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Fall 2017

The Bulletin Fall 2017


Introducing the New Jefferson
One Name. Two Legacies. Infinite Possibilities.

The PhiladelphiaU Story
A History of Change and Innovation

Two Alumnae, One Vision
A New Home Base for All Graduates

Second Opinions for Docs, Second Chances for Patients
The Jefferson Angioplasty Center Helps Cardiac Patients Avoid Open Heart Surgery

Dean's Column
Life, the Universe, and Social Responsibility

Findings: Molecule May Help Maintain Brain’s Synaptic Balance
A receptor involved in creating one type of synaptic junctions offers a new way to examine how the brain forms.

The Families We Choose: A Message from Elizabeth Dale
We are all part of the Jefferson family, now larger and stronger with our recent combination with Philadelphia University.

Big Things, Small Beginnings
Jefferson surgeons are exploring new therapies that may make standard cancer treatments even more effective.

Alumnus Profile: Basil Harris, MD ’02
Merging Medicine, Engineering, and Design to Revolutionize Digital Healthcare

Student Profile: Michelle Konkoly
Michelle Konkoly loves swimming, and she has a strong competitive streak.

In Memoriam: Remembering Dodo Hamilton
All of us at Jefferson were deeply saddened by the passing of Mrs. Dorrance “Dodo” Hamilton in April, at age 88.

Spring 2017

Bulletin Spring 2017

Jefferson’s Initiatives Aim to Help Kids Thrive
Jefferson has a longstanding institutional commitment to children’s health initiatives that strength pediatric care, education and research throughout the region.

Lights, Drones, Action!
This first-of-its-kind high-tech wonder launched in Lubert Plaza on Jefferson’s campus as part of Philadelphia’s citywide DesignPhiladelphia festival.

Fall 2016

Bulletin Fall 2016

Creating the Ideal Physician — One Note at a Time
The Dean’s Concert Series is more than a respite in the middle of a busy day at SKMC. 

Tiny Bubbles, Big Future
New uses for microbubble-filled ultrasound contrast agents could reduce the need for highly invasive medical tests.

Summer 2016

The Bulletin Summer 2016

Summer 2016

Colon Cancer Vaccine (PDF)

Cultivating Medicine's Future Leaders (PDF)

  • Dean's Column: Celebrating Commencement (PDF)
  • Findings: Researchers Find Highly Active Gene in Aggressive Human Lung Cancer (PDF)
  • Faculty Profile: Lorraine Iacovitti, PhD (PDF)
  • Alumnus Profile: Matthew Keller, MD ’05 (PDF)
  • Student Profile: Leanne Duge (PDF)
  • A Colon Cancer Vaccine (PDF)

Spring 2016

The Bulletin Spring 2016

Spring 2016

The Reformation: Healthcare Changes Spur the Rise of the MD, MBA (PDF)

Many Voices, Better Care: SKMC Diversity Programs Enrich Medical Education and Community (PDF)

  • Dean's Column: Students and Faculty Doing Amazing Things (PDF)
  • Findings: Study Shows Promise in Protecting the Brain Against Parkinson’s Disease (PDF)
  • Faculty Profile: Salman Akhtar, MD (PDF)
  • Alumnus Profile: John Babb, MD '80 (PDF)
  • Student Profile: Robert Pollock (PDF)
  • By the Numbers: Match Day 2016 (PDF)

Winter 2016

The Bulletin Winter 2016
  • Dean's Column: Reflections from a Journey to Japan (PDF)
  • Findings: Arteries Are Better Than Veins for Liquid Biopsy (PDF)
  • Faculty Profile: Hie-Won Hann, MD (PDF)
  • Alumnus Profile: Peter Scoles, MD '70 (PDF)
  • Student Profile: Jessica De Sabato (PDF)
  • Class Notes
  • In Memoriam

Fall 2015

The Bulletin Fall 2016

Fall 2015

The Empathy Factor: Humanities Coursework Nurtures Emotional Resilience, Improves Patient-Doctor Communication (PDF)

Redesigning Healthcare: SKMC Program Fosters 'Out-of-the-Box' Approach to Healthcare (PDF)

Specialized Anesthesia Services Help Patients with Rare Disorder (PDF)

