Vermont Medicine Magazine
DEPARTMENT OF Medicine ~ 2012 Annual Report
- U.S.News & World Report recognized the clinical excellence of the Department in its 2012 Top Doctors list. Steven Grunberg, M.D., and Claire Verschraegen, M.D., have been named by the publication as top doctors in the country. They are ranked among the top one percent in the nation in their specialty. Sheldon Cooper, M.D., Virginia Hood, M.D., Muriel Nathan, M.D., and Richard Solomon, M.D., were recognized as top doctors in the region. In addition, two specialty areas, Gastroenterology and Nephrology, were ranked as “High Performing.”
- Several faculty members have been recognized for their leadership. Ralph Budd, M.D., was inducted into the Association of American Physicians. Dr. Hood is serving as the President of the American College of Physicians, and Mercedes Rincon, Ph.D., was named a UVM University Scholar. Chris Holmes, M.D., Ph.D., was the first recipient of the Department of Medicine Mentor Award.
- New clinical care initiatives include: development of a 24/7 attending physician service for the Medical Intensive Care Unit; commitment of an Infectious Disease attending to the ICU; establishment of a transcatheter aortic valve implantation program in Cardiology; and expansion of the cancer multidisciplinary clinics with the addition of a genitourinary multidisciplinary clinic.
Polly E. Parsons, M.D., E.L. Amidon, M.D.'32 Chair
The Department of Medicine is committed to excellence in all of the areas that define our mission: research, clinical care, education and service. This past year we welcomed not only new residents, postdoctoral fellows, graduate students, and staff but new faculty in Dermatology, Hematology-Oncology, Infectious Disease, Nephrology, Primary Care Internal Medicine, Pulmonary/ Critical Care Medicine and Rheumatology.
Education is a core mission for the Department of Medicine. More than 100 trainees, including house officers, chief medical residents, undergraduate students, graduate students and post-doctoral fellows (M.D. and Ph.D.), are actively engaged in research, education and clinical care. This year the entire department contributed to the major redesign of the internal medicine residency program.
The faculty garnered a number of awards. William Hopkins, M.D., received the Foundations Course Director Award (for the sixth consecutive year), and the AMSA Golden Apple Award from the Class of 2014. The course that he directed, Cardiovascular, Respiratory & Renal System, won the Outstanding Foundations Course for the sixth time. Laurie Leclair, M.D., Patricia King, M.D., and Marie Sandoval, M.D., have been named 2012–13 Frymoyer Scholars. The Medicine Housestaff Award for Outstanding Teacher of the Year, Subspecialty Medicine, went to Joseph Winget, M.D., and Mark Pasanen, M.D., garnered the Outstanding Teacher of the Year, General Internal Medicine Award. The UVM Medical Group selected Alan Rubin, M.D., as the Graduate Medical Education Teacher of the Year.
The department is a leader in research. Despite the challenges facing our national economy and the National Institutes of Health (NIH) budget, the department’s research funding continues to be strong. Generous donations this year include a fund for cancer research and an award from Tom and Mary Evslin to support research in atrial fibrillation by Peter Spector, M.D. The department also established a formal program for bridge funding and a new internal grant award program for translational research.
Department members published more 300 manuscripts, reviews, chapters, and books. Faculty members continue to receive recognition for their scholarly contributions by being asked to serve on NIH study sections and advisory councils, FDA review panels, and editorial boards. They are invited to present at scientific meetings around the world; they serve as visiting professors and are elected to leadership positions in national societies.
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