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In memory of Dr. James P. Boland
"Wherever the art of medicine is loved, there is also a love of humanity." Hippocrates
James P. Boland, M.D., 80, of Charleston passed away on Tuesday, April 5, 2011, at home. He was a surgeon, professor, and chairman of the Department of Surgery at West Virginia University Medical Center, Charleston, and a fellow of the American College of Surgeons. James was a member of the Basilica of the Co-Cathedral of the Sacred Heart, Charleston. He retired as a captain from U.S. Navy Reserve in 1996. James graduated from St. Joseph University and Jefferson Medical College in Philadelphia, Pa. He did his residency in surgery at Graduate Hospital in Philadelphia, followed by his fellowship in cardiothoracic surgery in Dallas, graduating in 1963. He is survived by his wife of 48 years, Kathryn W. Boland; children, Helen Beatrice Boland of Williamsburg, Va., James P. (Madhulika) Boland of Aldie, Va., Kathryn B. "Kay" Hill of Raleigh, N.C., Sara B. (Joseph) Trepanier of Raleigh, N.C., M. Angela Boland (Brian Kreydatus) of Williamsburg, Va., and Genevieve M. Boland (Michael Steigman) of Boston, Mass.; brother, the Rev. Monsignor John P. Boland of Philadelphia, Pa.; and nine grandchildren. They had one deceased son who died as an infant, John Cleal Boland. Those wishing to honor Dr. Boland may send donations (made payable to WVU Foundation) to James P. Boland, M.D., Department of Surgery, Endowed Research Fund, Attn: Jackie Rosencrance, WVU Robert C. Byrd, HSC, 3110 MacCorkle Ave. SE, Charleston, WV 25304, or email
. Contributions will be matched dollar for dollar by the WV Research Trust Fund. Condolences may be sent to the family at
Dr. Boland will be greatly missed by all whose lives he touched. This picture was taken of the WVU Charleston Division Building showing Dr. Boland’s office lights on late into the evening. So often this is what was seen early in the morning or late into the evening as Dr. Boland was in his office reading or working. This photo says so much about his work ethic and his commitment to medicine and to medical education. In the foreground is the Hippocrates tree that was a gift to the campus from Dr. Boland. The tree is a direct descendant of the tree that Hippocrates, typically referred to as the father of medicine, planted on the Greek Island of Kos about 2,400 years ago. Hippocrates considered the tree sacred and reportedly taught medical classes under it.
Dr. Allen Chauvenet Elected to COG Executive Committee
Allen Chauvenet, MD, PhD Professor of Pediatric Hematology/Oncology at West Virginia University, Charleston Division has been elected to the Executive Committee of the Children’s Oncology Group (COG). The executive committee is the 19 member primary governing body of the COG chaired by Dr. Peter Adamson of the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia.
“It’s both a great honor and responsibility to have been elected to the COG Executive Committee,” Dr. Chauvenet said. “It is especially meaningful to realize that those elected were chosen by our peers around the country and the world. It is also a recognition of the quality of the pediatric oncology program at WVU/CAMC.”
The Children’s Oncology Group (COG) is the world’s largest, cooperative children’s cancer research entity. It brings together treatment centers, physicians, laboratory scientists, nurses, psychologists and others working to beat cancer in children, adolescents and young adults. Through collaborative research, the Children’s Oncology Group has improved rates for children’s cancer at a pace much faster than any one individual or single institution could accomplish alone. The Children’s Oncology Group research has turned children’s cancer from a virtually incurable disease 40 years ago to one with an overall cure rate of 78% today.
Children’s Oncology Group was formed in 2000 from four pediatric cancer clinical trials groups. It is comprised of 210 treatment centers in the North America, Europe, Australia, New Zealand and South Africa. There are more than 6,500 individual members. COG receives funding from CureSearch for Children’s Cancer. CureSearch receives grants from the National Cancer Institute and raises funds through philanthropic donations from individuals, special events, corporations and private foundations.
