Clinical Center News
|Published monthly for CC employees by Clinical Center Communications/April 1997|
Dr. Nick Bryan has been named director of the Department of Diagnostic Radiology and Clinical Center associate director for radiologic imaging sciences. In addition to his CC responsibilities, Dr. Bryan will hold a joint appointment with the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke.
As associate CC director, Dr. Bryan will oversee the Nuclear Medicine Department, the PET Department, and the Laboratory of Diagnostic Radiology Research. That lab, now under the NIH Office of Intramural Research, was established at NIH in 1989 to focus efforts in basic research in medical imaging and to supplement teaching programs in imaging research.
Dr. John Gallin, CC director, announced the appointment saying, "Dr. Bryan brings enormous experience and energy to this position, expertise that will enhance the Clinical Center's contributions to research in and clinical applications of the imaging sciences. His joint appointment with NINDS highlights an NIH commitment to collaborations in clinical research."
|"I'm very excited about
this new opportunity to grow and expand radiology
programs at the Clinical Center and intramurally at
NIH," Dr. Bryan said. He will join the CC staff
part-time on July 1 and full-time in January.
Dr. Bryan, whose primary research interests are stroke and functional brain imaging, has served since 1988 as professor of radiology and neurosurgery and director of the neuroradiology division at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. He has been a professor of otolaryngology-head and neck surgery there since 1990 and was a Fulbright senior scholar in Marseilles in 1994-1995.
After pre-med work at Hopkins, Dr. Bryan earned the M.D. and Ph.D. degrees from the University of Texas Medical Branch. After an internship and residency there, he held an NIH postdoctoral fellowship in neuroanatomy at the Marine Biomedical Institute and an NIH special fellowship in neuroradiology at the Neurological Institute of New York.
| Prior to his Hopkins
appointment, Dr. Byran was at Baylor College of Medicine
where he directed the Biomedical Nuclear Magnetic
Resonance Center, served as professor of radiology, and
as professor in the Center for Biotechnology. He also
directed MRI services at the Methodist Hospital in
A past president of the American Society of Head and Neck Radiology and of the American Society of Neuroradiology, Dr. Bryan is on the board of directors for the Radiological Society of North America. He is on the editorial board of the Journal of Magnetic Resonance Imaging, deputy editor of the American Journal of Neuroradiology, and on the editorial advisory board of Neuroscience Forum.
A construction worker using a back hoe crimped an underground pipe that carries oxygen from storage tanks to the Clinical Center. It was mid-afternoon on March 3. That accident set into motion a finely choreographed response.
"A worker on the tunnel expansion job was excavating the site near the tanks when he accidentally pulled on the oxygen supply pipe and pinched a small hole into it," explained Jim Wilson, CC building services manager. Work on the tunnel is focused in an area outside of building 12 and the CC's B1 cafeteria.
The workers immediately called the NIH Fire Department, the CC Maintenance Unit, which is a part of the NIH Division of Engineering Services, and CC building services and safety staff. All rushed to the scene.
| After an on-the-spot
assessment, key CC departments were notified. Respiratory
Therapy evaluated the hospital's oxygen needs. Materials
Management Department staff began rounding up gas
cylinders to feed the back-up supply system. Plumbing
shop workers temporarily patched the leaking pipe. All
that took about 30 minutes.
An oxygen tanker truck was dispatched-the closest one available was from Delaware-and MMD staff delivered extra gas cylinders where they were needed should the gas pressure drop. Workers initiated a permanent repair, and an inspector, the closest one available, rushed up from Richmond to certify that the work was properly performed and the oxygen safe for patients.
|If anything could be characterized as a glitch, it was in reporting the extent of the problem. Some patient-care areas got conflicting information from hospital staff. "Communications are usually the most difficult part of an emergency, but they are critical," noted Dr. Michele Evans, CC environmental safety officer, "and we are working on ways to improve communications."Everyone did what they were supposed to do, but rarely get a chance to demonstrate. "Thanks to everyone working on solutions, the pipe was repaired without an interruption of patient care," she added.|
Society honors CC's Doppman
Dr. John L. Doppman, acting chief of the Diagnostic Radiology Department, has received the prestigious Gold Medal Award from the Society of Cardiovascular and Interventional Radiology.
The society's announcement noted, "Gold Medal recipients exemplify those individuals who have dedicated their talents to advancing the quality of patient care through the practice of interventional radiology and who, by their outstanding achievements, also help ensure the future of the field.
"[The medal honors] those innovative scientists and radiologists whose leadership and dedication have fortified the field of interventional radiology."
The award, given during the society's meeting in Washington last month, recognizes exceptional service to the field of interventional radiology. Only four have been awarded. Dr. Doppman, author of more than 475 scientific articles, is a former president of the Society of Cardiovascular and Interventional Radiology.
Appointed to the board
Newly appointed to the CC Board of Governors are (center) Dr. Mary Sue Coleman and Dr. Charles K. Francis. Dr. Coleman is president of the University of Iowa. Dr. Francis is professor of clinical medicine at the College of Physicians and Surgeons at Columbia University and director of the Department of Medicine at the Harlem Hospital Center. With them are Dr. John Gallin, CC director, and John Finan, the board's chairman. HHS Secretary Donna E. Shalala made the appointments.
Jane Loewenson has been named special assistant to the CC director. Dr. John Gallin, in making the announcement, noted that Loewenson is a former NIH presidential management intern who served as a policy analyst through a series of assignments here.
She later worked on the staff of Sen. Christopher J. Dodd where she directed legislative initiatives and advised on health care, welfare reform, and children's issues.
She's a graduate of Brown University and earned a master's in public policy from the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard.
