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  • Raman named new cardiology division chief

    Subha V. Raman, a physician-scientist with a strong track record of research funding, has been tapped as the new cardiology leader at IU School of Medicine and IU Health. She will assume the role of chief of the Division of Cardiology for IU School of Medicine and vice president of IU Health Cardiovascular Services effective February 1, 2020. Raman will also serve as director of the newly established Cardiovascular Institute, an umbrella entity designed to facilitate collaboration among cardiovascular-related disciplines across the school and health system.

    Raman currently is the Joseph M. Ryan, MD, Endowed Chair in Cardiovascular Medicine at the Ohio State University College of Medicine, and has served in a number of leadership positions.

    “We are especially impressed by her deep appreciation for innovation and vision for how we can improve patient care through early intervention,” said Jay L. Hess, MD, PhD, MHSA, IU School of Medicine dean and executive vice president for university clinical affairs. “She brings with her a wealth of experience and expertise that will help us grow in the cardiovascular space and ensure we continue to innovate to deliver the highest level and most personalized care to patients.”

    In her new roles, Raman will be charged with providing leadership and setting strategy for clinical care, research and education across the multidisciplinary team.

    “Dr. Raman’s leadership and expertise are especially critical to our collaborative approach to early intervention in the Hoosier state,” said David A. Ingram, MD, executive associate dean for clinical affairs at IU School of Medicine and president of IU Health Physicians.

    “Heart disease and stroke are the leading causes of death in Indiana,” said Raman, who succeeds outgoing chief Peng-Shen Chen, MD. “I am excited to collaborate with colleagues at IU School of Medicine and IU Health to focus on earlier detection and management of heart disease, and to ensure Hoosiers have access to the highest quality care.”

    For more on Raman’s appointment and experience, visit the Newsroom.

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  • Cox and Fiege honored as 2019 IBJ Women of Influence

    IU School of Medicine faculty members Elaine Cox, MD, and Angela Fiege, MD, were recently named “Women of Influence” by the Indianapolis Business Journal. The physicians were among 23 women recognized through IBJ’s annual program, which “honors women who have risen to the highest levels of business, the arts, and community and public service in Indiana.”

    Cox, professor of clinical pediatrics, is the chief medical officer for Riley Hospital for Children at IU Health. A pediatric infectious disease specialist, Cox worked with Ryan White during his treatment for HIV at Riley. She told IBJ, “I think I am most proud that despite my position I have been able to continue to advocate from the physician perspective. I have been able to remain true to my ‘calling’ to be a doctor and guide practice despite the incredible changes going on in health care.” Read Cox's IBJ profile.

    In addition to working in critical care at IU Health Methodist Hospital, Fiege, assistant professor of clinical emergency medicine, is the medical director for the NASCAR-AMR Track Safety Team. She is also the founder of Rachael’s First Week, an educational and safety program for high school and college students navigating young adulthood. The program was established in memory of Fiege’s daughter, Rachael, who died after suffering a traumatic brain injury shortly after arriving at IU for her freshman year.

    “I am most proud when I hear an anecdotal story of a college student who attended our [Rachael’s First Week] program and then made the tough choice to call 911 for a fellow student who is in need, be it from injury, over-intoxication, depression or another reason.” Fiege told IBJ. “I then know we have made a difference.” Read Fiege’s IBJ profile.

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  • Einterz awarded IU President’s Medal

    Robert Einterz, MD, executive director of AMPATH and director of the IU Center for Global Health, recently received the IU President’s Medal for Excellence, the highest honor an IU president can bestow. The medal was presented to Einterz during the Academic Excellence Dinner at IUPUI on October 28.

    “Dr. Einterz is one of the visionary founders of AMPATH, the Academic Model Providing Access to Healthcare, a groundbreaking program that has transformed—and saved—many lives,” said IU President Michael A. McRobbie. “Under Dr. Einterz's outstanding leadership, AMPATH has expanded beyond its original focus on HIV and AIDS to provide more comprehensive care to people in Western Kenya.”

