June 2012

June 2012

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Welcome to the June edition of the Round Table!

Summer’s arrived. One class of graduates has left us, soon to be replaced by new, eager medical education students in August. The new class of ’16 will be the third to begin the NextGen Curriculum. As the rising third years “hit the wards,” two things are becoming clear: the basic science knowledge of the new third years is equal to that of the prior curriculum, while their clinical skills at entry to their clinical rotations may be greater than in the past. We are monitoring the data. Hats off to the faculty and the medical educators who developed the curriculum and to all of you who handled “double numbers” of third-year medical students when the classes overlapped!

Everyone is looking forward to summer because it signals vacation, the beach, paperback novels (or “beach-read” Kindle downloads), and cookouts. I am excited about summer in anticipation of several projects that will move us closer to accomplishing some of the goals defined by our new Health System strategy.

In the coming weeks we will be announcing the interim directors for the neurosciences and cardiovascular Centers of Excellence (COE). We are developing a draft of the COE’s oversight, responsibilities, and organizational alignment. These centers are an important piece of the new clinical strategy, in that they are differentiators and will foster the cycle of success — the virtuous cycle — strengthening our clinical, research, and teaching missions. The Cancer Center COE director will be the soon-to-be chosen Director of the Cancer Center, including the Emily Couric Clinical Cancer Center, and the Cancer Center Support Grant (currently directed by Dr. Michael Weber). We anticipate having the Cancer Center Director in place by the end of the summer.

On June 11 our new modular operating rooms (OR) at the Outpatient Surgery Center will open. We anticipate that ophthalmology, orthopaedics, general plastics, otolaryngology, and some urology will move their outpatient surgeries — done currently in the main OR — to these modular ORs.

MedExpress Urgent Care recently opened its doors on Pantops, and we have contracted with them for referrals. Their clinics typically see 65 to 80 patients a day and, if a patient needs a referral, MedExpress will call UVA to schedule the appointment. We anticipate that the departments most impacted will be orthopaedics, cardiology, and family medicine. As the summer rolls on, we’re excited to see how this venture bears fruit and furthers our clinical goal of increasing our ambulatory network.

This summer the Health System will have another opportunity to expand its clinical enterprise by partnering with HealthGrades, a consumer website for those seeking information about physicians and hospitals. This new marketing tool will offer increased visibility for our physicians and is expected to yield a greater number of calls and appointments for all of our departments, the majority of which are anticipated to be in primary care. Consumers who find UVA providers via HealthGrades will be able to schedule their appointment online or by calling Care Connection.

I’m also looking forward to continuing our efforts in creating positive culture change. Come summer’s end, the atmosphere may feel different here at UVA, as we’re implementing initiatives to facilitate change. However, UVA is a big place and change comes neither quickly nor easily. Mahatma Gandhi said, “Be the change that you wish to see in the world.” This quote can be applied to our world here at UVA. Attitudes and demeanor are infectious. To see change, we all have to be changed. You never know how your individual positive mood, “always” behaviors, and “can-do” attitude may affect those around you, co-workers and patients alike. I truly believe that a single person can recreate the environment around them for the better. And as many of you have heard me say, “When you greet a family or patient or parent, you are the University of Virginia to them.”

Road-mapping the tasks set before us can sometimes be daunting, leaving us overly focused on the work and sometimes blind to our own accomplishments. But it is important to celebrate achievement. Every month I try to highlight in this column some of the incredible work being done by our faculty, researchers, students, and staff. One such testament to your collective efforts: UVA recently was named to Becker’s Hospital Review’s “100 Great Hospitals of 2012” list. (See below for details.) In another effort to publicize our faculty’s accomplishments, we want to highlight books written or edited by our faculty! Let us know when you publish!

While we’ve come a long way from Dr. Robley Dunglison’s days of patient care, in many ways we’re still the same institution dedicated to science, healing, and education that Mr. Jefferson created 187 years ago. I thank you for all of your hard work and your daily commitment to excellence. Have a great summer.


Steven T. DeKosky, MD, FAAN, FACP


UVA Lands on Becker’s “100 Great Hospitals” List

Becker’s Hospital Review recently published “100 Great Hospitals of 2012,” and University of Virginia Medical Center made the list. According to Becker’s, the hospitals that are posted in this unranked list “demonstrated greatness through clinical accolades, innovation in care delivery, recent capital developments, and the offering of new services, specialty programs or technology. Ranging in size and location, these reputable hospitals each saw noteworthy accomplishments in 2011 and will continue to make strides this year.”

