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2007

  • December

    • Drexel University College of Medicine Receives Regional Public Relations Awards

      December 19, 2007

      Drexel University College of Medicine's Office of Communications and Marketing received several honors during the 39th annual Pepperpot and Achievement Awards reception. Each year the Public Relations Society of America's (PRSA) Philadelphia Chapter bestows awards for outstanding achievements in the field of public relations and communications. Top among these accolades is the Pepperpot award, one of the most coveted acknowledgments in the field.

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    • Internal Medicine Residents Win State “Medical Jeopardy” Competition - Advance to National Championships

      December 07, 2007

      A team of internal medicine residents from Drexel University College of Medicine has taken home the state title of "Medical Jeopardy" champions. The Drexel University College of Medicine team won the Pennsylvania title in a competition held last weekend at Hershey Medical Center. The team had advanced to the state round after winning the Southeastern Pennsylvania regional championship in October. At that time, Drexel University College of Medicine beat out seven other residency programs from the Philadelphia region, including last year's national champs Albert Einstein Medical Center.

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    • Dr. Richard Hamilton takes part in Virgin Galactic’s space travel training

      December 05, 2007

      Richard Hamilton, MD, chairman of the Department of Emergency Medicine, was on hand yesterday as Virgin Galactic founder Sir Richard Branson underwent training for commercial space travel at Environmental Tectonics Corporation's National Aerospace Training and Research (NASTARSM) Center in Southampton, PA. Virgin Galactic is on track to become the world's first commercial spaceline and provider of private suborbital spaceflights. Dr. Hamilton is leading the team that is evaluating the medical suitability of those first space tourists to travel on a non-government sponsored vehicle.

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  • November

    • William Sonis, MD, Receives Distinguished Teaching Award

      November 02, 2007

      Every year the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) recognizes 10 outstanding teachers of new physicians nationwide. William Sonis, MD, professor in the Department of Psychiatry and director of the Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Residency Training Program, is among those to receive the 2008 Parker J. Palmer "Courage to Teach" Award. This honor is given to distinguished program directors who are nominated by faculty and residents in recognition of their commitment to teaching and development of innovative and effective residency programs.

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  • October

    • Internal Medicine Residents Become Regional “Medical Jeopardy” Champs

      October 26, 2007

      A team of residents from Drexel University College of Medicine is getting their buzzers ready for the next round of competition after winning the Southeastern Pennsylvania regional round of the American College of Physicians' national medical jeopardy competition, Doctor's Dilemma.

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    • Women’s Health Education Program Awarded $1.5 Million Grant

      October 15, 2007

      Ana Núñez, MD, associate professor in the Department of Medicine and director of the Center of Excellence and Women's Health Education Program (WHEP) at Drexel University College of Medicine, has been awarded a three-year grant for $1.5 million by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Women's Health/Office of Public Health and Science. This grant, entitled the "Mind-Spirit-Body-Health Collaborative," will support a project with an ultimate goal of reducing gender and ethnic health disparities.

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    • Dr. Carolyn O’Connor to be featured on Discovery Health Channel

      October 08, 2007

      Carolyn O'Connor, MD, associate professor in the Department of Medicine and chief of the Division of Rheumatology, will be featured in an upcoming episode of the hit show "Mystery Diagnosis," which airs on the Discovery Health Channel. The series follows the stories of patients who search for years for an accurate diagnosis to a perplexing health problem before finally getting answers and proper treatment.

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    • Drexel University College of Medicine and Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia to Manage Two New Sites for National Children’s Study

      October 04, 2007

      Drexel University College of Medicine along with the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia received contracts today to manage two new study sites in The National Children's Study. The institutions will manage local participation, recruitment and data collection in Schuylkill County, Pa, and New Castle County, Del. The study is funded by the National Institutes of Health.

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  • September

    • Drexel Doctor Leads Medical Training for Commercial Space Travel

      September 27, 2007

      Richard Hamilton, MD, chairman of the Department of Emergency Medicine at Drexel University College of Medicine is leading the team that is evaluating the medical suitability of future commercial space travelers. Training for the first people to travel into space on a non-government sponsored vehicle is currently underway at Environmental Tectonics Corporation's National Aerospace Training and Research (NASTARSM) Center in Southampton, Pa.

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    • Mark E. Alden, MD, Named Interim Chair of Department of Radiation Oncology

      September 27, 2007

      Mark E. Alden, MD, has been appointed as interim chair of the Department of Radiation Oncology at Drexel University College of Medicine. Alden, a clinical associate professor, has been with the College since 2000. He became vice-chair in 2002.

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    • Spinal Cord Research Center Gets Formal Designation

      September 24, 2007

      Drexel University College of Medicine is pleased to announce the formal designation of the College's Spinal Cord Research Center. Since the spinal cord research group was established more than 25 years ago, it has evolved into one of the premier research centers in the study of spinal cord injury, and remains the only center of its kind in the Mid-Atlantic region. The center has 15 primary faculty members, 10 affiliated members and a staff of more than 20 postdoctoral fellows, graduate students and technicians dedicated to developing and translating promising research strategies into clinically relevant protocols.

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    • Drexel University College of Medicine Physicians Named Best Doctors in America

      September 12, 2007

      Drexel University College of Medicine is pleased to announce that 44 physicians have been named to this year's Best Doctors in America list. The physicians, representing more than a dozen specialties, were nominated by other doctors from across the country.

