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  • Spinola stepping down as department chair

    Stanley Spinola, MD, who has served as a leader at Indiana University School of Medicine for more than two decades, recently announced his intention to step down as chair of the Department of Microbiology and Immunology. He will remain as chair until a successor is in place.

    “It has been a privilege to serve as chair and to work alongside such a remarkable group of faculty and learners,” said Dr. Spinola, who will remain on the faculty and continue his research and teaching. “While I’m not ready to retire, the time is right for me to step back from my administrative role. By announcing my plans now, I hope to ensure the school has the time to thoughtfully recruit a new chair who will position the department for continued success.”

    Dr. Spinola came to Indiana University in 1993 to join the Division of Infectious Diseases in the Department of Medicine and became division director in 1995. In 1999, he was named the first David H. Jacobs Professor of Infectious Diseases. He was appointed chair of the Department of Microbiology and Immunology in October 2010.

    “Stan is a respected scientist and clinician who has made many important contributions to the field of infectious disease,” said Jay L. Hess, MD, PhD, MHSA, dean of IU School of Medicine and vice president for university clinical affairs. “But beyond his personal accomplishments, he was instrumental in the development and implementation of the new curriculum. He is also one of our most dedicated mentors, inspiring scores of aspiring scientists, physicians and faculty members during the formative years of their careers. In that regard, his impact extends far beyond the Department of Microbiology and Immunology and IU School of Medicine.”

    Read this blog post for more on Dr. Spinola’s career with IU School of Medicine.

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  • Global palliative care leader to head Walther Supportive Oncology Program

    An international leader in palliative care has been named the director of the new Walther Supportive Oncology Program at Indiana University School of Medicine. James (Jim) Cleary, MD, will join the faculty in July to lead the program and will hold the Walther Senior Chair in Supportive Oncology. He will also be a professor of medicine.

    An Australian-trained medical oncologist and palliative care physician, Dr. Cleary, who has been in the United States for 24 years, is recognized globally for his expertise in palliative care medicine and cancer pain.

    He is currently a professor of medicine at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health in Madison, Wisconsin. He also is a palliative care physician with the UW Health palliative care program, which he started in 1996. In 2011, he stepped down as medical director of the clinical program to commit more of his efforts to improving global palliative care. He has been director of the Pain and Policy Studies Group, a World Health Organization Collaborating Center for Pain Policy & Palliative Care at the UW Carbone Cancer Center, for the past seven years.

    IU School of Medicine recently received a $14 million gift from the Walther Cancer Foundation to create a supportive oncology program that goes beyond standard therapies such as surgery, chemotherapy and radiation and seeks to care for a patient’s overall physical, mental and spiritual well-being. The program is named the Walther Supportive Oncology Program in recognition of the foundation’s generosity.

    Read the full news release about Dr. Cleary’s appointment

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  • Match Day is two weeks away

    Match Day for the class of 2018 is Friday, March 16, in the IUPUI Campus Center, CE 450, on the IU School of Medicine-Indianapolis campus. Fourth-year medical students will join peers from across the nation to open their envelopes with residency details provided by the National Resident Matching Program (NRMP) at precisely noon (EST) to learn where they will spend the next part of their journey in medicine. Doors open at 11 am and the program will begin at approximately 11:30 am. Visitor parking is available at the Vermont Street Garage.

    The program will be streamed live via Facebook Live on IU School of Medicine’s Facebook page with additional information available on the IU School of Medicine Match Day site.

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  • Search begins for IU School of Medicine-Northwest-Gary leader

    IU School of Medicine has launched a search for a visionary academic professional to lead IU School of Medicine-Northwest-Gary as associate dean and regional campus director.

    Applications and nominations are now being accepted for this position, which reports to the executive associate dean for educational affairs and institutional improvement. Ideal candidates will have strong experience in academic leadership, medical education and medical research, particularly regional medical education within community settings. Candidates should possess an MD, PhD, MD/PhD or equivalent. 

    This is an opportunity for a skillful leader to shape the direction of northwest Indiana’s only medical campus within IU School of Medicine’s strong statewide academic system.

    More information and application details are available. The priority review deadline is Monday, March 26. Questions about the position should be emailed to

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  • Remembering Dr. George Lukemeyer

    George Lukemeyer, MD, IU School of Medicine alumnus and long-time faculty member, died on Feb. 25, in Bloomington, Indiana, at the age of 93. Dr. Lukemeyer served on the school’s admissions committee for more than 40 years, 18 of those years as chairman.

