BY PETER WORTSMAN
Karen Antman: A New Dean Digs In at Boston University School of Medicine
ASK KAREN ANTMAN’74, BOSTON UNIVERSITY’S NEW PROVOST of the medical campus and dean of the School of Medicine, to reflect on the root of her lifelong commitment to academic medicine and her memory leaps back to
her third year at Muhlenberg College, in Allentown, Pa., when a classmate developed Hodgkin’s disease. At around the same time, a childhood friend was diagnosed with leukemia. Her classmate benefited from what at the time was experimental treatment. Her childhood friend received the standard protocol at a local community hospital. The former survived; the latter did not. Clinical trials, she realized, can make a life and death difference.
Dr. Antman took the lesson to heart and to mind. “It is not enough for an academic medical center to provide the same care that can be obtained elsewhere,” she later wrote in an article that appeared in P&S. “We have a responsibility to improve treatments and advance knowledge.”
Renowned for the development of now standard regimens for the treatment of sarcomas and mesotheliomas and for supportive care regimens, she trained and taught at Harvard for 16 years and spent a decade on the faculty at P&S. At P&S she held the Wu Chair in Medicine and Pharmacology and ran the Herbert Irving Comprehensive Cancer Center before leaving to serve as deputy director for translational and clinical sciences at the National Cancer Institute. A past president of the American Society of Clinical Oncology and the American Association for Cancer Research, she has published widely. And when the opportunity came to head the academic medical enterprise at one of America’s leading research universities it didn’t take her long to make up her mind. Her grueling schedule notwithstanding, she’s still smiling.
Pursuing Medicine, Despite the Tenor of the Times
Born in New Jersey, Karen Antman grew up in Pennsylvania and majored in chemistry at Muhlenberg, where she graduated magna cum laude. Science was her primary focus from the start. Dr Antman’s family had no physicians, but her mother, a nurse, had wanted to study medicine. Dr. Antman decided at age 13 to become a physician.
But the tenor of the times in America discouraged women from contemplating medical careers. “‘You don’t know what you’re talking about, women just don’t become doctors!’” Dr. Antman recalls being told by her high school biology teacher and many others. Then, in 1967, on summer break from college, she participated in the Experiment in International Living in Prague. On a weekend trip to Budapest, the group’s assigned guide, a medical student, invited her to watch her first surgery. She learned that more than half of Hungary’s doctors were women. “So it was just a cultural thing,” she concluded, “of course I could do it!”
Entering P&S as one of only 16 women in a class of 160, she found it a most hospitable environment, relishing the challenge of “a great medical school in a great city” and, coincidentally, meeting her husband-to-be, classmate Elliot Antman’74, on the very first day. “Medical school was wonderful!” she says. Outstanding teachers like Dr. Bernard Weinstein in oncology, the late Dr. Harold Neu, and the late Glenda Garvey’69 in infectious diseases imparted not only a solid grasp of the material, but also an intellectual excitement. Intrigued by both the neurosciences and oncology, she ultimately decided to pursue oncology. “Whereas in neurological diseases, you could make the diagnosis but you couldn’t do much,” she reasoned at the time, “in cancer, people told me you couldn’t do much either,” but the memory of her college classmate’s illness and recovery led her to believe that “research could indeed make a difference in cancer.”
Following an internship and medical residency at Columbia-Presbyterian, she held clinical fellowships in medicine at Harvard Medical School and in medical oncology at the Sidney Farber Cancer Institute in Boston, where she also simultaneously pursued a research fellowship in neoplastic disease mechanisms.
In 1979, she joined the faculty at Harvard as an instructor in medicine. She also took on the responsibilities as coordinator of sarcoma and mesothelioma clinical research and treatment programs and in 1984 was named clinical director of the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute/Beth Israel Solid Tumor Autologous Marrow Program.
“It’s Up to You to Do the Right Thing, We Just Won’t Pay For It!”
It was in the course of a clinical trial on which she was principal investigator at Dana-Farber, testing the efficacy of ifosfamide, a new drug to treat life-threatening sarcomas, that she first fathomed the importance of medical policy issues and access to the decision-making process. The sarcoma of a 24-year-old patient in the study was clearly responding well, but his insurance provider refused to cover the medical cost of administering the drug. Challenging that decision, she argued, “You covered the costs of cyclophosphomide and we already know it doesn’t work as well as ifosfamide, so why won’t you cover the cost of administering a drug that has twice the efficacy?” The insurance person’s reply still rings in her ear many years later, “It’s up to you to do the right thing, doctor, we just won’t pay for it!”
