Faculty Awards
P&S Distinguished Service Awards were presented to DR. AUDREY S. PENN, professor emeritus of neurology, and DR. ALEXANDER GARCIA, professor and chairman emeritus of orthopedic surgery.

Charles W. Bohmfalk Awards were presented to DR. THOMAS GARRETT, professor of clinical medicine, for distinguished teaching in the pre-clinical years, and to DR. BLAIR FORD, associate professor of clinical neurology, for distinguished teaching in the clinical years.

The Arnold P. Gold Foundation Guardian of Humanism in Medicine Award was given to Dr. Leonard Tow, chairman, Citizens Utility.
The Arnold P. Gold Foundation Leonard Tow Humanism in Medicine Award was given to DR. WILLIAM LOVEJOY, clinical professor of medicine.

The Dr. Harold and Golden Lamport Research Award in basic sciences was given to DR. FRED CHANG, assistant professor of microbiology. DR. JESSICA K. KANDEL, the Herbert Irving Assistant Professor of Surgery, received the Dr. Harold and Golden Lamport Research Award in clinical sciences.

The Distinguished Teacher Award was given by the Class of 2003 to DR. GLENDA GARVEY, professor of clinical medicine.

Student Prizes and Awards

Dr. Harry S. Altman Award (outstanding achievement in pediatric ambulatory care) ALLISON B. PESTRONK

