Faculty and Staff News
Research titan, revered oncologist Dr. Lawrence Einhorn to deliver 2018 commencement address
Lawrence Einhorn, MD, a titan in the field of oncology best known for pioneering the cure for testis cancer, will deliver the keynote address to the Indiana University School of Medicine Class of 2018 during commencement ceremonies on Saturday, May 12.
“Dr. Einhorn is the consummate physician,” said Jay L. Hess, MD, PhD, MHSA, dean of IU School of Medicine. “His research related to testicular cancer has saved the lives of hundreds of thousands of young men. But beyond being brilliant, his is empathetic, thoughtful and accessible, traits that endear him to his patients. The world needs more Larry Einhorns. I can’t think of a more appropriate person to address our graduates.”
IU School of Medicine’s first faculty oncologist, Dr. Einhorn began his career in 1973 working with the late John Donohue, MD, the acknowledged leader in the surgical cure for early stage testicular cancer. Within a year of coming to the school, Dr. Einhorn began to experiment with Cisplatin, a platinum-based drug that had produced poor results when administered to treat cancer. But Dr. Einhorn remained determined that the drug held promise for his patients and tested a theory that involved combining Cisplatin with two additional drugs.
Dr. Einhorn’s new regimen ultimately established a cure for testis cancer--a disease that once claimed nearly every life it touched. The survival rate for patients skyrocketed to 95 percent--the highest cure rate of any cancer. Forty-five years later, Dr. Einhorn remains the international expert on testicular cancer, and patients seek him out from around the globe.
Commencement for the IU School of Medicine Class of 2018 will be held from 9:30-11:30 am, Saturday, May 12, in the Sagamore Ballroom at the Indiana Convention Center.
Distinguished alumni to be honored May 19
The Indiana University School of Medicine Alumni Association will recognize several distinguished physician graduates during the 71st annual Strawberry Shortcake Luncheon, part of the association’s Medical Alumni Weekend, on Saturday, May 19, at 11 am at the Sheraton Indianapolis Hotel at Keystone Crossing.
This year’s honorees include:
Distinguished Alumni Award--Myron H. Weinberger, MD, Class of 1963
Dr. Weinberger’s research revealed critical insights for diagnosing and managing hypertension. As an internationally recognized cardiologist, his research showed that curbing salt intake is one way for patients to control their high blood pressure. The finding helped Dr. Weinberger earn a prestigious grant from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to establish a research center at IU to investigate the chronic condition, launching 30 years of near-continuous NIH funding.
Glenn W. Irwin, Jr., MD, Distinguished Faculty Award--James A. Lingeman, MD, Class of 1974
Dr. Lingeman changed the practice of urology. Since joining the faculty at IU School of Medicine in 1980, Dr. Lingeman has been at the cutting-edge of minimally invasive procedures to provide relief from stones disease. He was the first physician in Indiana to use high-energy shock waves to break up kidney stones. As a researcher, Dr. Lingeman has published more than 300 peer-reviewed articles and maintained continuous NIH funding for nearly 30 years.
Early Career Achievement Award--Frank H. Örge, MD
Dr. Örge has been doing crucial work aimed at saving the eyesight of children. He specializes in complex cases of misalignment of the eyes and childhood glaucoma. He’s been at the forefront of minimally invasive surgeries to relieve pressure inside the eye and curb the risk of blindness. Trained at IU School of Medicine from 1998 to 2005, Dr. Örge is currently a professor of ophthalmology and director of the Center for Pediatric Ophthalmology and Adult Strabismus at University Hospitals Eye Institute in Cleveland.
George W. Sorrells, Jr., MD, Community Physician Award--Kenneth E. Bobb, MD, Class of 1952
Dr. Bobb has been a pillar of the medical community in Seymour, Ind. for 44 years. He was simply someone residents there could depend on. In addition to the thousands of individuals Dr. Bobb cared for, he delivered more than 2,000 babies. Over four decades, he acted as medical director to Lutheran Community Home, a non-profit organization that today provides assisted living and skilled nursing to elderly residents. In 1994, Dr. Bobb created a hospice program at Schneck Medical Center, handling its operations for 16 years.
