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‘We Have to Generate New Knowledge’

Anantha Shekhar, MD, PhD, began wondering how the human brain works as a teenager – when he saw how a tumor changed the personality and eventually took the life of a close friend. Shekhar would graduate from medical school in India before coming to IU School of Medicine in the late 1980s for his residency in psychiatry and a PhD in neuroscience. He joined the faculty in 1989. Today he oversees all research activities at IU School of Medicine. His […]

Confident About the Future

A Q&A with JAY L. HESS, MD, PHD, MHSA, the 10th dean of Indiana University School of Medicine, the largest medical school in the United States. You’re now concluding your fifth year as dean. Looking ahead, where is the school headed?We have a great deal of important work to do to improve health in Indiana in areas like infant mortality, smoking reduction, mental health and the problem of opioid addiction. We have articulated very specific goals for health in this […]

Karen Spataro  |  Jul 01, 2018

What the Future Holds

JAY L. HESS, MD, PhD, MHSA, the 10th dean of Indiana University School of Medicine, the largest medical school in the country. He sat down to discuss research, medical education and where patient care is headed. What do you see as the greatest opportunity in medicine? It is now possible to have all the genetic information for many diseases—in particular, cancer—and we are beginning to understand how to use that information. Taken together with some remarkable advances in immunotherapy, I […]

Karen Spataro  |  Jun 01, 2017

Right Into the Fire

DR. JEROME ADAMS had little time to settle in after Gov. Mike Pence appointed him commissioner of the Indiana Department of Health in October 2014. Within six months, an outbreak of HIV, tied to needle-sharing among users of prescription pain killers, broke out in Scott County. Meanwhile, data from the Centers for Disease Control showed Indiana had the seventh-highest infant-mortality rate in the country, featuring a wide gap between white mothers and those who were black and Latino. “I stepped […]