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Geisel MedNews is a headline news service that offers an inside look at the activities and accomplishments of the Geisel School of Medicine community, including Geisel School faculty, students, and alumni.

Featured News - October 2014


Honoring Alumni for Outstanding Service, Career Achievements
The Alumni Council will present its inaugural awards for career achievement and outstanding service to five distinguished alumni and host a panel discussion with them about their lives in medicine. The recipients of the 2014 career achievement awards are W. Hardy Hendren III, MD, D’47, Med’50; Samuel L. Katz, MD, D’48, Med’50; and James C. Strickler, MD, D’50, Med’51. To be honored for outstanding service to their alma mater are John M. Moran, MD, D’54, Med’55 and Robert L. Thurer, MD, D’67, Med’68. Read more... 


Primary Care on ‘The Last Frontier’
Serving as a physician for Native Alaskan communities in remote regions of America’s Last Frontier requires versatility and a courageous, pioneering spirit, as Will Boylston, MD ’11, Sarah Spencer, DO, and a host of Geisel students have discovered. “I get to do most everything: emergency medicine and hospital medicine, orthopedics, and in some places, we do obstetrics and pediatrics,” said Dr. Boylston. Read more...


Fisher Awarded the John E. Wennberg Distinguished Professorship
Elliott Fisher, MD, MPH, director of The Dartmouth Institute for Health Policy & Clinical Practice (TDI), has been awarded the inaugural distinguished professorship named for the person who has been his mentor, collaborator, and the single greatest influence on his career: John “Jack” Wennberg, MD, emeritus professor of medicine and the founder of TDI. “I first read about Jack’s research on geographic variations in health-care spending and outcomes when I was a medical student at Harvard,” said Fisher. Read more…


How Hospitals Are Becoming Safer for Children 
New research shows dramatic declines in the infection rates for children in American hospitals, as noted in The Atlantic in a commentary by Timothy P.  Lahey, MD, an associate professor of medicine in infectious diseases and international health at the Geisel School. This progress is due to massive nationwide efforts to track and prevent childhood infections in hospitals.  Prevention efforts on this scale require doctors, nurses, and a host of other staff members to collaborate in following strict infection-control protocols, says Lahey, which are expensive and often conflict with deeply ingrained hierarchies in medicine. Read more... 


$1.5 Million Award will Catalyze Data-Driven Scientific Discoveries  
An award from the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation will support the work of Casey Greene, PhD, an assistant professor of genetics at the Geisel School, to bring the power of big data into his biology lab. “Casey is one of our researchers at the forefront of investigating genome sequence data that hold the secrets to what makes each of us different and what predisposes us to disease,” said Geisel School Interim Dean Duane Compton, PhD. Read more...




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