Top News

  • Nearly 60 IU School of Medicine faculty earn Trustees’ Teaching Award

    The Indiana University Board of Trustees presents the Trustees’ Teaching Award to IU faculty in recognition of teaching excellence. This year, 59 IU School of Medicine faculty members received the distinguished award for teaching and contributions to medical education. Congratulations to these faculty members for their commitment to student success:

    Ahmad Al-Hader, MD
    Eric A. Benson, MD, PhD
    Charline S. Boente, MD
    Gabriel T. Bosslet, MD
    Caitriona A. Buckley, MD
    R. Cartland Burns, MD
    Scott G. Canfield, PhD
    William Graham Carlos, MD
    Julie M. Clary, MD
    Adam D. Comer, MD
    David R. Diaz, MD
    Christen K. Dilly, MD
    Simit M. Doshi, MD
    Leslie A. Enane, MD
    Marcia V. Felker, MD
    John G. Foley, PhD
    Levi Funches, MD
    Warren B. Gavin, MD
    Adam G. Goodwill, PhD
    Brian W. Gray, MD
    Ayman Hallab, MD
    Antwione M. Haywood, PhD
    Jennelle C. Hodge, PhD
    Leslie A. Hoffman, PhD
    Stephanie P. Holz, MD
    Ashley S. Inman, MD
    Seethal A. Jacob, MD
    Travis J. Jerde, PhD
    Rajat Kapoor, MD
    Katherine J. Kelly, MD
    Debomoy K. Lahiri, PhD
    Thomas A. Lardaro, MD
    Yunlong Liu, PhD
    Ashley L. Marshall, MA
    Shivani B. Martin, MD
    Lauren D. Nephew, MD
    Heather A. O'Leary, PhD
    Jason Organ, PhD
    David A. Plager, MD
    David H. Porter, MD
    Charles R. Powell, MD
    Kyra D. Reed, MD
    Ryan M. Rhome, MD, PhD
    Frances M. Russell, MD
    Don B. Sanders, MD
    Melanie A. Schreiner, MD
    Gattadahalli S. Seetharam, PhD
    Anthony L. Shanks, MD
    Sylk M. Sotto, EdD
    Katie Stanton, MD
    Christian C. Strachan, MD
    Nathan D. Swinger, MD
    Shannon L. Thompson, MD
    Alvaro J. Tori, MD
    Gail H. Vance, MD
    Anne Whitehead, MD
    James B. Wood, MD
    William A. Wooden, MD
    Gregory S. Zahn, MD

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  • May is Mental Health Awareness Month

    Did you know that over the course of their medical training, 36% of the medical students and 21% of the residents and fellows who graduated in 2020 sought services from the IU School of Medicine Department of Mental Health Services (DMHS)? In fact, on average, DMHS sees approximately 300 trainees for counseling and medication management every month.

    “We recognize that our medical trainees have had a lot to cope with in recent weeks and months,” said Samia Hasan, MD, assistant professor of clinical psychiatry and director of mental health services at IU School of Medicine. “We would also like to express our continued empathy and support for all of those who have been experiencing violence and marginalization and encourage you to reach out if we can be a support for you during this time.”

    DMHS can help learners with a variety of mental health concerns, including personal issues, relationship stressors, challenges with focus and organization, anxiety, depression, test anxiety, and stress management. For added convenience, the department recently announced that counseling services are now available in Spanish.

    Want to learn more about DMHS? Call 317-278-2383 or send a secure message through the DMHS portal using your IU credentials. If you’re in crisis, call the DMHS crisis line, 24/7, at 317-278-HELP (4357).

    In addition, check out these great resources to help take care of your mental health.

    The Trevor Project

    The Blog on the Therapy for Black Girls site

    Insight Timer

    Headspace

    The Butterfly Hug Technique

    The Mental Health Benefits of Storytelling for Healthcare Workers

    TED Talk regarding Emotional First Aid

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  • Graduate recognition is next Friday

    Plan to watch the virtual celebration of the IU School of Medicine Class of 2021 at 2 pm (EDT), Friday, May 14.

    Mona Hanna-Attisha, MD, a physician, scientist and activist, is the keynote speaker for the event. Hanna-Attisha, who exposed the Flint water crisis, is the author of “What the Eyes Don’t See: A Story of Crisis, Resistance, and Hope in an American City.”

    The graduate recognition will be livestreamed on the school’s YouTube channel and Facebook page.