Medical student’s dream becomes a reality after 40 years
Madeline Chikamba is no stranger to the realities or complications of life. Growing up in a small, poor village in Zimbabwe inspired her to pursue medicine.
“As a five-year-old, I vividly recall my dad transporting an ill friend in his run-down truck to the nearest clinic--only to find out the visiting doctor was not scheduled to be in town for another few weeks,” Chikamba said. “I always thought if a doctor lived in the village, my people would live longer. It was then that I vowed to be a doctor who would be there to help my community. Fast forward 35 years later, that community for me now is Indianapolis, thousands of miles from where my dream began.”
The Hoosier hospitality and diverse patient demographics led Chikamba to pursue her dream at Indiana University School of Medicine.
“IU School of Medicine was an ideal training program for me,” Chikamba said. “Here, I was exposed to a diverse clinical model that caters to different populations of patients. I loved having opportunities to work with the underprivileged, underrepresented populations that are dear to me.”
Find out how Chikamba found support at IU School of Medicine to pursue her dream in this MD Student News blog post.
Get your CrimsonCard by June 30 or lose access to buildings
Less than two months remain before current IU School of Medicine ID cards will stop working. By June 30, all current IU School of Medicine students, faculty and staff (part time and full time), and affiliates, including residents and fellows, must obtain IU’s university-wide CrimsonCard.
All the details are included in a list of frequently asked questions, including information for colleagues at regional campuses.
Here is how to get started on the Indianapolis campus:
Step 1: Visit the CrimsonCard (formerly JagTag) office in the IUPUI Campus Center or Informatics & Communications Technology Complex to get a CrimsonCard. Be sure to tell the representative you need the IU School of Medicine multi-function card (also called the triple-technology card).
Step 2: If you use your ID to access IU Health facilities, email your CrimsonCard information to IU Health. (Read FAQ for specifics.)
Step 3: Hold onto your old ID, because access to IU Health buildings will not immediately transfer to your CrimsonCard.
Faculty and Staff News
Remembering the late Drs. Thomas and Mary Lynn Wolfe
The Indiana University School of Medicine community is saddened to learn of the death of two of its alumni, Thomas Wolfe, MD, and Mary Lynn Wolfe, MD. The husband and wife died in a plane crash on Friday, April 27 in northern Michigan.
Dr. Thomas Wolfe graduated from IU School of Medicine in 1974 and also completed an internship, anesthesiology residency and a one-year fellowship in pediatric anesthesiology at IU School of Medicine. He became a member of the IU anesthesia faculty and the Section of Pediatric Anesthesia at Riley Hospital for Children in 1978. During his career spanning 35 years, Dr. Wolfe educated, influenced and inspired countless medical students, hundreds of residents and dozens of fellows and practicing anesthesiologists by teaching them the art and science of pediatric anesthesia through direct patient care and scholarly contributions. He retired from his full-time tenured position at IU School of Medicine in 2012.
After earning a bachelor’s degree in chemistry from IUPUI in 1973, Dr. Mary Lynn Wolfe graduated from IU School of Medicine in 1992. She also completed her residency training in radiology at the school. Retiring after nearly 30 years in practice, Dr. Wolfe served as chief of radiology at Hancock Regional Hospital in Greenfield, Indiana, where the couple lived.
“The Wolfes’ untimely death is a great shock to all of us who knew them well,” said Gopal Krishna, MD, Emeritus Professor and former director of pediatric anesthesia at Riley Hospital for Children. “Tom always excelled in everything he pursued, and after raising their three sons, Mary Lynn decided to pursue a career in medicine herself. They were wonderful people with a lovely family, and their children are highly accomplished in their own right.”
