Friday, December 19, 2014
Claudia Baquet, University of Maryland School of Medicine Associate Dean and a Longtime Researcher on Health Disparities, Celebrates 20 Years at the School
Claudia R. Baquet, MD, MPH, professor of medicine and associate dean for policy and planning at the University of Maryland School of Medicine (UM SOM), who is a leading advocate for health care for the poor and disadvantaged, announced today that she will retire from the school on February 1, after 20 years of service at the school.
University of Maryland School of Medicine Carries Out a Human Trial of Experimental Ebola Vaccine
Myron M. Levine, MD, DTPH, director of the University of Maryland School of Medicine Center for Vaccine Development (CVD), and Dean E. Albert Reece, MD, PhD, MBA, announced today the start of a clinical trial in Baltimore to evaluate different dosage levels of a promising experimental Ebola vaccine developed by the Vaccine Research Center (VRC) of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), part of the National Institutes of Health, and GlaxoSmithKline (GSK).
Thursday, November 06, 2014
The Class of 2018 Celebrates Their White Coat Ceremony
Medical Family Day was held on November 6, 2014 at the Hippodrome Theater. This special event, which was sponsored by the Whiting-Turner Contracting Company, gives family members of first-year students a glimpse into what medical school is really like for the students. It is capped off by a ceremony welcoming the students to the field of medicine by presenting them with their first white coat.
Thursday, October 23, 2014
2014 State of the School: From Vision to Venture
In the 20th annual State of the School address on October 22, University of Maryland School of Medicine (UM SOM) Dean E. Albert Reece emphasized the need to link basic scientific and biomedical research to practical application that are useful to patients, society and industry. The theme of the presentation was “Vision to Venture.”
Thursday, October 09, 2014
University of Maryland School of Medicine and Malian Ministry of Health begin Human Trials of Experimental Ebola Vaccine in Mali, West Africa
Professor Myron M. Levine, MD, Director of the Center for Vaccine Development (CVD) at the University of Maryland School of Medicine (UM SOM), and UM SOM Dean E. Albert Reece MD, PhD, MBA, announced today that the CVD, in conjunction with its sister institution, The Center for Vaccine Development of Mali (CVD-Mali) and the Ministry of Health of Mali, have begun a clinical trial in health care workers (and other front-line workers) to evaluate a promising experimental Ebola vaccine.
Friday, September 26, 2014
Institute of Human Virology (IHV) Welcomes Renowned Infectious Disease Specialist Dr. Shyamasundaran Kottilil
Robert C. Gallo, MD, director of the Institute of Human Virology (IHV) at the University of Maryland School of Medicine (UM SOM), and UM SOM Dean E. Albert Reece MD, PhD, MBA, announced today that Shyamasundaran Kottilil, MBBS, PhD, a world-renowned expert in infectious disease, has joined the faculty as Co-Director of IHV’s Clinical Research Unit and Associate Director for Clinical Research in the Institute’s Division of Clinical Care and Research.
Tuesday, September 23, 2014
University of Maryland School of Medicine Names Internationally-Recognized Surgeon-Scientists, Dr. Joseph S. Friedberg as Division Head of Thoracic Surgery, and Dr. Shamus Carr as Associate Chief
Stephen T. Bartlett, MD, the Professor and Chair, Department of Surgery at the University of Maryland School of Medicine (UM SOM), and Dean E. Albert Reece, MD, PhD, MBA, announced today that Joseph S. Friedberg, MD, one of the preeminent authorities in the thoracic surgical community, has been appointed as the Head of the UM SOM’s Division of Thoracic Surgery. In addition, he will be the Thoracic-Surgeon-in-Chief of the University of Maryland Medical System (UMMS), and the Charles Reid Edwards Professor of Surgery in the School of Medicine. Joining Dr. Friedberg in his new position will be Shamus Carr, MD, his long-time research collaborator, who will become Associate Chief in the UM SOM’s Division of Thoracic Surgery.
