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

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  • 10/20/17--08:45: Good Luck Charm
  • Alum Mike Zahalsky is again on the winning tribe after Survivor reassigns the contestants. Survivors were met with a surprising order at the top of episode 4 of CBS’s Survivor: Heroes vs. Healers vs. Hustlers: everyone was told to “drop their buffs.” It wasn’t as naughty as it sounds; the contestants were being reassigned to new [...]

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  • 10/27/17--08:39: Never Underestimate Dr. Mike
  • Showing a little grit, Mike Zahalsky finds the coveted immunity idol. Mike Zahalsky ’95 MMS’98 MD’99, the “sex doctor” of CBS’s Survivor: Heroes vs. Healers vs. Hustlers finished episode 5 with a huge advantage and an undoubtedly proud family back home in Florida: he found one of the three prized immunity idols. Zahalsky dug up the [...]

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    Alum Mike Zahalsky brings his medical skills into play in a dramatic ‘Survivor.’ When a member of the Yawa tribe takes a sudden fall, two “Healers” jumped into action on episode 6 of CBS’s Survivor: Heroes vs. Healers vs. Hustlers. Mike Zahalsky ’95 MMS’98 MD’99, with the help of Jessica, a nurse practitioner, shifted into professional [...]

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  • 11/10/17--07:30: Game Changer
  • In his first tribal council on ‘Survivor,’ Dr. Mike loses his closest ally. Nothing shakes up a season of Survivor like the long-awaited merge, where the three tribes become one and it’s every player for him or herself. On episode 7 of Heroes vs. Healers vs. Hustlers, Mike Zahalsky ’95 MMS’98 MD’99 made it to [...]

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  • 11/17/17--07:20: On Top of Spaghetti
  • Alum Mike Zahalsky makes it to the halfway point on ‘Survivor.’ Twenty-one days on the island. Eleven survivors left. And Mike Zahalsky ’95 MMS’98 MD’99 is still standing. The reward challenge on episode 8 of Survivor: Heroes vs. Healers vs. Hustlers randomly split the group into two teams to take turns hitting targets with a [...]

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  • 11/24/17--09:47: A Question of Honor
  • If you happen to have a seatbelt, now would be a good time to put it on. Things started getting bumpy for Mike Zahalsky on Episode 9 of Survivor: Heroes vs. Healers vs. Hustlers. But first, it was reward challenge time. The castaways were randomly divided into two teams of five and had to perform [...]

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    In a doubleheader, Dr. Mike’s closest ally is double-crossed. This week we were treated to two episodes of Survivor: Heroes vs. Healers vs. Hustlers—which consequently meant two eliminations. Episode 10 opened with the castaways discussing Mike Zahalsky ‘95 MMS’98 MD’99 playing a surprise immunity idol at tribal council. They questioned his logic, since there was [...]

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  • 12/08/17--06:19: Burn, Baby, Burn
  • Alliances are in ashes after a particularly stormy episode of ‘Survivor.’ Some episodes of CBS’s Survivor: Heroes vs. Healers vs. Hustlers play out like a smooth sea, others like a dangerous ocean swell. Episode 12 was more like a hurricane for which a category has not yet been designated. After a rehash of Joe being voted [...]

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  • 12/15/17--11:18: He’s a Survivor
  • Alum Mike Zahalsky heads into the finale (mostly) unscathed. Despite the nail-biting suspense of this week’s tribal council on Survivor: Heroes vs. Healers vs. Hustlers, there’s still a doctor in the house—er, on the island—as Mike Zahalsky ’95 MMS’98 MD’99 managed to hang on. After last week’s prime target, Ben, used an immunity idol to [...]

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  • 12/23/17--03:54: End of the Line
  • In Survivor‘s wild finale, urologist Mike Zahalsky doesn’t make the cut. The second half of season 35 of Survivor: Heroes vs. Healers vs. Hustlers dished out ample erratic behavior, unexpected twists, and lawless tribal councils, Mike Zahalsky ’95 MMS’98 MD’99 managed to survive them all. But the “Survivor gods” squirreled away even more surprises for [...]

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  • 02/09/18--05:55: Martin E. Felder, MD ’52
  • Martin Felder, 87, died December 31, 2017, in Carlsbad, CA. Born and raised in Fall River, MA, he graduated from Brown in 1952 and from Tufts University School of Medicine in 1956. After internship and residency in surgery at The Ohio State University he joined the US Public Health Service, completing his service as a [...]

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  • 02/09/18--14:31: Friendly Persuasion
  • Patient behavior change is the key to successful outcomes. Psychologist Mark Aloia, PhD RES’95 F’96, an associate professor of medicine at National Jewish Health in Denver, is one of a relatively small number of board-certified clinicians working in behavioral sleep medicine. Foremost a clinical researcher, Aloia has one foot in industry, where he has an [...]

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  • 02/09/18--14:31: A People Without Country
  • Two faculty members find themselves in the midst of the worst humanitarian crisis in the world: among the displaced Rohingya in Bangladesh. Although the line is long with people waiting to see the doctor, there are no complaints. Headaches, fevers, diarrhea, skin rashes—the usual primary care issues. I have participated in many of these clinics: [...]

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  • 02/09/18--14:31: The Good Fight
  • Hepatitis C is the deadliest infectious disease in the US. The VA has a strategy to defeat it among veterans. Homelessness, mental health disorders, and substance use can be barriers to care for patients with hepatitis C. Many state Medicaid programs, including Rhode Island’s, restrict treatment to healthy, sober individuals. But those clinical challenges aren’t [...]

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    A resident reflects on the closing of Memorial. At the turn of the 20th century, funded by a generous bequest from William F. Sayles, a community-based infirmary known as The Pawtucket General Hospital opened a 30-bed facility to serve the workers of the Blackstone Valley. As an “instrument of public good,” the hospital promised to [...]

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  • 02/09/18--14:45: Dress for Success
  • A doc with a flair for design launches a line of sophisticated scrubs. A few years out of residency, Olga Lemberg MD’08 was working an overnight shift. She entered a patient’s room, introduced herself as the supervising physician, and went through her regular patient care routine. When she finished, a family member asked, “So do [...]

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  • 02/12/18--14:31: He’s a Survivor
  • A longtime fan lives the dream as a castaway on his favorite reality show. Mike Zahalsky ’95 MMS’98 MD’99 is no stranger to testing his limits. From completing three undergraduate concentrations and medical training at Brown to building a successful urology practice in southern Florida, he’s not one to shy away from difficult endeavors. Last [...]

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  • 05/17/18--23:30: Protecting Patients
  • The Warren Alpert Medical School leads the country in training students to perform trauma-informed care. Sadie Elisseou ’06 MD’10 calls her next patient’s name into the primary care waiting room on the first floor at the Prov- idence VA Medical Center on a cold, clear morning last December. As he approaches, she greets him with [...]

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  • 05/17/18--23:30: The AFFIRM Mission
  • If the federal government won’t fund gun injury prevention research, a new coalition of physicians and scientists will. At Brown we have a strong history of practice and advocacy on behalf of vulnerable patients. Our researchers use cutting-edge theory and methodologies to reduce morbidity and mortality from a variety of preventable conditions, from opioid addiction [...]

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  • 05/17/18--23:30: The Messenger
  • Philip Chan is getting the word out about PrEP. Pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) is a daily pill that prevents HIV infection and transmission with up to 99 percent effectiveness. Tens of millions of people who are at high risk for contracting the virus that causes AIDS would benefit; yet worldwide only about 200,000 people are taking [...]

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