Geisel MedNews

Greetings from Hanover,

I want to start off by wishing you all a Happy New Year! I know this past holiday season was unlike any other and I want to commend you for the work you are doing on the front lines, within your community, and for your family as we all strive to stay safe and contain the COVID-19 virus.

In response to our 2020 Alumni Communications Survey, I am excited to debut our new version of Geisel MedNews. This redesign allows us to provide a Director’s update, recognize the work and accomplishments of our alumni, showcase current engagement opportunities, and share the latest progress on the Geisel Campaign and news from the school—all in one monthly communication.

Lastly, we're seeking photos that represent your work on the front lines of the COVID-19 pandemic for possible inclusion in the spring issue of Alumni News & Notes. If you have a photo you'd like to share, please upload it here along with a sentence or two of description. And I invite you to share your feedback on this new version of Geisel MedNews as my hope is to continuously improve our communications to you.

Wishing you a bright 2021,

Amanda Bassett

Amanda Bassett
Director, Alumni Relations

Campaign Corner

2020: A Year of Generosity

In 2020, alumni and friends of the medical school gave generously in support of students, research, and innovation. Landmark gifts included $11 million to scholarships, $2 million to the new Healthy Students, Healthy Physicians program, nearly $2 million to accelerate innovations in cancer care, and more than $1 million to the Susan & Richard Levy Health Care Delivery Incubator. Learn more about Geisel’s campaign.

Recent News

Geisel School of Medicine

Four years ago, a team of researchers in a basic science lab at Geisel's Department of Biochemistry and Cell Biology made a major breakthrough working with a human coronavirus that causes the common cold. Today, their discoveries are being used in the newly approved COVID-19 vaccine from the Pfizer/BioNTech partnership.


A passionate advocate for health equity, Matias J. Vega MED'78 has spent his professional career working in impoverished and underserved communities. He's been recognized for his work with a Social Justice Award from Dartmouth College.


Innovations in health care delivery could be a silver lining of the pandemic. And researchers at The Dartmouth Institute for Health Policy and Clinical Practice have been awarded $2.4 million in federal funds to study just that.


Online learning grew exponentially during the pandemic, and so did the marketing of junk food on educational websites. Jennifer Emond, PhD, an assistant professor of biomedical data science and of pediatrics at Geisel, was lead author on a study that got some major brands to curb the practice—but only temporarily. 


Alumni Spotlight
Tamas A. Gonda MED'03, a nationally renowned advanced endoscopist and translational researcher in pancreatic disease, has joined NYU Langone Health as the director of the Pancreatic Disease Program within the Division of Gastroenterology and Hepatology. He has also been named chief of advanced endoscopy at NYU Langone’s Tisch Hospital.
Upcoming Events

February 2
COVID-19 Vaccine Communication, Misinformation, and Fear
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February 9
Dartmouth: Pioneering in Cancer Immunotherapy Learn more

February 17
Translating Discoveries Faster: Lessons Learned from COVID-19 Learn more

February 22
Eye on Equity: COVID-19 Vaccine Distribution in the U.S. and Worldwide
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We are pleased to invite our alumni to attend virtual Grand Rounds from Dartmouth-Hitchcock. Please visit the alumni website calendar here to see the full list.

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