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Celebrating 25 Years of Medical Diplomacy

By Thomas Kohout

January 2019 marked the start of the 25th anniversary year for the George Washington University (GW) School of Medicine and Health Sciences’ (SMHS) Office of International Medicine Programs (IMP). Since 1994, IMP’s academic and clinical exchanges have left an indelible mark on the more than 12,000 GW and international faculty, staff, residents, fellows, and students. Read more

The Crossroads of Medicine and Public Health

By Ashley Rizzardo

Postpartum hemorrhage — in which a woman experiences heavy bleeding after giving birth — is a rare but serious condition that, if not treated quickly, can result in shock and death. According to the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG), postpartum hemorrhage accounts for about 10% of maternal mortalities. With the aid of a National Institutes of Health (NIH) career development grant, Homa Ahmadzia, MD, assistant professor of obstetrics and gynecology at the George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences (SMHS), hopes to further minimize the chance of bleeding to ensure even more successful, healthy births. Read more


In his new book, “A Modern Contagion” (Johns Hopkins University Press, 2019), Amir Afkhami, MD ’03, PhD, associate professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences at the George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences, uses Iranian, European, and American archival records to establish a comprehensive overview of pandemic cholera in Iran from the early 19th century to the First World War. Tracking those historical outbreaks, Afkhami argues that the effects of pandemic cholera played a significant role in altering the country’s social, economic, and political development, ultimately molding modern Iran. Read more