P&S News


Commencement 2005
Founding Class of Garvey Academy Announced at Symposium
Residency Match 2005
The Class of 2005:One Perspective
Dean Fischbach Announces Plans to Leave Post in 2006
P&S Names New Deans for Education, Student Affairs, Research, Clinical Affairs
Going to Bat for Brain Research

Commencement 2005
Commencement 2005

Faculty Awards

The P&S Distinguished Service Award for Pre-Clinical Years was presented to PARITHYCHERY R. SRINIVASAN, M.D., professor of biochemistry and molecular biophysics. EDGAR HOUSEPIAN, M.D., professor emeritus of clinical neurological surgery, special lecturer in neurological surgery, and special adviser to the dean on international affairs, received the Award for Distinguished Service in the Clinical Years.

Charles W. Bohmfalk Awards were presented to MICHAEL D. GERSHON, M.D., professor and former chairman of anatomy and cell biology, for distinguished teaching in the pre-clinical years, and to TRACY D. ARNELL, M.D., assistant professor of surgery, for distinguished teaching in the clinical years.
The Leonard Tow Humanism in Medicine Award presented by the Arnold P. Gold Foundation was given to THOMAS P. JACOBS, M.D., professor of clinical medicine.

The Stevens Triennial Prize was presented to QAIS AL-AWQATI, M.D., CH.B., the Robert F. Loeb Professor of Medicine and professor of physiology and cellular biophysics.

The Dr. Harold and Golden Lamport Research Award in pre-clinical years was given to ASA ABELIOVICH, M.D., PH.D., assistant professor of neurology and of pathology. WILLIAM T. DAUER, M.D., assistant professor of neurology and of pharmacology, received the Dr. Harold and Golden Lamport Research Award in clinical years.

The Distinguished Teacher Award was given by the Class of 2005 posthumously to STEVEN Z. MILLER, M.D.

Student Awards and Prizes

Dr. Harry S. Altman Award (outstanding achievement in pediatric ambulatory care) MAJA T. CASTILLO

Alumni Association Award (outstanding service to P&S) CHRISTOPHER K. KEPLER

Virginia P. Apgar Award (excellence in anesthesiology) KARL ZHENG

Michael H. Aranow Memorial Prize (best exemplifying the caring and humane qualities of the practicing physician) STEFANI A. RUSSO

Herbert J. Bartelstone Award (exceptional accomplishments in pharmacology) ADAM C. REESE

Edward T. Bello, M.D., Listening Award (to a graduating student who best portrays the art of listening to patients, colleagues, and self in practicing the chosen field of medicine) MELISSA L. NAU

Robert G. Bertsch Prize (emulating Dr. Bertsch’s ideals of the humane surgeon) BENJAMIN WEI

Coakley Memorial Prize (outstanding achievement in otolaryngology) RICHARD W. LENO III

Titus Munson Coan Prize (best essay in biological sciences) EPHRAIM L. TSALIK

Thomas F. Cock Prize (excellence in obstetrics and gynecology) JULIANNA SCHANTZ-DUNN

Rosamond Kane Cummins’52 Award (graduate entering orthopedics with academic excellence, sensitivity, kindness, devotion to patients, and the fine human qualities she exemplified) ANDREA M. SESKO

Dean’s Award for Excellence in Research Graduate School of Arts and Sciences at the medical center: ROBERT J. JOHNSTON JR., ANATOLY NIKOLAEV, ALLAN MING-TAK WONG

Endocrine Society’s Medical Student Achievement Award MARIKO K. JOHNSON

Louis Gibofsky Memorial Prize MICHAEL E. SUGHRUE

Glasgow-Rubin Achievement Award (presented to the woman graduating first in her class) JESSICA L. FIORELLI

Glasgow-Rubin Achievement Awards (presented to women students graduating in the top 10 percent of their class) EVA J. EDELMAN, DEBRA L. GREEN, GINETTE A. HINDS, YO-EL JU, ABIGAIL R. PEASE, STEFANI A. RUSSO, ANDREA M. SESKO, HEIDI C. WERNER, JENNIFER Y. WO

