Lee Goldman, M.D., Dean
Dear P&S Readers,

In this issue you will find a summary of a State of the School report I gave to faculty and other audiences in June as I neared my one-year anniversary as dean. The presentation outlined our model for increasing our research funding and growing strategically so we will be in a good position when NIH funding, which has leveled off, shows signs of recovery. Although we have done well in New York City, where all medical schools are challenged by space restrictions, we want to improve our standing among our national peers.
     Key to our growth and our success is philanthropy, and our gains in fundraising through your support and the support of others are making a difference. Our priority is to improve our endowment so that all tenured faculty will have endowed chairs. This strategy also will enable us to aggregate additional talent to improve clinical care, education, and research.
     Your gifts support innovation in education, research, and clinical care. One example you will see in this issue is the hypothermia treatment practiced and promoted by neurologist Stephan Mayer as a new standard of care for cardiac arrest. He, like so many others at P&S, understands that a medical school and teaching hospital have a responsibility to innovate, incubate, and advocate for improvement in patient care. His work shows why a patient can find no better place than an academic medical center to benefit from all that medicine has to offer. Combined with other patient care advances at our medical center — from innovations in laparoscopic surgery to robotics-assisted heart surgery — Dr. Mayer’s work underscores the growing realization that all we do and all we aspire to do is limited only by our imagination.

With best wishes,

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Lee Goldman, M.D., Dean
lgoldman@columbia.edu



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