WVU Medicine Cabinet News Stories

WVU’s Dr. Sanford Emery selected president-elect of American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – Sanford Emery, M.D., M.B.A., chairman of the West Virginia University School of Medicine Department of Orthopaedics, was elected to be the next president of the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery (ABOS). He will begin his one-year term in September 2014. The ABOS is the governing body for certifying orthopaedic surgeons in the United States. The board creates and administers both a written and an oral test for new surgeons, oversees maintenance of certification for established surgeons, and responds to peer reviews of practicing surgeons. The purpose of the board is to protect the public by ensuring the quality of both beginning and established practicing orthopaedic surgeons. Dr. Emery has been a director of the board since 2009 and treasurer since 2011. As president, he will set the agenda of what issues in the field the board will address, such as standards for maintenance of certification and the digitization of records. Emery’s leadership is already well known within WVU in his role as department chair and as a member of the University Health Associates Board of Directors. Arthur Ross, M.D., M.B.A., dean of the WVU School of Medicine, called Emery a role model for students and a faculty member whose many accomplishments have honored the school. “Our orthopaedic department has always been a very strong clinical department with a terrific, patient-centered focus. During his time as chair Dr. Emery has transformed it into one of the premier academic orthopaedic departments in the country,” Dr. Ross said. “Dr. Emery has accomplished this via the outstanding faculty he has chosen to hire into the department, the research program that he’s developed in the department, and the focus, rigor, and intensity that he’s put upon the educational excellence of the department.” His election as president of the ABOS, according to Ross, is an acknowledgment of Emery’s consistent excellence in all aspects of his work. The ABOS is the body which establishes the education and performance standards for orthopaedic surgeons. “This honor and recognition represents the pinnacle of a career for someone who has dedicated his or her life to academic orthopaedic surgery. Each year there’s only one person in the entire country who is chosen to serve as the ABOS president; how wonderful that the person who was chosen is at our school,” Ross said. “If this was football, Dr. Emery would be this year’s Heisman trophy winner.” Emery’s appointment is expected to increase the School of Medicine’s national exposure, especially for the orthopaedics program, attracting medical students and residents who notice the school’s positive leadership presence on a national level. “It’s humbling, and I’m honored to do it,” Emery said. “Leadership organizations are what drive a lot of us in academic medicine. It’s work, but most of us are pretty passionate about the profession. Orthopaedics is fun. You get to fix people and often have significant impact on their lives.” Originally from Albany, N.Y., Emery completed his undergraduate education at Dartmouth College. He received his medical degree from the Duke University School of Medicine before returning to New York to complete his medical internship, surgical residency, and orthopaedic residency at Strong Memorial Hospital in Rochester. Emery completed a spine fellowship at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland and became a faculty member there. While at Case Western, he also received his Master of Business Administration (M.B.A.) degree. In 2003, he joined the faculty of WVU as professor and chair of the Department of Orthopaedics. [...]

Lockman joins WVU School of Pharmacy

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. — Paul Lockman, Ph.D., has joined the [...]

National Influenza Vaccination Week is Dec. 8-14

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. — According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), each year on average roughly five to 20 percent of U.S. residents contract the flu, and more than 200,000 people are hospitalized due to flu-related complications. The [...]

WVU Healthcare to host open interview sessions

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – Motivated team players will have the chance to put their best foot forward at WVU Healthcare's upcoming open interview sessions. Dozens of housekeeping and environmental services positions are currently available at WVU Healthcare, and hiring representatives will meet prospective candidates Tuesday, Dec. 3 at Morgantown Mall. Job seekers are encouraged to attend the event anytime from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Each position offers competitive pay and exceptional benefits. Interested applicants can and should apply online prior to the interview session at www.wvuhealthcare.com, where a searchable listing of all available jobs is updated daily. These listings include details such as job descriptions, qualifications needed and shift/hours per week. Applicants will find WVU Healthcare representatives near Kay Jewelers and the play area. Employing nearly 6,000 people, WVU Healthcare has been nationally recognized as an employer of excellence not only within West Virginia but nationally. The American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) designated WVU Healthcare’s Ruby Memorial a Magnet hospital for excellence in nursing, one of the highest honors a healthcare facility can receive. For several years running, AARP has recognized the hospital on its list of Best Employers for Workers Over 50. WVU Healthcare’s employee wellness and childcare programs have each received awards as well.   [...]

WV health insurance Navigators helping uninsured explore their options

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – Health care reform has become one of the most misunderstood, polarizing and confusing issues of our time. Each state’s health insurance marketplace, or Exchange, started its open enrollment period October 1, 2013, allowing individuals and small businesses to shop for and purchase private health insurance. The National Healthy Start Association is one of 105 organizations to receive a federal Navigator grant to help reach uninsured individuals and families, and the WV Healthy Start/HAPI (Helping Appalachian Parents and Infants) has received $176,534 of that funding to help local community members understand what the Affordable Care Act means to them. WV Healthy Start/HAPI has two full-time navigators currently helping people in eight West Virginia counties apply and enroll in the marketplace by providing outreach, education, referral and enrollment assistance. The navigators’ services are available to residents of Barbour, Harrison, Marion, Monongalia, Preston, Randolph, Taylor, and Upshur counties. “We’ve spent a decade building networks of community partners to reach uninsured West Virginians and work with local and state health agencies to make sure we are providing accurate and effective services to the communities we serve,” Michael Vernon, Ph.D., chair of the West Virginia University School of Medicine’s Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology. “Navigators will be among the many resources available to help consumers understand their coverage options in the marketplace,” U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius said in an August 2013 statement. Navigators are trained to steer consumers through the process of using the health insurance marketplace by providing unbiased information while upholding strict security and privacy standards, in accordance with federal law. Funded by the U.S. Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) since 2001, WV Healthy Start/HAPI is a collaborative project of the West Virginia University School of Medicine’s Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, the WVU Schools of Dentistry, the West Virginia Office of Maternal, Child and Family Health and community health agencies in the counties served by the project. One of 105 Healthy Start Projects nationally and the only one in West Virginia, HAPI’s goal is to help women and their families have the healthiest babies and families possible. If anyone is interested in Navigator assistance with health insurance coverage and the marketplace, contact the WV Healthy Start Navigator Project Director, Penny Womeldorff, at (304) 293-1560 or at 1-866-738-HAPI. [...]