Honors and Awards

David Kessler, MD (Emergency Medicine) was invited to co-chair the simulation track for the Mediterranean Emergency Medicine Congress in Marseille, France and was an invited lecturer and expert panelist at this conference on “Simulation in the Clinical Environment.”

Usha Krishnan, MD (Cardiology) will be delivering an invited talk on "Current Treatment option for Pulmonary Hypertension" at the 1st European Conference on ‘Neonatal and Paediatric Pulmonary Vascular Disease’ at the University Medical Center Groningen, The Netherlands in October 2014. Dr. Krishnan was also invited to speak on “Cardiologic considerations in infantile Pompe disease” at the NY- Mid-Atlantic Consortium- (NYMAC) Pompe Disease Newborn Screening Symposium in November.

Wyman Lai, MD (Cardiology) has been appointed for a 2-year term as the pediatric echocardiography representative to the Board of Directors of the National Board of Echocardiography.

Esi Lamouse-Smith, MD, PhD (GI, Hepatology & Nutrition) was invited by the Korean Society of Lactic Acid Bacteria to present, “Probiotics as Immunotherapy: Lactic Acid Bacteria and Allergic Disease in Children,” at the 3rd Annual Symposium of the Korean Society for Lactic Acid Bacteria in Seoul, South Korea.

Joel Lavine MD, PhD (GI, Hepatology & Nutrition) was lecturer, panelist and moderator at the FDA Advisory meeting on "Clinical Endpoints and Trial Design for Chronic Liver Diseases," and was appointed to the FDA’s GI External Advisory Board.

Teresa Lee, MD (Cardiology) and Wendy Chung, MD (Clinical Genetics) are co-investigators on a surgery startup grant entitled, “Transcriptional profiling of human fetal heart valve growth.” (The PI for the project is Emile Bacha, MD.)

Sarah Shrager Lusman, MD (GI, Hepatology & Nutrition) was appointed to the Training Committee of the North American Society for Pediatric Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition for a three-year term.

Luz Adriana Matiz, MD’s (Child and Adolescent Health) educational session proposal, “Integrating Community Health Workers into Pediatric Patient Centered Medical Homes” has been accepted as part of a special enhanced learning session for the Children’s Hospital Association 2014 Transforming Children’s Health Care – Together: Care Coordination in a Complex Environment Conference.

