Alumni News Editor: Marianne Wolff, M.D.
Alumni News Writer: Peter Wortsman
Ephraim P. Engleman:
The Un-retiring Dean of American Rheumatologists
BY PETER WORTSMAN
|PHoTO CREDIT: Peter Wortsman
Think of George Burns minus the cigar. At 98 and counting, Ephraim P. Engleman’37, the dean of American rheumatologists, cautions against overexercising and early retirement. “I used to recommend retirement to my patients, but now I think it’s a big mistake. It’s important to keep active. As you can see from where I’m sitting” at his desk in the director’s office of the Rosalind Russell Medical Research Center for Arthritis at the University of California, San Francisco “I still run the show!”
The first rheumatologist to set up practice in the San Francisco Bay Area after World War II, Dr. Engleman in 1947 joined the clinical faculty at UCSF (where he is now the oldest active professor) and helped shine the light of medical science on the treatment of joint diseases, then a largely overlooked field. As chairman in the mid-1970s of the National Commission on Arthritis, a congressionally mandated task force, he was instrumental in the creation of the National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases at the NIH. The commission also recommended and Congress approved the establishment of multipurpose arthritis centers for research and education, like the Rosalind Russell Center, founded in 1979. As president of the American Rheumatism Association (now the American College of Rheumatology), he effectively pursued private philanthropic support for arthritis research. And as president of the International League Against Rheumatism, he led several delegations to China. Few individuals have done so much to ease the chronic ache of arthritis and other joint diseases.
Nine decades into the game, you’d think he might feel inclined to sit back and bask in the glory of past accomplishments. Not so Dr. Engleman. The Rosalind Russell Medical Research Center remains his base of operations, where he sees patients three days a week. Also a talented musician, he gives his nimble fingers a serious workout every Monday night on the strings of his Stradivarius (Engleman Strad II) in a local string quartet.
P&S looked in on Dr. Engleman at his hilltop office in San Francisco in January 2009.
“Enjoy your Life’s Work, Whatever it is, or Don’t Do It!”
The bushy eyebrows bounce and the eyes sparkle as Dr. Engleman offers the interviewer, more than four decades his junior, a tried and true prescription for happy and healthy longevity: “Be sure to select parents with the right genes. Choose the right spouse. Encourage sex. Children are an option. Enjoy your life’s work, whatever it is, or don’t do it.”
Born in San Jose, Calif., on March 24, 1911, Ephraim P. Engleman began his professional life as a musician. A violin prodigy at age 6, he became the talk of the town when, after breaking a string at his first recital, he kept his cool and went right on playing. At 17 he landed a job playing in an orchestra in the pit of a local silent movie theater and soon graduated to master of ceremonies of a vaudeville show. Fiddling helped put him through Stanford, where he earned his bachelor’s degree. But the writing was already on the wall or, rather, fading from the screen. Al Jolson’s first talking picture, “The Jazz Singer,” released in 1927, soon made the movie theater orchestra an anachronism and put an abrupt end to young Eph Engleman’s show business aspirations. Though he never mothballed his bow and fiddle, music became a passionate avocation and the stethoscope took center stage.
"I used to recommend retirement to
my patients, but now I think it's
a big mistake. It's important to keep active. As you can see from where
I'm sitting& I still run the show!"
His showbiz background proved both a handicap and a boon in his first year at P&S, where he initially struggled through the basic sciences. But he caught up quickly, and playing chamber music with members of the faculty, including the distinguished pathologist Dr. Hans Smetana and the chemist Dr. Hans Clarke, helped smooth the transition. Legend has it that, not being able to find a suitable place to practice, they harmonized in the PH morgue. Among other teachers, the young Dr. Robert Loeb, then a junior member of the faculty in the Department of Medicine, made a profound impression with his diagnostic skills, his encyclopedic medical knowledge, and bedside manner. “He taught us how to listen to a heart, and listen to the patient too.” Dr. Engleman firmly believes that his experience as a performer enhanced his ability to interact with patients.
His class was the first to stage a senior class show, which he wrote and in which he performed many of the musical numbers. (He still writes and performs in original shows for a thespian club to which he belongs.)
Of Musical Murmurs and Other Early High Notes
Returning to San Francisco to pursue his internship and residency at UCSF, Dr. Engleman later went back East to Boston to train at the Joseph H. Pratt Diagnostic Hospital, then an affiliate of Tufts University. While in Boston, he heard a lecture by Dr. Walter Bauer, a pioneer in academic rheumatology at the Harvard-affiliated Massachusetts General Hospital, and resolved to apply for a much sought-after fellowship.
A raconteur par excellence, Dr. Engleman tells the story with great gusto. “We weren’t sitting around more than two or three minutes when somebody came in and said, ‘Dr. Bauer, ward rounds are about to start.’” Invited to participate, Dr. Engleman jumped at the chance. “We came over to a patient who had a musical heart murmur. It’s a very rare thing, but when you listen to it it’s a distinct note. Well, I happen to have had perfect pitch. They were doing a phonocardiograph, which measures the number of vibrations the tone makes. Now a concert A, which is what a concert violinist tunes up with, is 440 vibrations. The note I heard was a little sharper, like an A-sharp. And not being very shy” Dr. Engleman smiles “I said, ‘I can predict how many vibrations are in that phonocardiogram: 500.’ Well, I hit it right on the button. Dr. Bauer turned to me and said, ‘We don’t need to bother with an interview; you’ve got the job.’ So that’s the way I became a rheumatologist.”
Training with Dr. Bauer, Dr. Engleman also collaborated with him on research. Among their most celebrated findings was the description of a condition consisting of arthritis, conjunctivitis, and urethritis first written up in Germany by Dr. Hans Reiter. Drs. Bauer and Engleman were the first in the United States to describe the malady subsequently called Reiter’s syndrome. (Years later, upon learning that Dr. Reiter was a notorious Nazi doctor who conducted unconscionable experiments on concentration camp inmates, Dr. Engleman joined others in arguing for the deletion of Reiter’s name from the syndrome.) Dr. Engleman also co-authored (with Dr. Julius Schachter) the first studies associating chlamydia with Reiter’s syndrome.
When America entered World War II, Dr. Engleman immediately signed up and was assigned to the Rheumatic Fever Center at Torney General Hospital in Palm Springs, Calif. Later becoming chief, he directed groundbreaking clinical research on adult rheumatic fever. At the time rheumatic fever was generally regarded as a disease of children, uncommonly seen in adults. In Palm Springs he reconnected with his old P&S professor and chamber music partner, Dr. Hans Smetana, who also was stationed there. They met two or three evenings a week to play violin and piano sonatas.