Dr. Charles F. Hamilton Award (excellence in pulmonary diseases) EPHRAIM L. TSALIK

Janeway Prize (the highest achievement and abilities in the graduating class) JESSICA L. FIORELLI

Albert B. Knapp Scholarship (awarded at the conclusion of the third year to the medical student with highest scholarship in the first three years) JESSICA L. FIORELLI

John K. Lattimer Prize in Urology (outstanding essay in urology) ALANA M. MURPHY

Barbara Liskin Memorial Award in Psychiatry (empathy, scholarship, and excellence exhibited by Barbara Liskin) SARA A. NASH

Robert F. Loeb Award (excellence in clinical medicine) PAUL A. BASCIANO

F. Lowenfish Prize in Dermatology (creative research in dermatology) GARY S. CHUANG

Admiral David W. Lyon Award (outstanding academic achievement by a student serving in the armed forces of our country) THOMAS E. BOZZO

Alfred M. Markowitz Endowment for Scholars (exemplifying Dr. Markowitz’s dedication to patient care, teaching, and scholarship) STEPHANIE L. WETHINGTON

Leonard Marmor Surgical Arthritis Foundation Award (in recognition of outstanding academic achievements) ANGKANA ROY

Dr. Cecil G. Marquez, B.A.L.S.O. Student Award (outstanding contribution to the Black and Latino Student Organization and the minority community) GINETTE A. HINDS

Edith and Denton McKane Memorial Award (outstanding research in ophthalmology) JOSEPH J. TSENG

Medical Society of the State of New York Community Service Award ANDREA M. SESKO

Dr. Harold Lee Meierhof Memorial Prize (excellence in pathology) BENJAMIN WEI

Drs. William Nastuk, Beatrice Seegal, and Konrad Hsu Award (demonstrating successful laboratory collaboration between student and faculty) TIMOTHY W. VOGEL

Marie Nercessian Memorial Award (exhibiting care, unusual concern, and dedication to helping sick people) KHADY DIOUF

New York Orthopedic Hospital Award (outstanding performance in research and clinical work) LAN CHEN

Office of Student Affairs Outstanding Service to P&S Award (outstanding contribution to improving the quality of life of his or her peers while at P&S) MONJRI M. SHAH

Joseph Garrison Parker Award (exemplifying, through activities in art, music, literature, and the public interest, that living and learning go together) RANIA M. SHAMMAS

Samuel W. Rover and Lewis Rover Awards for outstanding achievement in:
Anatomy and Cell BiologyKAMMY LYNN FEHRENBACHER;
Biochemistry and Molecular BiophysicsROBERT J. JOHNSTON JR.;
Genetics and DevelopmentALLAN MING-TAK WONG

Dr. Robert A. Savitt and Dr. George H. McCormack Award (exemplifies Dr. George McCormack’s medical skill, consideration, understanding, and compassion) EVA J. EDELMAN

Rebecca A. Schwartz Memorial Prize (achievement in pediatric cardiology) STEPHANIE A. LEONARD

Helen M. Sciarra Prize in Neurology (outstanding achievement in neurology) HOOMAN KAMEL

Aura E. Severinghaus Scholar (superior academic achievement) JOSE M. ESQUILIN

Society for Academic Emergency Medicine Award (excellence in the specialty of emergency medicine) JONATHAN ST. GEORGE

Miriam Berkman Spotnitz Award (excellence in research of neoplastic diseases) GARY S. CHUANG

Student Interest Group in Neurology Prize S. MORGAN JEFFRIES

Leonard Tow Humanism in Medicine Award (excellence in science and compassion in patient care) EVA J. EDELMAN

William Perry Watson Prize in Pediatrics (excellence in pediatrics) HEIDI C. WERNER

Dr. William Raynor Watson Memorial Award (excellence in psychiatry throughout four years of medical school) OLIVER M. STROEH

Dr. Allen O. Whipple Memorial Prize (outstanding performance in surgery) AMIR F. AZARBAL

