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  • Hess highlights initiatives to prepare healers, transform health and improve outcomes

    IU School of Medicine Dean Jay Hess, MD, PhD, MHSA, updated the school community about efforts to continuously strengthen the school’s research and education programs and to improve the health of the citizens of Indiana. His State of the School address—delivered at the Spring Faculty Meeting on Tuesday, April 30—also highlighted initiatives to support faculty, staff and learners.

    Hess focused on a number of the school’s priorities, including:

    • The new Scholarly Concentrations program for medical students
    • The statewide expansion of residency programs
    • The IU Precision Health Initiative
    • Recruitment of new leaders to organize work to improve health in Indiana
    • Wellness initiatives for faculty and learners
    For those unable to attend this week’s meeting, a recording is available, as well as key takeaways from his remarks.

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  • More than 50 IU School of Medicine faculty earn Trustees Teaching Award

    Every spring, the Indiana University Board of Trustees recognizes university faculty for outstanding teaching. This year, 57 IU School of Medicine faculty members earned the prestigious Trustees Teaching Award for their positive impact on student learning. Congratulations to these faculty members for their contributions to student success:

    Vasantha D. Aaron, MD
    Kamal Abulebda, MD
    Lauren E. Baker, MD
    Pantila V. Bateman, MD
    Daren M. Beam, MD
    Deborah F. Billmire, MD
    Derron L. Bishop, PhD
    LeeAnn M. Cox, MD
    Rebecca M. Dixon, MD
    Taihung Duong, PhD
    Michael T. Eadon, MD
    Carmella Evans-Molina, MD, PhD
    Michael M. Francis, MD
    Sujuan Gao, PhD
    William J. Gill, MD
    Jaison A. Grimes, MD
    Gerard M. Guillot III, PhD
    Haitao Guo, PhD
    David M. Haas, MD
    Ruben H. Hernandez, MD
    Mari K. Hopper, PhD
    James M. Hotz, MD
    Polly R. Husmann, PhD
    Michael Johansen, DO
    Louise W. Kao, MD
    Kelly M. Kasper, MD
    Aaron Kay, MD
    Karl R. Koehler, PhD
    Janaiah Kota, PhD
    Daniel Lodge-Rigal, MD
    Ranjani N. Moorthi, MD
    Rick F. Nelson, MD, PhD
    Nicholas R. Newsom, MD
    Alexander B. Niculescu III, MD, PhD
    Whitney M. Pratt, MD, PhD
    Virginia L. Reed, MD
    Scott E. Renshaw, MD
    Fred J. Rescorla, MD
    Jennelle D. Richardson, PhD
    Brian T. Robinson, MD
    Karen L. Roos, MD
    Rafael D. Rosario, MD
    Steven K. Roumpf, MD
    Dale W. Saxon, PhD
    Javier F. Sevilla-Martir, MD
    Cory D. Showalter, MD
    Emily K. Sims, MD
    Noelle C. Sinex, MD
    Paul A. Skierczynski, MD
    Joseph P. Smith, MD
    Laura Torbeck, PhD
    Johnathan D. Tune, PhD
    Tracy C. Vargo-Gogola, PhD
    Thomas M. Walter, PhD
    Bree A. Weaver, MD
    James C. Williams, Jr., PhD
    Ann D. Zerr, MD



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  • IU School of Medicine commencement is next Friday

    In just eight days, the IU School of Medicine Class of 2019 will celebrate the end of their medical school journey. Commencement will be held from 2-4 pm, Friday, May 10, in the Sagamore Ballroom of the Indiana Convention Center, in downtown Indianapolis.

    The 2019 commencement address will be presented by IU School of Medicine alumna Jennifer Walthall, MD, MPH, secretary, Indiana Family and Social Services Administration. Walthall is also adjunct clinical professor of emergency medicine at IU School of Medicine. More details about commencement, including FAQs about parking and tickets, are available.

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  • May 9 open house to celebrate art gallery dedicated in memory of Kevin Rodgers, MD

    One year ago, this month, Kimberly Van Ryzen, MD, emergency medicine resident, opened an art gallery at IU Health Methodist Hospital in memory of her mentor, Kevin Rodgers, MD. Rodgers was the residency director emeritus for the Department of Emergency Medicine at the time of his passing in the fall of 2017.

    Partnering with the Herron School of Art at IUPUI and the IU Health adult academic health center on the gallery, her residency program project, Van Ryzen set out to create a place where people could be inspired and find hope, similar to her own experience in 2015 seeking respite in art on display at a Wisconsin hospital where her father was receiving hospice care.

