The P&S Journal: Spring 1998, Vol.18, No.2
Alumni News and Notes
Robin Goland’80, director of the new Naomi Berrie Diabetes Center at CPMC, regaled the audience with wit, wisdom, optimism, and medical know- how as guest speaker at the Alumni Council dinner in November. “When the center opens for business [in 1998], we’re going to be able to take care of people and provide them with cutting-edge medicine,” Dr. Goland beamed, “till someone—hopefully in our building—finds a cure for diabetes.”
The center is located in the Russ Berrie Medical Science Pavilion, the second of five planned buildings in the Audubon Biomedical Science and Technology Park on Broadway. The center, made possible through a gift from Russ and Angelica Berrie, is named in honor of Mr. Berrie’s mother, Naomi, one of the first diabetic patients to be treated with insulin at Columbia by Dr. Elliot Osler. According to Dr. Goland, a specialist in the clinical care of diabetes, “16 million people in the United States and one in 12 New Yorkers suffer from the disease, whose care consumes 12 percent of health care dollars.” The center offers a unique family-centered, humanistically based, multidisciplinary approach to treatment, based on the understanding that diabetes fundamentally affects not only the patient, but also his or her entire family.
Educational, nutritional, and psychological counseling are part of the Berrie treatment package.