Department of Medicine

University of Pittsburgh

GIM News
Donna L. Bishop, Editor

Next issue:
December 2009

Submission deadline:
November 6, 2009

E-mail: bishopdl@upmc.edu

Professional Recognition

Said Ibrahim, MD, MPH, received the 2009 Excellence in Research Award from the VA Pittsburgh Healthcare System (VAPHS). The award is presented each year to a VAPHS investigator who has made outstanding contributions to improving the lives of veterans through his or her research. Nominations are solicited from the VAPHS research community and are reviewed by the Research and Development Committee. In the selection process, the committee considers significant achievements during the previous year as well as lifetime accomplishments.

Susan Zickmund, PhD, was appointed in April 2009 to the Executive Committee for the HIV/Hepatitis Group of the Quality Enhancement Research Initiative (QUERI). The goal of QUERI is to improve the quality and efficiency of VA health care by systematically translating clinical research findings and evidence-based recommendations into routine clinical practice.

Mark Roberts, MD, MPP, representing the Society for Medical Decision Making, was asked to give expert testimony before the Federal Coordinating Council for Comparative Effectiveness Research on June 10, 2009, in Washington, DC.

Bruce Lee, MD, MBA, was a key presenter at the May 2009 meeting of the Pennsylvania Department of Health's Epidemiology Journal Club. The journal club was established to facilitate discussions of current scientific literature in epidemiology and in public health in general. At the meeting, Dr. Lee reviewed a computer simulation model of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. The model was developed by investigators at the University of Pittsburgh and Research Triangle Institute in North Carolina.

David McAdams, MD, was recently appointed a fellow of the Society of Hospital Medicine, the only medical society devoted entirely to hospitalists and the hospital medicine movement. The society was founded in 1996, and its mission is to ensure the delivery of high-quality patient care, the pursuit of innovative research, and the implementation of policies that reflect the highest standard of ethics in medicine.

Walid Gellad, MD, MPH, was appointed to the FDA Advisory Committee on Nonprescription Drugs. He participated in his first meeting in July 2009, when the committee considered the risks and benefits of over-the-counter acetaminophen products.