Exploring Genetic Changes in Aggressive Pancreatic Cancer

Investigators from Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey and RWJBarnabas Health, the state’s leading cancer program and only National Cancer Institute-designated Comprehensive Cancer Center, investigated genomic alterations based on KRAS status to identify mutations in patients with KRAS wild type (WT). They share their findings, which were presented at the 2023 ASTRO meeting.

Internationally Recognized Thoracic Oncologist Dr. Taofeek K. Owonikoko Named Executive Director of the University of Maryland Marlene and Stewart Greenebaum Comprehensive Cancer Center

University of Maryland School of Medicine (UMSOM) Dean Mark T. Gladwin, MD, and University of Maryland Medical Center (UMMC) President and CEO Bert W. O’Malley, MD, announced today that Taofeek K. Owonikoko, MD, PhD, a distinguished physician-scientist with a global reputation in thoracic oncology, has been appointed Executive Director of the University of Maryland Marlene and Stewart Greenebaum Comprehensive Cancer Center (UMGCCC).

Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey and RWJBarnabas Health to Unveil Wide Range of Innovative Radiation Oncology Research at the 2023 ASTRO Annual Meeting

Physician-scientists from Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey and RWJBarnabas Health will present new, novel, and expansive radiation oncology data from their clinical research program at the 2023 American Society for Radiation Oncology (ASTRO) Annual Meeting, to be held in San Diego from October 1-4.

SMU working with transportation nonprofit Feonix Mobility Rising, other universities to improve health disparities in Dallas and Detroit

Janille Smith-Colin, assistant professor of civil and environmental engineering at SMU (Southern Methodist University) is part of a team that has just received a $6 million award from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) ComPASS program to improve health disparities in Dallas and Detroit.

National Academies report identifies ways to reduce intergenerational poverty in US

Irvine, Calif., Sept. 25, 2023 — A report released Thursday, Sept. 21, by the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine identifies evidence-based programs and policies, such as increased K-12 spending for school districts serving low-income students, to combat intergenerational poverty in the United States.

Atlantic Fellows for Health Equity Announces its 2024 Cohort

The Atlantic Fellows for Health Equity U.S. + Global (AFHE), part of the Fitzhugh Mullan Institute for Health Workforce Equity (Mullan Institute), based at the George Washington University Milken Institute School of Public Health, is proud to announce its 2024 cohort — 16 emerging leaders from around the globe that are passionate about their common goal to achieve health equity.

Ochsner Health to integrate generative AI into patient messaging

A small group of Ochsner clinicians will participate in testing a new Epic feature that drafts responses to routine patient requests, which will then be reviewed and edited by the clinicians. The feature is meant to speed up app response time to patients and allows doctors to spend more time with patients.

TTUHSC El Paso’s Federal Designation as a Hispanic-Serving Institution Benefits Our Borderplex

What: Borderplex students from more than a dozen high schools learn about a future in health sciences and the opportunities at Hispanic-Serving Institutions.
When: Thursday, Sept. 14, 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Where: Activities start at Medical Sciences Building II, Room 103A.
Note: Media is invited to get video and interview TTUHSC El Paso community members.

Kentucky physician explores new pediatric care protocols in developing nations

George Fuchs, M.D., a pediatric gastroenterologist at Kentucky Children’s Hospital, conducted a years-long trial in Bangladesh testing a model of healthcare delivery for children with pneumonia. The results have the potential to change pediatric care in developing nations.

Hackensack Meridian Health Appoints Dr. Gregory J. Rokosz As Chief Medical Officer for Old Bridge and Raritan Bay Medical Center’s

“We are delighted to welcome Dr. Gregory Rokosz to Old Bridge and Raritan Bay Medical Center’s,” said Patricia Carroll, FACHE, president, chief hospital executive, Old Bridge and Raritan Bay Medical Center’s. “Dr. Rokosz will continue his stellar medical career in leadership positions spanning clinical affairs, research, and medical education. He is an emergency physician and a health law attorney, and we could not have a more qualified or experienced medical leader joining both our hospital’s.”

Hackensack Meridian Raritan Bay Medical Center Now Offers Electroconvulsive Therapy As Part of $30 Million Investment To Expand Its Behavioral Health Services

“There is a lot of misperception and misinformation about ECT,” said Arunesh K. Mishra, MD, central region chair of psychiatry, Hackensack Meridian Health, who treats behavioral health conditions and has used ECT therapy as a treatment option. “It is an option for people with severe depression and other psychiatric disorders that have not been satisfactorily treated by other therapies.”

Ochsner Health Announces Tiffany Murdock as Incoming System Vice President and Chief Nursing Officer

Ochsner Health is pleased to announce Tiffany Murdock as the organization’s next system vice president and chief nursing officer (CNO), effective later this summer. In this leadership role, Murdock will set the strategy and vision for the organization’s nursing practice and lead the organization’s more than 9,000 nurses.

