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  • Direct from the Dean: Big shoes to fill

    From IU School of Medicine Dean Jay Hess, MD, PhD, MHSA:

    Indiana University School of Medicine is fortunate to have many thoughtful and visionary leaders serving our school—many of whom have dedicated decades to advancing our mission.

    I am using this column to announce that several of our faculty leaders are now planning to retire or step back from their administrative roles. In addition to recognizing their contributions, I want to share some thoughts on the types of individuals we expect to succeed them.

    Among those who will be retiring are:

    Robert M. Einterz, MD, the founding director of the IU Center for Global Health, will retire in January after 35 years of service to IU School of Medicine. Bob was one of four IU School of Medicine physicians who partnered with a Kenyan academic health center to form the IU-Kenya partnership three decades ago. The partnership eventually became AMPATH.

    Barry P. Katz, PhD, will retire as chair of the Department of Biostatistics in June 2020. Barry joined the faculty of IU School of Medicine more than 35 years ago as one of our first biostatisticians. He helped establish the discipline as a division within the Department of Medicine and later as an independent department and was named its first chair in 2011.

    Robert G. Presson, Jr., MD, chair of the Department of Anesthesia, will retire in May 2020 after nearly 33 years with IU School of Medicine, the last eight as chair. Robin has helped grow the department in part through the development of an anesthesiology assistant program and has added critically important infrastructure to support the department’s research mission.

    In addition, we recently announced that Patrick J. Loehrer Sr., MD, a founding member of the IU Simon Cancer Center and its leader for the past 10 years, who successfully led the center to receiving Comprehensive status, is stepping down as director once a successor is identified. Robert Pascuzzi, MD, plans to relinquish his role as chair of the Department of Neurology—a title he has held in either an acting or permanent capacity for 16 years—when the next chair is in place. And Stanley Spinola, MD, will take a step back from his administrative responsibilities in January when Mark Kaplan, PhD, becomes chair of the Department of Microbiology & Immunology. Stan has held the position since 2010.

    Read the dean’s recurring column for more on what these changes mean and the leadership qualities the school will be looking for to fill the shoes of these visionary leaders. 


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  • Carroll discusses health care costs on CBS This Morning

    Aaron Carroll, MD, professor of pediatrics and associate dean for research mentoring, appeared on CBS This Morning earlier this week to discuss health care costs. The segment was part of “Medical Price Roulette,” a multi-part series examining cost transparency, “health care sticker shock” and differences in health care pricing around the country. View Carroll’s segment and read more about his appearance in this Faculty News blog post.


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  • McRobbie: State of IU is strong, innovative as it prepares for third century

    In his bicentennial year State of the University address, Indiana University President Michael A. McRobbie spotlighted a number of recent major accomplishments that have the university well-prepared for continued excellence as it rapidly approaches its third century.

    Delivering his annual address to members of the IU community earlier this week, McRobbie emphasized achievements in key areas—including student success, research, the health sciences, information technology, international engagement, online education, philanthropy and preservation—that reflect IU's commitment to advancing the goals of its Bicentennial Strategic Plan and responding to the evolving educational needs of Hoosier communities across Indiana.

    Among the achievements McRobbie highlighted was the development of the new IU Health Regional Academic Health Center in Bloomington, expected to be completed by the end of 2020, and a new IU Health Academic Health Center in Indianapolis.

    The full text of McRobbie’s address is available on the president’s website. For an archived broadcast of the State of the University, visit

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  • Students, residents and faculty inducted into Gold Humanism Honor Society

    On Friday, September 13, 37 medical students, six residents and four faculty members were honored with induction into the Gold Humanism Honor Society. The Indiana Chapter of the Arnold P. Gold Foundation Gold Humanism Honor Society (GHHS) recognizes medical students, residents and faculty who practice patient-centered care by modeling the qualities of integrity, excellence, compassion, altruism, respect and empathy. 