Alumni Association Award (outstanding service to P&S) JEREMY D. KEENAN
Virginia P. Apgar Award (excellence in anesthesiology and intensive care) JOSHUA H. ATKINS and KEVIN J. BRILLMichael H. Aranow Memorial Prize (best exemplifying the caring and humane qualities of the practicing physician) AMRESH RAINA
Herbert J. Bartelstone Award (exceptional accomplishments in pharmacology) ELIZABETH M. FITELSON
Alvin Behrens Memorial Fund Award (outstanding graduate entering ophthalmology) JEREMY D. KEENAN and CAROLYN Y. SHIH
Edward T. Bello, M.D., Listening Award (to a graduating student who best portrays the art of listening to patients, colleagues, and self in practicing the chosen field of medicine) ELIZABETH C. VERNA
Robert G. Bertsch Prize (emulating Dr. Bertsch’s ideals of the humane surgeon) MEHUL R. KAMDAR
Coakley Memorial Prize (outstanding achievement in otolaryngology) JOEL GUSS
Titus Munson Coan Prize (best essay in biological sciences) VIVEK K. UNNI and CHRISTOPHER M. WILLIAM
Thomas F. Cock Prize (excellence in obstetrics and gynecology) GRETCHEN E. HULTMAN
Rosamond Kane Cummins’52 Award (graduate entering orthopedics with academic excellence, sensitivity, kindness, devotion to patients, and the fine human qualities she exemplified) MARSHALL A. KUREMSKY
Dean’s Award for Excellence in Research/Graduate School of Arts and Sciences at CUMC ALEXANDER F. PALAZZO and PAUL JOSEPH PLANET POLOWE
The Endocrine Society’s Medical Student Achievement Award ALEXANDER R. OPOTOWSKY
The Franklin “Jerry” G. Bishop Award (outstanding academic achievements) REBECCA M. BAUER
Frederick P. Gay Memorial Award (achievement in microbiology) JULIE-AURORE LOSMAN
Louis Gibofsky Memorial Prize MOHAMMED ASMAL
Arnold P. Gold Foundation Award (excellence in science and compassion in patient care) ELIZABETH M. FITELSON
Dr. Charles F. Hamilton Award (excellence in pulmonary disease) JULIE-AURORE LOSMAN
Janeway Prize (the highest achievement and abilities in the graduating class) BRYAN J. WINN
Albert B. Knapp Scholarship (awarded at the conclusion of the third year to the medical student with highest scholarship in the first three years) ) ALEXANDER R. OPOTOWSKY
John K. Lattimer Prize in Urology (outstanding essay in urology) SARAH M. LAMBERT
Barbara Liskin Memorial Award in Psychiatry (empathy, scholarship, and excellence exhibited by Barbara Liskin) ELIZABETH A. HANTMAN
Robert F. Loeb Award (excellence in clinical medicine) VATCHE G. AGOPIAN
F. Lowenfish Prize in Dermatology (creative research in dermatology) KRISTIN A. MAGNUSON
Admiral David W. Lyon Award (outstanding academic achievement by a student in the Armed Forces of our country) TANIA Y. DAY
Alfred M. Markowitz Endowment for Scholars (exemplifies Dr. Markowitz’s dedication to patient care, teaching, and scholarship) VATCHE G. AGOPIAN
Dr. Cecil G. Marquez, B.A.L.S.O. Student Award (outstanding contribution to the Black and Latino Student Organization and the minority community) ALICIA SOBERS
Edith and Denton McKane Memorial Award (outstanding research in ophthalmology) BRYAN J. WINN
Dr. Harold Lee Meierhof Memorial Prize (outstanding achievement in pathology) SARA E. BEST
Drs. William Nastuk, Beatrice Seegal, and Konrad Hsu Award (demonstrated successful laboratory collaboration between student and faculty) JOSHUA H. ATKINS
Marie Nercessian Memorial Award (exhibiting care, unusual concern, and dedication to helping sick people) LORELLEN M. GREEN
New York Orthopedic Hospital Award (outstanding performance in research and clinical work) BRIAN W. SU
Joseph Garrison Parker Award (exemplifying, through activities in art, music, literature, and the public interest, that living and learning go together) BENJAMIN T. SHELTON
Samuel W. Rover and Lewis Rover Awards for outstanding achievement in:
Anatomy and Cell Biology—ALEXANDER F. PALAZZO
Biochemistry and Molecular Biophysics—STAVROS LOMVARDAS
Genetics and Development—ANA KLJUIC and KATERINA A. POLITI
Drs. Robert A. Savitt and George H. McCormack Award (exemplifies Dr. George McCormack’s medical skill, consideration, understanding, and compassion) NATALIE H. YIP
Scholarly Resources and Radiology Creative Collaboration Award COURTNEY A. COURSEY
Rebecca A. Schwartz Memorial Prize (achievement in pediatric cardiology) ALLISON B. PESTRONK
Helen M. Sciarra Prize in Neurology (outstanding achievement in neurology) JOHN N. RATCHFORD
Student Interest Group in Neurology Prize JOSHUA Z. WILLEY
Miriam Berkman Spotnitz Award (excellence in research of neoplastic diseases) NIKHIL V. MUNSHI
William Perry Watson Prize in Pediatrics (excellence in pediatrics) SARAH NOWYGROD
Dr. William Raynor Watson Memorial Award (excellence in psychiatry throughout four years of medical school) ELIZABETH M. FITELSON
Dr. Allen O. Whipple Memorial Prize (outstanding performance in surgery) BRIAN M. PARRETT
Sigmund L. Wilens Prize (excellence in pathology) EFSEVIA VAKIANI
Aura E. Severinghaus Scholar (superior academic achievement) ELIJAH D. OWENS

Residency Match 2003 (Class of 2003 unless otherwise noted)