While it is easy to overvalue lists such as these, it is a testament to the quality of work you do every day — whether you’re in the lab, classroom, or clinic — to have our institution recognized on a national scale. As noted on Becker’s list (beckershospitalreview.com/lists/100-great-hospitals.html), UVA first provided patient care in 1825; became a 25-bed, three-operating room hospital in 1901; as of 2011 has a Level I trauma center, with nationally recognized cancer and heart centers; and has researchers at the forefront of medical advances. Congratulations to all!

UVA Physicians Recognized as Top Docs

Special congratulations go out to the 53 doctors from 28 specialties who were recently recognized in the 11th edition of America’s Top Doctors. This list honors the top 1 percent of specialists and sub-specialists in the U.S. We also have 20 doctors in a companion piece, America’s Top Doctors for Cancer. These lists are published annually by Castle Connolly Medical Ltd., and are based on nominations from tens of thousands of doctors and healthcare executives across the country. A physician-led research team then reviews the credentials of each nominated doctor before the Castle Connolly selection team makes the final choices for the guide. Peer recognition, we know, is one of the finest honors we can have. Congratulations to all who made these distinguished lists!


Deadline Upcoming to Nominate Faculty for Recognition

A wonderful way to honor faculty is by nominating them for recognition and awards. Time is running out for this year’s awards: June 25 is the deadline for four such opportunities to recognize the faculty members who bring excellence to our institution:

Dean’s Clinical Excellence Award

Dean’s Excellence in Teaching Award

Robert J. Kadner Award for Outstanding Graduate Teaching

David A. Harrison Distinguished Educator Award

Criteria and eligibility details on these awards can be found at the above URLs. If you know someone who exemplifies the qualities outlined in these awards, I urge you to nominate him or her as a candidate to be honored.

Margaret A. Shupnik, PhD, Elected Chairperson of the International Society of Endocrinology

Please join me in congratulating Margaret “Peggy” Shupnik, PhD, Professor of Medicine (Endocrinology) and Senior Associate Dean for Research, on being elected chair of the International Society of Endocrinology (ISE) Executive Committee during the joint 15th International Congress of Endocrinology and the 14th European Congress of Endocrinology in Florence, Italy. Professor Paul Stewart, Secretary Treasurer of the ISE, said, “Peggy, an ex-President of the U.S. Endocrine Society and an outstanding scientist in the field, will be influential in delivering the mission of the ISE and helping to co-ordinate the international strategies of our large National Society members/Endocrine Federations. I am very excited by her appointment.”

ISE was founded in 1960 and fosters global advancement of research, education, and patient care in endocrinology. Today, it forms a network of more than 70 national endocrinology societies, representing nearly 50,000 endocrinologists worldwide. Congratulations, Dr. Shupnik!

CS2day Publishes Methods and Outcomes

The award-winning educational collaboration Cease Smoking Today (CS2day) has published a collection of articles describing its methods and outcomes in the fall 2011 Supplement to the Journal of Continuing Education in the Health Professions (JCEHP). Original research articles focus on the CS2day collaboration framework, competency development, and the framework for continuous assessment, educational design, and comparative outcomes of performance improvement projects, as well as overall evaluation and outcomes of the first few years of the initiative. I urge you to read the supplement, available online at jcehp.com/vol31/31suppl.asp.

CS2day was formed in 2007 by nine organizations that joined forces to reduce smoking rates by providing healthcare professionals with evidence-based educational tools and resources. UVA’s Office of Continuing Medical Education in the School of Medicine is one of these nine and takes an active role in multiple projects in this initiative. CS2day has reached nearly 50,000 clinicians through its certified educational activities and touched more than 1,000,000 clinicians through outreach and dissemination of its materials. More information about CS2day is available at ceasesmoking2day.com.


