Faculty and Staff News
All-School Meeting begins today at 4:30 pm
The IU School of Medicine All-School Meeting will be held this afternoon, Thursday, September 5, from 4:30-6 pm. Open to all faculty, staff and learners, the meeting will take place in Walther Hall (R3), C203. IU School of Medicine Dean Jay Hess, MD, PhD, MHSA, and the executive associate deans will share updates, and there will be opportunities to ask questions. Award recipients also will be announced. A reception will follow from 6-7 pm.
Unable to attend in person? Instructions to watch the meeting via live web stream are available on the Faculty Steering Committee page.
Transplant surgery celebrates Legacy of Hope, recognizes four distinguished leaders
The IU School of Medicine Department of Surgery Transplant Division celebrated the life and careers of four distinguished transplant leaders during its Legacy of Hope event on Thursday, August 22.
The event honored the lives and achievements of the late Drs. Stephen Leapman, Ron Filo, Larry Lumeng and Mark Pescovitz, who all had a significant part in shaping the past, present and future of the transplant surgery program at IU School of Medicine.
“I knew all of these gentlemen personally, so for me and many others this is a very warm and familiar event,” said Jonathan A. Fridell, MD, professor of surgery and division chief of transplant surgery.
The event brought together many former and current faculty and staff, philanthropic donors and friends, as well as family members and spouses of the doctors being celebrated—providing the transplant division a chance to thank everyone for their support of the research and education mission.
“These doctors were leaders, pioneers, and they were outstanding clinicians,” Fridell said, “We looked back and discovered that even though it has been 10 to 20 years since these surgeons performed transplants, there are still more than 300 grateful patients walking around today with functioning grafts that they had performed.”
For more on the event and the achievements of these four transplant surgeons, read the Faculty News blog post.
Orthopaedic surgeon taking “victory lap” with Indy fellowship
Rob Wessel, MD, comes from a long line of businessmen and women. His father, as well as many of his aunts, uncles and cousins work selling insurance for the same company.
Wessel said he gave it a try for a few summers in high school but couldn’t see it being his career. He liked math and science and hands-on work. And, eventually, medicine revealed itself as his true calling, ticking all of those boxes.
Wessel recently completed his fifth and final year as an IU School of Medicine Department of Orthopaedic Surgery resident, and he’s chosen to continue studying in Indianapolis for a few extra months, honing the skills he’ll need to be an excellent surgeon.
Last month, working under the guidance of the celebrated traumatologists who serve as department faculty, Wessel began the one-year orthopaedic trauma fellowship with the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery at Indiana University Health Methodist Hospital.
Learn more about Wessel’s journey and what he calls his “victory lap” in this Spirit of Medicine blog post.
Faculty and Staff News
Background check applications due this month for IU programs involving children
The Indiana University Programs Involving Children (PIC) policy requires that background checks be conducted every five years for all paid faculty, staff, students and volunteers in IU School of Medicine clinical departments and select other areas of the school. Last month, IU School of Medicine constituents affected by this policy received an email with specific details.
The PIC policy was created to ensure the overall protection and safety of children involved in IU programs through the use of background checks, program registration, a mandate for program-specific guidelines and an emphasis on the legal duty to report suspected child abuse and neglect.
IU has partnered with a third-party vendor to manage and conduct the background checks. Emails distributed to affected constituents include next steps and initial instructions for completing the background checks. Deadline for submitting the background check application is Friday, September 27.
For more information, view these Frequently Asked Questions. With additional questions, contact Claire McRoberts, JD, IU School of Medicine Faculty Affairs Counsel, at email@example.com, or Joseph Scodro, JD, deputy general counsel, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
October 1 is deadline for HITS employees who park in Fairbanks lot
IU School of Medicine employees who work in the HITS building and park in the Fairbanks Hall parking lot will need to begin parking in an IUPUI-designated parking lot on Tuesday, October 1.
To address overcrowding issues in the Fairbanks Hall parking lot, after October 1, the Fairbanks lot will only be available to IU School of Medicine employees whose workspaces are located in Fairbanks.
Employees affected by the change should have received an email about the shift. After October 1, only employees located at Fairbanks Hall will be able to operate the gates and park in the Fairbanks lot.
Learn more about IUPUI parking permits and lot locations by visiting the parking services website. Questions? Contact your supervisor.
Rex named emeritus professor
Douglas K. Rex, MD, who retired from IU School of Medicine on September 1, has earned emeritus status with the new titles of Distinguished Professor Emeritus and professor emeritus of medicine.
Rex joined the IU School of Medicine in 1985, and since that time has been an outstanding member of the faculty in the Division of Gastroenterology and Hepatology. His major research interests are in colorectal disease and, in particular, colorectal cancer screening and the technical performance of colonoscopy. He has authored more than 200 peer-reviewed publications, over 40 guideline papers and 60-plus book chapters. In addition to earning nearly 70 research grants, Rex has distinguished himself as an excellent educator, receiving the outstanding teacher award in the Introduction to Medicine course five times. He also received the IU School of Medicine Outstanding Teacher Award and the Department of Medicine’s Excellence in Teaching Award.
