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May 15, 2009
Volume 13 Number 19 • Indianapolis, Indiana

Topics this issue:

Arrow Medical Reunion Weekend begins today

Five Indiana University School of Medicine alumni will be honored at the Strawberry Shortcake Luncheon Saturday, May 16, for their distinguished work in medicine during the 62nd annual Medical Reunion Weekend.

Beginning Friday, about 250 members of IU medical school classes that end in a “4” or a “9” will gather at IUPUI for lectures, campus tours and class reunions. Saturday’s award recipients will be

  • David E. Longnecker, MD ‘64, of Annapolis, Md., who is the Robert D. Dripps Professor Emeritus of Anesthesiology and Critical Care at the University of Pennsylvania.
  • Robert K. Stoelting, MD ‘64, of Indianapolis, a member of the faculty of the IU Department of Anesthesia from 1970 to 2003, serving as professor and chair of the department. He now serves full time as president of the Anesthesia Patient Safety Foundation in Indianapolis.
  • Ronald D. Miller, MD ‘64, Mill Valley, Calif., is professor and chairman of the Department of Anesthesia and Perioperative Care at the University of California, San Francisco, where his research has focused on neuromuscular pharmacology and blood products.

Presented with the 2009 Early Career Achievement Award will be David G. Reuter, MD, PhD, class of 1994, of Bothell, Wash. Dr. Reuter has paired clinical and academic work with innovations in the development of medical devices and is the  chief medical officer for Cardiac Dimensions Inc., a start-up company in Kirkland, Wash., which he co-founded in 2001.

The Glenn W. Irwin Jr., MD, Distinguished Faculty Award will be presented to Eric S. Williams, MD, class of 1971, in recognition of his achievements as a teacher and clinician. Dr. Williams is a professor of medicine at IUSM where he has been on the faculty since 1976. He is associate director for the Division of Cardiology and the Krannert Institute of Cardiology, serving as interim director from 2004 to 2007. He is also director of the School of Medicine’s Cardiovascular Fellowship Training Program and associate dean for Clarian Affairs at the IU School of Medicine.

Medical Reunion Weekend is sponsored annually in May by the IU School of Medicine Alumni Association.  With almost 17,000 alumni, IUSM is the second largest medical school in the United States.


Arrow Indiana Clinic launches web site for staff

An informational website is now available to engage and inform staff on the progress of Indiana Clinic, the new multispecialty physician group. empowers visitors with facts about Indiana Clinic’s patient-centered mission, leadership structure and timeline as well as candid answers about how it affects staff.

Visitors to the site are encouraged to check the “Water Cooler” section to learn which rumors are fact or fiction and submit questions, which will be answered by Indiana Clinic leadership and posted regularly. Please visit the site frequently to learn about the most recent changes and updates.  The site is for internal audiences and is accessible from IUPUI and Clarian campus computers as well as remotely via an IU or Clarian VPN.

Questions or comments about the site can be submitted online or to Lynne Hulbert, web content specialist.


Arrow Indiana CTSI pioneers secure federated identity management

Translational medicine researchers from across the country can now access a range of data and advanced technology resources using the user ID and password of their home institution. The Indiana Clinical Translational Sciences Institute (CTSI) HUB provides federated identity management—allowing researchers to use resources such as medical databases, high performance computers, and life science visualization tools in multiple distributed locations without the need to remember yet another password and login procedure.

For more information, see


Arrow Life science industry gain business momentum

Total payroll employment in Indiana increased by 33,000 between 2001 and 2007 -- or 0.2 percent average annual growth -- while life sciences expanded by 7,600 well-paying jobs -- representing 23 percent of Indiana's total growth during the period.

That's one finding in a new 28-page report, "Indiana's Life Sciences Industries," prepared by the Indiana Business Research Center of Indiana University's Kelley School of Business. The benchmark study was commissioned by the Indiana Economic Development Corp.

For more details, see


Arrow IU Hospital seeks palliative care director

The Indiana University Hospital is in the process of forming a Compassionate Care Team to enhance palliative care.  A physician medical director is sought for a part-time position to direct a team consisting of an advanced practice nurse, multiple specialty physicians, social workers and chaplains.