Sigmund L. Wilens Prize (excellence in pathology) MICHAEL P. WEISBERG

Founding Class of Garvey Academy Announced at Symposium
The first members of the Glenda Garvey Teaching Academy were announced at the Sept. 19 Thomas Q. Morris Symposium on Medical Education.
The academy is named for the late Glenda Garvey’69. Dr. Garvey taught students and residents in Medicine for 25 years before her death in 2004. The academy will be one of only a few teaching academies at academic medical centers in the United States and will be unique in including faculty from all medical center schools.
The initial class has 12 members — three faculty from each school. P&S members are Jonathan M. Barasch, associate professor of medicine and of anatomy and cell biology; Jay F. Lefkowitch, professor of clinical pathology; and Blair Ford, associate professor of clinical neurology. Members from SDOS: David A. Albert, associate professor of clinical dentistry; Vicky Evangelidis-Sakellson, associate professor of clinical dentistry; and John L. Zimmerman, associate professor of clinical dentistry and biomedical informatics. The School of Nursing is represented by Mary Woods Byrne, professor of clinical nursing; Anne Griswold Peirce, associate professor; and Jennifer Dohrn, assistant professor of clinical nursing. Members from the Mailman School of Public Health are Melissa D. Begg, professor of clinical biostatistics; Sharon Schwartz, associate professor of clinical epidemiology; and Michael S. Sparer, professor of health policy and management.
The goals of the academy are to develop new educational approaches to health-related education; introduce cross-cutting technologies to enhance learning; encourage "master teachers" to mentor junior faculty; and stimulate the creation of a new, multidisciplinary educational environment at the medical center.

Residency Match 2005


ANESTHESIOLOGY
Karl Hurst-Wicker Univ of Utah anesthesiology
Joseph Louca Columbia Univ Medical Center anesthesiology
Jeffrey Lu Cambridge Hospital, Mass.
Brigham & Women’s, Boston
transitional anesthesiology
Teeda Pinyavat St. Luke’s-Roosevelt
Columbia Univ Medical Center
medicine-prelim anesthesiology
Elizabeth Rickerson Beth Israel, New York
Brigham & Women’s, Boston
medicine-prelim anesthesiology
Karl Zheng Univ of Pittsburgh
Stanford Univ
medicine-prelim anesthesiology

DERMATOLOGY
Gary Chuang Mount Sinai/Cabrini
Boston Univ
medicine-prelim dermatology
Elizabeth Delshad UC Irvine dermatology
Ginette Hinds Pennsylvania Hospital
Yale-New Haven
medicine-prelim dermatology

EMERGENCY MEDICINE
Ethan Bodle St. Luke’s-Roosevelt
Meigra Chin NYU
Cappi La NYU
Richard Leno SUNY Stony Brook
Ian McClure Vanderbilt Univ
Omolara Oyedele George Washington Univ
Abigail Pease Alameda Co Med Ctr, Calif.
Jonathan St. George NYPH/Cornell
George Stapleton UMDNJ
Damain Vraniak Denver Health Med Ctr

FAMILY MEDICINE
Raquelle Headley Univ of Florida/Shands Hosp

INTERNAL MEDICINE
Paul Basciano NYPH/Cornell
Thomas Bozzo Univ of Washington
Pietro Canetta Columbia Univ Medical Center
John Cardasis NYU
Edward Cha Mount Sinai
Richard Cheng UCLA
Dana Critchell Thomas Jefferson Univ.
Jennifer Edelman Yale-New Haven
Charles Everett UC San Francisco
Morgan Grams Columbia Univ Medical Center
Robert Heyding NYU
John Jakob Case Western Univ, Cleveland
Rahul Jhaveri Beth Israel Deaconess, Boston
Mariko Johnson Barnes-Jewish Hosp, St. Louis
Brian Kim Beth Israel, New York
Michael Larsen Stanford Univ
Andrew Leventhal Brigham & Women’s, Boston
Adeyemi Ogunkoya Einstein/Montefiore
Stefani Russo Brigham & Women’s, Boston
Samir Shah Columbia Univ Medical Center
Rania Shammas Einstein/Montefiore
Peter Shin Columbia Univ Medical Center
Ephraim Tsalik Duke Univ
Elaine Wan Columbia Univ Medical Center
Jing Wa Wang NYU
Matthew Watson Cambridge Hospital, Mass.
Erika Yoo Columbia Univ Medical Center