Rheumatology Then and Now
In a 2005 interview published in the Arthritis Progress Report, the newsletter of the Rosalind Russell Medical Research Center for Arthritis, Dr. Engleman described standard treatment for rheumatoid arthritis at Mass General in 1940: “The waiting room was filled with RA patients in wheelchairs. We had little to offer them other than prolonged bed rest … and physical therapy to try to minimize deformity and preserve as much motion as possible, and a huge dose of aspirin for pain.
“Real research leading to progress of our understanding of arthritis and other joint diseases,” he points out, “has only developed in the last 25 to 30 years.”
|Alumni Gold Medalist Ephraim P. Engleman’37 with Honors
and Awards Committee Chairman Kenneth A. Forde’59 at 2007 gala
The drug that fundamentally changed the rules of the game was cortisone, introduced by Dr. Philip S. Hench of the Mayo Clinic in 1949 at a historic international congress in New York hosted by the American Rheumatism Association. Dr. Engleman was present at the session and recalls the hush in the crowd and the jubilation that followed when Dr. Hench showed a film of a rheumatoid arthritis patient unable to rise out of her chair who practically leapt up 24 hours after being injected with cortisone. “The result was startling. A standing ovation followed.” Dr. Hench shared the 1950 Nobel Prize for Medicine or Physiology.
An enthusiastic proponent of cortisone in moderate doses, Dr. Engleman was among the first to administer it orally to his patients with great success. “In the old days I had a bunch of cortisone, which was in vials, you know, for injection. I would lift off the cap, mix it with some fruit juice, and give it to my patients. And it worked fine.”
Revolutionary procedures in orthopedic surgery proved another great boon to the field. “I think joint replacement is a really big advance in the treatment of certain types of arthritis,” Dr. Engleman observes. “When I was getting my training at Mass General it was very common to see people on gurneys or in wheelchairs at the clinic. You just don’t see that anymore. And one major reason is orthopedic surgery.”
The so-called “biologic” drugs introduced in the last decade also have proved very effective, he adds, though not without some potentially serious side effects, notably compromising the patient’s immunity. “I see younger physicians sometimes jumping the gun and prescribing these new drugs, in my opinion, prematurely. I’m frequently criticized because I’m too conservative. That’s okay. Caution comes with experience. Criticism is the province of youth.”
In 1962 Dr. Engleman was named president of the American Rheumatism Association, in which capacity he actively promoted support for research. Three years later he was named clinical professor of medicine at UCSF, where he subsequently served as co-founder and president of the Association of Clinical Faculty. And in 1967 he became president of the National Society of Clinical Rheumatologists. His clinical expertise and remarkable inspirational ability to draw attention to the field soon catapulted him into the public spotlight.
Chairing the “Joint” Commission and Running the Rosalind Russell Center
Dr. Engleman’s single most significant accomplishment in rheumatology was the leadership role he played as chairman of the 18-member National Commission on Arthritis, convened in 1974 by Congress to document “the enormous medical, social, and economic consequences of arthritis on patients and on society in general,” as he wrote in a historic overview published in 1977 in the journal Arthritis & Rheumatism.
|Dr. Lee Goldman with Ephraim P. Engleman’37
After holding extensive public hearings around the country, the commission’s specific recommendations for action included the creation of an NIH institute exclusively for arthritis. “We almost got it. They added on dermatology. So now we have the National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases.”
Another important recommendation accepted by Congress was the creation of multipurpose arthritis centers, with research, educational, and epidemiological programs and data systems, scattered at academic institutions throughout the country.
Among the first was the Rosalind Russell Medical Research Center for Arthritis at UCSF, which Dr. Engleman has directed ever since its founding in 1979. The center is named for the most public face of the commission, actress Rosalind Russell, who contracted arthritis and became an outspoken and effective advocate for funding research in rheumatology. Her signed photograph hangs on his office wall. The center, one of the most respected in the country, has trained more than 100 rheumatology fellows. Among research conducted here was the bench work leading to the introduction of the new drug Abatracept, a powerful biological agent for treating rheumatoid arthritis. The center also conducted important research showing striking gender differences in the diagnosis and treatment of rheumatic disease.
Dr. Engleman is particularly proud of his ability to attract philanthropic funding for the center’s programs and activities, including the establishment of three chairs in rheumatology.
Author of more than 100 professional publications, Dr. Engleman collaborated with another commission member, Milton Silverman, the former head science writer for the San Francisco Chronicle, on a widely read work for the general public, “The Arthritis Book: A Guide for Patients and Their Families.”
In 1981 he was named president of the International League Against Rheumatism. In that capacity he led three medical delegations to China, where he helped establish the Chinese Rheumatism Association.
Of Fiddles and Family
In addition to playing the violin, Dr. Engleman is a discriminating collector of rare instruments, including two Stradivaris that bear his name (the first of which he has since sold) and two prized fiddles by Joseph Guarneri del Jesu. The instrument dubbed Engleman Stradivarius I was on display in 1987 in Cremona, Italy, the birthplace of its maker, at an exhibit commemorating the 250th anniversary of Stradivarius’ death. Both of Dr. Engleman’s Guarneri violins were included in an exhibit at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in 1994 that marked the 250th anniversary of that master’s death. “I have had over the years eight or nine great violins. It’s a great thrill and a great privilege for me to be able to play these instruments.”
Among the key factors that have helped the fiddler himself remain fine tuned is a happy family life. Married for 68 years to Jean, they have three children and six grandchildren. His older son, Philip, is chief of pathology and laboratories at Santa Teresa Kaiser Hospital in San Jose. His second son, Edgar, a 1971 P&S graduate, is professor of medicine and pathology at Stanford. His daughter, Jill, is married to a gastroenterologist, and his granddaughter, Jenny Roost, is a gastroenterologist at the Palo Alto Medical Clinic.
Best of all, Dr. Engleman reports, “we all live within 30 or 40 miles of each other and meet at least once a week for dinner.”
A Named Professorship and Other Well-Earned “Goodies”
“The longer you live, the more goodies you receive,” Dr. Engleman jokes. His encomia have included honorary memberships in the rheumatology societies of Australia, France, Japan, Spain, and Uruguay. He has been visiting professor at too many institutions to count. The American College of Rheumatology awarded him the Presidential Gold Medal, its highest honor. Back home at UCSF he received the Medal of Honor, the school’s most prestigious award, a tribute topped off by the establishment of the Ephraim P. Engleman Distinguished Professorship in Rheumatology.