Hackensack Meridian JFK Johnson Rehabilitation Institute Announces Class of 2023 Fellowship and Residency Program Graduates

“The residents and fellows at JFK Johnson Rehabilitation Institute work with our dedicated faculty who are committed to training these learners in attaining the necessary skills to deliver excellent patient care. These elite residency and fellowship programs at our institution are highly competitive,” said Sara Cuccurullo, M.D., chair, vice president, and medical director, JFK Johnson Rehabilitation Institute.

Binghamton University and six HBCUs forge New Educational and Research Alliance

In collaboration with the Thurgood Marshall College Fund, Binghamton University, State University of New York has announced a New Educational and Research Alliance (New ERA) with six historically Black colleges and universities (HBCUs): Alabama A&M University, Central State University, Tuskegee University, Prairie-View A&M University, the University of the District of Columbia and Virginia State University.

Digital Science boosts pharma industry support following OntoChem acquisition

Digital Science is positioning itself to play an even greater role in the pharmaceutical industry’s all-important drug discovery, by helping industry sift through a sea of information and focus on the research that matters.

UC Irvine-led study finds Medicaid telemedicine coverage boosted use, healthcare access

Medicaid telemedicine coverage between 2013 and 2019 was associated with significant growth in telemedicine use and improved healthcare access, while private policies did not have such an association, according to a study led by the University of California, Irvine. An analysis of 20,000 records of U.

Asthma, COPD, Health Disparities Research, and Virtual Press Event: ATS 2023

We’re mere days away from the largest gathering of respiratory health professionals! You can still register to cover ATS 2023 in Washington, DC. Before you join us, here are some of the research abstracts that will be presented to this year’s gathering of pulmonary, critical care and sleep medicine health professionals.

University Hospitals Portage Medical Center Brings New Healthcare Investments to Community

University Hospitals Portage Medical Center has made a number of recent investments in various areas to better serve patients in the community. Throughout the next few months, the hospital will be opening a new Breast Health Center, renovating its Cath Lab, enhancing women’s health services, and making new improvements in nuclear medicine, imaging, and across its facilities.

Majority of Nurses Attribute Well-Being Struggles to Staffing Shortages

With projected national shortages of 63,720 registered nurses in 2030 and 141,580 licensed practical nurses in 2035, a new survey finds one-third of nurses plan to leave the profession in the next two years.

Hackensack Meridian JFK University Medical Center Welcomes Otolaryngologist and Thoracic Surgeon to Advanced Lung & Airway Center

“We are delighted to welcome Dr. Razi and Dr. Lebovics to our team of experts at JFK University Medical Center who treat patients with breathing disorders,” said Faiz Y. Bhora, MD, FACS, Professor and Regional Chair of Surgery, Central Region, Hackensack Meridian Health and Hackensack Meridian School of Medicine, who leads the Advanced Lung & Airway Center.

Pandemic-era Medicaid benefits expire, expert explains economic impact

Medicaid benefits were expanded during the COVID-19 pandemic to cover low-income patients without a need for them to prove their eligibility or to reapply. At the end of March, those benefit expansions expired, and states have begun reviewing the Medicaid rolls to remove those who do not qualify, a process that could create new hardships for millions of Americans.

LBBC Spring Patient Experience Newsletter: Equity and Financial Toxicity

While Keneene Lewis of Atlanta was undergoing chemotherapy in 2019, bill collectors were calling her home. Today, she encourages those she meets to speak up and advocate for themselves. Plus, new FDA guidance on the risk factors of dense breasts, and the petition demanding equitable access to DIEP flap breast reconstruction.

GW Expert Available: Survey Finds 100K Nurses Left Workforce Due to Pandemic-related Stresses

A new survey published Thursday by the National Council of State Boards of Nursing found that about 100,000 registered nurses in the U.S. left the workplace due to the stresses of the Covid-19 pandemic. Another 610,388 RNs reported an “intent to leave”…

Irvine Health Foundation’s $14 million grant to UC Irvine will establish 7 endowed chairs

A $14 million grant from the Irvine Health Foundation to the University of California, Irvine will establish seven endowed chairs in the Program in Public Health to recruit and retain the field’s top academic leaders and experts, who will strive for health equity among all Orange County residents.

Johns Hopkins Nursing’s Silver Linings from Pew Research study ‘Parenting in America Today’

Raising children is, has been, and almost certainly will remain one of life’s great challenges. (Ask your parents.) Yet new data from the Pew Research Center show that 62 percent of parents across the board and the nation are finding it even more difficult than they ever imagined.