Dr. Antman did the right thing. She was the principal author of one of three pivotal papers that together helped make ifosfamide part of the now standard treatment for soft tissue sarcomas. Not long thereafter an editorial she co-authored, “The Crisis in Clinical Cancer Research. Third-Party Insurance and Investigational Therapy,” in the New England Journal of Medicine in 1988 attracted considerable attention.
She smiles. “You then find yourself on committees at the NIH, at the American Society of Clinical Oncology, and you start getting asked for your opinions on medical policy. When you’re dealing with a disease that’s going to kill people who would otherwise live, and somebody’s standing in the way of better treatment, you have to talk about policy!”
She is also well known for groundbreaking clinical research in bone marrow transplantation involving the mobilization of peripheral blood-derived stem cells and effective supportive care.
The Call Back to Columbia
In 1993, she was recruited back to her medical alma mater as professor of medicine and pharmacology and associate director for clinical research of the cancer center. Subsequently named Wu Professor of Medicine and Pharmacology, she took over the leadership of the newly named and expanded Herbert Irving Comprehensive Cancer Center, a National Cancer Institute-designated cancer center. She played a major role in the center’s reorganization and is credited with strengthening the bridge between bench research and clinical applications. She sought to focus the research around specific cancers rather than treatment modalities to maximize the possibility for interdisciplinary collaboration.
“If the faculty is divided by department,” she says, “then the surgeons see patients and do research on the surgical floor and the medical oncologists do their thing on a different floor. But by putting the cancer space at one location, you start to have people working on the same diseases working together.” During her tenure in the cancer center, the center’s external funding increased from about $45 million to close to $115 million. She also helped build the level of
Despite having no doctors in her family, Karen Antman decided at age 13 to become a physician.
Considerable as her administrative responsibilities were at Columbia, Dr. Antman always found time to teach, delivering lectures to first-, second-, and fourth-year medical students, house staff, and fellows. “My secretary always said I was happiest the month I was on service.” In 1994, medical residents voted her Senior Faculty Teacher of the Year.
A clinical investigator and educator at heart, Dr. Antman intends to start teaching at BU once she has a handle on the administrative ropes.
Taking Her Translational Skills to Bethesda, Boston and Beyond
In 2004, she left Columbia to accept the position of deputy director for translational and clinical sciences at the NIH’s National Cancer Institute in Bethesda, Md. “Instead of directing a single cancer center,” she summed up her responsibilities, “I had a supervisory role for the Cancer Center Program, which includes 61 cancer centers nationwide.”
A year later, the trustees at Boston University offered her the job of provost and dean.
And following a crash course in the do’s and don’ts of being a dean, organized by the Association of American Medical Colleges, Dr. Antman rolled up her sleeves and dug in. “Just keeping all the balls in the air is complicated, like being a parent,” she observes, adding: “Every academic medical center has two parents, the hospital president and the dean of the medical school. At BU, the parents have a history of getting along very well indeed.”
The metaphor is particularly apt for Dr. Antman, whose daughter, Amy, and son, David, will both graduate from medical school in May, Amy from Harvard and David from P&S. Come spring, Dr. Antman will have to prove her agility at juggling in a veritable medical three-ring circus, attending three medical school graduations P&S, Harvard, and BU, where she will deliver her second commencement address. Needless to say, medical education is a family affair. Her husband, Elliot Antman’74, is professor at Harvard Medical School and a distinguished cardiologist at Brigham and Women’s Hospital.
Among the missions of a major academic medical center, Dr. Antman puts education first, “because first of all, we are a medical school. Education is our core mission.” Discoveries come a close second. “The hospital has the leadership role in care, so the medical school has to support and protect discovery.”
“A Dean’s Dilemma”
While the wonderful thing about her job is the constant variety, “never a dull moment, with pressing financial issues, animal issues, and faculty issues, a new challenge every day,” the pressure is considerable, as is the need to prioritize. “Every constituency believes that their issue is the top issue and must be dealt with today!”
As to the question of a medical school dean’s major challenges, she responds without a moment’s hesitation: “Space and money! Any dean or faculty person will say the same at any academic medical center in America.” With the NIH budget presently “flat or worse,” she says, “we have to make our faculty much more efficient and we have to diversify our funding portfolio.”
At BU, as elsewhere, the academic link with industry is a vital and mutually beneficial relationship. Like Columbia’s
Audubon Research Park, BU’s Bio-Square is not only an incubator for new therapies and ideas but also a source of much-needed revenue. “Science is expensive. We need these kinds of industry-academic collaborations,” she maintains, “as long as the institution keeps a close eye on possible conflicts of interest between profit-making and educational enterprises.”
Among the missions of a major academic medical center, Dr. Antman puts education first, “because first of all, we are a medical school. Education is our core mission.”
