News from Boonshoft School of Medicine

Dr. Gary LeRoy speaks at Convocation

Boonshoft School of Medicine welcomes the class of 2018

(July 26, 2014) Boonshoft School of Medicine welcomed 110 students on July 26, during the annual Convocation and White Coat Ceremony held at the Schuster Performing Arts Center in downtown Dayton. During the ceremony, students take their first oath of professional medical ethics, concluding with the words, “I commit myself to a lifelong journey of learning how to cure, relieve and comfort with humility and compassion.” Each student also will receive a white coat—a traditional symbol of the medical profession—personalized with his or her name and the medical school patch.

Rise.Shine The Campaign for Wright State University
Wright State University announces $150 million fundraising campaign featuring Academy Award-winning actor Tom Hanks

(Oct. 18, 2014) Hollywood superstar Tom Hanks will help lead a $150 million fundraising campaign for Wright State University that promises to further elevate the school’s prominence by expanding scholarships, attracting more top-flight faculty and supporting construction of state-of-the-art facilities. Rise.Shine. The Campaign for Wright State University will be formally announced by President David R. Hopkins on Saturday, Oct. 18, before 600 students, faculty, staff, donors and other special guests expected to gather at the Wright State University Nutter Center. More than $106 million in gifts and pledges has already been raised, including a record number of gifts from alumni.

Public Health Grand Rounds event to focus on nicotine/tobacco-free workplace

PHDMC logo(Oct. 14, 2014) A Public Health Grand Rounds event, “Clearing the Air: The Story Behind Public Health – Dayton & Montgomery County’s (PHDMC) Nicotine and Tobacco Policy,” will provide an inside view of how PHDMC developed and implemented one of the country’s most comprehensive public policies for a nicotine and tobacco-free workplace. The event, which is free and open to the public, will be on Thursday, Oct. 23, 3 to 4 p.m., at the PHDMC administrative offices in the second floor multipurpose room of the Reibold Building (117 South Main Street, Dayton, Ohio 45422).

Memorial service held for associate professor of pathology B. Laurel Elder, Ph.D.

B. Laurel Elder(Oct. 6, 2014) A memorial service was held for B. Laurel Elder, Ph.D., on Oct. 11, at Sugar Creek Presbyterian Church, 4417 Bigger Road Kettering, Ohio 45440. Dr. Elder, an associate professor of pathology at Boonshoft School of Medicine, passed away on Oct. 2. The B. Laurel Elder Memorial Scholarship Fund has been established to honor Dr. Elder's contributions to the school and her commitment to improving health care in developing countries. The fund will award scholarships to fourth-year Boonshoft students who have completed requirements for the global health certificate and have significant financial need. For more information, contact Angela Clements, director of major gifts, at

Julian Gomez Cambronero
Julian G. Cambronero recognized with prestigious award in Spain

(Sept.12, 2014) To say that it was a good summer for Julian Gomez-Cambronero, Ph.D., would be an understatement. The professor of biochemistry and molecular biology began the season by successfully organizing an international academic conference and capped it off with a prestigious award in his hometown of Manzanares in the famed La Mancha region of Spain.

Student selected to participate in the American Society of Hematology 2014 Minority Medical Student Award Program

Ruth Jocelyn Claros(Sept. 8, 2014) Ruth Jocelyn Claros, a second-year medical student at the Wright State University Boonshoft School of Medicine, was one of 12 medical students nationwide selected for the American Society of Hematology 2014 Minority Medical Student Award Program. This career-development award program, offered to first- and second-year medical students from the United States and Canada in D.O., M.D., or M.D./Ph.D. programs, is designed to spark minority medical students’ interest in the field of hematology.

ACEP Quiz Team Winners
Emergency Medicine residents win quiz show at Ohio ACEP assembly

(Aug. 29, 2014) Residents from the Department of Emergency Medicine at the Wright State University Boonshoft School of Medicine placed first in the Emergency Medicine Residents’ Association (EMRA) Quiz Show on Aug. 14 in Columbus, Ohio.

