Inside Tulane Med: Quarterly News from the Tulane University School of Medicine

June 2013 Newsletter


Dean resigns after five years

Dr. Benjamin Sachs
Dr. Benjamin Sachs
After five years with Tulane University School of Medicine, senior vice president and dean of the medical school Dr. Benjamin Sachs has announced that he is resigning as of June 30.

Sachs joined Tulane in 2007 after 29 years at Harvard Medical School. He was drawn to New Orleans and Tulane by the post-Katrina challenges. Under Sach’s leadership the school focused its efforts on recovery and strengthening its four missions – education, research, health care in the community, and community outreach. Read More >>


School of Medicine to open
first-of-its-kind teaching kitchen

Teaching Kitchen participants
First year medical student Dennis Ren, Johnson and Wales intern Courtney Huggins, Chef Leah Sarris, and Johnson and Wales intern Nathalie Matamoro
Construction is scheduled to begin later this summer on the new home for The Goldring Center for Culinary Medicine at Tulane University, the nation’s first teaching kitchen affiliated with a medical school.

"The Goldring Center for Culinary Medicine is a first-of-its kind center dedicated to comprehensively integrating nutrition and dietary intervention strategies into medical school curriculum," said Dr. Benjamin Sachs, senior vice president and dean of Tulane University School of Medicine. Read More >>


Ruth U. Fertel/Tulane Community Health Center joins Access Health

The Ruth U. Fertel Tulane Community Health Center
The Ruth U. Fertel/Tulane Community Health Center
The Ruth U. Fertel/Tulane Community Health Center has joined Access Health Louisiana (AHL), the state’s largest nonprofit network of federally qualified community health centers.

"This agreement ensures a sustainable future for the center," said Mark Keiser, AHL executive director and CEO. Read More >>


Tulane University School of Medicine Class of 2013 graduates, celebrates

Commencement 2013
With jazzy pomp and circumstance the Storyville Stompers brass band led the Tulane University School of Medicine Class of 2013 and members of the faculty into the Morial Convention Center for the school’s diploma ceremony on May 20, 2013. Crowding the theater were proud families and friends of the graduates, many of whom earlier attended Tulane’s Unified Commencement Ceremony at the Superdome, where degrees were conferred by Tulane President Scott Cowen after a keynote speech by His Holiness, the 14th Dalai Lama. Read More >>


Tulane to double clinical trials

Tulane has almost tripled the size of patient treatment areas in a newly renovated Clinical Research Office within the Tidewater Building. The new Clinical Translational Unit (CTU) is expected to more than double the capacity for clinical trials within the School of Medicine.

The 17th-floor CTU has grown from three treatment areas to eight, including an infusion room, a multi-bed blood-draw area, a pediatric treatment room and space for minimally invasive procedures.

"We are easily going to double our clinical trial portfolio over the next year or two and that is all because of this infrastructure," says Tulane cardiologist Dr. Patrice Delafontaine, co-principal investigator for the LA CaTS grant. "I think it increases our visibility nationally in a major way, frankly. We are getting more requests to do NIH-sponsored trials." Read More >>


Alumni enjoy spring reunion

Spring Reunion Weekend 2013
Class Agent Dr. Scott Simpson, Melinda Simpson and Class Agent Dr. Anne Michelle Gordon
For the classes of 1973, 1993, 2003 and 2008, April 12-13 was a weekend of great weather, delicious food and reminiscing about memories of Tulane University School of Medicine.

Spring reunion weekend offers reunion classes an alternative to the traditional homecoming festivities. Planning coincides with the French Quarter Festival, which gives alumni a wide variety of events to participate in while in New Orleans. Read More >>


Fund promotes rural medicine

Ernest DeBakey
Dr. Ernest G. DeBakey
A new fund will allow more third year medical students to experience the benefits and rewards of practicing rural medicine. The Ernest G. DeBakey Rural Education Fund was established to expand clerkship opportunities outside the New Orleans area to a variety of rural placement sites. These sites will include new areas of Louisiana, southern Mississippi and Alabama. Read More >>


Students raise more money for
St. Baldrick's Foundation

Shaving for St. Baldrick's
A Tulane student has his head shaved on St. Baldrick's Day.
Tulane medical students shaved their heads en masse to stand in solidarity with children fighting cancer and to raise money for the St. Baldrick’s Foundation, a national charity committed to funding research to cure childhood cancers.
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In This Issue


Breaking News: President Cowen to step down in 2014

Dean resigns after five years

School of Medicine to open first-of-its-kind teaching kitchen

Ruth U. Fertel/Tulane Community Health Center joins Access Health

Class of 2013 graduates, celebrates

Tulane to double clinical trials

Alumni enjoy spring reunion

Fund promotes rural medicine

Students raise more money for St. Baldrick's Foundation

Department Spotlight: Tulane Heart and Vascular Institute

The McCuskey Challenge

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Department Spotlight: Tulane Heart and Vascular Institute


Dr. Patrice Delafontaine
The Heart and Vascular Institute includes clinical, educational and research programs for the prevention and treatment of cardiovascular diseases. Dr. Patrice Delafontaine, director of the institute, says that his team is making significant progress in each of these areas. Read More >>


Class Notes


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Upcoming Events


Alumni Event
June 6, 2013
Chicago, RSVP to lberger3@tulane.edu

22nd Annual Haddad Memorial Lectureship
June 28-29, 2013
New Orleans

Fall Reunion Weekend
Classes of '53, '58, '68, '78, '83, '88 & '98
October 4-5, 2013
New Orleans

CME Activities


The McCuskey Challenge


Dr. John M. McCuskey Jr.

Dr. John M. McCuskey Jr. (M ’60) often found himself pondering the past during his 50-year career as a physician. Now retired and considering his ties to Tulane, the history buff’s attention has shifted to the future.

Providing for the future with respect to the past has inspired McCuskey to issue a call to arms to Tulane alumni. Learn More >>


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