Making the Rounds
News Briefs for Faculty of CMSRU
February/March 2015
In This Issue
Published Research & Scholarly Actvities
Warren R. Heymann, MD, Professor of Dermatology and Pediatrics, was a lead author on "Epstein-Barr virus:  Dermatologic associations and implications" published in the January 2015 edition of the Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology. The text was Part I of a CME article which looked at mucocutaneous manifestations of Epstein-Barr Virus and nonmalignant disorders. Click HERE to read the abstract.

Hieu T. Hoang, MD, and Michael Sabia, MD,

Assistant Professors of Anesthesiology,  Marc Torjman, PhD, Associate Professor of Anesthesiology, and Michael E. Goldberg, MD,

Professor of Anesthesiology,

recently published an article in the journal Pain Management that reviewed whether medical trainees are being effectively educated to treat chronic pain. Click HERE to read the full text.

Pain Management is published by Future Medicine (UK, London), renowned for its collection of journals providing healthcare practitioners and research professionals with a unique source of objective, cutting-edge information on exciting trends in medicine, healthcare and clinical practice. 
Marion Lombardi, MS,
Chief Student Affairs Officer, and Kate Dayton, PhD, Director of Admissions, are participating in the 2015 Northeast and Southern AAA-GSA/OSR Joint Spring Meeting in New Orleans.

Ms. Lombardi will present a poster entitled "Emotional Intelligence: Humanism in Medicine."
The poster, developed in collaboration with CMSRU medical librarian Susan Cavanaugh, MS, Dyanne Westerberg, DO, Family Medicine Chair, and M2 student Caroline Kaigh, focuses on Emotional Intelligence training and its effect on medical students' communication skills, professionalism and empathy. 

Dr. Dayton will host an educational session entitled "Holistic Review:  Facing the Challenges of MCAT2015"  as well as  a Town Hall open question and answer period
for this professional group. 

John McGeehan, MD, Associate Dean for Student Affairs and Admissions, was invited to join the Holistic Review team of the AAMC and will attend a day-long retreat in Miami prior to the 2015 Joint Professional Development Conference for Admissions and Student Diversity Affairs. He will also lead two sessions at the national meeting, including one he is co-presenting with Jocelyn Mitchell-Williams, MD, PhD, Associate Dean for Diversity and 

Community Affairs. The joint presentation will focus on an alternative to MCAT scores during the admissions process by way of the standardized patient modules. Drs. McGeehan and Mitchell-Williams will highlight the role of CMSRU's unique holistic review process in building a diverse and mission-matched student body.  

Michael E. DiSanto, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Biomedical Sciences and Surgery, was recently named to the Board of Directors of the American Society for Men's Health (ASMH) at their December 2014 Annual meeting. Dr. DiSanto will oversee the basic science component of the society. ASMH brings together multiple disciplines to address men's health issues, including urology, cardiology, endocrinology, oncology, gerontology, psychiatry, psychology, sexual and reproductive medicine, public health and others. 


Dr. DiSanto also participated in the roundtable discussion "Urologic Health in Women" last fall at the Society for Women's Health Research (SWHR). meeting in Washington, DC.   The roundtable included leading scientists in basic and clinical women's urologic health research along with NIH representatives. 

Patty Vitale, MD, MPH, Assistant Professor of Pediatrics and Emergency Medicine, and CMSRU M1 student Amanda Malik participated in the "Guns Down, Life Up" Assembly in New York City this past fall.  Dr. Vitale spoke about the Camden GPS program during a panel discussion on how to start a hospital-based violence intervention/prevention program.  There were many important attendees at the program, including political leaders from the New York state assembly and mayor's office.  Ms. Malik was the only medical student in attendance and was able to network with many leaders in the field of violence prevention.

An anesthesia text book co-authored by Amanda Burden, MD, Associate Professor of Anesthesiology, earned a five-star rating from Doody's Listings and Reviews.  The book, Crisis Management in Anesthesiology, is a cognitive development aid to guide people administering anesthesia, both individually and as part of a team in the operating room, to take care of patients in a more thoughtful and vigilant way. "This is a tremendous book with the single focus of improving patient safety in the fluid situation of anesthesia administration," the assessment reads.  "...this [book] is the only one that highlights the importance of the development of cognitive and behavioral skills that are important for averting disaster in crisis situations. This is a must read for safe and better care of patients under anesthesia."

