Reviewing a Year of Progress: P&S 2006-2007
 Commencement 2007
 AOA, Gold Society
 P&S Graduates First SMDEP Alum
 New Garvey Fellows Tapped, Grant Recipients Named
 George Hripcsak: New Chairman of Biomedical Informatics

Reviewing a Year of Progress: P&S 2006-2007

P&S Facade
AT HIS FIRST STATE OF THE SCHOOL PRESENTATION IN JUNE 2007, P&S Dean Lee Goldman described the current status of P&S by recognizing faculty recruitments, saluting faculty and student successes, and acknowledging ongoing challenges.
      Dr. Goldman highlighted recruitment of 15 new senior faculty in clinical and basic science departments, helping to offset the departure of two chairs who became deans of medical schools in Arizona (Ted Shortliffe) and California (David Brenner). “We are an importer of talent and will continue to aggregate talent to achieve our goals,” Dr. Goldman said.

“By any metric, our students are stellar,” Dr. Goldman said. Efforts to improve the experience for medical students include proposed curriculum reform to enable medical students to begin clinical education within 15 months of starting medical school. P&S plans to renovate the lower two levels of the Hammer building to make new education space in the short term and then to construct a new education building to provide new space in the long term. A percentage of tuition will be set aside for teaching and leadership of medical school courses. “We are sending a message that we take teaching seriously.”
      The endowment for scholarships and loans has grown from $70.35 million in 2003 to $129.98 million this year. “To be a tuition-free medical school, we would need a $500 million endowment.”
      The high MCAT scores of students (second highest in the country), high selectivity scores (third in the United States), strong diversity numbers (the 20 percent enrollment of underrepresented minorities puts P&S third among leading medical schools), and steady increases in female students (now about half) show that P&S continues to attract, accept, and enroll the nation’s best medical students.

Clinical Practice
The Faculty Practice Organization with new leadership (Dick Levine as president and Michael Duncan as CEO) is pursuing an agenda of improvements that include revenue gains (this year’s revenues exceeded last year’s revenues by $27 million and surpassed the budget by more than $10 million); an electronic medical record to improve quality, enhance risk management, improve collections, and document compliance; new grievance procedures; and creation of a primary care task force.
      The FPO reorganization has started to yield results. The collection rate is faster (75 days vs. 90 days last year), and outsourcing some payment functions has saved more than $1 million in expenses while improving security.
      “Clinical care is the cornerstone of our medical school, and we are proud of the recognition our clinicians — and New York-Presbyterian — have received as leaders in their fields.” The hospital is ranked No. 6 in the nation. Among a listing of New York City’s top doctors, Columbia has more MDs than any other institution. NYPH physicians (Columbia and Cornell faculty) are ranked in several categories: No. 1 in Alzheimer’s, cardiac care, heart surgery, neurology, ob/gyn, Parkinson’s, pediatrics, and psychiatry; No. 2 in cancer, gastrointestinal medicine, and emergency medicine; and No. 3 in otolaryngology. Columbia physicians are ranked No. 1 in stroke and No. 2 in hip replacement and prostate cancer.

      NIH funding has increased from just under $50 million in 1980 to nearly $270 million in 2006. The research ranking has fluctuated over those 26 years but has improved steadily in recent years, and P&S generally received about 1 percent of the total NIH budget. Fluctuations have run parallel with research space. After the Russ Berrie Medical Science Pavilion was built in Audubon Research Park, NIH funding increased in the 1990s. Likewise, funding increased after the Irving Cancer Research Center was occupied in 2004.
      Despite growing competition for NIH funding dollars, Columbia leads the way among New York City researchers. With $291 million, Columbia ranks No. 1 with 17 researchers among the top 50 recipients of NIH funding. The New York State Psychiatric Institute, with $51 million in NIH funds, is ranked No. 9 in the city. Mount Sinai with FALL 2007 P&S 3 $169 million is the second highest recipient of NIH funding in the city.
      “We are a leader across a broad spectrum of research areas — a testament to our expertise in virtually every discipline.”
      P&S has added a new department (neuroscience), a new center (human genetics), and new initiatives (in transplantation, for example) to strengthen its research capacity. “Investments in core facilities will help P&S to compete better for research dollars awarded for big science. We also will embrace a culture that recognizes first-class desktop research.”