Children’s Oncology Group hospitals treat 90 percent of children in the United States with cancer, providing the unmatched combination of global expertise and local care. This means that every child and care team has complete access to the latest research and world-class treatments at hospitals within their region.
Dr. Alvita Nathaniel Inducted into Academy of Excellence in Teaching and Learning
Alvita Nathaniel, PhD, FNP-BC, FAANP, an Associate Professor at West Virginia University’s School of Nursing was inducted into the Academy of Excellence in Teaching and Learning during their annual ceremony held in Morgantown at the Fukushima Kodos Auditorium. Dr. Nathaniel is coordinator of the Family Nurse Practitioner track in the Master’s of Science in Nursing program, with future plans to teach qualitative methods in the Doctorate of Philosophy in Nursing program. Dr. Nathaniel obtained her PhD in nursing from West Virginia University in 2007. Prior to this she earned a Doctorate of Science in Nursing and a Master of Science in Nursing from West Virginia University. In addition to her clinical area of specialization as a Family Nurse Practitioner, Dr. Nathaniel’s research and teaching interests involve ethics in nursing and grounded theory methodology. Dr. Nathaniel has taught at nearly every level of nursing: associate, bachelor, master, and doctoral level. She is co-author with Dr. Margaret Burkhardt of a popular nursing ethics textbook, Ethics and Issues in Contemporary Nursing. This textbook, which is used internationally in schools of nursing, was derived from real-life ethical problems faced by the authors. Dr. Nathaniel teaches the practice courses in the Family Nurse Practitioner Track. As the track coordinator and teacher, she has instituted many innovations including the introduction of live case-based learning in conjunction with online asynchronous traditional lectures, interdisciplinary teaching with School of Pharmacy faculty, and other non-traditional innovations. In 2005, Dr. Nathaniel received the Extra Mile award from WVU School of Nursing for leadership in MSN curriculum review and revision and in 2007, she was honored with the Innovative Teaching Award, WVU School of Nursing.
WVU School of Medicine ranked 7th in U.S. News for rural medicine
West Virginia University
School of Medicine
has been ranked higher than ever – at number seven – for rural medicine and placed in the top 50 for primary care in the latest issue of U.S. News and World Report’s 2012 edition of “America’s Best Graduate Schools.”
The rankings are based on ratings by medical school deans and senior faculty in the nation’s 126 accredited medical schools and 20 accredited schools of osteopathic medicine. “Preparing students to meet the health needs of West Virginians is one of the very most important reasons why we are here," WVU School of Medicine Dean Arthur Ross, M.D., said. “There is an urgent need for more primary care physicians, and we’re honored to help meet that need.” School of Medicine students learn and care for patients in rural areas of West Virginia as part of the requirements for graduation. They work in partnerships with rural communities and with other healthcare providers in rural clinics across the state.
WVU provides residency programs in all the primary care fields, including two in family medicine (one in Morgantown and one through the Eastern Division based in Harpers Ferry) and a combined internal medicine/pediatrics program, which also falls under the primary care umbrella. “About 50 percent of WVU School of Medicine graduates choose to practice in primary care areas, such as family medicine, internal medicine, emergency medicine and pediatrics,” Norman Ferrari, M.D., senior associate dean for medical education, said. “The number of physicians who practice in rural, underserved communities has increased by 200 percent in recent years.” "To be recognized as national leaders in rural health and primary care is emblematic of our vision of transforming lives and eliminating health disparities," said Christopher C. Colenda, M.D., M.P.H., chancellor for health sciences. "This affirms the value of our partnerships in communities throughout the state that help us to educate not only medical students, but all of our health professions students."
The publication bases its rankings on surveys of experts and statistical indicators. The U.S. News and World Report 2012 edition of “America’s Best Graduate Schools” will be available in bookstores April 5, or online at
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Pediatrics Welcomes New Faculty
Amanda Stephens Dye, MD will be joining the Department of Pediatrics in September in the Pediatric Endocrinology Section.
