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Spotlight on Quality

Lynt B. Johnson, MD, MBA, Brings Years of Experience to GW Liver and Pancreas Institute for Quality

By Katherine Dvorak

Quality is key for Lynt B. Johnson, MD, MBA. It’s there in his dedicated 25 years as a pancreatic and liver surgeon, in his expectations for the future doctors he teaches, and in the name of the new institute for which he is the executive director: The George Washington University (GW) Liver and Pancreas Institute for Quality (LPIQ). Read more

Medicine and Social Justice

By Ashley Rizzardo

The 45th Session of the Committee on World Food Security, hosted by the United Nations (UN) Food and Agriculture Organization in October 2018, convened global delegates, policy experts, and nutrition scientists to hold discussions on food security and nutrition in the context of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. Harleen Marwah, a second-year medical student at the George Washington University (GW) School of Medicine and Health Sciences, traveled to Rome for these meetings to advocate for the needs of patients around the world. Read more

A Gift in Loving Memory

By Katherine Dvorak 

Brenna Clougherty, MD ’08, who served as chief resident of pediatrics at Children’s National Health System (Children’s National), was a devoted physician who touched dozens of lives. Many of those who knew her best felt compelled to find the perfect way to honor her after she died from cancer in March 2018, just six months before her 10th George Washington University (GW) School of Medicine and Health Sciences (SMHS) reunion. Read more

Focusing on the Final Frontier

By Ashley Rizzardo

There are a few locations along the Potomac River that Abdulla Alhmoudi, MD, RESD ’18, would recommend if you enjoy rock climbing. But, he cautions, they’re all single pitch — a climb lasting one rope length. If you want multi-pitch climbs, the closest spot is in Seneca Rocks in West Virginia. “It’s a bit of a drive,” he says. “But it’s beautiful.” For most people, extreme rock climbing would be hobby enough. Alhmoudi, however, has higher ambitions. He enjoys extreme environments as well, ones that test the human body, such as high altitude and outer space. Read more