Inside Tulane Med: Quarterly News from the Tulane University School of Medicine

August 2016 Newsletter


VIDEO: White coats for 'the class
with perfect vision'

White Coat Ceremony
Smiling students donned their doctors' white coats for the first time as Tulane University School of Medicine welcomed the Class of 2020. The school received more than 10,000 applications this year, selecting 192 students from across the globe. The White Coat Ceremony marks the start of their induction into the medical profession. Watch >>


Tulane medical student
recognized by AMA Foundation

Christa Pulvino
Christa Pulvino
The American Medical Association Foundation recently honored third-year medical student Christa Pulvino with an Excellence in Medicine award for leadership. Only 15 leadership awards are given each year, recognizing medical students, residents and fellows and early career physicians for their skills in advocacy, community service and education. More >>


Tulane plays lead role in major
diabetes drug trial

Dr. Vivian Fonseca
Dr. Vivian Fonseca
When American Diabetes Association officials gathered in New Orleans and announced results of a major international drug trial, most of the focus was on the finding that the glucose-lowering drug Liraglutide reduces cardiovascular events by 13 percent for high-risk type 2 diabetes patients. The trial hit a benchmark that astonished the research community. It showed a phenomenally high patient follow-up rate of 99.7 percent despite spanning five years, 410 sites in 32 countries and involving 9,340 patients. More >>


Tulane researcher wins grant
from NIAID

Dr. James McLachlan
Dr. James McLachlan
Immunologist Dr. James McLachlan recently received a $1.9 million grant from the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases. McLachlan and his team at Tulane will use the money to test adjuvants that could improve life-saving vaccines. This grant is one of six awarded by the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases and it involves a degree of collaboration among all recipients. More >>


Safer cardiovascular scans with
carbon dioxide

Dr. Jim Caridi
Dr. Jim Caridi
Tulane vascular physicians are pioneers in using CO2 in the place of traditional iodinated contrast dye for vascular imaging to greatly reduce the impact of angiograms on patients' kidneys. In a collaborative effort, Tulane vascular doctors recently formed the CO2 Angiographic Society and launched a website at co2angio.org to help educate physicians about advances in CO2 imaging and how the technique can save kidneys, make diagnoses and assist in interventions. More >>


Healing on the high seas

The Africa Mercy
The Africa Mercy
Drs. Joana Ochoa and Peter Meade, surgeons in the School of Medicine, recently volunteered aboard the Africa Mercy hospital ship. The Mercy Ships organization operates a fleet of vessels that travel globally providing free medical services in countries where healthcare is poor or nonexistent. Ochoa and Meade served for two weeks, performing a range of procedures alongside surgeons in fields such as pediatrics, ophthalmology, and plastic surgery. More >>


Tulane Medical Center earns
heart attack care award

Tulane Medical Center has received the Mission: Lifeline Silver Quality Achievement Award for implementing specific quality improvement measures outlined by the American Heart Association for the treatment of patients who suffer severe heart attacks. More >>


VIDEO: Grad student develops new
approach to breast restoration

Nicholas Pashos
Nicholas Pashos
Nicholas Pashos, 28, a PhD candidate in the Tulane University interdisciplinary bioinnovation program, is working on a project that he hopes will one day transform breast reconstruction surgery. He invented an experimental graft that plastic surgeons may use to regenerate a nipple and areola for complete breast restoration after cancer treatment. More >>


VIDEO: Musicians record song for cancer awareness

Some of New Orleans' top musicians, including Irma Thomas, Charmaine Neville, Al "Carnival Time" Johnson, Benny Grunch and Vince Vance, volunteered their time and talent to record "You're Not Alone," a song inspired by longtime local music club owner Jimmy Anselmo's fight with prostate cancer. Anselmo is now a survivor and wanted to raise awareness of prostate cancer and honor those fighting the disease at the Tulane Cancer Center. Watch >>


Is hormone therapy for 'low-T' safe?

Dr. Wayne Hellstrom
Dr. Wayne Hellstrom
Tulane University urologist Dr. Wayne Hellstrom is part of a panel of leading men's health experts who published new guidance in Mayo Clinic Proceedings for doctors worried that prescribing testosterone therapy for "low-T" may increase risks for stroke or heart attack. "Testosterone replacement therapy in patients who have documented hypogonadism is safe and beneficial, provided they are treated and followed appropriately by a physician," says Hellstrom. More >>


Experience medicine and inspire
future generations

Dr. Dexter Louie
Dr. Dexter Louie
After 40 years of practicing medicine, Dr. Dexter Louie (M'69, R'76) has simple advice for future generations of physicians: "Experience life, experience medicine and give back." Louie and his wife, Patricia, established the Dr. and Mrs. Dexter Louie Scholarship Endowed Fund, which will provide support for medical students interested in social justice and health equity. More >>


The 'ripple effect' of giving back

Dr. Kordestani
Dr. Rouzbeh Kordestani
Dr. Rouzbeh Kordestani (M '94, PHTM '94) describes his time at Tulane University School of Medicine and Charity Hospital as "bigger than life." His experience at Tulane inspired years of contribution to the school, culminating in an endowed scholarship for future generations of medical students. For Dr. Kordestani, supporting medical students through scholarships makes an incredible impact because it not only affects the lives of students but future patients as well. He calls it the "ripple effect." More >>


In This Issue

VIDEO: White coats
for 'the class with
perfect vision'


Tulane medical student
recognized by AMA
Foundation


Tulane plays lead role
in major diabetes
drug trial


Tulane researcher
wins grant from NIAID


Safer cardiovascular
scans with carbon
dioxide


Healing on the
high seas


Tulane Medical Center earns heart attack care award

VIDEO: Grad student develops new approach to breast restoration

VIDEO: Musicians
record song for
cancer awareness


Is hormone therapy
for ‘low-T’ safe?


Experience medicine
and inspire future
generations


The 'ripple effect'
of giving back


Faculty Spotlight:
Dr. Ricardo Mostany


Inside Tulane Med Newsletter


Faculty
Spotlight:
Dr. Ricardo Mostany

Dr. Ricardo Mostany

Dr. Ricardo Mostany, assistant professor of pharmacology, is working to understand what happens inside the brain that weakens its ability to form new memories. "We are studying the aged brain before what is called mild cognitive decline," said Mostany. "The brain is different later on in life and we are trying to characterize what is happening normally to see what is the next step leading into dementia. We can use this information for the study of Alzheimer's and other degenerative diseases that appear late in life." More >>


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Upcoming Events

1834 Society Reception
March 31, 2017
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TMAA Awards Gala
April 1, 2017
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Class of 1967
50th Reunion

May 18-21, 2017
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Reunion Weekend
Classes of '57, '62, '72, '77, '82, '87, '92, '97, '02, '07, '12
June 2-3, 2017

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