Visitors in the anatomy lab - the College of Osteopathic Medicine alumni working in local hospitals often reach out to our Anatomy Department for postgraduate training experiences. This month, neurosurgery residents from North Shore/LIJ practiced two surgical procedures used to treat patients with tumors of the brain or pituitary gland. Residents andstudents from the Emergency Department of Good Samaritan Hospital also visited, to practice life-saving emergency room techniques.
Dr. Brian Beatty and Dr. Jonathan Geisler of the College of Osteopathic Medicine Anatomy department recently published a paper in the journal, Neues Jahrbuch für Geologie und Paläontologie - Abhandlungen (Volume 258, Number 2, pp. 185-194), entitled, "A stratigraphically precise record of Protosiren (Protosirenidae, Sirenia) from North America".
The paper describes new material of the hindlimb of an ancient relative of modern manatees, clarifying its age and distribution, including a discussion of how the earliest seacows spread between the western and eastern hemispheres approximately 40 million years ago.
Dr. Beatty is planning to blog this new information on, The Aquatic Amniote
Also, Dr. Beatty's status as a Research Collaborator at the National Museum of Natural History, Smithsonian Institution (Washington, DC) was renewed for the next 3 years.
Anatomy Department Research Showcased at National Conference
Members of the Anatomy Department presented research posters and platform talks at the 70th annual meeting of the Society of Vertebrate Paleontology. The conference took place in Pittsburgh on October 10-14, 2010. Highlights included a new method for inferring dietary adaptations in extinct mammals, presented by Dr. Brian Beatty and Academic Medicine Scholar Danielle Turrin. Drs. Matthew Mihlbachler and Nikos Solounias, along with NYIT student Michael Ayoub, presented a study of tooth microwear that allows better interpretation of the behavior and environment of extinct mammals. And Dr. Robert Hill presented a new species of fossil crocodile, recently discovered in west Africa.
Local Physicians "Practice" before they Practice
The Anatomy Department recently hosted the Orthopaedic Surgery department of Peninsula Hospital for surgical training sessions. These workshops focused on general anatomy of the upper and lower limbs, and advanced surgical techniques such as knee and hip replacement. In a separate workshop, emergency medicine physicians from Good Samaritan hospital practiced life-saving techniques such as emergency tracheostomy in the Anatomy lab. Most recently, physical medicine and rehabilitation residents from Long Beach Medical Center attended a brief session to practice joint injections.
For his many contributions to paleontological research, Dr. Nikos Solounias was awarded the NYIT Presidential Award for Outstanding Achievement in Scholarship. He was honored at this year's NYIT convocation by President Giuliano and Vice President Ross-Lee.
Dr. Matthew Mihlbachler, Assistant Professor of Anatomy, has published a major monograph on the anatomy and evolution of the Brontotheriidae, an extinct family of hoofed mammals that once roamed North America and Asia. The book-length work represents the culmination of nearly ten years of scientific research conducted in museum collections around the world.
Academic Medicine Fellow Salvatore Docimo, along with medical student Dellene Kornitsky (OMS-I), Dr. David Elkowitz, DO (Dept. of Biomedical Science) and Dr. Bennett Futterman, MD (Depts. of Anatomy and Biomedical Science) recently published a paper entitled "Surgical treatment for acromioclavicular joint osteoarthritis: patient selection, surgical options, complications, and outcome". Download a pdf of this article by clicking here.
Matthew Mihlbachler, PhD, Assistant Professor of Anatomy, and Nikos Solounias, PhD, Professor of Anatomy, were awarded a grant for exploratory research from the National Science Foundation. The two-year grant will support a research program focused on the dietary habits of prehistoric North American mammals, and their responses to climate change. Their study has major implications for modern-day climate change and Earth's escalating biodiversity crisis.
Dr. Brian Beatty, Assistant Professor of Anatomy, was primary author or co-author on five scientific presentations delivered at this year's meeting of the Society of Vertebrate Paleontology, held in Austin TX. The posters and lectures deal largely with the evolution of marine mammals, and the discovery of new fossils. Dr. Matthew Mihlbachler, Assistant Professor of Anatomy, presented his research at the same meeting, focusing on the ecology of extinct rhinos.
News of work done by Matthew Mihlbachler, Ph.D. and Brian Beatty, Ph.D. is highlighted here, along with a Brian Beatty interview