Dr. John P. Curtin (2011)

A Physician's Reflection on Education:  Lifelong Learning

Creighton University’s 53rd annual Alpha Sigma Nu William F. Kelley S. J. Endowed Lecture will be held Wednesday, September 28, 2011 at 6pm in the Hixson-Lied Auditorium of the Mike and Josie Harper Center for Student Life and Learning on Creighton’s campus. 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.

Recognized nationally and internationally as a leading gynecologic oncologist, John P. Curtin, BS '75, MD '79, M.B.A. is the associate director for academic affairs and education at the Clinical Cancer Institute at NYU Langone Medical Center.  He is professor of obstetrics and gynecology and associate director of the Division of Gynecologic Oncology at the New York University School of Medicine.

Dr. Curtin obtained his undergraduate and medical degrees at Creighton University, and his M.B.A. at Columbia University.  He also was a fellow in gynecologic oncology at the Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in New York City.  He is the lead author or co-author of over 100 articles printed in more than a dozen of the nation's most prestigious professional publications.  he has co-authored five textbooks and 12 textbook chapters on gynecologic oncology, and has presented scientific abstracts at many national and international forums.  As part of his research activities, Dr. Curtin has been the principal investigator of a Department of Defense project grant for ovarian cancer research.

He currently practices clinically at the NYU Langone Medical center, recognized worldwide for its clinical, academic and research excellence.  In March 2011, Dr. Curtin was elected president of the national medical specialty organization, the Society of Gynecologic Oncologists.

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. 


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