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Alumni Notes

By Marianne Wolff’52


Leon J. Warshaw is co-author of “The New York Academy of Medicine 1947-1997. Enhancing the Health of the Public.” He also co-edited the fourth edition of “The Encyclopedia of Occupational Health and Safety,” a four-volume work.


The International Federation of Hand Surgical Societies, comprising 27 countries, honored Mack L. Clayton as a Pioneer in Hand Surgery.


William M. Manger is co-author of “Clinical and Experimental Pheochromocytoma,” published by Blackwell Science in 1996.

William Bauman'47
William Bauman'47

William A. Bauman has been appointed archivist for the Babies Hospital Alumni Association. The archives and special collections division of the Health Sciences Library is collecting, classifying, storing, and helping to retrieve all formal and informal memorabilia of staff and activities relating to Babies & Children’s Hospital. If you have material to donate or wish to retrieve material, contact the archivist at (212) 305-3565.


Jane W. Magill has retired as director of Employee Health Service at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center. She is now working full time for the New York State Department of Corrections at a maximum security prison, practicing primary care with particular emphasis on patients with AIDS and TB.


Lewis R. Elias received the Ellis Island Medal of Honor in May 1998. He believes he was selected for having worked with the poorest patients in Appalachia for 18 years, before relocating to Bal Harbor, Fla., and treating the opposite end of the economic spectrum. (One of his patients was a U.S. president.) . . . George H. McCormack continues his active practice of internal medicine established 42 years ago on Park Avenue.


The 1998 Lifetime Achievement Award in Medical Education was presented by the American Academy of Pediatrics to Robert A. Hoekelman in October 1998. . . . Elliott Middleton Jr. is senior editor of “Allergy: Principles and Practice,” whose fifth edition was published by Mosby-Yearbook in May 1998.

P. Roy Vagelos'54
P. Roy Vagelos'54

Robert Hollister of Franklin, Tenn., was voted Physician of the Year in 1997. . . . Glenn A. Langer is editor and a contributor to the second edition of “The Myocardium,” published in 1997 by Academic Press. He is at the cardiovascular research laboratory of UCLA. . . . P. Roy Vagelos visited archeological sites in Greece, guided by archeological expert and classmate G. Richard O’Connor.


Alfonse T. Masi has been collaborating with a Johns Hopkins University study on rheumatoid arthritis; in a prospective controlled study a strong association was found between current cigarette smoking and rheumatoid arthritis. Alfonse has a Dr.P.H. in addition to his M.D.


Robert S. Waltzer has been practicing law since 1988. He has become leader of the health care law section of Robinson & Cole, L.L.P. Bob is based in the Stamford, Conn., office.


Henry Buchwald is president of the American Society for Bariatric Surgery, having finished serving a term as president of the Central Surgical Association. A residency award for academic and scholarly potential has been established in Henry’s honor at the University of Minnesota.


George P. Cannelos’ comprehensive book, “The Lymphomas,” has been published by W.B. Saunders.


Louis M. Sherwood is engaged in clinical and outcomes research and devising disease management programs in his position as Merck & Co.’s chief medical officer for the United States. He is immediate past president of the American Physicians Fellowship for Israel.


Courtney W. Brown was selected president of the Scoliosis Research Society for a one-year term. . . . The National Kidney Foundation of New York and New Jersey presented the 1998 John Kingsley Lattimer’38 Award for Lifetime Achievement to Robert S. Waldbaum, clinical professor of urology at Cornell, director of urology at North Shore University Hospital, and past president of the New York section of the American Urological Association. He serves on the board of directors of the American Urological Association.


Norma M.T. Braun, clinical professor of medicine at P&S, has been elected to represent New York state as a Councillor to the American Thoracic Society and to serve on its International Planning Committee.


Marvin S. Gilbert is director of Mount Sinai Hospital’s hemophilia center, which has been designated as an international hemophilia training center of the World Federation of Hemophilia and a designated center of the World Health Organization. Marvin has lectured extensively in Italy, Spain, and the Netherlands on the orthopedic aspects of hemophilia . . . . Dorothy S. Lane, professor and vice chairwoman of the Department of Preventive Medicine and associate dean for continuing medical education at the SUNY School of Medicine, Stony Brook, has been named chairman of the American Board of Preventive Medicine. This board certifies physicians in general preventive medicine and public health, aerospace medicine, and occupational medicine. She will be the first woman to chair this board since its formation 50 years ago. . . . Michael L. Sananman works on a committee of the New York Academy of Medicine, advising state legislators on pending legislation regarding auto insurance injuries by recommending treatment, testing, and other efforts to avoid abuses.

Suzanne Oparil'65
Suzanne Oparil'65

In addition to practicing OB/GYN full time, Thomas M. Murray is involved in syndicating and racing thoroughbred horses—all winners! . . . Suzanne Oparil gave the Arthur C. Corcoran Memorial Lecture to the American Heart Association Council for High Blood Pressure Research. She also gave the R.D. Wright lecture to the High Blood Pressure Research Council of Australia. . . . Michael G. Shulman is working on angergen for treatment of rheumatoid arthritis and multiple sclerosis and for prevention of Type I diabetes. He presented his findings at the International Society of Rheumatic Therapy biannual meeting in May 1998. . . . The George E. Daniels Merit Award of 1998 was presented to Eleanor Schuker at the New York Academy of Medicine. The award was given for contributions to psychoanalysis, psychiatry, education, and to the Association for Psychoanalytic Medicine at Columbia’s Psychoanalytic Center. Eleanor is past president of the Association for Psychoanalytic Medicine and is associate clinical professor of psychiatry at P&S. Her particular interests include gender issues, creativity, trauma, and the therapeutic action of psychoanalysis. She is the senior editor of “Female Psychology: An Annotated Psychoanalytic Bibliography,” published by Analytic Press, 1991.