Several years of rising debt service costs, declining patent revenue, and affiliation deficits left P&S with budget shortfalls that will require three years to balance, Dr. Goldman reported. Many other factors were responsible for the budget challenges, but strategies have been put in place to resolve deficits and build endowments. “By Fiscal 2009,” he said, “the budget should be able to fund strategic investments, provide a safety net for critical programs and services, and ensure overall success for the school.
      “Balancing a budget is always difficult,” Dr. Goldman said, “but we are all in this together and we will ensure success by aligning individual and shared expectations.”

Measuring Success
P&S ranked No. 10 in the most recent U.S. News & World Report ranking of research-oriented medical schools. Nine P&S doctoral programs were rated in the top 10 in a new scale reported by the Chronicle of Higher Education (anatomy and nutrition, No. 1; pharmacology, No. 2; pathology, No. 3; molecular biology, No. 5; biochemistry, No. 8; developmental biology and physiology, No. 8; and cell biology, No. 10).
      The number of faculty named to prestigious organizations is another measure of success. P&S has 45 members of the Institute of Medicine, 67 American Society for Clinical Investigation members, 24 American Academy of Arts and Sciences members, 19 fellows of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, 12 members of the National Academy of Sciences, two recipients of neurology’s highest award (the Potamkin Prize), and two current Nobel laureates. “I labeled this slide The Extraordinary is our Usual because these numbers remind us that our school is the home of extraordinary researchers and clinicians.”

Goals for the Future
“As I complete my first year as dean of P&S, I am amazed and humbled by the number of faculty who ask me what they can do to help me — to help us plan for our future. Here’s what I tell them: Do what you do as well as possible. Look for collaborations, partnerships, opportunities for teamwork. Be aware of expenses as well as revenues. Most importantly, keep the faith.”
      In return, Dr. Goldman said, “I will help faculty make honest, courageous decisions. Fiscal 2008 will be a transition year as departments, centers, and institutes prepare for fiscal 2009. Working together, we will make changes in space, staffing, and finances.
      “Our three-year financial recovery is linked to programmatic growth as well as expense control. Instead of being in a contracting mode, we are in a strategic growth mode. We know better times are ahead. It has been a challenging year for all of us, and it is a privilege for me to be here as dean.”
In closing, Dr. Goldman reiterated a goal he has repeated on several occasions since starting the job as dean of P&S in July 2006: “We will be indisputably in the top 5 and arguably the best!”

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Commencement 2007
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Faculty Awards
P&S Distinguished Service Awards were presented to VIRGINIA M. TENNYSON, PH.D., professor emeritus of anatomy, for pre-clinical years, and JOHN LOEB, M.D., professor emeritus of medicine, for clinical years.

Charles W. Bohmfalk Awards were presented to DELPHINE TAYLOR, M.D., assistant professor of clinical medicine, for pre-clinical years, and RITA CHARON, M.D., PH.D., professor of clinical medicine, for clinical years.

The Leonard Tow Humanism in Medicine Award presented by the Arnold P. Gold Foundation was given to SPENCER AMORY, M.D., clinical professor of surgery.

The Dr. Harold and Golden Lamport Research Award in basic sciences was given to LAURA JOHNSTON, PH.D., assistant professor of genetics & development. MILAN N. STOJANOVIC, PH.D., assistant professor of medical science, received the Dr. Harold and Golden Lamport Research Award in clinical sciences.

The Distinguished Teacher Award was given by the Class of 2007 to JAY H. LEFKOWITCH, M.D., professor of clinical pathology.
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Student Awards and Prizes
AAN Medical Student Prize for Excellence in Neurology AARON S. LORD

Dr. Harry S. Altman Award (outstanding achievement in pediatric ambulatory care) CHRISTINA E. LINDGREN

Alumni Association Award (outstanding service to P&S) JONATHAN M. AMIEL, CATHERINE M. DISIPIO

Virginia P. Apgar Award (excellence in anesthesiology) SO YOUNG KIM

Michael H. Aranow Memorial Prize (best exemplifying the caring and humane qualities of the practicing physician) CHRISTINA E. LINDGREN

