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Internationally Known Doctor to Reflect on Personal Side of His Profession

John P. Curtin, M.D., internationally known gynecologic oncologist and president of the Society of Gynecologic Oncologists, will speak on “A Physician’s Reflection on Education: Lifelong Learning” on Wednesday, Sept. 28, at Creighton University.

Curtin, a sought-after speaker, said his Creighton talk will be a departure from the scientific, technical presentations he usually gives. It will focus on the personal side of his profession and reflect on his medical training, his patient-management style and the value of his formative Creighton experience, all as evolving, “continuing education” processes in his life.

He will speak at the 53rd Annual Alpha Sigma Nu and 22nd Annual Thomas Timothy Smith, M.D., Inaugural Week Joint Lecture. The event, which is free to the public, will be held at 6 p.m. at the Mike and Josie Harper Center, 602 N. 20 St. A 7 p.m. reception will follow. Seating is limited, and early arrival is recommended.

Curtin, who earned his undergraduate and medical degrees at Creighton University and a master’s in business administration at Columbia University, is associate director for academic affairs and education at the Clinical Cancer Institute at New York University’s Langone Medical Center. He is also a professor of obstetrics and gynecology and associate director of NYU School of Medicine’s Division of Gynecologic Oncology.

He is the lead author or co-author of more than 100 printed articles and has co-authored five textbooks and 12 textbook chapters on gynecologic oncology.

This is the first time that the Alpha Sigma Nu lecture and the Thomas Timothy Smith, M.D., lecture have been combined.

Alpha Sigma Nu, the most prestigious Jesuit honor society, is open to upperclassmen. No more than 4 percent of Creighton’s student body may be inducted. Selection is based on the highest ideals of scholarship, loyalty and service.

The Smith lecture series is named after Dr. Thomas Timothy Smith, an otolaryngologist who graduated from the Creighton School of Medicine in 1933 and went on to earn a master’s degree in medicine from the University of Pennsylvania. He dedicated himself extensively to the education of students, residents and physicians and played a leadership role in the planning of what today is the Boys Town National Research Hospital.