ANESTHESIOLOGY
Joshua Atkins Albert Einstein Medical Center
Univ of Pennsylvania
transitional
anesthesiology
Kevin Brill Mount Auburn Hospital,
Cambridge, Mass.
Columbia Univ Medical Center
medicine-prelim
anesthesiology
David Garrett NYU Downtown Hospital
Brigham & Women’s, Boston
medicine-prelim
anesthesiology
Mike Ho New York Hospital, Queens
Columbia Univ Medical Center
medicine-prelim
anesthesiology
Jung Hong Cambridge Hospital
Massachusetts General
transitional
anesthesiology
Margaret Latocha Mount Auburn Hospital, Cambridge, Mass.
Columbia Univ Medical Center
medicine-prelim
anesthesiology
Sheryl Marks Kaiser Permanente,San Francisco UCSF medicine-prelim
anesthesiology
Doug McCrath Carney Hospital, Boston Brigham & Women’s, Boston medicine-prelim
anesthesiology
Christine Noble Mount Sinai/Elmhurst, NY
Columbia Univ Medical Center
medicine-prelim
anesthesiology
Alicia Sobers Good Samaritan, Phoenix
Columbia Univ Medical Center
medicine-prelim
anesthesiology
DERMATOLOGY
Jennifer Bragg Lenox Hill Hospital NYU medicine-prelim
dermatology
Tanya Lalin’02 St. Barnabas Medical Center
Columbia Univ Medical Center
transitional
dermatology
Kristin Magnuson Lenox Hill Hospital Columbia Univ Medical Center medicine-prelim
dermatology
Michele Rosenbaum’00 Henry Ford HSC, Detroit dermatology
EMERGENCY MEDICINE
Emily Carrier NYU emergency medicine
David Gurley SUNY, Brooklyn emergency medicine
Valerie
Jones’01
Univ of Rochester/Strong Memorial medicine emergency medicine
David McCann’02 Brigham & Women’s, Boston emergency medicine
Jonathan McCauley’02 St. Luke’s-Roosevelt emergency medicine
Kiran Pandit NYPH/Cornell emergency medicine
David Park St. Luke’s-Roosevelt
Mount Sinai
medicine-prelim
emergency medicine
Benjamin Shelton UVM/Fletcher Allen,Burlington, VT Boston Univ medicine-prelim
emergency medicine
MEDICINE
Mohammed Asmal Brigham & Women’s, Boston
Joshua Busch Univ of Washington
Francis Chan Yale-New Haven
Katerina Christopoulos Massachusetts General
Mark Dickson NYPH/Cornell
Allison Hill-Edgar Columbia Univ Medical Center
Wesley Hollomon NYPH/Cornell
Victoria Hsiao Barnes-Jewish Hospital, St. Louis
Seth Jawetz Mount Sinai
Salila Kurra Columbia Univ Medical Center
Benjamin Lebwohl Columbia Univ Medical Center
Jaswinder Legha NYU
David Lim Johns Hopkins
Fenny Lin Univ Health Center of Pittsburgh
Audrey Liu Yale-New Haven
Julie-Aurore Losman Johns Hopkins
Caleb Moore’02 Yale-New Haven
Coral Omene Columbia Univ Medical Center
Alexander Opotowsky Brigham & Women’s, Boston
Robert Owens Massachusetts General
Kalpesh Patel Mount Sinai
Amresh Raina Columbia Univ Medical Center
Deirdre Sawinski Columbia Univ Medical Center
David Spinks Stanford Univ
David Taylor UCLA
