Summer 2012

The school's magazine, Vital Signs, is published for and distributed to alumni, faculty, staff and friends of Boonshoft School of Medicine.

From the Dean

Howard Part, M.D., Dean

2012 is a year of transitions for the Wright State University Boonshoft School of Medicine. I will be stepping down as dean on October 1 when Marjorie Bowman, M.D., M.P.A., professor and founding chair of the University of Pennsylvania’s Department of Family Medicine and Community Health, will become the sixth dean of the medical school. This year, we also said farewell to the medical school’s second dean, William D. Sawyer, M.D., who passed away in March at the age of 82.

It has been my distinct honor and privilege to serve as dean of the Boonshoft School of Medicine for the past 14 years. The successes and accomplishments of the medical school during my tenure are the direct result of the outstanding leaders, faculty, staff, and students at the Boonshoft School of Medicine and Wright State University. The opportunity to work with these exceptional individuals and observe the growth of the medical school has been the highlight of my career. I thank you all for your dedication, compassion, scholarship, and service to our mission—the education of the next generation of physicians, research to find the treatments and cures of tomorrow, and service to improve health care in our community.

Dean Bowman

I would like to welcome Dr. Bowman to the Boonshoft School of Medicine. Dr. Bowman comes to us from the University of Pennsylvania where she serves as professor and founding chair of the Department of Family Medicine and Community Health, and director of the university’s Center of Public Health Initiatives. As a family medicine physician and director of the University of Pennsylvania’s Center of Public Health Initiatives, she brings with her a wealth of experience and commitment to community partnerships that will serve the medical school’s mission well.

Thank you all for your generous support through the years. Without the tireless work of the Wright State family and our alumni and friends, none of this would be possible. I look forward to reading about the future successes of the Boonshoft School of Medicine in these pages for many years to come.

Howard M. Part, M.D.

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Vital Signs, Summer 2012

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Vital Signs Archives

Summer  2011

The Dean's perspective; What's Inside; Dunn elected to American College of Surgeons Board of Regents; James Olson, Ph.D., receives Science Educator Award; Wright State Physicians breaks ground for  medical office building on WSU campus; 2010 Dayton Area Drug  Survey: Decline in substance abuse among local teens ends; Back to the future; From the beginning; A Dream forgotten. A dream fulfilled; On the move; To boldly go; 1,000 words; Little Holy Grails; Squeeze Play; The Topic of Cancer; Match Day; Graduation; A family affair; Skating through life; Jason Thuener, MS3, wins national award; The healer's art; The brain of medicine; Alumni notes; In Memoriam, Teresa Traylor; 2012 Medical-Spirituality Conference features bestselling author Thomas Moore

Fall 2010

The Dean's Perspective; What's Inside; Boonshoft School of Medicine ranked fourth in the nation for its social mission; Helping patients in (and over) the air; Preparing to deliver out-of-this-world medical care; White Hall facility renamed Gandhi Medical Education Center; NIH awards $2.1 million to encourage aspiring scientists; Dual Diagnosis: New hope for patients with few options; Looking back on a disability-focused career at Wright State; Root and branch: Robert Fyffe on lineage, legacy, and a life in neuroscience; Even better than the real thing: Using high technology, heartfelt emotion to train better physicians; The Ultimate Gift; 1,000 words; Repeat Offenders; No bones about it: Researchers collaborate to improve artificial joints, prevent spinal injury; New WSU & PHP Neuroscience Institute will speed transfer of research discoveries from lab to bedside; Walking the walk to support AIDS services; Sharing and celebrating medical student research; Shining a spotlight on health care disparities; Fulbright Award supports student's research in Peru; Medical students take a break for service; Match Day; Graduation; Convocation; Events; On the Move; A calling to heal: The third life of Sister Margo Young; Flying high: Maurice Young gets a bird's-eye view of battlefields; Alumni Notes; New breakthroughs in caffeine research