    Students are inducted as they enter their fourth year of medical school. They are nominated by their peers with final choices determined by the GHHS selection committee. Residents and faculty are nominated by students and then selected by a graduate medical education and faculty committee.

    Student inductees:
    Cynthia Agwaneh Abam
    Andrews Adjapong
    Michael Blessyn Nadutey Adjei
    Christian Lederach Allebach
    Maria Aleene Anderson
    Innocent Byiringiro
    Khaled Amat Campa​
    Megan Marie Carroll
    Haley Hatsuko Craig
    Ashley Alexandra Detzner
    Roshni Sunil Dhoot
    Stephen John Graber
    Angelica Lee Jones
    Hannah Virginia Jarvis
    Tavonna Denise Kako
    Mozhu Li
    Chelsea Megan McCurdy
    Chelsey Marie Miller
    Dana Katherine Mitchell
    Blessing E. Ogbemudia
    Ashleigh Amenaghawon Omorogbe
    Priya Virendra Parikh
    Monica Kimberly Park
    Russell Robert Reed
    Giovanni Rodriguez
    Arielle Faye Russell
    Morgan Margaret Sandelski
    Halley Lynn Staples
    Stefani Ann Vande Lune
    David Josue Vega
    Piiamaria Sini Virtanen
    Kamilah Elizabeth-Jordan Walters
    Madeline Leigh Weber
    Mattie Katelyn White 
    Erich Robert Weidenbener
    Patrick Wurster
    Evan Patrick Zehr

    Resident inductees:
    Yohance Mandela Allette, MD (Neurology)
    Stephen Bryce Benzinger, MD (Internal Medicine/Pediatrics)
    Peter George Bittar, MD (Dermatology)
    Claire Alexandra Guevara, MD (Child and Adolescent Psychiatry)
    Destiny Joan Hause, MD (Radiation Oncology)
    Mohamed Ahmed Zaazoue, MD (Neurological Surgery)

    Faculty inductees:
    Devin Mackay, MD (Director of Neuro-Ophthalmology, Associate Professor of Neurology, Ophthalmology, and Neurological Surgery)
    Carl Marfurt, PhD (Associate Director, IU School of Medicine-Northwest, Professor of Anatomy, Cell Biology and Physiology)
    Casana Seibert, MD (Family Medicine Hospitalist, IU School of Medicine-Bloomington, Adjunct Clinical Assistant Professor of Family Medicine)
    Clark Simons, MD (Associate Professor of General and Trauma Surgery)

    IU School of Medicine established its GHHS chapter in 2005, creating an important recognition for senior medical students, residents and faculty. GHHS membership extends beyond selection and induction into an honor society. Its members have a responsibility to model, support and advocate for compassionate, patient-centered care throughout their careers. The Society currently has about 30,000 members in training and practice nationwide. For more information about the IU School of Medicine chapter, contact Jerry Rushton, MD, MPH, GHHS chapter advisor, and program director, IU School of Medicine Pediatric Residency, at


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  • Sullivan addresses recent reports of deaths from flesh-eating bacteria

    Summer may be over, but the terrifying reports of people infected by deadly bacteria linger. Most are victims of necrotizing fasciitis, a rapidly progressing infection caused by certain bacteria that interfere with blood circulation, leading to death and decay of tissue (why it’s commonly called “flesh-eating).

    According to William J. Sullivan, PhD, Showalter Professor of Pharmacology & Toxicology, flesh-eating bacteria are considered opportunistic pathogens, meaning they do not usually produce serious illness in most normal, healthy individuals. People who are most at risk include infants and the elderly, and individuals with weakened immune systems due to diabetes, cancer chemotherapy, alcoholism, liver or kidney disease.

    For more on the dangerous bacteria and the prevalence of cases, read Sullivan’s Research Updates blog post.