Herbert J. Bartelstone Award (exceptional accomplishments in pharmacology) LISA F. SCHNEIDER

Behrenes Memorial Prize in Ophthalmology (outstanding graduate entering ophthalmology) MATTHEW M. WESSEL

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) CHRISTINA E. LINDGREN

Robert G. Bertsch Prize (emulating Dr. Bertsch’s ideals of the humane surgeon) ERIC C. SORENSON

Coakley Memorial Prize (outstanding achievement in otolaryngology) SARAL MEHRA

Titus Munson Coan Prize (best essay in biological sciences) ADAM G. REGELMANN, STUART P. WEISBERG

Thomas F. Cock Prize (excellence in obstetrics and gynecology) CAROLINE E. DREWES

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

Dean’s Award for Excellence in Research Graduate School of Arts and Sciences at the medical center JOSHUA T. DUDMAN, LAO H. SAAL

The Endocrine Society’s Medical Student Achievement Award ILANA B. KATZ

Glasgow-Rubin Achievement Award (presented to the woman graduating first in her class) SO YOUNG KIM


Dr. Charles F. Hamilton Award (excellence in pulmonary disease) CRISTINA E. BRICKMAN

Izard Prize for Research in Electrophysiology BRENDAN J. KELLY

Janeway Prize (the highest achievement and abilities in the graduating class) SO YOUNG KIM

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

John K. Lattimer Prize in Urology (outstanding essay in urology) GINA M. BADALATO

Samuel and Beatrice Leib Memorial Prize in Ophthalmology (outstanding graduating student entering the field of ophthalmology) VINOD B. VOLETI

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

Robert F. Loeb Award (excellence in clinical medicine) SARA AULD

F. Lowenfish Prize in Dermatology (creative research in dermatology) ALEXIS YOUNG

Alfred M. Markowitz Endowment for Scholars (exemplifying Dr. Markowitz’s dedication to patient care, teaching, and scholarship) LISA F. SCHNEIDER

Leonard Marmor Surgical Arthritis Foundation Award (in recognition of outstanding academic achievements) DAVID J. FUSCO

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

Edith and Denton McKane Memorial Award (outstanding research in ophthalmology) DANIEL W. HWANG

Medical Society of the State of New York Community Service Award WHITNEY K. BRYANT, MARY P. MERCER

Dr. Harold Lee Meierhof Memorial Prize (outstanding achievement in pathology) HOLLY L. GRAVES

Drs. William Nastuk, Beatrice Seegal, and Konrad Hsu Award (demonstrating successful laboratory collaboration between student and faculty) LUCAS W. CAMPOS, GRACE C. LIU

Marie Nercessian Memorial Award (exhibiting care, unusual concern, and dedication to helping sick people) JUDY S. CHERTOK, MICHAEL L. O’BYRNE

New York Orthopedic Hospital Award (outstanding performance in research and clinical work) DAVID W. WING

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) JONATHAN M. AMIEL

Outstanding Student in Family Medicine (for the student who demonstrates academic achievement in family medicine, has shown initiative in community health service, and has an understanding of and commitment to the principles of family medicine) JUDY S. CHERTOK

Donald M. Palatucci Price (awarded to a student in the fall of his or her fourth year who is in the upper one-third of the class and whose interactions with patients reflect kindness, humor, compassion, candor, and zest for life, showing through activities in art, music, and literature that living and learning go together) FERNANDA B. MUSA

Joseph Garrison Parker Award (exemplifying, through activities in art, music, literature, and the public interest, that living and learning go together) SO YOUNG KIM

Samuel W. Rover and Lewis Rover Awards for outstanding achievement in:
  Anatomy and Cell Biology YING-JIUN CHEN
  Biochemistry and Molecular Biophysics CINQUE S. SOTO
  Genetics and Development HISHAM BAZZI

Drs. Robert A. Savitt and George H. McCormack Award (exemplifies Dr. McCormack’s medical skill, consideration, understanding, and compassion) CRISTINA E. BRICKMAN

Rebecca A. Schwartz Memorial Prize (achievement in pediatric cardiology) MICHAEL L. O’BYRNE