Topmost among BU’s current needs, in her view, is philanthropy. One major need is affordable housing for medical students in Boston’s high real estate market. She hopes to find funding to build a student dormitory on the order of Columbia’s Bard Hall. “My decade at Columbia P&S was the best possible preparation,” she says, citing the experience of her close working relationship with “visionary benefactors” like Herbert Irving and Clyde Wu’56.
A Global Medical School with a Proud Heritage
Boston University School of Medicine traces it origins to 1848, when the New England Female Medical College was founded as the first medical college for women in the world. BU merged with the New England Female Medical College in 1873. Today, the BU medical school is one of the top 20 U.S. medical schools in total federal funding for research. It is also one of the country’s most selective medical schools, currently outranking Brown and Dartmouth by U.S. News and World Report measures. A leader at home and in the world arena, BU is an international university, with campuses and offices in many countries, and, says the new dean, “We plan to continue reaching out.” Her goal is nothing less than “to try to make this medical school the best possible place to learn, teach and discover.”
Profiles in Giving
Ophthalmic Surgeon and His Vision of Giving
BY PETER WORTSMAN
GEORGE A. VIOLIN’67 IS AN EARLY INNOVATOR IN CATARACT surgery as well as a medical entrepreneur in the
field of ambulatory surgical facilities. He feels strongly about certain institutions that have made a difference in his life. Among these are Columbia College, where he got his intellectual grounding as an undergraduate, and P&S, where, in his words, “I came as a kid without a livelihood and left as a man with a wonderful profession.”
George A. Violin'67
Having already endowed a professorship and a scholarship at Columbia College, Dr. Violin turned his attention to P&S. He has focused his giving on the Center for Molecular Cardiology, generously supporting the research of center director Dr. Andrew Marks. “P&S scientists like Dr. Marks are making inroads in so many fields; it is satisfying to support their successful efforts.”
Born and raised in Washington Heights to a mother who was a refugee from Tsarist Russia and a father who was a refugee from Hitler’s terror, Dr. Violin still prizes his letter of acceptance and the Bernheim Scholarship that permitted him to pursue his studies at P&S. “Physicians with great finesse and wisdom, like Yale Kneeland, Dana Atchley, and George Perera, taught us not only science, but also the art of medicine and what it means to be a doctor,” he recalls. He is not likely ever to forget the largesse of the Bernheim family.
Trained in ophthalmology at the Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary, an affiliate of the Harvard Medical School where he is still a member of the clinical faculty, Dr. Violin made his mark in small incision cataract and implant surgery in the Boston area.
As his surgical career developed, he perceived a need for state-of-the-art ambulatory surgical facilities, especially in areas geographically removed from major medical centers. In 1992, he and friend and fellow P&S alumnus, Brent Lambert’65, built their first surgical center. Subsequently teaming up with Dr. Thomas Bombardier, they founded Ambulatory Surgical Centers of America, a leader in the development of physician-owned, multi-specialty surgical facilities. The company has thrived.
While a good deal of Dr. Violin’s time and efforts is devoted to running his business, he sees himself first and foremost as a doctor in the P&S mold, “someone people seek out to help handle the biology of illness and to share the burden of disease.”
His philanthropic credo stems from the same basic desire to help out: “There’s an immortality of influence. Whatever we do influences other people, who, in turn, influence others.”
“My kids are all grown,” he reflects. “I get my kicks from giving. All of us who have attended outstanding private institutions like P&S have benefited immeasurably from their endowment and the generosity of countless others. I’d feel embarrassed to say that I didn’t contribute. Helping Columbia is probably the most satisfying money I’ve ever spent.”
Rx For Travel
BY PETER WORTSMAN
on the Red Line says it all, linking Harvard with MIT, looping around past Mass General and U Mass, all the way out to a place called Braintree. The city is home to Boston Latin School, the oldest continuously functioning public secondary school in the country, and immediate next-door neighbor to Harvard, the nation’s first institution of higher learning. With some 74 colleges and universities within or just outside city limits, Beantown might just as well be re-dubbed Braintown, America’s unofficial capital of learning.
PERHAPS IT’S THE LINGERING EFFECTS OF ALL THAT TEA DUMPED
in the harbor, the legacy of the Sons of Liberty, or a little known benefit of baked beans. The moving metaphor of a ride
Striding over a plaque commemorating the first location of Boston Latin School on School Street in Boston’s historic center one rainy morning last fall, I was moved more than I can tell. (Though not a native to these parts, I pursued my studies in the vicinity.) The rain washed over the names of famous graduates, including preacher Cotton Mather, statesmen Ben Franklin and John Hancock, patriot Samuel Adams, poet and thinker Ralph Waldo Emerson, and composer Leonard Bernstein. Intellectual luminaries Longfellow, Emerson, Hawthorne, and Thoreau gathered to swap transcendental musings down the block at the Old Corner Bookstore. Around the corner, at Faneuil Hall, generations of high profile speakers, including Frederick Douglas and Susan B. Anthony, spread new ideas. Others sought (and still seek) inspiration of the liquid kind in the nearby Tavern District, where the Bell in Hand and the Green Dragon vie for senior pub status.
