January 26, 2022 | Volume IV, Issue 2

Rebecca Wilcox smiling, wearing a navy blue floral dress

Wilcox Appointed Associate Dean for Faculty Affairs

On January 13, Dean Richard L. Page, M.D., announced the appointment of Professor of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine Rebecca Wilcox, M.D., as associate dean for faculty affairs at the Larner College of Medicine, effective January 17. Wilcox succeeds Professor of Medicine Charles Irvin, Ph.D., who stepped down as associate dean for faculty affairs after serving in that role since 2012.

Dr. Wilcox joined the College in 2009 and currently serves as vice chair for education for her department and section leader of the Gastrointestinal/Liver Pathology Service at the UVM Health Network. She served for five years as director of the Foundations-level “Nutrition, Metabolism and Gastrointestinal System in Health and Disease,” course and for two years directed the Advanced Integration Surgical Pathology Elective. She also served as a faculty coach for the Association of American Medical Colleges’ Leadership Education and Development (LEAD) certificate program and is a graduate of the LEAD program.

Among Dr. Wilcox’s many honors are four Foundations Course Director Awards and two Foundations Teaching Awards. In 2014, she received the UVM Kroepsch-Maurice Excellence in Teaching Award. She has received the American Medical Women’s Association Gender Equity Award twice and was chosen by the Larner medical student Class of 2019 to deliver their Commencement keynote address.

Wilcox received her medical degree from Oregon Health Science University and completed a residency in anatomic and clinical pathology at the University of Chicago Hospitals, where she also served as chief resident and completed a fellowship in gastrointestinal and hepatology pathology.

Read the full article about Dr. Wilcox.

Pictured above: Dr. Wilcox.

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John R. Brumsted, M.D., to Retire from UVM Health Network

John R. Brumsted, M.D., president and CEO of The University of Vermont Health Network since it was founded in 2011, has announced that he will retire in September.

Over the course of his career, Dr. Brumsted has served as a physician specializing in obstetrics and gynecology in rural Northern New York and at the University of Vermont Medical Center, where he brought individual health care organizations together as a health system to preserve access to high quality care in the region. He also served as a respected voice and driver of what has become a national model for health care payment reform in Vermont.

“It is such an honor to be a part of health care in Vermont and Northern New York,” said Dr. Brumsted in a January 25 press release. “We have experienced and accomplished so much together, and we created something new–an integrated health care system–to respond to the needs of the patients we are so privileged to serve. We have faced many challenges, and there is no doubt that there will be more challenges in the future. I am confident that this organization will continue to innovate and improve the way we serve and improve the health of our patients and our communities, now in the future.”

“John Brumsted has devoted his career in service to our integrated health system, in roles at the UVM Larner College of Medicine, the UVM Medical Center, and the UVM Health Network,” said Dean Richard L. Page, M.D. “On behalf of our College, I am grateful for his vision, partnership and countless accomplishments that have brought benefit to our entire region. I look forward to continuing our work together until the fall, and then wishing him the very best on his retirement. I also look forward to the process to recruit the next CEO who will build on Dr. Brumsted’s legacy.”

Read the full article about Dr. Brumsted.

Pictured above: Dr. Brumsted.


The Cardiovascular Research Institute of Vermont invites you to attend the VIRIDIS MONTIS Early Career Investigator Challenge in Cardiovascular Disease

February 2, 2022 | 5:30 – 7:00 PM

This merit-based scientific abstract competition highlights the best cardiovascular research work conducted by early career scientists at the University of Vermont, Larner, and UVM Health Network.

Register for the event, which will be delivered via Zoom.

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Medical Alum Hosts Sensory-Friendly COVID-19 Vaccine Clinics

Larner College of Medicine Class of 2012 alum and Vermont family medicine physician Melissa Houser, M.D., was first diagnosed with autism and attention-deficit/

hyperactivity disorder at the age of 37. That transformative experience inspired her to create a new model of healthcare delivery.

In December 2021, Dr. Houser officially opened All Brains Belong VT (ABB)—a nonprofit neuroinclusive primary care and community center offering patient-centered healthcare and inclusively-designed community events. The foundation of ABB’s approach is an understanding and respect for each patient’s individualized holistic physical, emotional, sensory, communication, and executive functioning needs. To ensure patients' comfort, Houser focuses on the subtle details of her patients’ needs and how they impact access to and engagement with health care.

“Many people don’t realize how something so simple as the lights in an exam room or the sounds of a waiting room literally keep people away from care,” explains Dr. Houser, who is a clinical assistant professor of family medicine at UVM.

Dr. Houser’s expertise has become invaluable for neurodivergent individuals and their families in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic and need for vaccination and booster shots to protect against severe illness and death. In December 2021, ABB hosted its first sensory-friendly COVID-19 community vaccination clinic at its offices in Montpelier, Vt., in partnership with the Vermont Department of Health, Vermont Family Network, Waterbury EMS, and a group of volunteers.

Read the full article.

