They preach social distancing, field calls from anxious business owners and help nursing homes track down protective equipment. For some IU School of Medicine graduates, this is what life looks like leading a local health department during a pandemic.
AFTER HIS near-fatal encounter with Ebola on a medical mission in Liberia, few people would question Kent Brantly, MD, if he contented himself with a stateside medical career, one where he put down roots with his wife and kids in the suburbs, and confined his adventures to storytelling. That’s not anything close to what Kent Brantly has in mind. Five years after contracting Ebola while treating patients in the worst outbreak of one of the world’s deadliest diseases, Brantly and […]
VICE ADMIRAL Jerome M. Adams, MD, MPH, first earned the title of doctor at Indiana University School of Medicine, where he was a member of our Class of 2002 and later became an assistant professor of clinical anesthesia. In 2017, Adams became the nation’s 20th Surgeon General and is sometimes referred to as “the nation’s doctor.” Nearly two years into the job, Adams advises Congress on public health issues, appears on television news shows to discuss matters such as the […]
The Black Bag. The future physicians remember the relic just as distinctly as the buttoned-up gentleman who carried it. They remember how elegant he looked—attired in a suit, starched collar and tie no matter the time, day or weather. While his peers pressed elevator buttons, he briskly climbed the stairs at Methodist Hospital. And he was no mere instructor. “He was an oracle of truth and wisdom,” one of them remembered. To the afflicted, James O. Ritchey, MD, could be a […]
STROLLING ACROSS the Indiana University campus, Kyle Hornsby attracted his fair share of double-takes during his first year of medical school. At 6-foot-5, Hornsby was hard to miss. And at a basketball-obsessed school, the attention made sense. Three years earlier, Hornsby’s shooting stroke propelled the Hoosiers to the finals of the NCAA tournament. On a roster lacking traditional star power, Hornsby, who shot 47.3 percent from the 3-point that March, was emblematic of IU’s first Final Four team in a […]
GEORGE SORRELLS spent one summer in medical school working on an assembly line bolting bumpers onto buses to help pay for his degree. Fortunately for him, he found more than a paycheck at the job. The woman who dropped his check off each week became his wife. Soon George and Barbara Sorrells were both working to finance his medical education. During the school year, George, a member of the Indiana University School of Medicine Class of 1962, worked nights at […]
IN APRIL 1954, David Nahrwold, then a freshman at Washington University in St. Louis, sat across from his academic advisor—“an English professor with long hair down to his shoulders”—and had a frank conversation about his likelihood of getting into medical school. The advisor did not seem impressed by his smattering of As and Bs. “He evidently thought I could do a lot better than I was doing,” Nahrwold says. “He said I probably wouldn’t get into med school at Wash […]
THIS PAST June, Dr. Kent Brantly lay in the same bed, in the same house, where Ebola almost took his life just 11 months before. The Indiana University School of Medicine alumnus had returned to Liberia for the first time since he was evacuated to America under the glare of the international media in August 2014. During the visit, Brantly and his wife, Amber, stayed with their two young children in a house on the Atlantic Ocean that they had […]