  • Dean's Column (PDF)
  • Findings: Photoactive Dye Could Prevent Infection During Bone-Repair Surgery (PDF)
  • Faculty Profile: Jeffrey L. Benovic, PhD (PDF)
  • Alumnus Profile: Gerald J. Marks, MD '49 (PDF)
  • Student Profile: Beverly Shin (PDF)
  • Class Notes
  • In Memoriam
  • By the Numbers: Class of 2019 at a Glance (PDF)

Spring 2015

Alumni Bulletin Spring 2015

Spring 2015

Jefferson's Ebola-Rabies Vaccine: Case in Point for Life-Saving Investments in Basic Research (PDF)

Saving Eyes, Saving Vision: A Neurosurgeon and an Oncologist Join Forces to Treat a Childhood Eye Cancer (PDF)

One Call, One Visit, Three Screenings: Jefferson Makes It Easy for Women to Prioritize Cancer Prevention (PDF)

  • Dean's Column (PDF)
  • Findings: Holding One's Breath During Radiation Can Protect the Heart (PDF)
  • Alumnus Profile: Elliot J. Rayfield, MD '67 (PDF)
  • Student Profile: Emily Sherrard, MD '15 (PDF)
  • Class Notes
  • In Memoriam
  • By the Numbers: Match Day 2015 (PDF)

Fall-Winter 2014/2015

Alumni Bulletin Fall/Winter 2014/15

Fall/Winter 2014/15

Telehealth at Jefferson: Game On for Anytime, Anywhere Care (PDF)

Researchers Sniff Out a Cure for Smell Loss (PDF)

  • Dean's Column
  • Findings: Jefferson Cardiologists Underscore Long-Term Risks for Patients with Coronary Stents Who Discontinue Medications
  • Alumnus Profile: Alfred P. Spivack, MD '54 - 2014 Alumni Achievement Award Recipient (PDF)
  • Alumni Weekend 2014 Photos
  • Development News: Newton E. Kendig II, MD '84, Establishes Legacy Fund (PDF)
  • Class Notes
  • In Memoriam
  • By the Numbers

Summer 2014

Alumni Bulletin Summer 2014

Summer 2014

Jefferson Receives Its Largest-Ever Gift from Sidney Kimmel Foundation (PDF)

Surgery or Surveillance? BRCA Mutation Carriers Weigh Their Options (PDF)

The New Face of Surgery

Sidney Kimmel Medical College Alumni Association Welcomes New President Joseph F. Majdan, MD, CV '81 (PDF)

  • Dean's Column
  • Findings: Focused Ultrasound Reduces Cancer Pain
  • Alumnus Profile: 10 Questions with ... Walter L. McConnell, MD '59 (PDF)
  • People
  • ClassNotes
  • In Memoriam
  • By the Numbers

Spring 2014

Alumni Bulletin Spring 2014

Spring 2014

President Klasko Launches Plan for 'One Jefferson'

Superbugs Dodge Superdrugs as Antibiotic Resistance Spreads (PDF)

A Change of Heart: Inside Jefferson's Hypertension Center (PDF)

Students Go "Beyond Our Walls" to Provide Service to the Community

Heads Up: Jefferson Focuses on Concussion

  • Dean's Column
  • Findings: Novel Agent Set for Unique Clinical Test in Inflammatory Breast Cancer
  • Faculty Profile: Gerald R. Williams, Jr., MD: Shouldering Responsibility for Patients' Joints (PDF)
  • Alumnus Profile: 10 Questions with ... Steven A. Katz, MD '84 (PDF)
  • Class Notes
  • Alumni Association President's Message
  • In Memoriam
  • By the Numbers

Winter 2014

Alumni Bulletin Winter 2014

Winter 2014

Looking Ahead: What the Future May Be (PDF)

From White Coat to Hospital Gown: When the Doctor Needs a Doctor (PDF)

E-cigarettes: What Advice Should You Give Your Patients? (PDF)

  • Dean's Column
  • Findings: Researchers Hone New Approach to Rabies Vaccine
  • Faculty Profile: Rajnish Mago, MD: Building a Better Toolkit to Manage Mood Disorders (PDF)
  • Alumnus Profile: 10 Questions with ... Anthony Calabrese, MD '72 (PDF)
  • Class Notes
  • Alumni Association President's Message
  • In Memoriam
  • By the Numbers