Dr. Safina Kureshi will be joining the Department of Pediatrics at the end of July in the Pediatric Pulmonology Section
WVU Medical Grads Selected for Residency Training
The West Virginia University School of Medicine held its annual MATCH luncheon in March in which the graduating seniors find out where they will go for their future training as physicians. Thirty-six percent of West Virginia University’s School of Medicine Class of 2011 will continue training in the state. Sixty-nine percent of the class of 94 students will be either in West Virginia or one of our bordering states for their training. Medical students throughout the nation learn of their selections at noon on Thursday, March 17, at “Match Day” ceremonies. This year’s WVU celebrations were held simultaneously at the new WVU Alumni Center in Morgantown, the Charleston Division Education building in Charleston, and the Eastern Division’s Educational Building in Martinsburg. “We have seen more students choosing to stay in the state or nearby for the start of their residency training. That certainly shows the loyalty of our students to WV and that they recognize our strong graduate training programs.” said G. Anne Cather, M.D., WVU associate dean of student services and professional development and professor of family medicine. “These are important statistics, because research has shown that residents tend to establish their practices close to where they train. One-fourth of our non-resident students will be starting their residency training in West Virginia this July.”
Forty-one percent of the graduates will train in internal medicine, pediatrics, family medicine, or obstetrics/gynecology, fields that typically represent a person’s primary health care. Other popular fields this year were the specialties of psychiatry, emergency medicine and anesthesiology. “Our students matched in 19 different fields and will go to 19 different states.” Dr. Cather noted.
“This is a great day in the lives of all graduating medical students,” said Arthur J. Ross, MD, dean of the WVU School of Medicine. “In many respects it is even more memorable for them than their actual graduation ceremony. Today is the day when they learn where they will go, as “new doctors” to further their education and training as they prepare for a life of service to humankind. We are extremely proud of all our students and are especially pleased to see that so many of them will remain in West Virginia; we expect that many more will return to West Virginia once they complete their training.”
WVU’s School of Medicine graduation activities will be held at the Creative Arts Center in Morgantown on Saturday, May 14. Residency training typically takes three to five years. Residents practice medicine under the supervision of experienced physicians before being certified in a specialty. This year, 2010-2011, marks the 50th anniversary of WVU’s Graduate Medical Education (GME) program. There will be a celebration during the week of May16. WVU has the largest number of GME offerings in the state, with over fifty specialty training programs, all of which are fully accredited. One-half of the training programs are the only such specialty programs offered in the entire state. Residency training begins at WVU the week of June 20 for 107 new interns.
Top 5 states: WVU, PA, KY, VA, NC, OH- account for 66% of students
Top Specialties: Internal Medicine (13%), Family Medicine (12%), Peds (12%), Transitional Year (11%), Psychiatry (10%), Emergency Medicine (6%), Anesthesiology (5%), Preliminary Surgery (5%)
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WVU Charleston Division Nursing Faculty Member Jarena Kelly to Present Doctoral Capstone Project
Jarena Kelly MSN, FNP-BC, a member of the WVUSON Charleston Division faculty is scheduled to present her Doctor of Nursing Practice capstone project on Monday, April 18, at 4 pm in room 2015. Her project is entitled, "Evaluation of a Protocol Change to Improve Screening of Mineral Bone Disorders in Patients With Stage 3 Chronic Kidney Disease". This is the final step toward earning her Doctor of Nursing Practice degree. Please join us in support of all of Jarena's hard work and to celebrate her accomplishment. Cake will be served following the presentation.
Scholarly Activity Postings
The following links access documents that list the recent publications and presentations of our faculty, residents, and students, as well as some CAMC researchers.
Click here to view the WVU Charleston / CAMC Quarterly Research Report for Fall 2010.
Click here to view the report for the entire year of 2010.
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OB/GYN Grand Rounds
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