2012 News Releases from Boonshoft School of Medicine

Holiday tips from the WSU Boonshoft School of Medicine assistant professor of psychiatry
(Dec. 19, 2012) The holidays can be a stressful time for children. In addition to cabin fever, the holidays can be even more stressful because of death, divorce or military deployment. “The holiday season is a time of traditions,” said Ryan Mast, D.O., assistant professor of psychiatry at Boonshoft School of Medicine. “The breaking of holiday traditions can be disconcerting and disappointing to children.”

Center for Healthy Communities offers seminar for health professionals on the needs of returning veterans
(Nov. 29, 2012) When veterans return home from the battlefield, they sometimes experience post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), substance abuse, depression, traumatic injury and intimate partner violence. To help veterans in the Dayton area cope with these issues, the Center for Healthy Communities is offering a seminar for health care professionals, including social workers, counselors, marriage and family therapists and nurses. The seminar, “Responding to the Needs of Returning Veterans,” will be on Tuesday, Dec. 11, at the Madison Lakes Learning and Conference Center.

First annual WSU & PHP Neuroscience Institute Symposium slated for Nov. 14
(Nov. 12, 2012) The Wright State University and Premier Health Partners Neuroscience Institute will present its first annual neuroscience institute symposium, “Selected Topics in Translational Neuroscience,” on Wednesday, Nov. 14, from 1 to 4 p.m. in the Nutter Center Berry Room on the campus of Wright State University. Presentations will explore the underlying mechanisms for the development of epilepsy, indications and outcomes for the surgical treatment of epilepsy, the interventional treatment options for acute stroke management and the mechanism of neurological involvement in critical illness.

Boonshoft School of Medicine faculty recognized by the American College of Physicians
(Nov. 2, 2012) The Ohio Chapter of the American College of Physicians presented awards to two faculty members from the Wright State University Boonshoft School of Medicine Department of Internal Medicine at the Ohio Chapter Scientific Meeting on Oct. 25, in Columbus. Glen D. Solomon, M.D, and Karen E. Kirkham, M.D., were honored by the specialty organization.

WSU Boonshoft School of Medicine students win statewide Doctor’s Dilemma® contest
(Nov. 1, 2012) Three fourth-year medical students of the Wright State University Boonshoft School of Medicine won the statewide student Doctor’s Dilemma® contest at the 2012 Ohio Chapter Scientific Meeting of the American College of Physicians (ACP) on Oct. 25, in Columbus.

Wright State Orthopaedics to offer educational sessions beginning Nov. 20 at Wright State Physicians
(Oct. 30, 2012) Wright State Orthopaedics is offering educational sessions beginning Tuesday, Nov. 20, at 7 p.m., in the Family Medicine Conference Room in the Wright State Physicians building on the campus of Wright State University. Richard Laughlin, M.D., chair and professor of orthopaedic surgery, sports medicine and rehabilitation, will speak about common problems in the adult foot at the Nov. 20 session.

Ann Burke, M.D., named to the American Board of Pediatrics and the ABP Foundation.
(Oct. 25, 2012) Dr. Ann Burke, an associate professor of pediatrics at the Wright State University Boonshoft School of Medicine and director of the school’s pediatric residency training program at the Children’s Medical Center of Dayton, will begin a six-year term on Jan. 1. The American Board of Pediatrics is one of the 24 certifying boards of the American Board of Medical Specialties.

Center for Global Health to present panel discussion about health disparities on Nov. 6
(Oct. 23, 2012) A panel of area health educators and health professionals will discuss health disparities at a Public Health Grand Rounds event presented by the Master of Public Health program at the Wright State University Boonshoft School of Medicine Center for Global Health. The event, “Health Disparities and Vulnerable Populations,” will be held Tuesday, Nov. 6, 3:30-4:30 p.m., in the Atlantis Room of the Student Union at Wright State University.

Wright State University awarded Air Force funding for research at Calamityville
(Oct. 11, 2012) The U.S. Air Force has awarded a contract of $500,000 to the Wright State Research Institute and National Center for Medical Readiness for research at the Calamityville Tactical Laboratory site in training and rehearsal for medical and emergency response, disaster preparedness, search and rescue and humanitarian assistance.

Marjorie Bowman, M.D., M.P.A., becomes dean of Boonshoft School of Medicine
(Oct. 1, 2012) Marjorie Bowman, M.D., M.P.A., begins her tenure as dean at Wright State University Boonshoft School of Medicine on Oct. 1, 2012. Bowman, who comes to Wright State from the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, succeeds Howard Part, M.D., who stepped down after 14 years as dean to resume his teaching career as a full-time faculty member in the Department of Internal Medicine.

