September 14, 2022 | Volume IV, Issue 18
Lewis Invested as Inaugural Pierattini Green & Gold Professor of Psychiatry
Pictured above: Judith Lewis, M.D. (Photo: David Seaver)
Sunil Eappen, M.D., M.B.A., Named UVM Health Network President & CEO
Dr. Eappen will be responsible for oversight of all operations, including the flagship academic medical center, five community hospitals, children’s hospital, multi-specialty physicians group, and home health and hospice agency.
“All through the search process, Dr. Eappen stood out as an accomplished and inspirational leader whose personal and professional values closely align with the strategic direction of the Network,” said Allie Stickney, chair of the UVM Health Network Board of Trustees and CEO search committee. “His track record of building partnerships, commitment to health equity and belief in a value-based approach to health care will build upon the strong foundation Dr. Brumsted began a decade ago. We are incredibly excited and fortunate to have Dr. Eappen join us to lead this organization and its talented people into the next phase of its evolution.”
Pictured above: Sunil "Sunny" Eappen, M.D., M.B.A. (Courtesy photo)
UVM Cancer Center Hosts Women’s Health and Cancer Conference
Cancer researchers, clinicians, survivors, and caregivers will convene on September 30 for the 25th annual Women’s Health and Cancer Conference. Hosted by the University of Vermont Cancer Center, the event takes place from 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. in the Dudley H. Davis Center at the University of Vermont and via livestream via Zoom. (Attendance is free and open to the public and continuing medical education credits are offered at no cost, but registration is required.)
This year’s conference theme focuses on whole-person, integrative health care, an approach that takes into consideration all of the factors that contribute to both health and disease, including biological, behavioral, social, and environmental, according to the National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health. Kim Dittus, M.D., Ph.D., associate professor of medicine, oncologist, and UVM Cancer Center member, will deliver a keynote address, titled “Moving from treating cancer to treating the whole person.”
Cancer patients, integrative oncology experts and physicians will share their best practices and the latest evidence-based information. Researchers will discuss the evolution of cancer science during the past quarter-century and reveal what the future of cancer research looks like. Areas such as therapeutic and lifestyle approaches, health care professionals, and self-care for achieving optimal well-being will be discussed, and participants will be able to explore integrative therapies including massage, yoga, and acupuncture.
Read more about the conference and register today.
Pictured above: Graphic of Women's Health and Cancer Conference poster with date and registration information.
Put on your best pride colors and join members of the UVM Larner College of Medicine, College of Nursing & Health Sciences, UVM Children's Hospital and UVM Health Network community to march in the 2022 Pride Parade, which will be immediately followed by the Pride Festival. Read UVMHN, LCOM, CNHS Participant Details sheet.
Emma Faustner, Advanced Integration and Residency Placement Coordinator, Office of Medical Education
When she is not assisting senior medical students, Faustner spends her time making art. Her work includes sculpting with papier-mâché, polymer clay, sculptable epoxy (air-dry clay), and stoneware or terracotta clay when she can get access to a studio and kiln. She also draws, paints, creates collages, and produces soft sculpture from repurposed clothing or by needle felting. She is also an avid collector of minerals and crystals since childhood.