NEUROLOGY
Josiah Ambrose Mount Sinai
UCSF
medicine-prelim neurology
HuiMahn Choi Columbia Univ Medical Center neurology
Debra Green Lenox Hill Hospital, NY
Columbia Univ Medical Center
medicine-prelim neurology
S. Morgan Jeffries St. Luke’s-Roosevelt
Columbia Univ Medical Center
medicine-prelim neurology
Yo-El Ju Washington Univ
Hooman Kamel UCSF
neurology neurology
Megan Patrick Lenox Hill Hospital, NY
Mount Sinai
medicine-prelim neurology
Gayle Rebovich Lahey Clinic, Boston
Tufts Univ
medicine-prelim neurology
Richard Sommerville Washington Univ neurology

NEUROSURGERY
Yi Lu Brigham & Women’s, Boston
Matthew Maserati Univ of Pittsburgh
Michael Sughrue UCSF
Timothy Vogel Univ of Iowa

OBSTETRICS/GYNECOLOGY
Khady Diouf Brigham & Women’s, Boston
Jessica Fiorelli Columbia Univ Medical Center
Sue Lee Univ of Washington
Taylor Pollock Barnes-Jewish Hosp, St. Louis
Julianna Schantz-Dunn Brigham & Women’s, Boston
Divya Shah Univ of Michigan, Ann Arbor
Monjri Shah Columbia Univ Medical Center
Karen Tang Beth Israel Deaconess, Boston
Anne Rogness Van Arsdale, Einstein/Montefiore
Stephanie Wethington Univ of Pittsburgh

OPHTHALMOLOGY
Benjamin Dastrup St. Vincent Hosp, Indiana
Univ of Indiana
medicine-prelim ophthalmology
John Hwang St. Vincent’s, NY ophthalmology
Anup Kubal St Luke’s-Roosevelt Johns Hopkins medicine-prelim ophthalmology
Christopher Rodarte Oakwood Hospital, Michigan
Univ of Michigan
transitional ophthalmology
Nehemiah Spencer Stamford Hosp/Columbia
Nassau Medical Center
medicine-prelim ophthalmology
Joseph Tseng Lenox Hill Hospital, NY
Columbia Univ Medical Center
medicine-prelim ophthalmology
Michael Weisberg St Luke’s-Roosevelt
Columbia Univ Medical Center
medicine-prelim ophthalmology
Erynn Bo Yang Mount Auburn Hospital, Mass.
Univ of Iowa
medicine-prelim ophthalmology

ORTHOPEDIC SURGERY
Lan Chen Columbia Univ Medical Center
Franklin Choun Univ of Pittsburgh
Scott Crow UCLA
Jason Doppelt George Washington Univ
Gregory Galano Columbia Univ Medical Center
Christopher Kepler Hosp For Special Surg, NY
Jennifer Laine UCSF
Andrea Sesko Massachusetts General
Apurva Shah Univ of Michigan, Ann Arbor
Antoinette Wong USC

PEDIATRICS
Amy Cram Mount Sinai
Olatunbosun Aganga Columbia Univ Medical Center
Maja Castillo Columbia Univ Medical Center
Jose Esquilin Yale-New Haven
Cristina Farrell Einstein/Montefiore
Karen Hardy Einstein/Jacobi
Stephanie Leonard Columbia Univ Medical Center
Nickie Niforatos Childrens Natl Med Ctr-DC
Saurabh Patel UCLA
Paul Planet Columbia Univ Medical Center
Elana Poulter Northwestern Univ/McGaw
Angkana Roy Columbia Univ Medical Center
Sarah Shrager Columbia Univ Medical Center
Liat Simkhay Stanford Univ
Kavita Swaroop Northwestern Univ/McGaw
Sheree-Monique Watson Children’s Hospital, Boston
Heidi Werner Children’s Hosp, Philadelphia

