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IUSM Scope

April 16, 2010
Volume 14 Number 15 • Indianapolis, Indiana

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Arrow New dermatology chair announced

Elliot Androphy, MD, has been named chair of the IU Department of Dermatology, pending approval from the IU trustees. He will succeed Jeffrey Travers, MD, PhD, who stepped down to focus more time on his research. Dr. Androphy will begin his duties this summer.

Dr. Androphy joins IUSM from the University of Massachusetts Medical School, where he currently serves as vice chair for research in the Department of Medicine and is a professor in the departments of dermatology, medicine and molecular genetics and microbiology. Prior to joining the UMMS faculty, he spent 11 years at the New England Medical Center and Tufts University School of Medicine, including appointments as a professor and vice chair of the department of dermatology. He holds a medical degree from the University of Rochester and a bachelor’s degree in chemistry from Brandeis University.

As a researcher, Dr. Androphy explores the pathogenesis of papillomavirus infections, which serve as a model to understand how normal human cells are induced toward cancer. His research also explores the genetics and pathogenesis of spinal muscular atrophy, a common form of muscular dystrophy. He holds grants from multiple sources including the NCI, NICHD and NINDS.


Arrow Monday’s annual Indiana CTSI meeting moved to larger space

Due to a large number of registrations, the second annual meeting of the Indiana Clinical and Translational Sciences Institute has been moved to a larger venue – the University Place Conference Center and Hotel on the IUPUI campus.

More than 300 people have signed up for the meeting, so organizers are urging attendees to arrive early to allow ample time for registration.

The meeting, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Monday, April 19, will include presentations on biobanks and virtual biorepositories, the physician scientist development program and the National Center for Research Resources’s (NCRR) vision of a national consortium. Several CTSI investigators will provide updates on their research, and there will be breakout sessions on comparative effectiveness, health informatics initiatives, building a biorepository and updates on novel technologies.

There will also be a poster session for CTSI-funded investigators at the meeting. Complimentary continental breakfast and lunch will be provided.

Parking for non-IU/Purdue faculty and staff is available at the University Place Conference Center garage and a nearby visitor’s garage – the cost at each is $18 per day. IU/Purdue faculty and staff are asked to park in IUPUI parking lots. CTSI organizers note that parking expenses will be covered for speakers only if necessary.

For the complete schedule and to register, go to

A map of the IUPUI campus is available at


Student Showcase

Arrow IU Student Outreach Clinic shares milestone

The IU-SOC Showcase Luncheon will be from noon to 2 p.m. Saturday, June 5, at the
IU Student Outreach Clinic at Neighborhood Fellowship Church, 3102 East 10th Street.

The Indiana University Student Outreach Clinic (IU-SOC) is a non-profit student-run clinic dedicated to providing free medical care to the underserved and uninsured patients on the near-eastside of Indianapolis. The two-year-old clinic sees approximately 500 patients per year and is rapidly expanding. Tremendous enthusiasm by the student body, welcome support by IUSM and Clarian, and a demanding need for affordable healthcare by the public has helped our clinic flourish. In an effort to continue our growth and serve an ever-increasing number of uninsured and underinsured patients, IU-SOC invites IUSM alumni and IUSM affiliated physicians to attend a showcase luncheon. Become part of this exciting new movement in the IUSM community!

Objectives for the afternoon include:

  1. Strengthen the partnership between IU-SOC and the Indianapolis medical community
  2. Provide physicians the opportunity to experience the IU-SOC first-hand and to hear about the developing aspirations of the clinic
  3. Recruit physicians to volunteer at the clinic on Saturdays, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
  4. Increase awareness about the clinic and its opportunities

More about us: Students from the IU schools of medicine, dentistry and social work and the Butler University College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences are the engine that keeps the IU-SOC running. The clinic was created by students and is run by students, but it cannot function without the support of the Indianapolis medical community and its physicians.

