Amanda Bassett has been named Director of Alumni Relations for the Geisel School of Medicine and Dartmouth-Hitchcock. Bassett succeeds Julie Bressor, who has transitioned to the position of Regional Director of Development for Geisel. As Director of Alumni Relations, Bassett will develop and implement strategies to strengthen the engagement of Geisel alumni and the resident and fellow alumni of Dartmouth-Hitchcock and will collaborate with colleagues across Dartmouth on alumni engagement initiatives.
The Syvertsen Scholars and Fellow program honors fourth-year Geisel School of Medicine students who exemplify the qualities that former dean Dr. Rolf Syvertsen stood for and have become deeply embedded in the culture of the medical school.
A $1.5M National Cancer Institute grant to Saeed Hassanpour of Dartmouth’s Norris Cotton Cancer Center will be used to build new artificial intelligence (AI) technologies for precision cancer care in lung cancer management.
Heinz Valtin, MD, emeritus professor of physiology, died at his home in Alexandria, VA, on October 11. Valtin joined the Physiology Department of Dartmouth Medical School (now Geisel School of Medicine) in 1957, eventually holding two honorary chairs, including the Andrew C. Vail Memorial Professor of Physiology, and was chair of the department from 1977–1988.
Ellen Meara, PhD, a professor of The Dartmouth Institute for Health Policy and Clinical Practice, and an adjunct professor of economics at Dartmouth College, has been elected to the prestigious National Academy of Medicine.
For this year’s first-year class, the medical school developed and implemented a new coaching program to support medical students’ enculturation into the practice of medicine.
Mary Jo Turk, PhD, has been named the O. Ross McIntyre, MD, Professor at the Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth. Turk, a professor of microbiology and immunology and co-director of the Immunology and Cancer Immunotherapy Program at Dartmouth’s Norris Cotton Cancer Center, joined the faculty of Dartmouth’s medical school 15 years ago and conducts pioneering research on the complex interactions between the immune system and cancer.
On October 5, members of the Geisel School of Medicine Class of 2023 were welcomed into the profession of medicine during the school’s annual White Coat ceremony—an important ritual for first-year medical students.
Nicole J. Borges, PhD, a professor of neurobiology and anatomical sciences at the University of Mississippi Medical Center, has been named Chair of the Department of Medical Education at Dartmouth’s Geisel School of Medicine. Borges, a health psychologist with over 20 years of experience in medical education, is recognized nationally for her scholarly approaches to student and faculty advancement.
Scott A. Gerber, PhD, professor of molecular and systems biology and of biochemistry and cell biology at the Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth, and program director of the Cancer Biology and Therapeutics Research Program at Dartmouth’s Norris Cotton Cancer Center, has been named the Kenneth E. and Carol L. Weg Distinguished Professor.