Connections
The Summer 2014 Connections is available now.

Connections is a quarterly newsletter published jointly by the Departments of Pediatrics and Obstetrics and Gynecology at Columbia University Medical Center. In each issue we will bring you news about how our programs, people and research are furthering our mission: providing extraordinary care to women and children and expanding our educational initiatives through the collaboration and cooperation of the two departments.

Research
Tracing the Origins of a MRSA Epidemic

Over the past 15 years methicillin resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) has become a major public health problem, causing severe pneumonia, skin and blood infections. One of the most prevalent strains, USA300, spreads easily and can be responsible for several rapidly progressive, fatal diseases. CUMC pediatrician and infectious diseases specialist Paul Planet, MD, PhD, explains what genomic sequencing has revealed about the very recent evolution of USA300—and why it is so infectious—in a series of video shorts.

Patient Care
We provide cutting edge care to patients from Washington Heights, the region, the nation and from around the world.

The medical and surgical acuity at the Morgan Stanley Children’s Hospital of New York Presbyterian is among the highest in the United States and demands a great staff of physicians and health care providers.