Alumni Profile:

John H. Bryant: A Doctor to the World

JOHN "JACK" BRYANT’53 STILL VIVIDLY REMEMBERS THE PHONE CALL that changed his life, catapulting a promising young hematologist with an interest in community medicine into a lifelong advocate for fairness and equity in international health.

“Hello, Jack,” Dr. Bryant recalls. “It’s Bob Loeb.”

“‘Oh, yes, sir, how are you?’” he replied. Dr. Loeb continued: “I’m fine. You know, I’m on the board of the Rockefeller Foundation. We’re doing a study of health in the developing world. Would you like to help?”

Five years and 27 countries later, Cornell University Press issued “Health & the Developing World” (1969), Dr. Bryant’s landmark assessment of the prodigious problems and vast inequities in health care delivery in the world’s less economically favored nations. He and his colleagues in the Rockefeller Foundation study (Dr. N.R.E. Fendall from the Kenya Medical Service and Margaret Arnstein from the U.S. Public Health Service, the future dean of Yale’s School of Nursing) also evolved a “portable” model for a health team and plan for their education. Furthermore, they took a hard look at the economics of medical education in the countries studied, some of which had only recently attained independence from colonial domination. The book’s systematic approach, fair assessment, and stark conclusions stunned many of its readers and helped inspire an entire generation of students in public and international health.

At age 77, Dr. Bryant’s base of operations is a family compound off a forest road in Moscow, Vt., a hamlet not far from Stowe, where he rests up with his wife, Nancy, a registered nurse, author, and frequent companion in travel, recharging his batteries between international missions.

Jack Bryant’s path through life was nomadic from the start. Son of a traveling businessman who, as he recalls, “struggled from one deal to another through the Depression, moving the family through all of the Western states,” he attended 32 schools before entering high school.

His passion for medicine and things international was sparked following World War II, in which he served as a Navy flyer. A wingmate invited him to visit with his family in Beirut, Lebanon, where the wingmate’s missionary parents had founded the Beirut College for Women, the first institution of higher learning for women in the Middle East. Prompted by his mother’s concerns, young Jack wired his friend’s folks to inquire if it was safe to go there. “Young man,” said the succinct reply, “if you wait for peace in the Middle East, you’ll never come.”

Enjoying his first taste of the foreign, he accepted an offer to teach in a boy’s school in Tripoli. A bad bout of amebiasis, however, landed him in a mission hospital and cut short his teaching career. “I was captured by what the doctors and nurses did for their patients in that hospital.” Cured of what ailed him, he was “bit by the medical bug” and has been contending with its benign complications ever since. Returning to the States, he pursued a pre-med program of study at the University of Arizona in his home state, earning a B.A. in 1949 before enrolling at P&S.

From Hematology to “Health and the Developing World”

At P&S, he came under the influence of two legendary members of the faculty: Dr. Robert Loeb, the renowned professor and chairman of medicine, and Dr. Harold Brown, professor of tropical medicine. From Dr. Loeb he learned clinical medicine at its best, riveted by Loeb’s powers of observation and diagnosis. From the latter, whom he described as “visionary,” Dr. Bryant absorbed “a deep appreciation of public health and parasitic diseases,” as well as “an abiding interest in exotic disease entities” and, above all, “a profound empathy for the people who contract these diseases.”

Prompted by a fellow student, squash partner, and Harold Brown protegé—the future Nobel laureate, Baruch Blumberg’51, who had spent a formative third-year rotation in Surinam—Jack Bryant followed suit. In Surinam, he pursued research in filariasis, a disease common to the region, made rounds at the small local hospital, and perfected his bow and arrow technique with the local forest people.

Back in New York, he completed an internship and residency in medicine at Presbyterian Hospital and decided on an academic career. Dr. Loeb helped him land a coveted postgraduate research position at the NIH. Following a fellowship in biochemistry at the National Institute of Arthritis and Metabolic Diseases and a special research fellowship in biochemistry at the Max Planck Institute in Munich, Dr. Bryant took a fellowship in hematology at Washington University in St. Louis.

In 1960, he joined the medical faculty of the University of Vermont and served as director of the clinical research program and later as assistant dean in charge of undergraduate education.

Then came the fateful phone call from Dr. Loeb. An initial two-year leave of absence from the University of Vermont stretched into a life’s calling in public and international health.

Following the completion of his study, the Rockefeller Foundation arranged for him to write up the results in Bangkok, Thailand, where he was appointed professor of medicine at the Ramathibodi Hospital Faculty of Medicine and where he simultaneously served as a consultant on medical education to the government of Thailand.

