October 4, 2019
Vol. 26, No. 17
3 Weeks Until MSDC's Annual Meeting on October 25
MSDC's Annual Meeting is just three weeks away--on October 25. The event celebrating Washington, DC's visionary physicians and physician leaders allows you to finish the week bonding with physician friends, enjoying delicious food and drink while we showcase medicine at the heart and soul of academic medicine, the AAMC Learning Center. Register today !

We've Added a Jazz After-Party
In addition to the awards ceremony, leadership installation and socializing, there will be an after-party with live jazz so you can continue to socialize and relax. You won't want to miss MSDC's premier all-member event and physician celebration.

MSDC appreciates the generous support of our 2019 Sponsors: ProAssurance | Mid-Atlantic Permanente Medical Group | Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine | Janssen | Sunrise Medical Laboratories | BridgePoint Healthcare . For information on how to participate, contact Pia Duryea .
Red Meat Study Highlights Need for Physician Advocacy
The Annals of Internal Medicine paper published this week on red meat in diets highlights the need for physicians to be active in advocacy. Anyone who has read the public analysis not informed by medical professionals sees the misleading, confused, or inaccurate analysis that can come about when non-medical professionals need to interpret medical information. The same is true of advocacy–when health policy is made by non-physicians, the implications can be disastrous for physicians and patients. Get involved today to ensure physicians’ perspectives are included in policy debates–email hay@msdc.org to learn how.
MSDC Covers the Bases on DC Healthcare
Last Monday, Councilmember Vincent Gray joined the MSDC Board of Directors meeting to discuss his priorities for the remainder of the year. The Councilmember, who chairs the Committee on Health, urged MSDC members to advocate for more health facilities in Wards 7 and 8, and specifically outlined his view for what a new hospital on the St. Elizabeth’s campus should be. Learn more here .

MSDC worked with the Medical Professional Liability (MPL) Association to draft a letter to Mayor Muriel Bowser regarding the impact of liability on healthcare reform. The letter, seen here , outlined several opportunities to reform MPL and expand District residents' access to medical care.
Update: Vaping-related Lung Illness Count Rises, Topping 1,000
As of October 1, more than 1,000 cases of lung injury associated with e-cigarette use have been reported, including patients in Virginia and Maryland. The CDC reports that approximately 70% of the patients are male. The outbreak disproportionately impacts the young: 80% of patients are under 35, with a median age of 23. For more information, see the CDC's feature page: Outbreak of Lung Injury Associated with e-Cigarette use, or Vaping.
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2018-2019 Board of Directors
Susanne Bathgate, MD
Chair of the Board, At-large

Raymond Tu, MD, MS, FACR
President, AMA Alternate Delegate

J. Desiree Pineda, MD
President-elect, AMA Alternate Delegate

Barry L. Lewis, MD, MBA
Immediate Past President

Joseph E. Gutierrez, MD
Treasurer, AMA Delegation Chair

Peter E. Lavine, MD
AMA Delegate

Julian Craig, MD

Laurie Duncan, MBBS, MS

E.W. Emanuel, MD

Alice Fuisz, MD
At-large, Secretary

Kirstiaan Nevin, MD

Daniel Perlin, MD

Marc Rankin, MD

Carla C. Sandy, MD

Robert Hay Jr., CAE
Executive Vice President
The following physicians and medical students recently joined MSDC:

Matthew Lecuyer, MD (Emergency Medicine, Pediatrics)
Rashmi Reddy, MD
Justen Ahmad
Beelet Dawood
MSDC President Selected as United Medical Center Chief Medical Officer
MSDC President Raymond K. Tu, MD, FACR, has been selected as Chief Medical Officer of United Medical Center. Dr. Tu is a native Washingtonian and long-time radiologist at United Medical Center who has also served as Chief of Staff at United Medical Center. Congratulations to Dr. Tu for his dedication to patients East of the River.
Washington Post Places MSDC member-driven Perspective on Immunization
MSDC member and MedStar Georgetown physician, Joel Selanikio, MD, heeded the call to raise awareness of immunization and protect the public health against misleading anti-vaxxers. Dr. Selanikio worked with Dr. David Brown, who penned an opinion piece featured in the Health section of the Washington Post . The piece implored people to get vaccinated for the sake of others.
Neal Barnard, MD, Cited Debunking Conclusions of Recent Study
MSDC Member Neal Barnard, MD, was in USA Today and other publications raising concerns over a recent study about diet in the Annals of Internal Medicine. He also held a livestream interview responding to the report.