Amit Thosani Columbia Univ Medical Center
Elizabeth Verna Columbia Univ Medical Center
Hilary Yegen Columbia Univ Medical Center
Natalie Yip Columbia Univ Medical Center
NEUROLOGY
I-Hweii Chen Yale-New Haven
Albert Einstein Medical Center
medicine-prelim
neurology
Jonathan Garza Univ of Texas, Houston neurology
Elijah Owens Beth Israel Deaconess, Boston neurology
John Ratchford Columbia Univ Medical Center
neurology
David Teeple Univ of Arizona
Barrow Neurological Institute
medicine-prelim
neurology
Vivek Unni St. Luke’s-Roosevelt
Harvard-Massachusetts General
medicine-prelim
neurology
Joshua Willey Columbia Univ Medical Center neurology
NEUROSURGERY
Erich Anderer NYU
Alexander Coon Johns Hopkins
Todd Hankinson Columbia Univ Medical Center
Grace Kim Columbia Univ Medical Center
Stuart Lollis Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center
Carrie Muh Emory Univ
OBSTETRICS/GYNECOLOGY
Jennifer Blair Beth Israel Deaconess, Boston
Tania Day Women’s & Infants Hospital, Providence
Gretchen Hultman Brigham & Women’s, Boston
Karin Lee Univ of Pennsylvania
Mary Rausch Columbia Univ Medical Center
OPHTHALMOLOGY
Jeremy Keenan St. Vincent’s Hospital
Univ of Illinois
transitional
ophthalmology
Katherine Lane St. Luke’s-Roosevelt
Wills Eye Hospital, Philadelphia
medicine-prelim
ophthalmology
Jason Liss Scripps Mercy Hospital, San Diego
NYPH/Cornell
transitional
ophthalmology
Carolyn Shih St. Barnabas Medical Center
Columbia Univ Medical Center
transitional
ophthalmology
Joseph Walrath Mount Sinai
Columbia Univ Medical Center
medicine-prelim ophthalmology
Bryan Winn Brigham & Women’s, Boston
UCSF
medicine-prelim ophthalmology
ORTHOPEDIC SURGERY
Rebecca Bauer Vanderbilt
Michael Daines Univ of Iowa
Guillem
Gonzalez-Lomas
Columbia Univ Medical Center
Matthew Hepinstall Lenox Hill Hospital
Daniel Kelmanovich Westchester Medical Center
Marshall Kuremsky Carolinas Medical Center, Charlotte, NC
James Mok UCSF
Brian Su Columbia Univ Medical Center
Farnaz Yassaee Lenox Hill Hospital
Jonathan Clabeaux’02 SUNY Upstate, Syracuse
OTOLARYNGOLOGY
Brian Benson UMDNJ
Joel Guss Univ of Pennsylvania
PATHOLOGY
Sara Best Columbia Univ Medical Center
Nancy Ciau Columbia Univ Medical Center
Bryan Ebert Columbia Univ Medical Center
Faith Ough Harbor-UCLA
Efsevia Vakiani Columbia Univ Medical Center
Christopher William Massachusetts General
PEDIATRICS
Alexandra Ackerman’02
Mount Sinai
Stanford Ackley UCSF
Michelle Au Columbia Univ Medical Center
Joshua Dishon Johns Hopkins
Jonah Essers Children’s National Medical Center, Washington, DC
Jessica Grant Columbia Univ Medical Center
Katherine Hough Westchester Medical Center
Joanne Hrusovsky Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia
