Wake Forest Baptist Names First V.P. for Research
Administration and Operations
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. – July 28, 2016 – Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center has appointed Christopher O’Byrne, M.S., vice president and
associate dean for research administration and operations of Wake Forest School
this newly created position, O’Byrne will be responsible for oversight of all
research infrastructure programs and the Wake Forest Clinical and Translational
Science Institute. O’Byrne will also serve as the primary point of contact on
all center, departmental and service line research activities.
faculty member since 2010, O’Byrne most recently served as assistant dean for biomedical research services.
Forest Baptist Professor Honored for Research
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. – July 28,
J. Laurienti, M.D., Ph.D., professor of radiology at Wake
Forest Baptist Medical Center, has been awarded the 2016 Academy of Radiology
Research Distinguished Investigator Award by the Academy of Radiology Research
This national award honors
researchers ranked within the top 10% of academic radiology departments. The
award also recognizes researchers with sustained productivity and at least 25
peer-reviewed scientific research publications in which they are first author
or senior author.
The ARR works to increase
resources and opportunities for imaging research and promotion of the
translation of that research to increase human health.
Three Wake Forest Baptist Faculty Members Receive Brooks
N.C. – July 28, 2016 – Three faculty members at Wake Forest Baptist
Medical Center have been
awarded 2017 Brooks Scholarships in Academic Medicine.
C. Miles, M.D., M.Ed., assistant professor of pulmonary and
critical care medicine, is a third-year recipient; Joshua
F. Nitsche, M.D., Ph.D., assistant professor of maternal-fetal
medicine, is a second-year recipient; and Joseph
A. Cristiano, M.D., assistant professor of general internal medicine,
is a first-year recipient.
The scholarship program is designed to
recognize early-career faculty members who demonstrate exceptional promise in
teaching and to encourage the development of their scholarly talents. It was
endowed by the late Jean Bailey Brooks, M.D., a Wake Forest School of Medicine
alumna, and her late husband, James Taylor Brooks, M.D.
Wake Forest Baptist Physician Assistant Named
President-Elect of Academy
N.C. – July 28, 2016 – L.Gail
Curtis, PA-C, associate professor and vice chair of physician assistant (PA)
studies at Wake Forest Baptist
Medical Center, has been named president-elect of the
American Academy of Physician Assistants (AAPA).
previously served as vice president and speaker of the organization’s House of
is the national professional society for PAs. It advocates on behalf of the
profession and patients that PAs serve.
Two Wake Forest Baptist Medical Students
Named Schweitzer Fellows
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. – July 28, 2016 – Vaidehi Mujumdar and Rachel Shenker, second-year medical
students at Wake
Forest School of Medicine,have been named
2016-17 Schweitzer Fellows by the Albert Schweitzer Fellowship.
Mujumdar and Shenker will join other graduate students from across
the country in partnering with community-based organizations to develop and
implement year-long mentored
service projects that meet the health needs of underserved populations.
Locally, Mujumdar and Shenker will lead a cancer prevention
program for adolescents with an emphasis on initiating the human papillomavirus
(HPV) vaccine series.
The Boston-based Albert Schweitzer Fellowship is dedicated to
developing individuals who are committed to and skilled in meeting the health
needs of underserved communities.