His old friend and erstwhile colleague, Dr. Lee Goldman, former chairman of medicine at UCSF and currently executive vice president for health and biomedical sciences at Columbia and dean of the faculties of health sciences and medicine at CUMC, was delighted to officiate in New York when Dr. Engleman received the 2007 Alumni Gold Medal for Excellence in Clinical Medicine.
In Dr. Goldman’s words, “No one has done more for rheumatology and with more grace than Eph Engleman. Like a maestro on the violin, which he is, he has pulled the strings that have shaped modern approaches to arthritic diseases.”
Those who remember the irrepressible Dr. Engleman, then a mere 96, prancing to the podium with a lively spring in his step to accept the award will be pleased to know that, aside from a little back trouble, he is still at the top of his form. His joie de vivre is infectious. “Be happy and lucky,” he recommends. “And above all, keep breathing!”
Rx for Travel
Don’t Forget Your Walking Shoes
By Peter Wortsman
|San Francisco Cable Car
|PHOTO CREDIT: Peter Wortsman
When going to San Francisco, pack a pair of good walking shoes. The hills make strolling a formidable sport, not quite akin to a Himalayan trek, but almost. Still, the satisfaction is well worth the strain. There is no prettier city in America than San Francisco, perched like a cluster of pastel-colored barnacles on the sparkling Pacific. Every house has a face, every surging hill and twisted street has a story to tell.
Where else can you find a national historic landmark on wheels! The city’s icon, the world’s last functioning manually operated cable car system, has been in operation since 1873. I hopped aboard at the corner of Bush and Powell for a picturesque ride and a welcome relief for my strained calves. But don’t stand in the way of the gripman, as I did to snap a picture, or you’ll get an earful of foul language and a lump on the head.
San Francisco was originally inhabited by the Yelamu tribe and colonized in 1776 by the Spanish. The restored Mission Dolores (the city’s oldest building) and the modern murals gracing the walls of the Mission District keep the Hispanic past alive. Destiny struck in 1849 with the California Gold Rush, attracting minions of dreamers and schemers. In 1855 a serious cholera epidemic threatened to decimate the population, but the Sisters of Mercy took matters in hand, opening St. Mary’s Hospital, the first Catholic hospital west of the Rockies and the oldest continually operating hospital in town. The Paris of the West took a terrible hit in 1906 when an earthquake destroyed more than 80 percent of its buildings. At the Musée Mécanique, on Fisherman’s Wharf, a hand-cranked nickelodeon reveals vintage images of devastation.
Today’s San Francisco was reborn phoenix-like out of the rubble. The city’s character remains a motley mix. Nob Hill is still the elegant hub with urban palaces sprouting out of the pavement. North Beach, once a countercultural mecca where the Beats stirred the pot in the Fifties, attracts knickknack and nostalgia hunters today. Haight-Ashbury, scene of Summer of Love of 1967, has since primped up in Victorian splendor. The phony frolicsomeness of Fisherman’s Wharf (where a gull swooped down and sampled my crab sandwich) couldn’t spoil the breathtaking view of Alcatraz in the Bay. Chinatown retains its Asian mystique. And despite gentrification, the Mission District preserves its Mexican flavor. La Cumbre (515 Valencia St.), famed for its “Mission style” burrito, is the oldest (and still the best) taqueria in town. And the boutique-sprinkled Castro remains home to the largest liberated gay population in America.
The dot-com boom in nearby Silicon Valley and the influx of high tech entrepreneurs inflated real estate values in the 1990s, flushing out the impecunious. But the city retains its off-beat character. Where else would a bedraggled panhandler pose as a mime? What other city would literally bare its heart(s) as a symbol of tolerance? “Hearts in San Francisco,” an installation debuted in 2004 and still ongoing, places painted hearts by local artists (including one by Jay Levy’65) in public places. A hybrid expression of creativity and compassion, the project, sponsored by various companies and philanthropies, has helped raise funds for the San Francisco General Hospital Foundation to enhance the quality of patient care and comfort at the medical center.
So pull on your walking shoes and hit the hills. It’s a feast for the eyes and good for the heart. I stayed centrally, comfortably, and cheaply at the Cornell Hotel de France (www.cornellhotel.com).
For more information on San Francisco and the Bay Area, visit www.onlyinsanfrancisco.com/.
Alumni Association Activities
|Samuel J. Daniel’78, president and CEO
of North General Hospital
On Nov. 18, 2008, guest speaker Samuel J. Daniel’78, president and CEO of North General Hospital, an institution whose mission is to supply primary and secondary care to the people of Central Harlem, delivered inspirational remarks titled “Can a Rigorous Medical Education Prepare Physicians for Leadership?” Dr. Daniel’s answer to the question was a resounding yes. “The pressure to lead, to be among those who are going to lead, was certainly present in my medical education,” he recalled. Following his move to North General Hospital in 1992 to become chief of gastroenterology, Dr. Daniel applied the paradigm he had learned at P&S to his administrative challenges: “Take a history, do a physical, make a diagnosis, and come up with a plan.” Later, as chief of medicine, he used the same paradigm to raise the pass-rate of residents for the internal medicine boards from 25 percent when he took over to 100 percent in the past six years. As president he worked to establish the hospital’s academic affiliation with Mount Sinai Hospital School of Medicine. Given the monumental challenge of running an “underfunded” hospital for “the marginally insured and uninsured,” he has been successful at creating and sustaining community health-education programs with proven results. He strongly recommended that “any young doctors today desiring a career in administration would be well-served to obtain an MBA or MPH degree.” In closing, he affirmed that a sound medical education could, indeed, prepare one to be a medical leader.
|Dean Lee Goldman
Despite inclement weather, alumni, students, and some faculty members flocked to the Donald F. Tapley Faculty Club on Jan. 28, 2009, for the dean’s dinner. Following a brief introduction by Alumni Association president William Macaulay’92, Dean Lee Goldman took to the podium to report on the state of the school. Hard economic times notwithstanding, his prognosis was upbeat. He reported on the appointment of Ronald Drusin’66 as vice dean for education and called Dr. Drusin “a galvanizing force for curricular change in our medical school.” In the new curriculum the pre-clerkship time has been shortened and a greater emphasis has been placed on team-based learning. In addition, students are expected to select a major by the second half of their third year. Dr. Goldman said that, given the skyrocketing debt with which medical students are burdened, scholarships are one of his major goals. The quality of student life remains another high priority and plans are under way for the renovation of Bard Hall. Among other news, he reported on serious negotiations with Bassett Hospital in Cooperstown, N.Y., with which the medical school has long had an affiliation, to establish a branch campus there. “Who would have ever thought that the best urban medical school would also have the best rural program?” Though the school’s endowment took a hit in the economic crisis, he was pleased to report that “fundraising continues to go very well. P&S has been through depression and recession panics before and we’re still here.”
