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New Jersey Medical School Induction 2011

The AΩA Visiting Professor Lectures and Spring Induction Dinner at an elegant family-owned Portuguese restaurant in Newark's renowned Portuguese Quarter were an inspiring success. The Director of the Jefferson Center for International Medicine, Professor Lawrence Charles Parish, arrived from Philadelphia by train, met by AΩA Secretary-Treasurer W. Clark Lambert. They lunched as guests of Dean Robert L. Johnson with Vice Dean Maria Soto-Greene and representative AΩA medical students, housestaff, and AΩA officers in the Dean's conference room. Prof. Parish interacted with a variety of faculty members, residents, and medical students and then delivered two erudite one-hour lectures, one of special interest to those in his specialty and a second to the general faculty entitled "Global Medicine: from the Amazon to the Nile."

Visiting Professor Lawrence Charles Parish, MD, MD (Hon.), with chapter Vice President Laju M. Patel on the left and chapter Councilor Dr. Robert A. Schwartz on the right.

Chapter President Laju M. Patel with immediate past Councilor Kenneth G. Swan, MD, inductee Zain Hussain, and Secretary-Treasurer W. Clark Lambert, MD, PhD.

The evening induction dinner was a joyful event with 140 attendees representing inductees with families and faculty members. The chapter inducted 15 juniors, 22 new seniors, two house officers, one faculty member, and one alumnus. Junior inductee Ilya Sobol was accompanied by his physician family in three generations.

The physician family of inductee Ilya Sobol, Class of 2012, celebrates: Nelya Yelyashevich, MD (grandmother), Boris Yelyashevich, MD (grandfather), inductee Ilya Sobol, Class of 2012, chapter Councilor Robert A. Schwartz, MD, MPH, Milana Sobol (sister), Marina Sobol, MD, PhD (mother), Igor Sobol, MD, PhD (father), Vice Dean Maria Soto-Greene, MD, and Charter Class of 1960 alumnus inductee Marinos A. Petratos, MD.

Immediate Past Councilor Kenneth G. Swan lauded the two resident inductees, focusing on surgery chief resident Danielle R. Doucet, while Benson Pulikkottil was introduced by newly inducted fourth-year medical student Jenifer Hashem. Otolaryngology chair Soly Baredes was inducted as faculty member, introduced by AΩA member and rising academic star Brian Benson. Chapter Councilor Robert A. Schwartz introduced Marinos A. Petratos, NJMS Charter Class of 1960, a pioneer in aesthetic medicine who still practices in both Manhattan and Athens, Greece, and helps Americans of Hellenic lineage with scholarships he initiated as president of the Hellenic Medical Society of New York. He urged those in attendance to recall the school's proud history as the Seton Hall College of Medicine, the medical school of a great university founded 100 years earlier, in 1856, providing sage suggestions for success. Vice President Laju M. Patel led the recitation of the AΩA Oath, chapter president Amit Sharma sending his regards from India. Vice Dean and AΩA Member Maria Soto-Greene introduced the volunteer clinical faculty award honoree, Mario R. Capio, whose efforts symbolize the pivotal value of volunteer clinical faculty. She recalled fondly teaching him internal medicine when he was a medical student.

Volunteer Clinical Faculty Award recipient Mario Capio, MD, with Vice Dean Maria Soto-Greene on left and Dr. Capio's wife and father on right.

The keynote address, introduced by AΩA Secretary-Treasurer W. Clark Lambert, was delivered by AΩA Visiting Professor Lawrence Charles Parish MD, MD (Hon.). He enchanted the assemblage with his history of enhancers of female beauty.

Updated on April 21, 2011.