    Einterz, an IU School of Medicine alumnus, will retire from the university in January after serving on the faculty at IU for more than 30 years.

    Visit News at IU for more on the medal presentation.

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  • Call of duty: Q&A with Levi Funches, Jr., MD

    For Lieutenant Colonel Levi Funches Jr., MD, assistant professor of clinical pediatrics, helping to address health care disparities among veterans in Indiana is personal. A 10-year veteran of the U.S. Army who still serves in the Reserves, Funches provides insight into the health concerns veterans face, as well as his passion for serving veterans, in this Faculty News blog post.   

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  • Flu vaccination deadline is next Thursday

    If you haven’t received your mandatory flu shot, the deadline is just seven days away. All IU School of Medicine faculty, house staff and students who provide clinical care at Indiana University Health or Eskenazi Health, perform clinical research at these facilities or whose primary office is in an IU Health or Eskenazi Health hospital are required to receive a flu vaccination before Thursday, November 14.

    On the IUPUI campus, free flu shots are available at Campus Health (Coleman Hall, Suite 100) or at a Campus Health flu shot outreach clinic. Students (only) also may obtain a flu shot at Campus Center Student Health. There are no out-of-pocket costs for flu shots. IU School of Medicine staff are also eligible to receive flu shots at no cost.

    Dates, times and locations of Campus Health flu shot outreach clinics are listed on the IUPUI Events Calendar. Use the “Health and Wellness” filter to find flu shot clinics quickly.

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  • Check out INScope’s year-end schedule

    The countdown to year end is here, and that means INScope will be changing its distribution schedule beginning this month. The e-newsletter will not publish on Thanksgiving Day, Thursday, November 28. Weekly publication will resume on Thursday, December 5, with the last issue of 2019 distributed on Thursday, December 19. Publication will resume in the new year on Thursday, January 9.

    Need to get the word out in 2019? Submit news items for the November and December issues as soon as possible to scopmed@iu.edu. For more information, refer to the INScope page on MedNet.

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Faculty and Staff News

  • Faculty reminder: Committee preferences are due tomorrow

    The deadline for faculty to submit preferences for schoolwide committee service for the 2020-2021 academic year is Friday, November 8. Ballot information was sent to eligible voting faculty via email in October and again on Wednesday, November 6.

    Each year the Faculty Steering Committee partners with Faculty Affairs, Professional Development and Diversity to solicit faculty interest in serving on schoolwide committees in appointed and elected roles. Due to the April 2019 constitutional changes, each department will now have a chance to elect a representative to serve on the Faculty Steering Committee. Questions? E-mail fapdd@iu.edu.

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  • Playoff game to affect IUPUI campus parking on Saturday

    Due to the Indy Eleven playoff game on Saturday afternoon at Carroll Stadium, parking lots 59, 63 and 80 will be used for fan parking beginning at 11 am on November 9. (The game begins at 3 pm.)

    Drivers with EM permits will have access to both the Vermont Street and Barnhill Drive garages beginning at 10 pm, Friday, November 8. Be sure to exit the garages by 10 pm, Sunday, November 10, to avoid paying visitor parking rates.

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  • Construction begins next week in Van Nuys Medical Science Building

    Construction and renovation are set to begin next week in the Van Nuys Medical Science Building. Crews will be on site and will be erecting temporary walls to isolate construction areas. Access to suite 122, as well as the restrooms, will remain, but minimal short-term closures may be required periodically. The south elevator will be dedicated for contractor use and locked out from floors 2 through 5. Faculty, staff and students will have access to the north elevators. 

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  • Don’t forget: Open enrollment begins Monday

    Open enrollment for Indiana University employees begins Monday, November 11. IU employees can make changes to their medical and dental insurance, add or remove eligible dependents, determine their needs for their Health Savings Account contribution, decide whether to save money through the Tax Saver Benefit plans and more. The enrollment period runs through Friday, November 22.