How you can help: Primary care physicians and specialists are needed to donate their most precious commodity - time. At the clinic, physicians help staff patients with students, signoff on prescriptions and charts, and teach students of all levels. Physicians may also choose to teach a class, provide specialized screenings or donate their time in some other individualized manner. The atmosphere of the clinic is one of collaboration and provides students and physicians with the opportunity to interact on a level closer to that of colleagues and free of the confines the typical student-physician relationship of the medical school. In this manner, the clinic fills duel roles, teaching students the responsibility of caring for their patients complete care, while serving unmet needs of an underserved community.

For these reasons and more, IU-SOC invites the IUSM community to join them at the start of an exciting new year at the clinic. RSPV by emailing

For more information about the program, visit


Arrow IUSM Alumni Association joins Facebook

The IUSM Alumni Association has joined Facebook. Stay connected to IUSM students and alumni no matter where you go by visiting  the IU School of Medicine Alumni Association Facebook page. Click “Become a Fan” to join.

Questions: Contact IUSM Alumni Relations at


Arrow IU Alumni Association accepting payroll deduction

Lifetime membership in the IU Alumni Association is available to IUSM faculty and staff through payroll deduction. Benefits of membership include a subscription to the IU Alumni Magazine, access to the IU Alumni Directory and special event invitations for activities in Central Indiana and around the state.

Membership dues are 80 percent tax deductible as a charitable deduction.

For those who graduated from IUSM, the IUAA membership comes with automatic enrollment in the IUSM Alumni Association.

For more information, visit, or contact Jayme Little, IUSM alumni programs director, at 274-1345 or


Events & Lectures

Arrow Curricular Change Brown Bag Series

Members of the IUSM community are invited to discuss their goals and visions for the IUSM curriculum at a series of brown bag meetings. Starting April 21, sessions will focus on the newly released draft of the guiding principles for curricular change. Basic science and clinical teaching faculty are strongly encouraged to attend. Hear what is being discussed around campus and share ideas about to can make IUSM even better.

Brown bag sessions will be held the first Monday and third Wednesday of each month from noon to 1 p.m. in VanNuys Medical Science Building, room B11, and on video bridge 116. Meetings are also scheduled to stream live online.

Visit the MECA website at for the most current meeting information and links to curriculum resources.

The brown bag series is co-sponsored by the Curriculum Council Steering Committee, Faculty Steering Council, Medical Student Council, Office of Faculty Affairs and Professional Development, and the Offices of Medical Education and Curricular Affairs and Medical Student Affairs.


Arrow FEED presents: Turning Great Ideas into Publications

The next FEED workshop will be from 5 to 7 p.m., Thursday, April 22, in Fairbanks Hall, room 1110. “Turning Great Ideas into Publications: The Ins and Outs of Medical Educational Research” will examine the translation of great ideas into researchable questions, and the steps required to turn those ideas into a publication for the benefit of the field and the teacher.

A light dinner will be served at 5 p.m.

Register at, or email questions to


Arrow Female circumcision topic of Faculty Club lecture

Khadija Khaja, PhD, assistant professor at the School of Social Work at IUPUI, will present "Scholarship at Lunchtime: We are not Mutilated – Voices of Circumcised Women", Thursday, April 22, from noon to 1 p.m. at the Faculty Club.

Dr. Khaja’s research focuses on the cultural traditional practice of female circumcision and Muslim human rights. She has examined the perceptions of circumcised African Muslim women migrants living in North America towards international human rights policies that ban female circumcision. Findings illustrate why many African circumcised women migrants feel marginalized globally by the very human rights policies that were designed to protect them.

Cost of the event is $12.90. The Faculty Club will be open for dining at 11:30 a.m. Questions: Contact Stephanie Dawson, UFCI Manager, at or by phone at 274-7014.

For reservations, visit


Arrow Regenerative biology scientific conference

The IU Center for Regenerative Biology and Medicine at IUPUI will host its first scientific conference covering recent advances in regeneration research on Friday, April 23, from 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. in the IUPUI Campus Center, rooms 405 and 409.

Dinner follows the conference at 6:30 p.m. with a keynote address by Eric M. Meslin, PhD, founding director of the IU Center for Bioethics, who will discuss bioethical issues in regenerative biology and medicine.

