Studying these cells could lead to new treatments for diseases ranging from gastrointestinal disease to diabetes.
The Medical Department has recently appointed a new chief of obstetrics and gynecology and a new patient advocate. The appointments were announced by Dr. Arnold Weinberg, medical director.
Dr. Lori Wroble, the new head of OB/GYN, came to MIT in August 1993, one of two female gynecologists added to the staff in response to requests from the MIT community. After her education at Amherst College and the Boston University School of Medicine, she did her internship and residency at Tripler Army Medical Center in Honolulu and completed her military service at Ft. Polk, LA, where she was a staff physician and then chief of OB/GYN Services.
Nurse practitioner Janice McDonough is the new primary patient advocate, replacing psychiatrist Dr. Margaret Ross, who has moved to Health Education. The patient advocate works to resolve problems in cases where patients are dissatisfied with some aspect of their care or other service; consultations are confidential and can be anonymous. Ms. McDonough, who was trained at the Catherine Laboure Nursing School and Brigham and Women's Hospital, has worked at MIT Medical for 24 years.
Ms. McDonough will work in Rm E23-425 with social worker Dawn Metcalf, who will handle patient advocacy on a more limtied schedule. Patients with questions should call the patient advocate number, x3-4976, and not the after-hours or Social Work numbers.
A version of this article appeared in the November 2, 1994 issue of MIT Tech Talk (Volume 39, Number 10).