M.D./Ph.D. student Adam Deardorff recognized at motoneuron meeting in Australia
(Sept. 25, 2012) A WSU Boonshoft School of Medicine M.D./Ph.D. student is providing invaluable research that will eventually help doctors better treat a variety of conditions, including spinal cord injuries, carpal tunnel syndrome, vascular and kidney disorders, autoimmune disease and diabetes. At an International Motoneuron Meeting held in July in Sydney, Australia, Adam Deardorff was recognized by leading scientists from around the world with an award for the best oral presentation by a student.

Orthopaedic Symposium at Wright State to focus on musculoskeletal care
(Sept. 24, 2012) The Wright State University Boonshoft School of Medicine Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, Sports Medicine & Rehabilitation, in conjunction with Wright State Physicians Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine, is hosting a symposium, “Current Concepts in Musculoskeletal Care,” on Friday, Oct. 26, 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., at Wright State University.

WSU Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Varandani Memorial Lecture cancelled
(Sept. 21, 2012) The 25th anniversary Partab T. Varandani Memorial Lecture, which was scheduled for Friday, Sept. 28, in Gandhi Auditorium in White Hall, has been cancelled. Dr. Jack E. Dixon, one of the most influential biochemists of his generation, was scheduled to speak about “New Discoveries in Kinases and Phosphates.” However, he had to cancel due to a non life-threatening medical situation. The WSU Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology plans to reschedule the lecture.

Advance Screening of Sundance Film “ESCAPE FIRE: The Fight to Rescue American Healthcare” set Sept. 19
(Sept. 11, 2012) Boonshoft School of Medicine is one of 50 medical schools selected to host an advance screening of the Sundance film “ESCAPE FIRE: The Fight to Rescue American Healthcare.” The screening will be on Wednesday, Sept. 19, at 7 p.m., in the Gandhi Auditorium in White Hall on the WSU campus. The event is free and open to the public.

Boonshoft School of Medicine faculty member to serve on NIH Recombinant DNA Advisory Committee
(Sept. 10, 2012) Dawn Wooley, Ph.D., an associate professor of virology at Bonshoft School of Medicine, has been selected to serve on the prestigious 21-member Recombinant DNA Advisory Committee that advises the director of the National Institutes of Health (NIH).

Public Health Grand Rounds discussion slated on ‘9/11: Eleven Years After’
(Sept. 10, 2012) A panel of area emergency response experts will discuss how well prepared the United States is for a disaster like 9/11 at a Public Health Grand Rounds event presented by the Master of Public Health program.

Wright State Physicians to offer same-day medical care on the Wright State campus beginning Sept. 17
(Sept. 10, 2012) Wright State Physicians will open WrightCare, a same-day medical care service, at its new state-of-the-art facility on the Wright State University campus on Monday, Sept. 17. WrightCare, which will be open noon-7 p.m., Monday-Friday, will offer medical care for patients who do not need a hospital-based emergency department.

Associate dean appointed to serve on new Primary Care Scholarship Selection Committee
(Sept. 6, 2012) Gary LeRoy, M.D., associate dean for student affairs and admissions and associate professor of family medicine at Wright State University Boonshoft School of Medicine, was recently appointed to serve on the Primary Care Medical Student Scholarship Selection Committee, funded through the Ohio Board of Regents’ Choose Ohio First Scholarship Program. The committee will select students to help fill the primary care needs of the state and ultimately transform the model of care for Ohioans.

Dayton Area Drug Survey finds decrease in many types of teen drug use
(Sept. 4, 2012) Results from the 2012 Dayton Area Drug Survey (DADS) suggest a decrease in drug use among teens, but alcohol remains the most widely abused drug at all grade levels. The 2012 survey consisted of the voluntary and anonymous completion of the DADS questionnaire by 15,734 students from seventh to 12th grade in 16 Dayton-area school districts.

Medical student Colleen McCormick receives AMA Foundation 2012 Physicians of Tomorrow Award
(August 16, 2012) Wright State University Boonshoft School of Medicine student Colleen McCormick is one of only 18 rising medical students across the nation to receive an American Medical Association (AMA) Foundation 2012 Physicians of Tomorrow Award.

Music and Medicine Symposium to focus on professionalism
(August 14, 2012) The Fourth Annual Music and Medicine Symposium, “Professionalism in Medicine and Music,” to be held Sept. 11-12 at Wright State University, will explore how the medical and music communities can work together to encourageand teach professionalism in medicine and music. 

Wright State University Boonshoft School of Medicine welcomes the class of 2016
(July 27, 2012) The Wright State University Boonshoft School of Medicine will welcome 103 new students during a special ceremony on Sunday, July 29, to formally mark the start of their medical education. The annual Convocation and White Coat Ceremony will be held at 2 p.m. in the Schuster Performing Arts Center in downtown Dayton.

