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  • April 30 Spring Faculty Meeting to include dean’s state of the school address

    All members of the IU School of Medicine community are invited to attend Dean Jay Hess’ address about the state of the school, the vision for the future, and significant accomplishments from the past year. While the remarks are part of the Spring Faculty Meeting staff, students and other learners are also encouraged to attend. The meeting will be held from 4:30-6 pm, Tuesday, April 30, in Walther Hall (R3), room C203, on the Indianapolis campus.

    For those unable to attend, the meeting will be available via live stream. Instructions for remote viewing are available on the Faculty Steering Committee webpage. Faculty meetings are held twice a year to discuss issues of importance to IU School of Medicine.

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  • IU School of Medicine dean emeritus receives national award from the American College of Physicians

    The American College of Physicians (ACP) awarded Indiana University School of Medicine Dean Emeritus D. Craig Brater, MD, its prestigious Steven E. Weinberger Award for Physician Executives/Leaders during the organization’s annual scientific conference earlier this month.

    The award recognizes a physician executive or leader of a national or international medical organization for distinguished contributions to internal medicine or significant impact on improving health care and/or medical education.

    Brater served as dean of IU School of Medicine from 2000 to 2013, during which time he oversaw a period of tremendous growth marked by achievements in scientific discovery and medical education.

    “I am honored and humbled by this award,” Brater said. “It has special meaning. I have been a member of ACP since 1981 and in many of my roles in academic medicine have worked closely with ACP. I regard it as a true leader in not just internal medicine but the health professions per se. Moreover, I have had the opportunity to work closely with Steve Weinberger for a decade or more in his leadership positions in ACP. I have the highest respect for Steve as a leader, as an internist and as a human being. To receive an award named in his honor is more than I could have ever imagined.”

    For more on the award and Brater’s years at IU School of Medicine, visit the Newsroom

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  • Early evaluation hubs improve detection and intervention for children with autism

    Focus on Indiana health: Through partnerships with hospitals and clinical facilities in Indiana, student outreach clinics, and application of innovative technology and creative thinking, IU School of Medicine is making it easier for Hoosiers to access appropriate health and medical care.

    One such solution, developed the Department of Pediatrics, is the Neurodevelopmental Behavioral System of Care Early Evaluation Hubs, a statewide effort in Indiana to improve early detection and intervention for children ages 1-4 years old with autism or developmental delay. The program addresses the long-standing nationwide problem of long wait times for families who are seeking evaluation for a developmental concern. At Riley Hospital for Children at IU Health, prior to the start of this project, the average wait time from referral to patient visit was over a year, meaning many children missed the early-detection window.

    Through these Early Evaluation Hubs, children with positive screens and who are at risk for developmental delay, can receive further evaluation and diagnosis—within their own communities. The hubs can also facilitate referral to Riley at IU Health for those who need additional assessments after the hub visit. The system has reduced the wait time for evaluation from one year to less than three months, resulting in reduced age of diagnosis.

    Now, after seven years, the Early Evaluation Hub program has trained and coached 12 practices throughout Indiana to perform early evaluations of young children with developmental concerns. This has decreased the age of diagnosis of developmental delays and autism spectrum disorder among participants to under age three, but there is still additional outreach needed to drop the average age across the whole state.

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  • Evening of the Arts is Saturday

    Don’t miss the opportunity to see some entertaining performances by IU School of Medicine students, faculty and staff at Evening of the Arts on Saturday, April 27. Now in its 28th year, the variety show will be held at Crispus Attucks Medical Magnet High School, 1140 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. St., in downtown Indianapolis. A mixer and silent auction will begin at 7 pm, followed by the variety show at 8 pm. (Doors to the auditorium will open at 7:50 pm.)

    Tickets can be purchased in advance by emailing and paying with PayPal.

    Ticket prices: 

    • Students, faculty and staff: $8 until day of the show; $10 at the door
    • Non-students and non-staff: $10 until day of the show; $12 at the door
    Proceeds from the event benefit local nonprofit health clinics.

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  • Dormans is guiding force in Department of Orthopaedic Surgery

    John Dormans, MD, who graduated from Indiana University School of Medicine in 1983, has returned to the institution that trained him as the George J. Garceau Professor of Pediatric Orthopaedic Surgery. An internationally recognized orthopaedic surgeon, Dormans is ready to teach the next generation of Department of Orthopaedic Surgery healers.