CMSRU faculty
presented at the World Psychiatric Association

 XVI World Congress in Psychiatry Conference in Madrid, Spain, last fall. The conference theme was "Focusing on Access, Quality and Humane Care."  Rao Gogineni, MD

andConsuelo Cagande, MD, Associate Professors of Psychiatry, presented the workshop "Current Trends in Human Sexuality." Dr Gogineni presented "Child Sexual Abuse" and Dr Cagande presented "LGBTQ: A Global Perspective." Carla Rodgers, MD, Clinical Professor and Forensic Psychiatrist, and Dr. Wilhem Rivera, Chief Resident and Clinical Instructor of Psychiatry, presented "Increasing Access to Care for Dangerous Individuals. Review of the Anders Brevik and Seng Hui Cho murders cases. Where could access have been initiated?"
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Renowned Cancer Reseracher to present at April BMS Seminar

The Department of Biomedical Sciences will host a special seminar on Tuesday, April 7, Noon-1 p.m. in the CMSRU Multipurpose Room.  Margaretha Wallon, PhD, from Lankenau Institute for Medical Research, will present "TIMP-4 Expression Signature Can Predict Recurrence and Treatment Response in Patients with Triple-Negative Breast Cancer."  Lunch will be served.

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If you have news related to your position at CMSRU that you would like to share with your fellow clinical and basic science faculty members, please submit it to:  coopermednews@rowan.edu

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CMSRU offers summer enrichment for teens interested in med school

This summer, CMSRU is launching MEDacademy, a four-week program for academically gifted high school students that will provide science enrichment and exposure to the field of medicine and life in medical school. 


Only 20 highly motivated students currently in 10th, 11th or 12th grade who are in excellent academic standing and demonstrate an interest in medicine will be admitted into this competitive program. MEDacademy will run June 29 through July 24, Monday-Friday, 9am to 4pm. Tuition for the four-week program is $2,500 and includes: scrubs and stethoscope, daily lunch, field trips, graduation diploma and ceremony, and more.


To learn more, bring your aspiring physician and join us for a brief informational session, hands-on demonstrations, tours and light refreshments at the MEDacademy Open House at CMSRU on Saturday, March 14 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.  RSVP by March 9 to 856-956-2785 or email  medacademy@rowan.edu.


Additional information and application materials can also be found HERE. The deadline for submission of application materials is Friday, March 27.

New faculty appointments


Cooper Medical School of Rowan University is proud to welcome the following new members of our esteemed faculty:


Assistant Professor

Smith Jean, PhD, Anesthesiology             

Rachel Haroz, MD, Emergency Medicine

Gregory M. Richards, MD, Radiation Oncology

Adam D. Perry, MD, Surgery


Associate Professor

Tulin Budak-Alpdogan, MD, Medicine


Clinical Associate Professor

Michael W. Shore, MD, Psychiatry


Clinical Instructor

Nicole J. Abel, MD, Medicine

Shaffer R.S. Mok, MD, Medicine

Joy R. Reyes, MD, Psychiatry

Joshua S. Chern, DO, Radiology


Clinical Professor

Jay D. Amsterdam, MD, Psychiatry


Instructor of Clinical Medicine

Hazel A. Nurse-Bey, MD, Medicine

Jaymica Patel, MD, Medicine

Sadaf Ausaf, MD, Medicine



Adolfo E. Prettelt, MD, Family Medicine

David S. Yorio, DO, Family Medicine        

Patrick M. Cronin, MD, Medicine

Wissam S. Zaeeter, MD, Medicine

Anne M. Gordon, MD, Pediatrics

Stacey R. Hammer, MD, Pediatrics

Velmina S. Rivera, MD, Pediatrics

CMSRU Night at the Arden


Lou needs a kidney.  Will his estranged daughter give him one?  What does it mean to give a part of yourself to someone else?


Cooper Medical School of Rowan University and The Arden Theatre are proud to present the world premiere of the thought-provoking new play Under the Skin, by Michael Hollinger.  The event, hosted by Drs. Saifuddin and Robin Mama, is Thursday, March 12 at The Arden in Philadelphia. 


"This play's interesting perspective on humanism in medicine will resonate with all of us who work in health care," says Dr. Mama.  "I look forward to sharing this evening with my students and colleagues from Cooper."  


Tickets for the event are $15 per person, and include a pre-performance reception with hors d'oeuvres, drinks, and a candy bar.  The reception is 6:45 p.m. and the curtain rises at 8 p.m.  Visit  HERE to purchase tickets or for more information.

Admissions update


Applications to Cooper Medical School of Rowan University reached a record high of 5,941 - an increase of 12.6 percent over last year and more than double the number we received for our charter class in 2012. Of those applicants, 69 percent of them were from New Jersey residents.  To date, 351 prospective students have been interviewed for one of the 80 spots in the Class of 2019, with two Interview Days remaining for the year.  So far, 113 outstanding candidates were offered acceptances. The average GPA of those accepted is 3.62, and 17 percent of them are from groups underrepresented in medicine.  


CMSRU is holding a "Second Look Day" for accepted students on Saturday, April 11. The final roster of students will be complete in June, with the new class arriving for orientation on August 11.

R. Phillip Dellinger, MD receives Lifetime Achievement Award from Society of Critical Care Medicine 


Congratulations to R. Phillip Dellinger, MD, Chairman of the Department of Medicine, on receiving the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Society of Critical Care Medicine (SCCM) at its January meeting in Phoenix, Arizona.  