Spring 2010

From the Editor: Wanted: Primary care physicians; What's Inside; Transplant center brings gift of life to Dayton patients; High-tech hope for better global health; Medicine and its Muses; Earl H. Morris Endowed Lecture; Wanted: Primary Care Physicians; 40 years in the trenches: What my father taught me about medicine; Everything old is new again: Cynthia Olsen leads the charge to sustain tradition, spur innovation; Learning from Katrina; 1000 Words; Telemedicine for the rest of us: Justin Fox proves the power of low-tech, low-budget solutions; Study identifies the truth behind a misleading medical crisis; Tomorrow's scientists working on campus today; New collaboration to advance biomedical research; Lifespan Health Research Center takes the long view; Orange is the new pink; Second-year students visit Sweden to serve, learn; Taking global health education on the road; Radio Rounds hits the big-time; On the Move; Convocation; Reunion Weekend 2009; Save the date: Reunion Weekend 2010; Academy of Medicine Distinguished Guest Lecture and Awards Dinner; Graduation Ceremony for the Class of 2010; Using power responsibly: Jill Waibel on lasers, fame, and new hope for patients in need; A tradition of innovation: Mark Anstadt builds on a family legacy while breaking new ground; Alumni Notes; Inspired to serve those most in need; At home in White Hall

Spring/Summer 2009

The Dean's Perspective; What's Inside; Cuba: Land of contrasts; Injury Prevention Center recognized for community outreach; An old idea for a new era of space exploration; Research symposium explores cutting-edge medical science "beyond the genome"; Weight loss benefits, by the numbers; New home for the Department of Family Medicine; Preparing for the worst; Surgery by remote; Medical school created $850.5 million economic impact, 13,000 jobs in 2007; Medical school hosts national M.D./M.B.A. conference; Public health summit explores healthy lifestyles; Translational Research: Shortening the path from bench to bedside; Critical connections: How collaboration, cross-training can translate to medical breakthroughs; An eye for the truth: On the trail of an international medical mystery; Gut check: Mapping the vast, vital world of microflora; Getting started on your research: Practical advice for clinicians; 1,000 Words; Paul Koles: Using all his gifts; The fast and the studious; Radio Rounds gets around; Experience in India strengthens student's dedication to service; Student organizes regional meeting, wins national award; M.D./M.B.A. research in Asia, South America; Student research on display at spring event; Match Day; Graduation; On the Move; Reaching for the Stars: Michael Barratt's chance to walk the (space)walk; Life on a platter: The unlikely journey of Susan Williams; Alumni Notes; The science of slapstick: Medical school meets Vaudeville

Fall 2008

The Dean's Perspective; What's Inside; Thirty years of opportunity: Horizons in Medicine inspires generations of health care professionals; After four decades, a continued passion for service; Time in the sun: New department ready for the spotlight; 2008 a banner year for sponsored fellowships; Why students need to be quick on their feet; Brain boosts for the young; Coming of (old) age in America: Boom or Bust? Health care at the crossroads: Where do we go from here? New building, new identity; 1,000 Words; Arthur Pickoff's greatest hits: A musical medical career in six tracks; Lasers, explosions, and a new patent on precision; Award lets students, patients experience the power of pointed questions; A passion for research; Research takes fourth-year student from Syria to Stanford; From rowdy to respected: AOA initiates extend 100-year tradition; Golfing for a good cause; Students shine spotlight on important issues with annual events; Match Day; Graduation; Convocation; New Faces; Quietly leading the world: Debra Sudan and and the invisible art of organ transplants; The part that has to dream: Marvell Scott's adventures on the field, on the air, and on call; Alumni; Reunion Weekend; Save the Date: Academy of Medicine Distinguished Guest Lecture; Team-building, trust, and triumph

Fall 2007

Caring for Our Elders-It Takes a Small Urban Area; When the Connections No Longer Work: After Nerves Regenerate; Anatomy: The Foundation of Medical Education; Health Information Technology: "Patent Pending"; Profiles: Drs. Amy and Shawn Howerton, M.D.; Harry VanderWal, M.D.; and Karah Harvey; Advancement/Alumni; Class Notes; Match Day; Of Primary Interest; New Faces

Spring 2007

Enter the Hospitalist; Genetics and Nanotechnology; Tackle Nerve Deafness; Creating the Medical Education Facility for Tomorrow; Going Global; Profile: Lori Vavul-Roediger, M.D.; Advancement/Alumni; Class Notes; Match Day; Of Primary Interest; New Faces; Upcoming Events

Fall 2006

Leadership Role in Community Preparedness; Tip of the Scalpel: From Residency to Practice; Nurturing the Heart and Soul of Medicine; Lovin' the Skin You Are In; Profiles: Lynn Crosby, M.D., F.A.C.S., Dawn Wooley, Ph.D., and Katherine and Ben Radcliffe; Advancement/Alumni; Class Notes; Graduation 2006; Of Primary Interest; New Faces; Upcoming Events