    Learn more in this Spirit of Medicine blog post about Dormans’ career journey, climbing the ranks of some of the nation’s most prestigious children’s hospitals, and what brought him back to his Hoosier roots.

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  • Vaccination, awareness key to preventing HPV-related oral cancer

    Human papilloma virus, or HPV, is the most common sexually transmitted virus in the United States. While it causes few symptoms on its own, it is linked to several forms of cancer—in fact, the National Cancer Institute reports that nearly all cervical cancers are the result of HPV infection.

    HPV can also infect the mouth and throat, causing cancers of the mouth and throat. HPV is thought to cause over 70% of oropharyngeal cancers in the United States. Fueled by a passion to reverse this trend is Indiana University School of Medicine’s Michael G. Moore, MD. Moore, the Arilla Spence DeVault Professor in the Department of Otolaryngology, is one of three head and neck surgeons on the American Cancer Society HPV Vaccination Roundtable.

    Moore recently answered some questions about the cancer-causing virus. Learn more in this Spirit of Medicine blog post.

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Research News

  • Researchers receive $1.8 million to investigate rare blood cancer

    IU School of Medicine researcher Reuben Kapur, PhD, has received more than $1.8 million to research the mechanisms that lead to a rare blood cancer called acute myeloid leukemia (AML). Kapur will closely examine the interaction between certain cellular mutations believed to contribute to the development and relapse of AML. The grant was awarded by the National Cancer Institute and will support this project for the next five years.

    While chemotherapy is often curative for AML, relapse is not only common but is the leading cause of death in patients over 60 years old. These patients, who make up about 90 percent of all people with the condition, have only a 15 percent overall cure rate. Kapur’s work may help identify the underlying factors that lead to the disease and discover new targets for prevention of relapse. 

    For more on the focus of this research, visit the Newsroom.

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  • Study provides better understanding of obesity as a breast cancer risk factor

    Obesity has long been known as a risk factor for developing many diseases, including cancer. For obese women, this means an increased risk for developing breast cancer, although the reason for this increased risk has not been substantiated.

    A new study published in the journal Cancer Research provides a better understanding of the mechanisms at work with obesity to increase this risk. The study used blood samples from the Komen Tissue Bank at the IU Simon Cancer Center, the only known biorepository that collects, stores and provides samples for research internationally of healthy breast tissue taken from volunteer female donors. Since the bank was formed in 2007, more than 5,300 women have contributed samples of blood and breast tissue to aid in discoveries leading to a cure for the disease. Biological samples are distributed internationally and have played a part in 143 research projects resulting in 46 scientific publications. Natascia Marino, PhD, and Anna Maria Storniolo, MD (executive director of the tissue bank) were among the study’s co-authors.

    In this Breast Cancer Research blog post, Marino discusses why obesity plays a role in breast cancer risk.

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Faculty and Staff News

  • Faculty and staff invited to Senior Toast on May 10

    Raise a glass to the Class of 2019. IU School of Medicine faculty and staff are invited to celebrate with graduating MS4s at the Senior Toast reception on Friday, May 10. The event, which follows IU School of Medicine commencement, begins at 5:30 pm with awards. A reception with appetizers and a cash bar begins at 7 pm, followed by the Senior Toast at 8 pm. Register by Wednesday, May 1, for the event, which will be held at Indianapolis Public Library, 40 East St. Clair St., in downtown Indianapolis. More information and an FAQ are available.

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  • Dickey to lead IU Health Ball Memorial Hospital Internal Medicine Residency

    Brandon Dickey, MD, has been appointed program director of the IU Health Ball Memorial Hospital Internal Medicine Residency effective July 1, 2019. A former student at IU School of Medicine – Muncie and a graduate of the Ball Internal Medicine Residency, Dickey has served as an associate program director since 2007. He also currently serves as adjunct clinical associate professor of medicine and medicine clerkship site leader at IU School of Medicine – Muncie.

    Dickey has received numerous teaching awards through IU School of Medicine, including the Trustees Teaching Award. He succeeds Ryan Johnston, MD, who has been program director since 2011. Johnston is pursuing an augmented role in IU Health Ball Memorial Hospital leadership.

