Making the Rounds
News Briefs for Faculty of CMSRU
July 2014
In This Issue
How to Submit Story Ideas
M3 Students Begin CLIC
Faculty Promotions
Focus on Faculty: Dr. George-Weinstein
Rowan ScholarFest
Impacting the Community: CAMP
CMSRU Breaking News!
Published Research & Scholarly Activities

This month, the Journal of Critical Care published an article by a team of clinical researchers from Cooper.  The study, "Arterial Blood Pressure and Neurological Outcome After Resuscitation From Cardiac Arrest," was made possible by a competitive extramural research grant (Career Development Grant from the Emergency Medicine Foundation) to J. Hope Kilgannon, MD, Assistant Professor of Emergency Medicine.  Co-authors include:  Brian W. Roberts, MD, Assistant Professor of Emergency Medicine; Michael E. Chansky, MD,

Chair and Professor of Emergency Medicine; Stephen W. Trzeciak, MD, MPH, Associate Professor of Emergency Medicine and Associate Professor of Medicine, along with former Cooper Emergency Medicine resident Evan Cohen, MD and Critical Care Fellow Jessica Mitchell, MD.


Click HERE to read the article.

Russell Buono, PhD, Professor of Biomedical Sciences and Thomas Ferraro, PhD, Professor of Biomedical Sciences, co-authored "Analysis of candidate genes for morphine preference quantitative trait locus Mop2,"  which has been accepted for publication in Neuroscience. 

Thomas Ferraro, PhD, Professor of Biomedical Sciences, authored "Genetic Influences on Responses to Drugs used to Treat Epilepsy," a chapter in Wyllie's Treatment of Epilepsy (6th edition), which is currently in press. 

The June edition of the Journal of Vascular Surgery published two-year data on a global clinical trial focused on endovascular treatment of complicated type B aortic dissection. Joseph V. Lombardi, MD, Associate Professor of Surgery, was the trial's global principal investigator. The study's findings "represents a huge leap forward in understanding the natural history of dissection after endovascular repair," said Dr. Lombardi. Click HERE to read the article.

The Journal of Critical Care Medicine has accepted a manuscript for publication by Stephen Trzeciak, MD, MPH, Associate Professor of Emergency Medicine and Associate Professor of Medicine at CMSRU.  The study, "Randomized controlled trial of inhaled nitric oxide for the treatment of microcirulatory dysfunction in patients with sepsis," was funded by a grant from the National Institutes of Health. The manuscript will be assigned to an upcoming issue of the journal. 

Michael E. DiSanto, PhD., Associate Professor of Surgery and Biomedical Sciences, delivered two invited lectures at the 2014 Annual Meeting of the American Urological Association (AUA) held in Orlando, Florida.  At the American Society for Men's Health (ASMH) program his presentation was entitled "Role of Molecular Markers for the Future Evaluation and Treatment of Men's Health Issues" while his presentation at the Sexual Medicine Society of North America (SMSNA) program was entitled "Basic Science of Ejaculatory Function:  What Do We Know?"  

  Faculty in the Media

Thomas Ferraro, PhD, Professor of Biomedical Sciences at CMSRU, was interviewed for a segment on WHYY-The Pulse that explained the science behind the medication Narcan, used by Camden law enforcement to reverse the effects of heroin during an overdose.  Matthew Salzman, MD, Assistant Professor of Emergency Medicine at CMSRU, was also interviewed for the segment.  Click HERE to listen to the story or read the accompanying article.

John McGeehan, MD, Associate Dean for Student Affairs and Admissions, is featured in the book The Service Minded Physician.  A full chapter is dedicated to Dr. McGeehan's outlook on many facets of medicine, including real life experiences and wisdom he acquired after many years as a practicing physician.  Click HERE to read the chapter.

Debrah Meislich, MD, Assistant Professor of Pediatrics at CMSRU, discusses the importance of preparing medically before traveling abroad in the July issue ofSJ Magazine. Click HERE to read the full article.   