The conference, which is free and open to the public, will appeal to researchers, policy-makers, venture capitalists and entrepreneurs who seek new opportunities in Indiana’s life sciences industry.  To register, visit


Arrow Autism Treatment Center to host children’s art exhibition

The IUSM Department of Psychiatry Christian Sarkine Autism Treatment Center will host a juried art exhibition for Indiana artists age 8 years and older with a diagnosis on the autism spectrum from April 26-30 in the atrium of the Van Nuys Medical Science Building.

The exhibition, entitled “Through My Eyes – Perspectives on Autism,” will also host an open house to meet the artists from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. Friday, April 30.

This event is free and open to the public. For more information, visit


Arrow Satcher to speak at cultural competence conference

The 9th Annual Indiana Conference on Cultural Competency for Behavioral Healthcare will be Thursday, April 29, with the keynote delivered by former U.S. Surgeon General David Satcher, MD, PhD.

The conference, “Beyond Cultural Competence; What’s Next?” is sponsored by the Indiana Minority Health Coalition, the Indiana University School of Medicine, State Department of Health and the Family and Social Services Administration. 

Dr. Satcher will speak at the conference and will join breakout sessions led by IUPUI/IUSM faculty and staff including Geroge Rausch, EdD, Mary Austrom, PhD, Virginia Caine, MD, Darla Cohen, and Kenneth Durgans, EdD.

A special reception will be held in Dr. Satcher’s honor on Wednesday, April 28, from 6 to 8 p.m. at Fairbanks Hall. The conference will be from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the Holiday Inn North at the Pyramids. Both events are open to the public.

To RSVP for the Satcher reception:

To register for the conference:


Arrow Disney Institute to present program for healthcare professionals

Disney’s Approach to Quality Service for Healthcare Professionals, a one-day event, will be Monday, May 17.

Every hospital, clinic, group medical practice, dental practice, or freestanding medical care provider has the opportunity to distinguish themselves through the delivery of quality services.

The workshop will demonstrate the importance of attention to detail in everything Disney does -- from training its cast members (employees) to treating every guest (patient) as a VIP. 
This program is designed to help healthcare professionals improve their organization’s quality service by immersing themselves in the successful Disney model.

Limited Time Offer: Register and pay by Friday, April 16, and be automatically entered in a drawing for a free 3-day Disney Institute class at the Walt Disney Resort in Orlando or Anaheim. Contact Disney’s guest services manager at 877-544-2384 ext. 1 for details.

Use the IUPUI promotional code IUPSFNEJ to receive $50 off per guest when registering. Additional group discounts are available. For more information and to register, visit


Grants & Funding

Arrow IUSM internal grants applications due May 3

The application deadline for both the Biomedical Research Grants and Research Enhancement Grants is 5 p.m. Monday, May 3.

Application forms and further information can be found at


Arrow Research Funding Update

The IU Office of the Vice Provost for Research and the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research offer a weekly digest containing information about funding opportunities including those that limit the number of allowable pre-proposal or proposal submissions. Digests are published on Wednesdays but may be sent more frequently if deadlines are urgent. 

View the current Research Funding Update.


Indiana Clinic Updates

Arrow Indiana Clinic adds physicians

Since my March update, six additional physicians have joined the Indiana Clinic representing the following specialties: pulmonary and critical care, inpatient medicine, urology, pediatric neurology and pediatric orthopedics. It’s important to note, however, that we are not merely growing, but that we are growing in preeminence.

A huge part of what makes the Indiana Clinic a preeminent multi-specialty physician group is the caliber of our physicians and clinical programs which they lead. I would like to take this opportunity to highlight the accomplishments of a few of our specialty physicians who have recently joined the Indiana Clinic.

James Fleck, MD
Indiana Clinic – Neurology
Assistant Clinical Professor of Neurology at IUSM

As medical director of stroke services for Clarian Neuroscience at Methodist Hospital, Dr. Fleck has led his team to be recertified as a Primary Stroke Center by the Joint Commission. Clarian Neuroscience first achieved the designation for Clarian’s Methodist Hospital and Indiana University Hospital in October 2007.

