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Scientific Journals & the UVM Connection

An exhibit highlighting the contributions of UVM College of Medicine faculty to scientific journals is now on display at the Dana Medical Library.  “Scientific Journals and the UVM Connection” spotlights former and current COM faculty members serving as Editors-in-Chief or Associate Editors of a biomedical journal. The exhibit also includes information about the history and publication of the first scientific journals, dating back to 1665.

Come visit the Library to check out the display and read about the accomplishments of our faculty.

African American Surgeons Exhibit

College of Medicine Hosts African American Surgeons Exhibit April 11 – June 5

By Jennifer Nachbur

African Americans have always practiced medicine, whether as physicians, healers, midwives, or “root doctors.” The journey of the African American physician from pre-Civil War to modern day America has been a challenging one. Early black pioneer physicians not only became skilled practitioners, they became trailblazers and educators paving the way for future physicians, surgeons, and nurses, and opening doors to better health care for the African American community. Collaboratively developed and produced by the National Library of Medicine and the Reginald F. Lewis Museum of Maryland African American History and Culture in Baltimore, the Opening Doors: Contemporary African American Academic Surgeons exhibition celebrates the contributions of African American academic surgeons and educators to medicine and medical education. The University of Vermont College of Medicine will host a special exhibit, from April 11 through June 5, 2011, in the Robert H. & Cynthia K. Hoehl Gallery in the Health Science Research Facility on the UVM campus. The exhibition tour, launched in July 2007, has traveled throughout the U.S. over the past nearly four years.

Rather than provide an encyclopedic look at African American surgeons, Opening Doors employs contemporary and historical images to take the visitor on a journey through the lives and achievements of four pioneering academic surgeons, and provides a glimpse into the stories of those that came before them and those that continue the tradition today. The exhibition highlights Alexa I. Canady, M.D., the first African American woman pediatric neurosurgeon; LaSalle D. Leffall, Jr., M.D., cancer surgeon, and the first African American President of the American College of Surgeons and the American Cancer Society; Claude H. Organ, Jr., M.D., general surgeon, and the first African American to chair a department of surgery at a predominantly white medical school; and Rosalyn P. Scott, M.D., the first African American woman cardiothoracic surgeon. Opening Doors also includes other academic surgeons from around the country that follow in the tradition of sharing their knowledge and passing the torch to younger surgeons.

“The UVM College of Medicine Dean’s office is excited to host the Opening Doors exhibit,” said Karen Richardson-Nassif, Ph.D., associate dean for faculty and staff development and diversity. “It is a wonderful opportunity to highlight the stories of many pioneering African American surgeon educators and their many achievements.”

Opening Doors is curated by Margaret A. Hutto, director of exhibitions at the Historical Society of Washington, D.C., and former exhibitions manager at the Reginald F. Lewis Museum, and Jill L. Newmark, exhibition registrar at the National Library of Medicine. The National Library of Medicine is the largest medical library in the world and the Reginald F. Lewis Museum is the largest African American museum on the east coast. To view an online version of the exhibition, visit http://www.nlm.nih.gov/exhibition/aframsurgeons.

(Adapted from the National Library of Medicine’s “Opening Doors: Contemporary African American Surgeons” exhibition press release.)

Changing the Face of Medicine

Changing the Face of Medicine: Celebrating Women Physicians is an online exhibit presented by the National Library of Medicine. The exhibit features individual women doctors from both the past and present who “provide an intriguing glimpse of the broader community of women doctors who are making a difference.” The NLM’s goal of the exhibit is in “honoring the lives and accomplishments of these women in the hope of inspiring a new generation of medical pioneers.”

The physician pictured above is Dr. Halle Tanner Dillon Johnson, the first African American woman to become a board-certified physician, and the first woman to officially practice medicine in the state of Alabama. Visit the exhibit to learn more about her.

From HeLa Cells to Hospice Care


A new exhibit featuring popular works on health topics from Dana’s collections is now on display at the Dana Medical Library. These works serve both the consumer health and current awareness needs of the University of Vermont and Fletcher Allen Health Care communities.

The exhibit “From HeLa Cells to Hospice Care” features books such as the memoirs of Michael J. Fox and his struggles with Parkinson’s disease, and the story of Henrietta Lacks, the African American woman from whom HeLa cells originated. Other topics include DNA and the Human Genome Project, the nation’s first Navajo woman surgeon and her struggles to combine western medicine with Native American medicine, and end-of-life advice and guidance including the benefits of hospice care.

These and other works written for the public and health care communities are available for check-out from the Dana Medical Library. Contact the Reference Desk at 656-2201 or danaref@uvm.edu for more information.