Robert M. Carey, MD, Receives National Award for Career Achievement

Please join me in congratulating Robert M. Carey, MD, David A. Harrison III Distinguished Professor of Medicine, and Dean, Emeritus, for being honored with the Association for Patient Oriented Research Edward H. Ahrens Jr. Award. This distinguished investigator award, recognizing translation from bench research to clinical application, was presented at the “Translation Science 2012: Improving Health Through Research and Training” conference in Washington, D.C. Dr. Carey was chosen for this career achievement and contribution award for his work in understanding of the renin-angiotensin system, the peripheral dopaminergic system, and mechanisms of pressure-natriuresis. Congratulations, Dr. Carey!

Lab Safety a National Concern

Because of incidents and accidents at other institutions across the country, lab safety has gained national concern. Ralph O. Allen, PhD, Director of Environmental Health & Safety, recently stressed the importance of changing some of our lab occupants’ behaviors. We have already begun the process of enhancing our laboratory safety program in response to the findings of the Virginia State Fire Marshal. But our changes can’t be “just for the inspection.” They have to be real and they have to be permanent. Dr. Allen will be making a checklist of behavioral solutions for distribution; please be on the lookout for this. Also, notices will soon go out about upcoming online safety training in which I urge you all to participate. We can only continue as a top-tier research facility, and move forward with our clinical strategy, if we have functioning labs in which to continue our work. And that means: safety first. Questions about UVA lab safety and training may be directed to Dr. Allen at roa2s@virginia.edu.

American Diabetes Association Highlights UVA Diabetes Research

Congratulations to Frederick Epstein, PhD, Professor and Chair of Biomedical Engineering, and his colleagues. The American Diabetes Association is featuring Dr. Epstein's research on pancreatic beta cell imaging in their 2012 Research Highlights brochure. This is important work in type 1 diabetes research, in that he and his team were able to use magnetic resonance imaging to successfully detect the decline of pancreatic beta cells (the only cells in the body that produce insulin or, rather, don't do so in type 1 diabetes) well before the mouse models started showing signs or symptoms of the disease. If translatable to humans, this would allow early detection of the disease and would offer a new timetable on when to apply potential treatments. Currently, we test for type 1 diabetes by measuring blood glucose levels. This new imaging would allow us to probe the disease before these indirect readouts.

The corresponding journal article, "Manganese-enhanced MRI detects declining pancreatic beta cell mass in a cyclophosphamide-accelerated mouse model of type 1 diabetes," written by Patrick F. Antkowiak, PhD student, Department of Biomedical Engineering, Brian K. Stevens, Department of Microbiology, Craig S. Nunemaker, PhD, Department of Medicine, Marcia McDuffie, MD, Department of Microbiology, and Epstein will be published in Diabetes. Congratulations to all!

Books By Our Faculty: Patti Tereskerz, JD, PhD, Authors Research & Law Book

Given the legal complications of clinical research, a book such as Clinical Research and the Law is invaluable. Written by Patti Tereskerz, JD, PhD, Associate Professor & Director, Program in Ethics & Policy in Healthcare, this book covers issues such as standards and duty of care, informed consent, conflicts of interest, research contracts, establishing clinical trials, and the disclosure and withholding of clinical trial results. This informative read will be a useful guide for clinical investigators, institutional and research administrators, members of institutional review boards, medical students, postgraduate research students, attorneys, and counselors.


Deadline Nears to Disclose Financial Interests

Thank you to those who have already submitted your annual disclosure of external financial interests — more than 72 percent of our faculty have already disclosed their interests. If you have not yet done so, there is still time. All School of Medicine faculty are required to provide an annual disclosure of external financial interests and updates within 30 days of any material changes in those interests. Regardless of whether you have any external financial interests, you must access the NEW site’s reporting system at https://avillage.web.virginia.edu/uvacoi. Department coordinators will be working with the Dean’s Office to ensure 100 percent compliance in the next few weeks.

It’s important to note that the disclosure requirements have changed substantially this year, because of the revised Public Health Service Conflict of Interest policy. Please familiarize yourself with these before initiating the process. Information on policies and responsibilities can be found at www.medicine.virginia.edu/research/offices/research/home/compliance-training#COI.

Coming Soon: SOM Employee Engagement Survey

In early June, School of Medicine (SOM) staff should be on the lookout for an invitation letter from the Center for Survey Research to complete a brief and confidential Employee Engagement Survey. The survey will measure 12 core elements of engagement developed and identified by the Gallup Research Group. Known as the Q12, these elements have proven to be highly predictive of workplace engagement and employee and workgroup performance.

