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PM&R Awarded ARRT Training Grant

August 21, 2019

Since 1991, the UM Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (PM&R) has trained nearly two generations of rehabilitation researchers through Advanced Rehabilitation Research and Training (ARRT) Program grants from NIDILRR/NIDRR. Today we received news that this incredible tradition of training will continue with a new investment from NIDILRR of over $840K to fund the UM Advanced Rehabilitation Research Training Program in Community Living and Participation (ARRT-CP). Led by Co-PIs, Drs. Susan Murphy and Anna Kratz,  this program grant will support the training of approximately 6 fellows between 2019-2024. Website:

Joseph C. Kolars, M.D., receives prestigious Flexner Award for medical education

August 20, 2019

Senior Associate Dean for Education and Global Initiatives Joseph C. Kolars, M.D., is the recipient of the prestigious 2019 Abraham Flexner Award for Distinguished Service to Medical Education from the Association…

Asheesh Bedi, M.D., selected as host orthopaedic physician for ICC soccer match

August 7, 2019

Asheesh Bedi, M.D., professor and chief of sports medicine and director of the Michigan Center for Human Athletic Medicine and Performance (MCHAMP), has been selected as the host orthopaedic physician for…

Harry Mobley, Ph.D., stepping down as chair of Department of Microbiology & Immunology

July 26, 2019

Harry L.T. Mobley, Ph.D., was recruited to U-M as the Frederick G. Novy Collegiate Professor & Chair of the Department of Microbiology & Immunology in 2004. He recently stepped down, effective July 1. At that time, the department had 13 instructional track, primary faculty members. From Mobley’s arrival in July 2004 to the present, the department has more than doubled in size, adding 17 primary faculty members. The department now boasts a total of 28 primary faculty (two have retired and one has left the university to accept a position as chair of the Department of Microbiology & Molecular Genetics…

Lori Flint, B.S.N., R.N., serves as advocate for patients, nursing professionals

July 26, 2019

Lori Flint and colleagues during last year's Pulmonary Fibrosis Awareness Month. Lori Flint, B.S.N., R.N., began her nursing career at Michigan Medicine more than 26 years ago, working with hospitalized thoracic surgery patients. In 1997, she took on the role of clinical care coordinator for Ambulatory Care’s thoracic surgery clinic, facilitating its Esophagectomy Support Group and helping patients deal with changes that may be intimidating and overwhelming following a surgery. The insight Lori gained by hearing her patients express their challenges within the support group strongly influenced her nursing practice. “It was gratifying to hear patients tell me that they…

Ambulatory Care service lines complete successful BCBSM survey

July 11, 2019

Congratulations to the following Ambulatory Care service lines for recently completing successful survey visits with Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Michigan (BCBSM) for the Patient-Centered Medical Home and Neighborhood (PCMH-N) program: OB/GYN Pediatric cardiology Domino Farms Family Medicine Each year, BCBSM randomly selects 1-2 Michigan Medicine primary care (Medical Home) and 1-2 specialty (Neighborhood) sites to participate in this survey process. The sites spend significant time preparing for these visits. The PCMH-N philosophy is built on 13 initiatives. Each initiative focuses on a domain of function and a set of defined capabilities/standards that will enable the site to achieve the vision…

Research collaboration between U-M and Atomwise to accelerate drug discovery using innovative Artificial Intelligence approach

July 9, 2019

From making pain management safer and more effective to identifying inhibitors for a fibrosis target protein and more, researchers from Michigan Medicine, as well as the University of Michigan College of…

Dr. Cem Akin Selected as President of the Michigan Allergy & Asthma Society

July 3, 2019

Cem Akin, MD, PhD, has been selected to serve as President of the Michigan Allergy & Asthma Society (MAAS) beginning in July 2019. The mission of the MAAS is to provide…

RISE Announces Inaugural Fellows

July 1, 2019

Faculty, staff and learners from a variety of disciplines across Michigan Medicine comprise the inaugural class of fellows selected by the Research. Innovation. Scholarship. Education. (RISE) initiative.  RISE fellows receive a percentage of salary effort for 18 months and additional funding to develop and implement their innovative idea. The four fellows, who will work to address important issues facing medical and science education and health care are: John C. Burkhardt, M.D., Ph.D., an assistant professor in the departments of Emergency Medicine and Learning Health Sciences, will engage residents to use their individual clinical practice data to stimulate critical reflection on…