Minority Students and Alumni Dinner
Minority alumni and students gathered in the Donald F. Tapley Faculty Club on Nov. 7, 2008, for the annual minority dinner, co-hosted by the Alumni Association. This year’s program honored the life of the late Vera Joseph Peterson’36, the second African-American woman to attend P&S, where she graduated AOA and third in her class. Dr. Joseph died Jan. 26, 2008, at age 98. She was married to another minority medical trailblazer, the late Jerome S. Peterson’31, former public health director of the World Health Organization. Lester W. Blair’70, chairman of the Committee on Minority Affairs, welcomed all and passed the podium to Sabra Lewsey’11, current president of the Black and Latino Student Organization (BALSO), who set the mood of the evening: “We are standing on the shoulders of giants...and we are family.” Dr. Blair then introduced the evening’s guest speaker, Shearwood J. McClelland’74, who called for a moment of silence in Dr. Joseph’s memory after which he delivered a stirring tribute including a slide show. The dearth of opportunities for African-Americans in medicine in the United States made the Petersons pursue much of their careers abroad. Dr. Joseph worked with the
|Shearwood J. McClelland’74, Cassandra Smith,
and Lester W. Blair’70
Medical Women’s International Association and taught for a time on the faculty in the Department of Medicine at the American University of Beirut in Lebanon. She also served as a consultant on public health and aging to the European Regional Office of WHO in Geneva, Switzerland. Returning with her husband to the States, she was named director of the Smith College Health Service in Northampton, Mass., a position she held for several decades. As Dr. McClelland reminded all, despite “the restrictive political and social context of her time,” long before the civil rights era, “she was still able to carve out and combine a successful professional career with a successful personal life as a wife and mother.” Dr. Joseph established the Vera Joseph’36 and Jerome S. Peterson’31 Scholarship Fund for Minority Students at P&S. Dr. McClelland concluded, “We got our chances partly because our minority trailblazers...fought the good fight...and strove for excellence in spite of it all,” and he reminded alumni and students in attendance that “we are still minority trailblazers...Don’t forget to give back.” Cassandra Smith, a sophomore at Smith College, recalled a memorial service held there in Dr. Joseph’s honor and the profound impression Dr. Joseph made on those who knew her.
|Vera Joseph Peterson’36
When Medicine Gets to Business
The Alumni Association hosted a well-attended panel discussion with participating physician entrepreneurs. Heading the panel was P. Roy Vagelos’54, former chairman and CEO of the pharmaceutical giant Merck & Co. and chairman of Defining the Future, Columbia University Medical Center’s ambitious capital campaign. He was joined by Frank S. David’00 Ph.D., ‘01 M.D. and Eric M. David’02.
|Panelists P. Roy Vagelos’54 and
Frank S. David’00 Ph.D., ‘01 M.D.
By Marianne Wolff’52
|And Maddon Makes Three... P&S Alumni on the Columbia Board of Trustees
Kenneth A. Forde’59
Clyde Y.C. Wu’56
Paul J. Maddon’88
|Photo credit far right: Copyright 2006, Nasdaq Stock Market Inc. Used with Permission
By Peter Wortsman
With the appointment in September 2008 of Paul J. Maddon’88 (M.D. and Ph.D.) to the Columbia University Board of Trustees, P&S now has an unprecedented three alumni serving as university trustees. Dr. Maddon joins retired P&S professor of surgery Kenneth A. Forde’59 and cardiologist Clyde Y.C. Wu’56, a philanthropist and member of the medicine faculty at Wayne State University School of Medicine.
Dr. Maddon, who also serves as a member of the Trustees’ Health Sciences, Finance, and Education Policy committees (chaired by Dr. Wu), holds four Columbia degrees, including an M.Phil from GSAS. He performed research in the lab of Nobel laureate Dr. Richard Axel and wrote his Ph.D. thesis on the role of T cells in HIV infection. He is CEO, chief science officer, and director of Progenics Pharmaceuticals Inc., a biotech firm whose drug for the treatment of opioid-induced side effects, including constipation, was recently approved by the FDA.
“I have benefited so much from the Columbia experience I feel like I have a lot to be thankful for,” Dr. Maddon said in an interview. “My journey as a new trustee has just begun. I’m still learning about the breadth of work done at this institution. It’s a daunting task to serve Columbia in this way. And I really relish the opportunity to give back. You would be hard pressed to find a graduate who benefited from and treasured the Columbia experience as much as I did.”
These sentiments are shared by Drs. Forde and Wu.
Like Dr. Maddon, Dr. Forde’s ties to Columbia have been long-lasting. “I’ve gone from applicant to student, to intern, to resident, to attending, professor, and now to trustee,” he recalled in an alumni profile (P&S, Winter 2008). He also served as a past president of the P&S Alumni Association. “We have our warts, like every institution, but we are a great school with a solid background, a fascinating history of involvement in the nation and around the globe.”
Dr. Wu’s feelings for the institution are no less heart-felt. A native of Hong Kong,
he earned his B.A. degree from Johns Hopkins but found his medical home at P&S, where he was one of only two Asians in his class of 120 students. At Columbia, in addition to the basic sciences he learned that “a good doctor should have true empathy with his patients.” In gratitude to the institution, he and his wife, Helen, have endowed several professorships and established a molecular cardiology research center at P&S and an academic exchange program between Columbia and several major Chinese medical schools.
“Some people like to have big cars, yachts, big houses,” Dr. Wu reflects. “I take care of the family. Columbia is part of that family.”
Class of 1947
See Alumni in Print to read about a new book by Enoch Callaway. “Noch” is a 1945 graduate of Columbia College.
Class of 1951
See Alumni in Print to read about a new book by Victor Torres.
Class of 1955
Jerome V. Blum has received further recognition of his work to protect the invisible wounds of returning war veterans. What started out as an entry in a California state senator’s “There Oughta Be a Law” contest became law when California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger signed Bill SB1401 on Sept. 30, 2008, resulting from Jerry’s 30 months of campaigning for screening of and treatment for returning Iraq and Afghanistan War veterans with traumatic brain injury and post-traumatic stress disorders. Now Jerry has received a Jefferson Award, a national program that recognizes community and public service. Jerry has been featured on California television news programs, participated in a conference call with the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, and attended the presidential inauguration in January. His campaign to raise awareness in hopes of spreading the screening and treatment program to all 50 states has included a Letter to the Editor in the New York Times.