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  • August

    • $286,250 Raised During the 2007 Manuel Stamatakis Golf Classic Event

      August 09, 2007

      Drexel University College of Medicine is proud to announce that $286,250 was raised at this year's Manuel Stamatakis Golf Classic. The outing held July 30, 2007, at Philadelphia Country Club, drew 180 golfers and was followed by a dinner and awards reception. The money raised will benefit the Manuel N. Stamatakis Medical Education Fund, established by the College of Medicine chairman to support scholarships for academically talented medical students with a demonstrated financial hardship.

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  • July

    • Dr. Stephanie King Removes Ovaries Through Single Incision in Patient's Belly Button, Leaves Hidden Scar

      July 24, 2007

      Using a new technique developed at Drexel University College of Medicine, Stephanie A. King, MD, associate professor and chief of Gynecologic Oncology, removed a woman's ovaries through a single incision in the patient's belly button. The single port access (SPA) surgery was performed using new high dexterity instrumentation. The entire procedure, believed to be the world's first SPA bilateral oopherectomy, left the patient with a hidden scar in her belly button.

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  • June

    • Drexel Medical Students Lend a Helping Hand to Future Iraqi Physicians

      June 22, 2007

      Drexel University College of Medicine students have boxed up and shipped out 350 medical textbooks to Iraqi medical students. The 45 boxes filled with books were sent to future physicians in Kirkuk, Iraq.

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    • Drexel University College of Medicine Loans Portrait to Grace Kelly Exhibit in Monaco

      June 06, 2007

      Drexel University College of Medicine is lending its portrait of Margaret Kelly, mother of Princess Grace of Monaco, to the Grimaldi Forum, a convention and international art center in Monaco. The portrait will be used in Les Annees Grace Kelly (The Grace Kelly Years), an exhibition in homage to Princess Grace, being presented this summer. The exhibition will retrace all the various periods of the late princess’ life, including her time growing up in Philadelphia.

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  • May

    • Surgeon Performs First-Ever Hidden Scar Gallbladder Removal Through Patient's Belly Button

      May 16, 2007

      In a first-of-its-kind procedure, a surgeon at Drexel University College of Medicine successfully removed a woman's gallbladder through a single incision in the patient's belly button. The single port access (SPA) surgery was performed by Paul G. Curcillo II, MD, FACS, associate professor and vice chair of the Department of Surgery at Drexel University College of Medicine and director of Robotic and Minimally Invasive Surgery. Dr. Curcillo performed the surgery at Hahnemann University Hospital. The entire procedure was done with only one incision and left the patient with a hidden scar. It is believed to be the world's first single port laparoscopic gallbladder removal procedure.

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    • Dr. Katherine Sherif to be featured on Discovery Health Channel

      May 15, 2007

      Katherine Sherif, MD, associate professor of medicine at Drexel University College of Medicine and director of the Drexel Center for Women’s Health, will be featured in an upcoming episode of the hit show “Mystery Diagnosis.”

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    • Commencement Honors 351 Future Medical Leaders

      May 03, 2007

      Drexel University College of Medicine will present 351 degrees to the graduating class of 2007 on May 18th at 10 a.m. at the Kimmel Center, 260 South Broad Street.

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  • April

    • Risa Lavizzo-Mourey Chosen to Receive WOMAN ONE Award

      April 16, 2007

      Drexel University College of Medicine’s Institute for Women’s Health and Leadership is presenting the fifth annual WOMAN ONE award to Risa Lavizzo-Mourey, MD, MBA, president of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, the nation’s largest health care philanthropy. The ceremony will take place at the Rittenhouse Hotel located at 210 West Rittenhouse Square beginning at 5:30 p.m., on Monday, April 23, 2007.

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    • Paul G. Curcillo II, MD, named president of American College of Surgeons - Metropolitan Philadelphia Chapter

      April 04, 2007

      Paul G. Curcillo II, MD, FACS, associate professor and vice chairman of the department of surgery at Drexel University College of Medicine, has been elected president of the Metropolitan Philadelphia Chapter of the American College of Surgeons. Dr. Curcillo, of Flourtown, Pa., is nationally recognized in minimally invasive surgery. He specializes in gastrointestinal malignancies and breast disease.

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  • March

    • Drexel University College of Medicine Student Receives Prestigious Leadership Award

      March 13, 2007

      Alyce Belonis, a second-year medical student at Drexel University College of Medicine, has been named a recipient of the American Medical Association (AMA) Foundation’s 2007 Leadership Award. The award provides medical students, residents, fellows, young physicians, and international medical graduate physicians from the around the country special training to develop their skills as future leaders in organized medicine.

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  • February

    • Researchers Report Discovery in Mitochondrial Functions of Malaria Parasite

      February 28, 2007

      Researchers at Drexel University College of Medicine have made a key discovery about the mitochondrial functions of the malaria parasite. Their study, published in the March 1 issue of the journal Nature, is a significant step to developing new, more effective anti-malarial drugs, and to understanding mitochondrial evolution as a whole.

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    • DUCOM Physicians to “Man the Phones” at NBC 10

      February 20, 2007

      If you turn on the news this Thursday, February 22, you may see some familiar faces. That’s because physicians from Drexel University College of Medicine will be part of NBC 10’s “Heart Health Phone Bank."

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  • January

    • Drexel University College of Medicine Named Center of Excellence for Drug Abuse Education

      January 31, 2007

      Drexel University College of Medicine, in collaboration with the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, has been selected as one of four academic medical sites to serve as national Centers of Excellence for Physician Information by the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA).

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    • Pediatric AIDS Benefit Concert

      January 24, 2007

      Have a wonderful night out at the Pediatric AIDS Benefit Concert on Saturday, January 27, 2007, at the College of Physicians of Philadelphia. Doors will open at 6 p.m. and the entertainment will begin at 7. This annual student-run event raises money for the HIV/AIDS clinic at St. Christopher's Hospital for Children.

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