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  • Flu shots now available; vaccination deadline is November 14

    Fall means football—and flu shots. Plan to visit designated campus locations or one of the scheduled outreach clinics to get your flu vaccine. 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. 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.

    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.

    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. For the IU School of Medicine Indianapolis campus, one convenient option is to attend the flu shot clinic from 8 am-1 pm, Thursday, October 17, in the Medical Sciences Building Atrium.

    Flu shot locations for other IU campuses are available.

    Other details to know for flu vaccinations on the Indianapolis campus:

    • No appointment is necessary to receive a flu shot.
    • You must present a valid university picture ID.
    • Students will be asked to present a health insurance card but will be able to receive a free flu shot regardless of insurance.
    Individuals requesting a waiver due to an evidence-based medical contraindication to the vaccine must submit a flu vaccine medical exemption request by Thursday, October 31. Those requesting a religious exemption can use the same form and note they are requesting a religious exemption. Email for information about exemptions.

    IUPUI Campus Health tracks flu shot compliance for IU School of Medicine house staff and students. Flu shots received from Campus Health will automatically be tracked. House staff and students who opt to receive flu shots from IU Health, a personal physician or elsewhere must submit their flu shot consent form to IUPUI Campus Health at The consent form should be sent from the individual’s IU email account and include “Flu Shot [Secure Message]” in the subject line. After receiving the vaccine, individuals may take a photo of their flu consent form with their smartphone and email it to

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Faculty and Staff News

  • Friday is deadline to complete My Voice at IU staff survey

    My Voice at IU, the engagement survey for eligible Indiana University staff employees, will close Friday, September 27. Eligible employees—those hired on or before July 1, 2019—should have received an email invitation from third-party survey administrator Gallup on Monday, September 16. The email contains a link to the survey and a unique access code.

    The survey is a quick, confidential, important opportunity for staff members to share feedback about working at IU. For technical help with the survey, call Gallup at 800-788-9987 or email

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  • September 30 is last day to nominate staff for discretionary bonus program

    Monday, September 30, is the deadline to nominate IU School of Medicine staff for the discretionary bonus program. The staff discretionary bonus award is a special one-time payment awarded to selected exempt, non-exempt and temporary staff members for extraordinary contributions to the school’s mission, above and beyond the staff member’s job description.

    Discretionary bonus guidelines have been enhanced to provide additional guidance on performance criteria that qualify for a bonus, as well as more details about the process itself based on previous questions and feedback.

    Nomination requests will be evaluated by a review committee using the criteria in the discretionary bonus guidelines. Complete details, including the guidelines and nomination form, are available on the MedNet Human Resources site. Questions? Contact Theresa Martin, director of human resources, at

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  • Monday is final day for HITS employees to 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.

    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.

    Please return your white card to your supervisor or Sarah Wingfield (Fairbanks 6200) no later than October 1.

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  • Faculty: Watch your e-mail to submit committee preferences

    In early October, eligible IU School of Medicine faculty will receive an email to indicate interest and submit preferences for serving on committees for the 2020-2021 academic year. Each year, the Faculty Steering Committee partners with Faculty Affairs, Professional Development and Diversity to solicit faculty interest in serving on school-wide 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.

    The deadline to submit preferences for school-wide committee service for the 2020-2021 academic year is Friday, November 8. Questions? E-mail

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  • IU Simon Cancer Center wants to see your “Comprehensive” photos

    If you snapped photos at the Aug. 6 event celebrating the Comprehensive Cancer Center designation, IU Simon Cancer Center would love to see what you’ve captured. Upload your photos by 5 pm, Thursday, October 3.

    People who submit photos will receive an email on Friday, October 4, with a link inviting them to vote for their favorite submitted photo. The pic with the most votes will be announced at the State of the Cancer Center event on Thursday, October 17.

