News Archive for 2011

December 22, 2011
Becker's ASC Review names Siegel one of top 125 gastroenterologists in US
Becker's ASC Review recently listed Dartmouth-Hitchcock gastroenterologist Corey Siegel, MD, among the 125 leading practitioners and researchers in his field.
December 16, 2011
Dartmouth-Hitchcock among seven leading health systems contracted to improve hospital patient safety nationally
Dartmouth-Hitchcock is among a group of seven health systems contracted to develop and share a national learning experience, which will be accessible to all interested U.S. hospitals. The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services awarded the $2.7 million contract as part of its Partnership for Patients Hospital Engagement Networks initiative. The aim is to make healthcare safer and less costly by targeting and reducing preventable injuries and complications to patients.
December 12, 2011
Dartmouth Medical School, Dartmouth-Hitchcock earn 'accreditation with commendation' for Continuing Medical Education program
The continuing education program at Dartmouth-Hitchcock (D-H) and Dartmouth Medical School (DMS) has received accreditation with commendation for being a "change agent" in advancing the continued learning of physicians and health professionals.
December 8, 2011
Three Dartmouth Medical School Professors Named Fellows by American Association for the Advancement of Science
Three Dartmouth Medical School (DMS) scholars have been selected as fellows by the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), the world's largest general scientific society and the publisher of the journal Science.
November 28, 2011
Modlin named interim director of Children's Hospital at Dartmouth-Hitchcock
John F. Modlin, M.D., chair of pediatrics at Dartmouth Medical School (DMS) and Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center (DHMC), will serve as interim director of the Children's Hospital at Dartmouth (CHaD).
November 22, 2011
Dartmouth researchers identify new factor in breast cancer
Researchers at Dartmouth's Norris Cotton Cancer Center have discovered a new "pioneer" factor, called PBX1, that may help unlock the keys to understanding how breast cancer tumors develop resistance to current therapies.
November 8, 2011
DMS graduate and former faculty member join forces on award-winning children's book
More than a decade after they left Dartmouth Medical School (DMS), alumnus Daniel Kairys, MD, and former faculty member Jo Ann Kairys, MPH, have added an award-winning children's book to their list of achievements in medicine and science.
November 4, 2011
Great Issues in Medicine and Global Health Symposium to focus on women's and girls' health worldwide
The surgeon general of the United States, the chief medical officer of the federal Indian Health Service, the president of the Women's National Basketball Association (WNBA), and an Olympic- and World Cup-champion soccer player will join forces with a wide range of clinicians and researchers to discuss strategies for improving the well-being of women and girls worldwide during Dartmouth-Hitchcock's eighth annual Great Issues in Medicine and Global Health symposium, "Investing in Women and Girls."
November 1, 2011
Dr. James Weinstein named Chief Executive Officer of Dartmouth-Hitchcock
The combined Boards of Trustees of Dartmouth-Hitchcock today announced the appointment of Dr. James Weinstein as Chief Executive Officer of Dartmouth-Hitchcock. This new position consolidates the leadership of Mary Hitchcock Memorial Hospital (MHMH) and Dartmouth-Hitchcock Clinic. Dr. Weinstein will also assume the presidency of Dartmouth-Hitchcock Health.
Vt. Medical Society elects Dartmouth surgeon Walsh as VP
The Vermont Medical Society elected Dartmouth vascular surgeon Daniel B. Walsh, MD, as its new vice president on October 29, during its 198th annual meeting at Topnotch Resort.
October 27, 2011
Study flags alcohol-brand references in youth music
Along with celebrations of casual sex and violence, fans of some forms of popular music are hearing references to specific brands of hard liquor through their speakers and earphones, according to the latest report from Dartmouth pediatrician James D. Sargent, MD, into mass-media influences on youth buying habits and risky behavior.