In rural Thailand at the time, the ratio of physicians to population was one to 212,000. Fathoming almost immediately “that Thailand didn’t need another hematologist, they needed something else,” Dr. Bryant shifted his focus from clinical medicine to the business of teaching health to people at the community level and reaching populations that weren’t served. He helped establish a program in community medicine, working out conceptual curricular as well as basic logistical issues, such as where to lodge students while they were looking after the community. In the process, while helping Thailand transform its medical education programs, Dr. Bryant went through his own professional and personal metamorphosis, shifting from a microscopic to a telescopic take on health care. In Thailand, he and his wife, Nancy, who already had two children, adopted a Thai child.

Meanwhile, “Health & the Developing World” whipped up an intellectual maelstrom in public health circles back in the States. “Many people who were students of medicine or public health at the time later told me that it helped shape their thinking about international health,” Dr. Bryant recalls. The book also brought him to the attention of the Columbia administration. In 1971, he was named Joseph DeLamar Professor of Public Health, director of the School of Public Health, and associate dean of the Faculty of Medicine (Public Health) before the public health school achieved independent school status. During his tenure at the helm, with Rockefeller and Carnegie Foundation support, Dr. Bryant created the Center for Community Health Development to help foster a more fluid and effective interaction among the medical school, Presbyterian Hospital, the community, and smaller hospitals and health care centers in the community. With the goal of breaking through institutional barriers to reach out to the community, he developed interdisciplinary programs with Columbia’s business and social work schools.

Washington Calls

Then in 1978, came another fateful call from a friend, Dr. Julius Richmond, U.S. Surgeon General under President Jimmy Carter, inviting him to help the president expand the activities of the Office of International Health and increase its effectiveness in linking the United States with international health activities.

As director of the office and deputy assistant secretary for international health in the Department of Health and Human Services from 1978 to 1983, among myriad other responsibilities, Dr. Bryant represented the U.S. government on the executive board of the World Health Organization and participated in a number of joint U.S.-WHO activities, including the development of the WHO Code on Infant Formulas, a critique of corporate practices.

In 1978 Dr. Bryant served as a member of the U.S. delegation to the International Conference on Primary Health Care in Alma Ata, Kazakstan, then a part of the USSR. The first international gathering to recognize the need to reach out beyond existing hospital structures, Alma Ata affirmed that “no one would be left out.” Its very name became a catchword for the fundamental doctrine of “health for all.”

His medical perspective and professional focus would change yet again when, in 1985, the Aga Khan, spiritual leader of the Ismaeli Sect of Islam, sought his input in the creation of Aga Khan University in Karachi, Pakistan. What began as a consult blossomed into an appointment. Dr. Bryant was named Noordin M. Thobani Professor and founding chairman of the Department of Community Health Sciences, a position he held until 1993, when he retired as emeritus professor. In the course of those eight years, Dr. Bryant helped design the curriculum and build the faculty of what became the university’s largest department.

Located on one of the world’s loveliest campuses, its buildings erected in purple marble with gardens to sit and reflect, the university had high walls and guards at the gates, a necessity in politically turbulent times. From the start, the administration faced two fundamental issues: “Should teaching take place behind the walls or out in the world? And is the university willing to take ultimate responsibility for the care of defined populations?” Dr. Bryant was adamant about his position in both regards. “We wanted to be out there where we were needed and take charge of the care.” Furthermore, “it was clear to us that the major contribution this university could make would be to develop models for health care that were practical and repeatable elsewhere.”

In his thinking, Dr. Bryant “moved beyond a concept of the public as a population to the public as a collection of families. My interest moved more and more toward the sociocultural side of medicine.”

Juggling Multiple Hats

Dr. Bryant has always juggled multiple hats. A member of the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences, he served a tenure as chairman of the Christian Medical Commission of the World Council of Churches, advising that group on how best to continue to participate in health-care delivery in newly independent African states. He helped the council shift its focus from an exclusive dependence on mission hospitals.

As a member since 1982 and president since 1990 of the Council for International Organizations of Medical Sciences, he helped organize a number of international conferences on health policy, ethics and human values, and various aspects of the international pharmaceutical industry. This role has led to many cooperative efforts with the Islamic Organization for Medical Sciences, to which he remains a trusted adviser.

Dr. Bryant also has been active in the Western Hemisphere. Since the mid-1970s, he has served as a consultant to, and subsequently joined the board of, Hôpital Albert Schweitzer in Haiti.

