A L U M N I P R O F I L E Huda Sayed, MD ’11: A Second Home at Robert Wood Johnson Medical School —Continued from page 39 not want her to leave! Everyone looked up to her there. She is an inspiration of what a doctor should be. She never rushes and takes time with every patient.” Dr. Sayed still stays in touch with peers and mentors from BCP and the medical school. A BCP alumna helped connect her to Emory, and Dr. Khan remains a close mentor—he even officiated her marriage. And one of her fellow alumni, Kristen Kenan-Tate, MD ’11, is the godmother of her daughter. “I am grateful for the opportunity to have participated in Rutgers and Robert Wood Johnson Medical School programs,” she says. “Medicine is not a right, it’s a privilege, and I feel lucky to have earned the privilege to care for others.” M Esi M. Rhett-Bamberg, MD ’07: A Girl Born on Sunday —Continued from page 43 Department of Anesthesiology at UT for nine years, knew Dr. Rhett first as a resident and then as an outstanding clinical and academic colleague. “Students gravitate to her,” says Dr. Hagberg. “She is kind-hearted, generous, understandable, patient, and fun.” As an attending anesthesiologist, “Esi is not just astute and skilled, she’s a great member of the team,” says Dr. Hagberg. “Patients trust her, deservedly, and, having volunteered to work as the sole anesthesiologist in the gastroenterology suite while the service was building up—with some of the sickest, most complex patients—she earned the lasting respect of nurses and physicians across multiple departments.” Dr. Rhett is the immediate past president and an executive board member of the Mary Susan Moore Medical Society. Established in 1991 and renamed six years later for the first black woman to practice medicine in Texas, the organization supports African-American women physicians and provides health education and advocacy to communities of need in the Greater Houston and Galveston area. A major part of the society’s work consists of mentoring premedical and medical students and raising money for scholarships. In 2014, it received permission from Crystal Emery to show a 10-minute clip from her documentary Black Women in Medicine at its Scholarship Awards event. Afterward, Emery stayed in touch as she developed the film into Against All Odds, the book in which she would include Dr. Rhett’s story. It seems right that the relay team member whose name means “a girl born on Sunday” is devoting her career James Metz, MD ’95: Beaming into Medical History —Continued from page 41 as a grassroots effort, it was the first cancer website in the world—and it even preceded Yahoo. Dr. Metz began working on the website in 1996, during his residency training, and moved into the editor-in-chief’s role in 2000. The idea was to get information out to thousands of people around the world in a way that was appropriate for both medically naive and clinically savvy audiences. The site isn’t segmented—there are no specialized portals. People can go as deep as they’d like on any cancerrelated subject matter they choose. Novel personalized programs help patients learn about cancer treatments and predictions about toxicity. The site also offers information and assistance on cancer survivorship. A small group—just seven full-time people— manages the site, with another 200 contributing information. “A big area of interest now is blending data-based content with medical records,” says Dr. Metz. “Because we’ve gathered information on every diagnosis, we can tailor educational information based on what we know holistically about a 46 Robert Wood Johnson I MEDICINE diagnosis—even down to the mental health needs. It’s that integrated.” OncoLink has received numerous awards and recognitions. The team is developing interactive content and personalized information for people, while collecting data to move the field forward. OncoLink has more than 285,000 unique visitors every month. “I Where It All Began and Where He’s Headed ’ve been so fortunate in my career,” says Dr. Metz. He looks back at his Robert Wood Johnson Medical School experience and how well it prepared him for the significant academic and clinical career milestones he’s tallied up. “I had such good clinical training. I felt like I could step into any environment,” he adds. That confidence—together with his preparation and education at the medical school—has resulted in a remarkable career. His influence, inquisitiveness, and knowledge have contributed to advancements in patient care and cancer treatment here and around the world. M