    On Thursday, May 9, Van Ryzen, Adult AHC leaders and members of the Emergency Medicine team will come together to celebrate the one-year anniversary of the gallery. The open house will take place from 11 am – 1 pm, in the gallery space located in Methodist Main Lobby A. Remarks will be presented by Parveen Chand, chief operating officer of the Adult AHC, Kimberly Van Ryzen, MD, and Ruth Rodgers, wife of the late Kevin Rodgers, MD, at 11:15 am. The event is open to all with refreshments provided.

    Listen to Van Ryzen describe her inspiration for the gallery in this video


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  • Mini Marathon to impact downtown travel Friday and Saturday

    If you’re planning to be on campus this weekend, take note of parking and traffic restrictions related to the One America 500 Festival Mini Marathon. Street closures will impact travel to and from parking facilities beginning at 6 pm, Friday, May 3, through 4 pm, Saturday, May 4. During this time, there will be no access to any parking lot or garage south of New York Street.

    EM permit holders may park in any surface lot or in Barnhill Garage without charge by showing their EM pass to the attendants. These permit holders also will be able to swipe in and out of Vermont Street Garage beginning Friday at 2 pm through Sunday at 10 am.

    ST student permit holders may park in any surface lot (including EMs spaces) and Barnhill Garage without charge by showing their parking permit to the attendants. ST permits will be valid in the following garages: Vermont Street, Gateway, Blackford and Lockefield (student section).

    Visitors who do not wish to pay the $10 event parking fee should be directed to park in any visitor garage and pay visitor rates.

    Questions? Email

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  • Plan ahead for INScope’s summer schedule

    INScope will begin its bi-weekly summer publication schedule following the May 16 issue. Weekly publication will resume Thursday, August 8. During the summer, INScope will be published on the following Thursdays:

    May 30
    June 13
    June 27
    July 11
    July 25

    The deadline for news items submissions is Wednesday at noon for each Thursday’s issue. Email submissions to For more information, visit the INScope page on MedNet.

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Research News

  • Researchers find new drug that could reverse effects of dangerous brain parasite

    A mind-altering parasite often picked up from the family cat might have met its match. Researchers at IU School of Medicine have discovered a drug commonly used to treat hypertension could also be used to reverse the effects of Toxoplasma gondii—a single-celled parasite that infects about a third of the world’s population and can cause severe neurological effects. The findings were recently published in the journal “mBio” and could have a major impact on how doctors currently treat brain infections.

    Toxoplasma gondii does not usually produce obvious symptoms and is often found in cats—using the feline to complete the sexual stage of its life cycle. When contracted by humans—often through contact with cat feces or consuming poorly cooked meat or contaminated water—latent toxoplasmosis has been associated with serious neurological disorders including schizophrenia, intermittent explosive disorder and suicide.

    The study was led by IU School of Medicine MD/PhD student Jennifer Martynowicz, who is beginning her sixth year in the Medical Scientist Training Program. Researchers found a drug called guanabenz significantly reduces the number of brain cysts in an infected mouse strain called BALB/c. With a cyst-reducing drug in hand, Martynowicz tested the idea that changes in behavior observed in infected mice depend on the quantity of parasite cysts in the brain.

    “We were able to reverse a behavior change that occurs during chronic infection,” said Martynowicz. “Mice infected with latent toxoplasmosis are hyperactive, but when treated with guanabenz, their activity level returns to normal.”

    For more on the research, visit the Newsroom.


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  • Fork in the road: Researchers discover unique pathway in autism research

    It is often through collaboration where one finds some of the greatest research ideas and discoveries. At IU School of Medicine, dozens of subject-matter experts currently use their unique skill sets and areas of interest to further the public’s understanding of some of the most challenging neurodevelopmental disabilities.

    Debomoy Lahiri, PhDDeborah Sokol, MD, PhD and research analyst Bryan Maloney have recently published a paper in the journal Frontiers in Psychiatry regarding their discovery of a fork in the road when it comes to autism and Alzheimer’s disease research. This continues their other work on autism and the related fragile X syndrome previously published in Scientific Reports and Molecular Psychiatry).

    Read about these studies in the Research Updates blog post.


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  • Faculty member uses IU web app to study chest pain associated with anxiety

    Every year, millions of Americans visit the hospital emergency department with symptoms like intense chest pain, shortness of breath, dizziness, nausea and extreme fatigue. Given these symptoms are most readily associated with a heart attack, a trip to the ED is an understandable—and smart—choice.