Interested physicians should submit their curriculum vitae to Henry A. Pitt, MD, IUH, chief quality officer, at


Arrow Newly elected Staff Council members

New members of the IUPUI Staff Council who will represent the IUSM staff have been announced by the Staff Council Executive Committee. The members will serve until June 30 of the year listed behind the name.

David Adams (2010)
Amber Allen (2011)
Nathaniel Allen (2011)
Brenda Baker (2010)
April Bell (2010)
Michelle Benberry (2011)
Russell Black (2011)
Kerry Bridges (2010)
Joann Bright (2010)
Trena Brim (2011)
Christopher Brown (2011)
Jennifer Burba (2010)
Elizabeth Chaisson (2011)
Kathy Champ (2010)
Etta Childs (2010)
Trisha Clark (2011)
Heather Coates (2011)
Nancy Crouse (2011)
Tina Darling (2010)
Francine Epperson (2011)
Tiffany Fox (2011)
Nancy Gibson (2011)
James Graber (2010)
Betsy Grim (2011)

Brandy Gruner (2010)
Crystal Haney (2011)
Amy Harrity (2011)
Angela Hill (2011)
Rochelle Hudson (2011)
Maria Laystrom (2011)
Emilie Leveque (2010)
Marietta Moore (2011)
Lyndsi Moser (2011)
Marsha Quarles (2011)
Christine Padgett (2011)
Dale Ray (2011)
Andrea Rostanzo (2011)
Tonya Shelton (2010)
Vicki Slunaker (2010)
Holli Smith (2011)
Tonia Stubbs (2011)
Melissa Titus (2010)
Shelley Tyler (2011)
Shari Upchurch (2010)
Aaron Walton (2011)
Dolly Warner (2011)
Elizabeth Way (2011)
Carlene Webb-Burton (2011)
Cheryl Wisdom (2011)


Arrow Spring Faculty Meeting Tuesday

The IUSM Spring Faculty Meeting will be from 3:30 to 5 p.m., Tuesday, May 19, in the Riley Outpatient Center auditorium.


Daniel F. Evans Jr., Chief Executive Officer, Clarian Health
Topic – Clarian’s Strategic Plan and Current Economic Challenges

John F. Fitzgerald, MD, Executive Associate Dean for Clinical Affairs
Topic – Indiana Clinic Update

Robert M. Einterz, MD, Associate Dean for International Programs
Topic – IU-Kenya Project Update

Can’t attend in person?

To view this via a web stream, see mms://

The stream will go live 5 minutes prior to the start of the meeting.

To view this via video conferencing for a site to participate they must dial into video bridge 116.

For additional information, contact Kelli Diener at


Arrow Celebrate EMSC Day on May 20

On May 20, Indiana’s Emergency Medical Services for Children (EMSC) Program will join more than 85 agencies nationwide to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the EMSC program, a national initiative designed to reduce childhood death and disability due to severe illness or injury.

In March 2009, the Department of Emergency Medicine at IUSM received funding from Health Resources and Services Administration to re-launch the EMSC program in Indiana.  Under the leadership of Elizabeth Weinstein, MD, a dual trained physician in emergency medicine and pediatrics, Indiana’s EMSC program will focus on developing collaborative partnerships with various governmental entities, hospitals, and EMS providers/agencies in Indiana to ensure that all children receive the best possible care in an emergency situation. 

To celebrate EMSC Day, various educational and outreach activities will take place from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Wednesday, May 20.  These activities, held in collaboration with Wishard Ambulance Services, will take place at the Services’ offices at 3930 Georgetown Road.

For more information regarding Indiana’s EMSC program, contact Elizabeth Weinstein at


Arrow Breast cancer info session

The Susan G. Komen for the Cure Tissue Bank at the IU Simon Cancer Center will host a free informational session from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday, May 21, to help African American women learn how they can participate in research by donating breast tissue.  Women of all racial groups are welcome to attend. 

Complete details at


Arrow Breast imaging discussed at Women’s Health lecture

The May 26 IU National Center of Excellence in Women’s Health Noon Lecture will be
"Technology Update: Breast Imaging,” presented by Shadie Majidi MD, assistant professor of medicine in the IUSM Department of Radiology.

