Contents F E A T U R E S Spring/Summer 2017 4 Green Beret’s Journey Returns Him to Rutgers for Medical School 12 Building the Global Health Institute at Rutgers Army veteran and second-year medical school student, Kevin Fitzpatrick’s time in Afghanistan as a medic inspired him to become an emergency room physician. By Jacqueline Cutler Richard G. Marlink, MD, believes the diversity of schools and programs at Rutgers form a strong foundation for a university-wide Global Health Institute. He brings extraordinary success to the task in developing programs and partnerships to fight HIV/AIDS in Africa. By Kate O’Neill 24 International Scientific Acclaim Hits Home Three faculty members were named fellows by the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) in recognition of their groundbreaking research. By Lynda Rudolph 8 The Intersection of Art and Medicine: Illuminating Mood Disorders in The Phantom of the Opera at Grand Rounds 17 Arthritis at 14: Angela’s Journey 29 A special grand rounds event features Broadway actress Julia Udine, who performed five scenes from The Phantom of the Opera with analysis from a psychiatrist’s perspective by Anthony Tobia, MD. By Carla Cantor Kenneth R. Kaufman, MD: A Triple Threat in the Psychiatric Aspects of Epilepsy When Angela Pandit was diagnosed with juvenile idiopathic arthritis, she and her parents turned to pediatric rheumatologist L. Nandini Moorthy, MD, for answers. By Lynda Rudolph Dr. Kaufman is working as a researcher, clinician, teacher, mentor, and author to ensure that those who have epilepsy are seen as people. By Kate O’Neill A L U M N I P R O F I L E S 20 D E P A R T M E N T S 1 33 36 37 47 Overseeing an Evolution: Emergency Medicine Chair Has Guided the Department through Major Change Huda Sayed, MD ’11: A Second Home at Robert Wood Johnson Medical School By Jillian Prior 38 Letter from the Dean News Research News Letter from the Alumni Association President Class Notes Robert M. Eisenstein, MD, has guided Emergency Medicine through major changes and growth, from its inception in 2005 into a thriving department that is considered among the most efficient in the nation. By Beth-Ann Kerber James Metz, MD ’95: Beaming into Medical History By Lynda Rudolph 40 Esi M. Rhett-Bamberg, MD ’07: A Girl Born on Sunday By Kate O’Neill 42 Pavan Grover, MD ’89: Spine Specialist and Filmmaker By Kate O’Neill 44 MEDICINE A Publication for Alumni and Friends of Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School Spring/Summer 2017 • Volume 17, Number 1 RobertWoodJohnson Dean Sherine E.Gabriel, MD, MSc Executive Editor: Patricia M. Hansen, MA Director, Communications and Public Affairs Editor Jillian Prior Writers Carla Cantor Jacqueline Cutler Beth-Ann Kerber Kate O’Neill Jillian Prior Lynda Rudolph Copy Editor Richard Slovak Art Direction and Design Barbara Walsh Graphic Design Cover Illustration Barbara Walsh Alumni Association Officers: President Paul F. Weber, MD ’87, RPh, MBA Treasurer Hank Lubin, MD ’83 Secretary Elena Frid, MD ’06 Editorial and Advertising Office: Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School • 335 George Street • Suite 2300 • New Brunswick, NJ 08903 • Tel: 732-235-6307 • Fax: 732-235-9570 • Robert Wood Johnson I MEDICINE 3