Save the Date: Geisel Research Poster Presentation Night

Posted: August 19th, 2014 by Hannah M. Welch

Please mark your calendars for the fourth annual “Geisel School Research Poster Night” on Thursday, October 30th, from 5:30 to 7:00 PM at Collis Common Ground. All of the students involved in Geisel sponsored summer research and/or learning opportunities for Summer 2014, as well as our Science Scholars, are required to present a poster on their work. We would like to strongly encourage any other Geisel students who have done research to share their work at this poster night, as well.

This will be a festive event with soft drinks, sparkling cider and cheese to celebrate the accomplishments of our students and for our students to share what they have learned with the larger Geisel School community. A call for RSVP’s will be sent soon, but please be sure to save the date!

O’Toole Receives Prestigious NIH MERIT Award

Posted: August 12th, 2014 by Kenneth D. Hertel

Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth microbiologist George O’Toole has received a MERIT award from the National Institutes of Health that will provide up to 10 years of funding for his research on bacterial biofilms.

MERIT (Method to Extend Research in Time) grants are awarded by the NIH to researchers whose work has already yielded significant results and who it believes will continue to make progress toward understanding important questions in biomedical research.

The program is intended to allow accomplished researchers more freedom and flexibility in their work, and O’Toole is excited about the long-term nature of the award. “It’s not often that you are given such a large window of time,” he says. “I think it’s really going to allow us to take a little more risk.” Read the rest of this entry »

2014 Dartmouth Symposium for the Life Sciences

Posted: August 5th, 2014 by Hannah M. Welch

The 2014 Dartmouth Symposium for the Life Sciences, “Look and Learn:  How Microbes Teach Us Cell Biology,” will be held on Tuesday October 14, 2014. Admission is free, and refreshments and lunch will be provided. Faculty, physicians, researchers, post-docs, graduate students and undergraduate students interested in the life sciences are welcome to attend.  To register online or view the program click here.

New Geisel Clinical Trials Unit Approved in Dar es Salaam

Posted: July 22nd, 2014 by Kenneth D. Hertel

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) has approved the first HIV clinical trials units in Africa to be funded by its National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD). After a competitive application process, Paul Palumbo, MD, professor of pediatrics and medicine at Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth explains, “There are two new clinical trials units that have been approved in Africa, one is in Kenya, and the other is ours, in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. So we’re excited to be chosen as one of the very few new sites.” Read the rest of this entry »

Compton Named Interim Dean at Geisel

Posted: July 14th, 2014 by Kenneth D. Hertel

President Phil Hanlon ’77 and Provost Carolyn Dever announced today that Duane Compton, professor of biochemistry and senior associate dean for research, will serve as interim dean of Dartmouth’s Geisel School of Medicine, effective July 15.

Compton received his PhD from the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston in 1988 and completed his postdoctoral training in the field of cell biology at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. He was recruited to the faculty at Dartmouth in 1993, and is a leader in graduate and medical student education and a distinguished National Institutes of Health-funded researcher. He recently received an NIH MERIT Award in recognition of his research on the mechanisms of chromosome segregation.

As interim dean, Compton will report to Dever and work closely with both College and Geisel leadership to ensure that the medical school continues to make progress on a number of important initiatives.

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Chertoff Named Interim Chair of Radiology

Posted: July 7th, 2014 by Hannah M. Welch

Jocelyn D. Chertoff, MD, MS, MHCDS, FACR, has been appointed Interim Chair of the Department of Radiology at the Geisel School of Medicine and Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center.  Chertoff is a Professor of Radiology and of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Geisel.

A native of New York City, Chertoff received her MD from the University of Vermont College of Medicine in 1981.  She completed a transitional internship at Hartford Hospital in 1982, a pediatric internship at the University of Connecticut Health Center 1983, and a fellowship in cross-sectional imaging at the Medical Center Hospital of Vermont in Burlington, VT in 1991.  She joined the faculty of Geisel and the professional staff of Dartmouth-Hitchcock in 1991.  Chertoff received a MS from the Program in Evaluative Clinical Sciences at Dartmouth in 2005 and an MS in Health Care Delivery Science at Dartmouth in 2013.

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Cohen Named Chair of Dept. of Neurology

Posted: June 27th, 2014 by Kenneth D. Hertel

Dean Chip Souba announced that Jeffrey A. Cohen, MD, has been named Chair of the Department of Neurology at Geisel. Dr. Cohen has served as interim chair of the department since 2012.

Dr. Cohen received his MD from the University of Oklahoma in 1977 and a Master’s in Health Care Organizational Systems from the University of Denver in 1993. He was named chief resident at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York and completed clinical and research fellowships at the Mayo Clinic and at Massachusetts General Hospital. He held faculty positions at the Mount Sinai School of Medicine and at the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center before joining the Geisel faculty and the professional staff of the Department of Medicine at Dartmouth in 2000.

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Student Affairs Leadership Announcement

Posted: June 25th, 2014 by Kenneth D. Hertel

Ann Davis, MD, associate dean for student services, will be retiring from Dartmouth at the end of this month.  Rich Simons, MD, senior associate dean for medical education, announced that Roshini Pinto-Powell, MD, Geisel associate professor of medicine, and Matt Duncan, MD (’01), Geisel assistant professor of psychiatry, will be serving in the role of associate dean for student affairs, and will jointly assume the time commitment provided for this important role effective July 1, 2014.

“Drs. Pinto-Powell and Duncan are both highly respected by our students and are superb educators, having been selected to the Geisel Academy of Master Educators,” says Simons. “They will be joining Dr. Joe O’Donnell, senior advising dean, in providing ongoing advising and personal support for our medical students. Please join me in thanking Dr. Davis for her support and dedication to our medical students and in welcoming Drs. Pinto-Powell and Duncan in their new roles.”

Get Ready for the 33rd Annual Prouty!

Posted: June 13th, 2014 by Hannah M. Welch

When more than 5,000 participants and 1,200 volunteers descend on Hanover, NH, on July 11-12 for the 2014 event, they will cycle, walk, row or golf toward a goal of $3 million. All year long, “virtual” participants around the world will invent their own ways of chipping away at the goal—whether biking on a different day or climbing a mountain. The funds support cancer patients and cancer research at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Norris Cotton Cancer Center.

And this year, The Jack & Dorothy Byrne Foundation has challenged the Prouty community to raise $100,000 more than last year’s total ($2.8 million). When achieved, the Foundation will donate an additional $100,000! So, no matter what you do or where you do it, participating in The Prouty will make a very big difference in the fight against cancer. For more information and to sign up, go to Be inspired – watch this video: Read the rest of this entry »

Geisel School of Medicine Introduces New Members of Academy of Master Educators

Posted: June 10th, 2014 by Kenneth D. Hertel

Seven faculty members were honored Tuesday and named members of the Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth’s prestigious Academy of Master Educators.

Members of this distinguished group were nominated by their fellow Geisel School of Medicine faculty because of their demonstrated commitment to excellence in teaching and medical education. Academy members are leaders in medical education innovation at the Geisel School of Medicine, educating students and residents, advising Geisel Dean Chip Souba and Senior Associate Dean for Medical Education Rich Simons, and raising the overall quality of education by mentoring faculty and residents in their quest to become better teachers.

The new members of the Geisel Academy of Master Educators for 2014 are:

  • Jeff Cohen (Neurology)
  • Tim Lahey (Medicine)
  • Surachai Supattapone (Biochemistry)
  • Lin Brown (Medicine)
  • Adam Weinstein (Pediatrics)
  • Greg Ogrinc (Medicine)
  • Matt Duncan (Psychiatry)

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