The program will be from noon to 1 p.m. in the IU Cancer Research Institute conference room. Lunch is served and reservations are not required.

Can’t attend in person? Watch it on the web:
Live URL: mms://
Archive URL: mms://


Arrow Ethics and genetic testing lecture

Ethical Issues in Genetic Testing – part of the Fairbanks Ethics Lecture Series – will be presented by Kimberly A. Quaid, PhD, from noon to 1 p.m. Wednesday, May 27, in the Riley Oupatient Center auditorium.

For questions and comments, contact Amy Chamness at or 962-1721.  For additional information about the Charles Warren Fairbanks Center for Medical Ethics, visit  Free CME/CE credit offered at the lecture.


Arrow Philanthropy focus of next Medical Humanities Seminar

“Amplifying the Good: Philanthropy on the Ground” will be the next in the Medical Humanities Seminars series from noon to 1 p.m. Thursday, May 28, in the Riley Outpatient Center conference room B. Speaking will be Heather Wood Ion, managing director of The Just Me Project for the Athena Charitable Trust, co-founder of WisdomLegacy and the Uplift Academy.

Presented by The Project for New Philanthropy Studies @ Donors Trust, Riley Children’s Foundation, the Medical Humanities – Health Studies Program, and the Center on Philanthropy. For more information, see

Lunch will be provided, but space is limited. Please RSVP for reservations by Tuesday, May 26, to Rebecca Cervenka at 278-1669 or


Arrow National Diabetes Education Conference

Taking Control of Your Diabetes Conference and Health Fair will be from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, May 30, at the Indiana Convention Center. If you have diabetes don't miss this comprehensive and empowering conference, luncheon and health fair.

IUPUI students and employees, can receive a $5 discount off registration if they mention the promo code "IUPUI" online, by phone, fax or mail by noon on Wednesday, May 27. Onsite registration begins at 7:30 a.m. the day of the conference and costs $30.

Speakers will include David Marrero, PhD, IUSM professor of medicine, and Nicole Johnson, the 1999 Miss America who has diabetes.

Call Michele Huie at 1-800-998-2693 or see for additional information.


Arrow Many honored at Senior Banquet

Medical school graduates and faculty recognized at the 2009 Senior Banquet:

Department Awards

 Award Recipient

John Barnhill (Anatomy)

Samuel Luke Oyer

Student Excellence in Anesthesia

Colin Timothy Smith

Department of Dermatology Award

Lori Jacquemin Sanford

Medical Student Excellence in Emergency Medicine

Benjamin Christopher Chastain

Medical Student Professionalism and Service Award

Carly Dean Snipes

Department of Family Medicine Award

Brian Joseph Coppinger

John B. Hickam Award (Internal Medicine)

Laila Fatima Saied

Alexander Treloar Ross Award (Neurology)

Jeffrey David Bodle
Blake Allen Smith

American Academy of Neurology Medical Student Award for Excellence in Neurology

Blake Allen Smith

Roy Rheinhardt Memorial Award (Obstetrics and Gynecology)

Elicia Lauren Harris
Rachel Ann Carr

Floyd T. Romberger Jr., MD Teaching Award (Obstetrics and Gynecology)

Julia Lauren Ruckman

J. Donald Hubbard Award (Path)

Vivianne Montgrain Beyer
Jessica Ashli Clevenger
Stefanie Ann DeTommaso
Rachel Dianne Manley
Allison Kasey Taraska

Carleton D. Nordschow Award (Pathology)

Jessica Ashli Clevenger
Nickolas Roland Frechette
Vera Krol

Lyman T. Meiks Awards:   Clinical:             

Sunny Denise Bell

Cassandra Corinne Neureiter

John E. Heubi Award in Ambulatory Pediatrics

Thomas Anthony GiaQuinta

Tina Kwan Scholarship (Pediatrics)

Abby Leigh Sharp

E. Jane Brownley Award(Pediatrics)

Sara Elizabeth Brummett

K.K. Chen Award (Pharmacology)

Joseph Lawrence Hunt

Indiana Society of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation Award

Whitney Michelle Pratt

Patricia Sharpley Award (Psychiatry)

Marissa Ann Schiel

American College of Surgeons Award (Surgery)

