Health employees in an urgicare model. 
Alumna Strives to Help in Surge-stricken India
Priya Jaisinghani, MD, an alumna of the medical school and the internal medicine residency program, has been advocating for and garnering help for individuals in India affected by the COVID-19 surge. Dr. Jaisinghani worked on the frontlines of the pandemic in 2020 while at Robert Wood Johnson Medical School and has brought her knowledge to online communities. She is in an endocrinology fellowship at New York-Presbyterian Weill Cornell.
“I joined forces with the civilian group online to be available and accessible to the people who needed it most and to advocate on their behalf,” said Dr. Jaisinghani. “Our group grew to about 25 people from all walks of life, including chefs and musicians, along with a few physicians, spanning across different countries which operated over WhatsApp receiving inquiries from social media, phone calls, and messaging to provide best practice guidelines.”
As a physician of Indian origin, Dr. Jaisinghani is helping professionals and the public navigate logistics and the health care systems; acquire resources; engage the community and recruit medical and nonmedical personnel. She also is exploring the creation of a crisis hotline. “As an advocate for minority health, I am humbled to be able to serve those in the United States by helping them help their families in India,” she said.
Read more about Dr. Jaisinghani’s work.
Save the Date! Friends & Family Kick-off for Botox/Fillers Clinic
The Department of Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery’s Division of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery will be starting a monthly Botox/Fillers Clinic that will kick off with a special “friends and family” event July 23 at the division offices on 10 Plum Street, featuring a 20 percent reduced rate on specific services.

The discounted prices apply to employees of Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, and Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital, and their family members. (Private pay only; no insurance plans accepted for these services.)

Regular pricing will resume with the first monthly event, Aug. 12, and subsequent clinics to be held on the second Thursday of each month.

Click here to download the Family & Friends flier for more information about the July special event and its discounted pricing. To RSVP, call 732-235-5530, and press option 1.
Physician Wellness Panel Recording Available
Members of the Robert Wood Johnson Medical School Alumni Association and the medical school community attended a live virtual event on June 1 to discuss physician wellness, burnout and resilience. A recording of the event can be found here.
Congratulations to Kennedy Ganti, MD, who completed his residency and fellowship through the Department of Family Medicine and Community Health, who was named the 229th president of the Medical Society of New Jersey. Dr. Ganti served as a panelist on last week's Physician Wellness webinar hosted by the Alumni Association.


Congratulations to Robert Wood Johnson Medical School students whose work was highlighted recently by the American Medical Association as part of its Accelerating Change in Medical Education Initiative. The students project on teamwork and improving interprofessional education was included in the AMA's article that summarized a review of student-submitted abstracts in the 2018 Health Systems Science Student Impact Competition.

Two medical students recently published papers along with faculty members. Second-year student Brett Musialowicz's research on headache induced-medicines, which he presented during the virtual American Headache Society meeting, was featured by healio.com. Brett worked with Pengfei Zhang, MD, assistant professor of neurology on the research.

Ralph Foglia, a third-year student, published a review in Current Addiction Reports that examined the current literature surrounding opioid overdose risk factors, with a focus on new factors in the opioid crisis. Ralph published the work with Nina Cooperman, PsyD, associate professor and Anna Kline, PhD, adjunct associate professor, both in the Department of Psychiatry.
Rutgers Vaccine Clinics are Open to the Public
Rutgers University is offering free COVID-19 vaccines to eligible individuals at clinics in Camden, Newark, and Piscataway. No insurance card is required. To make an appointment at one of Rutgers clinics, or to get help scheduling an appointment at a clinic closer to you, call Rutgers’ Vaccine Scheduling Assistance Program at 848-445-3033, Monday-Friday from 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. 
Vaccinations are the best way to move forward safely and return to many of the things we've been missing. So, join more than half of your fellow New Jerseyans and get vaccinated.
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Postpartum Response and Care Series for Care Providers
Project ECHO will host the last two educational sessions in its series Postpartum Response and Care on June 16 on venous thromboembolism and June 23 on postpartum hemorrhage. The sessions will help providers to better understand the racial and ethnic disparities that are causing a skyrocketing rate of maternal deaths in New Jersey. Connect with other New Jersey primary care providers, community partners, state agencies, and organizations. 
Sessions are on Zoom on Wednesdays from 11 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. Visit bit.ly/postpartum-echo to register.
Upcoming CME and Grand Rounds
For next week, I highlight the Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Science's Grand Rounds on Corticosteroids by Todd Rosen, MD, associate professor It will be held on Friday, June 18, from 8 - 9 a.m. For virtual access and more details, please contact McKayla Brady.

Please feel free to contact me via e-mail about related activities especially for our "Roadmap to Healing" efforts so that they can be included within this column with as much advance notice as possible.

Continued best wishes,

Paul F. Weber, MD, RPh, MBA, associate dean, Continuing Medical Education
In the News

Overview of Severe Asthma -- Reynold A. Panettieri, Jr., MD -- hcplive.com

Why Is Aducanumab, the New FDA-Approved Alzheimer’s Drug, So Controversial? William Hu, MD prevention.com, msn.com, and others

Understanding transgender pregnancy (and loss) -- Justin Brandt, MD -- allthelove.medium.com

Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital names cardiology chief -- Partho Sengupta, MD -- beckershospitalreview.com

Study Examines Effectiveness of Skin Barriers that Protect Clinicians from Irritation Due to Prolonged Mask Use -- Daniel Morrison, MD -- healthnewsdigest.com, miragenews.com and others

As more get vaccinated, risks grow for those who don’t -- Martin Blaser, MD and Denise V. Rodgers, MD -- njspotlight.com

Tips for Safe Summer Fun -- Patricia Whitley-Williams, MD -- nfid.org
Man may have had a rare COVID-19 shot reaction that caused heart inflammation -- Lawrence C. Kleinman, MD, FAAP -- northjersey.com, app.com and other USA Today syndicated outlets

-- Abhishek Singh, MD, PhD, alumnus -- centralyjersey.com
Show empathy, respect as mask restrictions ease, experts say -- Lawrence C. Kleinman, MD, FAAP -- nj.com and other NJ Advance Media outlets
Unexplained swelling could signal a COVID-19 blood clot -- Payal Parikh, MD -- easyhealthoptions.com

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