Emeritus designation may be awarded upon retirement from IUPUI to faculty members and others as recognition of "substantial contributions to the university in the fields of teaching, research and/or service." Rex’s emeritus status was approved by IUPUI Executive Vice Chancellor and Chief Academic Officer Kathy Johnson. IU School of Medicine congratulates Rex and appreciates his contributions to the school and university.
Jones joins IU Simon Cancer Center as research administration coordinator
Robyn Jones is the new research administration coordinator at IU Simon Cancer Center. In this role, she will assist the cancer center’s administrative team with pre- and post-award research administration and serve as a resource to cancer center members, business managers and administrators. Jones was most recently with Purdue University Sponsored Program Services.
Take part in the September 14 walk to raise awareness of suicide
Join the team from IU School of Medicine at the Out of the Darkness Community Walk, an event to raise awareness of suicide and suicide prevention. The walk will be held Saturday, September 14, in White River State Park Celebration Plaza. Check-in begins at 12:30 pm, with opening ceremonies scheduled for 2:30 pm and the walk at 3 pm.
IU School of Medicine participants, who will walk in recognition of National Physician Suicide Awareness Day (September 17), will meet at the White River Park Visitors Center at 2:45 pm. Those walking with the school’s team are encouraged to wear IU School of Medicine swag. Register as part of the school’s team. Online registration ends at noon on Friday, September 13.
IU Student Outreach Clinic open house is October 5
The IU Student Outreach Clinic (IUSOC) will host its annual open house from 1-3 pm on Saturday, October 5. The clinic is located at Neighborhood Fellowship Church, 3102 E. 10th St., Indianapolis.
For the past 10 years, the IUSOC has served as a hub for compassionate and interprofessional care for individuals and families on Indianapolis’ east side. Founded in 2009, the clinic provides free health care to those in need and is operated by hundreds of students from 13 IU disciplines.
In addition to celebrating another successful year, the open house offers a chance to learn more about the clinic and ways to get involved.
Mark Brothers Award lecture is Tuesday
Amy Shiu Lee, PhD, recipient of the Mark Brothers Award, will present "Critical role of the unfolded protein response regulator GRP78/BiP in cancer” at 3 pm, Tuesday, September 10, in Walther Hall (R3), Room 203.
Lee is the associate director for basic research and professor of biochemistry and molecular medicine at the University of Southern California (USC) Norris Comprehensive Cancer Center. Her research focuses on the mammalian stress response and molecular chaperones. Lee’s lab has made numerous discoveries in understanding how these genes are regulated and their role in the development of human diseases.
The Mark Brothers Award was established in 1997 in honor of Dr. Guey C. Mark's older brothers who emigrated from Canton, China. They settled in South Bend, Indiana, where they built a successful restaurant business. Due to their reverence and respect for higher education, Mark’s brothers supported his pursuit of a career in medicine.
Registration is available for the lecture and a reception immediately following.
Next week’s Culture and Conversation event to highlight governance and advocacy
Governance and advocacy are the topics of the next Culture and Conversation event, which will be held from noon-1 pm, Wednesday, September 11, in Fesler Hall, Room 319. Learn how to participate in advocacy at the local, state and national level, while also complying with the governance components of IU School of Medicine. Faculty, staff and learners are invited to attend. Register and learn more.
Mark your calendar for November 12 seminar on single cell analytics
The Center for Medical Genomics will present a seminar on single cell analytics from 1-4 pm, Tuesday, November 12, in Walther Hall (R3), Room 203. This educational session will highlight how single cell genomics can enhance your research. Guest speakers will be present from 10x Genomics, Illumina and BioLegend. Register to receive more information about the event. Questions? Contact Maks Luthra at email@example.com.
Riley cafeteria to close on September 16 for major renovations
The cafeteria, dining hall and kitchen at Riley Hospital for Children at IU Health will undergo extensive renovation from mid-September through mid-May, making room for more people and better eating and seating options. The main cafeteria and dining hall will close for construction from September 16-May 11 as part of the Riley maternity tower construction project.
Staff, visitors and other guests are encouraged to use alternate dining options during construction:
- Red Wagon Café, ROC Patio Café, Nature’s Table and Copper Moon will remain open, offering extended hours when possible and more grab-n-go options for customers.
- Open seating areas include the cafeteria courtyard, the ROC Patio Café tables/chairs and the Simon Family Tower Lobby, where more seating will be added.
NOTE: The cafeteria courtyard will only be accessible from the Barnhill Drive doorway located near Copper Moon as IUPUI completes a paver replacement project on Middle Drive (the lane between Riley Outpatient Center, the ROC garage and IU School of Nursing) from September through year's end.
The renovation will be the cafeteria’s first overhaul since opening in 1985. Post-renovation, staff can expect:
- More space with ample natural light
- Comfortably designed seating areas with places and spaces to plug in and charge devices
- An open-concept serving set up that includes new serving stations (grill line, hot entrée, expanded fresh salad bar, build-your-own pizza station, rotating pasta bar)
- More grab-n-go options
- More cashiers and checkout points
- Extended hours to buy pre-made salads, frozen foods and hot items