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Dr. Raju Thomas named President of American Urological Association
Raju Thomas, MD, has been named President of the American Urological Association (AUA) for 2021-2022. A past president of the AUA's Southeastern Section, Dr. Thomas previously served on the AUA’s Urology Care Foundation Board of Directors and received the AUA Distinguished Service Award in...

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Tubbs named president elect of American Association of Clinical Anatomists - Dec 03, 2021
His discoveries in human anatomy have been used by surgeons around the world, and now Shane Tubbs, PhD, is helping lead a premiere organization for anatomists. Tubbs, Neurosurgery Professor and Structural & Cellular Biology Professor at Tulane University School of Medicine, has been named president elect of the American Association of Clinical Anatomists (AACA). The AACA was founded in 1983 to support, promote and advance anatomically and...
Healthy, flavorful recipes from Goldring Center for Culinary Medicine are fit for Thanksgiving - Nov 22, 2021
This year, many of us will be returning to more traditional Thanksgiving gatherings with our family and friends. While it will be wonderful to return to some of our old favorite menu items, it can also be a good time to make a new tradition with a fun, new side dish. Tulane’s Goldring Center for Culinary Medicine has many recipes that incorporate festive fall flavors, such as a spaghetti squash dish that is a perfect addition to a Thanksgiving...
Miguel Alonso of New Orleans Children’s Health Project named Angel Award winner - Nov 19, 2021
Miguel Alonso spent years practicing medicine in Cuba and Venezuela but gave up a career as a physician to bring his family to the United States so they could have a better future. Now a case manager at the New Orleans Children’s Health Project (NOCHP), Alonso has helped thousands of children and families who immigrated to New Orleans for the same reasons he came here. The Blue Cross Foundation recently named Alonso one of their 2021 Angel Award...
Student-run clinic at Ozanam Inn moves into dedicated space - Nov 19, 2021
Saturday and Sunday afternoons are often reserved for relaxing or studying, but a group of dedicated Tulane University School of Medicine students and physicians spend time each weekend helping people get the medical assistance they need. The students run a clinic at the Ozanam Inn, a local shelter for homeless and underserved people. The shelter just moved into a new space and expanded its facility.  This expansion allows them to house...
Dr. Raju Thomas receives Spirit of Charity Award - Nov 19, 2021
Raju Thomas, MD, Professor and Chair of the Department of Urology at Tulane University School of Medicine, was honored with this year’s Spirit of Charity Award. The award is presented each year to a physician "whose career began or was nurtured in the healing and teaching wards of New Orleans' Charity Hospital and who has made a significant contribution to medicine." The nonprofit Spirit of Charity foundation was established in 1993. “This award...
In her words: Bennetta Horne talks about her new role at Tulane School of Medicine - Nov 16, 2021
Bennetta Horne, MS, has built her career on seeing the possibilities. She’s helped countless students make their dreams about attending university and medical school become realities. Horne was recently named the Assistant Dean for Equity, Diversity and Inclusion and she’s also director of the Office of Multicultural Affairs at Tulane University School of Medicine. In her own words below, Horne talks about her new role and the possibilities...
Decades of research show common stem cells could fuel advances in regenerative medicine - Nov 16, 2021
Could naturally occurring stem cells throughout the body hold the key to unlocking the next generation of advances in regenerative medicine? Absolutely, according to Tulane University Professor of Medicine Dr. Eckhard Alt, who recently published a perspective in the journal Cells that outlines how a type of adult stem cell holds tremendous promise to fuel advances in treating everything from knee joint restoration to helping paraplegics regain...
Tulane medical expert Dr. Greg Stewart discusses the challenges of veteran health care, new treatment concept - Nov 10, 2021
The national observance of Veterans Day is an opportunity to recognize and thank the men and women who have served in the armed forces. It’s also essential to acknowledge the challenges some of our hero’s face when it comes to receiving quality health care. Military veterans endure, perhaps, the most physically and mentally demanding profession, from which very few walk away without consequences. Medical care for veterans after they have served...
Tulane researchers examine relationship between viral dose and COVID-19 severity - Nov 09, 2021
Over the course of the COVID-19 pandemic, scientists have strived to answer basic questions about the amount of SARS-CoV-2 virus required to cause an infection and how that viral dose influences disease severity. Answers to these questions help drive public health decisions to keep public spaces safe and serve as the foundation for future COVID-19 research.   Tulane researchers Chad Roy, PhD, and Dr. Gregory Bix were among a group of scientists...
SoM Powerpoint & Poster Templates, Logos & More Now Available On Demand - Nov 05, 2021
Need to put together a PowerPoint presentation? A scientific poster presentation?  Or are you searching for logos or photos to use for flyers, webpages and social media posts? Marketing and Communications at Tulane University School of Medicine is here to help!! We have templates and brand guidelines available to share and can help connect you with photos of many faculty members and facilities here on the downtown campus. “The new and...
School of Medicine taps Dr. Isis Smith to lead expanding curriculum - Nov 05, 2021
The School of Medicine is pleased to announce that Isis Smith, MD, will assume the role of Curriculum Director for Equity, Diversity and Inclusion for medical student education. Dr. Smith brings both her expertise and passion for social justice and equity to this new position. A graduate the University of Washington School of Medicine, Smith completed her residency training in internal medicine at Brigham and Women’s Hospital with additional...
Tulane scholars honored at first Research, Scholarship and Artistic Achievement Awards ceremony - Nov 05, 2021
The Office of Research held the first Tulane University Research, Scholarship and Artistic Achievement Awards on Thursday, Nov. 4, to honor outstanding Tulane scholars and recognize their exceptional research. The awards ceremony was held at the Higgins Hotel in downtown New Orleans with Meg Farris, WWL-TV medical and general assignment reporter, as the emcee. Dr. Giovanni Piedimonte, vice president for research, opened by thanking all who...
Researcher receives $1.7 million grant to study faulty DNA repair and cancer risk - Oct 27, 2021
DNA damage from environmental toxins can result in mutations and disease if not repaired rapidly and accurately. The human genome has many mechanisms to help repair itself in the event of damage. Some of these processes are driven by similarity inherent in DNA — dual copies of genes, where one can be used to repair damage in the other, creating a perfect match that replicates the sequence of nucleotides flawlessly. These repair processes, called...
Dr. Paul Gladden talks about new role at School of Medicine - Oct 26, 2021
Dr. Paul Gladden knows what it’s like to work under an intense amount of pressure. The orthopedic trauma surgeon recently stepped into a new role at the School of Medicine, a role that comes with a lot of expectations: Associate Dean and Designated Institutional Official for Tulane University’s Graduate Medical Education program. Dr. Gladden talks about his past work and his future plans in his own words. I’ve always been drawn toward a...
Tulane scientists unravel 50-year-old medical mystery behind toddlers’ deaths from RSV vaccine - Oct 22, 2021
When scientists were developing a vaccine against COVID-19, a key worry was the potential to cause disease enhancement. It’s a complication that occurs when a vaccine does the opposite of what it’s intended to do and instead makes someone more vulnerable when exposed to a pathogen.  For COVID-19, the fear can be traced back to an infamous clinical trial in the 1960s for an experimental vaccine against respiratory syncytial virus (RSV), the most...