Andrew Joseph Lutz

Senior Elective Honors: Ob/Gyn


Holly Dianne Bauser-Heaton
Jordan Sherbrooke Craig
Kathryn T. Wannemuehler Lannert
Rachel Dianne Manley
Laura Maureen Pezzuto

Elicia Lauren Harris

Senior Elective Honors: Surgery

Andrew Joseph Lutz
Victor Chukwudi Njoku

Mary Jean Yoder Award

Sara Elizabeth Brummett

Marcus Ravdin Award

Allison Kasey Taraska

Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society

Christi Ann Arnerich
Jesse Allen Beery
Sunny Denise Bell
Maggie Kathleen Benson
Vivianne Montgrain Beyer
Parin M. Bhayani
Ryan Thomas Borne
Jared E. Boyd
Apoorva Chawla
Lori Allison Clark
Julie Marie Clary
Leah D. Craft
Radhika Bhupendra Dave
Kevin Donald Hardt
Ryan Kristopher Harrison
Brandon Jeffrey Hayes
Matthew Aaron Hazzard
Joseph Lawrence Hunt
Matthew Myron Jones
Emily Catherine Keller
Kathryn T. Wannemuehler Lannert
Matthew James Locker
Justin Scott Malenkos
Rachel Dianne Manley
Peter Joseph Mehta
Matthew Jordan Miller
Joshua R. Mitchell
Cassandra Corinne Neureiter
Randy Phillip Orr
Samuel Luke Oyer
Neal Balvant Patel
Laura Maureen Pezzuto
Michael Robert Polin
Aparna Raj
Matthew Allen Rider
Emily Anne Ruden
Laila Fatima Saied
Lori Jacquemin Sanford
Jesse Jay Savage
Christopher Doyle Stephens
Allison Kasey Taraska
Christopher James Therasse
Sean Michael Thompson
Chad Heidt Weaver
Sarah Carlson Yamaguchi
David Adam Zopf

Gold Humanism Honor Society

Benjamin Andrew Adler
Holly Dianne Bauser-Heaton
Maggie Kathleen Benson
Sunny Denise Bell 
Vivianne Montgrain Beyer
Jeffrey David Bodle
Jared E. Boyd         
Kent Philip Brantly
Ryan Patrick Brennan
Courtney Allen Browne
Sara Elizabeth Brummet
Kathryn McGovern Calhoun   
Sarah Carlson Yamaguchi
Apoorva Chawla    
Lori Allison Clark     
Leah D. Craft
Anne Marie Gabonay
Thomas Anthony GiaQuinta
Christi M. Holmes   
Jordan Christopher Huskins
Matthew Myron Jones
Emily Catherine Keller
Robert Givens Kellogg
Carrie Anne Leathers
Matthew James Locker
Ian Robert Nelson
Cassandra Corinne Neureiter
Paul Hae-Yong Park
Aparna Raj
Manasa Gavva Reddy
Laila Fatima Saied
Ellen Amanda Seiffert
Jonathon Allen Wertz
Meltem Zeytinoglu
Donald Francis Zimmer
David Adam Zopf

Research Program in Academic Medicine

Laura Maureen Pezzuto

Arthur B. Richter Scholarship (Child Psychiatry)

Benjamin Andrew Adler
James William Malenkos

Red Shoes Award

Sarah Elizabeth Rich
Colin Timothy Smith

John H. Edwards Fellowship Award

Rachel Dianne Manley

Jay Thomas  Award (Bloomington Campus)

Christopher Doyle Stephens

Faculty Awards

 Award Recipient

Basic Science Faculty Awards


Mark W. Braun, MD


Dale W. Saxon, PhD

Fort Wayne

Glenn J. Merkel, PhD


Mark F. Seifert, PhD


Regina A. Kreisle, MD, PhD


W. Brett Zimmerman, PhD


Carl F. Marfurt, PhD

South Bend

Joseph A. Prahlow, MD

Terre Haute

Taihung “Peter” Duong, PhD

Clinical Science Faculty Awards


John D. Emhardt, MD

Emergency Medicine

Aloysius “Butch” Humbert, MD

Family Medicine

Scott E. Renshaw, MD

Internal Medicine

T. Robert Vu, MD


Robert M. Pascuzzi, MD

Obstetrics and Gynecology

Thomas J. Cunningham Jr., MD


Mitchell A. Harris, MD


Michael J. DeMotte, MD


Richard B. Gunderman, MD, PhD, MPH


David E. Matthews, MD

Surgery Subspecialty (Plastic Surgery)

