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Texas health care CEO to head
Fairview Health Services

David Page, a leader of one of the largest health care networks in Texas, was elected president and chief executive officer of Fairview Health Services by the board of directors. He will join Fairview on or before July 1, filling the vacancy created when Richard Norling left last fall. Page is currently chief operations officer of Memorial Hermann Healthcare System in Houston, a principal affiliate of the University of Texas Medical School, and president and CEO of Hermann Hospital. He was instrumental in merging Hermann Hospital with Memorial Healthcare System in 1997. With 34 years of health care experience, Page has had key responsibilities for medical system development and integration, academic medical centers, community hospitals, health plan development, managed care, physician group practices, and long-term and home care operations. He holds a master's degree in hospital administration from Duke University.

Duke recruit to occupy $3.8 million
geriatric drug chair

The College of Pharmacy has appointed Joseph Hanlon from Duke University Medical Center to head its geriatric drug therapy program. Hanlon is the first holder of the newly created VFW Endowed Chair for Pharmacotherapy in the Elderly, which is supported by a $3.8 million endowment, the largest endowment in the college's history. He will begin September 1.

At Duke, Hanlon coordinated pharmacogeriatrics as a senior fellow in Duke's Center for the Study of Aging and Human Development. He was an associate research professor in the Department of Medicine, Division of Geriatrics, and a clinical associate professor at the University of North Carolina School of Pharmacy in Chapel Hill. He was also a clinical pharmacist specialist at the Durham Veterans Administration Geriatric Research, Education and Clinical Center. Hanlon researches ways health professionals can intervene in and improve drug therapy and related outcomes for elderly patients.

Int'l adoptees may not have shots,
study finds
No evidence of vaccination was found in approximately one-third of a sample of children adopted from China, Russia and Eastern Europe, despite records that indicate the children have received vaccinations, according to U pediatricians who examined the children. Margaret Hostetter, professor of pediatrics, presented the results of this study at the annual meeting of the Pediatric Academic Societies of America on May 5 in New Orleans.

Hostetter and pediatrics professor Dana Johnson began the study after noticing that immunization certificates sometimes listed immunization dates before the child's birth, immunizations given on the same day of each month, or a number of immunizations exceeding those recommended for the child's age. To date, no ill health effects are known to have occurred in children adopted from China, Russia and Eastern Europe due to lack of immunization. The irregularities were not present in the documentation from India, Thailand, Korea and Vietnam.

AHC researchers gaining on deadly ALD

Charles Peters, associate professor, pediatrics, presented results of a study showing that bone marrow transplants can halt or reverse childhood onset adrenoleukodystrophy, a rare brain disease, at the annual meeting of the Pediatric Academic Societies of America in New Orleans. Passed genetically from mother to son, ALD destroys the physical and mental functioning of its victims and kills them within a few months or years.

A new transplant preparative regimen developed by Peters and pediatric researchers Kathryn Dusenbury, Elsa Shapiro, Richard Ziegler, John Wagner and William Krivit has shown promise in halting progression of the disease in those most severely affected.

Office on international medicine opens

The Medical School has established the Office for International Medical Education and Research whose mission is to promote international educational and scholarly opportunities for University medical and graduate students and faculty. The program will promote a two-way exchange of students between the U and appropriate organizations within developing and developed countries. Phillip Peterson, professor of medicine and an infectious disease specialist at Hennepin County Medical Center, will be director. Paul Quie, Regents' Professor of Pediatrics, will serve as the co-director. Inquiries can be made by calling 626-2558. “This program will enrich our understanding about international medical developments ranging from emerging infections to health care delivery systems,” Said Medical School Dean Alfred Michael .

Record number of American Indian
Med School grads
Thirteen American Indian students, who have participated in the U's Minnesota Center of American Indian & Minority Health program, will graduate with medical degrees this month. It is the largest group of Indian medical students to graduate from the Medical School, and perhaps the largest ever in the nation. A graduation celebration on June 4 featured Medical School alumni, Joy Dorscher, M.D., and Arne Vanio, M.D., both former Center of American Indian & Minority Health program participants.