Grants, Honors and Awards
Allergy, Immunology & Rheumatology
  • NYPH-MSCH has received final approval for designation as a Severe Combined Immunodeficiency (SCID) Specialty Care Center under the Newborn Screening Program.
  • Dr. Erika Berman Rosenzweig has been elected into ColumbiaDoctors Board of Governance for the term 2015-2018.
  • Dr. Rosenzweig was also an investigator on a landmark pulmonary hypertension trial recently published in the New England Journal of Medicine, “Initial Use of Ambrisentan plus Tadalafil in Pulmonary Arterial Hypertension”, August, 27, 2015.
  • Dr. Kimara Targoff recently published a manuscript in Current Biology entitled “Origin, Specification, and Plasticity of the Great Vessels of the Heart.”
Child and Adolescent Health
  • Dr. Jocelyn Brown’s partnership project entitled “The Role of School Health in Child Abuse Screening: A Comparative Analysis of Physician Training, Knowledge, and Attitudes in the US and France” between Columbia University and Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sante Publique (EHESP) has been selected by the 2015 Partner University Fund’s Grant Review Committee and the FACE Foundation has thus allocated to her project a grant of up to $149.7Kto be paid over a three year period.
  • Dr. Jocelyn Brown (Child and Adolescent Health) is the recipient of the 2015 Lydia Martinez Awards. She is being recognized by the NYC Alliance Against Sexual Assault for her outstanding work at the Manhattan Child Advocacy Center.
  • Dr. Melanie Gold (Child and Adolescent Health) has been elected to the American Academy of Pediatrics’ Section on Integrative Medicine’s Executive Committee for a term commencing November 1, 2015.
  • Dr. John Rausch (Child and Adolescent Health) has been elected to serve a 3 year term on the AAP Section on Obesity Executive Committee.
  • Dr. Minna Saslaw (Child and Adolescent Health) was selected as the winner of the 2014 Patient Centered Care Physician Champion Award for the Ambulatory Care Network (ACN).
  • Drs. Melissa Stockwell (Child and Adolescent Health) and Lisa Saiman (Infectious Diseases) were awarded a CDC sub-contract on “Epidemiology of Novel Influenza Virus Infection and Antiviral Effectiveness (AvE) and Vaccine Effectiveness”. $ 100K total costs.
  • Drs. David Bell and Melanie Gold (Co-Principal Investigators) have been awarded a 5 year, $3.6 million grant from the Centers for Disease Control and Office of Adolescent Health. The grant is one of three competitive national projects funded by the first RFA on Teen Pregnancy Prevention focused primarily on males.
  • Dr. Jenny Francis was interviewed for an article by CBS news entitled, “How Colorado lowered teen pregnancy rate by 40%”. http://www.cbsnews.com/news/how-colorado-lowered-their-teen-pregnancy-rate-by-40/
  • Dr. Melissa Glassman’s abstract “Enhancing Outpatient Breastfeeding Support Through a Hospital-Based Newborn Clinic” was accepted for poster presentation at the Academy of Breastfeeding Medicine conference in October.  Tara Hilton is a co-author.
  • Dr. Adriana Matiz’s manuscript “Evaluating the Impact of Information Technology Tools to Support the Asthma Medical Home" was accepted for publication in Clinical Pediatrics. Co-authors include Laura Robbins-Milne, Christine Krause, Patricia Peretz, and John Rausch.
  • Dr. Andrew Mutnick has been invited to the Stanford University Medical School's 3rd Annual Department of Pediatrics Medical Education Day to lead workshops on Team-based Learning.
  • Dr. Karen Soren and Mindy Brittner (Postdoctoral Clinical Fellow) were interviewed by CBS news for an article titled, “Obese teens less likely to use birth control”. http://www.cbsnews.com/news/obese-teens-less-likely-to-use-birth-control/.
  • Drs. Melissa Stockwell’s  and Philip Zachariah’s manuscript “Measles Vaccine- Past, Present and Future” has been accepted for publication in the Journal of Clinical Pharmacology.
  • Dr. Stockwell co-authored a paper with Brent Stockwell (Dept. of Biological Sciences/Chemistry) that was recently published in Cell. Stockwell BR, Stockwell MS, Cennamo M, Jiang E. “Blended Learning Improves Science Education” Cell 2015; 162(5) 933-6
  • Certificate in Health Information Technology program offered through the Department of Biomedical Informatics.
Clinical Genetics
  • Dr. Wendy Chung (Clinical Genetics) has been selected as one of thirteen Provost Leadership Fellows for the 2015-2017 program.  This program is designed for faculty members at Columbia who seek to complement their research and scholarly activities with administrative and leadership responsibilities. 

Emergency Medicine
  • Dr. Daniel Tsze was Invited to present at the Society for Pediatric Sedation 10th Annual Conference: "Non-Intravenous Sedative Administration;"  and (2) presented at the 10th International Symposium on Pediatric Pain: "Self-Report Measures of Pain in Children: Do They Work, and How Should We Use Them? Perspectives from Canada, Spain, and United States."
  • Dr. David Kessler was awarded a $55,318 grant from RBaby Foundation to support INSPIRE network training for Pediatric Emergency Care; and (2) participated at the International Pediatric Simulation Society Annual Meeting in May as:
a.        Course director for “Simulation-based Research"
b.       Workshop faculty for “Using simulation to design new spaces”
c.        Invited moderator for technology and innovation abstract session


