Newest Developments in Medical-related Fields Webinar Recap

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McLean, VA (July 24, 2020) – The Center for Excellence in Education (CEE) hosted a 90-minute virtual panel discussion on July 22 titled “Newest Developments in Medical-related Fields”. The distinguished panelists are recognized and accomplished specialists in medicine and alumni of the prestigious Research Science Institute, sponsored collaboratively with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). To watch the webinar recording, go here.

The panel was moderated by Soham Roy, MD, FACS, FAAP (RSI ’86), Professor and Vice Chairman, Department of Otorhinolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery, Chief of Pediatric Otolaryngology - Head and  Neck Surgery, Director of Quality and Safety, Director of Undergraduate Medical Education, and Assistant Dean, Admissions and Student Affairs, University of Texas Medical School at Houston Children’s Memorial Hermann Hospital
“The Center for Excellence in Education and the Research Science Institute (RSI) made a tremendous impact on my life,” said Dr. Roy. “I hope that those watching will get a sense of how much of an impact that this program has had. All the folks who attend RSI tend to go on to incredible accomplishments in the scientific arena. They train at the best programs, they go to the highest rated institutions, and they are all incredibly accomplished.”

Dr. Roy introduced the distinguished panelists:

  Anthony J. Lombardo (RSI ’84), MD, PhD, gave a presentation about “Cataract Surgery: An Overview of the Technology”, highlighting some of the technology that makes cataract surgery special. Dr. Lombardo is a Board certified ophthalmologist, Eye Surgeons of Indiana. Dr. Lombardo specializes in refractive, cataract, and corneal surgery. He completed both his Doctor of Medicine and Doctor of Philosophy degree at the University of Alabama, where he graduated cum laude. Numerous national awards, including grants from the National Institutes of Health, supported his four years of research
Frederick Y. Chen (RSI ’86), MD, PhD, gave an update on the latest developments in cardiac surgery. Dr. Chen is Chief, Division of Cardiac Surgery, Tufts Medical Center and Professor of Surgery at Tufts University School of Medicine. Dr. Chen’s practice encompasses the entire spectrum of adult cardiac surgery and cardiovascular disease. Dr. Chen graduated from Harvard College and Harvard Medical School, and he earned a PhD from Harvard-MIT Health Sciences and Technology Division.
Dr. Chen serves on CEE’s Board of Trustees. 

Aimee Crago (RSI ’90), MD, PhD, gave a presentation titled “Genomic Characterization of Soft Tissue Sarcomas Drives Improvements in Multi-modality Management”. Dr. Crago is Associate Attending Surgeon, Memorial Hospital, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, Associate Professor, Weill Cornell Medical College, and Special Contributing Faculty, Gerstner Sloan Kettering Graduate School. Dr. Crago earned her PhD at the University of Cambridge as a British Marshall Scholar and her MD in the Harvard-MIT Division of Health Sciences and Technology before training in surgery and surgical oncology at Georgetown University Medical Center and Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center.

Jason Koh (RSI ’85), MD, MBA, gave a presentation titled “Tissue Engineering for Bone, Cartilage and Soft Tissue Repair.” Dr. Koh is Mark R. Neaman Family Chair of Orthopedic Surgery, NorthShore University HealthSystem; Director, NorthShore Orthopaedic & Spine Institute; Clinical Professor, University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine; and Adjunct Professor, Northwestern University McCormick School of Engineering.  
Dr. Koh received his MD from Johns Hopkins, followed by internship at the Massachusetts General Hospital, residency at the Hospital for Special Surgery, and fellowship at the Cleveland Clinic. He received his MBA from the Northwestern University Kellogg School of Management, with additional coursework at Harvard Business School. 

“I’m so proud of CEE’s Research Science Institute alumni who personify CEE’s role in nurturing excellence in STEM fields,” said CEE’s President Joann P. DiGennaro. “This webinar provides viewers with informative and consequential facts, and exposes the results of the Center’s STEM programs to nurture the next generation of global scholars."

About the Center for Excellence in Education

The Center for Excellence in Education was founded in 1983 by the late Admiral H.G. Rickover and Joann P. DiGennaro, President of the Center. The Center's mission is to nurture high school and university scholars to careers of excellence and leadership in science, technology, engineering and mathematics, and to encourage collaboration between and among leaders in the global community. CEE’s programs include the Research Science Institute (RSI), the USA Biolympiad (USABO), and the Teacher Enrichment Program (TEP). Visit

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