Richard Rifkind is producer and director of a film titled “Naturally Obsessed: The Making of a Scientist.” Shot over a span of three years at CUMC, it follows a group of Ph.D. candidates and their mentors and features the discovery of the molecular structure of the AMPK protein, a tool for targeted drug development because of its relevance to diabetes and obesity.
Class of 1959
See Alumni in Print to read about a new book by Lud Gutmann, who is the Hazel Ruby McQuain Professor of Neurology at the University of West Virginia in Morgantown. Lud spent his entire academic career in neurology at West Virginia University, where he chaired the department for 28 years. He also served as director and vice president of the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology and has authored 170 scientific papers in various journals.
|Pediatric Oncologist Looks Back on a Half Century of Progress in Patient Care
By Peter Wortsman
|John Schullinger’55, Dean Lee Goldman, Annelise Sitarz’54, and Roy Vagelos’54
At a June 2008 retirement dinner held in her honor, Anneliese L. Sitarz’54, the distinguished pediatric oncologist, professor emeritus of clinical pediatrics at P&S, and one of the founding investigators of the Children’s Cancer Group at the NIH, celebrated more than five decades in the vanguard of pediatric cancer care. More than 100 friends, colleagues, patients, and their families were on hand at the Donald F. Tapley Faculty Club to mark the moment and help her look back on an extraordinary career.
A pioneering clinical oncologist, Dr. Sitarz reflected in her remarks on “the survival of children with all types of cancer,” which she saw increase dramatically in the last half century “from a pitiful less than 1 percent to over 80 percent.”
“I can think of nothing more rewarding,” she said, “than to have been able to play a decisive role in increasing the survival of the many children with these terrible diseases.” But while the statistics are gratifying, it is the children she remembered and the “beautiful relationships with them and their families … under difficult conditions.”
Training at Babies Hospital, where she later joined the staff and rose to the rank of professor at P&S, Dr. Sitarz served on the committee established to formulate criteria by which to evaluate responses to therapy. In a landmark paper published in 1965, on which she was the lead author, Dr. Sitarz documented that patients with solid tumors could benefit from chemotherapy that had been used to treat leukemia. A compassionate clinician attuned to the suffering as well as the science, she ran for many years a program called “Parents Caring for Children with Cancer,” at which a pediatric oncologist and a psychologist met once a month for a question and answer session with patients’ parents. Among many other accomplishments, she computerized a pediatric tumor registry from 1948 to the mid 1980s, the oldest in the country.
P. Roy Vagelos’54, retired CEO of Merck & Co. and chairman of the medical center’s Defining the Future capital campaign, saluted his classmate as “an all-around great doctor, a wonderful pediatric oncologist, loved by patients and their parents and grandparents … a great investigator … and an important educator.”
Retired pediatric surgeon John Schullinger’55, a friend and longtime colleague, delivered keynote remarks in which he recalled her “dedication to a specialty, which by its very nature attracts few physicians, and those it does attract must have those exceptional qualities of empathy, courage, and the emotional stamina to endure and persevere.” Dr. Schullinger cited her “caring approach to patients, her meticulous attention to detail, and her interest in everything that had to do with pediatric oncology, including surgery. Anneliese,” he concluded, “you have been the good doctor in every sense of the word.”
Dr. Sitarz was among the individuals honored in 2005 in an exhibition at the National Library of Medicine titled “Challenging the Face of Medicine: Celebrating America’s Women Physicians.”
Class of 1960
See Alumni in Print to read about a new book by Peter J. Cohen, who also has a law degree and is adjunct professor of law at Georgetown University Law Center in Washington, D.C.
Class of 1961
See Alumni in Print to read about a new book by William Reichel. Bill is an affiliated scholar at the Center for Clinical Bioethics at Georgetown University School of Medicine in Washington, D.C., and past president of the American Geriatrics Society.
Class of 1965
Urologist Anthony H. Horan has moved his practice from Wyoming to Delano, Calif. He uses microwave therapy to treat patients with BPH and cryotherapy to treat prostate cancer. Tony tells us that he sees a large number of neglected cases, reminding him of Third World patients. He is finishing a book, which he hopes will be published at the end of 2009, to teach physicians not to overdiagnose or overtreat patients with occult prostate cancers.
See Alumni in Print to read about a new book by Stuart R. Rose.
Class of 1966
Ronald E. Drusin, vice dean for education at P&S, has been named the Rolf H. Scholdager’50 Professor of Clinical Medicine in recognition of outstanding teaching. He is the first incumbent of the professorship.
Class of 1972
James A.L. Mathers Jr., FCCP, has become president of the American College of Chest Physicians. He previously served the College in various leadership positions. The ACCP has a membership of 17,000. Its philanthropic arm, the Chest Foundation, chaired by Jim’s wife, Susan, helps fund programs in prevention of tobacco use, humanitarian services, critical care, and clinical research. Jim is a partner at Pulmonary Associates in Richmond, Va.; his chief interests are pulmonary critical care and sleep medicine.
|James A.L. Mathers Jr.’72
Class of 1974
See Alumni in Print to read about a new book by Merville C. Marshall, who founded the Endocrine Institute in White Plains, N.Y. The Discovery Health Channel filmed “Lauren’s” story from Chapter 1 of the book at the Endocrine Institute, and the story aired nationally on “Mystery Diagnosis” at various times between April and June of 2008. Dr. Marshall and the patient also appeared on the “Montel Williams Show.”
Class of 1975
David P. Roye Jr. was named “Professional of the Year” for 2008 in the field of pediatric orthopedics by Strathmore Ltd. This appeared in the annual Who’s Who list and biographical publication.
|David P. Roye’75
Class of 1977
Mitchell C. Benson, chairman of the Department of Urology at P&S and the George F. Cahill Professor of Urology, has been named the Herbert and Florence Irving Professor. Mitchell’s important contributions to urology include the use of PSA in detecting early recurrences of prostatic cancer, as well as the use of minimally invasive surgical techniques for treating cancer of the prostate.
