Capsule May 2017
Headlines from the UVA Health System
UVA’s Excellence in Cancer Nets $15 Million Grant
Pioneering Research Earns UVA Med Student Prestigious Howard Hughes Fellowship
Discovery About How Heart Forms Sheds Light on Deadly Disease
In the Spotlight: 2017 Walter Reed Awards
The UVA Medical Alumni Association recognized Robert S. Brown, Sr., MD ’67, and Sherita Hill Golden, MD ’94, as co-recipients of its 2017 Walter Reed Distinguished Achievement Award during a presentation on April 29 in Charlottesville.
A psychiatrist, Dr. Brown closed his private practice of 40 years in 2005 and, at the age of 74, embarked on a new career as staff psychiatrist for the Department of Defense’s Kenner Army Health Clinic at Fort Lee, Va., where he counseled soldiers with PTSD. He is the author of several publications, including Sacred Ground: The Psychological Cost of Twenty-first Century War – A Collection of True Stories.
Dr. Golden is the Hugh P. McCormick Family Associate Professor of Medicine in the Division of Endocrinology and Metabolism at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. Her current research focuses on studying the neuroendocrine response to chronic psychological stress as a risk factor for diabetes and cardiovascular disease.
Congratulations to Drs. Brown and Golden on these well-deserved honors.
Vitals Spring 2017
Our latest issue features Craig Slingluff, MD ’84, and Victor Engelhard, PhD, and their work developing a vaccine to treat melanoma. We also spotlight HeArt of Medicine, an initiative developed by students from the Schools of Medicine and Nursing to help them gain an understanding of end-of-life care. You can read the issue online.
With 568 attendees including alumni and guests, Medical School Reunion Weekend 2017 set an attendance record for this annual event. The previous record was set in 2014 with 553 attendees. Hailing from 35 states, nearly 300 alumni of the UVA School of Medicine returned to Charlottesville this year to celebrate a class reunion.
Congratulations to Elizabeth A. Carr, MD ’88, recipient of the 2016 Outstanding Medical Alumnus Award. Dr. Carr has served in many volunteer roles, including president of the UVA Medical Alumni Association’s Board of Directors. Dean David S. Wilkes, MD, presented the award on April 29 during our Annual Business Meeting.
Match Day 2017
On March 17, fourth-year medical students filled the University of Virginia’s Old Cabell Hall, along with family and friends, for Match Day 2017. In all, 149 members of the Class of 2017 were matched to a residency, with an additional four students deferring. Twenty-one students will do all or part of their residency program at UVA.
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