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Celebrate the career of Perry Spencer, director of Michigan Medicine Security

April 16, 2018

The U-M Division of Public Safety & Security is pleased to celebrate the career of Perry Spencer, director of Michigan Medicine Security. Please join the department for special retirement festivities in honor of Perry’s 20 years of service to Michigan Medicine. The event will take place on Tuesday, April 24 from 3:30 p.m. until 5:30 p.m. in the Towsley Lobby. Remarks will begin at 4 p.m. RSVP to Lorie Kitchen at If you’d like to present remarks, please let Lorie know in your RSVP. See you there!

Mary Jo Maksym retiring after 37+ years

April 13, 2018

Mary Jo Maksym, 5B Nursing Supervisor, is retiring after 37+ years at Michigan Medicine. Mary Jo started at U of M in 1980 and has touched so many of us throughout the years. Mary Jo’s farewell will be on Friday, April 27 from 11 a.m. - 2 p.m. in the Towsley Dining Room. Thank you Mary Jo, for your almost 38 years of service!

Help celebrate Ken Bandy’s retirement

April 2, 2018

Please join us on Friday, April 20, from 3 p.m. - 4:30 p.m., Towsley Lobby (words at 3:30) in a celebration recognizing the achievements and retirement of Ken Bandy. Ken began his career in December of 1973 in the Department of Respiratory Care (RC), University Hospital (aka, “old Main”). Soon after graduation, he was promoted to shift supervisor and then assistant technical director. In 1981, he left adult care to assume the director of Respiratory Care for C.S. Mott Children's Hospital. From 1984-1994, Ken was active with Dr. Robert Bartlett in both working as an ECMO specialist and as a…

VG Vinod Vydiswaran, Ph.D. Wins Coursera Award

March 12, 2018

VG Vinod Vydiswaran, Ph.D., won The Outstanding Educator Award for Innovation for his MOOC entitled "Applied Data Science with Python" on March 7, 2018. The award was presented at the sixth annual Coursera Partners Conference held at Arizona State University. Coursera is an online platform where MOOCs (massive open online courses) are offered from the world's leading universities.

Theresa Cooney, M.D., leads state ophthalmology group

March 8, 2018

Founded 50 years ago, the Michigan Society of Eye Physicians and Surgeons (MiSEPS) represents Michigan ophthalmologists and their patients. Its priorities include legislative advocacy,interaction with third-party payers about reimbursement and coverage…

Psychiatry chair named treasurer of American Psychiatric Association

March 8, 2018

Gregory W. Dalack, M.D., chair of the University of Michigan Department of Psychiatry, was recently elected treasurer of the American Psychiatric Association (APA). Dalack’s two-year term begins in May following the APA’s annual meeting in New York City. As treasurer, Dalack will join the APA Executive Leadership team, working closely with the APA’s chief financial officer. He will regularly present financial reports to the APA board of trustees and APA assembly. He will chair the audit committee and be an ex-officio member of the investment oversight committee, and finance and budget committee. “I am looking forward to serving the APA…

Congratulations to the Department of Pharmacy on MSPT Award

February 28, 2018

Congratulations to the Michigan Medicine Department of Pharmacy! They have received the Michigan Society of Pharmacy Technicians Service Award. The MSPT Service Award is presented annually to an individual or organization that has shown outstanding dedication and commitment to advancing pharmacy technician practice. The award was presented at the Michigan Pharmacists Association Annual Convention and Exposition last week in Detroit. Congratulations to the entire team.

Maya Hammoud, MD, MBA becomes the 52nd President of the Association of Professors of Gynecology and Obstetrics (APGO)

February 28, 2018

Maya Hammoud, MD, MBA will become the 52nd President of the Association of Professors of Gynecology and Obstetrics (APGO), the leading, national medical education organization amongst academic obstetrician-gynecologists at its annual meeting taking place this week in National Harbor, MD. As a Professor of OBGYN and Learning Health Sciences, Associate Chair for e-Education and Enabling Technologies, Director of the OBGYN Center for Education and Clerkship, and life-long learner, Dr. Hammoud has dedicated her life, and career, to innovatively educating the next generation of physicians, and physician educators, as a mechanism of providing, and advocating for, excellent healthcare for women. Dr.…

Dr. Hornyak Named Leader of Pediatric Rehabilitation Program

February 26, 2018

Joseph (Joe) Hornyak, MD, PhD has been named the leader for the Pediatric Rehabilitation Program in the Department of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation. Dr. Hornyak has been with the department since 2001 is a Professor on the clinical track. He completed his medical and rehabilitation medicine training at the Medical College of Ohio/University of Toledo, and a pediatric rehabilitation fellowship at Michigan. Dr. Hornyak is well-known nationally for his work with rehabilitation in neuromuscular diseases and Down Syndrome. His PhD is in exercise physiology, and his current research deals with physical activity, specifically martial arts, and individuals with Down Syndrome.…