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

March 2017 Newsletter


VIDEO: Tulane School of Medicine
Match Day 2017 highlights

Watch the video showing more than 200 fourth-year students from the School of Medicine learning where they'll continue their careers, landing residencies around the country. Check out the sights, sounds and celebrations of Match Day 2017. More >>


Tulane researcher awarded $1.9
million to study estrogen receptor

Dr. Sarah Lindsey
Dr. Sarah Lindsey
New research at the Tulane School of Medicine looks at an estrogen receptor that could be a site for targeted hormone replacement therapy in post-menopausal women. The National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute under the National Institutes of Health awarded a $1.9 million grant to fund Dr. Sarah Lindsey's research in the Department of Pharmacology. More >>


New VA Medical Center benefits
from Tulane staff, students

New Orleans Veterans Affairs Medical Center
New Orleans Veterans Affairs Medical Center
When the New Orleans Veterans Affairs Medical Center (VAMC) at 2400 Canal St. opens to inpatients this summer, Tulane School of Medicine faculty physicians, residents and students will be ready to answer the call to care for an anticipated 70,000 veterans. Tulane University personnel have traditionally staffed the New Orleans VAMC but today they are working at a brand new referral facility with a regional focus. More >>


National spotlight shines on Goldring
Center for Culinary Medicine

Students prepare a healthy dish.
Students prepare a
healthy dish.
Tulane University School of Medicine's pioneering Goldring Center for Culinary Medicine was featured on the CBS Evening News earlier this year. The center teaches medical students and doctors culinary skills so they can help patients make practical dietary changes to improve their health. Staff and medical students also teach free community cooking classes to the public. More >>


Professor of Pharmacology
Dr. Barbara Beckman retires

Dr. Barbara Beckman
Dr. Barbara Beckman
Dr. Barbara Beckman, Tulane University School of Medicine professor of pharmacology and associate dean for admissions, retired in January. An invaluable mentor to medical students, Beckman took on many roles throughout her career as a dedicated teacher and researcher. More >>


Tulane Medical Center launches
$3.8 Million Bone Marrow
Transplant Unit expansion

Dr. Nakhle Saba and Dr. Hana Safah
Dr. Nakhle Saba and
Dr. Hana Safah
Tulane Health System's Bone Marrow Transplant (BMT) program is getting a new state-of-the-art patient care unit at Tulane Medical Center. The $3.8 million expansion project began in November 2016 and is expected to be complete this summer. The BMT Unit renovations include a complete remodel and expansion of the current unit. More >>


Tulane Lakeside named a top
teaching hospital

Tulane-Lakeside Hospital for Women and Children
Tulane Lakeside
Hospital for Women
and Children
The Leapfrog Group, a national healthcare-quality ratings organization, named Tulane Lakeside Hospital for Women and Children a 2016 Top Teaching Hospital. Widely acknowledged as one of the most prestigious distinctions a hospital can receive in the United States, the recognition showcases Tulane Lakeside's commitment to patient safety and quality. More >>


Researchers find tumor-suppressing
protein actually promotes cancer

Dr. Hua Lu
Dr. Hua Lu
Tulane University researchers have discovered that the protein PHLDB3, thought to be a potential tumor suppressor, actually allows cancer cells to thrive in pancreatic, prostate, colon, breast, lung and other common cancers. The discovery could explain how cancer is able to overcome p53 – a key tumor-suppressing protein. More >>


Dolphins, humans "more alike
than you think"

Dr. Ramesh Ayyala, center, examines a dolphin.
Dr. Ramesh Ayyala examines a dolphin.
Humans and dolphins have a lot in common, and Dr. Ramesh Ayyala, a professor of ophthalmology at Tulane University, plans to use those similarities to improve the treatment of eye infections in both. Ayyala was asked by Moby Solangi, executive director of the Institute for Marine Mammal Studies in Gulfport, Mississippi, to assist with the treatment of recurring eye infections in the facility's dolphins and sea lions. More >>


Tulane kidney transplant featured
in TIME magazine

Susan Fredriksen meets her kidney recipient.
Kidney transplant donor
and recipient meet at
Tulane.
Susan Fredriksen followed through with something most people would never consider. At 65, she donated her kidney to a complete stranger. Over the course of nine months, Fredriksen made multiple trips between her hometown of Unaka, North Carolina, and Tulane Medical Center in New Orleans for testing and eventual donation. Dr. Anil Paramesh performed the donor operation and Dr. Mary Killackey performed the transplant. Both doctors are associate professors of surgery at Tulane School of Medicine. More >>