Cell Center opens
Dr. Harvey Klein , chief of the Department of Transfusion Medicine, and Dr. John Gallin, CC director, officially opened the cell processing facility with a ribbon cutting and open house last month. The 3,000 square foot lab, created with the help of a cooperative research and development grant from Baxter Healthcare Corporation, will serve institutes conducting protocols here that involve transplantation, immunotherapy, or gene therapy.
Second whole body/brain scanner added
The PET Department's second General Electric (GE) Advance positron emission tomography (PET) scanner has arrived and is being assembled.
After a month of acceptance testing, it should be available for use in the more than 50 PET protocols by the end of April.
This new machine is identical to a whole-body/brain GE machine now in operation in the PET Department. It was purchased in less than one year through the efforts of Dr. Margaret Daube-Witherspoon and Lynda Ray of the PET Department and Johnnie Rice and Patrick Williams of the Office of Procurement Management. Having two identical whole body/brain machines will increase the scheduling flexibility and decrease the training for both the technologists and the investigators.
These two machines acquire true three-dimensional volume information by collecting decay events over larger angles than offered by the the older, two-dimensional PET scanners in the department. This improves image quality while allowing less radioactivity to be administered, which permits more studies per scan session.
PET is a method of imaging the body's physiologic functions, such as blood flow and metabolism. It works like this: Patients are given a short half-lived radiopharmaceutical. The radiopharmaceutical contains a radioactive atom that is produced by a cyclotron. This substance, also called a radionuclide, emits positrons.
|As positrons emitted from
the radionuclides encounter electrons in the body, they
produce high-energy photons that can be traced by
radiation detectors surrounding the body.
By evaluating the concentrations of positron-emitting radionuclides in the body, physicians can study such functions as blood flow or how the brain metabolizes glucose.
Greek connection serves CC's international patients
What began as a friendship between two doctors ended as an international health partnership between the Clinical Center and the country of Greece.
In the 1960s, a time when open-heart surgery was unavailable in Greece, children with congenital heart defects came to the Clinical Center for treatment. Many of these children and their families had never been out of their villages, had never flown on an airplane. Often the families made the trip with very little money, unable to speak English, and frightened that their child would not survive.
Without the help of CC volunteer Julia Plomasen, a native of Athens, many of these families would not have come to NIH. Working as interpreter, she was the link between Greek patients and CC physicians.
"It was very hard for many of these families to leave home. They didn't speak the language, they didn't understand the American culture, and they needed a place to live while their family member was treated. They needed help buying food and adjusting to a
To alleviate some of the adjustment problems, St. George's Greek Orthodox Church first renovated a building on their property on Bradley Boulevard and made it into a home away from home for Greek patients and their families. Later when the church expanded, a new house was built and donated. Named Kollecas House after the builder's parents, it's simply called, the Greek House.
Over the 27 years that Plomasen worked as CC interpreter, six years as an volunteer and 21 as an employee, she has seen hundreds of families benefit from treatment here. At the height of the program in the mid-1980s as many as 80 to 90 families a year came from Greece for heart surgery, cancer treatment, and other conditions.As the Greek connection, Plomasen is the voice in many emotional situations. She often held hands with the children, calmed them, and explained what was happening as the anesthesia took hold, then she sat and waited with the families during the surgery.
One child in particular stands out in Plomasen's mind--a leukemia patient who stayed at the Greek House for four years while undergoing treatment. She arrived as a very sick two-year old and left cancer-free and bilingual. This past Easter, Plomasen returned to Greece where she planned a visit with the young woman, now a college student studying foreign languages.
"I've been very happy working here, helping the hospital take care of my people. They leave blessing the people who work here."
Five years ago 70-year-old Plomasen retired from her interpreter's job, but she still comes back as a volunteer whenever she is needed.
What began decades ago as a partnership between the
Clinical Center and a Greek interpreter, continues now as
an international friendship. (by Laura Bradbard)
from the director:
| To provide CC
departments with an infrastructure that will help
streamline their administrative work--that's the short
answer to why we recently created the Office of
Administrative Management and Planning.
The office's goal is to provide CC departments with a dynamic administrative system. Individual departments will benefit from having a strong central system of support in addition to a network of senior administrative officers and "local" administrative support staff.
This change reaffirms our commitment to:
We also hope to explore new ways to enhance our administrative framework through initiatives such as delegation of authorities and actions under the umbrella of demonstration projects.
I am pleased to announce that Maureen Gormley has accepted the position as chief of this new office. A 10-year CC veteran, Gormley has most recently served as my special assistant. She brings a wealth of experience and knowledge about Clinical Center administrative, fiscal, and planning issues to her new position.
| Do you have a
employee, friend, or relative who has a significant
disability? If so, you probably see this person as an
individual rather than as a person with a disability. You
likely have some understanding of that person's
For many who do not have close contact with a person with a disability, the first experience might be met with anxiety. Learning appropriate terminology to use in referring to people with disabilities is a positive step in overcoming that anxiety:
Putting people first is simple respect. It announces that you see the person, not the disability. For further information on the CC Disability Employment Program, contact Jerry Garmany, program coordinator at 496-9100 (TTY) through Maryland Relay Service at 1-800-735-2258, or e-mail email@example.com.
|Clinical Center News, Building 10, Room 1C255, National Institutes of Health, Bethesda, Maryland 20892. (301) 496-2563. Fax: 402-2984. Published monthly for CC employees by the Office of Clinical Center Communications, Colleen Henrichsen, chief. News, articles ideas, calendar events, letters, and photographs are welcome. Deadline for submission is the second Monday of each month. Editor: Sara Byars, Staff Writers: Laura Bradbard, Sue Kendall.|