Benchmarks of Fairness for Health Care Reform

In 1998, Dr. Bryant hooked up with philosopher Norman Daniels, then at Tufts University and now at Harvard, who wrote “Benchmarks of Fairness for Health-Care Reform,” originally for the Clinton health-care reform task force. Engaged in co-organizing a WHO conference in Geneva on equity in health-care delivery, Dr. Bryant sought out Professor Daniels’ participation as a speaker. Their working relationship expanded into a series of workshops on the ethics of health-care delivery. The series was sponsored by the Rockefeller Foundation, and workshops were held in Pakistan, Thailand, Mexico, and Colombia.

Emeritus, but Definitely Not Retired

Not one “to sit out on his front porch and rock,” Dr. Bryant has continued his tireless trek since his appointment as emeritus professor at Aga Khan University.

He helped the government of Thailand cope with a serious “brain drain” of its physicians from rural to urban areas. He helped create and taught at the Tropical Institute for Community Health and Development for Africa in Kisumu, Kenya, and lent his guidance to students and faculty in the development there of community-based Orphan Care Support Systems. Among other current projects, he is participating in an effort to develop the Pakistan-India Forum for Health and Well-Being as a binational health research collaboration in the interest of peace.

Recipient in 2000 of the Life Time Achievement Award for Excellence in International Health of the American Public Health Association and in 2001 of an honorary doctorate of science degree from the University of Arizona, author or co-author of multiple books and monographs, Dr. Bryant takes ongoing pleasure in a life well lived, with his wife, Nancy, always a stalwart partner. “I just feel so blessed, so fortunate to have had all these rich opportunities, to be needed and still be fit enough to respond to the need.”

Dr. Bryant will be a moderator and speaker at this year's Dean's Day Program on May 16. The program, which he helped organize, will be devoted to a discussion of America's vital interest in global health.

Rx for Travel:
Vermont—Snuggling in Nature’s Lap

By Peter Wortsman
generous,” advised an old gentleman with snow white hair and fingertips blue from his bounteous take. We were both knee-deep in a wild blueberry patch in July 2002 on the Hogback Trail in Goshen, Vt., in the heart of the Green Mountain National Forest. It is a mere three-hour drive from New York City but, in spiritual time, light years away from it all.

My comfortably rustic lodgings at the Blueberry Hill Inn (802/247-6735 or 800/448-0707,, whose backyard opens onto hundreds of miles of hiking and cross country ski trails, let me snuggle up in nature’s lap with gourmet vittles and a rocking chair. Which, come to think of it, is what Vermont is all about.

Not every corner of the Green Mountain State is this idyllic, of course, but Vermont has a laid-back way about it, a handshake between nature and culture.

Its trees bleed sweetness. The honor system still holds sway at Lewis and Audrey Coty’s Nebraska Knoll Sugar Farm in Stowe, where you can slip a few dollars into an old cash box and help yourself to a tin of Vermont Fancy Grade maple syrup. In Waterbury, stop in at Ben & Jerry’s Ice Cream Factory, a Vermont institution, and taste yourself silly. Or for more refined fare, mosey on over to the Trapp Family Lodge (800/826-7000, set on a mountain top just outside Stowe, which is home in summer to the Vermont Mozart Festival and a sumptuous Wiener schnitzel all year round.

Stowe is the consummate New England village with a sophisticated twist. The soaring white steeple of the 140-year-old Stowe Community Church, one of America’s first non-denominational sanctuaries, gently strokes the sky. The Stowe Recreational Path that meanders along the creek behind the church is restricted to two-legged or two-wheeled perambulation. The vintage barbershop down the block appears to be posing for a picture postcard. And Lackey’s General Store with its dour saleslady and dusty selection of this and that is a bona fide time warp. But just across the street, the Helen Day Art Center features contemporary art that spills outdoors every summer in an outdoor sculpture installation brazenly called “Exposed.” The elegant 160-year-old Green Mountain Inn (800/253-7302,, listed on the National Historic Register, where Henry Ford hobnobbed with Thomas Edison, is the haven of choice from which to explore Stowe and drive, bike, or hike through nearby Smuggler’s Notch.

Even Burlington, Vermont’s only metropolis, manages to maintain a civilized decorum on the banks of Lake Champlain. A drive along Mallet’s Bay on Lake Shore Drive reveals more sails unfurled than “For Sale” shingles, recent real estate boom notwithstanding. At the lavish Inn at Essex (800/727-4295,, set in an English garden setting just outside town, well-heeled city slickers meet well-off country squires for a dip in the pool, a round of golf on its nine-hole course, or a candlelight dinner at Butler’s Restaurant, the on-site blue-ribbon arm of the New England Culinary Institute.