Topaz Sampson and Jasmin Scott-Hawkins

Topaz Sampson (left) and Jasmin Scott-Hawkins

Students named to the board of the Student National Medical Association

(Aug. 14, 2014) Two Boonshoft School of Medicine students have joined the board of directors of the Student National Medical Association (SNMA). Topaz Sampson, a fourth-year medical student, was installed as national president of SNMA, and third-year student Jasmin Scott-Hawkins was appointed cochair of the SNMA publications committee. SNMA is the nation’s oldest and largest independent, student-run organization focused on the needs and concerns of medical students of color. The two WSU students were selected for their positions at the 2014 SNMA Annual Medical Education Conference in Washington, D.C., in April.

Five Rivers Family Health Center
Family medicine residents win grant to immunize those 65 & older against flu, pneumonia

(July 31, 2014) The Boonshoft School of Medicine Family Medicine Residency Program was one of 16 family medicine residency programs nationwide to receive a Senior Immunization Grant Award from the American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP) Foundation in June. The $10,000 grant will be used to improve influenza and pneumococcal vaccine rates in patients age 65 and older during the 2014-15 flu season.

Photo of Robert Weisman
Founding chair of biochemistry department remembered

(July 18, 2014) Robert (Bob) Weisman, Ph.D., passed away on July 2, 2014, at age 77, leaving a great void in the Wright State University family. For more than 30 years, as biochemistry chair, associate dean, interim dean and consummate faculty member, his contributions helped to establish the fabric of who we are today. He will be sorely missed by all who knew him and who benefitted, knowingly or unknowingly, from his leadership and advice.

Professor Anstadt with students
Students gain insights into cardiac function by testing revolutionary heart pump

(June 25, 2014) A revolutionary heart pump is providing a rare learning opportunity for Wright State University students. The pump is attached to a mock human circulatory system — a student-designed plumbing marvel of clear plastic piping that simulates the flow of life-giving blood. “They’re using the same tools we’re using clinically,” said Mark Anstadt, M.D., a cardiothoracic surgeon and professor of surgery.

Pharmacology researchers
Student researchers discover new ways to help diabetes patients

(June 12, 2014) Master’s degree students in the Department of Pharmacology and Toxicology are making discoveries that have the potential to save limbs and reduce kidney failure in diabetes patients. Led by Khalid Elased, Pharm.D., Ph.D., associate professor, and Nadja Grobe, Ph.D., a research assistant professor, several master’s students have published their findings in well-known journals and presented their research at national conferences. Their research focuses on the mechanisms of cardiovascular and renal complications of diabetes.

CITAR director says increase in overdose deaths is worse he's seen in 25 years

Robert Carlson, Ph.D.(May 27, 2014) There was a dramatic increase in the overall number of unintentional drug overdose deaths in Montgomery County, from 162 deaths in 2012 to 226 in 2013, according to officials from Public Health — Dayton & Montgomery County (PHDMC) and the Preventing Unintentional Drug Poisoning Project. The group released its annual Poisoning Death Review (PDR) report at a press conference on Tuesday, May 27.

“In my 25 years of doing substance abuse research here I’ve seen nothing like this in terms of the increases,” said Robert Carlson, Ph.D., director of the Boonshoft School of Medicine Center for Interventions, Treatment and Addictions Research (CITAR), who helped prepare the report.

Epidemiologist joins Scientific Reports editorial board

John Bullock, M.D.(May 22, 2014) John D. Bullock, M.D., M.P.H., M.Sc., F.I.D.S.A., F.A.C.E., F.R.S.M., an infectious disease epidemiologist in the Center for Global Health, has been invited to serve on the editorial board for Scientific Reports, a journal from Nature Publishing Group, the publishers of Nature magazine. Scientific Reports launched in 2011 as a multidisciplinary, online-only, open access publication covering all areas of the natural sciences. It does not set a threshold of perceived importance to the papers that it publishes; rather, it publishes all papers that are judged to be technically valid. Bullock will review manuscripts in the area of public health.