Leading study backs hormone
therapy with radiation for
recurrent prostate cancer

Tulane oncologist Dr. Oliver Sartor
Oncologist Dr. Oliver Sartor, Tulane Cancer Center medical director
A recent study in The New England Journal of Medicine offers new hope for men fighting prostate cancer. Adding two years of hormonal therapy to radiation treatment significantly improves survival rates for patients whose cancer returned years after surgery to remove the organ. "It more than cut the risk of prostate cancer death in half, which is quite substantial," said Dr. Oliver Sartor, Tulane Cancer Center medical director and assistant dean of oncology at Tulane University School of Medicine. More >>


Tulane medical students help
with tornado recovery

Tornado damage in eastern New Orleans
Tornado damage in
eastern New Orleans
A group of Tulane medical students recently spent their weekend helping homeowners in New Orleans East clean up following February's destructive tornado. The first-year School of Medicine students shoveled, raked and hauled hundreds of pounds of debris to the curb for collection. The tornado was the first EF-3 to hit New Orleans since recordkeeping began in 1950, slamming into the neighborhood with winds up to 165 mph. More >>


Funded Tech Challenge inspires
next generation of medical
entrepreneurs

Theodore Brown and Michelle McCarthy
Theodore Brown and
Michelle McCarthy
Two Tulane University School of Medicine students are among 15 teams participating in this year's third annual Tulane Novel Tech Challenge, a competition in which student researchers are empowered to improve the environment, human health, education and urban infrastructure through technology. More >>


In This Issue

Video: School of
Medicine Match Day
2017 highlights


Tulane researcher
awarded $1.9 million to
study estrogen receptor


VAMC benefits from
Tulane staff, students


National spotlight shines
on Goldring Center for
Culinary Medicine


Professor of
Pharmacology
Dr. Barbara Beckman
retires


Tulane Medical Center
launches $3.8M Bone
Marrow Transplant Unit
expansion


Tulane Lakeside named
a top teaching hospital


Researchers find tumor-
suppressing protein
actually promotes cancer


Dolphins, humans "more
alike than you think"


Tulane kidney transplant
featured in TIME
magazine


Leading study backs
hormone therapy with
radiation for recurrent
prostate cancer


Tulane medical students
help with tornado
recovery


Funded Tech Challenge
inspires next generation
of medical entrepreneurs


Alumni Spotlight:
Dr. Jeffrey Kutcher


Faculty Spotlight:
Dr. Robert Hendel


Inside Tulane Med Newsletter


Alumni
Spotlight:
Dr. Jeffrey
Kutcher

Dr. Jeffrey Kutcher

Dr. Jeffrey Kutcher (M '98, I '99) is the 2017 TMAA Outstanding Alumnus Award recipient. He is the national director of The Sports Neurology Clinic and a team physician for the U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association and served as the team neurologist for the United States at the 2014 Olympic Winter Games. Kutcher currently serves as the director of the National Basketball Association's concussion program. More >>



Faculty
Spotlight:
Dr. Robert
Hendel

Dr. Robert Hendel

As the new director of the Tulane Heart and Vascular Institute and section chief of cardiology, Dr. Robert Hendel's vision for the institute is clear: "Growth, with responsibility." Hendel joined Tulane earlier this year from the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, where he was professor of medicine and radiology. More >>


Reunions

If your class year ends in a 2 or a 7, plan your trip to celebrate with your classmates in June 2017!


Class Notes

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Upcoming Events

1834 Society Reception
March 31, 2017
(by invitation only)
Email for more info: chayes@tulane.edu

TMAA Awards Gala
April 1, 2017
Email for more info: chayes@tulane.edu

Reception and Viewing
of "Big Charity"
documentary

April 5, 2017
Baton Rouge, LA
Email for more info: chayes@tulane.edu

Class of 1967
50th Reunion

May 18-21, 2017
Email for more info: chayes@tulane.edu

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

Email for more info: chayes@tulane.edu

1834 Society & TMAA
Awards Reception

June 2, 2017 (during
reunions)
The Westin New Orleans
at Canal Place
Email for more info: chayes@tulane.edu

CME activities at the
Center for Continuing
Education


CME activities at the
Goldring Center for
Culinary Medicine




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