    But these symptoms can also indicate an anxiety-induced panic attack. Paul Musey, MD, assistant professor of emergency medicine, wants to minimize these unnecessary ED visits and link patients with appropriate resources and care. The team's research seeks to establish best practices for identifying patients with low-risk chest pain associated with anxiety, characteristics of this patient population and treatment to suit their needs.

    Musey and his team are researching how to quantify the importance of “psychosomatic contributors such as panic or anxiety disorders to the chest pain symptom complex,” Musey said.

    Musey explores the relationship between anxiety and chest pain from the perspective of both patient and doctor. To gather essential data, Musey enlisted REDCap, a secure, web-based platform to support data collection and management. The team surveyed patients regarding their symptoms, finding that anxiety contributed to chest pain experienced by 30 to 40 percent of low-risk patients seen in hospital emergency departments.

    In a recent article in The American Journal of Cardiology, Musey observed that 47 percent of a cohort of low-risk chest pain subjects exhibited abnormal anxiety symptoms, which correlated to a high rate of ED recidivism and a low rate of medical diagnoses.

    However, he also noted that many of these subjects reliably self-reported anxiety as a possible cause of their chest pain. The subjects, according to Musey, exhibit self-awareness that can yield valuable information for patient and doctor alike in the diagnostic process.

    For more on Musey’s study, visit IU IT News.


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Faculty and Staff News

  • 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 2019 through June 2021. The committee president for 2019-2020 is Rafat Abonour, MD, and the secretary is Tom Corson, PhD, (elected in 2018).

    President-elect: Marc Mendonca, PhD
    Secretary-elect: Ashley Inman, MD
    IU Health Physicians representative on the Faculty Steering Committee: Elaine Cox, MD
    Regional campus representative on the Faculty Steering Committee: Jenifer Prosperi, PhD
    IUPUI Faculty Council: Hannah Craven, MLIS; Christine Eckel, PhD; Chang Ho, MD; Theodore Wilson, MD
    CFAS representative: Gabriel Bosslet, MD
    Academic standards: Sally Mitchell, EdD; S. Jawad Sher, MD
    Admissions: John Foley, PhD; Hannah Locke, MD
    Awards: Cole Beeler, MD; Fletcher White, PhD
    Biomedical research: Noel Dasgupta, MD; Shannon Hawkins, MD, PhD
    Community relations: Chelsea Misquith, MIS; Erik W. Streib, MD
    Curriculum council: Matthew Holley, PhD; Anne Whitehead, MD
    Faculty development coordinating: DuyKhanh (Mimi) Ceppa, MD; Mary Maluccio, MD
    Faculty promotion and tenure: Deanna Willis, MD; Monte Willis, MD, PhD
    Lecturers and clinical rank faculty appointment contract and promotion: Lan Chen, MD; Jay Wish, MD Student promotions: Nicole Scott, MD; Tracy Vargo-Gogola, PhD

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  • Friday is final day to apply for Physician Leadership in Business Acumen program

    The deadline to apply for the Physician Leadership in Business Acumen program, one of the IU Kelley School of Business partnership programs, is Friday, May 3. A six-month course, the business acumen program is designed for physicians in leadership positions and promising future leaders.

    IU School of Medicine has partnered with the Kelley School of Business on a series of leadership development programs aimed at optimizing faculty’s extensive medical expertise with insight into business and leadership, as they relate to healthcare.


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  • Apply for the Leadership in Academic Medicine Program

    Applications are now being accepted for the IU School of Medicine Leadership in Academic Medicine Program (LAMP). A yearlong, cohort-based faculty development and orientation program, LAMP seminars introduce participants to the fundamentals of career planning, self-management and leadership. The program arms faculty with the tools needed to accomplish their career goals and aspirations. LAMP is open to faculty in the second and third years of their appointment.

    The LAMP curriculum features sessions specifically designed for both clinicians and research faculty, and includes a one-on-one coaching session with a senior faculty member. 

    Interested faculty must request that their department chair or division director submit a brief nomination to by Friday, June 7. Applications are due Friday, June 28.

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  • Nominate a colleague for faculty awards; deadline is June 1

    Honoring excellence in teaching, research and service is an important part of the IU School of Medicine culture. Nominations are being accepted until Saturday, June 1, for the following awards:

    Excellence in Faculty Mentoring Awards
    Inspirational Educator Award
    Outstanding Community Engagement Award
    Scholar Educator Award
    Volunteer Faculty Teaching Award – NEW

    Application details and the names of past recipients are available at the links above.