PSYCHIATRY
Marisa Perez-Reisler NYPH/Cornell/Payne Whitney
Christopher Daley UCSF
Joanna Fried NYU
Elizabeth Harre Columbia Univ Medical Center
Sara Nash Columbia Univ Medical Center
Melissa Nau UCSF
Alexandra Spessot Duke Univ
Shefali Srivastava Stanford Univ
Tara Straka NYU
Oliver Stroeh Columbia Univ Medical Center
Gregory Weiss Duke Univ

RADIATION ONCOLOGY
Jennifer Wo Mount Auburn Hospital, Mass.
Brigham & Women’s, Boston
medicine-prelim radiation oncology
Daniel Chamberlain Mayo Graduate SOM, Ariz.
Yale-New Haven
transitional radiation oncology
Trang La Santa Clara Valley MC-CA
Stanford Univ
transitional radiation oncology
Christopher Lominska St Luke’s-Roosevelt Georgetown Univ medicine-prelim radiation oncology

RADIATION ONCOLOGY
Johnson Chen NYU Downtown Hospital
NYPH/Cornell
medicine-prelim radiology
David Kho Maimonides Medical Center
Winthrop U Hospital - NY
transitional radiology
Jennifer Koo Santa Clara Valley Medical Center
UCLA
transitional radiology

SURGERY
Chang Han Columbia Univ Medical Center surgery general
Angelo Ostuni Columbia Univ Medical Center surgery general
Amir Azarbal Oregon Health & Science Univ surgery general
Benjamin Wei Columbia Univ Medical Center surgery general
Hani Sbitany Univ of Rochester/Strong Memorial plastic surgery

UROLOGY
Patrick Kenney Lahey Clinic, Boston
Alana Murphy Columbia Univ Medical Center
Stephen Poon Columbia Univ Medical Center
Adam Reese UCSF

The Class of 2005:
One Perspective


Josh Bazell
At Class Day 2005, Josh Bazell, who entered P&S in 2001 with most of the Class of 2005, presented the class history. His history of the class of which he is no longer a part — he took a year off to conduct research — will long be remembered by his former classmates. A condensed version of his remarks is printed here.

BY JOSH BAZELL
MEDICAL EDUCATION AT COLUMBIA IS INTENSE RIGHT FROM THE beginning. You come to Washington Heights and are immersed in a community that seems foreign and at times even hostile. Eventually you and the dental students get along just fine, but at the beginning they can seem strange.
Second year of medical school is memorable for a lecture they give on how they choose which patients get heart transplants. They put a number of cases up on a board. There's a nun, a child prodigy, an ambulance driver, and so forth. But the person who ends up winning is a British man who deposits $250,000 into a Columbia escrow account and flies over on his own jet. (I'm not making this up, by the way.) It's an amazing moment, since if you listen you can hear the number of your classmates who are planning to go into primary care plummeting.
Third year is something entirely different, though, because people who know you suddenly decide that you are a real doctor, and that they want to ask you a lot of embarrassing medical questions. And you decide that you want to hear those questions, and maybe even answer them. Usually your Hippocratic oath pulls you through, though, and you end up saying, "Look, you're the attending. Maybe you should decide what we're doing with this patient."
Fourth year of medical school is where you start to appreciate some of the things Columbia gives you that no other place does. Such as "Robbery Reports." Here's one from last summer:

