The Human Genome Exhibit, currently on display in Washington D.C. at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History, features the groundbreaking identical twins research conducted by New York City plastic surgeon, Darrick Antell M.D. F.A.C.S. Dr. Antell completed his surgery residency in 1985 at the Stanford University Medical Center.
Dr. Antell’s published work, “How Environment and Lifestyle Choices Influence the Aging Process”, sought to understand how lifestyle choices such as excess sun, smoking, and stress can contribute to the aging process. Through this study, it was concluded that environmental and lifestyle factors can accelerate the aging process independently of genetic influences.
His research is highly regarded among scientific journals and consumer publications and has even been featured nationally by programs such as Good Morning America. Dr. Antell has recently reached a new level of recognition as his findings were deemed worthy of display at the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History. Visitors to the Smithsonian can view Dr. Antell’s work as part of the Human Genome Exhibit, a display commemorating the 10th anniversary of the completion of the Human Genome. Next year, the Human Genome Exhibit will tour other natural history museums around the country and the world. (www.antell-md.com)
In September 2013, Ilene Wong sold a young adult novel, None of the Above, to Balzer and Bray/Harper Collins for publication in Spring 2015 under the pen name I. W. Gregorio. The book, which was pitched as Middlesex meets Mean Girls, was inspired by an intersex patient she treated while a resident at Stanford. Visit www.iwgregorio.com for details. The day after her book deal, Ilene gave birth to her second child, Gabriel Gregorio, 6 lbs., 10 oz., and 19 in. Ilene currently resides in Philadelphia and would love to get in touch with any alumni in the Philly area and beyond. She can be reached at email@example.com.
Abraham Verghese, MD, professor of medicine and best-selling author of the novel Cutting for Stone, has been selected to receive the $250,000 Heinz Award for Arts and Humanities.
"Dr. Verghese's widely acclaimed writings touch the heart and inform the soul, giving people of all walks of life a true understanding of what it is to heal the whole person — not just physically, but emotionally," Teresa Heinz, chair of the Heinz Family Foundation, said in a news release announcing the annual Heinz Awards in five different categories: arts and humanities, the environment, the human condition, public policy and technology, the economy and employment.
Verghese is vice chair for the theory and practice of medicine in the Department of Medicine and the Linda R. Meier and Joan F. Lane Provostial Professor. He is a strong advocate for the value of bedside manner and the physical exam — skills he sees as waning in an era of increasingly sophisticated medical technology.
"As a teacher and a caregiver, Dr. Verghese has shown how the best physicians are those who understand that healing is about more than medicine," said Lloyd Minor, MD, dean of the medical school. "As a writer, he has shared this message broadly, reminding us all of the enduring power of the human touch."
Cutting for Stone was on The New York Times bestseller list for more than two years. Verghese's first book, My Own Country, a memoir about AIDS in rural Tennessee, was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award. He has been published extensively in the medical literature. His writing also has appeared in The New Yorker and The Atlantic, among other magazines.
"In my work as a writer, I have always tried to convey the notion that medicine is a uniquely human, person-to-person endeavor," Verghese said. "In my view, it is a ministry with a calling."
The Heinz Awards are given in memory of U.S. Sen. John Heinz, a Pennsylvania Republican who died in 1991.
The 19th annual awards will be presented April 3 during a private ceremony at the Heinz History Center in Pittsburgh.
The New York Academy of Medicine has honored Kenneth Kendler, MD’77, with the Rachel Brown Banks Distinguished Professor of Psychiatry and professor of Human Genetics, with its 2013 Thomas William Salmon Award in Psychiatry.
In making its award, the academy noted “his brilliant and determined quest to illuminate the etiology of schizophrenia, substance abuse, and personality disorders. … Dr. Kendler’s research has truly revolutionized our knowledge of the foundations of mental health. His academic work and translational contributions to the field have set the stage for the next chapters of research and practice in the science of psychiatry.”
Each year The New York Academy of Medicine’s Salmon Committee on Psychiatry and Mental Hygiene recognizes a prominent specialist in psychiatry, neurology or mental hygiene by presenting The Thomas William Salmon Award for outstanding contributions to these fields. On the same occasion, The Thomas William Salmon Lecturer, chosen from among the nation’s most talented investigators, is invited to share his or her research with the New York area psychiatric community. Kendler was honored as the Thomas William Salmon Lecturer in 2001.
Dr. Kendler earned his medical degree from Stanford in 1977 and completed a psychiatry residency at Yale University in 1980. He now is the Rachel Brown Banks Distinguished Professor of Psychiatry and professor of Human Genetics at the Virginia Commonwealth University School of Medicine. He is also the director of the Virginia Institute for Psychiatric and Behavioral Genetics.
Molly Cooke, MD '77, was elected to the Institute of Medicine in October 2013. Election to the IOM is considered one of the highest honors in the health sciences, and new IOM members are elected by current active members through a highly selective process that recognizes people who have made major contributions to the advancement of the medical sciences, health care and public health.
Dr. Cooke, a professor of medicine at UCSF, is a general internist, medical educator and medical ethicist, and is the current president of the American College of Physicians. Cooke has explored ethical questions in urban public hospitals, particularly those associated with HIV. She has made important contributions to medical education and professional leadership by bringing to bear insights from the learning sciences, combining fields including cognitive psychology, anthropology and computer science.
Warren J. Leonard, MD '77, was elected to the Institute of Medicine in October 2013. Election to the IOM is considered one of the highest honors in the fields of health and medicine and recognizes individuals who have demonstrated outstanding professional achievement and commitment to service.
Dr. Leonard is chief of the Laboratory of Molecular Immunology, NIH Distinguished Investigator, and director of the Immunology Center at the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute. His research focuses on the biology, signaling, and molecular regulation of molecules known as cytokines, which are critical for the development and function of the immune system. He has made groundbreaking contributions in basic and applied research, including identifying the molecular cause of several forms of human inherited immunodeficiency. Dr. Leonard received his AB in mathematics, magna cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa, from Princeton University, Princeton, NJ, in 1973 and his MD from Stanford in 1977.