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  • Dean Hess names Sarah Wingfield as chief of staff

    IU School of Medicine Dean Jay Hess, MD, PhD, MHSA, vice president of university clinical affairs, announced last week the appointment of Sarah Wingfield as chief of staff for IU School of Medicine and the IU Office of University Clinical Affairs.

    Wingfield joins the school from Indiana University Health, where she partnered with the IU School of Medicine on several critical initiatives, including the development and implementation of the new funds flow model to improve the process through which IU Health and IU Health Physicians provide financial support to the academic mission. In addition, she has played a leadership role in the redesign of the physician compensation plan, changes to which are intended to promote research and educational activities among faculty physicians while simultaneously preparing for the transition to value-based reimbursement.

    Prior to joining IU School of Medicine on Aug. 1, Wingfield answered some questions about her new role and background.

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  • Share your ideas to innovate medical education

    What if you could redesign medical education from scratch? What if we set aside what we know about how physicians have been taught, and spent more time thinking about how they should be taught?

    More than 100 members of the IU School of Medicine community--administrators, faculty, students, residents and staff--gathered on July 15 to put forward their best and boldest ideas at an Innovation Summit at Fairbanks Hall.

    Now, IU School of Medicine wants your input. No matter what role you play, you no doubt have thoughts about how undergraduate and graduate medical education should evolve at the school. Visit the online innovation portal to read some of the ideas that emerged at the summit, submit your suggestions and vote on the ideas that resonate with you.

    Share your best ideas
    Help IU School of Medicine innovate by answering one or more of the following questions: 

    • What content should be given greater emphasis during medical school and/or residency? What content should be reduced or eliminated?
    • What changes should be made to pedagogical approaches and learner assessment?
    • How does the school foster a positive learning environment that promotes personal and professional development and wellness?
    • What should be changed in medical education to better serve our patients and communities?
    • How does the school establish a culture of educational innovation and excellence?

    Ideas gathered will help build a roadmap for moving forward with medical education at IU School of Medicine. Watch for innovation updates in future issues of INScope.

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  • Gayle Gordillo named chief of plastic surgery

    A leading plastic surgeon and nationally recognized researcher in wound healing and regenerative medicine has been recruited to lead the Division of Plastic Surgery within the Department of Surgery at Indiana University School of Medicine.

    Gayle Gordillo, MD, FACS, currently a professor of plastic surgery and medical director of wound services at The Ohio State University, will assume her role on Sept. 1.

    “Dr. Gordillo has a vision for plastic surgery at Indiana University that will be transformative for the division, department, Indiana University Health and IU School of Medicine,” said Gary Dunnington, MD, Jay L. Grosfeld Professor and chair of the Department of Surgery.

    Dr. Gordillo joins IU School of Medicine with nearly 20 years of experience in various roles in plastic surgery, including surgeon, educator, researcher and director, at The Ohio State University College of Medicine and Wexner Medical Center. She is eager to build on IU’s existing strengths and longstanding history in the field and continue to improve care for patients who have endured life-changing injuries or suffer from serious medical conditions.

    “My vision is for the Division of Plastic Surgery to become one of the country’s leading plastic surgery programs,” said Dr. Gordillo. “The division’s culture of leadership and connections to the large surrounding health system are invaluable to that mission. It has all the pieces and parts necessary to achieve extraordinary success. We can elevate this division to the premier level.”

    Read more about Dr. Gordillo and her vision for innovation in plastic surgery at IU School of Medicine.

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  • NIH funds major biobank expansion at IU School of Medicine to support Alzheimer’s disease research

    With a grant from the National Institute of Health's National Institute on Aging (NIA), Indiana University School of Medicine will dramatically increase the size and scope of the biobank that stores DNA and other biological samples used by researchers globally to better understand, treat and hopefully cure Alzheimer's disease. The grant is expected to last three years and total $12 million pending the availability of funds.

    “Anticipating increased need for a central national biobank resource, this award aims to boost the capacity of our national biobank so it can continue to facilitate both withdrawals and deposits, provide cutting-edge centralized resources with efficient processes for reviewing requests and assure that precious research resources are used wisely,” said Nina Silverberg, PhD, director of the Alzheimer's Disease Centers Program at the NIA.

    The expanded IU biobank--the National Centralized Repository for Alzheimer's Disease and Related Dementias--will play a central role in the effort to reach the national goal of developing effective prevention and treatments for Alzheimer's disease and related dementias by 2025. It's estimated that there will be 8.4 million Americans aged 65 and over with Alzheimer's disease by 2030, up from about 5.5 million now.