Robbery Report — At 2:30 a.m. on Saturday, Aug. 13, a student was walking near the Health Sciences campus when she was approached by an organization calling itself the National Board of Medical Examiners. This organization demanded $1,000 for the student to beta-test its clinical skills exam, and did not even offer to grade it. The student became suspicious when she remembered that Columbia had charged her $500 to take the same test three months earlier.
If you can laugh at that, you laugh at the fact that the amount of money it now takes to send 150 people through four years of medical school is almost enough to buy a one-bedroom south of 140th Street.
And here you are today, ready to leave a life of taking constant unnecessary tests and to enter a new life of ordering constant unnecessary tests. You may wonder whether you have what it takes — whether you're really different than the person who got here four years ago. Is it just that your white coat is longer, or are you actually getting shorter?
Of course the experience of Columbia in general and the experience of the Class of 2005 are quite different. This is because the Class of 2005 has withstood a number of tragedies that we really do hope is unique. We began our first year with 9-11 and ended it with the loss of a child of one of our favorite professors. At the end of our second year, we lost one of our own, David Huang, who on top of everything else was one of the best of us. A year later we lost two teachers, Glenda Garvey and Steve Miller, who were mentors and friends to many of us and also were true pillars of the Columbia community. Steve, I know, left us just when we owed him the most. But not before he had a chance to teach us what he would have liked us to do in return. Which is to become the best people we possibly can and, in doing so, reflect honor on the greatest profession the human race has invented.
Speaking for myself, I will do everything possible to avoid being hospitalized in the next six months. But what I would like to say to you, the Class of 2005, is this: When your attendings tell you that the days of the giants are over, just because you no longer have to work a 400-hour shift before you can drink five martinis and drive to the golf course, in your Cadillac that has no seatbelts, remember what Dave, and Steve, and Glenda thought of you, and realize: the days of the giants are just beginning.


Gerald Fischbach
Gerald Fischbach
Dean Fischbach
Announces
Plans to Leave
Post in 2006

THE FISCHBACH ERA AT P&S WILL BE BEST REMEMBERED FOR its creation of a visionary framework that will help students, clinicians, scientists, and alumni solidify the leadership role of the school. The vision is just one component of a comprehensive long-range strategic plan that Gerald D. Fischbach, M.D., oversaw during his nearly five years as executive vice president for Columbia University Medical Center and dean of the Faculty of Medicine.
Dr. Fischbach announced his plans in June to leave the position when a successor is named, but no later than June 2006. "I want to spend more time thinking and writing about neuroscience, and I want to devote more time to my own research," he wrote in an e-mail to medical center faculty, staff, and students.
Dr. Fischbach's legacy to the medical center and P&S will be defined by the strategic plan that was developed by hundreds of faculty, staff, and students during months of meetings, discussions, and focus group research. The plan, developed during a process launched shortly after Dr. Fischbach joined Columbia, was completed between June 2001 and November 2002. It created a framework for ensuring that the core academic medical center missions of education, research, and patient care are maintained and strengthened through planned growth. The plan also documented areas of strength on which the medical center can build.
The plan identified priorities essential to keeping P&S and other medical center schools at the forefront of their disciplines during the next generation. The priorities have become a guidebook for the $1 billion capital campaign, which will be publicly launched in 2006.
Among other initiatives that began under Dr. Fischbach are a stem cell consortium, plans for a Neuroscience Institute, and the opening of the new Irving Cancer Research Center to strengthen cancer research and treatment. All have potential to grow in significance and influence during the next decade.
Dr. Fischbach also will be credited with recruiting some of the nation's premier physician/scientists for greater emphasis on translational medicine and also for identifying new leadership for departments and centers vital to continued success of the medical center. His outspoken advocacy for stem cell research raised national awareness of the issue while also raising awareness of Columbia's prominence in neuroscience.
Dr. Fischbach identified the remaining challenges for his term as helping to achieve a needed restructuring of the P&S faculty practice organization, developing plans and funding for a new ambulatory care/education center (crucial for both the faculty practice organization and for medical education), continuing to work on financial restructuring, and undertaking a curriculum review that will enrich and enhance a P&S medical degree.
A graduate of Cornell's medical school, Dr. Fischbach has spent his career as a neuroscientist and administrator, continuing to conduct research while holding administrative positions. He started his career as a researcher at the NIH, then became a faculty member and department chair at Harvard and at Washington University in St. Louis. He returned to the NIH as director of the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke before being appointed to his post at Columbia in February 2001.
"I am proud of our collective accomplishments over the past four and a half years. My purpose here is not to dwell on the past, but to emphasize how much we can accomplish," Dr. Fischbach wrote in his e-mail. "This is a time to be bold rather than retiring. I know that we share the same goals. I need your help to build on our successes and to bring Columbia University Medical Center to the highest level of excellence in the land."
In a letter to alumni, he added, "With much emotion I recall presiding in 2003 over our 75th anniversary as an academic medical center. With your continued support, we will remain the epitome of the great American academic medical center."
Dr. Fischbach plans to work in some capacity with neuroscience initiatives at Columbia after he steps down as EVP and dean.
Columbia President Lee Bollinger has named a search committee to identify three potential candidates to succeed Dr. Fischbach as executive vice president and dean. The search committee includes faculty members from the four CUMC schools, faculty and administrators from Morningside, hospital representatives, and alumni. President Bollinger will chair the committee, which began meeting in late July.
Members of the search committee are David A. Brenner, M.D., chairman of medicine; Alan Brinkley, Columbia provost; Mary E. D'Alton, M.D., chairwoman of obstetrics and gynecology; Richard Daines, M.D., president and CEO, St. Luke's-Roosevelt Hospital Center; Kenneth A. Forde, M.D., the Jose M. Ferrer Professor of Clinical Surgery and P&S alumnus; Sherry A. Glied, Ph.D., chairwoman, Mailman School of Public Health's Department of Health Policy & Management; David I. Hirsh, Ph.D., Columbia executive vice president for research (and former interim dean for research at CUMC and former chairman of biochemistry and molecular biophysics at P&S).
Thomas M. Jessell, Ph.D., professor of biochemistry and molecular biophysics; Robert S. Kass, Ph.D., chairman of pharmacology; Ira B. Lamster, D.D.S., M.M.S.C., dean of the School of Dental and Oral Surgery; Andrew R. Marks, M.D., chairman of physiology and cellular biophysics; John M. Palmer, Ph.D., executive director of Harlem Hospital; Herbert Pardes, M.D., president and CEO, New York-Presbyterian Hospital (and Dr. Fischbach's predecessor in the EVP and dean post); Anne G. Peirce, Ph.D., associate professor of clinical nursing and associate dean of the School of Nursing; Adler J. Perotte, P&S student.
Carol Lisa Prives, Ph.D., the Da Costa Professor of Biology at Columbia; Allan Schwartz, M.D., head of the cardiology division in the Department of Medicine; Horst Stormer, Ph.D., professor of physics at Columbia; and P. Roy Vagelos, M.D., retired chairman and CEO of Merck & Co., chairman of the CUMC Board of Visitors, and a P&S graduate.