The National Park Service at the Boston Visitors Center on State Street offers a free walking tour of these and other historic sites along the Freedom Trail.
Like London, Boston is laid out with green gathering places galore, including the Boston Common, America’s oldest public park, renowned, like Hyde Park Corner, for its soap box speakers. The unrelenting precipitation fluctuating from a full-fledged downpour to a noisome drizzle enhances the innately English character of this most American of cities.
The only cure for such inclemency is a bowl of piping hot New England clam chowder available at various eateries plain and fancy, including the city’s oldest restaurant, the Union Oyster House on Union Street.
From Park Street Station downtown you can hop the Green Line out to Boston University, whose School of Medicine was the first in the States to admit women.
The rain did not keep your faithful reporter from riding the Red Line across the Charles River to meditate at MIT, the high bastion of pragmatic and practical thinking, in Cambridge. Later, the lawn and I soaked up the rarefied atmosphere in Harvard Yard, where the 17th century clergyman John Harvard still sits in bronze bemusement at the intellectual fruits of his bequest. Six U.S. presidents and a passel of other famous folk fine-tuned their minds here.
There are more bookstores interspersed around Harvard Square than almost anywhere else on earth. The coziest of these is the Grolier Poetry Book Store on Plympton Street, a living room of books, frequented over the years by the likes of T.S. Eliot, e.e. cummings, Marianne Moore, Allen Ginsberg, and yours truly. For more information on Boston, contact the Boston Visitors Center at www.bostonusa.com.
Alumni Association Activities
Dr. Lisa Mellman, clinical professor of psychiatry and the new senior associate dean for student affairs, was the guest speaker at the council dinner on Sept. 21, 2005. Her remarks were titled “Tradition and Transition.” “Students are the future of medicine,” she told alumni and guests, “and my goal is to foster each student’s development as an outstanding physician and leader.” Her job description, Dr. Mellman stresses, encompasses “every aspect of student life except the content of curriculum.” She strongly believes that culture impacts one’s values and beliefs as a physician and that “people function best when they feel supported and mentored” and when expectations are high. To this end, she will do her best to uphold and build upon such longstanding P&S student traditions and initiatives as the P&S Club, Bard Hall Players, and the White Coat Ceremony, and she plans to expand opportunities for student participation in international health programs.
Alumni Association president Jay Lefkowitch’76 with Lisa Mellman
New Students Reception
The annual reception for members of the Class of 2009, new house staff, and family members was held Sept. 8 at theFaculty Club. Following welcoming remarks, Alumni Association President Jay Lefkowitch’76 highlighted the numerousactivities available to students through the P&S Club. Dr. Lefkowitch also introduced six students in the first-year class who are children of alumni and/or faculty: Laura Brenner (daughter of Dr. David Brenner, chairman of medicine), Jeanne Franzone (Andrew J. Franzone’62), Rachel Gorman (Jack Gorman’77), Mark Maxfield (Dr. Roger Maxfield, Department of Medicine), Charles Resor (Stanley Resor’72), and Peter Sculco (Thomas P. Sculco’69). The new senior associate dean for student affairs, Dr. Lisa Mellman, also spoke.
Lisa Mellman with members of the Class of 2009
The Alumni Association hosted the annual Career Forum on Oct. 7, 2005. Students had the opportunity to chat informally with faculty and alumni in various fields over dinner at the Faculty Club. Participants included psychiatrist Bret Rutherford’02, surgeon Preston Sprenkle’04, and obstetrician/gynecologist Monjri Shah’05.
Alumni Association President Jay Lefkowitch’76 with students at the 2005 Career Forum
BY MARIANNE WOLFF’52
Class of 1945
ALBERT J. STUNKARD was awarded the Sarnat Prize for Mental Health from the Institute of Medicine at the National Academy of Sciences in the spring of 2005. Alumni who attended Alumni Weekend in May 2005 will remember Al’s interesting lecture on the “Night Eating Syndrome.”
Class of 1949
In July 2005 the Dr. Doug Primary Health Care Center was dedicated in Lohutok, South Sudan. The center is named for DOUG REITSMA and will be staffed by trained Sudanese men and women.