Class of 1978
Scott E. Breidbart has been appointed chief medical officer at Empire BlueCross BlueShield. Scott, a pediatric endocrinologist, is assistant professor of pediatrics at New York Medical College. He holds an MBA from Pace University and sits on the board of the New York Diabetes Coalition. He previously served as vice president for quality improvement and medical policy at Health Net.
Mindy Thompson Fullilove, Mailman professor of clinical sociomedical sciences, has been selected by President Nicholas Sarkozy of France to participate in a new Urban Planning Initiative named “Le Grand Pari.”
The Jerome L. Greene Foundation has pledged $1.3 million to the Department of Medicine toward an endowed professorship in honor of Jerry Gliklich’s contributions to cardiology at Columbia.
Andrew M. Kaunitz, professor and associate chair of obstetrics and gynecology at the University of Florida College of Medicine-Jacksonville, has been appointed editor-in-chief of the Journal Watch Women’s Health after serving as deputy editor of the journal since 2000 and contributing author since 1996. He sees patients at University of Florida’s Southside Women’s Health offices in Jacksonville. Published by the Massachusetts Medical Society, Journal Watch Women’s Health monitors more than 30 of the top general and specialty medical journals to provide brief, clinically focused summaries on medical developments and core challenges in women’s health.
Class of 1980
Carol A. Bernstein has been elected president of the American Psychiatric Association for 2009-2010. Carol is associate professor of psychiatry, vice chair for education, and associate dean for graduate medical education at NYU’s medical school. She joined NYU in 1993.
Class of 1981
Victor A. Collymore is now regional vice president of the PeaceHealth Medical Group in Bellingham, Wash. He joined PeaceHealth Dec. 29, 2008, becoming the leading physician executive for the 81 physicians who provide care to residents in Bellingham and other parts of northwest Washington state. He had been at Group Health Cooperative in Seattle for six years after working in Colorado and Los Angeles for Kaiser Permanente. The PeaceHealth system has hospitals in Alaska, Washington, and Oregon and is sponsored by the Sisters of St. Joseph of Peace.
Class of 1983
|Donald Landry’83 with
Donald W. Landry, chairman of the Department of Medicine at P&S, went to the White House in 2008 to receive the Presidential Citizens Medal for “exemplary service to the nation.” President George Bush also appointed Don to a two-year term on the President’s Council on Bioethics.
|Honors for One of Our Own
P&S Alumni News writer Peter Wortsman, a writer in multiple modes, was the 2008 recipient of the Geertje Potash-Suhr Prize for Prose of the Society for Contemporary American Literature in German, awarded for his short fiction. He also had work featured in the 2008 and 2009 editions of “The Best Travel Writing.” In addition, his stage play, “Burning Words,” was produced in 2006 by the Hampshire Shakespeare Company at the Northampton Center for the Arts in Northampton, Mass.
Class of 1984
Women’s Health Magazine in October 2008 published a list of America’s top doctors for women. On the list in the Midwest is Annabelle Volgman, who is at Rush University Medical Center in Chicago. Her areas of expertise are heart disease in women, arrhythmias, and preventive cardiology.
Class of 1985
George R. Hripcsak, chairman of the Department of Biomedical Informatics at P&S, has been named the Vivian Beaumont Allen Professor of Biomedical Informatics. George received a master’s degree in biostatistics from the Mailman School of Public Health.
Class of 1986
President Barack Obama tapped Thomas R. Frieden in May to be director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. As commissioner of the New York City Health Department since January 2002, Tom was well-known for a number of initiatives intended to improve the health of New Yorkers, including reduction of the number of smokers, increases in cancer screening, and implementation of the largest community electronic health records project in the country. Before joining the New York City Health Department, Tom, who also has an MPH degree from Mailman, worked for the CDC, where he led a number of efforts, including stopping the spread of drug-resistant tuberculosis.
Class of 1988
See Alumni in Print to read about a new book by Larry Foster. Larry practices orthopedics in Westchester and Putnam counties in New York.
Molecular virologist and immunologist Paul J. Maddon has been elected to serve as a Trustee of Columbia University (see Page 41). He received his B.A., M.Phil., and Ph.D. degrees from Columbia, in addition to his M.D. Paul is chief executive officer, chief science officer, and a director of Progenics Pharmaceuticals Inc., which he founded in 1986. The company develops and commercializes new medicines for use in gastroenterology, oncology, and virology. Paul is the author of more than 50 peer-reviewed papers; he has served on the editorial board of the Journal of Virology and has been on numerous scientific review committees of the NIH and the Department of Defense. He is the recipient of Columbia’s Alfred Steiner Award for Biomedical Research and the Harold Lamport Biomedical Research Prize. He founded the Westchester Science and Engineering Fair, and he serves on the advisory committees of Columbia’s Science Honors Program and Rockefeller University’s Science Outreach Program.
Class of 1993
Cheryl Huang has opened a private plastic surgery practice, Marin Aesthetica, in Marin County, Calif. See Page 26 for an article about the Home Away From Home program that Cheryl started while she was at P&S.
Class of 1993
See Alumni in Print to read about a new book by Steven Y. Park. “I wrote and published this book over a course of 18 months, on top of having a busy otolaryngology practice in midtown Manhattan,” he wrote.
Elizabeth Tillinghast, a psychiatrist and psychoanalyst on the Columbia and Cornell faculties, published a blog entry on huffingtonpost.com in April about the appeal of Scottish singing sensation Susan Boyle. Elizabeth, who also has a law degree, publishes widely for lawyers and other professionals on overcoming psychological impediments to success and happiness at work. Her Huffington Post contribution can be read at www.huffingtonpost.com/elizabeth-tillinghast. The Huffington Post publishes news and commentary by guest bloggers on a variety of topics.
Class of 1995
|Jerome D. Chao’95
Albany Medical College announced the appointment of Jerome D. Chao, FACS, to be chief of the Division of Plastic Surgery, effective July 2008. Jerome, assistant professor of surgery, is responsible for clinical services, education, and research in the division, which currently has seven residents. Following residency at Northwestern, Jerome took a fellowship in orthopedic hand surgery at CUMC. His main interests lie in post-bariatric body contouring, breast augmentation, abdominoplasty, and peripheral nerve surgery, including the brachial plexus.
Class of 1996
|Andrew Cheng’95 Ph.D.,
Andrew Cheng, an M.D./Ph.D. graduate (he received his Ph.D. in 1995), was promoted this year to the newly created position of senior vice president for development operations at Gilead Sciences, a biopharmaceutical company in California. In his new role, Andrew is responsible for Gilead’s biometrics, clinical operations, drug safety and public health, project and portfolio management, and regulatory affairs activities. He joined Gilead in 1999 and most recently served as vice president for clinical research, overseeing clinical development activities for the company’s development-stage programs in HIV/AIDS.