Thursday, September 11, 2014
Institute of Human Virology Hosts Prominent AIDS Researchers During 16th Annual International Meeting
The Institute of Human Virology (IHV) at the University of Maryland School of Medicine is hosting the IHV 16th Annual International Meeting Sunday, September 14 through Wednesday, September 17 at the Sheraton Inner Harbor Hotel in Baltimore, Maryland. The Annual Meeting will feature themes on HIV cure research; HIV pathogenesis; HIV structural biology, immunology and vaccines; advances in clinical, prevention and public health research, and a cross-cutting session on the molecular and immunological insights from cancer biology and treatment.
Wednesday, September 10, 2014
University of Maryland School of Medicine Names Robert V. O'Toole As Division Head Of Orthopaedic Traumatology And Chief Of Orthopaedics At R Adams Cowley Shock Trauma Center
Andrew N. Pollak, MD, Chair, Department of Orthopaedics at the University of Maryland School of Medicine (UM SOM), Thomas M. Scalea, MD, Director of the Program in Trauma and Dean E. Albert Reece, MD, PhD, MBA, have announced that Robert V. O’Toole, MD, Professor of Orthopaedics at UM SOM, has been appointed as the Head of the UM SOM’s Division of Orthpaedic Traumatology and Chief of Orthopaedics for the University of Maryland Medical Center’s (UMMC) R Adams Cowley Shock Trauma Center.
Monday, August 11, 2014
Bankole Johnson, DSc, MD, MBChB, MPhil, FRCPsych, DFAPA, FACFEI, Installed as the Inaugural Dr. Irving J. Taylor Professor and Chair in the Department of Psychiatry
An investiture ceremony was held on August 7, 2014, to recognize Bankole Johnson, DSc, MD, MBChB, MPhil, FRCPsych, DFAPA, FACFEI, as the inaugural Dr. Irving J. Taylor Professor and Chair in the Department of Psychiatry.
July 2, 2014
All-Encompassing Approach to Commemorating National HIV Testing Day Pulls Community and Campus Together for a Worthy Cause
On June 28th, more than 500 people were tested for HIV. 30 were persons living with HIV who were offered linkage to HIV care and supportive services. Additionally, more than 1,700 units of service were provided and delivered by a diverse group of University of Maryland faculty and students, the STAR TRACK Adolescent HIV Clinic, Baltimore Legal Aid and other local service providers to include linkage to health care, blood pressure screening, healthy lifestyle education, medication counseling, case management services, oral cancer screening and oral health education.
Monday, June 30, 2014
University of Maryland Scientists Identify New Microbes Linked to Severe Diarrhea
In a finding that may one day help control a major cause of death among children in developing countries, a team of researchers led by faculty from the University of Maryland, College Park and the University of Maryland School of Medicine has identified microorganisms that may trigger diarrheal disease and others that may protect against it. These microbes were not widely linked to the condition previously.
Monday, June 16, 2014
Cyclotron Arrival: A Construction Milestone for the Maryland Proton Treatment Center
The $200 million Maryland Proton Treatment Center is a step closer to completion, now that the cyclotron has arrived at the construction site at the University of Maryland BioPark in West Baltimore. Made of iron, the cyclotron is a 90-ton particle accelerator that will produce a beam of protons used to treat cancer patients. The beam can be used to precisely target tumors while dramatically reducing radiation exposure to surrounding tissue.
Wednesday, June 11, 2014
Distinguished Founder and Longtime Director of the Center For Vaccine Development Named Associate Dean For Global Health, Vaccinology and Infectious Diseases at the University of Maryland School of Medicine
University of Maryland School of Medicine (SOM) Dean E. Albert Reece, MD, PhD, MBA, has appointed Myron M. Levine, MD, DTPH, as Associate Dean for Global Health, Vaccinology and Infectious Diseases. This appointment will become effective in January 2015, after Dr. Levine transitions from his current role as Director of the Center for Vaccine Development, which he co-founded and has led for 40 years.
Thursday, June 05, 2014
Aldo Iacono, MD, Awarded the Hamish S. and Christine C. Osborne Professorship in Advanced Pulmonary Care
An investiture ceremony was held recently to award Aldo T. Iacono, MD the Hamish S. and Christine C. Osborne Professorship in Advanced Pulmonary Care. Dr. Iacono was among the many physicians at the School of Medicine who treated Mr. Osborne, after his diagnosis of idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis resulted in a life-saving double-lung transplant at the University of Maryland Medical Center a year ago.