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  • On the blog: Insights on spiritual care for Muslim patients

    For many patients, spiritual care can contribute to treatment, helping them through a health crisis. Hospital chaplains focus on each patient’s preferred spiritual traditions, rituals and practices. In this Spirit of Medicine blog post, Sondos Kholaki, a board-certified staff chaplain at Hoag Hospital in Irvine, California, and Muslim chaplain at Cedars-Sinai Hospital in Los Angeles, provides insight on spiritual care for Muslim patients. Kholaki explains the fundamental aspects of Islam and addresses what providers should know about the religion to better serve patients of this faith tradition.

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Research News

  • Study: The stomach may be the secret to fighting obesity

    Scientists believe a stomach-specific protein plays a major role in the progression of obesity, according to new research in Scientific Reports. The study co-authored by an IU School of Medicine researcher, could help with development of therapeutics that would help individuals struggling with achieving and maintaining weight loss.

    Researchers focused on Gastrokine-1 (GKN1)—a protein produced exclusively and abundantly in the stomach. Previous research has suggested GKN1 is resistant to digestion, allowing it to pass into the intestine and interact with microbes in the gut. 

    In the study, researchers show that inhibiting GKN1 produced significant differences in weight and levels of body fat in comparison to when the protein was expressed.

    “While diet and exercise are critical to maintaining a healthy weight, some individuals struggle with weight loss; even in cases of bariatric surgery—maintaining weight loss can be a challenge,” said David Boone, PhD, associate professor of microbiology and immunology at IU School of Medicine, an adjunct professor in the Department of Biology at the University of Notre Dame and a co-author of the study. “These results are an example of how a better understanding of the gut microbiome and the physiological aspects of obesity—how our bodies regulate metabolism and accumulate body fat—could help inform new therapies.”

    Visit the Newsroom to learn more about the study.

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Faculty and Staff News

  • Remembering Connie Garland

    Connie Garland, clinical research coordinator, Department of Otolaryngology, passed away on May 1.

    Garland joined the Department of Otolaryngology in November 2020. She and Stacey Halum, MD, had submitted a preIND application to the FDA, and the two were working on an R25 training grant.

    Before joining the laryngology team, Garland worked at IU for more than 35 years. She earned her bachelor's degree from IUPUI in Health Information Management in May 2015 and received her SOCRA certificate in January 2016. Garland served as the primary research coordinator for IU School of Medicine Division of Pediatric Neurosurgery for three years, and the research program grew dramatically during her time there. Prior to joining the Department of Neurosurgery, Connie worked in the IU School of Medicine Department of Medical and Molecular Genetics for more than 30 years.

    “Connie will be well remembered for her delightful personality and generous spirit,” said Jonathan Ting, MD, MS, MBA, otolaryngology department chair, in a message to colleagues. “Her positive ‘can do’ attitude and enthusiasm for clinical research were contagious, and this made her the perfect fit for any research team. She will be dearly missed.”

    Garland’s obituary is available.

    IU and IU School of Medicine offer support for the school community. IU Employee Assistance Program (EAP) provides 24/7/365 access to licensed mental health counselors via SupportLinc. The IU School of Medicine Department of Mental Health Services provides emergency help 24 hours a day, seven days week by calling 317-278-HELP (4357).

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  • 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 2021 through June 2023. The committee president is Yar (Samantha) Yeap, MD, MS, and secretary is Richard Gunderman, MD, PhD, (elected in 2020).

    President-elect: Christine Eckel, PhD
    Secretary-elect: Margaret Schwarz, MD

    Regional campus representatives on the Faculty Steering Committee: West: Michael Lannoo, PhD (2021-2023); North: Jeni Prosperi, PhD (2021-2023)

    IUPUI Faculty Council: Sacha Sharp, PhD; Jesse Savage, MD; and John Turchi, PhD

    CFAS representative: Hongxia Ren, PhD

    Academic standards: Archita Desai, MD, and Jerry Young, MD

    Admissions: Gulraj Chawla, MD, and Daren Beam, MD

    Awards: Rafat Abonour, MD, and Marc Mendonca, PhD

    Biomedical research: Fanyin Meng, PhD, and Stephen Schlecht, PhD

    Curriculum council: Katherine Kelly, MD, and Harish Rao, MD

    Faculty community relations: Vivian Ott, PhD, and Timothy Webb, MD

    Faculty development coordinating: Tarah Ballinger, MD, and Emily Holmes, MD

    Promotion and tenure committee: Kathy Miller, MD, and Magdalena Czader, MD, PhD

    Lecturers and clinical rank faculty promotion: Bobbi Byrne, MD, and Maya Guglin, PhD

    Student promotions: Elizabeth Collins, MD, and Bart Besinger, MD

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  • Faculty: PLUS application deadline extended to May 14

    There is still time for faculty to apply for PLUS (Program to Launch Underrepresented in Medicine Success). PLUS is designed to support the career development of underrepresented faculty in academic medicine. The two-year cohort program, structured around the two pillars of leadership and scholarship, is enhanced by networking, advising, career coaching and wellness programming that is tailored to meet the needs of faculty underrepresented in medicine. Learn more and apply. The application deadline has been extended to Friday, May 14.