The Shelburne Museum (, the Yankee answer to Colonial Williamsburg, is nestled in the Burlington suburb of Shelburne. Here on a vast estate, refurbished structures plucked from the far corners of the state showcase regional nostalgia, including a gallery full of Grandma Moses landscapes, duck decoys, and weather vanes, a landlocked lighthouse, and a displaced covered bridge that traverses no river. A place so lovely as Vermont can be forgiven a lapse into vanity. The real thing, in any case, is just down the road.

Profiles in Giving:
Student Loan Fund Renamed for a Beloved Dean

TO MANY ALUMNI WHOSE MEDICAL STUDIES COINCIDED WITH Don Tapley’s tenure as Dean of the Faculty of Medicine, 1974-1984, the names Tapley and P&S are practically synonymous. Subsequent classes knew the late Dr. Donald F. Tapley as P&S Alumni Professor and Senior Deputy Vice President for Health Sciences, positions he held with distinction from 1984 until his death in 1999. In 1983, worried about eroding reserves for financial aid, Dr. Tapley was instrumental in establishing the Dean’s Loan, a zero-interest-bearing fund, which he once termed “a recyclable source of financial aid.” (Interest is charged only following the completion of medical school and postgraduate training.) As a fitting and purposeful memorial to his legacy, that fund has been renamed the Donald F. Tapley Loan Fund. Thanks to an excellent repayment record and additional capital contributions from alumni and friends, the fund, which started out at $280,000, has grown to more than $1.7 million.

A graduate of the School of Medicine of the University of Chicago, Donald Tapley came to Columbia in 1952 to train under Robert Loeb at Presbyterian Hospital. Except for a three-year period, 1954-1957, during which he pursued fellowships in physiological chemistry at Johns Hopkins and Oxford, Dr. Tapley spent his entire professional career at P&S, where he left a rich scientific and educational legacy.

As a young investigator in the Department of Medicine, he focused his research activities on the metabolic effects of thyroid hormone and, more specifically, on the action of thyroid hormone on mitochondria, work that earned him worldwide recognition. His early use of electron microscopy to locate the site of hormone action paved the way for important related work in the field. Author or co-author of numerous papers and book chapters, he rapidly rose in the academic ranks to full professor in 1972.

Always an effective and popular teacher, he took over direction of the third-year clerkship from Dana Atchley and supervised the training of many of America’s finest future medical educators.

In addition to his teaching prowess, his remarkable administrative skills earned him notice. In 1970, he was named associate dean for faculty affairs. Three years later he was promoted to acting dean and, shortly thereafter, to dean. His tenure was marked by an extensive and, at the time, controversial restructuring of the curriculum, resulting in, among other prescient pedagogical advances, earlier involvement of students in the clinical experience. He helped pilot the school through a stormy era of change in American medicine. Upholding academic standards, despite stringent fiscal constraints and government regulation, Dr. Tapley recruited leading faculty from around the country. During his tenure, the school’s endowment doubled, as did the number of endowed professorships.

In the words of his widow, Caroline Tapley, “he lived and breathed P&S. Aside from the family, the medical school was unquestionably the most important thing in his life, in that he never begrudged it a tiny scrap of time or energy.”

His daughter, Elisabeth, an administrator in the Division of Infectious Diseases in the Department of Medicine, vividly recalls several occasions on which “he was whisked away by helicopter from a family vacation to attend to some crisis at the medical center.” She also remembers “his evident fondness for the students, whom he held to high standards and had over to the house for dinner. He strongly believed,” Elisabeth recalled, “that all eligible people should have access to a P&S education. You had to meet certain criteria, to have the right stuff, and then, money should not stand in the way.”

So far, more than 1,100 P&S students from all walks of life have benefited from the Donald F. Tapley Loan Fund.

Alumni Association Activities

New Students Reception
Alumni Association president Shearwood McClelland helped make new students feel at home Sept. 4, 2002, at the traditional wine and cheese reception for the incoming class and house staff. “Welcome to the greatest medical school in America,” he greeted the new arrivals. “Part of what makes this school so great is all of you.” It was the kind of esprit de corps that appealed to Christopher Damman’06 when he interviewed at P&S. “Students, residents, and faculty members dropped by the waiting room outside the Admissions Office to say hello. It felt like an extended family.” To another new student, Brian Daines’06, who hails from Idaho, P&S is literally a family affair. “This is where I wanted to come since I was a little boy,” he beamed. His fondness for the school was primed by his father, Joseph Gordon Daines’72, an orthopedist in private practice, and brother Michael, a member of the Class of 2003. In addition to Dr. McClelland, other faculty members on hand included Dr. Ernest April, Dr. Linda Lewis, and Dr. Hilda Hutcherson.

