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Alumni Association Activities

Alumni Council

The news was good at the council dinner on Nov. 18, 1998: The books were balanced, the organization was solvent, and the P&S Rugby Team once again trounced the opposition, winning the John Wood’76 Memorial Tournament, the team’s 12th victory out of 13 games played. The Bard Hall Singers provided the first bit of new business on the agenda, serenading guests with a sneak preview from the winter production, “A Chorus Line,” which had a successful run in December.

The evening’s main business was no less pleasurable: a salute to a beloved member of the P&S community, Dr. Linda Lewis, associate dean for student affairs. Alumni and students turned out in record numbers to honor her. For more than 20 years, Dr. Lewis has educated, advised, guided, and nurtured P&S students on the difficult path to becoming P&S doctors. Twice voted Distinguished Teacher of the Year, in 1977 and 1992, and in 1991 named P&S Outstanding Woman Doctor of the Year, Dr. Lewis teaches by example. Among those who sang her praises, her colleague, Dr. Lewis P. (Bud) Rowland, former chairman of the Department of Neurology, cited her profound dedication, recalling how he would often find her late at night in the hospital checking on the status of patients. In 1997, Dr. Lewis received the Distinguished Service Award.

Past Alumni Association president
Lester Blair’74
Past Alumni Association president Lester Blair’74
Carmen Ortiz-Neu’63
Carmen Ortiz-Neu’63
Associate Dean for Student Affairs Linda Lewis and husband Gary Gambuti
Associate Dean for Student Affairs Linda Lewis and husband Gary Gambuti

Dean’s Dinner

Alumni Association president Oscar Garfein’65, Dean Herbert Pardes, and Mort Grusky, deputy vice president for budget and finance
Alumni Association president Oscar Garfein’65, Dean Herbert Pardes, and Mort Grusky, deputy vice president for budget and finance
The Alumni Council kicked off the new year, as per tradition, on Jan. 20, 1999, with the Dean’s Dinner in the Bard Hall Lounge, hosted by Dean Herbert Pardes, the featured speaker. Alumni president Oscar Garfein’65 introduced the dean and, on behalf of the alumni, expressed a debt of gratitude for his stewardship of the school. Dean Pardes shared the podium with Morton Grusky, deputy vice president for budget and finance, together offering an overview of the health of the health sciences enterprise at Columbia.

The dean, who is also vice president of Columbia University’s health sciences division, cited, among other accomplishments of the year, the renaming of the School of Public Health in honor of Joseph L. Mailman, thanks to his family’s generosity; the pioneering efforts in preventive community dentistry by the School of Dental and Oral Surgery; and the endowment of a record number of chairs at the School of Nursing. Other institutional advances he and Mr. Grusky reported included the complete overhauling, inside and out, of the Neurological Institute and the refurbishing of the old Psychiatric Institute building as a permanent home for the School of Public Health. Lauding the medical school’s impressive endowment (now at more than $700 million and 91 chairs), the strength of NIH research funding, and a patent income that sets Columbia as No. 1 in the country, the dean gave the Health Sciences enterprise a clean bill of health. “But what are all these figures really about?” he asked. “If you ever feel concerned about the future of American medicine, just talk to our medical students and you’ll know we’re in great shape.” The current competitive climate in health care, however, compels Columbia to keep forging ahead, and Dean Pardes urged alumni to maintain their strong support of the school.

Regional Program

Kenneth Forde’58 and Dr. Anke Nolting, associate dean for development and executive director of alumni relations
Kenneth Forde’58 and Dr. Anke Nolting, associate dean for development and executive director of alumni relations
On Nov. 9, 1998, the Alumni Association (along with the Departments of Medicine and Surgery) co-sponsored a reception for alumni, faculty, and friends in Dallas in conjunction with the annual meeting of the American Heart Association. Sixty people attended.

Kenneth Forde’59 hosted a dinner for alumni, faculty, and friends attending the annual meeting of the American College of Surgeons Oct. 27, 1998, in Orlando, Fla. The event was co-sponsored by the Alumni Association and the John Jones Society of Presbyterian surgical alumni.

 

 

 

Teaching Future Doctors to Mind Their Own Business

K.J. Lee’65
K.J. Lee’65
K.J. Lee’65 wears several hats and juggles them with ease and aplomb. Busy clinical otolaryngologist, teacher, author, inventor, and audiovisual producer, he is also chairman and CEO of MedWin of Connecticut, LLC, a health-care providers company. In the latter capacity, Dr. Lee delivered a widely attended lecture at P&S on Nov. 16, 1998, on the business, administrative, logistical, and legal aspects of practicing medicine today.

He firmly believes that doctors can and must manage the care they give, sidestepping the middle men who crept in to take charge when no one was looking. “The changes in health care delivery have been unpredictable, rapid, and distressing to physicians, patients, government, private payors, employers, and society as a whole,” he said, but he insisted that “it doesn’t have to be that way.”

Offering several practical pointers on how to optimize efficiency and quality of service, Dr. Lee managed to demystify the business side as “just another tool” or discipline to be mastered, along with anatomy, physiology, and pathology. “We cannot let a business company own us,” he said. “We medical men and women, collectively, have to own the business company.”

Reunion Scrapbook

At the upcoming alumni reunion weekend in May, another class will celebrate its 35th reunion, but in 1997, the Class of 1962 seized the opportunity to re-create a 35-year-old Kodak moment. In the photo below are members of the Class of 1962 at their 35th reunion in 1997 at the Lotus Club. From left are Peter Cohen, Robert Waldbaum, Nicholas A. Romas, Martin Nadel, and Myles Behrens. At left they are shown during their fourth-year clerkships at Goldwater Hospital.

Class of 1962
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