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P&S Journal: Winter 1998, Vol.18, No.1
P & S News

New Apppointments

Chairman of Neurosurgery

Dr. Robert A. Solomon has been named chairman of the Department of Neurological Surgery. Dr. Solomon succeeds Dr. Bennett Stein as head of one of the most highly regarded departments of neurological surgery in the country.

Dr. Solomon, who joined CPMC in 1980 as a neurological surgery resident, is a pioneer in the treatment of giant cerebral aneurysms--badly deformed and ballooned vessels in the brain that are likely to rupture and cause death. Since 1989, he has employed hypothermic arrest (a highly complex procedure that lowers body temperature and reduces brain activity and circulation) to remove these aneurysms with minimal blood loss and damage to vital organs. Achieving a patient survival rate of 85 percent to 90 percent, Dr. Solomon has dramatically improved the prognosis for patients afflicted with this common cause of brain hemorrhage. Today, the methods he pioneered a decade ago have become the universal standard of care.

"Building on the strength of an outstanding young group of neurosurgeons strategically assembled over the last 11 years, the neurosurgery department is well-positioned for the future," says Dr. Solomon. "With plans under way to acquire state-of-the-art technology for minimally invasive surgical approaches to neurological diseases, we will ensure that our department remains among the elite neurosurgical units in the world."

After earning his M.D. degree from Johns Hopkins in 1980, Dr. Solomon began his general and neurological surgery training at CPMC. In addition to his expertise in treating aneurysms (he performs approximately 120 aneurysm operations a year), Dr. Solomon specializes in arteriovenous malformations of the brain and carotid artery disease. His research interests include cerebro-protection from stroke and determination of the genetic basis of aneurysm formation. Since 1986, he has led the neurological intensive care unit and is director of the neurological surgery residency program.

Graduate Studies Dean

Dr. David Figurski, professor of microbiology, has been named associate dean of graduate students at P&S. He will continue to conduct research while overseeing the Office of Graduate Affairs.

Dr. Figurski will be aided by Dr. Jaime Rubin, assistant dean for research administration, who will serve as acting associate dean for graduate affairs for the next few months, and Dr. Richard Abbott, who will continue as assistant dean for graduate affairs.

"Our graduate students are the lifeblood of the research effort at P&S," Dr. Figurski says, "and I look forward to the opportunity to help make our graduate program the strongest and most attractive in the nation.

Dr. Philip Feigelson, who served as associate dean of graduate affairs for the past decade, expanded the size of the graduate program at P&S and was instrumental in developing a dedicated service center for graduate students at the Health Sciences campus.

Director of Psychoanalytic Center

Dr. Robert A. Glick has been appointed director of the Center for Psychoanalytic Training and Research, succeeding Dr. Roger A. MacKinnon, who held the position since 1991.

A psychiatry faculty member since 1972, Dr. Glick is clinical professor of psychiatry. His writings have covered psychiatric emergencies, masochism, affect theory, psychoanalytic identity, psychoanalytic education, and the fate of analytic training cases. His current research involves a multi-center project on psychoanalytic supervision. He heads the editorial board for the center's planned psychoanalytic textbook.

Among his goals for the center, in addition to preserving its educational and clinical role in the psychiatry department, is a broadening of interdisciplinary scholarship and research in psychoanalysis and related fields.

CEO of Columbia-Cornell Care

Dr. Bruce Spivey became president and chief executive officer of Columbia-Cornell Care last fall after leading Northwestern Healthcare Network in Chicago. Dr. Spivey established and directed one of the largest not-for-profit health care systems in the United States.

Columbia-Cornell Care combines the clinical faculties of P&S and Cornell's medical school, along with their community physician partners. This partnership provides managed care contracting, practice management, medical management, and a full array of support services for the CCC membership.

"Bruce Spivey's expertise in conceptualizing and overseeing the development of a physician-governed organization, as well as his leadership in several successful mergers between hospitals and physicians' associations, made him our first choice to lead CCC," said Dr. Herbert Pardes, vice president and dean. "Managed care continues to penetrate the New York area, and we are confident that Dr. Spivey will successfully lead us in furthering a powerful alliance in the health care marketplace."

The partnership between Columbia and Cornell universities formally began in 1996 when officials at both universities agreed to align their medical faculties to contract for managed care. Different from typical physician organizations, CCC has "single signature authority" on behalf of its physicians to contract with managed care payors. The medical schools at both universities remain independent.

A board-certified ophthalmologist, Dr. Spivey was the first CEO of the American Academy of Ophthalmology and is former president of the American Board of Medical Specialties and the California Healthcare System in San Francisco.

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