Helen M. Sciarra Prize in Neurology (outstanding achievement in neurology) ILANA B. KATZ

Aura E. Severinghaus Scholar (superior academic achievement) ANJAIL Z. SHARRIEF

Society for Academic Emergency Medicine Award (excellence in the specialty of emergency medicine) DAVID R. ANTHONY

Miriam Berkman Spotnitz Award (excellence in research of neoplastic diseases) KATHARINE M. CRONK

Leonard Tow Humanism in Medicine Award (excellence in science and compassion in patient care) JONATHAN M. AMIEL, JUDY S. CHERTOK

William Perry Watson Prize in Pediatrics (excellence in pediatrics) GRACE S. SO

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

Dr. Allen O. Whipple Memorial Prize (outstanding performance in surgery) HOLLY L. GRAVES

Sigmund L. Wilens Prize (excellence in pathology) BRAD E. ZACHARIA

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AOA, Gold Society
Several members of the Class of 2007 were tapped for induction into Alpha Omega Alpha, the national
honor society for medicine, and the Gold Humanism Honor Society, a Gold Foundation-sponsored initiative
to elevate humanism and professionalism within the medical field.

New AOA members:
Jonathan M. Amiel, Sara C. Auld, Cristina E. Brickman, Whitney K. Bryant, Judy S. Chertok, David J. Fusco,
Vinai Gondi, Holly L. Graves, Rachael D. Hartman, Austin G. Hayes, Zachary L. Hickman, Ilana B. Katz,
So Young Kim, Michael Lyon Loftus, Aaron S. Lord, Mark A. Mahan, Fernanda B.P. Musa, Adam G. Regelmann,
Matthew J. Salzler, Lisa F. Schneider, Anjail Z. Sharrief, Grace S. So, Alexis L. Young, and Brad E. Zacharia

New Gold Society members:
Jonathan M. Amiel, Gina M. Badalato, Judy S. Chertok, Chadi S. Cortas, Tresha A. Edwards, Jennifer L. Grossman,
Robert W. Hallowell, Ilana B. Katz, Brendan J. Kelly, So Young Kim, Christina E. Lindgren, Pamela A. Mazzeo,
Saral Mehra, Mary P. Mercer, Kate W. Nellans, Michael L. O’Byrne, Phillip M. Pierorazio, Lisa F. Schneider,
Anjail Z. Sharrief, Grace S. So, Melissa M. Tavarez, Claudia C. Tolentino, and Athina Vassilakis
P&S Graduates First SMDEP Alum

Nadia Goodwin
Nadia Goodwin’07

The Class of 2007 commencement marked a milestone for the P&S Office of Diversity. Since 2001, the office has hosted a summer program to give minority college students a taste of med student life and to lay a foundation of knowledge and experience for their entrance into medical school. In May 2007, one participant received an M.D. degree from P&S. Two other participants are currently enrolled.
     Nadia Goodwin’07, a Brooklyn native, has started a residency in pediatrics at Einstein/Montefiore Medical Center in the Bronx. Dr. Goodwin participated in the summer program’s first year, in 2001, while a student at Morgan State University. Two other Summer Medical and Dental Education Program participants currently enrolled at P&S are Philip Effraim, an M.D./Ph.D. student, and Marcel Green, a member of the Class of 2008.
     SMDEP is funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. P&S is one of 12 medical schools that host the program, which started as the Minority Medical Education Program but has since added dental students. The program currently offers spaces for 60 students in the pre-medical program and 20 for the pre-dental program. More than 500 applications were received for the 80 spots in the summer 2007 program, says Richele Jordan-Davis, assistant dean, Office of Diversity, and the number of applications has reached as high as 1,200 some years. More than 200 alumni of the P&S SMDEP are enrolled in medical schools across the nation.
     SMDEP classes are intended to acquaint students with a medical school environment and curriculum. “Everyone is very enthusiastic about med school,” said Emily Kadar’10, one of the P&S students who served as resident advisers and classroom preceptors in the program this year. “I think the program reinforces their interests and makes medicine a concrete career goal.”
     In addition to shadowing physicians and observing procedures, SMDEP students learn strategies to help them with their basic science college classes. They also participate in clinical rotations and hear lectures by faculty on topics in anatomy, physiology, genetics, and more.
     The program helps to make students underrepresented in the field of medicine comfortable with the opportunities available for them to pursue their aspirations. “It’s a tremendous confidence boost,” says Ms. Jordan-Davis. “The program is designed to be challenging and eye opening.”