  • Dr. Sharon Oberfield (Endocrinology) as PI is the recipient of an NIH Training Grant (T32) in the amount of $205,251.
  • Meredith Wilkes and Emily Briedbart (Postdoctoral Clinical Fellow) were selected by their peers for induction into the Gold Humanism Honor Society (GHHS).
GI, Hepatology & Nutrition
  • Dr. Joel Lavine will be a panelist and co-organize a Nature SciCAFE session in NYC on the topic of Fatty Liver Diseases, involving pharma, regulatory agencies, and academia. This is a collaboration between Nature Medicine and Nature Biotechnology journals. 
  • Drs. Joel Lavine and Ali Mencin have a review in press in Nature Reviews Gastroenterology and Hepatology on the Transition of Care for Children with NAFLD. 
  • Dr. Kara Gross Margolis (GI, Hepatology & Nutrition), is the recipient of the William F. Balistreri Prize for Excellence in Pediatric Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition, for her abstract titled, “Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitors Have Critical and Long Lasting Effects on Enteric Nervous System Development.”  This prize is in honor of Dr. Balistreri’s extraordinary devotion to pediatric gastroenterology, hepatology and nutrition and to NASPGHAN (North American Society for Pediatric Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition).
  • Dr. Julie Khlevner (GI, Hepatology & Nutrition) has been elected to serve on the Medical Advisory Council for Make-A-Wish Foundation and take an active role as an ambassador for the NewYork-Presbyterian Morgan Stanley Children’s Hospital. 
  • Dr. Jennifer Woo Baidal’s (GI, Hepatology & Nutrition)NYONRC pilot and feasibility application was approved for one year of funding at $45K. The goals of this research project are to accelerate the application of non-invasive methods to diagnose nonalcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) and to study mechanisms that link adiposity, NAFLD, and adverse cardio-metabolic outcomes in children.
  • Dr. Esi Lamousé-Smith was (1) an invited keynote speaker onBuilding a Life in Science” at The City College of New York Collaborative Programs, 2nd Annual Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics (STEAM) Young Women’s Leadership Conference, New York, NY; and (2) spoke on “Work Life Balance in Academic Medicine” at the Student National Medical Association Annual Medical Education Conference Physician Researcher Initiative Grand Rounds Panelist, New Orleans, LA.
Infectious Diseases
  • Dr. Candace Johnson (2nd year fellow) was awarded the Pediatric Infectious Diseases Society 2015 Antimicrobial Stewardship Fellowship Award by the PIDS Committee on Antimicrobial Stewardship.
  • Dr. Dane Parker has been awarded an NIH grant ($383K) for his project entitled, “Role of interferons in Staphylococcus aureus upper respiratory tract infection."
  • Dr. Lisa Saiman was awarded 2 grants: “Improving implementation of infection prevention and control in CF” - Funded by the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation; and (2) “Influenza and other respiratory diseases in pediatric chronic care facilities” - Funded by CDC. Dr. Saiman is PI on both grants. Dr. Natalie Neu is co-investigator on the 2nd grant.
  • Dr.  Paul Planet as PI was awarded a grant from the President’s Global Innovation Fund for his project titled “Global Antibiotic Resistance Surveillance and Epidemiology Using Whole Genomes”, $20K; and (2) received aCAMPR Planning Grant for his project, “Strategies for MRSA Decolonization in the Pediatric Population?” $15K.
Molecular Genetics
  • Dr. Dieter Egli was recently appointed as the Maimonides Assistant Professor of Diabetes Research at Columbia. He is the inaugural recipient of this professorship.
  • Dr. Michael Rosenbaum’s project, “Improving Population Health through Care Coordination,” is the recipient of the ECRIP Center Awards received by NYP for the pediatric obesity research program.
  • Dr. Tom Diacovo as PI is the recipient of the 2015 one-year Precision Medicine Pilot Award for his project titled, “Personalized Pharmacology for Neonatal Cardiac Patients at Risk for Arterial Thrombotic Events."
  • Dr. Thomas Diacovo and his co-PI received a 2.8 million dollar grant from the NICHD for their project entitled "Neonatal and Pediatric Platelet Function and Pharmacology." 
  • Dr. Thomas Diacovo and Dr. Samuel Sia (BME) were recently awarded Columbia-Coulter funding to further develop their "MicroClot" technology. "It's not just about being a humanist,” Dr. Diacovo explained. “You have to think about the commercial value of the technology in order to get something you strongly believe in to market, and ultimately to the patient. That was difficult for me to understand at the beginning. This program is extremely valuable, and I’m glad Columbia is investing the time and effort to take scientific endeavors into clinical reality."
  • Dr. Elvira Parravicini was chosen to receive the Cardinal John O’Connor Award by the Sisters of Life for her diligence in promoting programs and activities in the support of families.
  • Dr. Marianne Garland has been recognized by her nursing colleagues as the 2015 Attending Physician of the Year.  The celebratory event will take place on October 12th at 4pm in the Wintergarden. 
Oncology, Hematology, Stem Cell Transplantation
  • Dr. Prakash Satwani received the Hyundai Hope on Wheels Scholarship ($250K) for a research study titled, “Therapeutic Modulation of Natural Killer Cell Receptor Ligands Through Histone Deacetylase Inhibition”; and (2) was elected as an Associate Editor for Journal- Contemporary Clinical Trials Communications.
