A MESSAGE FROM THE DEAN
The lifeblood of the academic endeavor is the free-flowing exchange of ideas, and within the
academic community are unique opportunities for faculty and students to establish ties with
scholars in many academic specialties. The College of Physicians & Surgeons established
the Dean's Lecture Series as a formal way to facilitate fruitful intellectual exchange. The
lectures emphasize the collaborative nature of scientific inquiry and enrich the traditional
scholarly exchange among health sciences faculties, other faculties of Columbia University, and the
greater scientific community.
Over the years, we have been fortunate to have as lecturers some of the world's leading
scientists, physicians, and scholarsand to honor them for their significant contributions
to their fields. Though expert at communicating in the unique languages of their own disciplines,
they also have been able to translate their life's work to an audience made up of experts in other
disciplines and students just beginning to immerse themselves in academic pursuits.
We are proud of the impact of the Dean's Lecture Series because we are committed to efforts that
inspire intellectual curiosity and academic cooperation. Such collaboration reaps benefits that
extend far beyond the venue of the lectures themselves.
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For more information contact:
Tina Hansen (212) 304-7215
Gerald D. Fischbach, M.D.
Executive Vice President
Health and Biomedical Sciences Dean of the Faculty of Medicine