Elements of the Q12 were included in this year’s Faculty Survey. Your responses will help shape the future of the SOM and Health System as we combine your responses with ongoing reporting, learning, and strategic interventions. Over the next year a group of SOM faculty and staff will work with representatives from across the Health System to develop a comprehensive Health System Engagement Survey and a year-round focus on improving and strengthening our workplace. I look forward to your honest feedback and thank you in advance for your participation.

Medical Alumni's Vitals Now Online

The spring edition of the School of Medicine Vitals, the UVA Medical Alumni Association (MAA) and Medical School Foundation's (MSF) magazine, is now online at UVAMedAlum.org. This installment includes stories on the artificial pancreas project, the cyclotron, profiles of faculty, and news about research, grants, and other UVA innovations. When you have a moment, I urge you to check out this wonderful publication. And, to stay abreast of the latest MAA/MSF happenings, follow them on Facebook (facebook.com/UVAMedAlum) or Twitter (twitter.com/@UVAMedAlum).

Marquardt, Golub, and Herndon Accept New Roles

Please join me in congratulating three outstanding individuals who bring energy and enthusiasm to their new roles:

Michael Marquardt, MBA, MPH, has accepted the position of Director for the Office of the Chief Medical Officer. This position will work closely with the Associate Chief Medical Officers (ACMO), Nursing Governance Office and Administration, the Director for Special Projects, the Departments of Quality and Performance Improvement, Finance, and Marketing within the Medical Center.

Mark Golub, MD, MPH, will be the Director of Special Projects for Jeff Young, MD, Senior Associate Chief Medical Officer for Quality. Dr. Golub will identify and assist with projects related to quality and performance improvement within the School of Medicine and the Medical Center.

C.D. Anthony (Tony) Herndon, MD, is now the surgical liaison to the Children's Hospital's Associate Chief Medical Officer, Tracy Hoke, MD. Dr. Herndon will collaborate with the ACMO for surgical services and the OR Committee Member representing the Children’s Hospital. He will also provide and seek counsel to help improve operational efficiency for Children’s Hospital surgical services in the inpatient, ambulatory, and operating room venues.

Once again, congratulations to all three!

State of School Podcast and PDF Online

If you missed the spring State of the School last month, there are two ways you can view the presentation: Download a PDF of the PowerPoint file or watch a podcast of event. Click on “General Faculty Meeting: State of the School May 1, 2012” on the School of Medicine homepage (login required) at medicine.virginia.edu.

2011-2012 Promotion and Tenure List

Congratulations to our wonderful faculty, noted below, whose promotions and tenure were just voted on by the Board of Visitors.

Promotion to Associate Professor

  1. Gorav Ailawadi, MD, Associate Professor of Surgery
  2. David R. Burt, MD, Associate Professor of Emergency Medicine
  3. Lori D. Conklin, MD, Associate Professor of Anesthesiology
  4. Leon S. Farhi, PhD, Associate Professor of Medicine, Endocrinology
  5. Michael G. Fox, MD, Associate Professor of Radiology and Medical Imaging
  6. Brant Isakson, PhD, Associate Professor of Molecular Physiology and Biological Physics
  7. Susanna R. Keller, MD, Associate Professor of Medicine, Endocrinology
  8. Tracey L. Krupski, MD, MPH, Associate Professor of Urology
  9. Robin D. LeGallo, MD, Associate Professor of Pathology
  10. Chien Li, PhD, Associate Professor of Pharmacology
  11. Bruce P. Libby, PhD, Associate Professor of Radiation Oncology
  12. Xiaowei Lu, PhD, Associate Professor of Cell Biology
  13. Gabrielle R. Marzani-Nissen, MD, Associate Professor of Psychiatry and NB Sciences
  14. Wendy M. Novicoff, PhD, MEd, Associate Professor of Public Health Sciences
  15. Spencer C. Payne, MD, Associate Professor of Otolaryngology
  16. Melinda D. Poulter, PhD, Associate Professor of Pathology
  17. Maria S. Sequeira-Lopez, MD, Associate Professor of Pediatrics
  18. Justin S. Smith, MD, PhD, Associate Professor of Neurological Surgery
  19. Angela M. Taylor, MD, Associate Professor of Medicine, Cardiovascular