    "We're centralizing resources at Indiana University to make it easier for scientists from around the world to share and to access these critically important biological samples for ongoing and new research, " said Tatiana Foroud, PhD, director of the repository and chair of the Department of Medical and Molecular Genetics at IU School of Medicine.

    For more on the biobank expansion, read the full news release.

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  • Broxmeyer receives NHLBI Outstanding Investigator Award

    Indiana University Distinguished Professor Hal E. Broxmeyer, PhD, is the recipient of a highly competitive National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI) Outstanding Investigator Award to continue his 35 years of groundbreaking research into lifesaving umbilical cord blood transplantation.

    Dr. Broxmeyer, an internationally recognized scientist, received a seven-year, $5.4 million grant to continue his research into how to maximize the use of adaptable blood-forming cells in cord blood for transplantation for certain types of cancer, metabolic and blood diseases.

    The NHLBI created the awards program in 2016 to provide leading researchers with more flexibility and financial security to conduct groundbreaking research or expand on previous discoveries.

    Dr. Broxmeyer has focused on expanding the effectiveness of cord blood since 1983 when he and colleagues first proposed the concept of using umbilical cord blood as an alternative source of hematopoietic stem cells for transplant. In 1988, his lab processed the blood used in the first successful umbilical cord blood transplant in Paris and the cord blood used in subsequent transplants in Baltimore, Cincinnati and Minneapolis. The first treatment for a 5-year-old boy with the blood disorder Fanconi’s anemia was a success, and five of the six subsequent cord blood transplants were successful.

    A feature story highlights Dr. Broxmeyer’s groundbreaking body of work.

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  • Endowment in memory of Indianapolis auto executive to support lung cancer research

    Indianapolis auto executive Tom Wood lost his battle with lung cancer. An endowment--created in his memory by his family--aims to help others win theirs. Funding new treatments for lung cancer from conception to clinical trials, the endowment will foster collaboration with other lung cancer researchers, encourage junior investigators to test their ideas and serve as a lever to secure additional grants.

    Nasser Hanna, MD, the first holder of the Tom and Julie Wood Family Foundation Chair in Lung Cancer Clinical Research, said the endowment is “game changer” in the pursuit of a cure for one of the deadliest forms of cancer.

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Research News

  • CARE Plus program aims to teach new mothers importance of attachment

    A new program at IU School of Medicine is designed to help mothers of babies born addicted to opioids learn the importance of bonding to aid in their recovery process.

    “There is evidence to show that maternal-infant attachment can help babies with neonatal abstinence syndrome improve faster,” said Joanna Chambers, MD, associate professor of clinical psychiatry. In 2014, more than 600 infants in Indiana were born with neonatal abstinence syndrome, a condition that develops when a mother struggles with opioid dependence during pregnancy. Through CARE Plus, a therapist and community health worker will spend time with mothers to teach them how to attach with their babies.

    “In the first stages of life, it’s really important for the newborns to be held, have skin-to-skin contact and be soothed by mom,” said Dr. Chambers. “There’s also this myth that you can spoil a baby. Some mothers may think they shouldn’t hold their baby when they cry, because they might spoil them, but that’s not true. 

    Dr. Chambers says when babies develop a secure attachment with their mothers in the first year of life, the children end up happier and healthier later in life. There is some evidence that opioids interfere with the attachment process. Through this study, the CARE Plus team hopes to reach out to opioid-dependent mothers while they’re still in the hospital to teach them the importance of attachment to their new baby.

    “Sometimes the therapist will even model for the mom how to hold their baby and have skin-to-skin contact,” said Dr. Chambers. “They’ll work with mom and encourage mom to hold and be with the baby and that helps a lot.”

    Once mom and baby are ready to leave the hospital, the team continues to work with them through home visits. The community health worker will keep training parents to attach to their babies while at home and help parents get any care they might need for themselves.

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  • Gestational diabetes may increase baby’s heart disease risk

    Babies born to mothers with gestational diabetes may have an increased risk of blood vessel dysfunction and heart disease, according to a recent study by IU School of Medicine researchers. It’s believed that gestational diabetes alters a smooth muscle protein responsible for blood vessel network formation, resulting in increased risk of blood vessel dysfunction and heart diseases 

    Details of the study are highlighted in dLife, and the study was published in the American Journal of Physiology. IU School of Medicine authors include Laura Haneline, MD, Edwin L. Gresham Professor Pediatrics, Kaela M. Varberg, Rashell O. Garretson, Emily K. Blue, Chenghao Chu, Cassandra R. Gohn and Wanzhu Tu.

