Faculty and Fellowship development in Women’s Health

History:

In 2000, a training program was recognized by the Fannie E. Rippel Foundation leading to the organization of a multidisciplinary fellowship curriculum in women’s health. To bridge the gap between fellowship and faculty development, in 2001 the New York Presbyterian Hospital Auxiliary supported a program to develop a track  to specialize in women's health called Scholars in Women’s Health. In 2002, the Avon Foundation accelerated an initiative in clinical research of breast diseases, disparities among women, and community research also focusing on lifestyle including physical activity and nutrition. The following year, in 2003, the Norman and Rosita Winston Foundation; in 2005, the Arlene and Joseph Taub Foundation and in In 2011, Edwina and Charles Adler made commitments to the development of clinician-investigators in women’s health.We are grateful for the support of these individuals to issues surrounding the training and development of scholars at all levels of professional development who are concerned about the health of women.

Awards and Honors:

  • Laura Flink MD, MS was awarded the 2012 Young Investigator Award by the New York State Chapter of the American College of Cardiology for the presentation Women at Risk for Cardiovascular Disease Lack Knowledge of Heart Attack Symptoms. The findings were subsequently published in the peer-reviewed journal, Clinical Cardiology, .Flink LE, Sciacca RR, Bier ML, Rodriguez J, Giardina EG. 2013 Jan 21.
  • Tracy K Paul, MD was one of three post-graduate physician fellows selected to present research findings at the Annual Research Day Grand Rounds in the Department of Medicine (March 2013). The research, entitiled, Intergenerational Misperception of Weight among Mother-Child Dyads, was presented at the annual meeting of Epidemiology, Physical Activity and Metabolism of the American Heart Association, New Orleans, LA

Clinical Research Fellows:

  • Marie E Desvarieux MD, MS, Cardiology Fellow: 2006 Apo-lipoproteins in women at risk for the metabolic syndrome; Arlene and Joseph Taub Foundation and Norman and Rosita Winston Foundation
  • Njeri Thande MD, 2006- 2007: Weight Counseling among Physicians and Physicians–in–training; Arlene and Joseph Taub Foundation and Norman and Rosita Winston Foundation
  • Melissa Laudano, College of Physicians and Surgeons, Class of 2009: Physical Activity in a Population of Caribbean Hispanic Women; NIH Summer Fellowship Program, Arlene and Joseph Taub Foundation and Norman and Rosita Winston Foundation
  • Emily Hurstak, College of Physicians and Surgeons, Class of 2009: Weight Counseling in a Multi-ethnic population; NIH Summer fellowship Program, Arlene and Joseph Taub Foundation and Norman and Rosita Winston Foundation
  • Deirdre Carroll MD, 2008-2009: Perception of Body Size among Caribbean Hispanic Women; Arlene and Joseph Taub Foundation and Norman and Rosita Winston Foundation
  • Nivee Amin MD, 2008-2009: Perception of Body Size among Caribbean Hispanic Women; Arlene and Joseph Taub Foundation and Norman and Rosita Winston Foundation
  • Nicole Dumas MD, 2010-2011, The Family Connection--Perception of Body Image; Arlene and Joseph Taub Foundation and Norman and Rosita Winston Foundation
  • Tracy K. Paul, 2011-13: Vascular Risk in Women and Families; NIH Summer Fellowship Program, Arlene and Joseph Taub Foundation and the Adler Family Foundation
  • Nathalie Moise, MD, 2011-2013, Relationship between body image, cardiovascular disease knowledge and weight loss efforts,Arlene and Joseph Taub Foundation and the Adler Family Foundation
  • Laura Epstein Flink, MD, MS 2010-12, Arlene and Joseph Taub Foundation and the Adler Family Foundation

Investigators:

