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A magazine for alumni and friends of the Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University

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    William Jenkins, 75, of Millinocket, ME, died February 27, 2015. He grew up in the Bangor, ME, area and, after attending the University of Maine, he served in the US Army for several years, including two years in Vietnam, where he earned two Bronze Stars; he retired from the Army Reserve as a lieutenant colonel. [...]

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  • 05/15/15--15:38: Healing Thoughts
  • A new research fund will test the science behind ancient health traditions. Anecdotal evidence abounds to suggest that mind-body exercises help sick people heal. Now scientists are trying to figure out why. Some studies have found that contemplative practices like mindfulness or tai chi exert specific effects on body-related areas in the brain; others suggest they can enhance immune function. “But what nobody [...]

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  • 05/15/15--15:38: Medical Maverick
  • An emergency medicine doc traces the evolution of the specialty. Who is the prototypical emergency medicine doctor? An adrenalin junkie who enjoys lots of stress and never knowing what will happen next, and who can work in a fast-paced, information-poor environment, according to emergency physicians interviewed in the documentary 24|7|365, which was written and produced by Mark Brady, MPH MD’09. Brady is [...]

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  • 05/15/15--15:38: Phone Consult
  • Need a summary of a landmark journal article? There’s an app for that. Manuel Lam ’04 MMS’09 MD’09 recalls the endless clinical trials his attending physicians referenced during rounds when he was a resident at Stanford. “AFFIRM, ACCORD—we would try to jot down all the acronyms to look up later, but there were just so many,” he says. Now residents can [...]

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  • 05/15/15--15:38: The Second Power
  • Frustrated by the education system, an alumna founds a school for exceptional students. Year after year, Kimberly Busi MD’97 watched in frustration as her son fell deeper down the rabbit hole. When he was 18 months old, she and her husband suspected that he might have some developmental challenges. By age 8, they knew he had Asperger syndrome and would be classified [...]

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  • 05/15/15--15:38: Bio’s Big Day
  • The life sciences at Brown go under the microscope. From climate change to the microbiome, from aging to brain science, the mysteries, discoveries, and revolutions in life sciences research at Brown were on full display one Saturday in early March at the Day of Biology. The event, part of Brown’s year-long 250th anniversary celebration, drew alumni, students, and faculty [...]

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  • 05/15/15--15:38: Inbox
  • Equal Exchange

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  • 05/20/15--13:42: The Fighter
  • A longtime local advocate for kids’ mental health care gets a national stage. A large tarpon can measure up to 8 feet long and weigh well over 200 pounds. Called the silver king for the shimmering scales that plate its sides, it’s legendary among sportfishermen for its stamina and fighting spirit. Once hooked, those hundreds of pounds of muscle launch into the air, throwing the [...]

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  • 05/20/15--13:45: A Gentleman and Scholar
  • We say farewell to the Medical School’s founding dean. On a frigid January day, the Brown community woke to nearly two feet of snow and the news that the founding dean of its Medical School, Stanley M. Aronson, MD, MPH, had died, at the age of 92. Aronson was born, educated, trained as a physician, [...]

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  • 10/02/15--08:47: A Dark Cloud
  • The fight against TB carries on in Ukraine. The twins ran up to me, dressed identically in blue plaid shirts and tan shorts, excited to see a new face. They took turns counting to 17 in English, skipping numbers and laughing, eager to show off their skills to a native speaker. I asked them how long they had been in the [...]

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  • 10/07/15--08:00: Stirring the Pot
  • What do we really know about medical marijuana? Ellen Smith P’05 thought her doctor was crazy. Two years earlier, he’d finally put a name to the source of the pain that had plagued her for 54 years: Ehlers-Danlos syndrome, a connective tissue disorder that stretches her ligaments and tendons and leaves her prone to frequent subluxations. They’d tried to alleviate the pain with [...]

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  • 10/07/15--08:10: Step It Up
  • Two alumni are elected to key University posts. For the first time ever, the president of the Brown Alumni Association will be a Medical School alumnus. Galen Henderson MD’93 is president-elect of the BAA, an organization composed of and serving alumni of all Brown’s degree programs. After his two-year term, he’ll serve another two years as president. Henderson is director of neurocritical [...]

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  • 10/07/15--08:46: Top Doc
  • An alumna and faculty member takes the helm at the Department of Health. Nicole Alexander-Scott, MD F’09 MPH’11, assistant professor of pediatrics and medicine, was unanimously approved by the state Senate as the director of the Rhode Island Department of Health in May. Originally from New York, Alexander-Scott completed an infectious disease fellowship in medicine and pediatrics at Brown [...]

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  • 10/09/15--16:16: Suniti Solomon, MD Hon.’06
  • Suniti Solomon, 76, of Chennai, India, died July 28, 2015. Globally renowned as the pioneering force in India for treating people with HIV and slowing the rate of infection in that country, Solomon worked closely with Alpert Medical School faculty and students for more than two decades. For her achievements, Brown honored her with a Doctor of Medical Science degree in 2006. The growth [...]

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  • 10/09/15--16:16: Tree of Knowledge
  • Who knew? At the 25th anniversary celebration of Brown’s Medical School, in 2000, attendees received an unusual party favor—a tree sapling. They were the offspring of a plane tree outside of Arnold Lab, the home of the Medical School administration at the time; that tree, in turn, was purportedly a descendant of the tree under [...]

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    Yuri Tomikawa ’12 found herself on the phone with psychologist after psychologist in Providence, asking questions about appointment times, insurance, and therapy strategies. She was not in Providence, however, but in New York City, where she was working as a business analyst. Tomikawa was searching for therapists not for herself, but for friends and acquaintances. [...]

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  • 02/10/16--11:53: Hippie to Hippocrates
  • Putting on the white coat shouldn’t change the person who wears it. On October 17, 2015, Clinical Associate Professor of Medicine Jon Elion delivered the Charles O. Cooke, MD, Distinguished Visiting Lecture to the MD Class of 2019 at the annual Ceremony of Commitment to Medicine, where students receive their first white coats. This essay is the text of [...]

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  • 02/11/16--06:47: The Digital Revolution
  • Tech is changing health care as we know it. But can it make it better? Late one night in the not-so-distant future, a man stumbles into an emergency department with slowed breathing and slurred speech. A triage nurse scans his face with an iPhone camera and records an erratic pulse and low blood pressure. At bedside, a resident dons a Google Glass [...]

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  • 02/11/16--11:53: Inbox
  • Bone collector In the Winter 2015 edition of Brown Medicine, there is an article by Kris Cambra (“The Past Is Present”) about the wonders to be found in the basement of the Biomed Center. As a freshman at Brown in 1968-1969, I was employed by Dr. George Erikson to measure the bones for research that [...]

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  • 02/11/16--11:53: Ghost in the Machine
  • Doctors can help design better electronic records. “And, we’re down.” Amid the Halloween costumes, there was an eerie silence. No typing, no clicking, no mouse-shuffling. Just a bunch of medical professionals, ironically dressed as the Minions, staring at each other. The electronic medical record system had crashed, and we had to run the emergency room on paper. I shuffled around the secretary’s desk looking for [...]

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