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Medical Center Bioethicist Appointed to Pontifical Council for Culture

Kevin Fitzgerald, PhD, SJ, has been appointed by Pope Francis to serve as the consultor to the Pontifical Council for Culture. Fr. Fitzgerald began serving his five-year term on July 1. Read the Georgetown University Medical Center news article for more information. 

GUSOM Golf Invitation & Inaugural Lauerman Memorial Cup Recap

The Department of Anesthesia won first place at the 5th Annual Georgetown University School of Medicine Golf Invitational on June 30 at Raspberry Falls Golf Club. The tournament was also the first year of the Laureman Memorial Cup, in honor and remembrance of Dr. William Lauerman (M'82). Photos and a complete recap of the event are available on the School of Medicine website

Commencement 2014

On Sunday, May 18, the School of Medicine Commencement took place at Warner Theater. The 198 members of the Class of 2014 were addressed by George Thibault, M.D. (C'65), president of the Josiah Macy Jr. Foundation. The day before, 10 members of the class were sworn into the United States military in a separate ceremony. Click here to view the entire commencement ceremony. In addition, photos from commencement can be found on our Facebook page.

GUMC Panel Discussion during Reunion Weekend 2014

Saving Memories: The Fight Against Alzheimer's and Dementia  

There is currently no cure or effective treatment for Alzheimer's disease, which, according to the World Health Organization, is expected to double every 20 years worldwide - from 35.6 million individuals in 2010 to 115.4 million by 2050. Georgetown has discovered and validated a blood test that can predict with 90 percent accuracy if a healthy person will develop mild cognitive impairment (MCI) or Alzheimer's disease within three years.

On Friday, May 30, Georgetown researchers, faculty and alumni examined the scientific, societal and ethical impact of this important discovery, and shared highlights of the groundbreaking research and innovation occurring at Georgetown University Medical Center in neurodegenerative disorders. 

Please read the GUMC article about the panel discussion for more information. 

Three Medical Alumni receive the 2014 Georgetown University Alumni Association Founders Alumni Awards

Congratulations, Stephen C. Luck, M.D. (G'86, M'90), Marissa McDonnell, M.D. (C'87, M'93, R'97), and John Patrick Nairn, M.D. (G'84, M'88) for your dedication and support to the Georgetown University School of Medicine. The Founders Alumni Awards were bestowed on Friday, April 11 at the 2014 Alumni Service Recognition Awards Banquet.

Dr. Luck is actively involved with School of Medicine student and alumni programs such as the White Coat Ceremony, the World of Choices Student and Alumni Networking events, student shadowing, and Dine with a Doc. Dr. Luck also served as President of the Georgetown Clinical Society in 2011.

Dr. McDonnell has been a member of the Medical Alumni Board since 2008 and is currently Chair of the Communications Committee. Dr. McDonnell is also involved with the Dine with a Doc program and has served as a mentor to recent School of Medicine graduates through the M.A.T.C.H. program. 

Dr. Nairn is currently serving his second term on the Medical Alumni Board. Dr. Nairn is actively involved with the Georgetown Scholarship program and is a member of the Georgetown Parents Leadership Council.  

World of Choices: Medical Center Student and Alumni Networking Event

On April 29, current School of Medicine and Health System Administration students spoke with alumni representing a variety of specialties and career paths at World of Choices. The event provides a platform for alumni to share their career paths, professional training, and work/life balance experiences with students. Visit our Facebook page to view more photos from World of Choices 2014.  

Match Day 2014

The Georgetown School of Medicine Class of 2014 received their matches on March 21 at noon. Dean Stephen Ray Mitchell, M.D., noted that 51 percent of the class matched with top 25 residency programs, according to U.S. News and World Report. Visit the Hoya Medical Alumni Facebook page to see photos from Match Day 2014. 

2014 St. Baldrick's Day Fundraiser Raises Over $35,000 for Pediatric Cancer Research

On March 28, members of the Georgetown University Medical Center community participated in the St. Baldrick's Day event to raise funds for pediatric cancer research. Over 60 participants shaved their heads in support of the cause. Please visit the Georgetown University Medical Center website for more information and to view photos from the event.   

John Carroll Award recipient, medical alumna, Regina Torsney-Durkin, M.D. (C'73, M'77)

Regina Torsney-Durkin, M.D. (C'73, M'77) was honored during John Carroll Weekend 2013 in London for her lifelong achievements that exemplify the ideals and traditions of Georgetown University and its founder.  For more information on the Georgetown University Alumni Association Awards and past John Carroll Award recipients please visit the Georgetown Alumni website.

In Memoriam: John C. Rose, M.D. (M'50, H'73, Parent), former Dean of Georgetown University School of Medicine 

John C. Rose, M.D., former Dean of the Georgetown University School of Medicine, died November 11, 2013.  He was 88 years old.  "There have been gigantic people at Georgetown, and John Rose is one of them," said Dr. Milton Corn, who was the school's dean in the 1980's.  "I think he was the single biggest architect of the modern Georgetown School of Medicine."  Read Dean Mitchell's tribute to Dean Rose. 

Medical Reunion Weekend 2013 was a great success!

Over 450 alumni and guests returned to Georgetown University to celebrate Medical Reunion Weekend 2013. Check out the pictures from the weekend here.

W. Proctor Harvey Clinical Teaching Amphitheater Video

The W. Proctor Harvey Clinical Teaching Amphitheater is the highest-priority capital improvement project for the School of Medicine as part of Georgetown's For Generations to Come campaign. Improvements are underway and this completely new space will be named after one of the School of Medicine's most esteemed faculty leaders, the late W. Proctor Harvey, M.D., one of the nations most respected cardiologists who taught generations of Georgetown students about the importance of the human touch in medicine. To learn more about this important project please watch the video below:

To find out how you can help us reach our goal please contact Libby Bell at eb326@georgetown.edu or 202-687-5428 or Laura Barnes at leb99@georgetown.edu or 202-687-0805.

The story of a gift

Elinor Bond Martin, M.D. (M'79, R'83), lived her life as the embodiment of cura personalis, the Jesuit ideal of caring for the whole person that permeates every aspect of a medical education at Georgetown University. To honor her inspiring career and the countless lives she touched, her family has established the Elinor Bond Martin, M.D. (M'79, R'83) Endowed Scholarship for the School of Medicine. To learn more about her incredible career path and to see how great caring leads to great philanthropy, please watch the video below.

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