Class of 1951
LILA A. WALLIS has completed a book titled “Our Bodies, Our Bones; Exercises and other Strategies for Osteoporosis Prevention,” published by the National Council on Women’s Health. All proceeds go to the council, a not-for-profit organization. In addition, Lila is still directing, for the 32nd year, the CME course for internists, Updating Your Medicine. Her spare time is spent, along with her husband, Ben, visiting their sons and grandchildren in California and Hawaii.
Class of 1952
SIDNEY FINK enjoys working part time at the Langley-NASA research facility in Hampton, Va. He writes that being with these bright NASA engineers makes him very optimistic for the future of science and of America.
Class of 1961
Now retired, RUTHMARY K. DEUEL is writing a mystery novel, which supports a single payor national health insurance plan. ALFONSO H. JANOSKI has retired after “an exciting career in medicine”: 13 years as full-time faculty in endocrinology at the University of Maryland School of Medicine, an additional seven years as part-time faculty, then 14 years in managed care as vice president for medical affairs in Maryland, Tennessee, and North Carolina. JOHN TALBOTT is expanding his Paris food critiquing/writing. In addition to hosting the French Forum on the eGullet Society for Culinary Arts and Letters (http://forums.egullet.org/index.php?showforum=10), he is contributing a weekly column called French Food Follies to Bonjour Paris (http://www.bonjourparis.com/publications/recent_articles.php). The rest of the time, he’s professor of psychiatry at the University of Maryland School of Medicine.
Class of 1963
GERALDINE P. SCHECHTER has been chief of hematology at the Washington Veterans Affairs Medical Center and professor of medicine at George Washington University School of Medicine for many years. She has served on the Council of the American Society of Hematology and on the American Board of Internal Medicine, among many professional commitments. In addition to running a very active hematology/oncology clinical service, in recent years she has been investigating the uses of monoclonal antibodies in the treatment of several hematological syndromes. Her husband, ALAN N. SCHECHTER, has been named head of the newly created molecular medicine branch at the National Institutes of Health. He is investigating the therapeutic implications of the interactions of human hemoglobin with nitric oxide and is very active in efforts to reverse the long-term decline in publicly supported clinical research.
Class of 1965
The Mycobacterial Disease Consult Service run by MICHAEL D. ISEMAN offers free consultation services for clinicians, public health officers, families, and patients affected by complicated or multi-drug-resistant tuberculosis or other mycobacteria. For this humanitarian activity Mike received the Enhanced Award from the American College of Chest Physicians; this award is one of 22 Governors Community Service Awards given annually. In addition Mike has received the Edward Livingston Trudeau Award from the American Thoracic Society and the American Lung Association. This award honors lifelong major contributions to prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of lung disease through leadership in research, education, or clinical care. Mike was one of the speakers at the 2005 alumni weekend session on “Docs and Jocks.”
Michael D. Iseman’65
Class of 1966
The American College of Cardiology presented MORTON F. ARNSDORF with a Distinguished Fellow Award in the spring of 2005 for actively advancing the field of cardiology through service to the college and to his colleagues. Mort is professor of medicine at the University of Chicago and associate vice chairman of the Department of Medicine. The previous nine years he served as Chief of Cardiology at the same institution. Mort is working to promote biomedical ethics through outreach and public service. His clinical research concentrates on heart disease in women, arrhythmias, and the development of the atomic force microscope for biomedical investigation. He is also involved in developing computerized education for students and physicians and sits on the editorial boards of several medical journals. Mort has been a member of the American College of Cardiology for 28 years and has held a number of offices in the organization.
Morton F. Arnsdorf'66
Class of 1970
DONALD O. QUEST has been named president-elect of the American Association of Neurological Surgeons. He has been a member of AANS since 1979 and will serve on the Executive Committee. Don has held a number of other offices in the AANS and other neurosurgery societies. He is the J. Lawrence Pool Professor of Neurological Surgery at P&S and was appointed assistant dean of student affairs in 2003. He is also serving as vice chairman of the neurosurgery department at P&S. The National Board of Medical Examiners has elected KAREN HEIN to a second term as member-at-large of the National Board of Medical Examiners. Karen is immediate past president of the William T. Grant Foundation. She has been associated with the NBME since 2001, serving on the Center for Innovation Advisory Committee, the Stemmler Medical Education Research Fund, and the Task Force on International Collaboration. Karen’s field of medical specialization is adolescent medicine.
Class of 1973
Having completed 30 years in the U.S. Public Health Service at the Food & Drug Administration and the National Institutes of Health, EDWARD TABOR has become executive director of Quintiles Inc., a research company in Rockville, Md.