Pictured above (left to right): Dr. Houser, Isaac Bernstein, and Matthew Bernstein.


Summer Student Research Program Trains Next Generation of Cancer Scientists

Last summer, when second-year medical student Joaquin Reategui was looking for a research project to complement and deepen his studies, options in the COVID-circumscribed world around him weren’t abundant. Then a program highlighted in an edition of the Larner Medicine newsletter caught his eye: The University of Vermont Cancer Center Summer Student Fellowships in Cancer Research was providing stipends to UVM graduate and medical students for cancer-related research projects, with mentorship from senior faculty members.

He promptly applied, was accepted, and spent the summer conducting data analyses on the effectiveness of youth anti-vaping campaigns, which sparked an interest in incorporating research into his future career.

“I’m interested in the pediatric population, and I’ve been looking into oncology as one of the main paths to investigate with that population,” he says.

In addition to Joaquin Reategui, the 2021 research fellows are: Cellular, Molecular and Biomedical Sciences (CMB) graduate students Alqassem Abuarqoub, (mentor: James Stafford, Ph.D., assistant professor of neurological sciences); Sean Lenahan(mentor: David Seward, M.D., Ph.D., assistant professor of pathology and laboratory medicine); Kiera Malone, (mentor: Karen Glass, Ph.D., associate professor of pharmacology); Allison Morrissey, (mentor: Andrea Lee, Ph.D., assistant professor of microbiology and molecular genetics); and Joshua Victor (mentor: Nimrat Chatterjee, Ph.D.,  assistant professor of microbiology and molecular genetics); Class of 2024 medical students Rachel Bombardier (mentor: David Krag, M.D., S.D. Ireland Professor in Surgical Oncology); Amy Chang (mentor: Alissa Thomas, M.D., associate professor of neurological sciences); Trevor Coles (mentor: Gary Stein, Ph.D., professor of biochemistry); Linda Cui (mentor: Nataniel Lester-Coll, M.D., assistant professor of radiology); and Mikaela Mohardt, (mentor: Brian Sprague, Ph.D., associate professor of surgery); and Pharmacology graduate student Kayla Sohl (mentor: Frances Carr, Ph.D., professor of pharmacology).

Read the full article.

Pictured above: Joaquin Reategui (courtesy photo).

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QuoteMarkBlueOver the years, I have come to understand that perpetrations of trauma and violence by those who hold power are not always physical or emotional in nature but can also be socio-cultural. We should not underestimate the insidious nature of media and cultural narratives that promote certain stereotypes as a way of removing power from marginalized groups. I have been able to integrate this understanding into questioning my beliefs around different groups and cultures, but it was not until my arrival at Zuni that I realized how deeply that narrative had rooted in my psyche around Native peoples.”

Sheridan Finnie, medical student, Class of 2022 

(Excerpted from a blog post written by UVM Class of 2022 medical student Sheridan Finnie about her experience rotating with physicians and healthcare providers at Zuni Comprehensive Community Health Center, an Indian Health Service site in New Mexico.)

Read “Expanding Horizons: A Month at Zuni Comprehensive Community Health Center” on the UVM Larner Med Blog.

Pictured: Sheridan Finnie.

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Accolades & Appointments

Mitchell Tsai

Mitchell Tsai, M.D., M.M.M., professor of anesthesiology, has been named editor-in-chief for the journal Perioperative Care and Operating Room Management (Elsevier).

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Presentations by Nuvance Health/Larner College of Medicine Global Health Program team members have been accepted for delivery at the Consortium of Universities for Global Health Annual Conference, “Healthy People, Healthy Planet, Social Justice,” which takes place virtually March 28-April 1, 2022. Their presentations include a panel featuring UVM Larner Global Health Director Mariah McNamara, M.D., M.P.H., Global Health Program partners Rati Ndhlovu, M.S., and Noeline Nakasujja, M.B.Ch.B., Ph.D., and Global Health Program Editor Mitra Sadigh. Among those presenting six poster abstracts are: Majid Sadigh, M.D., clinical associate professor of medicine and director of the Nuvance/Larner Global Health Program; Katie Wells, M.D., M.P.H., assistant professor and director of international emergency medicine and Global Health Program leadership committee member; Global Health Program partner Dilyara Nurkhametova; Bulat A. Ziganshin, M.D., Ph.D., Global Health Program leadership committee member; Irene Sue, Larner Class of 2022 medical student; Andrea Green, M.D., professor of pediatrics; and Molly Moore, M.D., UVM pediatrician.

Caitlin Marassi
Class of 2025 medical student Caitlin Marassi was elected to represent her class on the Larner College of Medicine Advancement Committee. 

Jason Stumpff and Alex Thompson

Jason Stumpff, Ph.D., associate professor of molecular physiology and biophysics, CMB doctoral student Alex Thompson, and former UVM undergraduate student researcher Sarah Vandal, are coauthors of a chapter, titled “Quantifying Changes in Chromosome Position to Assess Chromokinesin Activity,” in the recently published Springer textbook “Mitosis: Methods and Protocols.”



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