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  • Dementia Caregiver Workshop is May 11

    Are you caring for someone with Alzheimer’s disease or related forms of dementia? If so, join us for a day of education and resources. Professionals in the field share their expertise on a range of topics that will help you provide the best care for your loved one. The workshop will be held on Saturday, May 11, at the IU Health Neuroscience Center, Goodman Hall, 355 W. 16th St., in downtown Indianapolis. Registration begins at 9 am, and the event runs from 10 am-1:45 pm.

    Featured speakers from IU School of Medicine include Cristian Lasanga-Reeves, PhD, assistant professor of anatomy and cell biology, and Jared Brosch, MD, assistant professor of clinical neurology. The workshop is sponsored by IU School of Medicine Department of Neurology, the Alzheimer’s Association, Greater Indiana Chapter, and American Senior Communities.

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  • Riley Children’s Health Pediatric Conference is May 15-16

    Join Hoosier pediatricians, primary care physicians and specialists for the 54th annual Riley Children’s Health Pediatric Conference on Wednesday, May 15, and Thursday, May 16. The conference will be held at the NCAA Hall of Champions and Conference Center, 700 W. Washington St., in downtown Indianapolis.

    This year’s conference, “Driving the Future of Child Health, One Patient at a Time,” will focus on early brain development. More information and registration are available; deadline to register is Saturday, May 11. The conference is sponsored by the IU School of Medicine Department of Pediatrics and Riley Children’s Health.

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  • Register for May 20-23 tobacco treatment specialist training

    Rethink Tobacco Indiana is hosting a four-day, evidence-based training program in Indianapolis from Monday, May 20, through Thursday, May 23. The Tobacco Treatment Specialist (TTS) Core Training, administered by the University of Massachusetts Medical School Center for Tobacco Treatment Research and Training, is designed for professionals who are interested in treating tobacco dependent patients. Participants will become a tobacco treatment specialist, earn continuing education credits and will be eligible for a national certificate in tobacco treatment practice.

    The IU Simon Cancer Center provides tobacco outreach and programming across the state of Indiana through Rethink Tobacco Indiana, a statewide initiative aimed at reducing tobacco use among behavioral health patients.

    Additional details are available. Questions? Contact Kayla Hsu, community outreach manager of Rethink Tobacco Indiana, at or 317-278-3122.

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  • Bogdewic to speak at upcoming Stepping Stones of Leadership event

    Don’t miss one of your last chances to hear words of wisdom from Stephen Bogdewic, PhD, before he retires from IU School of Medicine at the end of June. Bogdewic, executive vice dean, will be the speaker at the Stepping Stones of Leadership event on Thursday, May 30, from 11:45 am-1 pm, at the Glick Eye Institute, Room 103. Lunch is provided, and registration is requested.

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  • May 16 Culture & Conversation focuses on wellness and stress relief

    Relieve the stress of finals with an hour of wellness activities at the next Culture & Conversation event from noon-1 pm, Thursday, May 16, in the Van Nuys Medical Science Building, Room 122A. Faculty, learners and staff are welcome. Registration and more information are available.

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Partner News

  • Janney appointed IU Health system chief operating officer

    Michelle A. Janney, PhD, RN, IU Health executive vice president and chief nurse executive, has been appointed executive vice president and chief operating officer for IU Health. She has been serving as interim COO for 10 months.

    As COO, Janney will be responsible for integrating IU Health’s strategic plan into all operations, and providing oversight for the development of high-quality, cost-effective and integrated clinical programs. Reporting to Janney are the presidents of the adult academic health center, Riley Children’s Health, System Clinical Services, East Central Region, Indianapolis Suburban Region, West Central Region and South Central Region, as well as the vice president of System Support Services.

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  • Save the date: One IU Health Annual Meeting is June 13

    As part of the systemwide One IU Health tour, Dennis Murphy, president and CEO, will meet with IU Health Physicians leaders and staff from 7-8:30 am, Thursday, June 13, in Fairbanks Hall, Room 1110. Murphy will review the health system’s goals and objectives, and provide an update on progress.

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  • IU Student Outreach Clinic featured on Fox59; read the online story

    In addition to serving as a real-world training ground for students at IU School of Medicine and several other IU programs, the IU Student Outreach Clinic provides medical and dental care, and social and legal services to the uninsured and underserved on Indianapolis’ near east side. The clinic was recently featured on Fox59.

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