Class of 1975
RON PODELL, a Los Angeles psychiatrist, is assistant clinical professor at UCLA, where he teaches postgraduate courses. He is co-founder of the Center for Mood Disorders and the Westridge Psychiatric Medical Group. He currently is director of the Alryon Medical Group. Ron has authored a book, “Contagious Emotions: Staying Well When Your Loved One is Depressed,” published by Simon & Schuster. His innovative treatments over the years have “sparked many media stories and appearances including special testimonials from Rod Steiger, Shirley Jones, Marty Ingels, Rodney Dangerfield, and Carrie Fisher.” Ron’s father-in-law was successfully operated on by Ron’s classmate, ERIC ROSE.
Class of 1977
MITCHELL C. BENSON, the George F. Cahill Professor of Urology, has been appointed chairman of the Department of Urology at P&S and urologist-in-chief at New York-Presbyterian Hospital. In Connecticut, PETER R. DODDS, chief of urology and surgical oncology at Norwalk Hospital, has been elected to the Board of Trustees of the Fairfield County Medical Association.
Class of 1978
Florida Monthly Magazine named ANDREW M. KAUNITZ one of Florida’s best doctors for 2005. Andy also received the Award for Excellence in Resident Education in Obstetrics and Gynecology by the American College of Ob/Gyn Council on Residency Education. Andy is professor and assistant chair of the Department of Ob/Gyn at the University of Florida Health Science Center in Jacksonville.
Class of 1979
The Jagellonian University, founded in 1364 in Krakow, Poland, which boasts among its alumni Copernicus and Pope John Paul II, appointed RALPH F. JÓSEFOWICZ an honorary professor in recognition of Ralph’s many years of teaching neurology to medical students at that institution. This is one of numerous teaching awards Ralph has received over the years. He currently serves as chair of the Education Committee of the American Academy of Neurology and chairs the combined neurology-neuroscience task force of the National Board of Medical Examiners. He is professor of neurology and medicine at the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry. Trained in family medicine, LAWRENCE R. LI has spent much of his career working with medically underserved populations, both in the United States and abroad. He received an MPH and taught at the University of Utah’s Department of Family and Preventive Medicine. A personal encounter with acupuncture (as a patient) led him to acupuncture training. Currently Larry practices at a group of community health centers along the central California coast; he combines his skills in family practice with medical acupuncture, osteopathic manipulation, cross- cultural medicine, Korean hand therapy, and other integrative modalities to “provide service and excellent results for lower income patients.” He also teaches patients ways to manage their own problems, such as depression, musculoskeletal pain, anxiety, and allergies. His ultimate goal is to make these tools available for people in developing countries. Larry is hoping, some day, to write a book about the skills and approaches he has learned and developed. What are the odds of three medical school classmates having sons who are middle school classmates 200 miles from Washington Heights? That’s the question RICH TAUS posed in an e-mail. He, JEFFREY GILBARD, and DAVID KWIATKOWSKI all have sixth grade boys in Weston, Mass., Middle School. David is also a youth soccer coach for his own son, Edward, and Rich’s son, Dave Taus. While geographically close, the three physicians have taken different career paths: Jeff is in industry as CEO of Thera Tears, a product that grew out of his summer research at P&S. David does cancer research at Brigham & Women’s/Dana-Farber. Rich, “having less imagination,” he says, is at a community hospital doing interventional radiology.
Ralph Jozefowicz’79 receives “Honorary Professor of Jagiellonian University” from Franciszek Ziejka, Rector Magnificus of Jagiellonian University.
Class of 1981
In January 2005 GARY A. SOBELSON began his term as president of the New Hampshire Medical Society; Gov. John Lynch spoke at Gary’s installation. Gary, a board-certified family physician, practices at Concord Family Medicine. He has previously served on several state and local committees dealing with various health issues. The New Hampshire Medical Society’s founder and first president was Dr. Josiah Bartlett, New Hampshire’s first governor and a signer of the Declaration of Independence.
Class of 1985
Professor of otolaryngology/head & neck surgery and medical director of the Voice and Swallowing Center at P&S, JONATHAN E. AVIV has been named president of the American BronchoEsophagological Association. The ABEA is the leading otolaryngology specialty society dealing with diseases of the voice and swallowing. Jonathan co-authored a book on FEEST B flexible endoscopic evaluation of swallowing with sensory testing B which was published by Plural Publishing. BENJAMIN H. WALKER is chairman of emergency medicine at Newport Hospital in Portsmouth, R.I., and he also serves as president of the emergency medicine group. Ben, his wife, Susan, an anesthesiologist, and their two sons moved to Rhode Island after he finished his commitment to the Air Force. He spends his spare time as a soccer/hockey dad, plays squash, and enjoys sailing. Unfortunately he was forced to retire prematurely for health reasons. Ben regrets having missed the 20th reunion but sends all his classmates his warmest regards.
