P&S News

News from around the
College of Physicians & Surgeons

 Library to Add Education Center
 After 22 years, Public Health Welcomes New Dean
 Newest Members, Garvey Academy
 HIV Center Turns 20, Continues Its Mission
 NAS Adds P&S Professor
 Getting Out and Getting Together
 REMEDY: Students Improve a Worthy Endeavor
 Residency Match 2008

Library to Add Education Center
Library to Add  Education CenterThe two lower levels of the Augustus C. Long Health Sciences Library in the Hammer Health Sciences Center have been gutted to make way for a state-of-the-art education center that will include a new lobby and a new entrance from Haven Avenue.
    The stacks, Archives collections, and the copy center that occupied the lower levels have been relocated to make room for the new center, which will feature classroom space, office suites, digital storage, and modern study spaces.
    The 30,000-square-foot center, called the Hammer Education Center pending further consideration of the name, is part of an ambitious library renovation that started earlier this year. The space will be modular so it can be reverted to other uses when a dedicated education building is constructed as part of a long-term capital strategy.
    The new education center is expected to open by Fall 2010. As part of the renovation, Columbia donated nearly 10,000 publications to the Muhimbili University of Health and Allied Sciences in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. The volumes represent more than 500 peer-reviewed medical journals that have been housed in the library for decades (some dating back to the 1700s). The journals were put aboard a shipping container for a seven-week ocean voyage to Africa. Other library resources — books and journals that cannot be found online — are available through inter-campus and inter-library loan. Alternative study space has been made available for students on the medical center campus and shuttle service has been enhanced between Morningside and medical center campuses.

After 22 years, Public Health Welcomes New Dean

Linda Fried
Linda Fried
Linda Fried, M.D., MPH, a leader in aging and health who spent the past 25 years at Johns Hopkins University, has begun work as the new dean of the Mailman School of Public Health. She succeeds Allan Rosenfield, M.D., who served as dean of the school for 22 years.
    At Johns Hopkins, Dr. Fried was professor of medicine, epidemiology, health policy, and nursing, and she directed the university’s Center on Aging and Health, the Program in the Epidemiology of Aging at the Bloomberg School of Public Health, and the Division of Geriatric Medicine and Gerontology in the medical school. Her career has been dedicated to expanding health promotion and prevention for older adults, with emphasis on the causes of frailty and disability.
    At the Mailman School, Dr. Fried also will be the DeLamar Professor of Public Health and professor of epidemiology. She will have an appointment in P&S as professor of medicine, and in the medical center administration she will serve as senior vice president for Columbia University Medical Center.
    During his 22 years as dean of the Mailman School, Dr. Rosenfield became renowned for his contributions to the fields of reproductive and maternal and child health and the fight against infectious diseases, including HIV/AIDS. Now dean emeritus of Mailman, he will remain on the Mailman faculty as the DeLamar Professor Emeritus of Public Health Practice and professor of population and family health. He remains on the P&S faculty as professor of obstetrics & gynecology.
    “With her strong history of bridging clinical medicine and public health, Linda Fried is the perfect person to build on the great strengths of the Mailman School, as led so impressively by Dr. Rosenfield, and take it into the next era as part of the extraordinary partnership among our four schools on the Columbia health sciences campus,” said Lee Goldman, M.D., executive vice president for health and biomedical sciences, who, with Lee Bollinger, Columbia University president, announced Dr. Fried’s appointment in January.
    A board-certified internist and geriatrician, Dr. Fried did her postdoctoral training at Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions in geriatrics, general internal medicine, and epidemiology (cardiovascular and aging). She received her M.D. from Rush Medical College and an MPH from the Johns Hopkins University School of Hygiene and Public Health. A native New Yorker, she is a graduate of Hunter College High School in Manhattan.

Newest Members, Garvey Academy

Nine CUMC faculty were tapped as the third class of the Glenda Garvey Teaching Academy. New members are chosen by current Fellows through a peer-review process that includes evaluation of each applicant’s educational portfolio.

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.

Joining the academy this year:
P&S: Rita Charon, M.D., Ph.D., professor of clinical medicine-general medicine; Wendy Chung, M.D., Ph.D., assistant professor of pediatrics (in medicine); Janis Cutler, M.D., professor of clinical psychiatry; Michael Devlin, M.D., associate professor of clinical psychiatry; Pablo Joo, M.D., assistant clinical professor of medicine-family medicine; and Rini Ratan, M.D., assistant clinical professor of obstetrics & gynecology

School of Nursing: Rita Marie John, DNP, assistant professor of clinical nursing

College of Dental Medicine:
Letty Moss-Salentijn, DDS, Ph.D., the Edwin S. Robinson Professor of Dentistry (in anatomy & cell biology) and senior associate dean, academic affairs

Mailman School of Public Health:
Robert Ogden, Ph.D., associate professor of biostatistics

The Garvey Academy also announced recipients of its second round of educational grants. The PIs and their projects are Herbert Chase, M.D., P&S, “Clinical Reasoning Curriculum for Medical Students”; Rita Marie John, DNP, Nursing, “Improving the Understanding and Use of Laboratory Values by Graduate Students in the Health Care Sciences”; and Dean R. Jones, M.D., and Brian Egan, M.D., P&S, “Development of a Novel Patient Safety Curriculum.”

