21 OCTOBER 1999 Volume 1 Number 32
Kidney research grant supports
climate of excellence at KU Med
Hope is available for those who suffer from polycystic kidney disease (PKD), the most
common of all life-threatening genetic diseases, thanks to major funding recently awarded
by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to researchers at the University of Kansas.
The NIHs National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases, in
collaboration with the Polycystic Kidney Research (PKR) Foundation of Kansas City, awarded
KU Medical Center researchers a grant totaling more than $5 million over five years to
study several aspects of the disease.
Jared J. Grantham, MD, distinguished professor of medicine, is program director and
principal investigator for the grants.
Weve had a focus on polycystic kidney disease for many years, said Dr.
Grantham, who first began writing individual kidney research grants when he arrived at KU
in 1969. This latest grant seeks to answer how the cysts form in the kidney. It will
lead us to new therapies for PKD.
The grants, which will help develop a PKD Magnet Center of Excellence at KU, contribute to
the climate of excellence at both the medical and surgical levels, Grantham observed.
We have a leading kidney center here. In this regionKansas, Missouri,
Nebraska, Iowathe hospital with the best record for kidney survival and kidney
patient survival is KU Med.
Dr. Grantham credits this climate to a whole cast who make up the comprehensive
kidney center, including Drs. Dennis Diederich; Dale Abramson; Glen Andrews; James
Calvet; Arnold Chonko; Benjamin Cowley; Vincent Gattone; George Helmkamp; Billy Hudson;
Robin Maser; Dan Murillo; Jill Pelling; Kenneth Peterson; George Pierce; Lawrence
Sullivan, and Franz Winklhofer, and other staff physicians and scientists who partner with
the kidney group.
Jared Grantham, MD, will oversee a five-year,
total costs grant of $5 million.
A pioneer in PKD research, Dr. Grantham has made significant discoveries as to the
cause of the disease. He is a recipient of the Homer W. Smith Award, the highest honor
presented by the American Society of Nephrology, and the David M. Hume Award, the National
Kidney Foundations top award.
This project is my last hurrah, he said. Its been a dream and a
plan for a long, long time.
KU Med anniversary reception will be Oct. 27
KU Med will celebrate the first anniversary of the KU Hospital Authority with a reception
Wednesday, Oct. 27, from 2-4 p.m. in the Francisco Lounge. All KU Med employees will
receive first anniversary gifts at the reception. Invitations will soon be distributed to
We urge all KU Med employees to come help us celebrate a remarkable first year of
achievements, said KU Med President and CEO Irene Cumming.
Emeritus faculty honored at dinner
On Oct. 14, the University of Kansas honored former distinguished faculty members
at the annual Emeritus Faculty Dinner. The dinner, held in the Hixson Atrium, included an
update by Executive Vice Chancellor Donald Hagen, MD, on changes that have occurred at the
University in recent years, and a look at future plans. Among those inducted as new
emeritus faculty members were A.L. (Al) Chapman, PhD (at left with Tom Noffsinger, PhD,
Research Institute executive director, and Mike Welch, MD, vice chancellor for research);
Martin Mainster, MD, PhD; Charley W. Norris, MD; James Bergin, MD, and Errol Levine, MD.
The dinner was sponsored by the Office of the Executive Vice Chancellor.
Faculty hone teaching skills with Medical Education
Dozens of University faculty members are enhancing their teaching skills by
participating in Medical Education 101, a series of eight workshops covering the basic
concepts and skills necessary for effective medical education.
Traditionally, medical school faculty were given very little encouragement or
preparation for teaching, said Anne Walling, MD, associate dean of faculty
development. Were trying to change that by offering our faculty some
opportunities to improve their teaching skills. We want teaching to be effective and
efficient. Teaching takes a lot of time and emotional energy. It should be something you
do very well so its worth all the energy.
The workshops cover topics ranging from how to give good lectures to improving written
Most of our workshops are taught by local faculty, Dr. Walling said. We
also have three distinguished external faculty coming in for this series of
Sponsored by the Office of Faculty Development and the Office of Medical Education,
Medical Education 101 workshops are held on the first Thursday of every month. There is no
workshop in December. The workshops are open to all faculty members. For more information,
contact Julie McCollum, ext. 7201.