    More information is available from IU Human Resources, or you can attend a campus information or webinar. Times and locations are available on the HR open enrollment website and in open enrollment booklets.

    Visit News at IU for a list of what’s new in benefits for 2020.

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  • Find out about Fidelity, IU’s new retirement plan provider

    You may have heard that the university has selected Fidelity as its sole provider of administrative recordkeeping services to the IU retirement plans. There are several ways to learn more. John Whelan, IU vice president for human resources, will be at the Indianapolis Faculty Council (IFC) meeting from 3-5 pm, Tuesday, November 19, to explain the changes and answer questions. The meeting will be held in the IUPUI Campus Center Theater.

    For more details, you can also: 

    • Visit the Retirement Plan Enhancements site.
    • Schedule a one-on-one appointment with a Fidelity representative. Appointments are available at no cost. Schedule online, call the Fidelity reservation line at 800-642-7131 or text “MeetAtIU” to 343-898*. Meetings will be available on every campus throughout the fall semester.
    • Attend an on-site seminar. Reservation is not required.
    • Can’t attend in person? Register for a webinar:
      Wednesday, November 13; noon EST
      Fidelity NetBenefits 101

            Wednesday, November 20; 2 pm EST
            Fidelity NetBenefits 101

    As a reminder, in addition to a new simplified investment menu, the following changes will be introduced, effective January 1, 2020: 

    • Fidelity will be the sole recordkeeper for IU retirement plans.
    • New reduced fees under the IU retirement plans will be more transparent.
    • A new streamlined investment menu will be offered. A self-directed brokerage window also will be available for investors who want access to additional options.
    • Rollovers from other plans or IRAs will be permitted into the TDA and 457(b) Plan.
    • Roth contributions will be permitted to the TDA and 457(b) Plan.

    Information about the changes and enhancements was sent to active IU employees, retirees and people who no longer work for the university but were fully vested before they left. For more information about why IU is making the change and how the new investment menu is structured, visit News at IU.

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  • Apply by December 1 for IUPUI Staff Professional Development Grants

    Applications are now being accepted for the IUPUI Staff Professional Development Grants program. Sponsored by the IUPUI Staff Council, the program provides financial support to staff members to engage in professional development activities that align with the IUPUI Strategic Plan, contribute to the success of IUPUI and enhance the professional growth of the staff member.

    Staff members can apply several times a year; the next deadline is Sunday, December 1. Grant awards are $400. Learn more and apply. Questions? Contact Alicia Gahimer at algahime@iupui.edu.

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Opportunities

  • IU School of Medicine Orchestra to perform on Sunday

    Enjoy an afternoon of classical music as the IU School of Medicine Orchestra presents its fall concert at 2 pm, Sunday, November 10, at the Eugene and Marilyn Glick Indiana History Center, 450 W. Ohio St., in downtown Indianapolis. The orchestra, featuring the musical talents of faculty, learners and staff, will perform Beethoven’s Symphony No. 3 and Rossini’s La Gazza Ladra Overture.

    Admission and parking are free. For more details, visit the orchestra’s Facebook page.

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  • November 13 Culture and Conversation to focus on veterans’ health

    Levi Funches, MD, assistant professor of clinical pediatrics, will lead a discussion exploring issues of concern for the veteran population, such as chronic homelessness, post-traumatic stress disorder and other mental health needs. Plan to attend this Culture and Conversation event from noon-1 pm, Wednesday, November 13, in Fesler Hall, Room 319. Representatives from IU School of Medicine, the VA Hospital and IUPUI Veterans Affairs also will participate. Registration is available.