Brian H. Mullis, MD

Support Staff Award

José R. Espada (Medical Student Affairs)

Outstanding Clerkship


Golden Apple Award

Thomas E. Davis Jr., MD, PhD


Arrow Cancer patient mosaics on display at IAC

Six artworks from of the IUSCC Cancer Mosaics Workshops will be on display at the Indianapolis Art Center, 820 E. 67th St., during the Broad Ripple Art Fair May 16-17 and through the end of the month.  The exhibit will be located inside the east doors off of the main parking lot.

The mosaics are made by patients, family members, caregivers, physicians, and nurses whose lives have been affected by cancer.  The IU Simon Cancer Center’s CompleteLife Program hosts cancer mosaic workshops May 30, July 11, and Sept. 19.  No artistic experience is necessary.  Visit for details.


Arrow Farmers' Market at Wishard

Each Tuesday from May 12 until September 1, local farmers will be at the Farmers’ Market at Wishard to sell fresh fruits and vegetables. The market will be set up around the perimeter of the Wellness Gardens behind the Bryce Building (behind the pathway that leads from the Primary Care Center to the Main Entrance) from 11a.m. to 1:30 p.m. A variety of seasonal fruits and veggies will be available for purchase. Questions? Please call 630-7374.


Arrow This week on Sound Medicine

Tune in at 2 p.m. Sunday, May 17, or 8 p.m. Tuesday, May 19, to Sound Medicine, the award-winning weekly radio program co-produced by IUSM and WFYI Public Radio (90.1 FM) in Indianapolis. The program is hosted by Barb Lewis.

This week, Marc Lame, PhD, clinical assistant professor of environmental science at IU School of Public and Environmental Affairs, will discuss the recent outbreak of bedbugs in hotels, college dorms, public housing and apartment buildings across the country.

Stephen Jay, MD, professor of medicine and former chairman of the Department of Public Health at IUSM, will explain the challenges of developing a vaccine for the H1N1 flu. 

Millions of older women use multivitamins believing that they help prevent chronic disease.  Marian Neuhouser, Ph.D., an associate member of the Public Health Sciences and Cancer Prevention Divisions at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center in Seattle, will discuss her recent study about the usefulness of older women taking multivitamins.

John Clough, MD, a rheumatologist and author of The Cleveland Clinic Guide to Arthritis, will discuss the most up to date ways to diagnose, treat and manage arthritis.

Also this week, Sound Medicine will air the third installment of “Grace Notes,” a series of first-person essays about end-of-life issues written and read by Larry Cripe, M.D., associate professor of medicine and an oncologist at the IU Simon Cancer Center.

In this week’s Sound Medicine “Checkup,” Jeremy Shere, PhD, will explore making unhealthy menu choices when healthy items are available.

Archived editions of Sound Medicine, as well as other helpful information, including when and where the program airs around the state, can be found at

Sound Medicine is underwritten by Clarian Health, the IU Medical Group and IUPUI.


Arrow Continuing Medical Education at your fingertips

The Continuing Medical Education office launched a new and improved website at In addition to online registration and listings of grand rounds, conferences and courses, the site provides in-depth tools and information for presenters and program developers. Included are forms, tips, links, contacts, maps, and a host of other handy resources to make it easier to participate in CME events, prepare a presentation or plan an event.


Arrow Scientific Calendar online

A comprehensive listing on IUSM seminars, lectures and Grand Rounds can be accessed at the new Scientific Calendar website. To place items on the Scientific Calendar, please forward them to Kelli Diener at


Arrow Scope submission guidelines

Scope wants your news items.

The deadline for submission is 8:30 a.m. on Thursdays. Scope is published electronically and sent to faculty, staff, students, and residents on Fridays (except on holiday weekends when it is published on the following Monday).

There are three easy ways to submit story ideas or information to Scope:

  • e-mail the information to
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In the interest of accuracy, please do NOT use:

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