2002 Career Forum
The Student-Alumni Relations Committee of the P&S Alumni Association sponsored a forum and dinner Sept. 26, 2002, for fourth-year students to meet with, and pick the brains of, recent alumni regarding their specialties. Alumni in attendance were James Lee’99, Charles Murphy’00, Magdalena Sobieszczyk’98, William Mack’01, Sean Lalin’00, John Allendorf’97, Eugene Kim’98, Corinne Horn’00, and Michelle Evans’99. Their specialties represented radiology, internal medicine, pediatrics, ob/gyn, surgery, neurosurgery, psychiatry, ophthalmology, otolaryngology, orthopedic surgery, and anesthesiology.

Alumni Council

Alumni Council dinners, held four times a year, help alumni connect with their peers, reconnect with old friends, and make new friends in the field. The speakers include many of the movers and shakers in American medicine at P&S.

At the council dinner on June 19, outgoing Alumni Association president Martha Welch ’71 passed the gavel to her successor, Shearwood McClelland’74, associate professor of clinical orthopedic surgery at P&S and director of orthopedic surgery at Harlem Hospital. As per ritual, Dr. McClelland presented his predecessor with a ceremonial gavel and a bound book of the year’s minutes.

Kenneth A. Forde’59, chairman of the Honors and Awards Committee, introduced the special guest speaker, Nobel laureate Dr. Eric Kandel, and bestowed on him the status of honorary alumnus. “From the hippocampus to the Health Sciences campus,” said Dr. Forde, “we are proud to count you one of us.” Dr. Kandel mingled his remarks with a film clip from the Nobel Prize award ceremony in Stockholm. He began by noting that he owes “an enormous debt to P&S,” which he characterized as “the most spectacular environment in the world to mature in scientifically.” He described in brief the course of his now famous research in learning and memory using the Aplysia, or sea slug, as a simple model. In his study of learning, he discovered that “even though the precision of the connection [between nerve cells in the brain] was specified, the exact strength of the connection was not.” He found, furthermore, that such “connections would become much stronger by growth of new processes or much weaker, depending on environmental experience,” a key to understanding the biochemistry of learning.

Dr. Barbara Barlow was guest speaker at the Sept. 18 council dinner. She is professor of surgery at Columbia, director of surgery at Harlem Hospital, and professor of epidemiology at the Mailman School of Public Health. She lectured about her pioneering work in injury prevention as director of the Injury Free Coalition for Kids, a national program of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. Her long-standing research focuses on the prevention of traumatic injury to children. Thanks to a $15 million grant from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, Dr. Barlow will supervise the replication at various sites around the country of the effective program she first created at Harlem Hospital. Her program is based first and foremost on education of the community and emphasizes the benefits of cost-free, positive peer activities with adult mentors. The results in Harlem have been encouraging: Major injuries in children in the Harlem community shrank from a staggering 1,276 per 100,000 children in 1988, before the program began, to 632 per 100,000 in 1998. Dr. McClelland thanked Dr. Barlow, a friend and colleague at Harlem Hospital, and summed up the importance of her work: “Hospitals exist to take care of the failures of prevention.”

Surgeons Meet in San Francisco
The P&S Alumni Association and the Columbia-Presbyterian John Jones Surgical Society co-hosted a reception at the Hilton San Francisco Hotel on Oct. 8, 2002, in conjunction with the 88th annual Clinical Congress of the American College of Surgeons. P&S alumni and surgeons who trained at Columbia-Presbyterian from around the country came together for an evening of reminiscing and prognosis for surgical practices past, present, and future.

Class News


RAYMOND J. FITZPATRICK founded Hospice of Central Florida in 1979 and served as its medical director for the first five years of its existence (until his retirement). The organization has continued to grow in size and influence in the area.

ARCHIBALD L. RUPRECHT’S autobiographical essay, titled “My Antarctica,” was published in the Spring 2002 issue of the Gettysburg Review. ARNOLD B. SCHEIBEL is a full-time professor of neurobiology and psychiatry at UCLA and enjoys teaching “more than ever.”

, the E.B. Shaw Professor of Pediatrics Emeritus at the University of California, San Francisco, was elected to the Johns Hopkins University Society of Scholars in May 2002. This society inducts former fellows and junior faculty who have gained distinction in their fields. Mel’s research has been in the areas of the human endocrine and neuroendocrine systems from fetal life through puberty and hormonal control of growth and maturation. Currently he is studying gene mutations, effecting bone growth and maturation as well as sexual development. Mel is past president of the Endocrine Society, the American Pediatric Society, and the Lawson Wilkins Pediatric Endocrine Society. IRWIN NYDICK, a “retired” cardiologist, is still an attending at the Hospital for Special Surgery, still a consultant at the U.N., and is actively teaching residents at Cornell-New York Hospital.