Giulia Bonaminio now assistant dean
Giulia Bonaminio, PhD, director of medical education, KU School of Medicine, has
recently been named assistant dean for medical education.
As assistant dean, Dr. Bonaminio will continue to direct the Office of Medical Education.
The Office supports the Education Council, faculty and relevant administrative units of
the School of Medicine in the development, implementation and evaluation of educational
programs. The Office also conducts and assists faculty engaged in research pertaining to
The Emergency Nurses Association (ENA) has announced that applications are being
accepted for the ENA Foundation/Sigma Theta Tau International Research Grant. Priority
will be given to studies relating to the ENA and ENA Foundation research initiatives.
Applications must be postmarked by Nov. 1. For more information, visit the ENA web site at
The Woodrow Wilson-Johnson & Johnson Dissertation Grants are available for original
research on issues related to womens and childrens health. Winners receive
grants of $2,000, to be used for expenses connected with the dissertation. Fifteen awards
will be made. The application deadline is Nov. 8. For more information, visit the web site
KU Med receives Level 2 Kansas Award for Excellence
KU Med (hospital) was among 18 Kansas businesses and organizations honored at the
fourth annual Kansas Award for Excellence banquet Oct. 19. KU Med received a Level 2
Performance in Quality Award, the second of three levels of recognition under the
The Level 2 Performance in Quality Award is presented to organizations that demonstrate
significant progress in building sound, systematic processes and management practices
through a commitment to and practice of quality principles. It is the highest level an
organization can receive without a site visit, and one level higher than KU Med received
We were very pleased to receive this honor, said Vice President for
Organizational Improvement Bob Page-Adams. This simply reinforces what we already
demonstrated with the JCAHO Accreditation with Commendation. Its great to be
recognized by another independent body for the success of our performance improvement
The Kansas Award for Excellence program annually recognizes Kansas companies that utilize
the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Criteria for Business Excellence. The Baldrige
standards are used by many large U.S. firms for self-improvement and enhanced business
performance. In Kansas, the award program is operated by the Kansas Award for Excellence
Foundation, the state affiliate of the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award Program of
the National Institute of Standards and Technology.
Your Personal Best = Their Best Hope
Campus United Way campaign events set for Oct. 25-29
Get set for a week of good times in the courtyard and hope for youth in the community,
as KU Med (hospital) and the University of Kansas Medical Center host the 1999 United Way
campaign Oct. 25 through 29.
The campaign week includes a variety of activities for all KU Med and University
employees. Events are designed to celebrate and build enthusiasm for the campaign, which
will benefit local children and youth organizations. As an incentive to giving, Ivys
Restaurant will provide a $10 gift certificate to each employee who donates $10 or more to
The week-long festivities include appearances by representatives of local organizations
that benefit from United Way, as well as music, food and plenty of fun.
Schedule of Events
Monday, Oct. 25 Campaign Kick Off
7:30-8:30 a.m. Hosted by KU Med
4:15-5:15 p.m. and University leaders
Tuesday, Oct. 26 KU Pep Rally
11 a.m.-1 p.m. Includes visit by the KU Spirit Squad
Wednesday, Oct. 27 Tailgate Party
11 a.m.-1 p.m. Everything but the beer!
Thursday, Oct. 28 Ice Cream Social
11 a.m.-1 p.m. Good old-fashioned fun
Friday, Oct. 29 Wrap-up & Celebration
11 a.m.-noon Music by the Schlagle High School Band
All events will be held in the Fountain Courtyard. In case of bad weather, the location
will be Murphy Lobby.
Front & Center
Deb Brogden, Office of the Executive Vice Chancellor, left, Richard Rounds, Facilities
Management, and Barbara Amick, HIS, were among the KU Med and University employees who
volunteered to rehabilitate homes for the elderly as part of the national Christmas in
October effort Oct. 9.
Approximately 2,100 people turned out Oct. 16 to receive free immunizations
at the KU Medical Center Drive-Thru Flu Shot Event. Shots were administered
by 56 KU School of Nursing students.
