The great conveyor belt of life never stops, but for
some, the ride lasts longer and has an impact on countless lives. Our esteemed
colleague, E. Stewart Taylor, MD, professor emeritus of obstetrics and
gynecology, who died this past week at age 102, was one of those people. He was
the last of the first full-time chairs of clinical departments at our School who
were appointed in 1947 by Dean Ward Darley. Stewart was 35 years old when
he became chair, had an outstanding career and built a terrific
department. He continued in that position for 29 years before stepping
down in 1976. A memorial service will be held this Thursday afternoon at 2 p.m.
at the Plymouth Congregational Church, 3501 S. Colorado Blvd., Englewood, at
the corner of Hampden Avenue and Colorado Boulevard.
Larry Allen, MD, MHS, assistant professor of medicine, is
the lead author of an article in the
“Clinical Problem-Solving” series in the current issue of the New England
Journal of Medicine. The article details a case where high levels of cobalt and
chromium were discovered in a 59-year-old woman diagnosed with cardiomyopathy.
She had previously had metal-on-metal hip implants and her symptoms support
cobalt cardiomyopathy as the likely diagnosis. One of Larry’s conclusions is
especially worth noting: Specialists and patients may benefit from “improved
awareness and multidisciplinary communication” regarding the potential risks
associated with these devices. Larry’s work was also discussed last week in The
New York Times.
Mona Abaza, MD, MS, associate professor of
otolaryngology, has been elected to the administrative board of the Association
of American Medical Colleges’ Council of Faculty and Academic Societies (CFAS).
CFAS identifies critical issues facing faculty members at medical schools and
provides a voice for them. Congratulations and thank you for contributing your
voice to the cause of academic medicine.
Jed Friedman, PhD, professor of pediatrics, biochemistry
and molecular genetics, professor in reproductive sciences and director of the
Colorado Program for Nutrition and Healthy Development, has been honored by the
UC-Denver Postdoctoral Association with a new award for outstanding
contributions in postdoctoral mentoring. Jed also recently received the highest
award possible from the American Diabetes Association in Pregnancy and
Reproductive Health by being asked to give the Norbert Freinkel Award lecture
this June. Well done.
Congratulations to members of our faculty in Physical
Therapy who were honored at last week’s annual winter meeting of the American
Physical Therapy Association. Paul Mintken, PT, DPT, associate professor of
physical therapy, received the 2014 Journal of Physical Therapy Excellence in
Research Award. Mintken and Amy McDevitt, PT, DPT, clinical instructor,
were honored for writing the best research article of 2013 on orthopedic
physical therapy. Mary Jane Rapport, PT, DPT, PhD, professor, was recognized
for her service to the group’s section on pediatrics.
The Colorado Clinical and Translational Sciences
Institute (CCTSI) last week announced the 22 awardees
of the 2014 Colorado Pilot, CSU/CU Collaboration Pilot, Center for
Neurosciences Pilot, Colorado State University Pilot and Child Maternal Health
Pilot programs. These projects represent a wonderful scope and live up to the
CCTSI’s mission of supporting innovative, interdisciplinary and collaborative research.
The School of Medicine Clinical
Effectiveness and Patient Safety Small Grants Program is now accepting
applications for its 2014-2015 award cycle. This grant program provides
funding for quality-improvement initiatives with goals of improving patient
safety and/or enhancing the quality and cost-effectiveness of health care
delivery. Letters of Intent are due by April 4, 2014. For more
information, please contact Program Manager Heather Hallman.
Have a good two weeks. Another Monday holiday next week
(Presidents’ Day) will keep me off your email until Feb. 24. I still remember
when we celebrated Lincoln’s birthday on Feb. 12, and Washington’s on Feb. 22…
Have a good week,
Richard D. Krugman, MD
Vice Chancellor for Health Affairs and
Dean, School of Medicine
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