Class of 1986
CHRISTOPHER P. CANNON is a cardiologist at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston, where he is actively engaged in research. He was able to translate the results of one of his research projects to the care of his father, Dr. Paul Cannon, chief of cardiology at P&S for 13 years, when the elder Dr. Cannon suffered a heart attack.
Class of 1992
STUART KAPLAN is executive director of Camp Mak-A-Dream, a cost-free camping experience located outside of Missoula, Mont., for children and young adults with cancer from across the country. He also spends several weeks a year as a consulting physician for the After Completion of Therapy Clinic at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in Memphis, Tenn.
Class of 1997
Upon completion of a three-year fellowship in maternal and fetal medicine at Women and Infants Hospital in Providence, R.I., TAMARA COCHRAN TAKOUDES is a full-time perinatologist at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston and a clinical instructor at Harvard Medical School. Tamara and husband George have two small children. DINESH SINGH has been appointed assistant professor of surgery at Yale Medical School.
Class of 1998
REBECCA W. LAMBERT opened a practice in Naples, Fla., with her husband, Jon Sonne, in 2004. Early in 2005 they had their first child, a daughter named Merrill. Rebecca and Jon love southwest Florida and would welcome visitors.
|New Orleans Alumni
P&S sent e-mail to alumni with e-mail addresses and New Orleans mailing addresses. Two responded.
Nereida Parada’87, clinical associate professor of medicine at Tulane, and her husband, Evelio, are safe. “Our house flooded about a foot and has a small hole in the roof due to tree damage. Extensive repairs are needed.” They live in Metairie, La.
Because of damage to Tulane University Hospital and Clinics, Charity Hospital, University Hospital, and the VA Hospital in New Orleans, Dr. Parada spent the four months after Katrina at Tulane-Lakeside Hospital in Metaire, Tulane Uptown Clinic, and Lakeview Hospital. She planned to travel to Houston in February to teach the second-year medical students about asthma and pulmonary vascular diseases.
She wrote of pride in her colleagues who valiantly took care of patients before and during the evacuation efforts in such difficult and unimaginable conditions. “To hear their amazing stories of those days as we continue to get together and regroup in anticipation of Tulane University Hospital and Clinics re-opening in February 2006 has been truly inspirational. They are truly heroes in my heart. After an impressive number of layoffs in the faculty of the School of Medicine in December 2005, I am very happy and honored to be able to continue to be a part of the pulmonary, critical care and environmental medicine section and continue my educational and research mission at Tulane. We are particularly interested in the effect of molds and particulate exposures during the aftermath of Katrina in our at risk populations.
“It is difficult to see the inevitable changes: Charity Hospital closed and the VA Hospital closed due to extensive damage, with continued discussions about the future. We all look forward to rebuilding together. These have indeed been unprecedented times here in New Orleans.”
Mary Margaret Gleason’98, assistant professor of child and adolescent psychiatry at Tulane, moved to Rhode Island from New Orleans a few weeks before Katrina hit. “My plan had been (and continues to be) to stay on the Tulane faculty as a part-time member of the department and to go down periodically to work in an early childhood clinic in northern Louisiana.” In September, when she responded by e-mail, she had just returned from northern Louisiana, where she helped at a shelter and did some outpatient clinical work. “It is hard to fathom the extent of Katrina’s devastation, and the process of recovery and rebuilding is clearly going to be a long one, although I continue to be impressed by my colleagues’ dedication to the effort.”
From the Classes
Student Profiles by Students
Class of 2007: Lisa Schneider
Class of 2008: Marc Manseau
BY IRENE LO’07 AND MARK MANN’07
Despite having been on call for the past 36 hours, P&S Class of 2007 member Lisa Schneider took the time out to shed some light on her life, experiences, and goals before, during, and after medical school. Lisa was born and raised in Brooklyn Heights, N.Y., to a mom who works as an allergist so she was drawn to medicine very early on in her college career. With interests in both medicine and biology, Lisa pursued various pre-medicine courses during her freshman year at Yale. However, it was not until the summer between her sophomore and junior year of college that Lisa’s future in medicine was cemented. During this pivotal summer, Lisa worked at an eye hospital in Andrapradesh, India, with blind and visually impaired children who required rehabilitation. While working with these children and their parents, Lisa realized that she enjoyed working with patients and could visualize herself with a career in medicine.
When deciding among medical schools, Lisa was immediately drawn to P&S. When she visited the P&S campus, Lisa was struck by the students and the many similarities that she shared with them. She realized that people make one of the important distinctions among medical schools. Lisa could not see herself attending any other school.