Caroline McClaskey Children’s National Medical Center, Washington, DC
Sarah Nowygrod Columbia Univ Medical Center
Katherine O’Connor Einstein/Montefiore
Allison Pestronk Columbia Univ Medical Center
Eleanor Smith-Khuri’00 Children’s National Medical Center, Washington, DC
Douglas Sproule St. Christopher’s Hospital for Children, Philadelphia
Cindy Tran UCSF
Amy Weiss Vanderbilt
Edwin Williamson Duke
PEDIATRIC NEUROLOGY
Jason Carmel Columbia Univ Medical Center
PHYSICAL MEDICINE & REHABILITATION
Elise Weiss Univ of Maryland
Columbia Univ
Medical Center
medicine-prelim
physical med & rehab
PLASTIC SURGERY
Mehul Kamdar Columbia Univ Medical Center
Brian Parrett Brigham & Women’s, Boston
PSYCHIATRY
Malika Burman Univ of Texas Southwestern
Jessica Daniels NYPH/Cornell Payne Whitney
Elizabeth Fitelson Columbia Univ Medical Center
Brett DiGiovanna Univ Health Center of Pittsburgh
Lorellen Green NYU
Elizabeth Hantman Columbia Univ Medical Center
Lauren Helm Mount Sinai
Christopher Pittenger Yale-New Haven
May Tsui Mount Sinai
Matias Verna Mount Sinai
Matthew Warren St. Vincent’s Hospital
James Wolak NYPH/Cornell Payne Whitney
RADIATION ONCOLOGY
Jean L. Wright Greenwich Hospital
Memorial Sloan-Kettering
medicine-prelim
radiation oncology
RADIOLOGY DIAGNOSTIC
Kenneth Allison Kaiser Permanente, San Francisco
Einstein/Montefiore
medicine-prelim
radiology
Catherine Benton St. Vincent’s Hospital Duke transitional
radiology
Courtney Coursey St. Luke’s-Roosevelt Duke medicine-prelim
radiology
Jimmy Kang St. Luke’s-Roosevelt Beth Israel Deaconess, Boston
medicine-prelim
radiology
David Leung St. Luke’s-Roosevelt
Columbia Univ
Medical Center
medicine-prelim
radiology
Tony Lee Columbia Univ Medical Center surgery-prelim
radiology
Yi Li St. Luke’s-Roosevelt Columbia Univ Medical Center medicine-prelim
radiology
Tao Ouyang Univ Health Center of Pittsburgh
radiology
RESEARCH
Mark Brandon, New York
Sam Eaton, Boston
Emily Kaine, Boston
SURGERY
Vatche Agopian UCLA
Brent Bell’95 Nassau Univ Medical Center
Arthur Desrosiers Univ of Southern California
Katherine Heiden UCLA
David Horgan Brown Univ
Timothy Jancelewicz UCSF
Michael Johnson Cleveland Clinic Foundation
Sejal Patel Rush Presbyterian St. Luke’s, Chicago
Snehal Patel Beth Israel Deaconess, Boston
Shirling Tsai NYPH/Cornell
UROLOGY
Todd Cartee NYU
Kristin Kozakowski Columbia Univ Medical Center
Sarah Lambert Columbia Univ Medical Center
Jared Whitson UCSF
Some of the participants at October’s seminar on “The Impact of Genes and Genomes on Medicine and Society” were, from left, Joanna Rubinstein, David Hirsh, Roy Anderson, Michael Levine, Anne McLaren, Colin Renfrew, Jeffrey Sachs, Philip Kitcher, Svante Pääbo, Thomas Jessell, Cori Bargmann, and Jonathan Cole.

