News Briefs for Faculty of CMSRU
September 2012
In This Issue
Breaking News!
Faculty Accomplishments
Newsletter Submissions
Faculty Development Series Begins Today!
Faculty Assembly Meeting
Media Coverage of Opening Events
Welcome Dr. Brad Fischer!
CMSRU Breaking News! 

Cooper Becomes First in New Jersey to use Fenestrated Endograph

Joseph V. Lombardi, MD,

Associate Professor of Surgery, and his surgical team recently performed New Jersey's first complex abdominal aortic aneurysm (AAA) repair using a fenestrated endograft. This recently FDA-approved device will enable treatment of 15 to 20 percent more AAA patients who previously were ineligible for traditional endovascular repair.


The fenestrated endograft is the world's first to incorporate tailored openings, or fenestrations, in the endograft's top section. This enables the self-expanding, fabric-covered stent-graft to treat aortic and aortoiliac aneurysms extending close to the renal and superior mesenteric arteries, which are then stented to reduce the risk of restricting or blocking blood flow to the kidneys and bowel.  


Each fenestrated device is custom-made from a spiral CT-generated 3-D computer model of the patient's anatomy. The fenestrations in the stent-graft are precisely positioned where the patient's renal or bowel arteries branch off.



Recent CMSRU Faculty Accomplishments


The following achievements were submitted to "Making the Rounds" by CMSRU faculty. 


If you have an achievement you would like to share with colleagues, submit it to coopermednews@rowan.edu



Vijay Rajput, Assistant Dean for Curriculum Phase II, co-wrote a letter that was published in the July 26 edition of the New England Journal of Medicine.  In it, Dr. Rajput and his co-authors comment on a study by Jha et al (April 26 issue),"The long-term effect of Premier pay for performance on patient outcomes," which concluded that that pay for performance has a null effect on hospital mortality.   


To view the letter, click here HERE.



Joel L. Marmar, MD, Professor of Surgery,was one of eight urologists nationwide selected by the American Urological Association (AUA) to develop evidence-based guidelines for vasectomy services.  The AUA board approved the guidelines in May 2012.


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Making the Rounds

First Faculty Development Program of Academic Year Scheduled for September 10

This year CMSRU and Cooper will continue to co-sponsor a variety of programs for the professional growth and development of our faculty. For the first event of the new academic year, we will welcome to our campus David M. Gaba, MD, and Edwin A. Bowe, MD, two distinguished professors and internationally renowned pioneers in the field of simulation.They will present the following programs:


Sept 10:  5:30-7:30pm -- Focus on Simulation

Debate: Simulation for Healthcare Education: Boon or Boondoggle

Location: CMSRU Auditorium


Sept 11:  7:30-8:30am -- Focus on Simulation

Grand Rounds: Lessons Learned about Crisis Resource Management and Simulation - 1985 to present

Location: CMSRU Auditorium


Sept 11:  5:30-7:30pm -- Focus on Simulation

Preventing Tragic Outcomes: A Multidisciplinary, Interactive Case-Based Workshop on Effective Crisis Resource Management

Location: CMSRU Auditorium


NOTE: These Sessions will have CME credits.

Clinical & Basic Science Faculty Connect at Assembly Meeting 
Visiting the laboratory space  

More than 150 CMSRU faculty attended the first official Faculty Assembly meeting in July. According to Annette Reboli, MD, Vice Dean, the meeting offered a review of important aspects related to serving on the faculty of CMSRU; a chance to tour the new building; and a networking opportunity for clinical and basic science faculty.


"This was an important opportunity to participate in the discussion and establishment of policies, advise the dean on matters related to teaching, research and other academic issues, and review the objectives of the educational program," explained Dr. Reboli."We discussed the roles and responsibilities of the faculty members as individuals, as well as the Faculty Assembly as a unit. I was pleased that so many participated."


In addition to Dr. Reboli, speakers at the Faculty Assembly meeting included Perry J. Weinstock, MD, Faculty Assembly President; Paul Katz, MD, Dean; John D. Baxter, MD, Chair of CMSRU Advisory Committee on Appointments and Promotions; Jocelyn Mitchell-Williams, MD, Associate Dean of Multicultural and Community Affairs. CMSRU faculty committees, appointments and promotions, and community engagement were also reviewed.


Touring the GAL 

Meeting attendees were also introduced to CMSRU's curriculum by Michael E. Goldberg, MD, Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, as well as specific learning objectives by Lawrence Weisberg, MD, Assistant Dean for Curriculum Phase I. In addition, John McGeehan, MD, Associate Dean for Admissions & Student Affairs introduced (although not in person) CMSRU's Class of 2016.


The next faculty assembly meeting will be in January 2013.   

Local, Regional Media Cover CMSRU Opening 
This summer, more than 300 business, political and community leaders from throughout New Jersey joined Governor Chris Christie to celebrate the grand opening of Cooper Medical School of Rowan University's state-of-the-art educational building.  


"Today's grand opening of Cooper Medical School represents a significant step forward in higher education for the state of New Jersey," said Governor Chris Christie."The establishment of a four-year medical school in Camden is long overdue, and I congratulate The Cooper Health System and Rowan University on this very successful collaboration."


Paul Katz, MD, Dean of CMSRU, noted the importance of the event."This is a historic day, especially for our two parent institutions, Cooper and Rowan. I commend the leadership of both institutions, as well as the bi-partisan leadership throughout the state, for their fortitude in working toward a vision of improved educational opportunities, job creation and better health care for the residents of this region," he said. 


A little over three weeks after the Grand Opening event, CMSRU's charter class of 50 students arrived for orientation week.


Following is a sampling of some of the media coverage CMSRU during these important summer events:


Focus on Faculty: Bradford D. Fischer, PhD

Bradford D. Fischer, PhD, has joined CMSRU's full time faculty as Assistant Professor of Biomedical Sciences.  He will educate medical students on topics related to neuroscience, neuropharmacology and substance abuse. 


Dr. Fischer earned his doctorate in Behavioral Neuroscience and Neurobiology from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.  He completed a post-doctoral fellowship in the Psychiatry Department of Harvard Medical School where he also served as co-chair of the Governing Board of the school's Postdoctoral Association.


Dr. Fischer's research interests are in the areas of neuropharmacology and behavioral pharmacology. He has received multiple awards for his research, including the" Roger T. Kelleher Award for Excellence in Neuroscience and Behavior" from Harvard Medical School and the "Young Investigator Award" from the American Society for Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics. 


Dr. Fischer is a member of the Society for Neuroscience, the American Society for Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics, the Behavioral Pharmacology Society, and the College on Problems of Drug Dependence.  At CMSRU, he will also function as a member of the CMSRU Admissions Committee. 


Welcome Dr. Fischer!

About Cooper Medical School of Rowan University
CMSRU is committed to providing humanistic education in the art and science of medicine within a scientific and scholarly community in which inclusivity, excellence in patient care, innovative teaching, research and service to our community are valued.

Core values include a commitment to diversity, personal mentorship, professionalism, collaboration and mutual respect, civic responsibility, patient advocacy and lifelong learning. 
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