Wednesday, May 21, 2014
University of Maryland School of Medicine Names Dr. Nancy Lowitt as Chief Conflict-of-Interest Officer
Today, University of Maryland School of Medicine’s (UM SOM) Dean E. Albert Reece, M.D., Ph.D., M.B.A., announced the appointment of Nancy R. Lowitt, M.D., Ed.M., as Chief Conflict of Interest (COI) Officer to help researchers and clinicians understand and comply with state and federal regulations, and UMSOM and University policy regarding identification, disclosure and management of financial and scientific conflicts of interest and conflicts of commitment.
Friday, May 16, 2014
So Long and Farewell to the Class of 2014
Monsoon-like weather could not keep the smiles off the faces of the Class of 2014 as they received their doctoral hoods in a special graduation ceremony at the Baltimore Convention Center on May 16, 2014.
Thursday, May 15, 2014
Student Awards Dinner Honors Top Achievers in the Class of 2014
Graduation celebrations kicked off on Wednesday, May 14, 2013, with the eighth annual Student Awards ceremony. The dinner was held at the Southern Management Company Campus Center and sponsored by The Whiting Turner Contracting Company.
Thursday, May 08, 2014
UMB and UMCP to Offer Joint Degrees in Medicine and Bioengineering
The University of Maryland School of Medicine and the University of Maryland Clark School of Engineering have initiated a combined Doctor of Medicine/Doctor of Philosophy in Bioengineering degree program to meet the demand for both medical sciences and bioengineering expertise among health professionals early in their careers.
Wednesday, May 07, 2014
2014 Gala Brings Nearly 1,000 Supporters of the University of Maryland School of Medicine
“Designers of Innovation and Discovery” was the theme of the 2014 University of Maryland School of Medicine Gala, held May 3 at the Baltimore Convention Center. This year’s gala recognized the collaborative achievements of the School of Medicine academic community – efforts that have propelled innovations and discoveries that have saved lives and improved the quality of life for people throughout the state, the region and the world.
Wednesday, April 30, 2014
New Experimental Vaccine Produces Immune Response Against Middle East Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus (MERS-CoV)
The University of Maryland School of Medicine (UM SOM) and Novavax, Inc. (NASDAQ: NVAX) today announced that an investigational vaccine candidate developed by Novavax against the recently emerged Middle East Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus (MERS-CoV) blocked infection in laboratory studies. UM SOM and Novavax also reported that a vaccine candidate against Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus (SARS-CoV) developed by Novavax on a similar platform also inhibited virus infection.
Friday, April 25, 2014
University of Maryland School of Medicine Names Prominent Biochemistry & Molecular Biology Researcher Dr. Terry B. Rogers as Executive Director, Office of Research Affairs
University of Maryland School of Medicine (SOM) Dean E. Albert Reece, M.D., Ph.D., M.B.A., has appointed Terry B. Rogers, Ph.D., as the new Executive Director, Office of Research Affairs (ORA). A distinguished Professor of Biochemistry and former Director of the M.D./Ph.D. Program at the School, Dr. Rogers has extensive experience in research and program management.
Thursday, April 24, 2014
James B. Kaper, Ph.D., Distinguished and Preeminent Microbiology & Immunology Professor, Scholar and Researcher, Appointed New Senior Associate Dean For Academic Affairs
University of Maryland School of Medicine (SOM) Dean E. Albert Reece, M.D., Ph.D., M.B.A., has appointed James B. Kaper, Ph.D., as the new Senior Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, effective April 1, 2014. An accomplished scientist, preeminent scholar, and senior SOM leader, Dr. Kaper currently serves as the Professor and Chair of the Department of Microbiology & Immunology, and Associate Director for Bacterial Pathogenesis Research at the SOM’s Center for Vaccine Development.
Tuesday, April 22, 2014
University of Maryland School of Medicine Appoints Dr. Steven Ludwig to Lead Newly Established Division of Spine Surgery
Andrew N. Pollak, M.D., Chair of the Department of Orthopaedics at the University of Maryland School of Medicine (SOM) and Dean E. Albert Reece, M.D., Ph.D., M.B.A., have appointed Steven C. Ludwig, M.D., as Head of the newly established Division of Spine Surgery in the Department of Orthopaedics.
