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On November 10th, Rutgers New Jersey Medical School celebrated the 250th Anniversary of Rutgers University by hosting a series of events with the following guest speakers:

James M. Oleske, MPH, MD
François-Xavier Bagnoud Professor of Pediatrics and Director of the Division of Pediatric Allergy, Immunology, and Infectious Diseases
New Jersey Medical School
NJMS’71, Doctor of Medicine

Topic: Providing an Integrative Program of Pediatric Palliative Care
An internationally known advocate for seriously ill children considers how best to deliver complex treatments to kids with life-threatening and life-limiting diseases

James M. Oleske M.D. is the François-Xavier Bagnoud Professor of Pediatrics at New Jersey Medical School and director of the Division of Pediatric Allergy, Immunology, and Infectious Diseases. He also serves as medical director of both the François-Xavier Bagnoud Center for Children in Newark, one of the nation’s largest treatment, education, and research centers for childhood HIV/AIDS, and the Circle of Life Foundation in Newark, which provides palliative care to children with chronic diseases.



John R. Bach, MD
Vice Chair and Professor, Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
Professor of Neurology
New Jersey Medical School
NJMS’76, Doctor of Medicine

Topic: How to Save $Billions and Prolong Quality Living by Eliminating Invasive Procedures, and Why It Is Not Done
Why invasive medical procedures continue to be the go-to choice—even when advantageous noninvasive options are available
John R. Bach M.D. is an internationally known pioneer of noninvasive positive pressure ventilatory support. He is professor and vice chairman of physical medicine and rehabilitation and professor of neurology at the New Jersey Medical School. As a researcher, he has published more than 400 peer-reviewed articles and book chapters and has lectured in more than 60 countries. As a clinician, he has been recognized with awards for excellence in both patient care and humanism in medicine.



Omaida C. Velazquez, MD
Professor and Chair, DeWitt Daughtry Family Department of Surgery
University of Miami Miller School of Medicine
Surgeon-In-Chief, UHealth
University of Miami Health System
NJMS’91, Doctor of Medicine

Topic: Surgical Innovation. The Convergence Effect...

Omaida C. Velazquez M.D. of the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine is professor and chair of the DeWitt Daughtry Family Department of Surgery and the first surgeon-in-chief for UHealth, the University of Miami Health System. A surgeon and a scientist, she also serves as executive dean overseeing research, research education, and innovative medicine. She is a member of the American Surgical Association, an elite group of surgeons from the country’s leading academic medical institutions.

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