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  • October 25 FEED event to explore “cultural humility” and diversity

    Join Melanie Tervalon, MD, MPH, who will discuss the term “cultural humility,” at the upcoming Faculty Enrichment and Education Development (FEED) event from 8-9:30 am, Friday, October 25, in the Glick Eye Institute, Room 103.

    The increasing cultural, racial and ethnic diversity in the United States compels medical educators to train physicians and scientists who will skillfully and respectfully regard the implications of this diversity in their work. Cultural humility encourages providers and scientists to realize their own power, privilege and prejudices, and be willing to accept the patient as an expert in their own lives.

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  • IUPUI Staff Council blood drive is October 9

    Roll up your sleeve and plan to attend the fall blood drive, sponsored by the IUPUI Staff Council, from 10 am-4 pm, Wednesday, October 9, at the Riley Outpatient Center, Lower Level, Conference Room A. Visit to sign up online, and use sponsor code 8576. Donors must be at least 17 years old, be in good health and present a photo ID at registration.

    Donate blood and receive a $5 electronic gift card with valid email address. Gift card retailers include Dunkin Donuts, Starbucks, Domino’s Pizza, Papa Johns, Target and Walmart.

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  • Apply by October 10 for Alzheimer’s disease research fellowship

    Postdoctoral fellows at any Indiana University campus are invited to apply for the Sarah Roush Memorial Fellowship in Alzheimer’s Disease Research. The award is an annual postdoctoral fellowship supplement that provides $22,500 per annum to enhance current research in the field of Alzheimer’s disease or other neurodegenerative dementing illness.

    The funds may be used for part of the fellow’s stipend or for direct research costs, subject to approval by the mentor and program. Awardees will be expected to give a one-hour presentation on their research to the donors and scientific community during their fellowship and to submit a final research report at the conclusion.

    Applications can be focused on clinical, neuropsychological, basic, or other specific type of research on Alzheimer’s disease and related disorders. More information and application details are available. Deadline to apply is Thursday, October 10.

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  • Two seminars on October 14 to focus on domestic violence

    The Culture & Conversation series will include two seminars on Monday, October 14, that are related to domestic violence, a topic that transcends race/ethnicity, class, sexual orientation and gender.

    Domestic Violence, Health and Health Care
    Monday, October 14: noon-1 pm
    Fesler Hall, Room 319
    Registration and more details

    Addressing Domestic Violence in the Workplace
    Monday, October 14: 2-3:30 pm
    Glick Eye Institute, Room 103
    Registration and more details

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  • Learn about agile implementation at next month’s bootcamp

    A three-day agile implementation bootcamp, hosted by the Center for Health Innovation and Implementation Science, is scheduled for 9 am-4 pm, Tuesday, October 29, through Thursday, October 31.

    AI bootcamp is a CME-accredited course that guides participants through identifying the right opportunities, assembling effective teams, implementing evidence-based solutions and sustaining improvement. Attendees will learn how implementation science integrates with quality improvement principles to improve population health outcomes and leave with the tools to help navigate this complicated process. AI is a proven evidence-based change methodology designed specifically to improve health care.

    The bootcamp will be held in the Health Information and Translational Sciences building, Room 2070. Registration and information about upcoming bootcamp dates are available.

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  • Medical Miles 5K Run & Fun Walk is November 2

    The IU School of Medicine Department of Family Medicine is hosting the Medical Miles 5K Run & Fun Walk from 9-11 am on Saturday, November 2. The event, which is part of the department’s 45th anniversary celebration, will take place at the Indianapolis downtown canal. A portion of the proceeds will support the medical student outreach clinic affiliated with the Department of Family Medicine. Register today.

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Partner News

  • IU Health Physicians Social is Wednesday

    Don’t forget that the IU Health Physicians Social will be held from 5:30-7:30 pm, Wednesday, October 2, at the Ritz Charles in Carmel. The event provides an opportunity for physicians, advanced practice providers and system executives to make connections and build relationships. Register by emailing Khristi Autajay at or call 317-944-5713.

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