P&S Names
New Deans for
Education, Student
Affairs, Research,
Clinical Affairs

GERALD D. FISCHBACH, EXECUTIVE VICE PRESIDENT AND DEAN, named two faculty members to positions that have impact on current and future P&S students. He also named two faculty members for administrative positions that support research and clinical programs.
He appointed LISA A. MELLMAN, M.D., as Senior Associate Dean for Students, to succeed Linda Lewis,
who spent 26 years in the position. Dr. Mellman will maintain programs that support students during their time at P&S, including academic records, student support services, student health plans, the P&S Club, residency match, and the advisory deans program.
Dr. Mellman, clinical professor of psychiatry, was in the first group of Advisory Deans, five P&S faculty members who serve as primary career counselors and mentors to approximately 120 P&S students each year.
Dr. Fischbach appointed RONALD E. DRUSIN, M.D., a 1966 P&S graduate, as interim senior associate dean for education while a search is conducted. A member of the faculty since 1973, he co-directed a major P&S curriculum review and revision in the early 1990s.
Dr. Drusin, professor of clinical medicine and attending physician in the Department of Medicine's cardiology division, will be responsible for curriculum evaluation and development, education infrastructure, development of clear standards for evaluating student education, coordination and integration within CUMC and Columbia University, and department reviews.
Another P&S graduate, STEVEN SHEA, M.D., has been appointed senior associate dean for clinical affairs. Dr. Shea, a 1979 graduate of P&S, is the Hamilton Southworth Professor of Medicine. At the Mailman School of Public Health, he is professor of epidemiology (in biomedical informatics).
As senior associate dean for clinical affairs, Dr. Shea will coordinate hospital affiliations, the interface with New York-Presbyterian Hospital, faculty practice functions, managed care, clinical research, and issues pertaining to the IRB, compliance, billing, and quality and safety.
MARIAN CARLSON, Ph.D., was appointed senior associate dean for research. She is professor of genetics & development and of microbiology.
Her experience in improving the lives of the University's scientists and strengthening research departments as a member of important University committees will help her promote new collaborations and multicomponent project grants across the medical center and with the Morningside campus. She will evaluate use of research space to recommend changes and help evaluate core resources to recommend expansion or new configurations to strengthen research programs.



