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From AIDS to Ebola: Georgetown Doctor Treats Epidemics All Over the Globe
No stranger to deadly viruses, Daniel Lucey, MD, an infectious disease physician and adjunct professor with GUMC, shares his experiences of fighting the Ebola epidemic in Liberia and Sierra Leone. 




A new student-run free clinic that is based on Georgetown's HOYA Clinic model will open its doors next month on the southeastern coast of Antigua. Georgetown faculty have served as constant advisors to the students and faculty of University of Health Sciences in Antigua as they have worked towards the opening. 

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Renovations are nearing completion of the Medical Center's new marketplace, which is undergoing a transformation to provide the community a greater variety of grab-and-go food options. Now it just needs a name. 




The student-led Minority Health Initiative Council at the School of Nursing & Health Studies marks its fifth anniversary this January. At a celebratory luncheon, the council launched a guest lecture series.



Dr. Kevin Donovan explains to 
Bloomberg the clash of responsibilities faced by companies and patients when determining compassionate use of unapproved drugs.


The New York Times interviewed Dr. Rebecka Lundgren about a Save the Children program teaching gender equality.

Several news outlets covered a commentary in the British Medical Journal by Dr. Kenneth Lin questioning widespread screening for Hepatitis C. Wall Street JournalBloomberg NewsSan Francisco Chronicle, and HemOnc Today. The BMJ published a podcast. 

Dr. Ranit Mishori was interviewed for 
NPR All Things Considered about detox diets.

The Washington Post interviewed NHS Interim Dean Pat Cloonan and Prof. Kathy Ellis about the success of its online family nurse practitioner graduate program.

 Weekend Edition aired a story about Dr. Joel Selanikio's time treating Ebola patients in Sierra Leone.  An audio journal from his trip is published on the website. Dr. Selanikio also was interviewed by Westwood One radio network about the apparent ebbing of Ebola cases in West Africa.

Georgetown Dish
 and The Examiner previewed William Wegman: Out of the Box, an exhibit on display in the Lombardi Atrium.

 carried an event about the Sunshine Act. Dr. Adriane Fugh-Berman was a panelist. The event also was covered by MedPage Today.


The Hoya covered a couple of GUMC news items including the selection of Dr. Richard Schlegel and Anthony Dritschilo to the National Academy of Inventors, and the choice of two GUMC grads for Forbes magazines list of "30 Under 30." 

Dr. Kenneth Lin discusses lung cancer screening in his inaugural Medscape video blog.


People who use cochlear implants for profound hearing loss do respond to certain aspects of music, contrary to common beliefs and limited scientific research, says a research team headed by an investigator at Georgetown University Medical Center. 

In light of recent recommendations for widespread hepatitis C screening, researchers are calling for clinical trials to determine if that screening would result in greater benefit or harm.

Widespread among adolescents, intimate partner violence and sexual violence can place young people on a lifelong trajectory of aggression -- either as victims or perpetrators -- endangering their sexual and reproductive health now and in the future.

Sunitinib, an agent approved for use in several cancers, provides unprecedented antitumor activity in thymic carcinoma, a rare but aggressive tumor of the thymus gland, according to a phase II clinical trial led by a researcher at Georgetown Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center.

Georgetown receives the 2015 Carnegie Classification for Community Engagement for its commitment to its surrounding Washington, D.C. neighborhoods and global communities.

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Missed @ONeillInstitute #Ebola convo yesterday w/Dan Lucey? Catch highlights:  @oneillconversation @GeorgetownLaw

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Jack the Bulldog took time out of his busy schedule to visit Georgetown Lombardi this week to check out the exhibit "William Wegman: Out of the Box," 27 photographs featuring the artist's most recognizable subject matter: Weimaraner dogs. 
William Wegman will visit Georgetown Lombardi on Thursday, Jan. 29, for an event sponsored by Lombardi's Arts & Humanities Program, where some of his prints and books will be for sale to benefit the cancer center program.

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National Cancer Prevention Day is February 4th. Join our very own Dr. Marc Schwartz and Dr. Chris Loffredo, for presentations and panels bringing attention to prevention.

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Women and men for others: Nursing alumna Jennifer Hill (G'14), MS, RN, FNP-C, attended Georgetown's online master's program in nursing to become a family nurse practitioner. She provides health care to the homeless through her work at ChesPenn Health Services. Hoya Saxa! Read more:

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The new student welcome HH is in full swing!

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Tuesday, January 27, 4:00 p.m. 

Gaston, Healy Hall 

Lessons from Ebola: Toward a Post-2015 Strategy for Pandemic Response 

Jim Yong Kim, M.D., Ph.D.
President of The World Bank Group

Sponsor: Georgetown Global Futures Initiative


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


Tuesday, February 3, 5:00-7:30 p.m.

Gaston, Healy Hall

Conversations in Bioethics: Personal Genomics

Sponsor: Kennedy Institute of Ethics 


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


Friday, January 30, 12:00-1:30 p.m.

Warwick Evans, Building D

Compensation Equity Studies with Anne Wright, PhD

Sponsor: Georgetown Women in Medicine 

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Thursday, February 5

Research Building Auditorium

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

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