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  • Mental health summit on November 16 to focus on resiliency

    IU School of Medicine-West Lafayette is co-sponsoring the North Central Indiana Mental Health Summit on Saturday, November 16, at the Courtyard Marriott Lafayette. The summit will focus on resiliency, including diversity-based microaggressions; cultural humility and resilience; poverty and fortitude; minority stress, adaptability and endurance; LGBTQ perspectives and more.

    Continuing Education Credits are being pursued for health care professionals. Full CE information is available with online registration. Cost to attend is $35. Details and registration are available.

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  • Burnout and Spirituality in Medicine event is November 22

    Explore the intersection of burnout and spirituality in the medical profession on Friday, November 22, from 9 am to 1 pm, at Riley Hospital for Children at IU Health. The event will feature two keynote speakers, including Alex Lion, DO, MPH, assistant professor clinical pediatrics. Discussion will be moderated by Richard Gunderman, MD, PhD, John A. Campbell Professor of Radiology. Registration for the free event, which includes lunch, and a complete list of speakers are available.

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  • Registration now open for Stepping Stones women’s leadership events

    Plan now to attend the spring semester Stepping Stones events, highlighting women in leadership. The series of lunchtime workshops is hosted by IU School of Medicine Faculty Affairs, Professional Development and Diversity and the school’s Women’s Advisory Council. The events are open to all faculty, staff and students. More details and registration links are available for the upcoming programs and speakers:

    Wednesday, January 15: Jo Ann Matory, MD

    Thursday, February 13: Linda DiMeglio, MD

    Wednesday, March 4: Julie Welch, MD

    Wednesday, April 22: Brownsyne Tucker Edmonds, MD

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  • Apply by January 20 for translational public health research award

    Indiana University School of Public Health-Bloomington seeks to provide a more holistic model for the field of public health so that the individual, social, environmental and policy factors that support optimal health and wellness have a viable framework from which to approach current human health conditions. Applications for the translational public health research award may focus on any aspect of public health but should ultimately lead to the improvement of human health outcomes. 

    Applications require a partnership between an IU Bloomington faculty member and a public health liaison and/or collaborator at another Indiana CTSI partner institution. Deadline to apply is Monday, January 20. More information and application details are available.

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Partner News

  • Watch the video: IU Health Comprehensive Wound Center making an impact for patients

    Breast cancer survivor Julie Neighbours turned to the IU Health Comprehensive Wound Center for help after a wound on her abdomen wouldn’t heal. She’s grateful for the services the physical therapists and other doctors have given her over the past few months and wanted to share her story. In this video, Chandan Sen, PhD, IU School of Medicine associate vice president of research and executive director of the IU Health Comprehensive Wound Center, also explains the impact the center is making as it expands this fall.

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  • Riley launches new wayfinding tool

    Riley Children’s Health is piloting a new mobile tool that aims to help Riley Outpatient Center patients and families find their way to appointments and around the downtown Indianapolis facility—without getting lost.

    Navigate Riley is a wayfinding tool, accessible on mobile devices via the web, by text or using a QR code. Users get the tool by visiting rileychildrens.org/­findriley, texting FindRiley to 317.886.1166 or scanning the QR code. From the tool, patients and families can get driving directions to the Simon Family Tower Garage and then get directions to major waypoints in their outpatient journey, including entrances, elevators, Radiology, Retail Pharmacy and more.

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Kudos

  • Annual Transplant Matters event celebrates team’s achievements

    The IU School of Medicine Department of Surgery Transplant Division held its ninth annual “Transplant Matters” celebration on October 24. During the event, Jonathan Fridell, MD, professor of surgery and transplant surgery division chief, recognized the achievements of the transplant division and IU Health Transplant team, as well as highlighted other faculty achievements for the year in transplant research and education.

    “We made the top 10 list of abdominal transplant programs in the country by volume,” Fridell said. “Last year, IU Health ranked third for liver transplants at 164, the most we have had in one year since 2005.”

    Read more about the event, including accolades for the lifesaving contributions of organ donors, in this Spirit of Medicine blog post.

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