Bette Catoe-Strudwick, MD, Nominated as a Health Hero
Dr. Bette Lorrina Catoe-Strudwick. a long-time MSDC Member was nominated as a Health Hero by the DC Hospital Association. She is a retired pediatrician who practiced in Ward 4.
MSDC Connects Women in Medicine
Last month, the Women in Medicine Section held its kick-off event entitled, "We Don't Need Self-Care, We Need Boundaries." The event was well-attended and included a discussion by Dr. Pooja Lakshmin of The George Washington University. Women-owned businesses Denizens Brewing and Chaia Tacos supported the event. MSDC thanks all who attended and gives special thanks to Dr. Anjali Malik of Washington Radiology, who organized the event.
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Public Health
Chemical Burn or Vaping-related Injury?
A Mayo Clinic physician published a letter in the New England Journal of Medicine shed new and disturbing light on the recent increase in vaping-related injury. The letter says that some vaping-related injuries resemble chemical burns .

Reuters reports the physicians ruled out lipoid pneumonia “as a probable explanation of how vaping harms the lungs, but the mystery over the exact cause only deepened.” The article says that lipioid pneumonia is “a rare diagnosis typically associated with people accidentally inhaling oils into their lungs,” which is how the CDC diagnosed five cases in a Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report last month. 
October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month
This month is dedicated to raising awareness of breast cancer, one of the most common kinds of cancer in women. About 1 in 8 women born today in the United States will get breast cancer at some point. Over 2,000 men are diagnosed each year as well. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has patient fact sheets and flyers for young women with breast cancer .
Adult Immunization Update for HPV and Pneumoccal Vaccination
The new ACIP recommendations for HPV and pneumococcal vaccinations are available here , along with applicable Quality Improvement tools to improve adult vaccination rates. Strategies specific for training residents are also outlined.
Corporate Partners
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Practice Management
What You Need to Know About DC Health Information Exchange
CRISP DC will be hosting its First Annual User Conference focused on its DC users. The format will echo previous successful forums CRISP has held in past years for Maryland users, however, the content will be specific to DC user needs. Opening remarks will include accomplishments thus far in DC and an overview of presently available services. Breakout sessions will include 2 tracks: one for newer users to master the basics, and the second track for more advanced users focusing CRISP’s use in specific workflows and a session on data quality.
The conference will be held November 5 from 9 AM to 1 PM at the Marriott Wardman Park Hotel. Registration is open now at https://dc.crisphealth.org  
National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day
Saturday, October 26, 2019, from 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM is  National Take-Back Day  . This regular event is a safe, convenient, and responsible way to dispose of unused or expired prescription drugs.  Look up take-back locations and drug disposal information on the   DEA website . To locate a year-round authorized collector in your area, click  here   .
Reminder: MSDC Members Invited to Free CME Dinner Read more
Practice Alerts
Below are several practice alerts recently released by the DC Department of Healthcare Finance:
Early Career Physicians
Which Medical Specialties Have the Biggest Gender Imbalances?
Gender has proven to be a factor related to which medical specialties residents pursue following their graduation from medical school. Data gathered by the AMA and the Association of American Medical Colleges offers some insight on which medical specialties are most popular among male and female physicians entering residency. Among specialties with at least 50 active residents, the percentage of women are below.
  • Obstetrics and Gynecology83.4%
  • Allergy and Immunology73.5%
Popular specialties in which men made up a significant portion of the resident workforce include:
  • Orthopedic surgery—84.6%
  • Neurological surgery—82.5%