Student examining a 5-year-old
Medical students and 5-year-olds learn lessons from one another

(May 16, 2014) Boonshoft School of Medicine students in the Introduction to Clinical Medicine course practiced their physical exam skills with kindergarteners from Kiser Elemmentary on Friday, May 16, as part of a partnership between the medical school, Dayton Public Schools (DPS) and DPS school nurses. Videographers from WKEF TV Channel 2 were there to capture some of the fun.(May 13, 2014) Several low-income families served by the Kinship Caregiver Coalition of the Boonshoft School of Medicine Center for Healthy Communities will have the funds to file for custody of kinship children, thanks to a grant from Jeremiah’s Letter, a nonprofit organization that provides community outreach ministries to people in the greater Miami Valley area. The organization gave the Kinship Caregiver Coalition a $1,000 grant in March to provide assistance to kinship families.

Remote Area Medical poster
“Remote Area Medical” film to be shown on Oct. 23

Student groups from Boonshoft School of Medicine are hosting a free screening of the film “Remote Area Medical,” on Thursday, Oct. 23, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., in the Gandhi Auditorium in White Hall on the WSU campus. The event is free and open to the public. Directed by Jeff Reichert and Farihah Zaman, the film focuses on Remote Area Medical (RAM), a three-day pop-up medical clinic that serves the poorest and most vulnerable Americans.

Founding chair of physiology, Samuel Kolmen, Ph.D., passes away

(Oct. 20, 2014) Samuel N. Kolmen, Ph.D., died on Oct. 15, 2014, at his home in Lewisburg, Penn. He was 84. Dr. Kolmen was the first chair of the Department of Physiology at Boonshoft School of Medicine and was involved in the development of the Biomedical Sciences Ph.D. program and the School of Professional Psychology at Wright State University.

Miami Valley Hospital Foundation honors Linda Barney, M.D., FACS, as outstanding medical professional

Linda Barney, M.D.(Sep. 30, 2014) Miami Valley Hospital Foundation honored Linda M. Barney, M.D., FACS, as an outstanding medical professional at a Champions of Hope cancer fundraiser on Sept. 18. She was one of five individuals honored in the battle against cancer.

Barney is certified by the American Board of Surgery. She serves as an associate professor of surgery for Wright State University Boonshoft School of Medicine, associate program director for the General Surgery Residency Program at Miami Valley Hospital and director of the Division of General Surgery for Wright State Physicians.

Timothy Broderick, M.D., named chief scientist for the Wright State Research Institute

Tiimothy Broderick, M.D.(Sept. 11, 2014) Timothy Broderick, M.D., has been named chief scientist at the Wright State Research Institute (WSRI), where he will be responsible for growing the institute’s portfolio for basic and applied research and development. He will also join the Wright State University Boonshoft School of Medicine faculty as professor of surgery. Broderick will lead the day-to-day scientific research of WSRI, with a specific focus on the development of solutions to near-term, currently identified challenges as well as longer-term, envisioned research needs that are consistent with the university’s academic mission, strategic plan and research.

Wright State Trustees award rank of University Professor to Ronald J. Markert, Ph.D.

Ron Markert, Ph.D.(Aug. 28, 2014) Ronald J. Markert, Ph.D., professor and vice chair for research in the Department of Internal Medicine, has been selected as University Professor by the Wright State University Board of Trustees. The title University Professor is a special rank reserved for full professors who have made outstanding contributions beyond the confines of their own discipline.

Gary LeRoy, M.D., honored as Family Medicine Educator of the Year

Gary LeRoy, M.D.(Aug. 11, 2014) The Ohio Academy of Family Physicians recently announced that Gary L. LeRoy, M.D., associate dean for student affairs and admissions at the Wright State University Boonshoft School of Medicine, is the recipient of its 2014 Family Medicine Educator of the Year Award. LeRoy, who has been practicing medicine for 22 years, is also an associate professor of family medicine and a staff physician at Community Health Centers of Greater Dayton/East Dayton Health Center.

Affordable Care Act flag Center for Healthy Communities to host community forums about Medicaid, Affordable Care Act

(Aug. 4, 2014) The Center for Healthy Communities Medicaid Outreach Consortium will host several community forums to help the public better understand Medicaid expansion and the Affordable Care Act marketplace. Free and open to the public, the forums will be held in August, September, October and November in the cafeteria at the Job Center, 1111 S. Edwin C. Moses Blvd., in Dayton.