, a psychiatrist affiliated with NYU, has cut back his hours to part-time status. He gave a lecture on post-traumatic stress disorder, based on his own World War II experience and that of his patients who were affected by the events of Sept. 11, 2001. JULIAN ORLEANS, a pediatrician practicing in New Jersey, gained recognition by the New Jersey Blood Bank for having donated 17 units of platelets in 2001 (he was the top donor). He has been donating blood since he was 18 years old; his grand total as of 2002 is 187 units. Julie also participated in a 100-mile bicycle race in 2002 and was the oldest person to complete the distance.

NORMAN BANK is director of the Renal Data Institute, a service of the Nephrology and Urology Foundation of America. The institute gathers clinical information on transplant, pediatric, and urology programs in the New York metropolitan region for use in research and epidemiological studies. STANLEY EDELMAN is serving as the surgeons’ representative to the Captains Endowment Association of the New York Police Department. In 1999 he was the recipient of a Columbia University Alumni Association medal for meritorious service. RICHARD H. MICHAELS participates in the educational program of Physicians for Social Responsibility. He addresses Rotary Clubs and high school social studies classes on the medical consequences and other dangers of nuclear weapons.

Although retired from his practice of internal medicine with an emphasis on gastroenterology, KENNETH A. ALTMAN has taken out a patent for a self-advancing endoscope, is active in the Hastings Institute (a think tank concerned with medical ethics), and continues his musical endeavors with compositions. (See the Fall 2002 issue of P&S Journal, page 39.)

Now retired, SCOTT B. HALSTEAD is president of the American Bureau for Medical Advancement in China, an organization whose history has been intertwined with that of P&S for several generations. Scott is also editing a book and traveling professionally, attempting to raise $100 million for development of a dengue vaccine. HARVEY L.P. RESNIK was awarded the title of emeritus clinical professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences at George Washington University’s May 2002 commencement. His daughter Rebecca received her M.D. at the same ceremony. Earlier in 2002, Harvey was honored by Suburban Hospital in Bethesda, Md., “in grateful recognition for his leadership and contributions rendered to the Department of Psychiatry since 1973.” On the international front, Harvey became an officer in the Order of the Crown of Belgium for his consulting work in that country.

EDWIN A. RUDINGER, a retired captain of the U.S. Navy’s Medical Corps, helped his good friend, James Lovell, one of the Apollo 13 astronauts, celebrate his 50th wedding anniversary. The venue was the Alumni House at the U.S. Naval Academy, 50 years after Mr. Lovell’s graduation there.

The American Board of Medical Specialties has bestowed its 2002 Distinguished Service Award upon LEO J. DUNN, who has served that society in numerous capacities over the years, culminating in a term as its president. He was a major force for and a strong supporter of the goals of the Task Force on Competence. He has also given extensive service to the American Board of Obstetrics & Gynecology, the American Association of Obstetricians & Gynecologists, and the AAOG Foundation. Leo’s “regular job” is as professor of ob/gyn at the Medical College of Virginia/Virginia Commonwealth University, where he served as chairman from 1967 to 1996. The Leo J. Dunn Research Chair was established when he retired as chairman.

Edwin D. Bransome Jr., professor emeritus of medicine at the Medical College of Georgia, is a consultant in endocrinology in Aikin, S.C. Since 1999 he has served as president of the U.S. Pharmacopoeia. GLEN E. GRESHAM, a fellow of the American College of Physicians, retired in 1998 as professor of medicine and chairman of rehabilitation medicine at SUNY Buffalo School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences.

Clinical professor of psychiatry at Harvard and training and supervising analyst at Boston Psychoanalytic Society & Institute, BENNETT SIMON is gradually cutting back on his practice and hospital teaching. During the spring quarter of 2002, he was Visiting Kohut Professor at the University of Chicago’s Council on Social Thought.

JOHN S. KOVACH is director of the Long Island Cancer Center at Stony Brook University. He previously headed the Mayo Comprehensive Cancer Center in Rochester, Minn., and the City of Hope Comprehensive Cancer Center in Duarte, Calif. John is an oncologist and researcher.

Calling All Photos
As CPMC begins to commemorate its 75th anniversary (this year), several projects could use photos alumni have from their years at the medical center as students or residents. Candid photos are preferred over formal portraits. Photos from graduates before 1990 are particularly welcome. Black and white or color photos are acceptable. All photos would be returned within two weeks of their receipt.