Genetics as Celebration
P&S CELEBRATED ITS BICENTENNIAL IN 1967 WITH A SYMPOSIUM on genetics. In 2003, P&S helped Columbia University celebrate its 250th anniversary by sponsoring a symposium on the same topic. “The Impact of Genes and Genomes on Medicine and Society,” held Oct. 16 and 17, 2003, on the Morningside campus, was part of the opening weekend of Columbia’s year-long anniversary celebration. Video highlights and transcripts of the event are available on the Columbia 250 web site: http://ci.columbia.edu/ci/c250/symposia/genes_genomes/ genes_vid_archive.html.
Three Nobel Prize winners, several leaders of the Human Genome Project, and other leading researchers and thinkers from a wide range of fields participated in the symposium. The symposium was organized by Dr. Joanna Rubinstein, associate dean for institutional affairs at the medical center, and Dr. Thomas Jessell, professor of biochemistry and molecular biophysics at Columbia’s Center for Neurobiology and Behavior and a principal investigator at the Howard Hughes Medical Institute.
The symposium’s first session, “Genes, Genomes, and Evolution,” focused on the history of genes and genomes and the nature of the links among genetics, the development of organisms, their evolution, and the emergence of the human species. The second session, “Genes, Genomes, and Medicine,” illuminated the ways the genomic revolution is likely to influence the diagnosis and treatment of human diseases, ranging from cancer to cardiology to abnormal human behavior. The final session, “Genes, Genomes, and Society,” attempted to anticipate some of the consequences that the availability of genetic information may have on modern society.
“Genomes contain a lot of information about disease, and the information is sitting there in databases, if we only knew how to extract it,” said speaker Dr. Eric Lander, a geneticist at the Whitehead Institute for Biomedical Research and MIT and a leader of the Human Genome Project.
As an example of how genomic information can uncover clues to even complex diseases, Dr. Lander spoke about a powerful new technique that was used to identify genes linked to Type 2 diabetes. The analysis sifted through huge datasets from the Human Genome Project and from DNA microarrays, which recorded the activity of 22,000 genes inside muscle cells of people with diabetes. The data-crunching determined that only one set of genes explain the greater insulin resistance in diabetics, but surprisingly, those genes are not related to insulin. Instead, the genes are related to a cell’s energy production and point to its mitochondria as a major factor in diabetes.
Though some scientists are delving into the massive datasets from the Human Genome Project to better understand disease, Dr. Cori Bargmann, a neuroscientist at the University of California, San Francisco, said small, simple organisms like the fruit fly Drosophila are also important resources, even for understanding human behavior. For example, 30 years ago, the first person to make inroads into the genetic influence on behavior, Dr. Seymour Benzer at Caltech, discovered mutations in the Per gene of flies that altered the fly’s circadian rhythms. Subsequent work by others on people with Advanced Sleep Phase Syndrome — those who wake up at around 3 a.m. and fall asleep around 6 p.m. — revealed that a mutation in the same gene is responsible for the human disorder.
Epidemiologist Dr. Roy Anderson of Imperial College in London reminded everyone that infectious diseases are the leading cause of death worldwide and that the genomes of most infectious pathogens are now known. The evolution of infectious disease organisms is speeding up, Dr. Anderson said, in part because of the 1,000-fold increase in the contact rate among people since 1918, the year the “Spanish flu” spread around the world. The challenge for infectious disease researchers now is to understand the interplay between the genome of the pathogen and the host, which may help in the development of vaccines against rapidly evolving pathogens like HIV and malaria parasites.
Genomes may also help in the discovery of new ways to treat diseases caused by a collision of genes and the environment, such as one in which people regularly consume cholesterol-laden diets. Nobel Prize winners Drs. Michael Brown and Joseph Goldstein of the University of Texas talked about their role in discovering how one receptor in liver cells controls the level of cholesterol in blood and the phenomenal impact statins have had on the 30 million people with atherosclerosis who have taken the cholesterol-lowering drugs.
Other speakers at the symposium were Sydney Brenner of the Salk Institute; Svante Pääbo of the Max-Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology in Germany; Jeffrey Sachs, director of Columbia’s Earth Institute; Michael Levine of the University of California at Berkeley; Anne McLaren of the University of Cambridge; Colin Renfrew of the McDonald Institute for Archaeological Research in Cambridge, England; and Jonathan Cole, former provost of Columbia University. Other Columbia participants were Dr. Isidore S. Edelman, Robert Wood Johnson Jr. Professor Emeritus of Biochemistry and Molecular Biophysics; Dr. Gerald D. Fischbach, executive vice president and dean; Dr. David Hirsh, Columbia’s executive vice president for research; and Philip Kitcher, professor of philosophy at the Morningside campus.