The Joint Commission’s Certificate of Distinction for Primary Stroke Centers recognizes medical facilities that make exceptional efforts to foster better outcomes for stroke care. The program—which was developed in collaboration with the American Stroke Association—is based on the Brain Attack Coalition’s Recommendations for the Establishment of Primary Stroke Centers. While many hospitals offer stroke services, Clarian Neuroscience and Indiana Clinic Neurology provide the most comprehensive approach to prevention, diagnosis and treatment for all forms of stroke in Indiana.

James E. Lingeman, MD
Indiana Clinic – Urology 
Volunteer Clinical Professor, Department of Urology, IUSM
Director of the International Kidney Stone Institute

Dr. Lingeman is internationally recognized for his expertise in both state-of-the-art techniques for kidney stone removal and preventing kidney stone formation. He performed the first percutaneous stone removal procedure in Indiana and performed the first extracorporeal shock-wave lithotripsy (ESWL) treatment in the United States at Methodist Hospital. In addition to kidney stone disease, Dr. Lingeman is well known for his work with other minimally invasive urologic techniques. He performed the first laparoscopic nephrectomy in Indiana and also introduced the use of the holmium laser for urolithiasis and benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH). He performed the first holmium laser prostatectomy (HoLEP) in the U.S. at Methodist Hospital.

Michael Litwiller, MD
Indiana Clinic – Behavioral Health
Faculty member, Indiana University School of Medicine

Dr. Litwiller was selected by the American Psychiatric Association (APA) and its Corresponding Committee on Graduate Education as a recipient of the Annual Irma Bland Award for Excellence in Teaching Residents. This award recognizes his outstanding and sustaining contributions made as a faculty member at the Indiana University School of Medicine.

R. Lawrence Reed II, MD
Professor of Surgery, Indiana University
Trauma Services Director, Clarian Methodist Hospital
As director of Trauma Services for Clarian Methodist Hospital, Dr. Reed led his team to be re-verified as an adult Level I Trauma Center by the American College of Surgeons (ACS) Committee on Trauma (COT)—one of only two centers in the state of Indiana to earn that distinction. Among other criteria, a Level I Trauma Center must treat at least 1,200 trauma patients a year. In 2009, Methodist’s Trauma Center admitted 3,528 trauma patients.

A Fellow of both the ACS and the College of Critical Care Medicine, Dr. Reed is a member of over 20 professional organizations. He currently serves as vice president of the Western Trauma Association and is the vice chair of the Performance Improvement and Patient Safety subcommittee of the ACS COT. He has been invited as a visiting professor to over 30 healthcare institutions, both nationally and internationally. Dr. Reed has also authored or coauthored more than 60 articles and 27 book chapters.

While these are just some of the physicians in the Indiana Clinic doing exciting work, you are probably well aware of the fact that 90 of the 142 physicians recognized as Indianapolis’ Top Doctors in the Indianapolis Monthly magazine are IU School of Medicine and Clarian physicians. Most of these are or will soon become Indiana Clinic physicians.

These physicians and their teams exemplify the talent and dedication required to lead the Indiana Clinic to preeminence, instilling confidence in our patients, their families and our state-wide community—confidence that the Indiana Clinic equals preeminent quality care. Please join me in congratulating these outstanding physicians. We will continue to proudly showcase the talents and achievements of our physicians as we move forward and grow.


John F. Fitzgerald, MD, MBA
CEO, Indiana Clinic
340 West 10th Street, Ste. 5100
Indianapolis, IN 46202


News to Use

Arrow This week on Sound Medicine

Tune in at 2 p.m. Sunday, April 18, or 8 p.m. Tuesday, April 25, to Sound Medicine, the award-winning weekly radio program co-produced by IUSM and WFYI Public Radio (90.1FM) in Indianapolis.

Researchers have found a possible cure for sickle cell disease. Griffin Rodgers, MD, director of the National Institute of Diabetes, Digestive and Kidney Disease, will discuss the recent study he led that cured 9 of 10 patients who underwent blood stem cell transplants.

