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Professional Recognition


Douglas Landsittel, PhD, was invited to be the Keynote Speaker for the Puerto Rico Clinical and Translational Research Consortium Scientific Day Conference entitled "Relevant Translational Research Questions to Eliminate Health Disparities." The conference was held in May 2015 in San Juan, Puerto Rico. Dr. Landsittel’s topic was "Patient-Centered Comparative Effectiveness Research as a Tool for Transformative Change."

Susan Zickmund, PhD, was invited to chair the new Health Services Research and Development (HSR&D) Patient Engagement Workgroup to advise HSR&D leadership on how to increase veteran input in Veterans Affairs (VA) research questions, priorities, outcomes, and measures of impact. Dr. Zickmund was also invited to present a talk to the Veterans Health Administration National Leadership Council on "Patient Satisfaction and the Veteran Experience."

Adam Gordon, MD, MPH, was one of nine VA leaders invited to update the VA/Department of Defense Substance Use Disorders Clinical Practice Guidelines.

Walid Gellad, MD, MPH, was invited to participate as a member of the Technical Expert Panel for a systematic evidence review entitled, "Interventions to Improve Pharmacological Adherence among Patients with Psychotic-Spectrum Disorders, Bipolar Disorder, and Posttraumatic Stress Disorder." This review is supported by the VA HSR&D Evidence-Based Synthesis Program.

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Appointments and Elected Offices

Kevin Kraemer, MD, MSc, Director; Adam Gordon, MD, MPH, Co-Director; and Lauren Broyles, PhD, RN, Co-Director, were appointed to lead the new Section of Treatment, Research, and Education in Addiction Medicine (STREAM) within the Division of General Internal Medicine at the University of Pittsburgh.

Galen Switzer, PhD, has been appointed as the new Co-Director of the recently renewed Center for Health Equity Research and Promotion (CHERP) Post-Doctoral Fellowship in Health Services Research. This fellowship program, supported by the VA Office of Academic Affiliations, welcomes applications from MD and PhD fellows.

Kevin Kraemer, MD, MSc, has been elected Treasurer of the Association for Medical Education and Research in Substance Abuse. He begins his two-year term in November 2015.

Kenneth J. Smith, MD, MS, FACP, has been named Deputy Editor of Medical Decision Making; Dr. Smith has been serving as Associate Editor since 2009. In addition, Dr. Smith and Janel Hanmer, MD, PhD, will serve as meeting Co-Chairs for the Society for Medical Decision Making Annual Meeting, which will be held in Pittsburgh in October 2017.

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Research led by Lauren Broyles, PhD, RN, entitled “Trial of Nurse-Delivered Alcohol Brief Intervention for Hospitalized Veterans,” was featured on the national VA research website. This project is supported by the VA Nursing Research Initiative.

The influence of YouTube on the drinking habits of adolescents recently gathered international interest. A paper titled “Portrayal of alcohol intoxication on YouTube,” published in Alcoholism: Clinical and Experimental Research, spurred more than 60 news reports across the globe from the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette to Liputan 6 in Indonesia. Researchers, including Brian Primack MD, PhD, and Jason Colditz, MEd, of The Center for Research on Media, Technology, and Health, studied the most frequently viewed clips involving alcohol use on YouTube. Their published findings showed frequent humor and only rare portrayals of possible negative outcomes regarding consumption of alcohol.

Molly Conroy, MD, MPH, was invited by the editor of MedicalResearch.com to submit a written interview on her recent publication, “Effectiveness of a Physical Activity and Weight Loss Intervention for Middle-Aged Women: Healthy Bodies, Healthy Hearts Randomized Trial.”

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Conference Participation

American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine Annual Assembly

Robert Arnold, MD: Presentation, “Lights! Camera! Feedback! — Video-based Coaching to Improve Teaching and Communication Skills,” February 26th, 4:30-5:30 p.m.

Julie Childers, MD: Presentation, "From NPO Needs Feeding Tube to Palliative Dysphagia Management: How to Collaborate with Speech Language Pathologists" (presented with Sarah Stranberg), February 28th, 1:15-2:15 p.m.

Rene Claxton, MD: Presentation, "Putting the 'I' Back in 'QI' - Teaching Lifelong Skills in Clinician-Directed Quality Improvement," February 27th, 1:30-2:30 p.m.

Monika Holbein, MD, and Jenn Pruskowski, PharmD: Poster Presentation, "What to do now: Alternative Agents for Delirium," February 25th, 5:00-7:00 p.m.

Lisa Podgurski, MD: Interactive Educational Exchange, "Brief Mindfulness-Based Self-Care Curriculum for an Inter-professional Group of Palliative Care Professionals," February 27th, 4:30-6:00 p.m.

Yael Schenker, MD: Presentation, "Perceptions of palliative care among hematologic malignancy specialists: a mixed-methods study," February 28th, 10:45-11:00 a.m.

Presentation, "Care management by oncology nurses to address palliative care needs: A pilot trial to assess feasibility, acceptability and perceived effectiveness of CONNECT intervention," February 28th, 11:00-11:15 a.m.

Society of General Internal Medicine

Associate Program Directors Internal Medicine

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