On Nov. 14, Geisinger Commonwealth School of Medicine held a Fall Symposium sponsored by the Academy of Clinical Educators (ACE).
The event featured prominent scientist, Alan Flake, MD, FACS, FAAP, director of Children’s Hospital of Pennsylvania Center for Fetal Research as guest lecturer. Dr. Flake’s presentation was entitled, “Extending Gestation: Towards physiologic support of the extreme premature infant.” The lecture introduced a new technology Dr. Flake led the development of EXTEND (EXTrauterine Environment for Neonatal Development). The EXTEND system aims to mimic as closely as possible the intrauterine environment and to maintain normal growth and development outside of the womb.
The symposium also provided an opportunity for friends and colleagues to honor Thomas Martin, MD on the occasion of his appointment as emeritus professor at GCSOM. Dr. Martin was recognized for his distinguished career which, in addition to serving as GCSOM’s long-time assistant chair for pediatric education, includes his integral role in the development and founding of the Geisinger Janet Weis Children’s Hospital. Dr. Tom Martin was also previously named professor emeritus in the Department of Orthopedics and Rehabilitation at Hershey Medical Center. He practiced pediatrics and served as associate medical director of the Family Practice Residency at Williamsport Hospital. He is board-certified both in pediatrics and in the subspecialty of sports medicine. In addition to numerous clinical and academic appointments in pediatrics, Dr. Martin served as team physician for the Penn State University football and wrestling teams from 1997 to 2004. He is a graduate of Franklin and Marshall College and the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine.
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