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Two Georgetown University graduates, David Fajgenbaum (NHS'07), MD, MSc, and Eric Oermann (C'07, M'13), MD, have been named to the Forbes "30 Under 30" list in the health care category.




Twenty first-year students at Georgetown's School of Medicine surprised visiting fifth graders from Moten Elementary School with gifts of stethoscopes. The visit culminated a semester-long service-learning course carried out by the medical students under the auspices of the Department of Family Medicine. 

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Two GUMC researchers -- C. Richard Schlegel, MD, PhD, and Anatoly Dritschilo, MD -- have been named 2014 Fellows of the National Academy of Inventors for their groundbreaking discoveries.




Michael Stoto, PhD, professor of health systems administration and population health, led a research team from Georgetown and Harvard that evaluated the 2014 Elk River chemical spill in Charleston, W.V.


GUMC professor and researcher Dionne Smith Coker-Appiah, PhD, MAEd, is one of four psychologists selected to receive a 'Rising Star Award' during the biennial National Multicultural Conference and Summit (NMCS) this month. 




As a fourth-year medical student, Antonio Webb, MD (M'14), spent a month at John F. Kennedy Medical Center in Liberia, where he saw first-hand how the hospital prepared for Ebola at the earliest stages of the epidemic.

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Diane Davis (NHS'78), MSN, RN, an instructor of nursing, has helped form a collaboration between Georgetown and Mary's Center to support the education of medical assistants. Georgetown's nursing students are participating in the effort.




A concrete pad outside of MedStar Georgetown University Hospital is transformed as a meditative space with the help of The Freddy and Diana Prince Labyrinth, painted by artists from Georgetown Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center's Arts and Humanities Program.

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NPR interviewed Dr. Richard Schlegel about his research with conditionally reprogrammed cells.


USA Today profiled Dr. Daniel Lucey highlighting his experience in the Ebola hot zone.


Dr. Michael Ullman joined a panel of experts on The Diane Rehm Show to talk about the brain and learning multiple languages.


CBS News Radio interviewed Dr. Ranit Mishori about why mortality among pregnant women is increasing.


Two of the top 10 most read news articles in the ASCO Post featured studies presented by Georgetown Lombardi researchers, including Dr. Sandra Swain and Dr. Bruce Cheson.


Dr. James Giordano weighed in on the issue of neurosecurity with io9.


Dr. John VanMeter's study on common factors for teens at risk for alcohol abuse reported by Psych News Central.

Medscape covered a presentation in which Dr. Jacqueline Jonklaas discussed controversial hypothyroidism treatment guidelines.


AlzForum and Medscape reported on Dr. Scott Turner's preliminary results from the resveratrol study for Alzheimer's.


Medscape talked to Dr. Kevin Donovan about the many ethical decisions facing physicians.


International Business Journal quoted Dr. Ranit Mishori regarding the lack of evidence that cleansing diets are beneficial.


WTOP conducted a live interview with Dr. Dan Lucey about Ebola (clip not yet available).


Oncology Times reports on a meeting held by the Ruesch Center at Georgetown in November about the need for research funding.


Corey Carson, a senior resident, wrote an article about prolotherapy that was published in The Washington Post.


Dr. Louis Weiner commented on the FDA approval of a "biosimilar" drug in HemOnc Today.


US News & World Report interviewed Dean Ray Mitchell about students transferring in medical school.


The Ruesch Center for the Cure of GI Cancers annual symposium in December received robust  coverage by Medscape:

In a video blog, Dr. John Marshall drills down on immunotherapy for GI cancers.

Dr. Marshall also discussed in an article the use of immunotherapy in GI cancers

Drs. Marshall, He, Pishvaian and Smaglo reviewed GI treatment advances made in 2014.

Drs. Marshall and Pishvaian discuss molecular profiling and cancer costs.


Special note:

In December, GUMC hosted 16 journalists from the National Press Foundation for a half-day tour and lectures featuring Drs. Michael Atkins, Richard Schlegel, Anna Riegel, Sherrie Wallington and Anton Wellstein. Topics during the visit included conditionally reprogrammed cells (CRCs), CRCs applied to breast cancer research, HPV vaccine development and HPV vaccination challenges.


Georgetown Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center at MedStar Georgetown University Hospital has launched a new study that uses tumor genomic profiling to match lung cancer patients with investigational drugs designed to target the specific gene alterations driving their particular cancers.

A report issued a year after the 2014 Elk River chemical spill in Charleston, W.V., concludes that the biggest challenge faced by health officials was public distrust stemming from uncertainty about the potential harms of the chemicals.

The Georgetown Lombardi family was saddened to learn of Stuart Scott's passing from cancer. This fall, we chose Stuart to receive our 2014 NFL Players Association Georgetown Lombardi Award.

Two related proteins exert a lethal double whammy effect against glioblastoma cells when activated with a small molecule, say researchers at Georgetown Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center.

Two Georgetown University Medical Center researchers have been named 2014 Fellows of the National Academy of Inventors (NAI): Richard Schlegel, MD, PhD, Oscar B. Hunter Chair of Pathology, and Anatoly Dritschilo, MD, chair of radiation medicine.

Georgetown's scholar-athletes encourage their fellow students to commit to preventing sexual assault in a student-produced video promoting the White House's It's On Us campaign.

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Check out this great NPR story about Georgetown Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center pathologist Dr. Richard Schlegel's groundbreaking cell culturing technique, which is opening new doors to researchers worldwide for studying many cancers and an array of other diseases. 

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All of us at Georgetown Lombardi were saddened to hear of the passing of the incomparable Stuart Scott. His spirit will live on in all of the lives he has touched.

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Proud to see one of our own on the Forbes 2015 "30 Under 30" list for healthcare! Class of 2013 grad, Dr. Eric Oermann, is recognized for his research including work on developing a way to personalize radiation doses for patients with cancer using artificial intelligence.

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Good morning from snowy St. Mary's Hall @Georgetown!

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Mark your calendars! On January 29 Georgetown Lombardi will host a public reception and book signing featuring internationally renowned photographer, painter and author William Wegman.

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Medical Alumni Spotlight, Steve Silvestro (C'02, M'06), shares his experiences as founder of G-town Clowns and his involvement with the Mind-Body Medicine Program. Read the complete interview to learn how these experiences have impacted his life and work as a pediatrician and bone marrow harvesting physician.

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More events >

Thursday, January 22, 1:30-3:30 p.m. 


Thursday, January 29, 4:30-6:30 p.m.

Lombardi Atrium

William Wegman: "Out of the Box" Reception and Book Signing

(Exhibit on view through March 15)
Sponsor: Lombardi Arts & Humanities Program 


Wednesday, January 28, 12:00-1:30 p.m.

Med-Dent, NE201CA

Appointments and Promotions for Medical Educator Track
Sponsor:  Office of 
Faculty and Academic Affairs


Thursday, February 5

Research Building Auditorium

Featuring Robert Englander, MD, MPH of the
Association of American Medical Colleges 

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