Class of 2001
Better Health PLLC, founded by Valerie Jones in 2008, is the parent company for a series of online medical and health care education products and services; its mission is to provide accurate and relevant medical information to patients and health care professionals. Her latest Web site is called GetBetterHealth.com; it offers interviews with medical experts and celebrities about important health topics. Via a free RSS feed, weekly medical cartoons will be available. Her previous blog, “Dr. Val and the Voice of Reason,” will continue under the new name, “Getting Better with Dr. Val” at the new Web site.
Class of 2005
The Council on Clinical Cardiology of the American Heart Association has bestowed its “Women in Cardiology Trainee Award for Excellence” upon Elaine Y. Wan.
Class of 2006
See Alumni in Print to read about Josh Bazell’s new book, which has been named a 2009 Barnes and Noble Discover Great New Writers selection.
|On the Air with P&S Grads
By Elizabeth Streich
Three P&S graduates have joined CBS News to communicate health and medical news: Jon LaPook’80, Jennifer Ashton’00, and Holly Phillips’00.
Dr. LaPook has served as chief medical correspondent for “CBS Evening News with Katie Couric” since 2006. He was recently named host of a Web site, CBS Doc Dot Com, that includes health-related videos. Part of CBSNews.com, it can be found at www.cbsdoc.com.
He has been joined at CBS by Dr. Ashton (daughter of Oscar Garfein’65 and brother of Evan Garfein’99), an obstetrician-gynecologist, who was named CBS News medical correspondent. She previously was a medical contributor for Fox News.
Dr. Ashton, who was class president at P&S for four years, has authored several scientific papers and health articles for lay audiences. She is an active member of the North American Society for Pediatric and Adolescent Gynecology. She has been recognized for her charity work, including Woman of Achievement honors from the Girl Scouts of New Jersey.
Her classmate, Dr. Phillips, joined WCBS-TV in January 2007 as medical reporter. Dr. Phillips has been a frequent contributor and medical expert for media outlets including NBC News, ABC News, CNN, MSNBC, CNBC, and Fox News. She has contributed to health columns for magazines, including Vogue, Town and Country, Cosmo, and Gotham and has published articles about the use of complementary and alternative medicine within traditional medical practice.
Dr. Phillips is a board-certified general internist in private practice in New York and an adjunct faculty member in the Department of Internal Medicine at Lenox Hill Hospital.
While journalism and medicine may seem to be professions with little in common, Dr. LaPook says being a thorough, caring physician translates well into a successful career in the media. As he said in a recent interview with TelevisionWeek, “You would hope that the same qualities that allow you to become a good doctor are going to also make for a good journalist. What do I do as a physician? I take histories. It’s so important to listen to people. I have found over the years that if you just let people talk, they’ll actually tell you what’s the matter. But you have to be empathetic and you have to look them in the eyes. A lot of those skills are the same skills that are very helpful as a journalist. Talking to people, not assuming that I know what’s going on, not jumping to conclusions.”
|P&S Alumni Association Marks its Sesquicentennial
By Elizabeth Streich
The P&S Alumni Association, the oldest continuous medical school alumni association, celebrates its sesquicentennial this year.
The association was founded in 1859 by several P&S graduates who decided that maintaining an alumni group was important to foster a sense of fellowship and, above all, to serve as a benevolent influence on the future of the school. One of the association’s first philanthropic acts was to raise money to build a laboratory and lecture hall. Today, all graduates of P&S are members of the alumni association, which requires no formal membership or dues.
P&S students benefit from the generations of P&S alumni whose support helps to maintain classrooms, lecture halls, laboratories, library, computer links, and health and fitness facilities. Throughout the association’s history, money contributed by alumni also has funded endowed professorships and student scholarships, grants, lectureships, and graduation awards.
“Membership in the P&S Alumni Association begins the day an individual becomes a P&S student and continues throughout the graduate’s life. The students are what we’re all about, and our focus is to support our students’ education and quality of life while they’re here and maintain a relationship with them upon graduation,” says Anke Nolting, Ph.D., associate dean and executive director of the P&S Alumni Association.
“We are so grateful for the support of our generous alumni,” says Elizabeth Williams, director of alumni relations and budget manager. “Without the assistance of alumni, we would not be able to run the many programs that we feel help make P&S a family.”
Some of the programs that give the alumni association its unique character:
• The Home Away From Home Program, which matches new students with interested New York City metropolitan area alumni (see article elsewhere in this issue)
• The annual Parents’ Day, when parents, significant others, and other family members of P&S students visit to get a feel for the rigors and pleasures of the P&S student experience
• The Minority Students’ Recruitment Program, coordinated by the association’s Committee on Minority Student Affairs in conjunction with the Dean’s Office and the Black and Latino Students Organization
• The Externship Program, which enables students to get a taste of medical life by shadowing an alumnus for a week
• Career Forums, where alumni and faculty panelists from a variety of fields share their professional experiences and insights, helping current students make informed career choices
• The Career Advisory Service, established in 1997 as a long-term resource assisting P&S students in their career decisions during and after medical school
• The Host Program, in which alumni host students during internship and residency interviews around the country
The Association supports a variety of student-related projects, designates funds for improvement of Bard Hall, and supports the P&S Club. Students participate in the association through the Student-Alumni Relations Committee, which meets regularly to address the most pressing student needs and concerns.
Alumni in Print
Asylum: A Mid-Century Madhouse and Its Lessons about Our Mentally Ill Today
By Meagan Scales
Praeger Perspectives/Greenwood Publishing Group, 2007
In his witty and warm history of Worcester State Hospital, founded in 1833 as the nation’s first state insane asylum, Dr. Callaway reflects not just on the events in this fortress-like place, but also on how those events parallel advances and failures in the field of psychiatry itself. In addition to patient/psychiatrist vignettes showing treatment techniques of the period from farm work to early electric shock therapy and insulin treatments that put schizophrenics in a 90-minute coma Dr. Callaway also offers insight into “natural” treatments that showed remarkable results and unexpected recoveries stimulated by tools as simple as a hand mirror. Dr. Callaway argues that this history offers lessons about the treatment and options for better treatment of the mentally ill in society today.