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Faculty and Staff News

  • Minimum stipend for postdoc scholars to increase in 2019

    In May, the National Institutes of Health issued a notice of intent to increase the level of financial support for postdoctoral scholars per year beginning in 2018. IU School of Medicine’s policies dictate the minimum stipend for a full-time postdoc scholar at the school shall be no less than the current National Research Service Award (NRSA) minimum salary for “0 years of experience.” The total minimum stipend includes funds from all sources.

    Since the change was implemented after annual budget decisions were made, the school’s Office of Postdoctoral Affairs has set a Jan. 1, 2019, deadline for departments to implement the stipend changes, if applicable. To facilitate future budgeting projections, the office anticipates similar increases to the “0 years of experience” category every two years.

    With questions, contact Tom Hurley, PhD, associate dean for research and graduate studies, at, or Lauren Easterling, interim director, Office of Postdoctoral Affairs, at

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  • Teaching workshop for residents is Aug. 16

    The IU School of Medicine Office of Graduate Medical Education is hosting a “resident as teacher” workshop for residents and fellows from 1-4 pm, Thursday, Aug. 16, at the Ruth Lilly Medical Library, Room 317. “Clinical Teaching--Beyond the Basics”. Using facilitated discussions, application and practice, the workshop will provide residents and fellows with the incremental knowledge and tools necessary to be an effective educator in the clinical learning environment. Topics include:

    • Expectations (student and resident) that come with clinical teaching
    • Teaching procedures
    • Structure to clinical teaching -- SPIT, SNAPP, One-Minute Preceptor
    • Providing feedback to learners
    • Horizontal learning
    • Simulation debriefing

    Register no later than Friday, Aug. 10. Refreshments will be provided.

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  • Rohr-Kirchgraber named Barbara F. Kampen Chair in Women’s Health

    Theresa Rohr-Kirchgraber, MD, FACP, has been named the second holder of the Barbara F. Kampen Chair in Women's Health. In addition to the title of Barbara F. Kampen Professor of Women’s Health, Rohr-Kirchgraber also holds the titles of professor of clinical medicine and professor of clinical pediatrics.

    Rose S. Fife, MD, Barbara F. Kampen Professor Emeritus of Women's Health and professor emeritus of medicine and biochemistry & molecular biology was the first holder of the chair.

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  • Fox appointed deputy health officer at St. Joseph County Health Department

    Mark Fox, MD, PhD, MPH, associate dean and director, IU School of Medicine-South Bend, has been appointed part-time deputy health officer at the St. Joseph County Health Department. Dr. Fox will lead the department’s efforts to address the county’s problem with lead-poisoned children and also will oversee the Fetal Infant Mortality Review program, immunizations, health education and epidemiology. He is a member of the county’s board of health. 

    In a South Bend Tribune article, Dr. Fox said, “[lead, infant mortality, immunizations and health education] are the four big categories, but I also want to help establish what the strategic priorities are going forward,” adding that he plans to explore whether more can be done to address the area’s opioid epidemic.  

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  • The Irish Times profiles Sidhbh Gallagher and her work with transgender individuals

    As a founder of the Eskenazi Health Transgender Health and Wellness Program, Sidhbh Gallagher, MD, assistant professor of surgery, has performed more than 200 gender affirmation surgeries since 2015. The Irish Times recently profiled Dr. Gallagher with a Q&A about her specialty, training and life in Indianapolis.

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  • Staff members honored by IUPUI Staff Council for contributions

    IU School of Medicine Division of Continuing Medical Education Program Manager Rokeena Williams recently received the outstanding chair leadership award from the IUPUI Staff Council. Williams was recognized for her coordination of the IUPUI Staff Mini Professional Development Conference in May. 

    The council also honored Aimee Brough in the school’s Pediatric-Education Office as the 2017-18 Staff Council member of the year.

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Student Showcase

  • Orientation events are next week to welcome Class of 2022

    Attend these events to welcome the Class of 2022 to IU School of Medicine.

    Cross Cultural Student Leadership Retreat 
    9:30 am-4 pm, Tuesday, July 31, Fesler Hall (FH) 441
    This retreat is an optional pre-orientation event open to all but is focused on providing unity and solidarity for student populations underrepresented in medicine. The event provides an opportunity for new and returning students to connect with each other, develop skills and begin identifying support systems for the coming school year. This event is co-sponsored by Medical Student Education (MSE) and Faculty Affairs, Professional Development, and Diversity (FAPDD). Register now for the retreat. 