Students Educating and Advocating for Diversity (SEAD) sponsored the Oct. 6 program
Race and Healthcare in support of the Presidents Initiative for One
at the forum included Sue Clausen, Equal Opportunity Office, left; Sandra Torrente,
medical student; Phoebe Williams, RN, PhD, FAAN, and Kathleen Fuller, PhD.
At Clendening Amphitheater last week, Lenora Taylor, left, Psychiatry Grand
Rounds coordinator, and Sajid Hafeez, MD, right, resident, Department of Psychiatry,
welcomed Jack M. Gorman, MD, professor of psychiatry, Columbia University.
Dr. Gorman discussed causes and treatments for social anxiety disorder.
Jayhawk Primary Care staff members and their families met at
Santa Fe Sports Center Oct. 2 for a Fall Fun Fest and picnic.
Shown with JayNurse are Chris Downs, Jani Rothermel, Karen Packard,
Diane Yager and Deena Hugenan.
Members of the KU Med Auxiliary joined forces Oct. 7 to prepare
150 pies for the upcoming Auxiliary Bazaar, Oct. 27 and 28 in the
hospital lobby. Peeling apples were Ann Nelson, bake sale chairman,
and husband Stan.
Dean of Student Services Dorothy Knoll, fourth from left, hosted a groundbreaking
ceremony Oct. 12 for a 2,400 sq. ft. addition to the Kirmayer Fitness Center.
The addition will ultimately house two racquetball/ squash courts and facilities for
massage therapy and fitness testing.
Heather McFarlin, RN, SICU, left, and Stacy Smith, RN, SICU/Neuro,
were among the 300 KU Med nurses who participated in the Nurse
Competency Fair Oct. 5 and 8. The semi-annual event, sponsored by the
Department of Nursing, tests the technical and critical thinking skills of
RNs and LPNs.
SHINE ON! Last Wednesday, the KU Med Executive Team and JCAHO Steering Team sponsored
three JCAHO Accreditation with Commendation picnics to thank all KU Med
employees. Enjoying the festivities were: Tammy Peterman, RN, BSN, interim chief nurse
executive; Susan Nielsen, RNC, ARPN, CNS LRDP Jaystork support; Teresa Kilkenny, BSN,
nurse practitioner; Irene Cumming, KU Med president and CEO; Connie Williams,
administrative assistant, Medical Staff Office; Lois Clendening, BSN, Director of Nursing
Services, and Noella McCray, MN, assistant director of nursing.
Recognizing physicians who have recently affiliated with KU Med
Charles F. DeTorres, MD, clinical assistant professor, Department of Pediatrics. Dr.
DeTorres attended American University of the Caribbean School of Medicine located in the
British West Indies. His internship and residency were at Creighton University/ University
of Nebraska Medical Center, Omaha, where he served as chief resident for one year. Dr.
DeTorres practices at KU Med and KU Childrens Center in Overland Park, specializing
in pediatrics with an emphasis on adolescents.
Natalie Key, MD, assistant professor, Department of Internal Medicine. Dr. Key completed
medical school at the University of Missouri, Columbia, and an internship and residency in
internal medicine at the University of Kansas Medical Center. Dr. Key is board certified
by the American Board of Internal Medicine. She practices at KU Med specializing in
Gayln V. Perry, MD, assistant professor, Department of Internal Medicine and Pediatrics.
Dr. Perry attended Texas A&M University College of Medicine. She completed an
internship and residency in internal medicine and pediatrics at Childrens Mercy
Hospital and the University of Missouri, Kansas City. She completed a fellowship in
pulmonary and critical care at University of Kansas Medical Center. Dr. Perry is board
certified in internal medicine, pediatrics and pulmonary medicine. She practices at KU Med
specializing in cystic fibrosis and interstitial lung disease.
