February 15, 2016
Medical Innovators Program Highlights 9 Medical Professionals
A selection of innovative medical professionals working in Sangamon County will present their achievements in medical treatments and research at the 2016 Medical Innovators Program. The event will be held from 5:30-8 p.m., Thursday, March 10, 2016, at the Memorial Center for Learning and Innovation, 228 W. Miller Street, in Springfield. The Sangamon County Medical Society, Southern Illinois University School of Medicine, Springfield Clinic and The Greater Springfield Chamber of Commerce are hosting the event, sponsored by The Illinois State Medical Society.
Springfield Mayor James O. Langfelder will present the Mayor’s Medical Innovation Award and issue a proclamation at the event.
The nine professionals recognized include physicians, surgeons and researchers working in Sangamon County on a variety of projects to improve the health care of the community. Their innovations include basic science research findings and new patient care treatments. The event also recognizes “Young Innovators,” individuals aged 21-40.
The medical professionals to be recognized are:
Tamer Abdelhak, MD, SIU School of Medicine, for his research of thrombolysis for intra-ventricular hemorrhage
Glen Aylward, PhD, SIU School of Medicine, for his research of infant and toddler development
Brandon Cox, PhD, SIU School of Medicine, for her research into cell regeneration for hearing loss
Alberto Colombo, PhD, SIU School of Medicine, for his research into creating a penile prosthesis
John Flack, MD, MPH, SIU School of Medicine, for his research into hypertension and vitamin D deficiency in African Americans
Sabha Ganai, MD, PhD, SIU School of Medicine, for her efforts to develop a HIPEC treatment program to treat patients with stage 4 cancer
Michael Neumeister, MD, SIU School of Medicine, for his research using tissue engineering to create organs and tissues
Arun Sharma, MD, MS, SIU School of Medicine, for his work to treat patients with head and neck cancer with a robotic surgery
Andrew Wilber, PhD, SIU School of Medicine, for his research to understand how kidney cancer tumors alter natural killer cells
“Cutting-edge medical research and technology development are key determinants of the potential for economic benefits to accrue to the central Illinois community and to enable the Medical District to fulfill its mission,” said Michael Boer, president of the Mid-Illinois Medical District.
The Medical Innovators program first began in 2006 as “Medical Miracles” and again in 2009 and 2013 as “Medical Innovators.” Additional information on the program can be found at www.scmsdocs.org/medical_innovators.htm
The event is free and open to the public. For more information, contact SCMS Executive Director Carol Harms at 217-726-5106.