The Annual John Lindenbaum Memorial Lecture Series

John Lindenbaum, MD

John Lindenbaum was a widely acclaimed hematologist, gifted teacher, great mentor and an integral part of the Columbia-Presbyterian Medical Center. Dr. Lindenbaum’s contributions as a clinical investigator were many and encompassed a variety of disciplines.  His primary interest was focused on abnormalities of vitamin B12 and folic acid metabolism. Other contributions included the first clinical description of halothane-induced hepatic necrosis (which he reported while still a resident), the first analysis of the clinical course of cholera in 769 children, studies of tropical enteropathy in Bangladesh and New York, and much more.

Dr. Lindenbaum's interests went well beyond medicine. He cared deeply about societal inequities and injustices and in medicine in particular.  He knew about the history of jazz (and listened to it), as well as classical music, and modern art. He spoke French and Italian well. He was an avid birdwatcher and a passionate mushroom collector.

Just before his death in June of 1997 he bestowed a gift to the College of Physicians and Surgeons to establish an annual lecture given by a distinguished diverse scientist. This lecture series has provided the P&S community with the opportunity to host diverse scientists from all over the country, while honoring his commitment to equality and justice in Medicine and society at large.

John Lindenbaum remembered by his friend and colleague Gerald E.Thomson, MD. 

Below are the speakers and lecture topics of the past John Lindenbaum Memorial Lectureships:


April 5, 2017
E. Dale Abel, MD, PhD
Chair/Department Executive Officer, Department of Internal Medicine
Director, Division of Endocrinology and Metabolism, Department of Internal Medicine
Director, Fraternal Order of Eagles Diabetes Research Center
Professor of Internal Medicine - Endocrinology and Metabolism
Professor of Biochemistry, Biomedical Engineering
"Insulin Resistance and Heart Failure"






April 20, 2016
Kevin Gardner, MD, PhD
Senior Investigator Genetics Branch, DHHS/NIH/NCI/CCR and Acting Scientific Director, DHHS/NIH/NIMHD/DIR 
"Exploring Molecular Linkages to Midifiable Risk in Breast Cancer"






April 15, 2015
Mary Bassett, MD, MPH 
Commissioner of the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene and Associate Professor of Clinical Epidemiology at the Mailman School of Public Health 
"Bringing a Public Health Lens to Health Care Delivery"





March 19, 2014
Gbenga Ogedegbe, MD, MPH, FACP 
Director, Center of Heathful Behavior Change and Professor of Medicine and Population Health Department of Population Health, New York University School of Medicine 
"Lifestyle Interventions for Management of Hypertension in African Americans: Is Less More?"






May 15, 2013
Michelle A Albert, MD, MPH
Vivian Beaumont Allen Endowed Chair and Professor, Chief, Cardiovascular Medicine, Director of Cardiovascular Research Howard University
"Chronic Psychological Stress and Cardiovascular Disease: The Biology of Adversity"






Feb 8, 2012
John M Carethers, MD
John G Searle Professor and Chair, Department of Internal Medicine, University of Michigan
"Racial and Ethnic Disparities in Colorectal Cancer"







Feb 9, 2011
Jackson T Wright, MD, PhD, FACP
Director and Professor, Hypertension Research Center, Division of Nephrology and Hypertension, University Hospitals, School of Medicine, Case Western Reserve University
"Racial Differences in Hypertension Management: How Much is Real?"







May 14, 2010
Funmi I Olopade, MD, FACP
Walter L. Palmer Distinguished Service Professor of Medicine and Human Genetics, Associate Dean for Global Health, Director, Center for Clinical Cancer Genetics & Global Health, University of Chicago Medical Center
"Nature, Nurture, and Breast Cancer"







June 3, 2009
Lisa Cooper, MD, MPH
Professor of Medicine, Epidemiology, and Health Policy and Management, Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions
"Eliminating Racial Disparities in Health Outcomes: the Role of Patient-Centered Care"






Mar 19, 2008
Talmadge E King, Jr, MD
Julius R. Krevans Distinguished Professorship in Internal Medicine, Chair, Department of Medicine, University of California San Francisco, CA
"Idiopathic Interstitial Pneumonias: Pathogenesis and Treatment"





Mar 28, 2007
Neil R Powe, MD, MPH, MBA
Professor of Medicine, Epidemiology and Health Policy and Management, Director, Welch Center for Prevention, Epidemiology and Clinical Research, Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions
"Moving Forward to Conquer Health Disparities"


Feb 22, 2006
Lee Riley, MD
Professor, Division of Public Health, Biology, and Epidemiology, University of California, Berkeley
"Latent Tuberculosis Infection: A Balance Act by a Bacterial Immunostat"


Jan 12, 2005
Juanita Merchant, MD, PhD
Associate Professor of Medicine, University of Michigan
"The role of gastric acid secretion in the innate immune system"


Griffin P Rogers, MD 
Director, National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases, National Institutes of Health


Ivor Benjamin, MD
Associate Professor of Medicine, The University of Texas, Southwestern Medical Center of Dallas


Gary Gibbons, MD
Associate Professor of Medicine, Harvard University


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