Parkinson’s study needs participants

The University of Minnesota is studying Rasagiline, an experimental medication, to see if it improves symptoms and slows the progression of Parkinson's disease. Participants should be age 35 or older, in good health, independent in daily activities, not yet taking any medications for Parkinson's. This study requires visits every four to six weeks for one year. Please call 672-7272 or 1-800-824-1953.

Put your teeth to the test

Want to help out a dental students and possibly get some free dental care in the bargain? Senior dental students are now screening people willing to participate in dental board examinations on June 15 and 16 in Moos Tower on the East Bank campus. To schedule a screening examination or to see if you qualify as a board patient, please the Board Hotline at 625-9923 or e-mail Bonnie McCallum ( If you qualify as a boards patient, you may be eligible for some free dental care. The School of Dentistry also provides excellent ongoing dental care. For an appointment, call the admissions clinic at 624-8400.


Events Calendar
Tuesday, June 9 An AHC-wide open forum to discuss the tobacco settlement, 4:00 p.m., Basic Sciences and Biomedical Engineering Seminar Room on the second floor. Present your ideas and hear from your colleagues.If you have questions, please call Chris Roberts, AHC Office of Communications, at 626-2767. 
Friday, June 12  Mortuary Science graduation, 5:00 p.m. at Coffman Union, reception follows. Keynote speaker is Benjamin Carson, M.D., Director of Pediatrics Neurosurgery at Johns Hopkins Hospital. 
Friday, June 12 School of Public Health graduation, 7:30 p.m. at North Star Ballroom, reception follows. Keynote speaker is Jeffrey Kahn, Ph.D., Director of the U's Center for Bioethics. 
Saturday, June 13 College of Veterinary Medicine graduation, 2:00 p.m. at Northrop Auditorium, reception follows. Keynote speaker is U alumni Ford Watson Bell, DVM, President of Minneapolis Heart Institute Foundation. 
Sunday, June 14 Dr. Rachel Naomi Remen, author of the New York Times best-seller Kitchen Table Wisdom: Stories That Heal, will deliver a public lecture at 7:00 p.m. at Temple Israel, 2324 Emerson Avenue South, Minneapolis. The lecture is co-sponsored by the University of Minnesota Center for Spirituality and Healing. For more information, call 626-4330. 
Friday, June 19 School of Dentistry graduation, 2:00 p.m. at Northrop Auditorium, reception follows. Keynote speaker is Edgar Ziegler, DDS, professor of restorative sciences in the U's School of Dentistry. 
Friday, June 19 School of Nursing graduation, 2:00 p.m. at Ted Mann Concert Hall, reception follows. Keynote speaker is Mary Jo Kreitzer, director of the U's Center for Spirituality and Healing. 
Saturday, June 20 Physical Therapy graduation, 11:00 a.m. at Northrop Auditorium, reception follows. Keynote speaker is Florence Kendall. 
June 22-26 Institute for Interdisciplinary Research Development: Adolescent Pregnancy, Earle Brown Center. A 5-day training for professionalresearchers and advanced graduate students in research design and issues related to adolescent pregnancy prevention and program proposal development. For more information, contact Kay Syme (625-3451 or 
Thursday, June 25 The 12th annual Turtle Derby, 10:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., Diehl Plaza. Proceeds benefit the Fairview-University Children's Hospital. For more information, call 626-3124. 
* AHC Commencements: Reception takes place in the same location as the commencement ceremony.


White, white robin - Janna Beard, avian nursery coordinator for the
Wildlife Rehabilitation Clinic on the St. Paul campus, feeds a rare albino robin,
one of hundreds of injured or abandoned animals cared for by volunteers during
this year’s stormy spring and summer. A story on the fate of the clinic
will appear in the July issue of AHC Community News.
(Photo by Richard Anderson)
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