October 17, 2011
Weinstein Elected to Institute of Medicine
Dr. James N. Weinstein, President of the Dartmouth-Hitchcock (D-H) Clinic and Director of The Dartmouth Institute for Health Policy and Clinical Practice, has been elected to the Institute of Medicine (IOM) of the National Academies of Sciences. Membership in the IOM is considered the highest honor in the fields of health and medicine.
September 30, 2011
DMS researchers will lead group developing practical tool to detect radiation in disaster survivors
With a fresh infusion of federal support, researchers at Dartmouth Medical School (DMS) will join General Electric, the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, the Medical School of Wisconsin, Japan's Hokkaido University, and Poland's Jagiellonian University in developing readily-deployable devices to measure levels of radiation in survivors of radiological and nuclear catastrophes, including terror attacks.
September 16, 2011
Simbex extends partnership with DMS, Thayer School on concussion research
With a two-year, $1.3-million grant, researchers from Dartmouth Medical School (DMS), Dartmouth College's Thayer School of Engineering and the Lebanon-based company Simbex will explore novel approaches to understanding the causes of and clinical outcomes following sports-related concussions.
September 12, 2011
Schumann lecturer: Can religious, spiritual beliefs affect medical state?
While most physicians believe they should take a patient's religious and spiritual needs into account in deciding health care issues, nine out of 10 doctors never talk to their patients about such matters. Many physicians either don't feel competent to carry on that kind of conversation or deem it inappropriate.
September 9, 2011
New DMS researcher looks seriously at laughter
Anyone hearing more laughter than usual around Dartmouth Medical School (DMS) in the coming months need not worry: Serious research is going on.
September 7, 2011
D-H, DMS join Colby-Sawyer in collaborative addressing national, regional issues of nurse workforce
Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center (DHMC) and Dartmouth Medical School (DMS) will join the Department of Nursing at Colby-Sawyer College (CSC) in collaborating with one of 11 foundations nationwide to receive funding from Partners Investing in Nursing's Future (PIN). The program is a multi-year, multi-million-dollar national investment in preparing America's nursing workforce for serving an older and more diverse population through interdisciplinary education and coordination to improve outcomes.
September 6, 2011
Dartmouth emergency expert Gougelet leads relief effort for Vermont neighbors
After years of organizing and dispatching - and sometimes leading - doctors and nurses to disaster areas around the United States and the world, Dartmouth emergency-medicine expert Rob Gougelet, MD, is riding herd on a relief effort right next door.
August 22, 2011
DMS lands $11m grant for regional biomedical research center
Under an $11-million grant from the National Institutes of Health (NIH), Dartmouth Medical School (DMS) will lead a network of northern New England institutions in recruiting, training, and supporting young quantitative biologists to teach and conduct research into the ways that genes and the environment work together to trigger and prevent disease.
August 18, 2011
Dartmouth Community Medical School asks: 'Is Modern Society Killing Us?'
Stress. Substance abuse and addiction. Obesity and diabetes. Cancer. Sleep disorders and deprivation. Antibiotic-resistant superbugs. The modern world is full of health issues and risks.
August 11, 2011
DMS students travel Down East to study molecular mechanisms of human disease
Under the guidance of Dartmouth microbiologist Bruce Stanton, PhD, four students from Dartmouth Medical School (DMS) spent the first week of August researching triggers of human disease at the Mount Desert Island Biological Laboratory (MDIBL).
August 4, 2011
Dmitrovsky returns to chair Pharmacology/Toxicology at DMS
Veteran cancer researcher Ethan Dmitrovsky, MD, has been named chair of the Department of Pharmacology and Toxicology at Dartmouth Medical School (DMS) and Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center (DHMC). His appointment follows the three-year term of Joyce A. DeLeo, PhD, who moved to Emmanuel College to serve as vice president for academic affairs on August 1.
July 29, 2011
DMS researchers help in hunt for clues to SIDS, other neurological disorders
With key contributions from two Dartmouth Medical School (DMS) researchers, a multi-institutional team is reporting a major advance in the search for tools to solve a broad array of neurological disorders, including Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS).