HIV Center Turns 20, Continues Its Mission
HIV CenterWhen HIV came into the national and international consciousness in the 1980s, it was a frightening and poorly understood virus. Since the establishment of the HIV Center for Clinical and Behavioral Studies, Columbia University and the New York State Psychiatric Institute have been at the forefront of research and advocacy of HIV prevention and treatment.
    In March, the center marked its 20th anniversary with a daylong symposium. In addition to reflecting on the center’s accomplishments, speakers noted that the center is in its fifth consecutive period of funding from the National Institute of Mental Health and has earned a five-year $10 million grant intended to help the center meet the challenges HIV and AIDS present as they relate to gender, sexuality, and mental health — the center’s focus since it opened in 1987.
    The keynote speaker was Quarraisha Abdool Karim, Ph.D., professor of clinical epidemiology at the Mailman School of Public Health and faculty member at the University of KwaZulu-Natal in South Africa, who discussed current HIV-prevention methods. Anke Ehrhardt, Ph.D., director of the HIV Center since it opened, and several center colleagues also spoke. For 25 years, Dr. Ehrhardt has focused her research on sexual and gender development of children, adolescents, and adults. Her work includes a wide range of studies on the determinants of sexual risk behavior among children, adolescents, heterosexual women and men, and the gay population and on comprehensive approaches to preventing HIV and sexually transmitted diseases.
    Also speaking at the event were Zena Stein, MB, BCh, co-director emeritus of the HIV Center and professor emeritus of psychiatry and public health; Heino Meyer-Bahlburg, Dr. rer. nat., professor of clinical psychology in psychiatry and associate director of the center; Claude Ann Mellins, Ph.D., associate professor of clinical psychology in psychiatry and sociomedical sciences; Alex Carballo-Dieguez, Ph.D., professor of clinical psychology (in psychiatry) and associate director of the center; Robert H. Remien, Ph.D., associate professor of clinical psychology (in psychiatry); and Theresa Exner, Ph.D., assistant clinical professor of medical psychology (in psychiatry).
    The center has garnered a national and international reputation for raising awareness about women’s vulnerability to HIV infection and promoting the inclusion of women in HIV studies; has become a global advocate for the research and development of female-controlled methods of HIV prevention; and has applied perspectives of the study of gender and sexuality to prevent vulnerable populations from contracting HIV. It has brought together more than 100 investigators in disciplines including psychology, psychiatry, public health, anthropology, and social work to conduct approximately 50 studies on the disease.
    Locally, the center has helped establish the unique Special Needs Clinic at Morgan Stanley Children’s Hospital to meet the mental health needs of families affected by HIV while conducting research to develop intervention programs for inner-city women and their families. Nationally, center researchers have collaborated with colleagues from more than 30 institutions, and the center’s reach goes beyond the United States, having expanded partnerships in South Africa, Brazil, China, Argentina, Nigeria, Egypt, Vietnam, and Caribbean nations.
    The HIV Center for Clinical and Behavioral Studies is one of the oldest and most productive AIDS research centers in the United States, having led the first major studies to document the risk of HIV infection among the seriously mentally ill and advancing early prevention methods for that population as well as for families with HIV-positive parents or children. In addition, the center has been a long-time promoter of the health-affirming behaviors among people with HIV, from psychological coping to medication adherence, and has promoted sexual and reproductive health among HIV-positive and HIV-negative individuals.

NAS Adds P&S Professor

Gary Struhl
Gary Struhl
Gary Struhl, Ph.D., professor of genetics & development at P&S and a Howard Hughes Medical Institute investigator, was elected to the prestigious National Academy of Sciences in April. Membership in the NAS is one of the highest honors given to a scientist in the United States.
    Dr. Struhl’s research focuses on developmental genetics in Drosophila. Much of his work has been concerned with understanding how cell and body patterns are organized during animal development. More recently, Dr. Struhl and his research team have begun to examine spatial signals that polarize cells and control growth. A member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, he received his doctorate from Cambridge University and completed postdoctoral fellowships at Cambridge University and Harvard University.
    The National Academy of Sciences is part of the National Academies, which also includes the Institute of Medicine, the National Academy of Engineering, and the National Research Council.