At P&S, Lisa has made many remarkable contributions not only to her fellow classmates, but also to the medical center campus as a whole. Throughout her first and second year of medical school, Lisa managed to maintain all of her class notes on the Class of 2007 Web site for her classmates to access. Additionally, in the Spring of 2005, as president of the American Medical Women’s Association (AMWA), Lisa organized a campus-wide event in which Gloria Steinem spoke about the status of women’s health. The event was inspiring and interdisciplinary, drawing an audience that represented all divisions of the medical center.
Women’s health has been a central theme during Lisa’s medical career. Noting that more than 50 percent of a doctor’s patients will be female, Lisa strongly believes that women’s health should be an important part of every physician’s practice. With this theme in mind, during her first and second years of medical school, Lisa’s career plans originally lay in the obstetrics/gynecology and reproductive endocrinology realm. However, after completing neurology, primary care, and surgical subspecialties clerkships in her third year, Lisa is keeping her options open and is thoroughly enjoying the opportunity to learn more about the various medical specialties. No matter what discipline of medicine Lisa chooses to pursue, it is without a doubt that she will make a lasting contribution to that field.
BY MELISSA LAUDANO’08
Marc Manseau, a second-year medical student at P&S, is passionate about many things. His interests include primary care, psychiatry, and public health. Marc grew up in Manchester, N.H., and received his BA degree from Brown University in 2002 with a concentration in human biology, an interdisciplinary major with courses in biological sciences, public health issues, and sociology.
After graduation, Marc worked for one year as an HIV counselor and research assistant in Boston as part of an NIH-funded research project called Explore, which assessed the success of various HIV counseling methods. During that time, Marc decided to combine his interests in science, research, and activism by pursuing a career in medicine. He spent the next year completing his master’s in public health at Brown University. His thesis focused on the connection between air toxins and low birth weights in urban America.
Marc has continued to cultivate his passion for medicine and public health at P&S. He has assumed leadership positions in the P&S chapter of the American Medical Student Association and is president of the school’s chapter of Physicians for Human Rights. One example of Marc’s involvement with these two organizations was a conference he hosted, titled “Beyond These Walls: Health and Human Rights in the Juvenile Justice System.” The conference, which was attended by physicians, lawyers, activists, and medical students from the tri-state area, explored human rights violations in the juvenile justice system.
Marc continues to be involved with these issues by organizing a postcard campaign in favor of a bill in New York state that would provide more mental health services to sexually exploited youths.
In addition to his involvement in existing P&S Club organizations, Marc has been working with a committee of physicians and students to start a Homeless Care Clinic. This group includes Dr. James Spears and Dr. Sarah Alvarez from family medicine and several fellow students: Carl Fisher, Erin Ferenchick, Lily Chau, Judy Chertok, and Jamie Houston. This pilot project will take place weekly at the Harlem YMCA in conjunction with a transitional housing program already in place. Volunteers will provide basic health care, social service referrals, and health education to homeless individuals.
As Marc looks ahead, he is excited by the opportunity to incorporate patient care, research, and political activism into his career. “As physicians, we are bound to grapple with issues most essential to health, quality of life, and human suffering,” he says. “This involves not only knowledge of diagnosis and therapies, but also an understanding of issues related to social justice and human needs.”
Class of 2009: Daniel Stephens
BY VIN GUPTA’09
It was during his interview tour through the Morgan Stanley Children’s Hospital that first-year student Daniel Stephens finally knew where he wanted to spend the next four years of his life. A native of Oakland, Calif., Daniel was drawn to what he describes as Columbia’s uniquely sincere focus on the health and well-being of its surrounding community. This commitment to community is an ideal that Daniel has dedicated several years to since graduating from Harvard College in 1998.
After gaining some brief marketing experience at Procter & Gamble, this budding student-physician immersed himself in the inner city of Los Angeles as an elementary school teacher. Working as a fourth-grade instructor at Longfellow Elementary in Compton, Daniel was part of the “Teach Compton” organization funded by Americorps. This program’s aim was to help raise the achievement level of students in the Compton school district, a region that continually failed to meet set standards of educational proficiency. Although teaching in this particular context lent itself to a variety of stresses and difficulties, Daniel was never discouraged by the diligent response and hard work that his students gave forth. Rather, he says, the biggest problem he had in the three years he worked as a teacher was combating the low-expectations set for his classes by the district, the school, and/or families. “As long as you set high expectations for them,” Daniel said, “there were always positive rewards and consequences.”
Daniel has already set high expectations for himself as he begins his medical career at Columbia. A member of organizations like BALSO and Physicians for Human Rights, Daniel is not entirely sure what he wants to pursue after medical school, but, as he says, keeping an open mind is his utmost priority. “If you take my musical taste, for instance, I didn’t become eclectic until someone played something different for me,” he says. “Columbia is great in everything, and I look forward to similarly eclectic medical experiences.”
John Ryan’09 also helped with this section