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

September 2013 Newsletter


Dean Hamm outlines priorities
for year ahead

Dr. Lee Hamm
Dr. Lee Hamm
When it comes to outlining his goals for the School of Medicine, Dr. Lee Hamm is clear on his first challenge as dean: positioning the school's clinical programs within the region's changing healthcare market.

The city's largest healthcare organizations – HCA, the nonprofit that runs Children's Hospital, and Ochsner – are vying to run two major public hospitals in Jefferson Parish. At the same time, the new University Medical Center and Veteran Affairs hospital are under construction downtown. All have the potential to bring new training opportunities for Tulane students, residents and fellows, Hamm says. Read More >>


New $13M interdisciplinary
JBJ labs debut this fall

Bruce Bunnell in the JBJ Ballroom Lab
Bruce Bunnell, director of the Tulane Center for Stem Cell Research and Regenerative Medicine, stands in the center's "ballroom" lab space.
In October, Tulane University will complete a sweeping $13.5 million renovation of laboratory spaces in the J. Bennett Johnston (JBJ) Health and Environmental Research Building, setting the stage for a vibrant hub of interdisciplinary research on Tulane Avenue.

The project transforms lab space on three floors of the building – roughly 37,500 square feet – into five large, open "ballroom labs."  It's the first major downtown research space to bring together the schools of Medicine, Science and Engineering and Public Health and Tropical Medicine. Read More >>


New medical students receive
first doctor’s white coats

Alina Ayzenberg receives her white coat
Alina Ayzenberg receives her white coat from Dr. Earnest Sneed Jr., with Dean Hamm looking on.
The School of Medicine's Class of 2017 received their first doctor's white coats at McAlister Auditorium on August 4. "White Coat Day is when we welcome our new medical students to the medical profession," said Dr. Marc Kahn, senior associate dean of admissions and student affairs.

All 197 new students, plus 15 HEAL-X students admitted in January 2013, crossed the stage to receive their coats. Each received a stethoscope from the Tulane Medical Alumni Association, a pin from the Arnold P. Gold Foundation for Humanism in Medicine and a Tulane University coat badge. Read More >>


Tulane major player in FDA
approval of new drug for
advanced prostate cancer

Dr. Oliver Sartor
Dr. Oliver Sartor
Patients fighting late-stage prostate cancer have an important new treatment option for bone tumors thanks in part to a major clinical trial led by Tulane University cancer specialist Dr. Oliver Sartor.

Trial results, which were published this summer in the New England Journal of Medicine, showed that men receiving radium-223 lived more than three months longer than those taking a placebo. The drug was associated with a 30 percent reduction in the risk of death. Read More >>


Fall ushers in reunion classes

The classes of 1953, 1958, 1968, 1978, 1983 and 1988 will celebrate their milestone reunion years on October 4 and 5 in New Orleans.

The weekend begins with a continuing medical education seminar, followed by tours of the medical school and a welcome reception at the newly renovated J. Bennett Johnson Building. Saturday attendees will celebrate with reunion dinners at a variety of locations throughout New Orleans, including Galatoire’s, Arnaud’s, Ruth’s Chris and Tujague’s. Read More >>


Med students create classes
tailored to their interests

Melissa Keeport
Medical student
Melissa Keeport
When students at Tulane University School of Medicine are interested in a particular subject or field, they have the ability to create student-initiated electives to further a field of study. The palliative and end-of-life-care elective, which was launched by medical students, is now in its fourth year.

Medical students are still involved in the coordination of the class. Under the supervision of faculty, third-year medical student Melissa Schwab Keeport directs the elective with help from three second-year students: James Stoeckle, William Vail and Andrew Wickerham. They are passionate about helping medical students learn more about this important part of medicine. Read More >>


Doctor’s scholarship fund
improves lives

Assumpta Twekise
Medical student
Assumpta Twekise
Second-year medical student Assumpta Twekise knows the difference she can make in her native Uganda if she returns there as a doctor, armed with a superior education from Tulane University School of Medicine.

Last spring, she met Dr. James Bonnet Jr. (M '71), the man who made a difference in her life through his endowed scholarship at the School of Medicine. "It felt like he was my hero," says Twekise.

And Bonnet, in turn, was thrilled to meet the exceptional young woman whose career he can now follow. "It brings me joy to see the role I have in her medical education," he says. Read More >>

In This Issue


Dean Hamm outlines priorities for year ahead

New interdisciplinary JBJ labs debut this fall

New medical students receive first doctor’s white coats

Tulane major player in FDA approval of new drug for prostate cancer

Fall ushers in reunion classes

Med students create classes tailored to their interests

Doctor’s scholarship fund improves lives

Department Spotlight: Neurosurgery

Meet Dr. James Andrews, the heavy hitter of sports medicine

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Department Spotlight: Neurosurgery


Dr. Aaron Dumont
The Department of Neurosurgery is being transformed as a new chair, Dr. Aaron S. Dumont, and two new faculty come on board. "We want to make Neurosurgery a major contributor to the School of Medicine," says Dumont. Read More >>


Class Notes


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Upcoming Events


New Orleans Reception for Dean Hamm
Monday, Sept. 23
Email for more info: chayes@tulane.edu

TMAA Reunion and
CME Events

Oct. 4-5
More info >>

Baton Rouge Reception for Dean Hamm
Wednesday, Oct. 30
Email for more info: chayes@tulane.edu

Alumni and Friends Reception in conjunction with the AAMC Annual Meeting
Sunday, Nov. 3
Email for more info: chayes@tulane.edu

Atlanta Reception for Dean Hamm
Thursday, Nov. 7
Email for more info: chayes@tulane.edu

CME Activities


Meet Dr. James Andrews, the heavy hitter of sports medicine


Dr. James Andrews

Dr. James Andrews has treated superstars from Drew Brees to Michael Jordan. His resume includes a Who's Who of some of the most famous athletes in the world. Troy Aikman, Roger Clemens, Kerri Strug, Brett Favre, Terrell Owens, Emmitt Smith, Jack Nicklaus, Charles Barkley, Bo Jackson and the Manning brothers are just a few of his notable patients. But now this former Tulane orthopaedics resident is focused on a new challenge: tackling youth sports injuries. Watch the video >>

Andrews will be profiled in the Fall 2013 issue of Tulane Medicine magazine, out late October.


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