Dr. Len White’s Coursera Course makes Class Central’s Top 50 MOOCs of All Time list!


We are pleased to announce that Dr. White’s Coursera Course, Medical Neuroscience, has made it to Class Central’s Top 50 MOOCs of All Time. It was one of 13 science courses that made the list, and the only one from Duke (Duke has 40 MOOCs on Coursera at present). In total, there are now more than 6000 MOOCs from over 600 universities.

View the entire list at: https://www.class-central.com/collection/top-free-online-courses.

Piedmont Member, Anastasios (Tasos) Korompilias, elected as Professor and Chair of the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery at the University of Ioannina School of Medicine

Anastasios_Korompilias.pngWe would like to congratulate former Duke clinical research fellow and active Piedmont Member, Dr. Anastasios (Tasos) Korompilias, who was elected as Professor and Chair of the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery at the University of Ioannina School of Medicine.

Tasos worked as a clinical research fellow at Duke from 1994-1997 with a focus on microsurgery and avascular necrosis of the femoral head. He returned to Greece, and in September 2015, succeeded another former Duke trainee, Dr. Alex Beris, as Chair after Beris’s retirement.

The transition of the leadership of the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery in Ioannina, from one former Duke trainee to another, pays homage to the tremendous experience that was received while at Duke, as well as the continued support and friendship between orthopaedics at Duke and in Greece.

The Greek-Duke door that was generously opened by Dr. James Urbaniak has been a beacon of hope and success in Greek Orthopaedics and Microsurgery.  Over four decades, at least five Professors and Chairs of Orthopaedic Surgery in Greece have trained at Duke, Drs. Soucacos (Athens and Ioannina), Malizos (Thessalia), Beris (Ioannina), Zoubis (Athens), and now Korompilias (Ioannina).

We look forward to continuing to foster this relationship for years to come and would like to congratulate Dr. Korompilias on this incredible achievement.

Jeffrey R. Bytomski, DO, Receives Golden Apple Award

jeffrey-r.bytomski-doWe would like to congratulate Jeffrey R. Bytomski, DO, who was awarded the Golden Apple Award for Outstanding Teaching (2015-2016) by the Duke Family Medicine Residency Program.

The Golden Apple is the most prestigious teaching award given by the medical school student body. Three awards are given each year: one each to a preclinical faculty member, a clinical faculty member, and a housestaff member. To be selected for this award, winners must be nominated by students and receive the most votes in a student body-wide ballot.


Congratulations again to Dr. Bytomski on this image1incredible achievement.

Fraser Leversedge, MD, appointed as Research Division Director for the American Society for Surgery of the Hand

fraser-j.leversedge-mdCongratulations to Fraser Leversedge, MD, who will begin a three-year term as Research Division Director for the American Society for Surgery of the Hand on October 1, 2016.  His nomination was overwhelmingly approved by a recent electronic ballot sent to members.  Dr. Leversedge has previous Council experience as a Member-at-Large and has also served on the AFSH Board of Trustees.  During the next few months, Dr. Leversedge will work closely with outgoing Research Division Director Kevin C. Chung, MD, MS to ensure a smooth transition.  We look forward to great things to come!

Benjamin Alman, M.D., and Team Trace Origin Cell of Bone and Soft Tissue Tumors, Test Drug Target

Contact: Samiha Khanna
Phone: 919-419-5069
Email: samiha.khanna@duke.edu

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DURHAM, N.C. — Scientists at Duke Health are part of a team that has discovered a type of cell surrounding blood vessels can also serve as a starting point for sarcoma, a form of cancer that occurs in bones and connective tissues.

The findings, made through studies of mice, offer insights that could aid in the development of potential new treatments for the rare but devastating cancer, which has 15,000 new diagnoses annually in the U.S.

In an article to be published online July 14 in the journal Cell Reports, the international team of researchers describe tracing the lineage of the cancer back to the pericyte, a cell that supports the body’s blood vessels. According to the findings, genetic mutations in these cells led to osteosarcoma and soft-tissue sarcoma, as well as non-cancerous tumors. Continue reading

Annunziato Amendola, MD Inducted as AOSSM President

Screen Shot 2016-07-12 at 10.45.16 AMWe would like to congratulate Annunziato Amendola, MD, who was installed as the 45th president of the American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine (AOSSM) on Saturday, July 9th, 2016, during the Society’s Annual Meeting in Colorado Springs, CO.

The American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine (AOSSM) is a global leader in orthopaedic sports medicine education, research, communication and fellowship, and includes national and international orthopaedic sports medicine leaders. The Society works closely with many other sports medicine specialists, including athletic trainers, physical therapists, family physicians, and others to improve the identification, prevention, treatment, and rehabilitation of sports injuries. AOSSM is also a founding partner of the STOP Sports Injuries campaign to prevent overuse and traumatic injuries in kids.

Again, congratulations to Dr. Amendola on this achievement.

Sarah Byrd, NP-C, inducted into Emory’s Sports Hall of Fame


Emory University will induct four new members into its Sports Hall of Fame with its Class of 2016 including (from right to left): Sarah Byrd (cross country/track and field), Mark Odgers (men’s tennis), Lindsey Hoffner Baron (women’s swimming and diving), and Ted Karniewicz (baseball). The ceremony will take place on the evening of Saturday, Sept. 24, at the Miller-Ward Alumni House on the Emory campus. Photo credit: Emory Athletics

We would like to congratulate Sarah Byrd, NP-C, who was recently inducted into Emory University’s Sports Hall of Fame for her exemplary performance in Women’s Cross Country/Track and Field (1998-2002). Sarah, who originally is from Weldon, NC, is an NP in the Spine Division, and attended Emory for her BA (2002), BSN (2005), and MSN (2006). Continue reading

Janet Bettger, ScD, published in Health Services Research

janet_prvubettger_newWe would like to congratulate Janet Bettger, ScD, who was published in Health Services Research for her study “Duration to Admission and Hospital Transfers Affect Facility Rankings fromthe Postacute 30-Day RehospitalizationQuality Measure.”

The study examined changes in facility-level risk-standardized rehospitalization rankings for postacute inpatient rehabilitation facilities after modifying two model parameters. They used national Medicare enrollment, claims, and assessment data to study 522,260 patients discharged from inpatient rehabilitation in fiscal years 2010–2011.

Read the full article here. Continue reading