  • Dr. Kara Kelly was elected to a five year term beginning July 1, 2015 to the Scientific Advisory Board for the Lymphoma Research Foundation.
The Academic Year 2015-2016 awardees of The John M. Driscoll, Jr., MD, Children’s Fund competition:
Nicolino Valerio Dorrello, MD, PhD, Post-Doctoral Clinical Fellow, Division of Pediatric Critical Care Medicine.  Dr. Dorrello will receive funding to support his proposal entitled, “Bioengineering a chimeric lung capable of gas exchange.”
Dr. Dorello received his MD (summa cum laude) from Second University of Naples, and his PhD from University “Federico II” in Naples, Italy, in collaboration with New York University.  Dr. Dorello was a postdoctoral fellow in the Department of Pathology at New York University.  He completed his pediatrics residency at the University of Padua, Italy, and at NewYork-Presbyterian Morgan Stanley Children’s Hospital/Columbia University Medical Center.  His mentors on this project will be Gordana Vunjak-Novakovic, PhD, Mikati Foundation Professor of Biomedical Engineering and Professor of Biomedical Engineering and Medical Sciences (in Medicine), and the Director of the Laboratory for Stem Cells and Tissue Engineering at Columbia University Medical Center; and, Matthew D. Bacchetta, MD, MBA, MA, Associate Professor of Surgery, Surgical Director of the Pulmonary Hypertension Center, and Director of Adult ECMO at Columbia University Medical Center. 
Stephanie Lovinsky-Desir, MD, Assistant Professor of Pediatrics at CUMC, Division of Pediatric Pulmonary Medicine.  Dr. Lovinsky-Desir will receive funding to support her proposal entitled, “Adolescent Physical Activity in Urban Polluted Environments and Respiratory Measures.”
Dr. Lovinsky-Desir received her BA from LaSalle University and her MD from New York Medical College.  She completed her residency at Children’s Hospital at Montefiore and her pediatric pulmonary medicine fellowship at NewYork-Presbyterian Morgan Stanley Children’s Hospital/Columbia University Medical Center.  Her mentors on this project are Dr. Rachel Miller, Professor of Medicine (in Pediatrics) and Environmental Health Sciences, and the Chief of Pediatric Allergy, Immunology, and Rheumatology at Columbia University Medical Center,  and Dr. Andrew Rundle, Associate Professor of Epidemiology, Mailman School of Public Health, Columbia University Medical Center.
Brett Anderson, MD, MBA, Assistant Professor of Pediatrics at CUMC, Division of Pediatric Cardiology.  Dr. Anderson was awarded a second year of funding to support her proposal entitled, “Provider Experience:  Can it Predict Patient Outcomes for Children Undergoing Congenital Heart Surgery?”  
Dr. Anderson received her BA (magna cum laude) from Yale University, her MD from the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, and her MBA from the Wharton School.  She is currently working on her Master’s in Science from the Mailman School of Public Health on a Patient-Oriented Research Scholarship, a full-tuition scholarship for promising junior faculty to obtain a master’s in patient oriented research.   Dr. Anderson completed her residency at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia and her cardiology fellowship at NewYork-Presbyterian Morgan Stanley Children’s Hospital.  Her mentors on this project are Sherry Glied, PhD, Dean of New York University’s Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service and Emile Bacha, MD, Calvin F. Barber Professor of Surgery, Chief of the Division of Cardiac, Thoracic and Vascular Surgery, and Director of Congenital and Pediatric Cardiac Surgery.
Dieter Egli, PhD, Assistant Professor of Developmental Cell Biology (in Pediatrics), Division of Pediatric Molecular Genetics.  Dr. Egli was awarded a second year of funding to support his proposal entitled, “Mechanism of Karyotypic Abnormalities in Somatic Cell Reprogramming.”
Dr. Egli received his Master’s Degree in Biology at the University of Zurich and his PhD at the Institute of Molecular Biology and at the Institute of Zoology, University of Zurich.  Dr. Egli was a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Department of Stem Cell and Regenerative Biology at Harvard University, and more recently, a Senior Research Fellow at the New York Stem Cell Foundation laboratory where he worked with members of the Department of Pediatrics and the Naomi Berrie Diabetes Center on the study of stem cells in diabetes and CNS-mediated energy homeostasis. In January 2014, Dieter Egli became Assistant Professor at Columbia University.  His mentor on this project will be Dr. Rudolph Leibel, Professor of Pediatrics and Medicine, Christopher J. Murphy Memorial Professor of Diabetes Research, Co-Director of the Naomi Berrie Diabetes Center, and Director of the Division of Pediatric Molecular Genetics, Columbia University Medical Center.
Thomas Hooven, MD, Clinical and Research Fellow, Division of Neonatology/Perinatology.  Dr. Hooven was awarded a second year of funding to support his proposal entitled, “New Approaches to Preventing Perinatal GBS Infections.” 
Dr. Hooven received his BA (summa cum laude) from Yale University and his MD from the University of Michigan Medical School.  Dr. Hooven completed his residency and chief residency at NewYork-Presbyterian Morgan Stanley Children’s Hospital/Columbia University Medical Center, where he is currently a Neonatal/Perinatal Postdoctoral fellow.   His mentor on this project will be Dr. Adam Ratner, Associate Professor of Pediatrics in the Division of Pediatric Infectious Diseases, Columbia University Medical Center.