    Choose a Common Read Experience this Summer
    Experience is all summer; discussion occurs 4-5 pm on Wednesday, Aug. 1, in Hine Hall
    This summer, incoming and current medical students, as well as faculty and staff at IU School of Medicine, are invited to be a part of Common Read. Common Read brings participants together to discuss medical themes in select books, plays and videos. The program ends with a discussion during first-year orientation from 4-5 pm on Aug. 1 in Hine Hall, but the lessons and stories linger, reminding participants of the importance of humanity within medicine. Learn more about the Common Read experiences that are available. 

    First Generation Breakfast
    7-7:50 am, Thursday, Aug. 2, Hine Hall (IP) 118
    This breakfast will bring together new and current students, faculty and staff who identify as first-generation college students. Attendees will celebrate being first-generation college students, engage in supportive conversations, share advice and strengthen community ties at IU School of Medicine. Register now for the breakfast.

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  • IU Precision Health Initiative event to highlight progress and plans

    The IU School of Medicine community is invited to join leaders of Indiana University and its Precision Health Initiative at 10 a.m. Tuesday, July 31, to learn about the diseases in scope for the Precision Health Initiative, plus progress made so far toward the initiative's bold goals to cure at least one cancer and one childhood disease and to prevent at least one chronic illness and one neurodegenerative disease. Leaders will also discuss plans to go door to door in the community to invite Indiana residents' participation in precision health research. Attendees are encouraged to think about ways their work could advance precision health. 

    As the first of Indiana University's Grand Challenges, Precision Health is IU's big health care solution. Led by IU School of Medicine’s Anantha Shekhar, MD, PhD, the Precision Health Initiative incorporates medicine, social sciences, education and data to find ways to better identify, treat, cure and prevent certain diseases prevalent in Indiana. Success of the initiative will be measured by the tangible impact it has on the lives of people living in the state.

    In addition to Dr. Shekhar, speakers will include:

    • Fred Cate, vice president for research, Indiana University
    • Jay Hess, MD, PhD, dean, IU School of Medicine, and vice president for university clinical affairs, Indiana University
    • Lauren Robel, provost and executive vice president, Indiana University Bloomington. 

    Light refreshments will be provided. RSVP by Friday, July 27, to ensure that there are enough refreshments for everyone.

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  • Apply for fellowship with Indiana Center for Biomedical Innovation

    The Indiana Clinical and Translational Sciences Institute (CTSI) is offering a unique fellowship opportunity at the Indiana Center for Biomedical Innovation (ICBI). All postdocs currently pursuing research at CTSI partner institutions (IU School of Medicine, IU, Purdue, IUPUI and Notre Dame) are eligible to apply. The ICBI fellow will receive structured training in translational research and entrepreneurship and undertake a project involving research on the development of a life sciences technology pertaining to human health and disease. The project could include research on the development of therapies, diagnostics or medical devices. The fellow will work in an entrepreneurial ecosystem at ICBI and have significant opportunity to work with startup and private sector companies, including pharmaceutical and medical device companies. The fellow position is for one year with an option to apply for a second year.

    More information is available. Apply by Wednesday, Aug. 15. Questions? Email Padma Portonovo at

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  • Technology Enhancement Award deadline is Sept. 4

    The Indiana Clinical and Translational Sciences Institute (CTSI) and IU School of Medicine in partnership with the Indiana Center for Biomedical Innovation (ICBI) are offering translational research funding for advancement of early-stage technologies to commercialization. The Technology Enhancement Awards (TEA) are available to IU School of Medicine faculty and postdocs with funding to be used for generating supporting data necessary for preparation of SBIR/STTR grant applications. The technologies may include highly promising therapeutics (small molecule or biologics), diagnostics or biomedical devices. 

    Eligibility requirements and more information are available. Postdoc applicants require letter of support from the primary faculty mentor and the department chair. Application deadline is Tuesday, Sept. 4. Questions? Email Padma Portonovo at  

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  • Funding available for activity-based spinal cord and brain injury programs

    The Indiana Traumatic Spinal Cord and Brain Injury Research Activity-Based Therapy Program fosters and encourages activity-based therapy for the prevention, treatment and cure of spinal cord and traumatic brain injuries, including acute management, medical complications, rehabilitative techniques, and neuronal recovery. Funding for these programs includes two funding mechanisms:

    1. An RFA for programs providing rehabilitative clinical care and employing “activity-based” approaches for traumatic spinal cord injury persons
    2. An RFA for programs providing rehabilitative clinical care and employing “activity-based” approaches for traumatic brain injury persons.

    Application deadline is Monday, Oct 29. Find out more or email with questions.

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