July 26, 2011
Stommel to present research at workshop on triggers to neurological disorders
Dartmouth neurologist Elijah Stommel, MD, PhD, will co-lead a workshop at Bowdoin College next week on mounting evidence that environmental factors play a major role in triggering neurodegenerative disorders like Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) and Alzheimer's disease.
July 12, 2011
AHA cites Dartmouth-Hitchcock for palliative, end-of-life care
The American Hospital Association (AHA) will confer a Citation of Honor on the palliative-medicine program at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center (DHMC), during the Circle of Life Award® ceremonies at the AHA's Leadership Summit in San Diego in mid-July.
July 11, 2011
Stone, Goodney earn grants from peers in vascular surgery
Dartmouth vascular surgeons Philip P. Goodney, MD, and David Stone, MD, received grants toward their research projects during the Vascular Annual Meeting of the Society for Vascular Surgery (SVS) in Chicago in mid-June.
July 4, 2011
Dartmouth-led study: Branding steers youth alcohol choices
American adolescents are hitting the hard stuff - and they're naming alcohol brand names, according to a new report from Dartmouth Medical School (DMS) and the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.
July 1, 2011
Americans smoking less, living longer; Implications for possible net loss to Social Security
Americans are living longer than currently projected by the U.S. Census and Social Security Administration because of the steady decline in smoking, according to a new study co-authored by Dartmouth researcher Samir Soneji, PhD.
June 30, 2011
Byock, Fisher featured in PBS film on end-of-life care, planning
Dartmouth physician-researchers Ira Byock, MD, and Elliott Fisher, MD, MPH, are among the featured experts in a new documentary about end-of-life issues that public-television stations are broadcasting around the United States.
June 17, 2011
Dartmouth Medical School's Moseley named Pew Scholar in Biomedical Sciences
The Pew Charitable Trusts has named Dartmouth biochemist James B. Moseley, PhD, one of its 22 Pew Scholars in the Biomedical Sciences for 2011, recognizing him as one of the United States' most promising scientists.
High Value Healthcare Collaborative Expands
In December of 2010, Mayo Clinic, Denver Health, Intermountain Healthcare, Dartmouth-Hitchcock, Cleveland Clinic, and The Dartmouth Institute for Health Policy and Clinical Practice (TDI) announced the formation of the High Value Healthcare Collaborative (HVHC) to improve health care, lower costs, and move best practices out to the national provider community. On June 1, they announced that eight major health systems will join the Collaborative.
June 14, 2011
Dartmouth Medical School celebrates 166 graduates
Dartmouth Medical School (DMS) bade farewell to 166 students—among them 68 newly-minted doctors—in Class Day ceremonies on June 11.
June 9, 2011
Dartmouth Medical School dean envisions "20x20" future
Eight months to the day into his tenure as dean of Dartmouth Medical School (DMS) and Dartmouth College's vice president for health affairs, Wiley "Chip" Souba, MD, unveiled plans to lift DMS into the top 20 among medical schools nationwide by the end of the decade.
May 11, 2011
9 Schweitzer Fellows from DMS
Nine students from Dartmouth Medical School (DMS) will lead health-related service projects for underserved individuals and communities during 2011-2012, under the New Hampshire-Vermont Schweitzer Fellows Program.
May 5, 2011
Cystic Fibrosis Foundation funds lung-disease research at Dartmouth
Under a four-year grant of almost $1.4 million from the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, veteran researcher Bruce A. Stanton, Ph.D., will lead a team of Dartmouth investigators in developing new approaches to treatment of patients with the genetic disease that triggers chronic and life-threatening infection of the lungs.
DMS researchers O'Toole, Taylor elected to microbiology academy
Dartmouth Medical School (DMS) researchers George A. O'Toole, PhD, and Ronald K. Taylor, PhD, have been elected as Fellows in the American Academy of Microbiology.
