WVU Medicine Cabinet News Stories

WVU neurologist Dr. Lud Gutmann writes memoir

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – Salomon and Rosa Gutmann had no choice. It was 1937, and Hitler’s grip on Germany was growing ever tighter. They had to uproot their family, which included two young sons, and move to the United States before it got worse. Lud Gutmann, M.D., professor in the West Virginia University Department of Neurology, was one of their sons. He has chronicled his family’s escape from Nazi Germany and emigration to the United States in his latest book, “Richard Road: Journey from Hate.” In the book, Dr. Gutmann recalls how his family was affluent in Germany. His father was a successful businessman, who had received the Iron Cross for fighting for Germany in World War I. They had a chauffeur, maid and nanny and lived in a nice house. After they relocated to America, however, things changed drastically. His father could not find work and used the money he was able to bring with him to purchase a farm in New Jersey. As a result of the hardships they endured after arriving in the United States, the Gutmanns, particularly Rosa Gutmann, stressed the importance of education to their sons and found the ultimate source of pride in Dr. Gutmann’s acceptance to Princeton University in 1951. “I was the first kid to go to a school like Princeton from my little country high school. For me, the ultimate accomplishment was when I graduated in 1955. For my parents, it was when I got in,” Dr. Gutmann said. Since then, Dr. Gutmann has received an honorary medical degree from the University of Mainz in Germany and re-established his German citizenship. Though it took six or seven years to complete, Dr. Gutmann is proud of his latest publication. Writing it, he said, was a meaningful experience, and he hopes those who read it enjoy it. “This book is different from most books about the Holocaust because none of the main characters go to concentration camps. The obstacles are different because they escape and survive,” he said. “This story is as much about my parents and their struggle as it is about me.” Dr. Gutmann will hold two book signings for “Richard Road: Journey from Hate.” The first will be from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. on April 12 near the Pylons in the Health Sciences Center. The second will be from 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. on April 19 at the WVUH Friends Gift Shop. The book is available for purchase at the bookstore, the Gift Shop and on Amazon.com. [...]

Bonnie’s Bus to offer mammograms in Princeton

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – Bonnie’s Bus, a digital mammography center on wheels, will visit Mercer County, offering digital mammograms and breast care education to women. A service of WVU Healthcare and the Mary Babb Randolph Cancer Center, Bonnie’s Bus will be at the Bluestone Health Center in Princeton from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on April 19. The mammograms are billed to private insurance, Medicaid or Medicare if available. Mammograms for women who do not have insurance will be covered by the West Virginia Breast and Cervical Cancer Screening Program (WVBCCSP) or through special grant funds. No woman over 40 is turned away due to lack of funding.  A physician’s order is needed for a mammogram. For a Bonnie’s Bus appointment call 304-431-5499.   Since the startup of the mobile mammography program in 2009, Bonnie’s Bus has travelled more than 40,000 miles and screened nearly 2,700 women.  More than half of those were screened last year.  Many of those screened are uninsured or underinsured and qualified for screening through the WVBCCSP. Bonnie’s Bus works in collaboration with a statewide partnership of clinicians, public health professionals, women’s groups and other community leaders working to help reduce the number of deaths from breast cancer in West Virginia.   Made possible by a generous gift from West Virginia natives Jo and Ben Statler to the Cancer Center, Bonnie’s Bus is operated in partnership with WVU Hospitals. The bus is named after Jo Statler’s late mother, Bonnie Wells Wilson. For information on Bonnie’s Bus, see www.wvucancer.org/bonnie.     [...]

WVU School of Dentistry hosting “Destination Dentistry” on April 14

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – College students interested in attending the [...]

WVU Cancer Center to celebrate 27th annual Gala at The Greenbrier

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – Supporters of the [...]