One of the couple’s sons, John Wolfe, MD, assistant professor of clinical anesthesia, followed in his parents’ footsteps, graduating from IU School of Medicine in 2004.
Last year, in recognition of Dr. Thomas Wolfe’s outstanding achievements and contributions to pediatric anesthesia, IU School of Medicine faculty and former colleagues established the Thomas M. Wolfe Pediatric Anesthesia Education Fund to support pediatric anesthesia education at IU School of Medicine.
A public remembrance ceremony for Drs. Thomas and Mary Lynn Wolfe will be held at 7 pm, Tuesday, May 8 at Erlewein Mortuary, 1484 W US Highway 40, in Greenfield. A Daily Reporter article published earlier this week includes information about how the Greenfield community is remembering the Wolfes.
Faculty Steering Committee announces election results
The IU School of Medicine Faculty Steering Committee has announced this year’s election results. Elected faculty will serve from July 2018 to June 2020. The committee president for 2018-2019 is Brittney-Shea Herbert, PhD, and secretary is Yar (Samantha) Yeap, MD, (elected in 2017).
President-elect: Rafat Abonour, MD
Secretary-elect: Tim Corson, PhD
IU Health Physicians representative on the Faculty Steering Committee: Steve Steiner, MD
Regional campus representative on the Faculty Steering Committee: Douglas Carr, MD
IUPUI Faculty Council: Krista Brucker, MD; Sylk Sotto, EdD; Hongxia Ren, PhD; Matthew Landman, MD; Debomoy Lahiri, PhD; Matthew Turner, MD, PhD; Alex Dent, PhD
CFAS representative: Sharon Moe, MD
Academic standards: Tanna Boyer, MD; Dale Saxon, MD
Admissions: Stephanie Sharpe, MD; Elizabeth Whipple, MLS, AHIP
Awards: Jodi Smith, MD, PhD; Jonathan Ting, MD
Biomedical research: Sara Quinney, PhD, PharmD; Shannon Risacher, PhD
Community relations: Khalil Diab, MD; Joseph O’Neil, MD
Curriculum council: Elizabeth Collins, MD; Dan Corson-Knowles, MD
Faculty development coordinating: Brady Atwood, PhD; Cynthia Brown, MD
Faculty promotion and tenure: Mitchell Goldman, MD; Margaret Schwarz, MD
Lecturers and clinical rank faculty appointment contract and promotion: Mara Nitu, MD, DC; Tim Taber, MD
Student promotions: Tamika Dawson-Knox, MD; Tyler Davis, MD
Indianapolis Star profiles Dr. Goggins for reaching transplant surgery milestone
The Indianapolis Star recently profiled William Goggins, MD, associate professor of surgery, who completed his 2,000th kidney transplant earlier this year. As the article explains, while program-level transplant data is compiled by the United Network for Organ Sharing, it’s impossible to know how Dr. Goggins stacks up to other surgeons in terms of number of kidney transplants performed. But, as the Indy Star journalists writes, “If surgeons kept stats, he’d [Dr. Goggins] be LeBron James.”
May 18 is deadline to nominate colleagues for new staff awards
Nominations are now being accepted for two new staff awards honoring long-time IU School of Medicine staff members Deb Cowley and Lynn Wakefield, who retired from the school earlier this year. These annual awards--the Lynn Wakefield Unsung Hero Staff Award and the Deb Cowley Staff Leadership Award--recognize IU School of Medicine staff members for exemplary performance in key areas. Descriptions and submission guidelines for these and other school-wide faculty and staff awards are available. The deadline to nominate colleagues for the Cowley and Wakefield awards is Friday, May 18.
Rager selected for fellowship to study professional ethics
Josh Rager is one of 14 medical students chosen to participate in the 2018 Medical Program of the Fellowships at Auschwitz for the Study of Professional Ethics (FASPE). As a FASPE fellow, Rager will study at some of the most prestigious universities in Germany and Poland and meet a Holocaust survivor.
