Category Archives: Yale Medicine Magazine

Med school on the five-year plan

At a time when some are calling to shorten medical school, many Yale students are extending it. Like most of his classmates, Julius Oatts is staying on at the School of Medicine for a fifth year of study. This option, … Continue reading

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Seeking a continent’s history in its DNA

Anthropologist finds clues to agriculture, malaria, lactose tolerance, and pygmies’ stature in Africans’ genes. Sarah Tishkoff, Ph.D., has lost count of the trips she’s made to Africa since 2001 to study the continent’s genetic history. “By looking at your blood,” … Continue reading

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A neurologist inspired by his patients

William Gaillard frees his pediatric patients from debilitating or life-threatening conditions. When Irving S. Cooper, M.D., was perfecting the stereotactic cryosurgery to treat Parkinson disease in the late 1950s, William D. Gaillard, M.D. ’85, was spending summers down the block … Continue reading

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Office of student research celebrates a quarter century

Women who Google “conceive twins” are often advised to try eating yams. Parents of children suffering from a middle ear infection might be advised to “wait and see” before starting antibiotics. Both seemingly disparate pieces of advice stem from work … Continue reading

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How a passion for golf sent a slacker on his life’s course and to president’s bedside

Growing up in Cuba, Donald O’Kieffe, M.D. ’64, says he was “headed nowhere fast,” until a love of golf indirectly drove the future gastroenterologist to medical school and made him a key presence at ailing former President Dwight D. Eisenhower’s … Continue reading

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Breaking barriers in medicine and race

The second black woman to enter the School of Medicine became a pioneer in sickle cell disease. A medical student in a time charged with racial tension in America, Yvette Fay Francis-McBarnette, M.D. ’50, echoes black Yalies before her who … Continue reading

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A doctor & pilot’s journey from NYC housing project to Atlanta by way of Vietnam

Norman Elliott’s journey to Yale began on a combat mission from Vietnam to the Philippines in 1972. A first lieutenant flying rescue for the Air Force during the Vietnam War, Elliott, M.D. ’79, was evacuating a 17-year-old airman who’d attempted … Continue reading

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The high cost of a medical education

Received Honorable Mention in the Association of American Medical Colleges’ 2012 Robert G. Fenley Writing Awards In the summer of 1957, Warren D. Widmann, M.D. ’61, HS ’67, earned his first year’s tuition for the School of Medicine by waiting … Continue reading

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In the lab, in the clinic, in the board room, and at home: a life in the balance

Growing up alongside a twin brother, it never occurred to Joanne B. Weidhaas, M.D., Ph.D., that men and women might be treated differently. She could, she believed, do whatever she wanted to do. Perhaps this notion, which the chief of … Continue reading

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Cushing’s tumor registry opens to the public

A ribbon cutting in the Cushing/Whitney Medical Library heralds the opening of the new Cushing Center. The Cushing Center, new home to the Cushing Tumor Registry, opened its doors to visitors during the annual reunion in June. Fifteen years in … Continue reading

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