Getting Out and Getting Together

Getting Out and Getting Together To foster relationships among students — and blow off a little steam just before final exams — approximately 250 students from across the medical center participated in a field day event May 3. Students engaged in a tug-of-war, ran three-legged race and potato-sack races, and stumbled through an inflatable obstacle course to get to know students from all CUMC schools. Students planned the event themselves, raising money so the field day and after-party could be free for all participants. These photos portray the tug-of-war and three-legged race events. Each medical center academic program was assigned a shirt color (black for P&S, red for the College of Dental Medicine, orange for occupational therapy, navy blue for physical therapy, Columbia blue for the School of Nursing, green for Ph.D. students, and purple for Mailman School of Public Health).

REMEDY: Students Improve a Worthy Endeavor

photo credit: Alex Hawson’11
Students Improve a Worthy Endeavor
Students prepare supplies in Harkness Pavilion
for transfer to non-profit organizations that will
deliver materials to areas in need. In the photo
at left are Catherine Chang’11 (foreground),
Ramon Millan’11 (on ladder), and Louisa
Canham’10 (background).
Since the early 1990s, P&S students have been channeling their passion for helping others and enthusiasm for international exploration through REMEDY (Recover Medical Equipment for the Developing World). The national student organization, started at Yale University, collects, stores, and organizes unused, surplus medical supplies and distributes them to needy communities in developing countries. REMEDY members work with faculty to contact departments throughout the medical center to encourage them to donate supplies to the group, which takes a detailed inventory and keeps them in a storage facility in Harkness Pavilion. When students, physicians, and nurses go abroad on medical trips they distribute as many supplies as they can carry in their luggage.
    This distribution method has moved supplies to the Bahamas, Brazil, Mexico, England, South Africa, and Millennium Villages project sites in Africa.
    “This has its obvious limitations,” says Theresa Mary Graif’11, one of three REMEDY co-leaders, “and without another means of transporting the materials, we have been forced to discard items that are too large, too complex, or otherwise non-transportable. We could not accept more donations until we found a place for the ones we currently had.”
    Columbia’s REMEDY chapter has taken a new approach. It has partnered with two New York City-based non-profit organizations — Afya Foundation and DoctoDock — which have “the infrastructure to receive, package, and deliver enormous quantities of medical supplies to areas in need” before they expire, Ms. Graif says. Both Afya Foundation and DoctoDock distribute surplus medical and surgical supplies, mainly to Africa. In April, REMEDY invited members of all P&S classes to help load supplies from the storage space onto trucks for Afya and DoctoDock. Students still have an opportunity to travel abroad and deliver supplies personally, says Ms. Graif, who, with fellow REMEDY leader Allison Polland’11, will travel to the Dominican Republic this summer.
    Catherine Chang’11, also a REMEDY co-leader, says, “Most medical students and aspiring doctors want to play an active role in treating those who need help. REMEDY’s goals really spoke to me because I knew by participating I would be able to make a tremendous impact on the lives of others in developing countries.”
    Many REMEDY members have taken up the cause not only because of its positive impact but also because of its “green” implications. Ms. Polland became involved because of her interest in “environmental sustainability.”
    “During my undergraduate education at Yale, I was very involved with the recycling department and programs promoting the re-use of computers, furniture, even clothing,” she says. “Working with REMEDY seemed like the natural progression of that work.”
    The next step in REMEDY’s progression, Ms. Graif says, is to become “a sort of halfway house for these supplies. REMEDY leaders and volunteers will act as the go-between, organizing the movement of the supplies from hospital departments to warehouses, such as DoctoDock and Afya according to their specifications, discarding unusable items while maintaining a store of generic supplies that may be personally transported by Columbia students and personnel on their trips.”
Residency Match 2008

Residency Match 2008

(All are 2008 graduates except where noted.)