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  • Zoom update required by May 10

    To keep your Zoom experience secure and take advantage of new settings, you must update your Zoom desktop client to version 5.2 or higher by Monday, May 10. If the update is not performed by May 10, you will be required to do so before you can attend a Zoom at IU meeting.

    Check which version of the Zoom desktop client you are currently using: 

    • Sign into the Zoom desktop client (Windows, macOS or Linux).
    • Select your profile picture or initials > Help > About Zoom. The version will be listed below the Zoom logo.

    Hosting a large event on Zoom? After the May 10 update, the maximum number of breakout rooms allowed per meeting will be increased to 100. See Zoom support for more information on breakout rooms.

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Opportunities

  • View IU President McRobbie’s final State of the University address

    IU President Michael A. McRobbie delivered his final State of the University address on May 4. In accordance with the university’s COVID-19 protocols, only a small, physically distant audience was present for the event on the Bloomington campus. The address can be viewed via archived broadcast at broadcast.iu.edu. McRobbie is stepping down as IU president on Wednesday, June 30.

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  • IU Health board members to share insights from AMPATH trip

    Find out how a trip to Kenya to experience care delivery firsthand has influenced the work and leadership of IU Health board members. Join the next AMPATH Fireside Chat at noon on Monday, May 17. Panelists include:

    J. Scott Davison – Chairman, President and CEO, OneAmerica
    Tom Easterday – Senior Executive Vice President, Subaru of Indiana Automotive, Inc. (retired)
    Jay Hess, MD, PhD, MHSA – Executive Vice President for University Clinical Affairs, Indiana University, and Dean, IU School of Medicine
    Dennis Murphy – President and CEO, IU Health

    Register for the event.

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  • Save the date: Patient Safety Day conference is June 11

    The fifth annual Patient Safety Day, presented by the Residents and Fellows Quality and Patient Safety Council, will be held via Zoom from noon-4 pm, Friday, June 11. The conference provides an opportunity for trainees to present their research in areas related to quality improvement and patient safety. Registration is available.

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  • Read the latest CDC COVID-19 guidelines

    Are you fully vaccinated? If so, there are things you can resume doing. Check out these helpful guidelines about choosing safer activities and which prevention measures are still needed.

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Partner News

  • IU Health names new president of Riley Children’s Health

    Gil Peri will join IU Health on Monday, June 28, as the next president of Riley Children’s Health. An accomplished pediatric health care executive with more than 20 years of experience, Peri was selected for the position after a comprehensive national search.

    Currently, he is president and chief operating officer at Connecticut Children’s Medical Center in Hartford, where he oversees health system operations, strategy and innovation. He has led that hospital’s interdisciplinary team and strategically scaled pediatric expertise across a three-state region in the northeast since 2017.

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  • Event recap: Scholars day showcases efforts to improve global health

    Global Health Scholars Day, hosted each spring by the Indiana University Center for Global Health, spotlights diverse global health challenges and explores solutions envisioned by members of the IU community and their global collaborators. This year’s event was held via Zoom on April 15.

    “Scholars Day is intended to give students, residents, fellows and faculty an opportunity to showcase some of the hard work they are doing on scholarly projects related to global health. Ideally, in a non-pandemic time, it would also be a community-building experience where we can network with other schools across IU. We are hoping to grow that aspect of it in the years to come,” said Jenny Baenziger, MD, associate director of education for the center and organizer of the event.

    Check out the blog post for details on this year’s top global health research poster entries.

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Kudos

  • Healthcare Triage podcast recognized by Indianapolis Monthly

    The Healthcare Triage podcast hosted by Aaron Carroll, MD, was featured in the April edition of Indianapolis Monthly. The cover story showcases local podcasts that people may be interested in downloading.

    The author credits Carroll's ability to break down complicated health care subjects and his "sixth sense" for asking questions that the audience would want to ask if they were in the recording studio.

    Healthcare Triage podcasts are sponsored by IU School of Medicine and the IU Grand Challenge Precision Health Initiative.

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