Kinship Caregiver Coalition Receives $10,000 Grant
(July 19, 2012) The Wright State University Boonshoft School of Medicine Center for Healthy Communities has announced that one of its programs, Kinship Caregiver Coalition, has received a $10,000 grant from the CareSource Foundation’s People’s Choice Grants program.

Center for Healthy Communities presents Health Promotion Program Awards
(July 11, 2012) WSU's Center for Healthy Communities has presented its annual Health Promotion Program Awards. Montgomery County Care and Five Rivers Health Centers were selected for awards in the established program and new program categories respectively. Awards were presented at the Center for Healthy Communities Community Advisory Board meeting on July 11.

Brenda Roman, M.D., chosen for national leadership program
(July 5, 2012) Brenda J.B. Roman, M.D., professor and director of medical student education in psychiatry and assistant dean for curriculum development at Boonshoft School of Medicine, was selected as a member of the 2012–2013 class of fellows for the Hedwig van Ameringen Executive Leadership in Academic Medicine® (ELAM) Program for Women at Drexel University College of Medicine.

Wright State Physicians medical building opens on campus
(June 20, 2012) Wright State Physicians' new building on the WSU campus is now open. Physicians in the Dermatology, Family Medicine, Geriatric Medicine, Orthopaedic Surgery, Sports Medicine & Rehabilitation and Women's Health Care practices will see patients in the new location.

Wright State orthopaedic surgery faculty member named co-chair of Operation Smile Burns Program
(June 18, 2012) Michael Johnson, M.D., associate professor of orthopaedic surgery at Wright State University Boonshoft School of Medicine, was chosen as co-chair of the Operation Smile Burns Program. In this role, Johnson will work to grow the program and contribute time, effort and his expertise in plastic surgery and burn care to bring much-needed attention to individuals in developing, underserved areas world who suffer from correctable burn-related deformities.

Jerome L. Yaklic, M.D., named acting chair of Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology
(June 14, 2012) Wright State University Boonshoft School of Medicine has named Jerome L. Yaklic, M.D., Fellow of the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (FACOG), as acting chair of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, effective May 1, 2012. Yaklic has been a full-time faculty member in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology for more than six years, where he has served as medical director for Wright State Physicians Women’s Health Care.

Medical student Laura Thornhill awarded MAP International Medical Fellowship
(June 14, 2012) Boonshoft School of Medicine student Laura Thornhill is one of only eight students nationwide awarded a MAP International Medical Fellowship. During the spring 2013 semester, Thornhill will participate in a two-month-long international rotation at Bongolo Hospital in Lebamba, Gabon. The MAP International Medical Fellowship provides fourth-year medical students the opportunity to serve at remote clinics and hospitals in developing countries.

Boonshoft School of Medicine to hold 32nd commencement
(May 24, 2012) After dedicating four or more years to intense study and rigorous, specialized training, the 95 members of the Wright State University Boonshoft School of Medicine class of 2012 will be awarded M.D. degrees during the school’s commencement ceremony at the at the Benjamin and Marian Schuster Performing Arts Center on Friday, May 25, beginning at 6:30 p.m. Patch Adams, M.D., the real man behind the hit movie Patch Adams, starring Robin Williams, will give the commencement address, “Making the Practice of Medicine a Beautiful Experience.”

Advance Screening of HBO’s “The Weight of the Nation” at the Boonshoft School of Medicine
(May 10, 2012) By 2030, 42 percent of adults in the United States will be obese, up from 36 percent today, according to the Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System, a recent survey by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and health departments in the United States. To bring this topic to light, the Boonshoft School of Medicine Physician Leadership Development Program and the Gamma Alpha Chapter Delta Omega public health honor society are presenting an advance screening of the HBO documentary series “The Weight of the Nation.”

Dayton Pediatricians present at Pediatric Academic Societies Meeting
(April 27, 2012) 20 representatives from Children’s Medical Center of Dayton and WSU Boonshoft School of Medicine will showcase their original research to 7,500 pediatricians at the Pediatric Academic Societies 2012 Annual Meeting in Boston, April 28-May 1.

Area dermatologists offer free skin cancer screenings May 7-11
(April 11, 2012) Local dermatologists will offer free skin cancer screenings to promote early detection and prevention of skin cancers during the week of May 7-11. Morning and afternoon appointments will be available at several locations throughout the region. Because space is limited, appointments are required.

Former Dean William D. Sawyer, M.D., has died
(April 2, 2012) William D. Sawyer, M.D., the second dean of Wright State University Boonshoft School of Medicine, died in Georgetown, Texas, on March 20, at the age of 82. Dr. Sawyer served as medical school dean at Wright State from 1980 to 1987.