Promise Ariyo Johns Hopkins
Brenda Banks Abington Memorial Hosp, Pennsylvania
Robert Eldridge Stony Brook Teaching
Daewha Hong NYU
Jody Jones Lenox Hill
Mount Sinai, NY
Insun Lee Flushing Hosp
Thomas Lo Columbia
Patrick McCormick Mount Sinai, NY medicine-prelim
Andrew McKinstry NYU
Univ of Pennsylvania
Phillip Pian Metrowest-Framingham
Massachusetts General
Edward Requenez Columbia
Stefan Samuelson Weill Cornell
Tabassum Mount Auburn Hosp,
Sardharwala Cambridge, Mass
Ava Yoon Weill Cornell
Cristina Brau Mount Auburn Hospital,
Cambridge, Mass
Univ of Puerto Rico
Tiffany Hsieh UCLA
Mary Mulcare Weill Cornell
Sarah Murray Univ of Utah
Marylin Otero’07 Brooklyn Hosp
Christopher Reverte Harbor-UCLA
Univ of Southern California
Spencer Smith Duke Univ
Edward Suh Weill Cornell
Timothy Tan Brigham & Women’s
Erin Ferenchick Columbia
James Houston Univ of Washington
Anastasia Spencer Ball Memorial Hosp, Muncie, Ind.
Paul Allyn Univ of Colorado
Lisa Bebell UCSF
Taslima Bhuiyan Columbia
Jennifer Chang UCSF
Janice Chyou Brigham & Women’s
Andrew Davidson Univ of Rochester
Jason Harper Univ of Washington
Julia Iyasere Columbia
Stephen Kam Columbia
Michael Ketteringham Columbia
Alexander Koppel Thomas Jefferson Univ
Daniela Lamas Columbia
Susan Mackie Beth Israel Deaconess, Boston
Dana Mazo Univ of Pennsylvania
Elizabeth Oelsner Columbia
David Regelmann Columbia
Benjamin Schwartz Columbia
Ting-Chin Shen Columbia
Kelly Smith Columbia
Matthew Tomey Brigham & Women’s
Nishant Verma Columbia
Richard Weinberg Columbia
Karen Wong UCSF
Whitney Rassbach Univ of Michigan
Erin Ducharme’07 NYU
Scott Moffat NY Hosp Queens
Mariza Daras Duke Univ
Leif-Erik Bohman Univ of Pennsylvania
Andrew Johnson Rush Univ, Chicago
James Kalyvas Barrow Inst, Phoenix
Christopher Kellner Columbia
Carlton Prickett Emory Univ
Monique Vanaman Weill Cornell
Alexis Dieter NYU
Natalia Flores NYU
Talitha Martin Einstein/Montefiore
Adefolakemi Oni Northwestern McGaw, Chicago
Ingrid Ramirez Univ of South Florida
Ernesto Rodriguez-Dumont Mount Sinai, NY
Jessica Rubin North Shore Univ
Omar Young Yale-New Haven
Patrick Chan Christiana Care,
Newark, Del.
Jonathan Chang Beth Israel, NY
Univ of Miami/Bascom
Catherine Cox New England Med Ctr,
Susan Koreen St. Luke’s-Roosevelt Hosp
Alia Koch Columbia surgery-prelim
Din Lam Columbia surgery-prelim
Chibuikem Akamnonu SUNY Brooklyn
Oluwaseun Akinbo Howard Univ
Stephen Becher Atlanta Med Ctr
Eric Black Massachusetts General ortho
combined program
Charles Lehmann Barnes-Jewish Hosp,
St. Louis
Moira McCarthy Hosp for Special Surgery
Samuel Taylor Hosp for Special Surgery
Bob Yin Columbia
Victoria Banuchi Columbia
Tom Karnezis UC San Diego
Kara Kerscher Emory Univ
Christian Soneru Univ of Chicago
Jonas Heymann Columbia
Andrew Turk Columbia
Kim Jain Columbia
Lauren Maskin Einstein/Montefiore
Joslyn Nolasco UCSF
Matthew O’Rourke Columbia
Jessica Sims Stanford Univ
Karen Spencer Univ of Maryland
Thomas Welch-Horan Columbia
Regina Eum Columbia
physical medicine
& rehab
Jeffrey DeVido Massachusetts General
Matthew Erlich Columbia
Ellen Goldstein Columbia
Ted Liao Einstein/Montefiore
Erica Kass UCLA Semel Inst for Neuroscience
Karen Matseoane NYU
Maya Stowe Weill Cornell
Elhav Weinstein UCSF
Susan Guo Cleveland Clinic medicine-prelim
Marsha Laufer NYU
Memorial Sloan-Kettering
radiation oncology
Scott Henneman Univ of Chicago
Lucila Martinez Englewood Hosp
Jordan Mossler Beth Israel, NY
Peter Okolo Weill Cornell
Jackson Memorial
Hosp, Miami
Karoly Viragh Beth Israel Deaconess
Etay Ziv Mount Sinai, NY
Anthony Delmonte radiology research
Adam Bograd NYU
Andrew Greene’07 Cleveland Clinic
Marcel Green Brookdale Hosp, Brooklyn
Beth Hochman Columbia
Lidie Lajoie’07 SUNY Brooklyn
Irene Lo Westchester Med Ctr
Feiran Lou SUNY Brooklyn
John MacArthur Univ of Pennsylvania
Robert Neely Columbia
Anaeze Offodile Brigham & Women’s
Melissa Ruiz Univ of Chicago
Ronald Shonkwiler Columbia
Jason Sulkowski SUNY Brooklyn
Mark Mann SUNY Upstate, Syracuse surgery-prelim
Michael Marean Weill Cornell surgery-prelim
Michael Whalen Columbia surgery-prelim
Catherine Whitman UCSF surgery-prelim


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