Allen D. Seftel, MDProfessor of Surgery, has been named to the editorial board of Journal of Men's Health, Dr. Seftel has a special interest in men's health in relation to male sexual function, male infertility, benign prostatic hyperplasia and testosterone deficiency in men. 

Nicole M. Fox, MDAssistant Professor of Surgery, spoke with a health reporter from WHYY the importance of children being properly restrained while traveling in cars.  Click HERE to read the story.  

Ernest M. Post, MDAssociate Professor of Pediatrics, was interviewed for the article in the Courier-Post that highlighted ongoing research in juvenile diabetes and some of the everyday struggles of children suffering from the disease. Click HERE to read the article.
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Don't Miss Faculty Appreciation 2014, Annual Assembly Meeting


It's not too late to RSVP for Faculty Appreciation 2014!  The event will be held Thursday, July 24 at 4:30 p.m., immediately preceding the annual Faculty Assembly Meeting at 5:30 p.m.


"We're excited that so many faculty members are planning to attend what we hope will become an annual event," says Rachael Berget, Director of Faculty Affairs at CMSRU. "It's a great opportunity for us to thank the faculty for their dedication and commitment to our growing school."


Invitations to Faculty Appreciation 2014 were sent electronically to all clinical and biomedical science faculty members. If you still need to RSVP and don't have the electronic invitation, please email CMSRU Event Coordinator Michele Epifani at  Epifani@rowan.edu. 

M3 Students Begin CLIC


We reached another milestone this month with the launch of the Cooper Longitudinal Integrated Clerkship (CLIC), the school's modern approach to the traditional clinical rotation phase of medical education.


The CLIC provides students with a continuous, seven month immersion with a cohort of patients in the core disciplines of Adult Primary Care (Internal Medicine and Family Medicine), Surgery, Neurology, Women's Health, Pediatrics and Psychiatry.  Students are paired with faculty preceptors from each discipline, and follow patients to scheduled visits, consultations with specialists, in-patient admissions for acute care, surgical procedures, childbirth, and acute and sub-acute rehabilitation services.  Radiology is experienced longitudinally, along with educational activities related to basic science, communication skills, and reflective sessions that assist students in understanding the complexity of healthcare today.  


Following a six-week hospital based immersion in the core disciplines, the students will begin ambulatory rotations. During this time, they will be in Cooper's ambulatory offices with periodic rotations and weekends on-call within the hospital. 


"The CLIC model will allow our students to participate in the comprehensive care of patients over time, to develop professional relationships with clinicians, and, at the same time, meet the year's core clinical competencies across multiple disciplines." explains Paul Katz, MD, Dean of CMSRU. "I thank our faculty in advance for creating a positive learning environment for them."

Faculty Promotions


Congratulations to the following faculty members who earned promotions this year: 



  • Marc Laufgraben, MD, Medicine
  • Alan Turtz, MD, Neurological Surgery

Associate Professor

  • Amanda Burden, MD, Anesthesiology
  • David Feinstein, DO, Medicine
  • David Fuller, MD, Orthopaedic Surgery
  • Anna Headly, MD, Medicine
  • Jennifer Kilgannon, MD, Emergency Medicine
  • Kathryn McCans, MD, Emergency Medicine
  • Anuradha Mookerjee, MD, Medicine
  • Dyanne Westerberg, DO, Family Medicine
  • Sergio Zanotti-Cavazzoni, MD, Medicine

Assistant Professor

  • Gerard Carroll, MD, Emergency Medicine
  • Nicole Leopardi, MD, Pediatrics
  • Behjath Jafry, MD, Medicine
  • Adaliz Rivera, MD, Family Medicine

Focus on Faculty:  Dr. Mindy George-Weinstein


Mindy George-Weinstein, PhD, joined CMSRU last summer as Professor of Biomedical Sciences. 


She earned her doctoral degree in Developmental Biology from Thomas Jefferson University in 1984. Following a postdoctoral fellowship at the University of Pennsylvania, George-Weinstein joined the faculty of the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine where she taught histology, cell biology and neuroanatomy. She received multiple teaching and service awards, including the Lindback Award for Distinguished Teaching. She also served on NIH peer review panels, editorial boards and academic committees.