Please send photos by April 1 to: Stephen E. Novak, Archives & Special Collections, Augustus C. Long Health Sciences Library, 701 W. 168th St., New York, NY 10032. Call (212) 305-7931 for Federal Express shipping information or for more information. E-mail:

A retired surgeon, ARTHUR L. BROWN II is working as a medical consultant for the state of Michigan. P. REED LARSEN was appointed chief of the Division of Endocrinology, Diabetes, and Hypertension at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston. The Endocrine Society honored Reed for “outstanding achievements in research” by selecting him for the Astwood Award.

WILLIAM B. MCCULLOUGH, associate clinical professor of surgery at Yale and senior surgeon at Surgical Associates of New Haven, was the invited guest lecturer at the 14th China National Symposium on Surgery in Shanghai in November 2001. He also visited Chinese surgeons in Beijing, Xian, and Shanghai. His wife, Barbara, a 1964 Columbia Nursing School graduate, and their son James R., a 1995 Columbia Business School graduate, joined Bill for part of the trip.

HAROLD E. VARMUS has been appointed a trustee of Columbia University. This is yet another honor for Harold, who shared the Nobel Prize in Medicine in 1989. Z. NICHOLAS ZAKOV is a founding member and first president of the American Society for Ocular Trauma. He lives and works in the Cleveland area.

ED MULLIN is president of the medical staff at Lehigh Valley Hospital in Allentown, Pa. For the past five years he has been on the U.S. News & World Report’s list of the top 50 urologists in the United States.

NEIL F. GOODMAN practices reproductive endocrinology in the Miami area. He is on the voluntary faculty at the University of Miami School of Medicine as a professor of medicine.

ANTHONY CABOT, an orthopedic surgeon practicing in Atlanta, has published articles not only in his field of orthopedic surgery but also on subjects such as “How to talk to your doctor” and “How to talk to your patient” for the Vikings Gazette in Atlanta.

KATHERINE HAWKINS received a J.D. degree from Fordham University in 2002. She now divides her time between the part-time practice of medicine and work with a New York City law firm. ROBERT A. RIEHLE JR., a surgeon, is chief medical officer of Spartanburg Regional, a three-hospital integrated health care system in South Carolina. EDWARD TABOR edited the book, “Viruses and Liver Cancer,” which was published by Elsevier in June 2002; this is the fifth book on the subject written or edited by Ed. DANIEL D. VON HOFF has been elected president of the American Association for Cancer Research.

JOSE M. MARCAL, a gastroenterologist, was listed by Boston Magazine as one of the top doctors in the Boston area. His practice is in Stoneham, Mass., and he has privileges at Winchester Hospital.

SAMUEL J. DANIEL has been promoted to president/CEO of North General Hospital in New York City. Contemporary Ob/Gyn, the nation’s publication with the largest circulation in the field of ob/gyn, has given ANDREW M. KAUNITZ an award for “Best Article in Gynecology for 2001” for his paper, “Choosing to Menstruate—Or Not.” Andy is professor and assistant chairman of ob/gyn at the University of Florida Health Science Center in Jacksonville. Steven T. Ruby has been elected to the International Board of Directors of the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation. Andrew Wilking, who resides in Houston, Texas, has received Fulbright and Jaworski Faculty Excellence Awards, respectively, for “Educational Teaching and Evaluation” and “Educational Leadership.”

KHETHER E. RABY, an internist and cardiologist who does interventional cardiology, was named one of the top doctors in the Boston area by Boston Magazine. Like his co-top doctor, Jose Marcal’76, his office is in Stoneham and his affiliation with Winchester Hospital.

An active member of the American Orthopedic Society for Sports Medicine, WILLIAM GOMEZ serves as team physician for the Trenton Lightning Arena Football Team, the Trenton Titans, (part of the East Coast Hockey League), and the Trenton Shooting Stars, members of the International Basketball League.

KENNETH L. DOMINGUEZ works at the CDC as a medical epidemiologist. His main area of interest is pediatric/adolescent HIV. For the past six years he has voluntarily organized an annual cancer screening health fair for Hispanic women in the Atlanta area. In 2001, 600 women were screened and he hopes they will be able to screen even more with each event. Ken would welcome correspondence from fellow alumni. The journal Cosmetic Dermatology has named JAMES M. SPENCER as its new editor-in-chief. Jim is vice chairman and associate professor of dermatology and director of dermatologic surgery programs at Mount Sinai Medical Center in New York City. He was previously associated with the University of Miami. He received an M.S. degree in biologic science from Stanford University. Jim serves on a number of committees for the Skin Cancer Foundation, the National Coalition for Sun Safety, and the American Academy of Dermatology. He formerly held positions with the National Institutes of Health and the American Academy of Dermatology’s Task Force on Core Competency in Procedural Skills.