Jon I. Scheinman, MD, professor, Department of Pediatrics, chief, Division
of Pediatric Nephrology. Dr. Scheinman completed medical school at the University of
Illinois, an internship in pediatrics at the University of Colorado, and residencies in
pediatrics at the University of Iowa and the University of Wisconsin. After completing a
fellowship in pediatric nephrology at the University of Minnesota Hospital, he joined the
faculty. He was chief of pediatric nephrology at Duke University and faculty pediatric
nephrologist at the Medical College of Virginia. He is board certified by the American
Board of Pediatrics in both pediatrics and pediatric nephrology. Dr. Scheinman practices
at KU Med specializing in pediatric nephrology.
Ravindra K. Vegunta, MD, assistant professor of surgery and pediatrics, Department of
Surgery, Section of Pediatric Surgery. Dr. Vegunta completed medical school at Kilpauk
Medical College, Madras, India. He completed a residency in general surgery at the Ohio
State University Hospital and a fellowship in pediatric surgery at The Childrens
Hospital, Columbus, Ohio. Earlier, he spent six years in the United Kingdom training in
surgery and pediatric surgery. Dr. Vegunta practices at KU Med specializing in pediatric
surgery with an interest in minimally invasive pediatric surgery.
KU Med (hospital) will honor its employees at a Hospital Employee Recognition
Ceremony, Thursday, Nov. 5 in the fountain courtyard. Employees with 25 or more years of
service will be honored at a brunch from 9-11 a.m., and five- to 25-year veterans will be
recognized at a reception from 2-5 p.m. Employees eligible to attend will receive an
The University of Kansas Weight Management Program addresses the
social, psychological and physical concerns about obesity in The Emerging Epidemic:
Strategies for Treating the Overweight and Obese Individual. The conference takes
place at the Embassy Suites Hotel on the Country Club Plaza, Saturday Oct. 23, from 1-5:30
p.m. and Sunday, Oct. 24, from 8 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
To register, or for information about costs and continuing education credits, call Barbara
Miles at 913-897-8528.
Information can also be obtained by visiting the conference website at
Physical therapy month
In recognition of Physical Therapy Month, KU Meds Physical Therapy
Department invites all employees to participate in a wheelchair obstacle course Wednesday,
Oct. 27, 11 a.m.-1 p.m. in the link hallway by the Main Cafeteria. Physical therapists
will also staff an information booth and award prizes to those who test their knowledge on
a variety of subjects.
KU Med Books will sponsor the seminar How Do You Know When Youre
Financially Healthy? at 5 p.m. Nov. 1 in Rieke Auditorium. The bookstore will
subsidize $5 of the normal $10 fee. The remaining $5 is due at the door. To attend, RSVP
to the bookstore by Oct. 27.
Breast cancer prevention
The Kansas Cancer Institute and the Kansas City Clinical Oncology Program will
sponsor Breast Cancer Prevention: Incorporating New Data into Clinical
Practice on Friday, Nov. 5 at the Doubletree Hotel in Overland Park. There is no
registration fee for the symposium, although pre-registration is recommended by Oct. 29.
Continuing education credits are available. For more information or to register, call ext.
Long term care symposium
The Center on Aging and KU Continuing Education will host the Sixth Annual
Heartland Long Term Care Symposium, Improving the Quality of Care in the Long Term
Care Continuum, Nov. 12 in Battenfeld Auditorium. Daniel L. Swagerty Jr., MD, MPH,
CMD, associate director of the Center on Aging, will act as moderator. Fees range from $30
for residents and students to $175 for physicians. Those who register by Oct. 29 will
receive a $10 discount. Continuing education credits are available. For more information
or to register, call ext. 4488.
Red enamel toddler bed in great cond., $20. Call Ruth, 381-1612, after 5 p.m.
Recliner w/matching sofa-recliner, overstuffed style w/taupe & neutral tones, very
good cond., $350. Call 432-5712 during the day.
Whirlpool large capacity washer & electric dryer, 14 yrs. old but in exc. cond., both
run great, $200 for pair. Call 648-8364.
Bridal gown, size 6, never worn, beaded satin bodice, long sleeves, sweetheart opening in
back w/beads cascading down into opening, skirt has 4 layers of Tulle on top of satin
slip, paid $700, will sacrifice for $200 firm. Call 334-1117 or e-mail
Childcraft infant/convertible toddler crib, slightly used, new mattress, paid $350 new,
will sell for $150, negotiable. Call Edith, 816-356-2647 evenings.