    Responsible for admitting hundreds of students during his tenure, Dr. Lukemeyer had the ability to look beyond grades and test scores, talking to would-be physicians about their interest in medicine and forcing them to look ahead to where they’d like to be in 10 or 15 years. An IU Medicine article, published in 2010, describes Dr. Lukemeyer’s enduring commitment to the school’s admissions process and IU School of Medicine. In the article, Dr. Lukemeyer is quoted, “I’m convinced this is a terribly important job. The kinds of people you select in will determine the kinds of people you graduate out.”

    The article also includes reflections from some of the many IU School of Medicine graduates who have Dr. Lukemeyer to thank for opening the door to a career in medicine.

    The Lukemeyer name will forever be associated with excellence in medical education at Indiana University. The endowed Frank C. and Ruby L. Moore and George T. Lukemeyer Professorship was established to benefit IU School of Medicine. In addition, two endowed scholarships exist that bear his name: The Class of 1970 David M. Gibson and George T. Lukemeyer Scholarship, and the George T. Lukemeyer Medical Student Scholarship.

    Dr. Lukemeyer will be remembered with a Mass of Christian Burial at 11 am, Friday, March 2, at St. Paul Catholic Center, 1413 E. 17th St., in Bloomington. Read his full obituary here.

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Research News

  • Researchers use data to look "upstream" to see what makes patients sick

    Researchers at the Regenstrief Institute and IUPUI have successfully used data to predict primary care patients' needs that stem from social determinants of health, a finding that may potentially help shift the focus of health care from caring for ill people to preventing patients from getting sick.

    Using data from 48 socioeconomic and public health indicators, researchers were able to look "upstream" to determine which conditions or circumstances led to a patient becoming ill and needed to be addressed through referrals to prevent the patient from becoming ill again.

    The conditions that most affect health are the physical, economic and social environments in which people are born, live and work, as well as their personal behaviors.

    The study, “Assessing the capacity for social determinants of health data to augment predictive models identifying patients in need of wraparound social services,” was published in the Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association.

    Read more about the research, including the involvement of study co-author Shaun Grannis, MD, director of the Regenstrief Institute’s Center for Biomedical Informatics and the Clem McDonald Investigator in Biomedical Informatics.

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Student News

  • MS1: S3 survey deadline extended

    MS1 students, don’t miss your opportunity to help make improvements at IU School of Medicine. To account for the Host Defense exam on Friday, March 2, the deadline for MS1 students to submit their feedback through the Strategic Student Survey (S3) has been extended to Monday, March 5.

    Thanks to student feedback, changes have been made in recent months to the learning environment, mental health services, and mentoring and advising. In addition, if 80 percent of MS1 students complete the survey by March 2, the school will contribute $2,500 to the class’s expenses for Second Year Show, Match Day and other events.

    For more information read the MD Student News blog post.

    Take the survey now.

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  • MS3: March 9 is deadline for S3 survey

    The class of 2019 has the opportunity to provide valuable feedback to help improve IU School of Medicine by completing the Strategic Student Survey (S3). Recent student feedback has helped make positive changes in the learning environment, mental health services, and mentoring and advising.

    Additionally, if 80 percent of MS3 students complete the survey by Friday, March 9, the school will contribute $2,500 to the class’s expenses for Match Day, Senior Banquet or commencement. For more information read the MD Student News blog post.

    Take the survey now.

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  • MS4: Don't forget to complete the GQ

    The Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) Graduate Questionnaire (GQ), a survey for all senior medical students nationwide, opened last month. IU School of Medicine fourth-year students are urged to complete the survey, which is an important tool for medical schools to use in program evaluation and to improve the medical student experience.

    Look for an email invitation from AAMC to take the survey. If MS4 students achieve 80 percent participation by Friday, March 16--Match Day--IU School of Medicine will contribute $2,500 to cover class graduation expenses.

    This blog post provides more information about how you can qualify for prizes such as commencement VIP packages, Amazon gift cards and an Apple watch.

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  • Five things to know about Paul Wallach, MD, the new executive associate dean

    Paul Wallach, MD, the new executive associate dean for educational affairs and institutional improvement, joined IU School of Medicine last month. Dr. Wallach was most recently the vice dean of academic affairs at the Medical College of Georgia at Augusta University.

    One of Dr. Wallach’s key goals is to improve and enhance the student experience at IU School of Medicine. In this blog post, Dr. Wallach shares five things he wants students to know.