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  • Katzenellenbogen’s book encourages women to grab science spotlight

    While training for her own career in clinical academic medicine, Rachel Katzenellenbogen, MD, noticed something: case studies and training materials rarely used female pronouns when discussing scientific investigators. After forging their own successful research careers, she and her colleague teamed up to write a book especially for women like them. They published their book, “Women Rock Science: A pocket guide for success in clinical academic medicine,” in April 2019.  

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  • Volunteer at Spring House Calls this Saturday in Indianapolis

    Faculty and staff are invited to join Spring House Calls, IU School of Medicine’s longest-running service project, at 8 am, on Saturday, April 27. During this annual day of service, medical students and other members of the school community help beautify urban neighborhoods by planting flowers, spreading mulch and doing yard work for area residents. Sign up. For location information and more details, email

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  • Nominations for new volunteer faculty award due June 1

    The new Volunteer Faculty Teaching Award was recently established to recognize volunteer faculty and their impact on the education and training of the school’s learners.

    Volunteer faculty members at all IU School of Medicine campuses are eligible for the award, and nominations may be submitted by faculty members, learners or staff. Award recipients must have demonstrated teaching excellence and completed at least three years of service as a volunteer faculty member with the school.

    Nominations are due Saturday, June. 1. Eligibility guidelines and a nomination form are available.

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  • Free skin cancer screenings available May 6

    Don’t miss the chance to get a free skin cancer screening on Monday, May 6. The IU School of Medicine Department of Dermatology, in cooperation with the American Academy of Dermatology, is offering the free exams as part of Melanoma/Skin Cancer Detection and Prevention Month. Screenings will be available from 7-9 am at IU Health University Hospital, Eskenazi Health Dermatology Clinic and Coleman Hall. Appointments are needed. To schedule, call 317-916-3525.

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  • Cancer Research Day is May 15

    Cancer Research Day aims to increase understanding and awareness of IU Simon Cancer Center research endeavors and encourage collaboration with other cancer research institutions in Indiana. This year’s event will be held Wednesday, May 15, at the IUPUI Campus Center. Visit Cancer Research Day for the agenda and more information.

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  • Health Workforce Summit on May 21 to focus on alignment in the health sector

    The fourth annual Indiana Workforce Summit, hosted by the IU School of Medicine Bowen Center for Health Workforce Research and Policy, will be held from 8 am-4:30 pm, Tuesday, May 21, at the Indiana Government Center South auditorium, 10 N. Senate Ave., in downtown Indianapolis. Workforce Alignment in the Health Sector is the theme of the summit, which serves as a forum for learning, discussion and collaboration from all perspectives and sectors. Keynote speakers are IU School of Medicine alumna Kristina Box, MD, commissioner of the Indiana State Department of Health, and Fred Payne, commissioner of the Indiana Department of Workforce Development. Registration and an agenda are available. Questions? Call the Bowen Center at 317-278-0316 or email

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  • May 2 webinar focuses on agile implementation quality improvement method

    Have you heard of agile implementation (AI)? AI is a quality improvement methodology that contributes to leading sustainable change, stopping a bad plan and learning from failure. Join the IU School of Medicine Center for Health Innovation and Implementation Science for a virtual webinar at 11 am on Thursday, May 2, to learn what AI is and how it can benefit you and your organization. Registration is available.

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  • Hannaford Schloss earns Indiana Immunization Coalition Award

    Katheryn Nissa Hannaford Schloss, MD/MPH student, IU School of Medicine Class of 2019, won the Indiana Immunization Coalition Award for 2018. Her work on increasing HPV vaccination rates at IUPUI led to a 635% increase in vaccinations administered. The collaborative quality improvement effort she led was so successful that multiple universities plan to replicate it.  

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  • Med student Mitjavila doubles down on future success with Kelley degree

    José Mitjavila, a member of the IU School of Medicine Class of 2019, is pursuing two passions as a student in the MD/MBA dual degree program through the IU Kelley School of Business Evening MBA program, in partnership with IU School of Medicine. Learn how combining the two disciplines adds up to future career success for this ambitious future physician.

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