George-Weinstein has been actively engaged in NIH sponsored research throughout her career. For many years, her laboratory focused on the cellular and molecular mechanisms regulating morphogenesis and differentiation in the embryo. The lab discovered the "Myo/Nog" cell whose activities are critical for normal development. Following her transition to the Lankenau Institute for Medical Research in 2008 as a full professor and Director of Training Programs, she began to study Myo/Nog cells in normal and diseased tissues of adult, including humans. The George-Weinstein lab developed methods for identifying, isolating, implanting and specifically killing Myo/Nog cells in a variety of organs. Their findings have been featured in high quality, peer-reviewed journals. The inventions that were developed in the George-Weinstein lab served as the basis for two patents and one provisional patent that illustrate their therapeutic potential.


At CMSRU, George-Weinstein teaches histology and embryology, is an Active Learning Group facilitator, and serves on multiple academic and research related committees. She also continues to engage in community service activities. Her current research projects involve analyses of the roles of Myo/Nog cells in fibrotic diseases and cancer.   


Rowan ScholarFest 2014: Call for Submissions 


Rowan University's Office of the Provost is inviting all faculty members to participate in ScholarFest 2014.


ScholarFest is a bi-annual event with the dual focuses of celebrating the scholarly and creative works of all of the faculty and staff in all fields of study on all of Rowan University's campuses, (CSMRU, Rowan Camden, Rowan Glassboro and Rowan SOM) and creating an opportunity for participants to interact with colleagues from other disciplines/campuses.


The range of eligible scholarly and creative works includes: peer-reviewed/juried journal articles, books, book chapters, artwork, musical compositions, poetry, fictional works and creative nonfiction.


To submit your work for recognition at ScholarFest, please visit www.scholarfest.rowan.edu  and create a "scholar profile." Your scholar profile will consist of basic information about you (name, email, department), your work (publication title and publication type) and how your work matches our pre-defined set of interdisciplinary themes (creativity, discovery, engagement, innovation, inquiry, integration, invention, movement, reflection, rhythm, and vision).


ScholarFest 2014 is co-sponsored by Rowan University Libraries, the Friends of Campbell Library and the Office of the Provost. The submission deadline is Monday, October 6, 2014. For more information, contact Aileen Bachant, Marketing and Outreach Coordinator for the Rowan University Libraries, at bachant@rowan.edu or 856-256-4961


The ScholarFest event will be held on October 28, 2014.  

IMPACTING THE COMMUNITY:  Cooper Afterschool Mentoring Program (CAMP)


During the 2013-2014 academic year, a group of CMSRU students developed and launched a unique mentoring program that has motivated dozens of local high school students to study hard and make good choices in order to achieve their goals.


Known as the Cooper After-school Mentoring Program - or CAMP - the program served 42 high school students from Camden and Pennsauken. The students visited weekly where a team of medical student volunteers helped them with school work, provided science enrichment and offered one-on-one mentoring to help keep these young people on the path toward success.


"Our interactions with these kids from Camden and neighboring areas through CAMP enabled us to develop relationships and create a program for high schoolers that we believe will have a strong impact on them as students and as young adults," explained Atlee Melillo, now a third year medical student at CMSRU and co-founder of CAMP.


Click HERE to read more about CAMP.

CMSRU Associate Dean Named ELAM Fellow

Susan Perlis, EdD, Associate Dean for Curriculum & Innovation, was recently named a Fellow of the Hedwig van Ameringen Executive Leadership in Academic Medicine (ELAM) at Drexel University College of Medicine for 2014-2015.


This is the 20th incoming class for ELAM, the only program in North America dedicated to preparing women for senior leadership roles in academic health science institutions, where they enhance institutional leadership diversity while contributing to organizational strategy and innovation.  The one-year, part-time program combines three week-long in-residence sessions with distance learning, designed to take the leadership lessons gained from the classroom to practice in the Fellows' institutions.


Congratulations Dr. Perlis!  
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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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