Pictured above: Emma Faustner
Accolades & Appointments
Members of the Larner and UVM Medical Center community partnered with organizers at Inner Space to volunteer at the Community Wellbeing Festival held July 9 in Winooski's Rotary Park. The event offered a space for community healing, art, music, food, and an opportunity for folks to connect with healthcare professionals and medical students from the greater Vermont area. Event co-organizers included Simran Kalsi '24, Kae Ravichandran '25, Karena Nguyen '25, Anthony Quach '25, Elise Prehoda '24, and Eric Zhang '24, along with faculty members and UVM Medical Center staff Kristin Fontaine, M.P.H., senior pediatric outreach coordinator, and Anisha Rimal, M.D., assistant professor of pediatrics. Inner Space is also supported by Marissa Coleman, Ph.D., clinical assistant professor of psychiatry and UVMMC vice president of diversity, equity & inclusion, and Anthony Williams, M.D., assistant professor of family medicine. "Inner Space is a new healthcare organization founded with the help of established local community leaders, including Coco Shah of Marigold House, to improve health equity and access for historically oppressed or marginalized populations in our local community. The concept of events like this is to connect community members with both allopathic/osteopathic and ancestral healing providers in Vermont while providing a safe healing environment for all. The goal is to eventually develop a permanent physical space that the community can use for gathering and/or receiving holistic care," said Kalsi. Inner Space, supported by the Community Health Centers of Burlington, Vermont Health Equity Initiative, United Way of Northwest Vermont, and UVMMC, is partnering with Outright Vermont to hold another Community Wellbeing Festival on September 24, in Landry Park in Winooski. Additional Larner volunteers at the July 9 and upcoming September event include medical students Tonya Conley '24, Mialovena Exume '24, Shubhankar Joshi '24, Sam Afshari '24, Finlay Pilcher '24, Warrick Sahene '24, Gabriela Bosmenier Cruz '24, Linda Cui '24, Tim Greenfield '24, Paul McCleary '24, Amanda Galenkamp '24, Althea Tapales '24, Elizabeth O'Neill '25, Caitlin Early '25, Nic Hutt '25, Aathmika Krishnan '25, Ellen Mats '25, Camila Salcedo Gomez '26, and Matthew Kwasnik, lab research technician in neurological sciences. Find more info about the September 24 event.
Pictured at left: Medical student volunteers gather at the July 9 Community Wellbeing Festival.
David Warshaw, Ph.D., professor and chair of molecular physiology and biophysics, recently received a National Institutes of Health (NIH) Research Supplement to Promote Diversity in Health-Related Research. The award, a supplement to Dr. Warshaw's ongoing National Heart, Lung & Blood Institute R01 grant to study cardiac myosin binding protein-C, is funding UVM undergraduate student Angela Ploysangngam, who has been working with Andrew Mead, Ph.D., faculty scientist in molecular physiology and biophysics. This NIH program is designed to attract and encourage individuals who are underrepresented in the biomedical, behavioral, biometric, clinical, social sciences, and nursing research, by providing a continuum of research opportunities with an overall goal to increase diversity in the research workforce. Ploysangngam will continue to work with Dr. Mead throughout her senior year to study the genetic manipulation of myosin binding protein-C in a zebrafish model. She recently completed hiking the Vermont Long Trail (272 miles)!
Pictured at left: Dr. Mead (left) in the lab with Angela Ploysangngam.
Fang Y, Doyle MF, Chen J, Alosco ML, Mez J, Satizabal CL, Qiu WQ, Murabito JM, Lunetta KL. Association between inflammatory biomarkers and cognitive aging. PLoS One. 2022 Sep 9;17(9):e0274350. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0274350. PMID: 36083988; PMCID: PMC9462682.
Curran DM, Kim BY, Withers N, Shepard DS, Brady CJ. Telehealth Screening for Diabetic Retinopathy: Economic Modeling Reveals Cost Savings. Telemed J E Health. 2022 Sep;28(9):1300-1308. doi: 10.1089/tmj.2021.0352. Epub 2022 Jan 24. PMID: 35073213.
Rideout M, Schwartz A, Devon EP, Burns R, Skurkis CM, Carter M, Hartke A, Raszka WV Jr; APPD LEARN/COMSEP Boot Camp Study Group. How Prepared Are They? Pediatric Boot Camps and Intern Performance. Acad Pediatr. 2022 Sep- Oct;22(7):1237-1245. doi: 10.1016/j.acap.2022.05.005. Epub 2022 May 13. PMID: 35577284.
Pulcini CD, Goyal MK, Hall M, De Souza HG, Chaudhary S, Alpern ER, Fein JA, Fleegler EW. Two-Year Utilization and Expenditures for Children After a Firearm Injury. Am J Prev Med. 2022 Sep 5:S0749-3797(22)00380-4. doi: 10.1016/j.amepre.2022.07.007. Epub ahead of print. PMID: 36075816.
