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Space for Ideas

By Laura Otto

Afternoon tea is a time-honored daily British tradition. It’s an opportunity to sit, sip, and chat with friends or co-workers. Growing up in Cambridge, England, Douglas F. Nixon, M.D., Ph.D, is well acquainted with the custom. During his time at the University of Oxford, where he trained as a pathologist, Nixon found that conversations over a cup of tea might lead to any number of things, including scientific advances. “If you can get people out of their office and into a space with a welcoming atmosphere, then you create an opportunity to brainstorm and form new ideas.”

Care from Within

GW’s Blood & Bone Marrow Transplant Program Is the One Best Option for Area Patients in Need

By Steve Goldstein

A little more than two decades ago, The George Washington University was seeking to re-establish a bone marrow transplant (BMT) program. Many at the University, including Robert Siegel, M.D., professor of medicine at GW’s School of Medicine and Health Sciences (SMHS), and chief of the Division of Hematology/Oncology at the GW Medical Faculty Associates, believed that having a viable BMT program “was central to maintaining our credibility as a tertiary care center for the treatment of cancer,” in Siegel’s words.

Antoinette Saddler

By Kristin Hubing

The term clinical nutritionist brings to mind someone expert in the impact of food on health and wellness; the clinical equivalent of a lifestyle guru, best suited to advising patients about what diets might help them achieve specific health-related goals. Although well-adult care is crucial, especially as our nation faces an alarming obesity epidemic, it’s not what inspired Antoinette Saddler to pursue the field, and the image bears little resemblance to her day-to-day duties.

Verified Excellence

By Laura Otto

An 89-year-old woman is airlifted to George Washington University Hospital (GW Hospital) suffering from degenerative disease — a gradual weakening of tissues and organs due to lifestyle choices and normal bodily wear and tear. “There didn’t appear to be a lick of trauma on this woman,” recalls Babak Sarani, M.D. ’97, RESD ’04. However, trauma, explains Sarani, is not always a case of car crashes or broken bones. In this instance, the patient had ruptured one of the main vessels that carries blood to her leg. “She was going to die,” adds Sarani, director of trauma and acute care surgery at GW Hospital and associate professor of surgery at GW’s School of Medicine and Health Sciences (SMHS). The woman was sent directly to GW Hospital’s interventional radiology lab. There physicians placed a stent across her ruptured iliac artery. Following a blood transfusion, the trauma team brought the patient to the ICU. She made a complete recovery and was released the next day. It’s the resources and infrastructure that come with being a Level 1 Trauma Center that saved this woman’s life, explains Sarani.