The Essence
of a Medical
Education

Jeanne Baer’64, P&S associate clinical professor of radiology at St. Luke’s and widow of Leslie Baer’63, sent the poem at right to Dr. Joseph Tenenbaum, the Edgar M. Leifer Professor of Clinical Medicine and senior associate dean. “I came across this poem while cleaning up and thought you might like to share it with the students,” she wrote. Dr. Leslie Baer, associate professor of medicine at P&S, died Nov. 26, 2002, after spending most of his career at Columbia. “Dr. Baer’s poem is worthy of publication for its recitation of many of the fundamental values for clinicians,” says Dr. Tenenbaum, a member of the P&S Journal’s editorial board.
Medical Rounds and Education
By Leslie Baer, M.D.

A privilege it is on the medical service to attend,
With students, interns and residents who mend
Their patients’ complex diseases,
Heart, liver, lungs, kidneys and sneezes.
Who probe the body to its very core,
With an alphabet soup of tests galore.
MRI, ERCP, ECHO and CT,
V/Q scan, EMG, TEE and LP.

Altogether, they shed light on diseased organs’ plight, Whose future is determined by scientific insight. Procedures that allow biochemical and mechanical repair, And treatment programs for hypertension called step-care. No matter how sophisticated our approaches may be, A careful physical examination and clinical history Remain the basis of solving problems with logic, Guiding laboratory data which fall into line like magic. What is the essence of an outstanding medical education? Long study, listening, good mentors, prayers and perspiration.

At Birthday Bash, Love of Baseball Supports ALS Research

A NOVEMBER FUND-RAISER IN OBSERVANCE OF THE CENTENNIAL of Lou Gehrig’s birth generated funds for research into the disease that killed him and recognized the importance of Gehrig’s success to the history of Columbia University as it celebrates its 250th anniversary.
Columbia University and the Eleanor and Lou Gehrig MDA/ALS Research Center sponsored a celebration Nov. 3 at the Low Library Rotunda on the Morningside campus. Gehrig, a Columbia College alumnus who became a baseball legend, died of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS). The event, one of several planned to celebrate Columbia’s 250th anniversary, featured rare Gehrig memorabilia on loan from the National Baseball Hall of Fame. Among the speakers were Dr. Hiroshi Mitsumoto, director, Eleanor and Lou Gehrig MDA/ALS Research Center, and Ted Spencer, vice president and chief curator, National Baseball Hall of Fame. John Sterling, announcer for the New York Yankees was the master of ceremonies. The keynote speaker for the evening was Ray Robinson, Columbia alumnus and author of “Iron Horse: Lou Gehrig in His Time.” The memorabilia included Gehrig’s complete 1939 New York Yankees uniform, the bat he used in 1934 when he won the American League batting championship; his last baseball glove; and the plaque given to him by his teammates on Lou Gehrig Day. Proceeds from the event will benefit the research center, established by the Gehrig estate in 1987.