There appears to be a new option for women looking to increase their breast size. Roger Khouri, MD, a plastic surgeon at Miami Breast Center, will explain his work which uses liposuctioned fat to enlarge breasts and has been found to pose no health risks.

Sound Medicine co-host Kathy Miller, MD, associate professor of medicine and breast cancer expert at Indiana University School of Medicine, will evaluate a recent study which suggested that aspirin might be useful in preventing recurrences of breast cancer.

Joanne Wolfe, MD, MPH, director of pediatric palliative care at Children’s Hospital Boston and chief of pediatric palliative care service at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, will discuss the options facing parents whose child has a terminal illness.

In this week’s Sound Medicine “Checkup,” Jeremy Shere, PhD, will explore eye health myths with Cliff Brooks, O.D., associate professor of optometry at Indiana University School of Optometry.

Archived editions of Sound Medicine as well as other helpful information can be found at

Sound Medicine is underwritten by Clarian Health, IU Medical Group and Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis. Primary care segments are underwritten by Wishard Health Services.


Around Campus

Arrow Staff Council nominations sought

Each year, IUPUI staff members are asked to nominate, and then vote, for persons to serve their academic unit or Responsibility Center on the IUPUI Staff Council.

Medicine is eligible to elect 17 members this year to serve on the Staff Council with the other staff members completing their current term (from the 50 allotted for the Council).  The staff members continuing on the Council for another year are listed on the nomination form link below.

The link below also will take you to the form to nominate individuals to serve on the Council for the next two years.  


Arrow Multiple Sclerosis Walk

The annual Indianapolis Multiple Sclerosis Walk will be Saturday, April 24, on the IUPUI campus. To join the IU MS Center/Dr. Mattson walk team and/or to make a donation please contact Lee Hayward at 278-7293 or visit

The Indiana State Chapter of the National MS Society provides help for today – through numerous programs for families living with MS – and hope for tomorrow through national research to find a cure.


Arrow Fitness and Health Fair

INShape IUPUI will host a free Fitness and Health Fair on Wednesday, April 28, from 7:30 to 11:30 a.m. in the main concourse of the IUPUI Natatorium. Join the fun and focus on ways to relax, relate, release the human body. Free Pilate’s, boot-camp and therapeutic fitness classes will be offered in the gym from 8 to 10 a.m. For more information, contact


 At Your Fingertips 

Arrow Continuing Medical Education

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 Resources

Want to find a room that has a Polycom hook-up? Need official IUSM templates for your PowerPoint presentation or poster about a guest lecturer? Check out the new “Resources For” page on the IUSM web site. Resources For is accessible from the school’s home page ( – look on the right-hand side of the page.

If you have suggestions of other resources that would be beneficial and could be added to this list, contact the Office of Public and Media Relations at


Arrow MedTV

The Office of Public and Media Relations now manages the MedTV screens on the medical school campus. This closed-circuit TV system, part of the IUPUI network, presents a wonderful opportunity for faculty, staff and students to communicate events and information of interest to others. It also serves as a source for broadcasting emergency information on campus.

The MedTVs are located in public areas of the HITS building, the VanNuys Medical Science Building atrium, the Daly Center, Research II, Walther Hall (R3) and the Cancer Research Institute (R4).

Announcements from departments and offices are welcome. To have your department or office announcements posted on MedTV, please read the MedTV guidelines: Questions? Phone 274-7722.


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
  • mail the information to Kevin Fryling, 1110 W. Michigan, LO 401, IUPUI
  • fax your information to (317) 278-8722

Contributions submitted by e-mail should be forwarded in 12 point, plain text format. Word document attachments in lieu of fliers are encouraged.

In the interest of accuracy, please do NOT use:

  • acronyms
  • abbreviations
  • campus building codes (use full, proper name of building and include the room number)
  • Dr. as a preface before names (designate MD or PhD)

To keep the electronic version of Scope as streamlined as possible, only seminars and lectures of general or multidisciplinary interest will be included.