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Dr.Ravi Varadhan to be Associate Professor in Division of Biostatistics and Bioinformatics of Sidney Kimmel

Dr. Ravi Varadhan has accepted a new position as an Associate Professor in the Division of Biostatistics and Bioinformatics of Sidney Kimmel Comprehensive Cancer Center and Department of Oncology at Johns Hopkins.  This appointment will provide a number of new opportunities for Ravi and will further stimulate his growth as a leading researcher and scholar.  Dr. Varadhan will continue to be actively engaged in research related to aging, frailty, and inflammation in the coming years, and continue his many collaborations within COAH.  The Division of Geriatric Medicine and Gerontology are grateful for the many years of research, training, and service that Dr. Varadhan has provided as a faculty member in our Division, and we wish him continued success as a faculty member in the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine.

Laura Gibson elected VP/Pres.-Elect of the National Board for Certification of Training

In recognition of her strong leadership skills and expertise in Graduate Medical Education, Laura Gibson, C-TAGME, has been elected Vice President/President-Elect of the National Board for Certification of Training Administrators in Graduate Medical Education.  In this role, Laura will perform the duties of the President in their absence as well as Chair the Policies and Procedures Committee.  At the completion of a 1-year term, she will succeed to the office of President.

Qian-Li Xue, Associate Professor in Geriatric Medicine has officially been awarded R03 grant

Qian-Li Xue, Associate Professor in Geriatric Medicine has officially been awarded his R03 grant application entitled “ Frail Assessment: Matching Simplification Efforts to Clinical Aims”.  This is a two year project (8/15/14-6/30/2016) for a total project award of $162,000.  The study will contrasts two commonly used assessment tools for identifying frail old adults and evaluate potential ways to simplify the tools for clinical practice. The results will greatly improve the understanding of the strengths and limitations of different frailty instruments and their appropriate and optimal use in the care of older adults.

Carrie Perfetto, Nurse Practitioner at Hopkins ElderPlus invited as visiting professor and educational scholar to the university in Oslo, Norway

In recognition of her outstanding educational leadership, Carrie Perfetto, CRNP at Hopkins ElderPlus has been invited as visiting professor and educational scholar to the university in Oslo, Norway in October 2014. This invitation resulted from her mentorship of a visiting nurse practitioner student last year.  Along with Maia Holden CRNP, Carrie provides educational opportunities to a wide range of learners from Johns Hopkins, as well as other US and international programs.  Carrie and Maia are major contributors and innovators in the educational mission of Hopkins Geriatrics.  We are so excited for Carrie to have this experience in Norway and to spread the expertise of Hopkins Geriatrics internationally.
 

Dr. Cynthia Boyd and colleagues approved for funding from PCORI

Dr. Cynthia Boyd and colleagues on the approval for funding from PCORI for a project titled: Informing Patient-Centered Care for People with Multiple Chronic Conditions. The study team includes Ms. Carol Glover, Ms. Suzanne Mintz, and Ms. Karen Armacost, as well as Dr. Bruce Leff from the Division of Geriatric Medicine and Gerontology, Dr. Wendy Bennett from General Internal Medicine, and Dr. Greg Lucas from the Division of Infectious Diseases in our School of Medicine, and Drs. Kay Dickersin, Tianjing Li and Milo Puhan and Mr. Tsung Yu from the Bloomberg School of Public Health, and Drs. Craig Robbins and Wylie Chan from Kaiser Permanente’s  National Guideline Program.

Through collaboration with people with multiple chronic conditions (MCCs), caregivers, and Kaiser Permanente’s National Guideline Program, this team will research methods to improve the validity of systematic reviews of patient-centered research for people with MCCs, and improve the translation of the knowledge in the systematic reviews into guidelines that can be better used to inform patient-centered care for people with MCCs. Using case studies, the team will also generate useful, evidence-based guidance to inform patient-centered care of people with MCCs for two important clinical questions.

http://pfaawards.pcori.org/research-results/2014/informing-patient-centered-care-people-multiple-chronic-conditions

Drs. Cynthia Boyd, Jennifer Wolff, Hadi Kharrazi and Bruce Leff selected to receive a Discovery Fund Synergy Award

Drs. Cynthia Boyd, Jennifer Wolff, Hadi Kharrazi and Bruce Leff have been selected to receive a Discovery Fund Synergy Award (one of 16 among 174 applications) to address medication regimen complexity in skilled home health care. These awards are designed to spark new, synergistic interactions between investigators and potentiate scientific achievements of the highest quality and impact. The projects were awarded in the range of $100,000 each. Collaboration by these investigators involves the Division of Geriatric Medicine and Gerontology (SOM), Health Policy and Management (JHSPH).

Katie Matthews, Research Administration Supervisor, has taken on oversight of sponsored activities for several additional Department of Medicine Divisions at Bayview

Katie Matthews, Research Administration Supervisor, has taken on oversight of sponsored activities for several additional Department of Medicine Divisions here at Bayview.  In addition to Katie’s efforts within Geriatric Medicine, she has taken on sponsored responsibilities of General Internal Medicine, Endocrine, and CIMs groups. 
In this role, Katie will work closely with respective Divisional faculty and Administration.  This is certainly a testament of her the expertise in the management of sponsored activities.   7-14-14

Laura Gibson, C-TAGME, made Medical Training Program Administrator for the Institute of Genetic Medicine

Laura Gibson, C-TAGME, Medical Training Program Administrator, has been chosen to function as the Medical Training Program Administrator for the Institute of Genetic Medicine.  In this role she will continue to administer the Geriatric Medicine Fellowship and will split her time between the Bayview and Broadway campuses. This is evidence of her the expertise in graduate medical education and willingness to teach others.   7-14-14

Halima Amjad, MD, MPH, second year fellow in geriatric medicine has article in Journal of American Geriatrics Society

Halima Amjad, MD, MPH, second year fellow in geriatric medicine has an article in The Journal of American Geriatrics Society. Halima and her co-authors found that the majority of older adults in this study had experience with end of life care and decision making  for others, and that these individuals demonstrated greater readiness to participate in advance care planning than did older adults with personal experience with illness or end of life care. Knowing that many older adults have experience with others who have received end of life care and advance care planning may help clinician assess readiness and frame advanced care discussions with patient.  7-10-14

Link to article: http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/jgs.12894/pdf   7-10-14

Nicole Tursi-Young, MBA, Senior Financial Analyst selected to the Financial Team Program

Nicole Tursi-Young, MBA, Senior Financial Analyst has been selected to the Financial Team Program. This program is designed to expose current financial personnel to a variety of shadowing experiences, training programs, and projects to expand their knowledge and practice base.  It also allows these employees to enlarge their network of contacts and understand practice in other financial areas.  This is an affirmation of the financial skills that Nicole consistently brings to her work.   7-9-14

 

 

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