April 29, 2011
DMS wins Grand Challenges Explorations Grant for groundbreaking research in global health, development
Dartmouth Medical School (DMS) announced today that it is a winner of a $100,000 grant from Grand Challenges Explorations, an initiative funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. Principal investigator Peter F. Wright, MD, a DMS professor of pediatrics and an international expert in infectious diseases, will pursue an innovative global health and development research project, titled "Mucosal Immunity in Polio."
April 27, 2011
Hitchcock Foundation funds lung-disease project
With support from the Hitchcock Foundation's inaugural Program Project Grant (HF-PPG), biochemist Dean R. Madden, PhD, will lead a diverse team of Dartmouth researchers in the search for clues to how bacterial and fungal infections conspire to clog the breathing systems of patients with maladies such as cystic fibrosis.
April 6, 2011
$10,000 Melanoma Research Grant Awarded to Katelyn Byrne, Dartmouth Graduate Student and Research Assistant
The Joanna M. Nicolay Melanoma Foundation (JMNMF) has presented Katelyn T. Byrne, a PhD candidate at Dartmouth Medical School, with one of seven nationally competitive Research Scholar Awards (RSA) that support exceptional graduate students and provide recognition to their lab directors/PIs, schools and cancer research institutions. The $10,000 melanoma research scholarships significantly enhance the potential for advancements in the melanoma cancer field to benefit the broad academic, scientific, clinical, and patient communities.
April 4, 2011
Dartmouth Medical School participates in quality and safety initiative
Dartmouth Medical School is participating in a unique initiative focusing on Quality and Patient Safety, a new multi-year effort announced recently by the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC).
March 21, 2011
Dartmouth-Hitchcock Physicians Cited As Top Doctors in New Hampshire
Forty-nine Dartmouth-Hitchcock physicians, in 36 different specialties, were recently named to New Hampshire Magazine's list of the leading physicians in New Hampshire, in the magazine's April edition, on newsstands now.
March 18, 2011
Matches Made: 67 DMS Students Learn Residency Destinations
At Dartmouth Medical School's March 17 celebration of Match Day - where doctors-in-waiting learn of their residency assignments - 67 DMS students learned where they'll begin residency training after graduation.
March 17, 2011
James Bernat, MD, Appointed to Frank Chair at Dartmouth Medical School
Dartmouth Medical School has named James L. Bernat, M.D., an internationally recognized medical ethicist and professor of neurology at the medical school, as the inaugural holder of the Louis and Ruth Frank Professorship in Neuroscience. Dr. Bernat's appointment became effective February 5, 2011.
March 16, 2011
DHMC Bariatric Program Earns Top Accreditation Status
The Bariatric Surgery Program at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center (DHMC) has earned Level-1 accreditation from the American College of Surgeons Bariatric Surgery Center Network Accreditation Program (ACS BSCN).
March 3, 2011
Latest findings of Dartmouth HIV/AIDS study could turn treatment "on its head"
A clinical study of anti-HIV/AIDS medicines in the developing world is on the verge of turning "the whole treatment world on its head," according to Dartmouth pediatrician Paul Palumbo.
March 2, 2011
14th annual Dartmouth Community Medical School asks: "Is Modern Society Killing Us?"
Stress. Substance abuse and addiction. Obesity and diabetes. Cancer. Sleep disorders and deprivation. Antibiotic-resistant superbugs. The modern world is full of health issues and risks.
February 23, 2011
UMaine honors DMS' Stanton for arsenic research, activism
Physiologist Bruce Stanton, Ph.D., the Andrew C. Vail Memorial Professor at Dartmouth Medical School (DMS), spoke on the worldwide problem of arsenic contamination of drinking water during the Distinguished Honors Graduate Lecture at the University of Maine on February 23.
February 18, 2011
Dartmouth-Hitchcock medical personnel return to Haiti
The Dartmouth Haiti Response effort is sending another medical team to the Caribbean-island country that a major earthquake ravaged in January of 2010.
January 12, 2011
Dartmouth Medical School faculty named Fellows of American Association for the Advancement of Science
The American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) has elevated four Dartmouth professors to the rank of Fellow, including three members of the faculty of Dartmouth Medical School.

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