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  • Students reflect on clerkship experiences

    Every year hundreds of IU School of Medicine medical students take part in clerkship experiences across the state to receive hands-on medical training in clinical care specialties. To illustrate the school’s amazing clerkship opportunities across the state, medical students shared some of their favorite clerkship experiences in this blog post.

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  • Indianapolis: Daly Center renovation update

    Renovations and repair of student spaces in the Daly Center are nearly complete. With contractors working around the clock the past several weeks, the IU School of Medicine facilities operations team reports that several classrooms and study areas are now open, including:

    Office 188
    Classroom 185
    Study room 179
    Seminar rooms 170, 171, 172, 173, 174, 175, 176
    B070 Student lounge and B072 Locker room, open from 8 am-5 pm

    The fitness center is scheduled to open during the week of March 5. Seminar rooms 177 and 182, and conference room 186 should be open within the next week.

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  • View March medical library class schedule

    The Ruth Lilly Medial Library is offering the following classes in March:

    EndNote Basics
    Wednesday, March 7; noon-1 pm; Room 226
    Tuesday, March 27; 3:30-4:30 pm; Room 226

    Determining Impact
    Tuesday, March 13; 3:30-4:30 pm; Room 226

    Introduction to Medical Library Resources
    Wednesday, March 14; noon-1 pm; Room 226

    Introduction to Geospatial Visualization
    Thursday, March 22; noon-1 pm; Room 226 

    Network Visualization
    Thursday, March 29; noon-1 pm; Room 226

    Class registration is not required, but is recommended. Check the library website for more information.

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  • March 22-23 healthcare update conference to focus on LGBTQ health

    Plan to attend the LGBTQ Healthcare Update Conference, March 22-23, which will address the unique health considerations and barriers to health care in the transgender and LGB populations. Basic elements of transgender-specific health care will also be discussed. Attendees will learn to provide respectful, patient-centered, culturally competent health care to all patients, including transgender and LBG patients.

    This event, which will be held in Goodman Hall in downtown Indianapolis, is designed for nurses, physicians, physician assistants, psychologists, speech pathologists, social workers and other allied health providers.

    Registration and details are available.

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Partner News

  • Sidney & Lois Eskenazi Hospital named Primary Stroke Center

    The Sidney & Lois Eskenazi Hospital has earned primary stroke center accreditation reflecting the advanced level of care Eskenazi Health provides to all stroke patients.

    “This accreditation acknowledges our staff’s dedication to the implementation of best practices with the goal of achieving better outcomes for stroke patients,” said Lee Ann Blue, executive vice president for patient care services and chief nursing officer at Eskenazi Health. “I’m proud of our team’s hard work to develop a program that reflects not only our emphasis on high-quality, patient-centered care but on continuous staff education.”

    Work to receive the designation from The Joint Commission began in 2016 with the successful surveyor visit taking place in 2017.

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  • Goggins performs 2,000th kidney transplant

    William Goggins, MD, associate professor of surgery, achieved a major milestone in February by performing his 2,000th kidney transplant at IU Health University Hospital. Joining IU Health in 2003, Dr. Goggins is the surgical director for the kidney transplant program. For more on Dr. Goggins, visit the IU Health News Hub.

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  • Radiology and Imaging Sciences faculty earn major awards

    Radiology and Imaging Sciences faculty have recently been in the spotlight for major awards in their field. Rupa Radhakrishnan, MS, received the ARRS Scholarship to pursue scientific research to determine neurodevelopmental outcomes of infants using neonatal abstinence syndrome and target interventions to improve outcomes. Brandon Brown, MD, is the recipient of the 2018 Leonard Berlin Scholarship in Medical Professionalism Award, an award that enables winners to further develop expertise in medical competencies. Nicholas Koontz, MD, has won this year’s Joseph E. and Nancy O. Whitley Award after being selected for the best paper on education in radiology.

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  • Rohr-Kirchgraber receives AMWA award

    The American Medical Women’s Association (AMWA) will honor Theresa Rohr-Kirchgraber, MD, FACP, Barbara F. Kampen Scholar in Women’s Health, with the 2018 Bertha Van Hoosen Award at its 103nd annual meeting award ceremony on March 24. Named in honor of the founder and first president of AMWA, the award honors one or more women physicians who have demonstrated exceptional leadership and service to women physicians and students through AMWA.

    Dr. Rohr-Kirchgraber is a frequent contributor to the IU School of Medicine Women in Medicine blog.

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