Family medicine resident receives training award in substance abuse, addiction

SFTN logo(July 31, 2014) Boonshoft School of Medicine family medicine resident Lara Ilyas, M.D., was one of two people nationwide selected to receive an STFM/NIDA Training Award in Substance Abuse and Addiction. The Society of Teachers of Family Medicine (STFM) partnered with the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) to fund two one-year training awards of $22,000 each to support the development of expertise in substance abuse and addiction within academic family medicine. Ilyas will conduct an original, mentored pilot/data-gathering study in substance abuse and addiction.

Dean Marjorie Bowman at press conference
Wright State and Premier Health Neuroscience Institute adds Dayton Children’s Hospital, pediatric research to neuroscience venture

(July 10, 2010) The Wright State University & Premier Health Neuroscience Institute, together with Dayton Children's Hospital, announced today the affiliation of Dayton Children's with the institute to boost pediatric neuroscience research in the region and enhance pediatric care. Dayton Children’s clinicians and researchers will formally participate in a broad range of research and educational programs with the members of the Neuroscience Institute.

Students in the pharmacology lab
New M.S. in pharmacology and toxicology leadership/administration offered

(June 27, 2014) To better prepare students for a career in pharmacology and toxicology, the Department of Pharmacology and Toxicology at the Boonshoft School of Medicine now offers a leadership/administration master of science program. The one-year program is for students who want to become lab managers, leaders or higher education administrators in the pharmacology and toxicology field. “Our students can now select a leadership/administration or a research-based program,” said Terry Oroszi, M.S., director of the program.

Boonshoft School of Medicine holds 34th commencement May 23

(May 23, 2014) After four or more years of intense study and specialized training, 105 medical students of the Wright State University Boonshoft School of Medicine class of 2014 received their M.D. degrees during the school’s commencement ceremony at the Benjamin and Marian Schuster Performing Arts Center on Friday, May 23. Pediatrician Gregory Toussaint, M.D., physician and associate professor, delivered the commencement address.

Five members of the class of 2014 tell their stories

(May 23, 2014) Each member of the class of 2014 at Boonshoft School of Medicine has a different story about his or her journey to becoming a physician — here are just a few.

Family medicine chief resident selected for health policy fellowship in Washington, D.C.

Melanie Raffoul, M.D.(May 13, 2014) Melanie Raffoul, M.D., the chief resident of the Wright State University Boonshoft School of Medicine Family Medicine Residency Program, is one of two people nationwide who have been selected for the 2014-15 Robert L. Phillips Jr. Health Policy Fellowship, a joint research and clinical fellowship program between the Robert Graham Center for Policy Studies in Family Medicine and Primary Care and Georgetown University.

Emergency medicine professor discusses the ethics of responding to a hospital shooting

Catherine Marco, M.D.(May 8, 2014) Catherine Marco, M.D., director of scholarly works and professor of emergency medicine at Boonshoft School of Medicine, was interviewed for a story and video, How to Survive a Hospital Shooting, posted in the online publication Medpagetoday on May 1. She was asked, "What is the priority in cases of violent patients?" There's no consensus among ethicists about how physicians should weight personal safety in these situations, she said. A former chair of the American College of Emergency Physicians ethics committee, Marco said healthcare providers need to remember the goal to provide the "most good for the most people."

Family medicine faculty with award
School wins Top 10 Award for working to meet the nation’s need for family physicians

(May 7, 2014) For the second consecutive year, Boonshoft School of Medicine received an American Academy of Family Physicians Top 10 Award for consistent contributions to building the family physician workforce. Each year, the AAFP presents its Family Medicine Top 10 Awards to honor medical schools that — during a three-year period — graduated the greatest percentage of students who chose first-year family medicine residency positions.

Dean Rider
Beetle mania: Wright State researcher investigates insect’s secret to long life

(May 6, 2014) They sound like a rock band. But blue beetles are very much insects — and they may hold the secret to the fountain of youth. Dean Rider, Ph.D., research assistant professor of biochemistry and molecular miology, is working to unlock the mystery of these mysterious bugs. He wants to sequence the blue beetle's DNA to see why it lives so long.


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