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Thank you for our CMSRU students, alumni and faculty Run(ning) the Bridge

You might remember the annual Cooper Norcross Run the Bridge event. This year was the 16th Annual on November 4, 2018 and attracted more than 4,000 runners and walkers, including dozens of CMSRU students, alums and faculty members. The 10K run and two-mile bridge walk across the Ben Franklin Bridge and back, benefits the Larc School in Bellmawr, NJ, which provides educational, therapeutic, recreational, and life skills and work readiness services to hundreds of children ages 3-21 with moderate to severe disabilities throughout the five counties in South Jersey, and at no cost to the families.

CMSRU students/alums patricipating: Alyssa Chang, Matthew Chorney, Caroline Correia, James DeChiara, Kenyetta Givans, Samuel MacLeon, Rachel Manci, Eugene Marrone, Natasha Mathur, Andrew Myers, Nikita Paripati, Shrina Patel, Harpreet Singh, Jenna Snyder, Maria Winte, and Samantha Wu.

CMSRU faculty participating: Carolyn Eggerding, M.D.; Erik C. Freeland, DO; David A. Fuller, MD; William R. Graessle, MD; Justin J. Green, MD; Greg Kubicek, MD; Steven M. Manders, MD; Ernest M. Post, MD; Amin Shazly, DO; Simon K. Topalian, MD; and Salina M. Wydo, MD.


Cooper announces new ENT Residency program

Cooper University Health Care has added a new ENT (Otolaryngology-Head & Neck Surgery) residency program! The program, the only one of its kind in southern New Jersey, will accept one resident per year, starting in July 2019.

"Over the past five years, the Division of Otolaryngology-Head & Neck Surgery at Cooper has achieved remarkable growth in terms of clinical/surgical volume and breadth, as well as in the realm of academic research. This tremendous growth has resulted in a successful application to the ACGME for the newest ENT residency program in the nation over the past decade," explained Nadir Ahmad, MD, associate professor of surgery at CMSRU and head of the Division of Otolaryngology - Head & Neck Surgery at Cooper. "We are privileged to join such a small cohort of like-minded academicians.”  Cooper Hospital’s ENT residency will be the only ENT training program in South Jersey and will serve to elevate the academic profile of CUH and Cooper Medical School of Rowan University (CMSRU) within the region and across the country.

Cooper's Division of Otolaryngology-Head & Neck Surgery is comprised of high level fellowship-trained surgeons who work together to manage the breadth of disorders in the field of otolaryngology. Cooper's new ENT resident will graduate their training prepared to manage all manner of head and neck disease through exposure to a diverse patient population and the excellent training offered by the division's clinical staff.


CMSRU Alum Co-Authors Manuscript

Congratulations to Michael Dalton, MD '17 and Nik Kappy, MD, a Cooper surgical residency alumni, on having their manuscript "Financial Impact of Minor Injury Transfers on a Level 1 Trauma Center" accepted for publication in the Journal of Surgical Research. This important paper demonstrates the financial benefit to Cooper being a receiving center for trauma patients throughout southern New Jersey. Special thanks to Robert Gibbs from Cooper's finance department for assisting with interpreting financial data and Steven Ross, MD, professor of surgery, for being the mentor on this important project.


CMSRU Students & Faculty Launch New Peer-Reviewed Journal

Now taking submissions!

The Cooper Rowan Journal of Community and Social Medicine (CRJCSM) is an open-access, partially student-run, peer-reviewed journal encompassing up-to-date research first-authored by current medical students, graduate-level allied healthcare students, and residents/fellows (all years) in training.

CRJCSM welcomes original research, reviews, medical education studies, case reports/series, perspectives, and quality improvement projects. The scope of this journal includes all health-related research topics but prioritizes publishing articles that investigate a disease, condition, treatment, or policy that tends to impact medically underserved patients. Please consider submitting a manuscript soon in order for it to be considered and reviewed for the inaugural issue. Visit our website to learn more and feel free to email with any questions about the publication.

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CMSRU Faculty, Alumnus, Receive Special Award

David Gealt, DO, assistant professor of orthopaedic surgery, and Martin Weaver, MD '16, were part of a team of researchers who received the "George W. Northup, DO Medical Writing Award." This award is bestowed annually to an exceptional article published in The Journal of the American Osteopathic Association (JAOA) that has the potential to change the way DOs think, practice medicine and conduct research.

The article, "First-Time Sports-Related Concussion Recovery: The Role of Sex, Age, and Sport," appeared in the October 2017 issue of JAOA. ( The study examined records of male and female middle- and high-school athletes who sustained concussion while playing sports. The researchers found that female athletes remained symptomatic for 28 days -- more than twice as long as males. The difference was observed regardless of age or sport played. This study provides important evidence that the effects of a concussion linger longer for women, pointing to the need for more research to identify the causal factors for the difference. The lead researcher on the paper was John Neidecker, DO, a private family medicine practitioner in Camden. John Luksch, DO, from Rothman Institute Orthopaedics, was also a co-author.


CMSRU Alums Earn Accolades at Brown University

Brian McCauley, MD ('16) and Michelle Breda, MD ('16), members of CMSRU's Charter Class, are distinguishing themselves at Brown University's Warren Alpert Medical School, where they are now third year internal medicine residents.

Last November, McCauley won "Resident Hero of the Quarter" out of 300+ residents in all programs; in January 2018, Breda earned the same award. Also, McCauley and Breda both competed for and are now enrolled in the prestigious Brown Clinician Educator Tract. Breda's project is on longitudinal clerkships in the outpatient setting and McCauley's is the creation of an online multidisciplinary educational series on invasive hemodynamics, presented in a Kahn Academy style.

This summer, at the conclusion of their PGY-2 year, McCauley was presented with the Resident Teaching Award. He was chosen by his peers for his "excellence and dedication to resident education." The award was in recognition of the multiple talks McCauley provided during the first two years of residency, usually on cardiology topics.