Conley AC, Albert KM, McDonald BC, Saykin AJ, Dumas JA, Newhouse PA. Estradiol treatment in young postmenopausal women with self-reported cognitive complaints: Effects on cholinergic-mediated cognitive performance. Hum Psychopharmacol. 2022 Sep;37(5):e2838. doi: 10.1002/hup.2838. Epub 2022 Feb 24. PMID: 35212023; PMCID: PMC9399322.
Gennari FJ, Marano M, Marano S. Replenishing Alkali During Hemodialysis: Physiology-Based Approaches. Kidney Med. 2022 Jul 30;4(9):100523. doi: 10.1016/j.xkme.2022.100523. PMID: 36032503; PMCID: PMC9411655.
Mavromatis LA, Rosoff DB, Cupertino RB, Garavan H, Mackey S, Lohoff FW. Association Between Brain Structure and Alcohol Use Behaviors in Adults: A Mendelian Randomization and Multiomics Study. JAMA Psychiatry. 2022 Sep 1;79(9):869-878. doi: 10.1001/jamapsychiatry.2022.2196. PMID: 35947372; PMCID: PMC9366661.
Palermo BJ, D'Amico SL, Kim BY, Brady CJ. Sensitivity and specificity of handheld fundus cameras for eye disease: A systematic review and pooled analysis. Surv Ophthalmol. 2022 Sep-Oct;67(5):1531-1539. doi: 10.1016/j.survophthal.2021.11.006. Epub 2021 Nov 23. PMID: 34822849.
Nelson G, Ye B, Schock M, Lustgarten DL, Mayhew EK, Palmer BM, Meyer M. Heart rate changes and myocardial sodium. Physiol Rep. 2022 Sep;10(17):e15446. doi: 10.14814/phy2.15446. PMID: 36065860; PMCID: PMC9446395.
Geeslin AG, Chahla J, LaPrade RF. Combined Anterior Cruciate Ligament and Lateral Extra-Articular Reconstruction. Arthroscopy. 2022 Sep;38(9):2600-2601. doi: 10.1016/j.arthro.2022.07.001. PMID: 36064274.
Galimzhanov A, Tenekecioglu E, Rustamova F, Tun HN, Mamas MA. The Prognostic Utility of Mean Platelet Volume in Patients With Acute Coronary Syndrome: A Systematic Review With Meta-Analyses. Angiology. 2022 Sep;73(8):734-743. doi: 10.1177/00033197211070908. Epub 2022 Jan 21. PMID: 35062842.
Koretsky MJ, Brovman EY, Urman RD, Tsai MH, Cheney N. A machine learning approach to predicting early and late postoperative reintubation. J Clin Monit Comput. 2022 Sep 3. doi: 10.1007/s10877-022-00908-z. Epub ahead of print. PMID: 36057069.
Reblin M, Wong A, Arnoldy F, Pratt S, Dewoolkar A, Gramling R, Rizzo DM. The StoryListening Project: Feasibility and Acceptability of a Remotely Delivered Intervention to Alleviate Grief during the COVID-19 Pandemic. J Palliat Med. 2022 Sep 2. doi: 10.1089/jpm.2022.0261. Epub ahead of print. PMID: 36067079.
Gallardo VJ, Shapiro RE, Caronna E, Pozo-Rosich P. The relationship of headache as a symptom to COVID-19 survival: A systematic review and meta- analysis of survival of 43,169 inpatients with COVID-19. Headache. 2022 Sep 2. doi: 10.1111/head.14376. Epub ahead of print. PMID: 36053077.
Roberts S, Tompkins BJ, Kennedy AG. The effect of an educational intervention on primary care providers' knowledge, confidence and frequency of patient counselling on strength training and bone density. Musculoskeletal Care. 2022 Sep;20(3):671-675. doi: 10.1002/msc.1611. Epub 2021 Dec 13. PMID: 34897943.
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