STANDING FROM LEFT: Saadi Ghatan, Donald Quest, Chris Mandigo, Ty Olson, Sean Lavine, Richard Anderson, William Mack, Allen Waziri, Guy McKhann, Jeffrey Bruce, J Mocco, Robert Goodman, Chris Winfree, Sander Connolly, and Robert Solomon. Front row from left: Patrick Senatus, Todd Hankinson, Rick Komotar, Michael Kaiser, Alfred Ogden, Anthony D’Ambrosio, and Michael Sisti.
Going to Bat for
Brain Research

BY RICARDO RIOS
BEATING SOFTBALL TEAMS FROM SEVEN OF THE NATION'S TOP medical centers gave Columbia's Department of Neurological Surgery a great sense of pride. And the Columbia team's elation was only heightened when, in addition to beating Cornell's team 9 to 2 in the final game, Columbia raised nearly $70,000 for pediatric brain research.
It all started in the summer of 2004 when softball teams from Columbia, Mount Sinai, NYU, and Cornell joined under the hot New York sun in the spirit of friendly competition. Their simple goal was to inspire camaraderie among colleagues. The get-together offered an opportunity for attendings, residents, and interns to bond on a topic other than their love for medicine. The easy-going event was a success because the choice of softball gave them an opportunity to include men and women of all ages.
For the P&S Department of Neurological Surgery, it was a no-brainer that they would have to repeat the adrenaline-filled event in the summer of 2005. However, to increase the competition, the doctors called friends and colleagues at several hospitals in the Northeast. Their efforts succeeded in adding four more medical center teams to the tournament's roster: Harvard, Yale, Johns Hopkins, and Albert Einstein. With eight teams signed up to play, Ricardo J. Komotar, M.D., a third-year resident in neurosurgery, and his colleagues saw great potential in the event. Earning bragging rights wasn't enough so, in true Columbia fashion, the doctors turned the originally social event into a charity function that could potentially save the lives of hundreds of children. They chose as their cause the Columbia University Pediatric Brain Tumor Research Fund, which grew out of Dr. Komotar's commitment to increasing the understanding and treatment of brain tumors in children. The fund will support a full-time postdoctoral fellow in neurosurgery who is committed to state-of-the-art investigations pertaining to the neurobiology, pathophysiology, and epidemiology of children's brain tumors.
Having a solidified cause, the next step was for Dr. Komotar to find sponsors. And, as any other true baseball fan would have done, Dr. Komotar called the New York Yankees with hopes that the team would serve as sponsors for the tournament. After having his phone call to Yankee Stadium transferred many times, Dr. Komotar reached the secretary of George Steinbrenner. After Dr. Komotar described the event, Mr. Steinbrenner's secretary replied, "Mr. Steinbrenner loves children!" And that same day, the New York Yankees became official sponsors of the J. Lawrence Pool 2005 Annual Neurosurgery Charity Softball Tournament. The tournament is named after the late Dr. Pool, a pioneer in the research and treatment of cerebral aneurysms and chairman of neurosurgery at P&S for many years.
Dr. Komotar and his colleagues envision extending their bragging rights outside of the Northeast. Next summer they hope to invite teams from medical centers around the nation in hopes of having more fun and raising more money. More information is available at www.kidsbrainresearch.org.


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