“The first step in the acquisition of wisdom is silence, the second listening, the third memory, the fourth practice, the fifth teaching others.”
~ Solomon Ibn Gabirol.

September 21, 2012


Happy 30th Birthday … Our Level One Trauma Center Celebrates …

In 1982 GHS Medical Center became Georgia’s first designated Level One Trauma center under the leadership of Drs. Arlie R. Mansberger Jr., (then) Chair, Department of Surgery, Dan Ward, Emergency Medicine physician and Richard C. Treat, first Trauma Chief. Dr. Colville Ferdinand, Chief, Section of Trauma and Surgical Critical Care is now at the helm of our trauma center ( Please join us in celebrating this life saving service of our institution.


Congratulations … Results Published in JAMA … A Big Deal … Lots of Noise …

Please join us as we congratulate Drs. Catherine Davis, Norman K. Pollock, Jennifer L. Waller, Jerry D. Allison, B. Adam Dennis, and Reda Bassali on the publication of a study in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) on the benefit of exercise in reducing diabetes risk and fatness in previously inactive, overweight children ( Also please join us in congratulating Dr. Sheldon Litwin as co-author on a University of Utah study in JAMA on the cardiovascular benefits of gastric bypass surgery after six years ( Drs. Davis and Litwin were quoted in NBC’s story on the Trust for America’s Health F as in Fat study also released Tuesday ( Dr. Davis’ study, which showed 20 minutes of exercise, was good but 40 minutes was even more beneficial, was featured on ABC ( numerous outlets across the nation.


Congratulations to our Department of Medicine Residents …

Please join us as we congratulate Department of Medicine Residents on their awards at the recent fall meeting of the Georgia Chapter of American College of Physician (ACP) meeting. First place went to Dr. Jonathan Gardner, for his Clinical Vignette “Dofetilide Induced Torsades de Pointes in a Patient with Takotsuo Cardiomyopathy”; Second place went to Dr. Ibrahim Sadek, for his Research
“A simple yet possibly effective model to decrease early deaths in Acute Promyelocytic Leukemia”; Third place went to Dr. Samip Parikh for his Research – Oral Presentation “Cytokine Profiling of Young Overweight and Obese Adult African American Females with Prediabetes” and Third Place Jeopardy went to Drs. Jonathan Gardner, Shaylee Dave, and Pratik Choksy. What an excellent showing by our residents.

Congratulations to “Team GHSU” … Advancement Takes the Spotlight …

Please join us as we congratulate our Advancement Team on receiving three of seven awards given out by the Greater Augusta Chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals. Ms. Eileen Brandon will receive the Outstanding Fundraising Professional Award; Our partner for the Children’s Medical Center Radiothon, Clear Channel will receive the 2012 Outstanding Local Partners Award; and our good friends and steadfast supporters Will and Janet McKnight will receive the Outstanding Philanthropist Award, which recognizes an individual or family whose record of generosity to charitable causes has significantly improved the quality of life in our community. We have had a ‘banner year’ in philanthropy and we appreciate all their successes.


Saturday Mammograms in October …

During October, the Breast Health Center is offering Saturday mammograms. To schedule a routine mammogram, please call 706-721-XRAY (9729). GHS was the first health system in Georgia – and one of only a few in the nation – to screen patients for breast cancer using tomosynthesis, a 3D digital mammogram that improves cancer detection and reduces false-positive results. (

Regional Campuses Are Growing Across the Nation … We Are Leaders …

Recently our Regional Campus Leadership Team had a highly productive meeting at the GHSU/UGA Medical Partnership Campus to review our progress and plan areas of priority for our distributed educational network. According to the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC), the number of regional campuses across the country have grown to 120 compared to last year of 94. We are very proud to be in that growing number. We want to thank Dr. Linda Boyd for her tremendous leadership of our regional campuses initiative, which is integral to our mission.


Diversity Summit … Another Great Success Again This Year … Great to be at the Kroc Center …

Congratulations to Dr. Kent Guion and the staff of the Office of Diversity and Inclusion on another successful Diversity Summit held last week at the wonderful Kroc Center. It was well attended with an excellent array of presenters. The keynote speaker, Ms. Soledad O’Brien, gave a remarkable and inspiring speech. Congratulations to Dr. Connie Drisko and Mr. Jonathan (Brett) Heimlich on receiving Diversity Leadership awards for their many efforts on behalf of our institution.


Consolidation Update and Information …

The Strategic Planning Council is in the process of evaluating goals and objectives, the Consolidation Working Group is preparing the draft prospectus (SACS due date no later than October 1) and the Facilities team is working on a plan to have ready by early December. Please see for more information.


Upcoming Dates and Events …

September 15th – October 15th – National Hispanic Heritage Month … Check out for all the events


September 22nd – Leukemia and Lymphoma Society’s “Light the Night Walk”


September 24th – 4th Annual Medical Scholars Day, 12-2 pm, Wellness Center … Come out and show your support for their great work!


September 25th – Richmond County Medical Society Meeting, 7 pm, Old Medical College


Month of October – Breast Cancer Awareness Month


October 4th – 2012 Lois T. Ellison Lecture, 3:30 pm, EC 1222, Dr. Sue Barman, Department of Pharmacology/Toxicology, Michigan State University, “What can we learn about the neural control of the cardiovascular system by studying rhythms in sympathetic nerve activity?”


October 11th – Alumni Reception in Valdosta


October 15th – Next Presidential Consolidation Open Forum


October 18th – Alumni Reception in Savannah


October 20th – MAG 158th House of Delegates Meeting, Savannah Georgia


November 2nd – Go Casual for Kids Day. Swap out your traditional work or class attire in favor of a more casual look and help raise funds for kids! Print and complete the Go Casual Order Form 2012 attached here and send with your payment no later than September 26, 2012 or online at Shirts will be available for pick up in the CMC lobby on October 18th and 19th.


November 2nd – 7th – Association of American Medical Colleges Annual Meeting, San Francisco


November 11th – Veterans Day


November 12th – 17th – Coinciding with Veterans’ Day, AAMC has designated November 12-17 as Joining Forces Wellness Week. The cornerstone event will be a daily Webinar series on military health issues – see link for schedule and topics. Contact Anita Navarro (


Many thanks for your leadership.

Warm Regards,