Spring 2006

Volunteers say it's a Labor of Love; Brain Imaging to Improve Schizophrenia Treatment; Partners for Children; Technology: The Wave of the Future in Medicine; Faculty Profiles: Jack Gruber, M.D., and Jo Ann Ford; Advancement/Alumni; Class Notes; Match Day; Of Primary Interest; New Faces; Upcoming Events

Fall 2005

Transformational Gift; Emergency Medicine-25 Years of Community Service; On the Crisis Front Line; Behavioral Interventions that Work; Profiles; Advancement/Alumni; Reunion Weekend; Class Notes; Graduation Ceremony 2005; Of Primary Interest; New Faces; Upcoming Events

Spring 2005

Our National Treasure turns 75; Nowhere, USA... Undersupply of Doctors Met One Site at a Time; Gulf War Syndrome Research Reveals the Subtle Impact of Low-Dose Toxins; Why Good Programs Fail to Meet the Needs of Disabled Individuals; Addressing Substance Abuse Risks; Profiles; Alumni; Class Notes; Match Day; Of Primary Interest; New Faces; Upcoming Events

Fall 2004

Preparing the Research Mission for Tomorrow's Discoveries; New Dual Degree Programs Integrate Education to Prepare Tomorrow's Physician Leaders; Researchers Seek to Unravel a Central Paradigm in Cell Biology; Teaching Pathology: A Case of Unfolding Evidence; Faculty Profile; Advancement and Alumni; Class Notes; Of Primary Interest; New Faces; Upcoming Events

Spring 2004

Fate forms Unique Alliance: Theatre and Medicine; Medicine's Peripheral Brain; Clinic Confronts Childhood Obesity Epidemic;The Academy of Medicine: Envisioning the Future; Alumni Profiles-Team Physicians; Advancement and Alumni; Class Notes; Match Day; Of Primary Interest; New Faces; Upcoming Events

Fall 2003

Developing the Infrastructure for the Graying of America; Space Research Is Down to Earth; Learning Through Service: Awe, Medicine, and Education in Guatemala; New Endosvascular Techniques Promise to Improve Outcomes; Advancement and Alumni, Class Notes, Faculty Profiles; New Faces, Of Primary Interest; Upcoming Events

Spring 2003

Unlocking the Mysteries of Gulf War Syndrome; Team-Based Learning Develops Professional Skills; The "Perfect Storm": Drug Abuse Converges in the Heartland; Physicians and Soldiers, Too; Class Notes; Advancement; Alumni; Faculty Profile; Match Day; New Faces; Of Primary Interest; Upcoming Events

Fall 2002

Out of Africa and More: Trek for a Cause; Learning About the Cuban Approach to Health Care; Med Student Fear Factor: A Month of Medicine and Incredible Sights in Africa; International Learning Experiences 2001-2002; Preserving the Present, Envisioning the Future; Gene Laboratory Ushers in New Research Paradigm; From Toddlers to Teens: Meeting Mental Health Needs of Our Children; When Numbers Count: A Faculty Profile; Bosnia Ten Years Later: A Student Profile; Class Notes; Alumni; Class of 2002; Of Primary Interest; New Faces; Upcoming Events

Spring 2002

Reaching for the M.D.: A Field of Dreams; Thinking the Unthinkable: Responding to Terrorism; Alumni at Ground Zero; New Approach to Cancer Prevention; The New Curriculum: A Community of Learning; Alumni Profile and Notes; Advancement; Class Notes; Of Primary Interest, Upcoming Events

Fall 2001

The Neighbor that Flies; Going Virtual: Anatomy Creates Educational Resources for Tomorrow; The Healer as Artist-Carol Levine, M.D.; Advancement, Alumni Notes; Class Notes; Of Primary Interest, Upcoming Events

Spring 2001

The Dayton VA Medical Center Preserves a Rich Heritage of Service; New Sports Medicine Fellowship Up & Running; Student-to-Student: Awakening a Passion for Science; The PRIME Initiative: Preparing Doctors to Serve Communities; The Science Behind Premature Labor; Alumni News; Class Notes; Student Notes; Of Primary Interest; Upcoming Events

Winter 2001

After the M.D.; The Changing Marketplace of Medicine; Hyperbarics-New Depths of Understanding; Forensic Psychiatry: Where Law and Medicine Meet; Advancement; The Abouhassan Family; Class Notes; Of Primary Interest; Upcoming Events