Maynard B. Wheeler has been elected president-elect of the American Association for Pediatric Ophthalmology and Strabismus.


William A. Lee, a gastroenterologist at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, is co-editor of “Acute Liver Failure,” published by Cambridge University Press in 1997.


Virginia LiVolsi delivered the inaugural Raffaele Lattes Lecture in Surgical Pathology. She spoke on “Update on Papillary Thyroid Cancer.” Virginia is professor of surgical pathology at the University of Pennsylvania. . . . Collin J. Weber performs thyroid and parathyroid surgery at Emory University. His research in islet transplantation is funded by the NIH and the Juvenile Diabetes Foundation. He has two recent patents and has begun experiments on primates.


Peter W. Carmel is professor and chief of neurosurgery at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey in Newark.


Bantam Books is publishing Lawrence Diller’s “Running on Ritalin: A Physician Reflects on Children, Society and Performance in a Pill.” The book deals with the social, political, and ethical aspects of attention deficit disorder and the use of Ritalin. . . . Jerome Groopman has authored a book, “The Measure of Our Days,” published by Viking/Penguin. It deals with the psychological experience of severe illness. Beginning in August 1998, the book was serialized in the New Yorker. . . . M. Philip Luber is director of the Cancer Center Counseling Service at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, director of behavioral science in the Department of Family Practice at the University of Pennsylvania, and assistant professor of psychiatry. . . . Marguerite McDonald, chief of ophthalmology at Tulane School of Medicine, has more than 600 publications to her credit and is chief medical editor of two ophthalmological journals. She recently became chief medical editor of Channel 6 in New Orleans, the NBC affiliate, and makes four on-camera appearances each week.


A member of the board of surgeon directors of the Manhattan Eye, Ear and Throat Hospital, Paul N. Orloff also serves on the board of directors of the New York State Ophthalmological Society and the New York County Medical Society.


The third edition of Jay P. Heiken’s textbook, “Computed Body Tomography with M.R.I. Correlation,” was published in 1998 by Lippincott-Raven. The first two editions sold more copies than any other radiology textbook. . . . Lawrence D. Wagman directs the surgical oncology training program at the City of Hope Cancer Center; his practice focuses mainly on mammary and hepatic malignancies. Larry is preparing the third edition of his textbook, “Cancer Management: A Multidisciplinary Approach.”


The American Neurological Association’s Distinguished Neurology Teacher Award for 1998 was presented to Ralph F. Jozefowicz at the association’s annual meeting in Montreal in October. He is currently associate professor of neurology and medicine and associate chair for education programs in the Department of Neurology at the University of Rochester. He serves on the education committee of the American Academy of Neurology and has been on numerous committees of various organizations involved in the teaching and testing of neurology. In 1992 he received a Fulbright Scholarship which took him to Krakow, Poland. He returns there annually as a visiting professor, teaching neurology to Polish medical students and residents. . . . Donald J. Kurth is the medical director of the chemical dependency program at the Behavioral Medicine Center of Loma Linda University Medical Center in California. . . . Jeanne Leventhal, director of the Northern California Kaiser Psychiatry Women’s Health Project, is creating best practices for the Kaiser system for treating postpartum psychiatric disorders, premenstrual syndrome, and menopausal mood and libido problems.


Robert A. Herbert expects to graduate from a combined JD/MBA program in the spring of 1999 . . . . Daniel I. Sessler has been appointed professor and vice chairman of the Anesthesia and Intensive Care Unit at the University of Vienna, meanwhile retaining his primary position as professor of anesthesia and director of outcomes research at the University of California, San Francisco. Dan and his group are funded by the NIH and have published more than 100 papers in the past five years, including two in the New England Journal of Medicine and one in Lancet.


Karin M. Muraszko is chief of pediatric neurosurgery at the University of Michigan, co-director of the university’s Brain Tumor Research Laboratory, and member of the board of directors of Women in Neurosurgery. She served as team leader for a neurosurgical mission to Guatemala and performed an operation televised on the Learning Channel.


Jean G. Ford has been chief of pulmonary medicine at Harlem Hospital since 1996. In 1997 he became director of the Harlem Lung Center, a joint project of P&S, the School of Public Health, and Harlem Hospital. The center is dedicated to research on prevention and treatment of lung diseases.


David M. McDowell is the founding medical director of STARS (Substance Treatment and Research Service) on the Columbia campus; his group provides comprehensive substance abuse services in a research setting. . . . Susan C. Vaughan’s first book, “The Talking Cure: The Science Behind Psychotherapy,” was published in 1997. She has completed her second book, which is on Viagra.

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Shari Hall has completed an eight-month contract at the Cairns Base Hospital in Queensland, Australia. The hospital serves mostly aboriginal patients. Shari, an anesthesiologist, has had all kinds of adventures down under. She was scheduled to return to the United States in December 1998.


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