Award of Tenure

  1. Kristen A. Atkins, MD, Associate Professor of Pathology
  2. Quanjun Cui, MD, Associate Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery
  3. Mark D. DeBoer, MD, Associate Professor of Pediatrics
  4. W. Jeff Elias, MD, Associate Professor of Neurological Surgery
  5. John A. Jane, Jr., MD, Associate Professor of Neurological Surgery
  6. Bradley W. Kesser, MD, Associate Professor of Otolaryngology
  7. D. Scott Lim, MD, Associate Professor of Pediatrics
  8. Vanessa M. Shami, MD, Associate Professor of Medicine, Gastroenterology
  9. Edward B. Stelow, MD, Associate Professor of Pathology
  10. Nassima Ait-Daoud Tiouririne, MD, Associate Professor of Psychiatry and NB Sciences
  11. Zhen Yan, PhD, Associate Professor of Medicine, Cardiovascular

Promotion to Associate Professor and the Award of Tenure

  1. Kimberly A. Kelly, PhD, Associate Professor of Biomedical Engineering

Promotion to Full Professor

  1. Emaad M. Abdel-Rahman, MBBCH, PhD, Professor of Medicine, Nephrology
  2. Michael G. Brown, PhD, Professor of Medicine, Nephrology
  3. Ted M. Burns, MD, Professor of Neurology
  4. Daniel A. Engel, PhD, Professor of Microbiology
  5. Brent A. French, PhD, Professor of Biomedical Engineering
  6. Howard P. Goodkin, MD, PhD, Professor of Neurology
  7. Eric R. Houpt, MD, Professor of Medicine, Infectious Diseases
  8. David A. Kaufman, MD, Professor of Pediatrics
  9. Zhenqi Liu, MD, Professor of Medicine, Endocrinology
  10. Jennie Z. Ma, PhD, Professor of Public Health Sciences
  11. Borna Mehrad, MD, Professor of Medicine, Pulmonary
  12. Debra G. Perina, MD, Professor of Emergency Medicine
  13. Susan M. Pollart, MD, Professor of Family Medicine
  14. Paul W. Read, MD, PhD, Professor of Radiation Oncology
  15. Mitchell H. Rosner, MD, Professor of Medicine, Nephrology
  16. Wael E. Saad, MBBCH, Professor of Radiology and Medical Imaging
  17. Lois L. Shepherd, JD, Professor of Public Health Sciences
  18. Jeffrey S. Smith, PhD, Professor of Biochemistry and Molecular Genetics
  19. Michael C. Wiener, PhD, Professor of Molecular Physiology and Biological Physics

2011-2012 Elections to Endowed Chairs

Congratulations to the following faculty who were elected to endowed chairs during this academic year. Endowed chairs are reserved for the most distinguished members of our faculty.

  1. Ruth G. Bernheim, MPH, JD, William Hobson Associate Professor of Information Sciences (elected Sept. 16, 2011)
  2. James E. Ferguson II, MD, MBA, W. Norman Thornton, Jr. Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology (elected Sept. 16, 2011)
  3. C.D. Anthony Herndon, MD, Hovey S. Dabney Associate Professor of Urology (elected Nov. 11, 2011)
  4. Christopher M. Kramer, MD, Ruth C. Heede Professorship in Cardiology (elected May 22, 2012)
  5. Ivan S. Login, MD, Harrison Distinguished Teaching Professor of Neurology (elected Sept. 16, 2011)
  6. Alan H. Matsumoto, MD, Theodore E. Keats Professor of Radiology (elected Nov. 11, 2011)
  7. Coleen A. McNamara, MD, Edward W. and Betty Knight Scripps Professor of Internal Medicine (elected Feb. 24, 2012)
  8. Susan C. Modesitt, MD, Richard N. and Louise R. Crockett Associate Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology (elected Feb. 24, 2012)
  9. Gary K. Owens, PhD, Robert M. Berne Professor of Cardiovascular Research (elected Sept. 16, 2011)
  10. Charles E. Rose, Jr., MD, Dudley F. Rochester Professor of Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine (elected Sept. 15, 2011)
  11. Margaret A. Shupnik, PhD, Gerald D. Aurbach Professor of Endocrinology (elected Sept. 16, 2011)
  12. Jim B. Tucker, MD, Priscilla Bonner and Margerie Bonner Lowry Associate Professor of Personality Studies (elected Feb. 24, 2012)