NCMR-Calamityville to host AFRL's University Challenge
(April 2, 2012) Military forces have been looking for new ways to scale fortress walls since the Greek army laid siege to the city of Troy during the Trojan War in the twelfth century B.C. And for one week in April, engineering students from the three service academies and universities across the nation will descend on Wright State’s Calamityville to take up the challenge.

Peter K. Lauf, M.D., named 'Living Legend'
(April 1, 2012) Peter K. Lauf, M.D., emeritus professor of pathology and University Professor, has been selected by the American Physiological Society to participate in its "Living Legends in Physiology History" project. Lauf, who served as chair of the Department of Physiology and Biophysics from 1985 until 2003, will be interviewed for the project this fall.

Boonshoft School of Medicine students to hold canned food drive April 7-14
(March 30, 2012) Wright State University medical students are supporting the local community by organizing a food drive for The Foodbank, Inc. Student volunteers will visit neighborhoods near the Wright State campus beginning Saturday, April 7, to hand out flyers and inform residents about the event. They will return on Saturday, April 14, from noon to 6 p.m., to collect donations of non-perishable food items.

Sister Mary Diana Dreger, OP, M.D., to speak at Boonshoft School of Medicine March 30
(March 27, 2012) In a world in which the secular and sacred seem increasingly polarized, Sister Mary Diana Dreger, OP, M.D., a Dominican nun and practicing physician, will show how a return to Judeo-Christian virtues in medical practice is essential if medicine is to retain its historic spirit of life-affirmation and healing. She will speak on Friday, March 30, from 6 to 8 p.m., in the Gandhi Auditorium of White Hall on the Wright State campus.

Boonshoft School of Medicine class of 2012 participates in Match Day
(March 16, 2012) Graduating medical students learned today which residency programs they will enter after receiving their medical degrees in May. The number of Wright State graduates choosing to enter primary care jumped substantially, with those choosing family medicine up nearly 78 percent over 2011. More than one third of the Wright State graduates will remain in Ohio during residency, and more than half will enter a primary care field.

NCMR partners with USAF School of Aerospace Medicine to conduct training and research
(March 1, 2012) Wright State University’s National Center for Medical Readiness (NCMR) and the U.S. Air Force Research Laboratory, 711th Human Performance Wing, U.S. School of Aerospace Medicine, Air Force Expeditionary Medical Skills Institute (USAFSAM/ETS) signed an Education Partnership Agreement today agreeing to collaborate on civilian/military disaster preparedness.

Boonshoft School of Medicine accepting applications for Horizons in Medicine
(Feb. 17, 2012) Wright State University is now taking applications for its 2012 Horizons in Medicine program, which will run June 11 through July 18. This unique program offers high school students, mostly from disadvantaged or minority backgrounds, the opportunity to see firsthand the science and delivery of health care that forms the foundation of a career in medicine.

National Center for Medical Readiness partners with state agency to ensure emergency preparedness
(Feb. 6, 2012) The National Center for Medical Readiness Tactical Laboratory will become the alternate site for the state of Ohio's emergency operations center as a result of an agreement signed today by the Ohio Department of Public Safety, the Ohio Emergency Management Agency and NCMR.

WSU and Premier Health Partners announce clinical research initiative
(Feb. 1, 2012) Wright State University Boonshoft School of Medicine, Wright State Research Institute and Premier Health Partners today announced the formation of the Wright State University & Premier Health Partners Clinical Trials Research Alliance to increase medical research opportunities for physicians and clinicians and boost access to clinical trials in the Dayton region.

Larry Lawhorne, M.D., selected for new Innovation Advisors Program
(Jan. 24, 2012) Larry Lawhorne, M.D., professor and chair of the Department of Geriatrics, has been selected to participate in the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services Innovation Advisors Program. The initiative, launched by the CMS Innovation Center in October 2011, will help health professionals deepen skills that will drive improvements to patient care and reduce costs.

Kenneth J. Gaines, M.D., M.B.A., to chair new Department of Neurology
(Jan. 18, 2012) Following a nationwide search, the Wright State University Boonshoft School of Medicine has named Kenneth J. Gaines, M.D., M.B.A., chair of its new Department of Neurology, effective May 1, 2012. He will also serve as professor of neurology in the Boonshoft School of Medicine and as director of special projects: clinical neuroscience development at Premier Health Partners.

Three new transplant surgeons expand transplant services and research at Miami Valley Hospital
(Jan. 17, 2012) Residents of the Dayton region needing organ transplants will now have access to even more organ transplantation services with the addition of three new transplant surgeons to the Miami Valley Hospital Transplant Center and the faculty of the Wright State University Boonshoft School of Medicine.


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