sgu In the News 2011


New Oncologist Joins Claxton-Hepburn's Winter Cancer Center

Claxton-Hepburn News

Husband and wife SGU graduates, Oncologist Dr. Himani Singh and Internist Dr. Parthajeet Chowdhuri, have recently joined Claxton-Hepburn Medical Center in Ogdensburg, New York.
 Dr. Singh received a Bachelor of Science Degree with Distinction from McGill University in Montreal, Canada. Upon earning her medical degree from St. George's University School of Medicine in 2005, Dr. Singh completed her residency in internal medicine at Norwalk Hospital, affiliated with Yale University, in Norwalk, CT. She then went on to Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia, PA, where she completed her fellowship in Hematology and Oncology. Dr. Singh has joined the hospital's Richard E. Winter Cancer Center.


Dr. Chowdhuri received a Bachelor of Science in Psychobiology from the University of California in Los Angeles, CA. In 2006, he earned his medical degree from St. George's University School of Medicine. Upon completing his clinical clerkship in New York's Brooklyn Hospital Center, Dr. Chowdhuri went onto become Chief Resident of Internal Medicine at Norwalk Hospital, affiliated with Yale University School of Medicine, in Norwalk, CT.


We congratulate both graduates on their new positions at Claxton-Hepburn Medical Center, and wish them the best in all their future endeavors!

Claxton-Hepburn Medical Center Welcomes New Internist

Claxton-Hepburn News

St. George’s University graduate, Daniel E. Hermann, MD ‘99, MPH, will be listed among “New Jersey's Favorite Kids' Docs” in an upcoming issue of New Jersey Family magazine along with five of his colleagues from the Summit Medical Group.

"Watching how compassionate doctors were with my father and knowing how they helped him made me want to do the same for other people,” explains Dr. Hermann on why he was inspired to pursue medicine.  “I wanted to be a pediatrician so that I could help kids get better from or manage their illnesses as quickly and easily as possible." His dedication to helping children protect, maintain, and improve their health is what earned his the distinction as “New Jersey's Favorite Kids' Docs.”


Neurologist Joseph Ashburn Named Director of Stroke Program

Western Baptist Hospital News

St. George’s University graduate and neurologist Joseph C. Ashburn, MD ’07, has been named director of the nationally-certified stroke center at Western Baptist Hospital in Paducah, Kentucky.

As a native of the region, Dr. Ashburn was thrilled for an opportunity to give back to his hometown. “I am excited to return to my hometown to serve the patients at Western Baptist,” said Dr. Ashburn. “Western Baptist has the only certified stroke program in Kentucky west of Owensboro, so I am proud to continue the hospital’s commitment of providing outstanding stroke care to our patients and community.”

Western Baptist Hospital consists of approximately 240 physicians and represents more than 40 medical specialties.



CARIBBEAN: Medical schools battle to retain US access

When the United States sent some 6,000 troops to invade the Caribbean island of Grenada in 1983, ostensibly to rescue American medical students affected by a Marxist coup, it was the first time most people outside the region heard that Americans went to the Caribbean to study to become doctors.

Since then, St George's University School of Medicine, where the students were enrolled, has gone on to become one of the best known private medical schools in the Caribbean and one of the biggest employers in Grenada. It has a campus that includes professors and students from more than 140 countries and "a clinical training programme involving more than 60 hospitals in the US and the UK," according to the institution.

Now universities in New York  want the state's Board of Regents to impose restrictions on offshore medical students doing their clinical training in the state's hospitals. The New York schools say offshore students compete with their own students who are struggling to obtain training slots, and such slots are a priority as the state faces a significant shortage of doctors that is predicted to worsen.  Other authorities are also taking measures to toughen the medical licensing procedure for off-shore-educated doctors, by ensuring that they come from accredited schools and also by heightening the standards of regional accreditation bodies.

Margaret A Lambert, St George's Dean of Enrolment Planning and Director of University Communications and Publications, said she did not think her institution would be affected.

"We support the Board of Regents in implementing tougher standards because some of the medical schools need it," she told University World New.  "The initial motivation [from the New York universities] might not have been the best and the reasons may not have come from a good place, but the result of what they're doing is actually quite good," she added.



UMDNJ and Grenada Medical School Move to Head Off Physician Shortage Projected for N.J.

Citing a projected shortage of physicians in state, the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey and St. George's University School of Medicine in Grenada, West Indies, announced Tuesday that they are negotiating a partnership agreement under which UMDNJ would collaborate in the education and training of St. George's medical students at New Jersey hospitals.

St. George's, whose student body includes American students, currently has affiliation agreements with approximately 15 hospitals throughout New Jersey where approximately 350 third- and fourth-year students are enrolled in clinical training rotations. Following graduation, students generally move into hospital residency programs to begin their careers as physicians, and many apply for residencies at New Jersey hospitals. The agreement will specify the manner in which UMDNJ will attempt to enhance students' preparation for the residencies.



SGU Grad Reviving House Calls in New York Pediatric Practice 3/08/11

The Wall Street Journal
Dr. Edward Kulich, a St. George's University School of Medicine graduate, has an office that never closes. As a Concierge House Call Pediatrician, Dr. Kulich is available to answer calls around the clock about children's health concerns and will come to your home for anything from high fevers to ear infections and stitches. In a recent article in The Wall Street Journal , Dr. Kulich commented on his unique practice. "Practicing medicine this way —spending more time with a patient—enables me to be a better doctor and to get to know the patient better as a whole," he said. "There's only so much you can do within the constraints of a 10-minute visit."