RICHARD E. BRAUNSTEIN has been director of refractive surgery at the Harkness Eye Institute since 2002. He holds the title of Miranda Wong Tang Assistant Professor of Ophthalmology. JARED A. GOLUB is assistant professor of medicine at Harvard. He serves as associate director of the Biologic Therapy Program in the Department of Hematology/ Oncology at the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston. LAURENCE HUANG is associate professor of medicine at UCSF. He and his wife, Susan, are the proud parents of three sons. Larry would appreciate any available advice on raising three boys!

DEBORAH D. BRATHWAITE is assistant professor of anesthesiology and critical care at P&S. At the end of 2000 she married Craig Cooper; her official name is now D. Brathwaite-Cooper. JAMES D. CAMPBELL is at the University of Maryland, working at the Center for Vaccine Development. Jim and his wife, Yukari C. Manabe’91, have four sons. [Perhaps they should talk to Susan and Larry Huang’89. - Ed.] Yuka works at the Center for Tuberculosis Research at Johns Hopkins. SHARI L. HALL and her husband, Peter R. Noyes, have settled in Hawaii, where they are bringing up their two daughters. Aloha Anesthesia Services is the appellation of Shari’s solo private anesthesiology practice.

The Fairfield County Medical Association and the Richard and Hinda Rosenthal Foundation have nominated two members of the class, SHARA P. ISRAEL and BRIAN MCGOVERN, for the prestigious Dr. Melville G. Magida Award, which recognizes young physicians (those under age 40 ) who have shown “a notable capacity for patient treatment and care and a special sensitivity to patient-physician relationships.” Shara is an internist at Stamford Hospital, medical director of ambulatory practice, and associate chief/associate program director of Stamford Hospital’s Department of Medicine. She provides direct patient care to the under-served, is a gifted teacher, and has singular people skills. She has also organized a women physicians group and is very involved in her synagogue (where her husband is rabbi). She is the mother of four young children. Brian is assistant chairman of emergency medicine at Stamford Hospital and also serves on several committees at Norwalk Hospital. He is noted for his “amazing optimism and composure in the emergency room” and also has strong people skills. Aside from his hospital responsibilities he performs physical examinations for Connecticut state troopers, volunteers for the under-served with Americares, travels as team physician with the U.S. Lacrosse National Under 19 Team, and serves as an emergency medical consultant to the U.S. Lacrosse Sports, Science and Safety Committee. Brian is married, the father of four children, and acts as physician delegate to his children’s nursery school. He is active in his church in Wilton. According to the director of the Norwalk Hospital Trauma Service, “Brian gives 200 percent to everything he does, whether it is his profession, his family, or his community.”

JUDY KORNER, an endocrinologist, received an Irving Scholar Award and was named the Florence Irving Assistant Professor of Clinical Medicine at P&S. Judy has both a Ph.D. and an M.D. from Columbia. CHRISTOPHER J. MUNTZ enjoys practicing general pediatrics in the Los Angeles area. Chris and his wife, CHARLENE HUANG’91, also a pediatrician associated with UCLA, have added twins, Nicholas and Phoebe, to join their older sister, Zoe. This keeps them involved in a busy pediatric practice even after they get home from work. HOWARD D. POMERANZ, who holds both Ph.D. and M.D. degrees from Columbia, is the director of neuro-ophthalmology at the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis.

JAMES R. WOODY II received his M.B.A. as part of the Physician Executive Program at the University of Tennessee in 2001. He works as an attending physician in the emergency department of a regional medical center in Danville, Ky.

At the completion of her ob/gyn residency, TAMARA TAKOUDES received the Perinatal Collaboration Award as well as the Medical Student Teaching Award. She then went on to a maternal-fetal medicine fellowship at Women’s and Infants Hospital of Brown University.

Alumni Writer on the Road

Among other appearances in Fall 2002, P&S Journal Alumni News Writer PETER WORTSMAN was a visiting scholar in residence at the Center for the Book at Hampshire College in Amherst, Mass., where he read from his original stage play, “The Tattooed Man Tells All.” He also lectured on the poetics of translation and on his recently published translation of 16th century German humanist Johannes Reuchlin’s classic defense of freedom of expression, “Recommendation Whether to Confiscate, Destroy and Burn All Jewish Books “ (Paulist Press, 2000).

Mr. Wortsman also read from “New York Does Not Exist, ode on a citystate of mind,” a collaborative work in progress with photographer Gilles Vauclair, in the Cultural Crossings Lecture Series of the Humanities Consortium at Cleveland State University. An excerpt appeared in the anthology, “110 Stories: New York Writes After September 11” (NYU Press, 2002).

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