Thursday, April 10, 2014
University of Maryland School of Medicine Recruits Renowned Pathologist J. Stephen Dumler, MD
University of Maryland School of Medicine (SOM) professors Sanford A. Stass, MD, Chair of the Department of Pathology, and James B. Kaper, Chair of the Department of Microbiology & Immunology, along with Dean E. Albert Reece, M.D., Ph.D., M.B.A., are pleased to announce the recruitment of John Stephen Dumler, MD, an expert pathologist and infectious disease specialist, as a Professor in the Department of Pathology.
Thursday, April 10, 2014
University of Maryland School of Medicine Names Leading Behavioral Neuroscience Expert Dr. Diana Fishbein As Director Of New C-Trans Center
Bankole A. Johnson, D.Sc., M.D., M.B., Ch.B., M.Phil., Professor and Chair of the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Science at the University of Maryland School of Medicine (SOM) and Dean E. Albert Reece, M.D., Ph.D., M.B.A., are pleased to announce the appointment of leading behavioral neuroscience expert Diana H. Fishbein, Ph.D., as Director of the new SOM Center for Translational Research on Adversity, Neurodevelopment and Substance Abuse (C-TRANS).
Thursday, April 03, 2014
Progress Report: The Research Resource Advisory Group
Dean Reece has appointed a small group of senior faculty to develop specific strategies to achieve the goals for Shared Vision 2020 for Research. This oversight resource advisory group began meeting last year to discuss how they could use “strategic disruptive innovation,” defined as a product or service that takes root initially in simple applications and then relentlessly advances, eventually displacing established competitors, to advance Shared Vision 2020.
Friday, March 21, 2014
No Worries for the Class of 2014 When It Comes To Finding a Perfect Match
For the first time, the Match Day ceremony for the University of Maryland School of Medicine was not held in historic Davidge Hall. Fitting for an event that includes laughter, tears and even musical interludes and dancing, the hoopla moved this year to the Hippodrome Theater for the ceremony on March 21.
Thursday, March 20, 2014
Claudia R. Baquet Receives Watkins-Saunders Award for Health Disparities in Baltimore
he American Heart Association (AHA) is proud to announce the selection of Claudia R. Baquet, MD, MPH, Associate Dean of Policy Planning, Professor of Medicine, and the Director of the Bioethics and Health Disparities Research Center at the University of Maryland School of Medicine, as the recipient of AHA’s 2014 Watkins-Saunders Award.
Friday, February 21, 2014
University of Maryland School of Medicine Dean Appoints New Associate Director for Basic Science at the Marlene and Stewart Greenebaum Cancer Center
University of Maryland School of Medicine Dean E. Albert Reece, M.D., Ph.D., M.B.A., and Kevin Cullen, M.D., the Greenebaum Distinguished Professor in Oncology and Director of the Marlene and Stewart Greenebaum Cancer Center, have appointed Richard L. Eckert, Ph.D. to serve as Associate Director for Basic Science at the Greenebaum Cancer Center.
Thursday, February 20, 2014
University of Maryland School of Medicine Recruits Renowned Cardiovascular Expert to Lead Newly Named Division of Cardiovascular Medicine
University of Maryland School of Medicine Dean E. Albert Reece, M.D., Ph.D., M.B.A., and Stephen Davis, M.B.B.S, the Dr. Theodore E. Woodward Professor and Chair in the Department of Medicine, have appointed renowned cardiovascular expert Sanjay Rajagopalan, M.D., F.A.C.C., F.A.H.A., to lead the newly named Division of Cardiovascular Medicine within the School’s Department of Medicine to new heights in research and patient care. The division was previously known as the Division of Cardiology.
Monday, February 03, 2014
School of Medicine Celebrating Diversity Dinner Supports Funding for Student Scholarships
The University of Maryland School of Medicine held its seventh annual Celebrating Diversity reception and dinner on February 1, 2014. The event honors diversity at the School of Medicine, recognizes those who have helped elevate the School’s diversity profile, and raises money for the Dean Emeritus Donald E. Wilson Endowed Scholarship fund and other UMSOM diversity scholarships that provide financial assistance to students.