“In light of the clinical and medical knowledge I’ve gained over the past few years, I look forward to the opportunity to investigate these issues with a group of medical students from around the country,” Rager said.
Read more about Rager’s upcoming experience in Europe in this MD Student News blog post.
MS4: May 12 is almost here
With less than 10 days to go until commencement, fourth-year medical students will want to check out the end-of-year updates, including a commencement tutorial, a reminder about the AAMC Graduate Questionnaire and where to pick up class composites and Gold Humanism honor cords.
NOVA documentary features IU School of Medicine program
Monika Fischer, MD, associate professor of medicine, and IU School of Medicine’s Fecal Microbiota Transplant Program are featured in the documentary, NOVA Wonders: What’s Living in You?, which premiered Wednesday, May 2, on PBS.
Mealey Lecture is May 23
The eighth annual Mealey Lecture will be presented at 5 pm, Wednesday, May 23, in the Goodman Hall Auditorium in the IU Health Neuroscience Center, in downtown Indianapolis. Paul J. Camarata, MD, professor and chairman of the department of neurosurgery at the University of Kansas, will deliver the lecture, “The Evanescent Semi-Sitting Position in Tumor Surgery—Time for Its Revival?” Parking is available in the parking garage attached to the Neuroscience Center.
Dr. Dungy-Poythress to speak at women in leadership event
Lauren Dungy-Poythress, MD, associate professor of clinical obstetrics & gynecology, will be the featured speaker at the Stepping Stones of Women in Leadership event. The series is for faculty and students to learn about professional development from hearing the personal career journeys of successful women. The event will be held from 11:45 am-1 pm, Wednesday, May 23, at the Glick Eye Institute, Room 103. Registration is available.
Communicating Science Series begins first session May 31
Back by popular demand, the Communicating Science Series is a three-session series designed to train participants to communicate complex scientific topics more effectively to non-experts such as patients, learners, lawmakers and funders. The program is free and open to all IU School of Medicine and IUPUI faculty and graduate students. Registration is available. Session dates and topics include:
Thursday, May 31: Connecting with your audience
Thursday, June 7: Distilling your message
Wednesday, June 13: Media training for scientists and physicians.
Staff members Mundy and Campoli receive Pride of Indiana recognition
IU School of Medicine staff members Sheri Mundy and Andrea Campoli were recently honored with Pride of Indiana recognition.
Sheri Mundy, who works in Radiology and Imaging Sciences in Indianapolis, received the following commendation from her nominator: “Sheri is simply an outstanding colleague. Despite her busy schedule managing all of our grants, she always has personal time for every one of us. She is very thorough and organized and responds even on her vacation days.”
Andrea Campoli, Graduate Medical Education, IU School of Medicine-South Bend, was recognized by her nominator, who wrote: “No matter the issue that may arise in MedHub, Andrea resolves the problems with a positive and helpful attitude. Andrea makes a positive difference in the work that we all do across the medical school and she is truly a blessing to have here.”
Pride of Indiana is a regular feature in Inside IU that allows IU faculty and staff to recognize their colleagues for IU-related work that goes above and beyond job duties. Submit a Pride of Indiana nomination.
Indianapolis – IUPUI launches 50th anniversary website
IUPUI has launched its 50th anniversary website. In one comprehensive location, visitors can find the event calendar, browse through campus history on the timeline and share their IUPUI stories in honor of the campus’ golden anniversary. IUPUI celebratory year kicks off July 1.
Indianapolis – Campus Health offers no-cost HPV vaccines
If you’re age 26 or younger and haven’t been vaccinated for human papillomavirus (HPV), IUPUI Campus Health is offering the three-dose series at no cost to all students. No appointment is necessary.
Indiana ranks among the lowest in the country for its HPV vaccination rate (first dose, age 13-17-year-old males and females) and has above national average rates of male and female HPV-related cancers (CDC, 2016). The HPV vaccine protects against the nine highest-risk strains of HPV.