Fall 2000

Children Benefit from Joint Efforts; The Weekend Intervention Program-A Ticket for the Road to Recovery; Wright State Receives $5.8 Million for Research on Gulf War Syndrome; Truth and Consequences: Medical Students Look at Teen Smoking from a New Perspective; Fordham Health Sciences Library: Treasures from the Past; Elizabeth Berry Gray Endows Chair of Surgery; The Center for Brain Research: Charting the Next Frontier; Faculty Notes; Student Notes; Alumni Class Notes; New Faces

Spring 2000

Students Extraordinaire-Marvell Scott, Elizabeth Leman, Heather Pfeffer, Marion Gregg; Simulated Patients-Almost the Real Thing; Wright State's Brain Research Investigates a Diversity of Structure and Function; Reach Out Teaches Lasting Lessons About the Value of Volunteerism; Mark Marinella, M.D.; Alumni; Advancement; Of Primary Interest

Winter 2000

Exploring Research as a Career; New Technique Enhances Clinical Decision Making; Unraveling the Mysteries of Cell Division; John Bullock, M.D.; Jennifer Green, Class of 2000; The Charter Class '80; Advancement; Dr. Jennifer James ('98); Scarecrow, by Laurie A. Bankston, M.D. ('99)

Fall 1999

25th Year In Retrospect; Turning On Light bulbs-Howard Part, M.D.; Psychiatry and Spirituality-Opposing Forces or Healing Partners?; Basic Research in Emergency Medicine Studies Brain Swelling; Surgeon General David Satcher Takes Times To Listen To Dayton's Youth; Public Lessons In The Science of Medicine; Al Batata, Chair, Department of Pathology; and Deb Hendershot, IDTL; The Charter Class: An Update; Faculty Notes

Spring 1999

Travel Medicine Center prepares Dayton for Global Health, Match Day:Rite of passage, Medical Innovations grant program, Parents-Again, Richard DeWall, John Beljan, Advancement, Of Primary Interest, New Faces

Winter 1999

Anniversary Issue Series: Community; The Founders' Vision, One Community's Story, The Bigger Picture-Community-Based Medical School with Heart and Soul, World View: A Sampling, Roger Pacholka, Phyllis Cole, Advancement, Of Primary Interest, New Faces

Fall 1998

Anniversary Issue Series: Creating a National Model for Medical Education; Nurturing the Qualities that make a Good Doctor, Vantage Points-Students, Basic Science Faculty, and Basic Clinical Faculty; Maurice Kogut, Lesley Meeker, Advancement, New Faces, Of Primary Interest

Spring 1998

Anniversary Issue Series: Building a Research Center of Excellence; Community-A solid foundation, Research Infrastructure, Form Follows Function, Community-oriented Research, Preparing Tomorrow's Researchers, The Model for Tommorow's Cures, Research Structure without Walls, Preparing for the Future, Dennis Moore, Deborah Vetter, Advancement, New Faces, Of Primary Interest

Winter 1998

Developing Tomorrow's Doctors; The Curriculum for Tomorrow; Compounding the Interest on Our National Sleep Debt; A Passage to India: "It will make you a better doctor"-Partha Banerjee, M.D.; Bringing National Recognition Home; Cheryl Mann, M.D.; Kelvin and Kalvin Wiley, Advancement, Of Primary Interest

Fall 1997

Changing the Face of Emergency Medicine in China; Teaching Family Medicine in a Small Town; Outreach Workers Advance Research Efforts; Medical Students Apply What They Learn; Screenings for Skin Cancer; Megan Baker; Lawrence Prochaska, Ph.D.; Of Primary Interest; New Faces

Spring 1997

Meet the Class of 2000; Trauma Training; Middle Ear Implants; Legal Issues in Elder Care; Health Risk Assessment; Linda Barney, M.D.; Advancement; Of Primary Interest; New Faces

Winter 1997

Aerospace Medicine; Electives-Enriching Student Experiences; New Cell Line; Volunteers Meet A Community Need; Graduate Medical Education; James Augustine, M.D.; Jan Austin, M.A.; Advancement; Of Primary Interest; New Faces

Fall 1996

Women in Medicine; Training Physicians: A Dynamic Process; Women's Health: An Emerging Field; Forming Supportive Networks; Kindergarten: Another Community to Serve; Profiles: Mary White, Ph.D., Faculty, and Stephanie Ours, B.A., Staff; Advancement; Of Primary Interest; New Faces/Appointments


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