Robert Wood Johnson
am excited to announce that our medical school has been awarded the Joint Commission's Ambulatory
Health Care Accreditation. This accreditation is a testament to the high level of quality and safety we
bring to our patients, and I am incredibly grateful to our faculty and staff who worked tirelessly to
improve our processes. As you will discover in this issue of Robert Wood Johnson Medicine, our dedication
to clinical care is reflected in the successful outcomes of patients in our feature stories.
When I first learned about Chris Cahill receiving a 3-Dprinted skull, I was captivated by the compelling
and unique story ("Traumatic Brain Injury Leads to a 3-DPrinted Skull," page 16). Gaurav Gupta, MD,
assistant professor of neurosurgery, and the division's commitment to
innovation and delivery of excellent treatment during a complex case are
admirable. This palpable demonstration of care is further exemplified in
"Helping Joey's Life Get Back on an Even Keel" (page 4). Joey and his
family spent years visiting physicians with no diagnosis, until he was
referred to and treated by P. Ashley Wackym, MD, professor and chair
of the newly formed Department of OtolaryngologyHead and Neck
Surgery. Finally, after revolutionary surgery and treatment, Joey is able
to enjoy being a kid again.
Our students continue to do great work inside and outside of the
classroom. Two students and one alumna are accomplished writers with
a fervor for language and storytelling, which they say complements their
commitment to patients ("Three Women Need to Write Far More Than
Can Fit on a Prescription Pad," page 9). I think you will agree after reading the alumi profiles (pages 4248)
that our alumni are using their unique skill sets and interests to pursue exciting and diverse career paths.
I hope you are as proud as I am to be a part of Robert Wood Johnson Medical School and share in this
historic moment in time.
Sherine E. Gabriel, MD, MSc