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At the Hospitals: Sept. 14, 2014

Sunday, September 14, 2014
Dartmouth Faculty, Alumni 
Discuss Advances in Disease Treatments

Hanover — Faculty and alumni of the Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth will discuss recent advances in the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of chronic and life-threatening diseases in a free medical education session on Sept. 19, from 2-4 p.m.

The event, part of Geisel’s alumni reunion, is open to the public. It will highlight current contributions by faculty and alumni to research on cancer, diabetes and tuberculosis, some of the leading causes of death in America, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. It will take place in Auditorium G at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center.

A recent study led by Dr. Christopher Amos, a genetics professor at Geisel, has discovered a variant of the BRCA2 gene, commonly associated with breast cancer, that confers a 2.5-fold greater risk for development of squamous lung cancer. Amos will discuss the research and earlier findings of another gene variant that influences risk for lung cancer and smoking behavior and medicine applications for smoking cessation that can be tailored to a patient’s genetic profile.

Dr. C. Ford Von Reyn, professor of medicine at Geisel School of Medicine, will discuss development of the first new tuberculosis vaccine in 90 years to demonstrate a protective effect in humans. The DAR-901 vaccine was developed, and is now in clinical trial, at Dartmouth.

Brian Pogue, an engineering science professor at Thayer School of Engineering, will discuss new tools to detect and treat cancer. Created through medical and engineering collaborations at Dartmouth, they include visual examples of light imaging used in radiation therapy; molecular imaging of metastatic tumor cells in lymph nodes; and molecular-fluorescence contrast agents used in surgical resections.

Dr. Edward Horton, a Dartmouth College and Geisel alumnus, will talk about the underlying causes of type 2 diabetes and lifestyle choices that can help prevent the chronic disease. Horton is a professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School and senior investigator at Joslin Diabetes Center in Boston.

For more information, call 603-653-0726 or email Geisel.Alumni.Relations@Dartmouth.edu.

Alice Peck Day Names 
Infection Prevention Specialist

Lebanon — Andrea Harper has joined Alice Peck Day Memorial Hospital as its new infection prevention specialist.

At APD, Harper will serve in the hospital’s quality department, overseeing infection prevention in both the hospital and APD’s outpatient physician clinics.

Previously, Harper was the infection prevention practitioner at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center in Lebanon, as well as the infection prevention coordinator at a Speare Memorial Hospital in Plymouth. She has also served as an adjunct faculty member at Manchester Community College.

Harper is board certified in infection prevention and control and holds a Professional in Patient Safety certification.

She serves on the board of the New Hampshire Infection Control and Epidemiology Professionals and as secretary for the Association for Professionals in Infection Control New England Chapter.

She earned a bachelor’s degree in medical laboratory science from the University of New Hampshire and a master’s degree in healthcare administration from New England College.

Mt. Ascutney Hospital Will Host Rehabilitation Reunion

Windsor — Mt. Ascutney Hospital and Health Center will hold its 22nd annual rehabilitation reunion on Sept. 17, as part of Rehabilitation Awareness Week. The reunion brings together MAHHC rehabilitation services staff and former rehabilitation patients, their guests and families. The featured speaker is James “Jock” Harvey, who made an inspiring recovery after suffering a traumatic brain injury resulting from a skiing accident in 2009, the hospital said in a news release. Harvey will discuss “Utilizing Senses to Improve Disposition.” The event will take place from 2–4 p.m. in the MAHHC Rehabilitation Unit Dining Room and Courtyard. For more information, contact Amber Cutler at 802-674-7327 or Amber.Cutler@mahhc.org.

Ob/Gyn Physician Joins Gifford

Randolph — Dr. Melissa Scalera, of Randolph, has joined Gifford Ob/Gyn and Midwifery in Randolph.

Scalera holds a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Williams College and a medical degree from New Jersey School of Medicine at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey in Newark. She completed a four-year ob/gyn residency at Albany (N.Y.) Medical Center.

Before joining Gifford, she spent seven years working as an ob/gyn physician in several states, and seven years in New Zealand, where she took on the role of a specialist. Midwives in New Zealand provide complete obstetric care for low risk births. General practitioners’ offices provide pap smears and routine gynecologic care. Scalera consequently handled high risk maternity cases, colposcopy or abnormal Pap smears, and gynecologic surgeries, the hospital said in a recent news release.

“I basically backed up every midwife in town,” Scalera said.

She is board certified by the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology and The Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists.

Tournament Raises $28,000 
F or New London Hospital Fund

Sunapee — The 8th annual Mammography Golf Tournament last month raised more than $28,000 for the New London Hospital Mammography Fund. The tournament was hosted by the Lake Sunapee Country Club Women’s Golf Association at the county club.

Established in 1990, the fund provides financial support to women who would not otherwise be able to afford recommended diagnostic testing. It covers screening mammograms, follow-up mammograms, breast ultrasounds, breast biopsies and related physician fees for eligible patients.

For more information about the mammography fund, call 603-526-5292.

— Compiled by Aimee Caruso

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