New Garvey Fellows Tapped, Grant Recipients Named

Eight Glenda Garvey Teaching Academy fellows were named this year to join the 12 founding fellows named in 2005. Two fellows were chosen from each school:
P&S: Marc L. Dickstein, M.D., associate professor of clinical anesthesiology, and Martin V. Pusic, M.D., assistant clinical professor of pediatrics
College of Dental Medicine: James Fine, D.D.S., associate professor of clinical dentistry, and Michael S. Yuan, D.D.S., Ph.D., assistant professor of clinical dentistry
School of Nursing: Leanne M. Currie, R.N., DNSc, assistant professor, and Arlene Smaldone, DNSc, CPNP, CDE, assistant professor
Mailman School of Public Health: Linda F. Cushman, Ph.D., associate clinical professor of population and family health, and Roger D. Vaughan, Dr.PH., associate clinical professor of biostatistics
The academy is named for the late Glenda Garvey’69, who taught students and residents in the Department of Medicine for 25 years before her death in 2004. The Garvey Academy recognizes excellence, rewards achievement, and promotes innovation among faculty members from the four medical center schools.

Also this year, the academy awarded its first round of educational grants for innovative education projects.
Ronald Bayer, Mailman, “Development of a Health Sciences Wide Course on the Ethics of Public Health”
Penelope Buschman, Marlene McHugh, and Anita Nirenberg,
Nursing, “Creating an Educational Partnership in Palliative and End of Life Care”
Heera Chang, Dental Medicine and P&S, “Case-Based Learning for the Management of Medically Compromised Patients in Dental Practice”
Wendy Chung, P&S, “Conversations in Genetics: Development of Educational DVDs to Teach Medical Genetics”
Nicholas Fiebach, John Encandela, Katherine Nickerson, and Andrew Mutnick, P&S, “Improving House Staff Teaching of Medical Students: Learning to Give Effective Feedback in the Clinical Setting”
Kathleen Hickey, Nursing, “REAL: Remote Electronic Arrhythmia Learning”
Patricia Miller and Mathew Maurer, P&S, “Facilitating Change to Promote Health in Older Adults: An Interdisciplinary Education Program”
Lynne Quittell, P&S, “Intercontinental Real Time Global Health Teaching: Creating University Synergies — A Model for the Future”
George Hripcsak:
New Chairman of Biomedical Informatics
Daniel Morrissey with author Joan Didion
George Hripcsak
GEORGE HRIPCSAK, M.D., M.S., a 1985 graduate of P&S, has been appointed chairman of the Department of Biomedical Informatics at P&S and director of medical informatics services for New York-Presbyterian Hospital/ Columbia. His appointment was effective July 1.
     Dr. Hripcsak served as interim chair since March 2007, when Ted Shortliffe left Columbia to become dean of a new medical school in Arizona. Dr. Hripcsak has been associated with Columbia as medical student or faculty member since 1981. He is professor of biomedical informatics and was among the members of the faculty who founded the department, which began as the Center for Medical Informatics in the Department of Medicine. He has been vice chairman of the department since 2000.
     A 1981 Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Haverford College, he received an M.S. in biostatistics from the Mailman School of Public Health in 2000. After graduating from P&S in 1985, he completed his internship and residency in internal medicine at Presbyterian then joined P&S as postdoctoral research scientist in medical informatics. The Department of Medical Informatics was renamed the Department of Biomedical Informatics in 2003.
      He led the design of WebCIS, a Web-based clinical information system used by CUMC and New York- Presbyterian/Columbia to provide data for 2.5 million patients who receive care at this campus. Dr. Hripcsak has managed WebCIS since 1997. It is now used by more than 7,000 health-care providers and stores data collected since 1989. Dr. Hripcsak is also senior informatics adviser for the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene.

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