  • Eliza L. Chin, MD-- Assistant Professor of Clinical Medicine, 1997-2000
  • Mindy W. Weiss, MD-- Assistant Professor of Clinical Medicine, 1998-2004, the New York Presbyterian Hospital Auxiliary, Columbia University Medical Center, and Esther and Oded Aboodi
  • Elizabeth W. Ricananti, MD-- Assistant Professor of Clinical Medicine, 1998-2001, the Fannie E. Rippel Foundation and New York Presbyterian Hospital Auxiliary, Columbia University Medical Center
  • Rebecca Press, MD, MPH-- Assistant Professor of Clinical Medicine, 2003-2006, the Fannie E. Rippel Foundation  and the Avon Foundation
  • Carole Cardinale, MD-- Assistant Professor of Clinical Medicine, 2001-2004, the Fannie E. Rippel Foundation and New York Presbyterian Hospital Auxiliary, Columbia University Medical Center
  • Julia A. Cassetta, MD-- Assistant Professor of Clinical Medicine, 2003-2006, the Fannie E. Rippel Foundation, New York Presbyterian Hospital Auxiliary, Columbia University Medical Center, the Avon Foundation, and Arlene and Joseph Taub Foundation
  • Bernadette Boden-Albala, DrPH-- Assistant Professor of Sociomedical Science in Neurology, Columbia University Medical Center, Mailman School of Public Health, 2006-2008, New York Presbyterian Hospital Auxiliary, the Avon Foundation, and Arlene and Joseph Taub Foundation
  • Laura Epstein Flink, MD, MS 2012-13,Assistant Professor of Clinical Medicine; Arlene and Joseph Taub Foundation and the Adler Family Foundation

Masters' Students:

  • Lorraine Mull MS-- Institute of Human Nutrition,2007-2008: Vascular Risk in Women and Families; Arlene and Joseph Taub Foundation and Norman and Rosita Winston Foundation
  • Zena Joseph MD, 2008-2009, Project Coordinator: Factors impeding Weight Loss in Women; Arlene and Joseph Taub Foundation and Norman and Rosita Winston Foundation
  • Carolyn Wu MS, Institute of Human Nutrition,2008-2009: Body Image among Asian-American Women and  Vascular Risk for Heart Disease; Arlene and Joseph Taub Foundation and Norman and Rosita Winston Foundation
  • Jennifer Decolongon MD, 2009, Project Coordinator: Women and Families-- Perception of Body Image; Arlene and Joseph Taub Foundation and Norman and Rosita Winston Foundation
  • Juviza Rodriguez, BS, 2009-2011 Health Educator: Women and Families-- Perception of Body Image;  Arlene and Joseph Taub Foundation and Norman and Adler Family Foundation,
  • Favia Merritt, MS, Institute of Human Nutrition, 2009-2010, Perception of Body Image and Vascular Risk; Arlene and Joseph Taub Foundation
  • Nigist Tadesse, MS, Institute of Human Nutrition, 2009-2010, Keep the Chorus Singing--a Social Marketing Campaign ; Arlene and Joseph Taub Foundation and Norman and Adler Family Foundation
  • Sharon Song, MS, Institute of Human Nutrition, 2010-2011,The Role of the Family and its Connection to Obesity; Arlene and Joseph Taub Foundation, Adler Family Foundation
  • Laura Anderson, MD, Institute of Human Nutrition, 2012-2013, The Role of Depression and Familial Weight Issues; Arlene and Joseph Taub Foundation, Adler Family Foundation

 

Avon Foundation Support at the Center for Women’s Health/Columbia-Presbyterian Medical CenteR

 

Drawing on the expertise of the Center for Women’s Health and the Avon Breast Cancer Care and Research Program at the Columbia-Presbyterian Medical Center, the Avon Foundation supports the concept of scholarly research to develop model preventive health programs with a focus on breast cancer and other key risk factors for illness in the underserved women of Northern Manhattan.  The Avon Foundation Scholarship at the Center for Women’s Health has a primary focus on breast cancer prevention and early detection, as well as outreach to the community to understand disparities in women's health. Support for a Scholar to develop educational and research protocols to educate women from diverse backgrounds on lifestyle changes to reduce risk factors from the major killers of women, including cancer, heart disease and stroke is a key focus.  The Avon Scholarship in Women’s Health allows the integration of the most advanced preventive knowledge about breast cancer and other prevalent illnesses into a comprehensive educational package to help all women to maintain good health and prevent illness.


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