Sofa, full-sized, tan striped, wood trim, $55.
Queen-size foam and waterbed, w/free-flow bladder, heater, liner, $200 OBO. Call 321-6755.
Fashion ring, 14K gold, size 5, 23 tapered baguettes, appraised at $660, will sell for
$500; bridal ring set, size 5, 14K gold band w/marquis & 6 tapered baguettes,
16-point diamonds, appraised at $2,695, will sell for $1,500; white wedding gown w/bustled
train, size 10, cleaned & preserved, veil & shoes size 8M, will sell for $1,000.
1990 Nissan Sentra, 4-dr., 5-spd., A/C, new tires, great car, $2,650. Call
1991 Mitsubishi Galant deluxe, 50K mi., first owner, new auto trans.& brakes. Call
6498477 or 388-0415.
1991 Volvo 240, 110K mi., runs well, needs minor body repair, great safe student or second
car, $3,000 OBO.
1989 Mercury Cougar LS, runs great, looks good, exc. interior, power windows, locks and
seats, A/C, high mileage but mostly highway, great school car, must sell, $2,500. Call
1986 Pontiac 6000 STE, 127K mi., loaded, $1,500; new BF Goodrich tires, all-terrain T/A,
Free gerbils, all black w/white stripe on front feet, born 9-19-99. Call Frank,
454-1034, before 9 p.m.
Free to a loving home, beautiful Australian shepherd, neutered, 3 yrs. old. Call
Ride from the vicinity 40 Highway and Blue Ridge Cutoff. Call Larry, 353-2751,
after 6 p.m.
Student needed in Department of Information Resources-Administrative Office.
Duties include filing, data entry, and assisting with training and travel. PC and word
processing experience needed. Must be enrolled in at least one credit hour of school and
be at least 16 years of age. Flexible hours between 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Salary $7-$7.50
depending on experience. If interested, drop off resume and application at G031 Sudler.
Specify Admin. Student Position on application.
Infants, toddlers and preschoolers with Fragile X syndrome or Down syndrome,
one-month through five years of age, to participate in non-invasive study of
neurocognitive development. Involves 1-2 hour visit to the Cognitive Neuroscience Lab for
the recording of event-related brain potentials (ERPs or brain waves) and
brief parental interview on telephone. For more information contact Jennifer Hill Karrer,
Friday, October 22:
Psychiatry and Behavioral Science Grand Rounds, Predicting
Alcoholism in Males: Results of a 30-Year Prospective Study, 10:30 a.m., Clendening
Monday, October 25:
Alzheimers Disease Support Group,
noon-1:30 p.m., Delp Cafeteria.
Grief-Loss Support Group, 3-4 p.m., Radiation Oncology Conference
Tuesday, October 26:
Cognitive Therapy Addiction Treatment,
1-2:30 p.m., Family Medicine.
Center on Aging Research Seminar, Research Programs for
Technology in the Home, 4-5 p.m., Clendening Amphitheater.
Wednesday October 27:
Diabetes Self-Management Series,
9-11 a.m., 1107 KU Med.
KU Med Auxiliary Luncheon,
11:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m., Delp Cafeteria
Community Health Seminar, Analysis of Various Media for
Organic Compounds, noon-1 p.m., 1023 Orr-Major.
KUMC Interfaith, noon-1 p.m.,
Stroke Support Group, 2-3 p.m.,
Westwood City Hall, 47th & Rainbow.
National Stuttering Project (NSP) Support Group, 7-9 p.m., 1018
Thursday, October 28:
Research Seminar, Polypharmacy:
So Whos Counting? noon-1 p.m.,
G576 KU Med.
Lung Transplant Support Group,
noon-2 p.m., Westwood City Hall,
47th & Rainbow.
Burn Patient Family Support Group,
6-7 p.m., Burn Center Waiting Room.
Halloween Dress-Up party, 6-7 p.m., Community Room, KU MedWest.
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Donald Hagen, MD - Executive Vice Chancellor KUMC
Irene Cumming - CEO and President KU Hospital
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