March/April Medical Beat

 HIMSS12 Welcomed Maryland Physician Magazine

HIMSS12 Annual Conference and Exhibition welcomed 36,000 attendees during its 2012 five-day-long conference at the Venetian Sands Expo Center in Las Vegas, Nevada. Among the attendees were Maryland Physician Publisher/ Executive Editor Jacquie Roth and Managing Editor Linda Harder.

HIMSS is a cause-based, not-for-profit organization exclusively focused on providing global leadership for the optimal use of healthcare information technology (HIT) and management systems for the betterment of healthcare. Founded 51 years ago, HIMSS and its related organizations are headquartered in Chicago and represents more than 44,000 individual members, of which more than two thirds work in healthcare provider and governmental organizations.

Many unique additions were added to HIMSS12 schedule. Among them was knowledge centers with education sessions and exhibitor case study presentations; Leaders & Innovators program which brought senior provider healthcare executives together to transform healthcare; an advanced business development workshop; eCOLLABORATION forum; and a forum exploring informatic competencies at the leadership, education, and practice levels.

The dozens of speeches, sessions and seminars transpiring in the Expo Center showcased EHR, interoperability, mHealth innovations, HIT ventures, and strategies for cultivating physician HIT champions. Keynote speaker, Dr. Farzad Mostashari, National Coordinator for Health Information Technology, noted that at least 100,000 providers will receive electronic health records meaningful use incentive payments during 2012. This is just the start though, as he also predicted 2012 as the year in which HIT truly comes of age.

HCGH names new medical staff officers

Howard County General Hospital recently named its professional officers for 2012: President Clarita G. Frazier, M.D.; Vice President Nicholas W. Koutrelakos, M.D.; and Secretary/Treasurer Mary A. Pieprzak, M.D.

Dr. Frazier, an anesthesiologist, joined the hospital’s staff in 1995. She received her medical degree from University of Maryland School of Medicine and completed an internship in internal medicine at Greater Baltimore Medical Center. Dr. Frazier completed her residency in anesthesiology at Tufts New England Medicine Center and an obstetric anesthesiology fellowship at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston.

Dr. Koutrelakos, an oncologist, joined the hospital’s staff in 1989. He received his medical degree from University of Maryland School of Medicine and completed an internship and residency in internal medicine at Berkshire Medical Center in Pittsfield, Mass[JCR1] . He completed a fellowship in oncology and hematology at Brown University School of Medicine in Providence.

Dr. Pieprzak, a nephrologist, joined the hospital’s staff in 1996. She received her medical degree from State University of New York at Buffalo School of Medicine and completed her internal medicine internship and residency at University of Connecticut Health Center. She completed fellowships in hypertension and nephrology at Boston University Medical Center.


UM School of Medicine Names Strickland Assistant Dean

University of Maryland School of Medicine Dean E. Albert Reece, M.D., recently appointed Dudley Strickland, Ph.D., as new assistant dean for graduate and postdoctoral studies.

As assistant dean[JCR2] , Dr. Strickland will oversee the Graduate Programs in Life Sciences (GPILS) and the Office of Postdoctoral Scholars. GPILS provides research training in basic, biomedical, clinical and population science. The Postdoctoral Scholars Program supports the school’s postdoctoral research scholars by fostering a sense of community, new collaborations, career development opportunities and guidance.

Dr. Strickland, a cell biologist who studies certain cell receptors and their role in protecting the vasculature from the development of disease, will also continue as professor of surgery and physiology and director of the Center for Vascular and Inflammatory Diseases. He replaces Margaret M. McCarthy, Ph.D., who was recently promoted to chair of the Department of Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics.


Johns Hopkins School of Medicine Joins First Lady to Support Veterans and Families

As part of First Lady Michelle Obama’s Joining Forces Initiative, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine recently teamed up with Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) and the American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine (AACOM) to create a generation of doctors, medical schools and research facilities that will make sure military veterans and their families receive care worthy of their service.

The School of Medicine pledged to train the nation’s physicians to meet veterans and their families’ health care needs, including post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and traumatic brain injury (TBI).

Johns Hopkins, the AAMC and AACOM plan to develop new research and clinical trials on PTSD and TBI to better understand and treat the conditions; share information and best practices with each other through a collaborative web forum created by the[JCR3]  AAMC; and increase knowledge leading to improvements in health care and wellness for military service members, veterans and their families.

Johns Hopkins is also establishing the Military and Veterans Health Institute, which will serve as a cross-enterprise effort to pursue clinical, research and educational partnerships in areas beneficial to both the military and global community.

BWMC Expands Radiation Oncology Suite

Baltimore Washington Medical Center’s Tate Cancer Center, an affiliate of the University of Maryland Marlene and Stewart Greenebaum Cancer Center, recently expanded its radiation oncology suite and unveiled a new Trilogy® System to treat cancer with image-guided radiotherapy and radiosurgery.

The Trilogy® System can be used to deliver advanced forms of radiotherapy, including accurate stereotactic approaches for treating small lesions quickly and accurately. Doctors can also use it to deliver radiotherapy, such as intensity modulated radiotherapy, image-guided radiotherapy, stereotactic body radiotherapy, stereotactic radiosurgery. For lung and other tumors in the thorax or abdomen, it offers respiratory gating, which allows clinicians to compensate for tumor motion that occurs as patients breathe.

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