New Children’s Hospital: Where Healing, Technology, and Families Intersect

DESCRIBED AS “THE HOSPITAL THAT WALL STREET BUILT,” THE Morgan Stanley Children’s Hospital of New York-Presbyterian, the only children’s hospital in Manhattan and one of the largest in the country, opened the doors of its new building Nov. 12, 2003. The hospital is one of the most technologically advanced children’s hospitals in the world.
The $120 million needed to build the 10-story, 265,000-square-foot hospital facility was funded entirely through philanthropy, including personal contributions of $55 million by more than 600 employees of Morgan Stanley. Other members of the New York City financial community, including JP Morgan Chase and a consortium of donors from Goldman Sachs, made significant contributions to the new hospital. The medical staff and employees of the hospital also made important contributions.
The hospital has 100 medical/surgical beds, 41 pediatric ICU beds (including 14 cardiac ICU beds), and 50 neonatal ICU beds. Most of the 382-square-foot patient rooms are for single occupancy with facilities for parents to stay overnight with their child, computer connections for the child and the family, and lounge areas that offer the family privacy. A key element in the design of patient areas revolves around the understanding of “family-centered care” that involves the entire family when a child is ill. The concept emphasizes the importance of teamwork in the treatment of children — the involvement of multidisciplinary groups of physicians and medical professionals to oversee a child’s care from diagnosis forward.
Individual floors are dedicated to specialized services such as cardiology, neurology, oncology, and surgery.
The hospital’s NICU, where the average length of stay is 17 days, provides parent amenities and enhanced privacy at every bedside, surgical capabilities that minimize the need to transport babies out of the unit, and a liaison service to greet and assist the families of new patients. The PICU has private rooms with sleep areas for parents, family lounges, a family nourishment station, and support for clinical research. Both departments have their own pharmacies.
Each floor has admitting locations to eliminate the need for patients and families to travel to multiple locations.
Morgan Stanley Children’s Hospital is the first New York hospital to offer patients and families new communication technologies, such as handheld remote and wireless keyboard devices that allow access to e-mail, the Web, and information about health care. Via closed-circuit television, patients too ill to leave their rooms can observe musical theater and other entertainment that will be staged year-round in the hospital’s Winter Garden. A flat screen television equipped with additional features, such as movies on demand and games, is a feature in all patient rooms.
The theme of the new building is “Learning Through Literature,” and it showcases artwork and murals inspired by such classic children’s books as “The Very Hungry Caterpillar” by Eric Carle, “Where the Wild Things Are” by Maurice Sendak, and “Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day” by Judith Viorst. All featured books are available to patients.
To personalize each child’s room, an area of wall space at the entrance of each room is reserved for a child’s favorite artwork, messages, or photographs. For the opening of the new facility, the hospital invited students from New York City’s P.S. 128, Riverdale Country Day School from the Bronx, Ranney School from Tinton Falls, N.J., and Rockland County’s Nyack Public Schools to “adopt a floor” by contributing original artwork from their students for display.
Each floor has a dedicated Child Life Center, a playroom as a designated “safe space” from medical procedures where children are taught coping mechanisms, such as talk therapy and relaxation. Inpatient units also feature a meditation room, a kitchen, a laundry room, and a classroom staffed by New York City public school teachers.
Dr. John M. Driscoll Jr., chairman of pediatrics at P&S and director of the pediatric service at Morgan Stanley Children’s Hospital, says: “We know we can’t duplicate the comforts of home for our patients. We know that they’ll miss going to school with their friends, playing outside, and all of the other pleasures of childhood, but this new facility enables us to come as close as we can to making sure that each patient who comes through our doors receives the highest quality care in an environment that still allows them to be children.”
The existing Children’s Hospital buildings will be modernized to accommodate specialty outpatient services, research laboratories, support services, and administrative offices. Patients moved into the new building starting Nov. 18.

Other News of Note
DR. SAMUEL SILVERSTEIN, the John C. Dalton Professor of Physiology and Cellular Biophysics and professor of medicine, received the New York City Mayor’s Award for Public Understanding of Science at an October 2003 ceremony. Mayor Michael Bloomberg honored Dr. Silverstein for developing and directing the Summer Research Program for Secondary School Science Teachers at P&S, which has provided hands-on research opportunities and practical science experience to New York-area science teachers for the past 14 years. Research shows that the program has significantly enhanced the interest and proficiency of students in the classrooms of the participating teachers. Dr. Silverstein created the program because he felt that it was difficult, if not impossible, for high school science teachers to bring the subject to life in their classrooms without having had the experience of doing
discovery science themselves. . . . WAYNE HENDRICKSON, University Professor of Biochemistry and Molecular Biophysics and an investigator with the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, received the Academy Medal for Distinguished Contributions in Biomedical Science from the New York Academy of Medicine. The medal was presented at the academy’s annual meeting of the fellows in June 2003. . . . Pediatric pulmonologist DR. ROBERT B. MELLINS has been honored by the American Academy of Pediatrics with the Edwin L. Kendig Jr. Award for outstanding achievement in his field. Dr. Mellins, professor of pediatrics at P&S and co-director of the Edsall-Wood Center, the site of basic and clinical research in asthma at New York-Presbyterian Hospital, is part of a team that developed the Open Airways for Schools Program, a nationwide program that has taught children with asthma about the disease and ways to manage their condition.

Multigenerations of P&S Graduates
An alumnus has suggested an article on families who have had multiple generations graduate from P&S over its 236-year history. Such families include the Bauman, Pierson, and Kaunitz families. If you are part of a family that has had multiple generations graduate from P&S (more than two generations) or if you know of families other than those listed above, please contact P&S Journal by e-mail at psjournal@columbia.edu, by fax at 212-305-4521, or by mail at P&S Box 37, 630 W. 168th St., New York, NY 10032.

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