This award honors a SCCM member who has demonstrated meritorious contributions to the field of critical care through the advancement of medical science, medical education or medical care. Dr. Dellinger is one of only 15 recipients of the Lifetime Achievement Award in the 45-year history of the SCCM. Click HERE to read the full article on Dr. Dellinger's recent honor.

Campus construction update

Construction projects that will enhance our campus are currently underway both inside and outside Cooper Medical School.


Fourth Floor Project

When CMSRU was built, the decision was made to leave "shell" space for future development -- if and when significant needs were identified.  In April, newly constructed space on the fourth floor will be unveiled that provides additional space for academic instruction, offices, and some dedicated space for student and faculty wellness, including two new active learning rooms, a multipurpose room/wet lab, two meditation rooms, and studio space for fitness and wellness programs.  The Office of Student Affairs and Admissions and the Information Technology Department are also moving into the new space.


Broadway housing

Construction of The Cooper Village Apartment complex, located on the 400 block of Broadway directly across the street from CMSRU, is also progressing.  Phase I will bring to the block 21 new one- and two- bedroom apartments for medical students, as well as a new retail space. The new apartments will be completed this summer, just in time for the arrival of our new students in August.  Phase II will bring an additional 30 units to the campus by early 2016.

Fun Fact:  67 of CMSRU's 182 students currently live in Camden.


Block 189

The acquisition of Block 189, located behind CMSRU, was completed in 2014.  Rowan University has completed the required bidding process for demolition of the buildings located on the site.  Once the demo is complete, Block 189 will be used to ease some of the Health Sciences Campus's parking crunch. 

CMSRU student earns Gates Cambridge Scholarship


Congratulations to CMSRU second year student Jonathan Kanen, who has been awarded a prestigious and highly competitive full-cost Gates Cambridge Scholarship to pursue PhD study at the University of Cambridge. Gates Cambridge Scholarships are awarded to outstanding applicants from countries outside the United Kingdom to pursue a full-time postgraduate degree at Cambridge.


Jonathan will work with Professor Trevor Robbins, who has been included on the Institute for Scientific Information's list of the 100 most cited neuroscientists. Jonathan's work will focus on integrating pharmacological and neuroimaging methods to examine the influence of the neurochemical serotonin on emotional and behavioral flexibility in humans.He hopes his MD/PhD training will optimize his ability to increase communication and collaboration between neuroscientists and psychiatrists. Jonathan will complete his medical degree at CMSRU following his PhD work at Cambridge.

CMSRU faculty members participate in COGS pilot program

Rowan University is piloting a new online Certificate of Graduate Study in Health Professions Education, and a handful of CMSRU faculty members were selected to participate in the first session.  Funded by a grant from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, the COGS pilot includes four graduate-level courses, including Teaching Adult Learners, The Curriculum of Higher Education, Assessment and Evaluation in Health Professions Education, and Applied Instructional Techniques and Practices.


"Rowan University is well-known for educating educators, and with its growing health sciences programs, this is a logical next step," says CMSRU Dean Paul Katz, MD.  "This new program will help prepare our clinical faculty to be leaders in medical education by enhancing their teaching and curriculum development skills."


Rowan University hopes to officially roll out the COGS in Health Professions Education to the public during the 2015-2016 academic year. 

PolicyMap Database Demo scheduled for March 5

CMSRU's Medical Library is hosting a PolicyMap Demonstration on Thursday, March 5 in Room 422.  Three sessions are available: 10 a.m. to Noon; Noon - 2 p.m.; and 2 - 4 p.m.

PolicyMap has a wealth of data that can be useful for a Community Health Needs Assessment or other work in the public health realm.  This includes data concerning physical health, infant and maternal health, uninsured populations, various federal programs, and the location of health facilities such as hospitals and FQHCs.  In addition, the tool includes a broad array of data related to social determinants of health, such as demographics, income, healthy food access, the economy, housing, public transportation, etc.


PolicyMap will also be adding data from the Behavior Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS) in upcoming months.  These indicators will include alcohol consumption, cholesterol awareness, chronic health indicators, disability, healthcare access/coverage, health status, hypertension awareness, immunization, injury, overweight and obesity, physical activity, tobacco use, and fruit and vegetable consumption. These data will be available down to the census tract level, so it will provide users with a granular look at the health of neighborhoods.


With PolicyMap, you can: 

  • Quickly pull data for your CHNA (Community Health Needs Assessments) 
  • Analyze the existing public health infrastructure in relation to demand for services 
  • Create rich maps and reports in minutes - no GIS training required 
  • Download our data, upload yours, and share internally among your epidemiologists and researchers 
  • Access the largest place-based data library on the web - one source for all your public health research needs 

Rowan faculty members can access Rowan University/CMSRU PolicyMap subscription HERE.


For more information or to RSVP for a March 5 PolicyMap demo session, please email Karen Stesis, CMSRU Medical Librarian, at stesis@rowan.edu or call 856-342-2522.

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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