Archive for January, 2016


Jan 11 2016

Busy Weeks and Weekends

by at 9:30 am

Greeting on an increasingly chilly Sunday evening. Harriet and I are on a train back from Philly to DC, via Baltimore. We had a bit of a crazy travel weekend. I had meetings up at Hackensack on Friday, speaking with a couple of candidates for various positions as we continue to build that relationship. Instead of riding back to DC on Friday afternoon, I got off at 30th Street Station in Philadelphia. Harriet had taken the train up, and arrived there about 2 minutes before me. She was waiting for me at the top of the escalator, along with our daughter-in-law Sarah, and our grandchildren Ella and Eli. Ella ran up to me to greet me, and all the troubles of the week (fortunately there were only a few of them) melted away for me. We drove up to Yardley for a big family dinner at my father’s place, and spent the rest of the weekend with Ken and Sarah, though we stopped in Baltimore on Sunday for dinner to celebrate our granddaughter Aviva’s first birthday with her and her family. We are actually missing the big playoff game, but I’ve seen a lot of football this weekend…

I spent the week focusing on a number of “big projects” related to Lombardi’s growing list of external relationships, and look forward to sharing progress with you on a number of fronts in the near future. I am really excited about the Experimental Therapeutics retreat on Monday evening, because we have a lot of good work to discuss, and we have a chance to identify and refine future opportunities for multi-investigator projects and grant applications.

I then have to go back up to Philly on Monday night for a meeting of the Fox Chase Cancer Center External Advisory Board; they are gearing up for their CCSG site visit later this month, and it will be nice to help them in that effort.

On a sad note I heard this evening that Mike Adams, who directed the MGUH internal medicine residency program, lost his courageous battle with glioblastoma over the weekend. Every time I let myself feel a bit smug about the very real progress we are making in the war on cancer, the cold water of harsh reality seems to hit my face. Mike’s passing is a stark reminder of the work that still remains to be done. Let’s get on with it.

Have a good and productive week. Lots of people are depending upon us.

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Jan 04 2016

Happy New Year!

by at 9:17 am

Happy New Year! I hope you have had a restful and joyous holiday season. I am refreshed and raring to go in 2016. There is a lot of important work to do, and I very much forward to achieving my New Year’s resolutions. They are:

1. I hope to increase my personal fitness, and to drop a few pounds in the process – not too many, but as a reflection of better conditioning and discipline.

2. I want to see my family – especially my grandchildren – a little bit more in 2016 than I did in 2015. Every moment with them illuminates and warms my soul.

3. I want to spend more time enjoying this city with Harriet and with our friends. There is so much to do and enjoy here.

4. I want to enjoy at least one winning record in 2016 by the Eagles, Phillies or Sixers. Is that too much to ask?

5. I want to read more great books in 2016 than I did in 2015.

6. I want to get another research grant in 2016 (who doesn’t?).

7. I want Lombardi to continue to make progress in fulfilling its potential to be a clinical care and clinical research powerhouse that serves the people of this great region.

8. I want our collaboration with Hackensack to deepen and enrich Lombardi’s capacity to achieve its potential.

9. I want to celebrate Lombardi’s successes in making transformative discoveries and identifying breakthrough therapies that make this world a better place in 2016.

10. I want to contribute to the prevention and cure of cancer. I know that’s a lot to ask, but hey – you can’t score if you don’t shoot.

Have a happy and healthy new year, filled with happiness, discovery and impact.

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