When My Husband was Puerto Rican and Other TragicoMEDICS
Comunicadora Koiné, 2008
Dr. Torres’ book begins with “The Formative Years,” a preamble of sorts about his years as a P&S student and Columbia-Presbyterian Medical Center resident. The ideas for nearly half of the tales were gleaned from his experiences with patients, while the rest were triggered by other personal experiences or those of other doctors. Although some episodes may be thought of as life imitating fiction, the plots and nature and evolution of the characters are solely the product of the author’s assessment and imagination. According to Dr. Torres, even the diseases are narrated: They play an important role, he suggests, as co-protagonists and even protagonists. Dr. Torres’ book encapsulates the life of a student, resident, and doctor, giving insight into diseases and how they affect lives.
The Immobile Man
McClain Printing Company, 2008
The first three of Dr. Gutmann’s short stories describe events that occurred at P&S. Dr. Gutmann’s book highlights human qualities at a time when medicine appears to be increasingly obsessed by the technological advances that dominate current practice. The stories in this book delve into different issues, from medical-ethical dilemmas to misunderstandings or secrets or lies to tracking down the causes of real or imaginary illness, but the overarching theme is the patient and the patient’s history. Instead of focusing on their diseases, Dr. Gutmann concentrates on the patients and the challenges they face.
Drugs, Addiction, and the Law: Policy, Politics, and Public Health
Peter J. Cohen’60
Carolina Academic Press, 2004
Dr. Cohen engages in a thorough and thoughtful discussion of the major legal, medical, ethical, political, and policy considerations faced by society as it deals with substance abuse and dependence. Among the topics addressed in the book: a comparison of “legal” and “scientific” reasoning; the history and science of drug dependence; the balancing of individual liberty and autonomy with the needs of society; the role of criminalization as a tool to control what many believe to be a medical problem; and the application of disability law to substance abuse and dependence. Since choices and decisions made in addressing these questions impact the total life of a democratic society, the book may be of interest to lawyers, physicians, public health officials, and concerned members of the general public.
Reichel’s Care of the Elderly: Clinical Aspects of Aging (6th Edition)
William Reichel’61 (editor emeritus) with editors Christine Arenson, M.D.,
Jan Busby-Whitehead, M.D., Kenneth Brummel-Smith, M.D., James G. O’Brien, M.D., and
Mary H. Palmer, Ph.D.
Cambridge University Press, 2009
Dr. Reichel is an affiliated scholar at the Center for Clinical Bioethics at Georgetown University School of Medicine and past president of the American Geriatrics Society. The book was named after him in its fifth edition. The editors are from Jefferson Medical College, the University of North Carolina, Florida State University, and the University of Louisville. Cambridge University Press says about the book: “The sixth edition remains the pioneering text for the practicing physician confronted with the unique problems of an increasingly elderly population. Dr. William Reichel’s formative text is designed as a practical and useful guide for health specialists from medical students to practicing physicians. Comprehensive and written for any clinicians caring for older patients (including family physicians, general internists, nurse practitioners, geriatricians, and other specialists), this esteemed text provides practical and trusted advice.”
International Travel Health Guide
Stuart R. Rose’65, Jay S. Keystone, M.D., and Peter Hackett, M.D.
Dr. Rose’s guide is an online 22-chapter reference for both practitioners and travelers and can be accessed free at www.travmed.com. The guide contains disease risk advisories for more than 200 countries plus easy-to-access information and updates about vaccines, jet lag, travelers’ diarrhea, insect-bite prevention, and tropical and infectious diseases. Dr. Rose updates the Web site weekly from sources including the CDC, WHO, AMADEO, Eurosurveillance, ProMED, Travel Health Network, New England Journal of Medicine, Lancet, and the Journal of Travel Medicine. Travmed.com includes links to ease trip planning, such as the CDC’s list of country entry requirements and information on travel medications. Dr. Rose’s fourth-year elective to Ethiopia sparked his interest in travel medicine, now a specialty of its own.
Body & Soul: Conversation with Your Physician and Pastor
Merville C. Marshall’74 and W. Darin Moore
Dr. Marshall’s book examines aspects of patient care that are not covered in traditional medical textbooks. Different approaches to assessing and addressing patient needs are presented and the reader can observe the day-to-day humanistic challenges routinely faced by practicing physicians. The medical case histories presented in the book (some from his days at P&S) demonstrate the importance of combining scientific knowledge with compassionate care. Dr. Marshall’s book is also unique in giving the perspective of both a clinician and a pastor. Formatted in parallel conversations, the co-authors examine numerous human conditions that affect physical, mental, and spiritual health. Themes range from physical and emotional abuse to love, from chronic illness to hope, from death to healing.
Dr. Divot’s Guide to Golf Injuries. A Handbook for Golf Injury Prevention and Treatment
Doctor Divot Publishing, 2004
A board-certified orthopedic surgeon, Dr. Foster teaches the reader how to prevent and treat most common golf injuries, including injuries to the back, wrist, elbow, shoulder, and knee. His book is written in a humorous “plain-English” style that golfers will understand and enjoy. According to Dr. Foster, missing a two-foot putt is not the most painful part of golf! The injury rate for America’s 25 million amateur golfers is 60 percent. What can be done to prevent and treat these nagging injuries? This book provides expert medical advice with clarity and humor. Fully illustrated, indexed, and referenced, this book will appeal to all golfers regardless of gender, age, or skill level.
Sleep, Interrupted: A Physician Reveals the #1 Reason Why So Many of Us are Sick and Tired
Steven Y. Park’93
Jodev Press, 2008
In this groundbreaking book, Dr. Park outlines a simple, rational explanation for what’s making you sick and provides guidance for treatment options that address specific health problems. Among his revelations: Your sleep problems may actually be a breathing problem; most sleep aids are making your sleep problems even worse; you will continue to gain weight until you treat this one problem; why you feel tired no matter how long you sleep; and how your sleep position can predict your future health problems. Dr. Park’s book was endorsed by New York Times best-selling authors Christiane Northrup, M.D., Dean Ornish, M.D., Mark Liponis, M.D., Mary Shomon, and others.
Beat the Reaper
Little, Brown and Company, 2009
In his debut book, Dr. Bazell writes a medical thriller about Dr. Peter Brown, a fictional character who is an intern at Manhattan’s worst hospital and has a talent for medicine, a shift from hell, and a past he would prefer to keep hidden. This book will keep you guessing as the plot jumps between Dr. Brown’s present day job as a first-year intern at Manhattan Catholic and his past, when he was known as Pietro Brnwa, a noted hit man for the New Jersey mob. Dr. Bazell’s book contains a combination of action and dialogue that is so entertaining you will not want to put it down.