See AMA Wire for other specialties.
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Lawyers Seek Physician Help
Physician Consultation Services Needed for Compassionate Release of Terminally Ill and Medically Disabled Prisoners
Pursuant to a new federal law, terminally ill and medically disabled federal prisoners, many of whom are elderly, can now seek compassionate release by filing motions in court. A compassionate release clearinghouse is connecting eligible inmates with pro bono legal counsel and need physicians to assist them in reviewing medical records and in providing consulting opinions regarding the prognosis for the prisoner’s disease state and/or their medical care upon release. To learn more, contact Steven Salky at SSalky@Zuckerman.com . He is a partner at Zuckerman Spaeder LLP and is helping coordinate the private bar’s representation of eligible inmates.
October 12, 2019
Hyatt Regency Bethesda (One Bethesda Metro Center, Bethesda, MD)
This one day symposium will review the latest in the diagnosis and management of advanced heart failure. A special emphasis will be given to special conditions such as infiltrative cardiomyopathies, pulmonary hypertension, and genetic conditions. It will also provide an overview of modalities for treating end-stage advanced heart failure such as mechanical circulatory support and heart transplantation. For more information and to register to attend, please visit  CE.MedStarHealth.org/MHFS.
Physicians for Human Rights (PHR) Asylum
October 20, 2019
9:00 Am - 4:30 PM
Auditorium -New Research Building (3970 Reservoir Road, Washington, DC 20007)
The goal of the Georgetown University School of Medicine Asylum Program is to pair clinicians and students with an asylum seeker, perform a comprehensive physical or psychological evaluation, and submit an affidavit for use in immigration court. Fall 2019 training for our PHR GUSOM asylum clinic for both clinicians and medical students. It will cover a sylum law, practical tips for working with asylum-seekers, physical and pychological evaluations, writing affidavits. They are currently able to train physicians, psychologists, NPs, and LCSWs. Clinician registration is here . For more information, visit www.phrgeorgetown.org or email gusomphr@georgetown.edu .
Medical Real Estate Listings
Brought to you by MSDC Corporate Partner GZ Medical Realty. Contact Pete Papantoniou for your real estate needs.  
Office Sublet Available
600 square foot sublet available on 19th Street NW between Farragut North and Dupont Circle Metro. Brand new build out with separate suite number, entrance, waiting area. One office and one exam room with large window. One smaller office without windows. Sublet space is connected to an established private internal medicine practice. Price negotiable . Contact Dr. Alice Fuisz if interested. alicefuisz@aol.com

University Medical Building
2141 K Street NW
Washington, DC 20037
University Medical Building is conveniently located in the heart of DC with easy access to Metro stations. Please contact Peter Papantoniou at 301-961-1941 or see the online listing for more information
Part Time/Full Time Office Space Available
3 Washington Circle
Washington, DC 20037
Part time/full time office space available immediately at 3 Washington Circle. This includes a large consultation room, fully equipped examination room, lab drawing facility onsite, EKG machine, space for receptionist, space for medical records, shared use of copier, telephone system, wireless internet and waiting room. Ideal for general internist, medical subspecialist or surgeon. If interested, please call Mark Sklar, MD. 202-887-4769 or email mmsklar@gmail.com .
Boutique Townhouse Medical Office for Rent Across From GWU Hospital/ Medical School
900 New Hampshire Ave., NW
Washington, DC 20037
Boutique townhouse medical office for rent across from G.W.U. Hospital & School of Medicine. Very close to Foggy Bottom Metro. Three rooms, one on entry level with powered table/chair & overhead surgical light. Consultation room, reception/waiting room, & possibility of 2 additional rooms. Two-car driveway. Call/text Sheldon K. Gottlieb, MD, 301-509-3319, or email skgottliebmd@comcast.net .
Woodburn Medical Park
3229 Woodburn Road
Merrifield, VA 22003

Woodburn Medical Park is located within walking distance of INOVA hospital directly off Capital Beltway. Common area has recently been upgraded. Contact Peter Papantoniou at 301-961-1941 or see the online listing for more information .
Full Time/ Part Time Office Space Available
Well-designed and attractively decorated office of three general internists has additional consulting room/exam room suite available. Looking for another general internist to share space and overhead in fully staffed and equipped internal medicine office. Shared call coverage is possible. Contact Alan Stone, MD, 202-466-8118 or aws.md@verizon.net
Medical Society of the District of Columbia
1250 23rd Street NW, Ste 270
Washington, DC 20037