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Chair of Pediatrics, New Administrators
Three appointments in P&S and an administrative appointment for Columbia University Medical Center were announced in the fall by Lee Goldman, M.D., executive vice president and dean.
   The chairman of pediatrics at the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston became chairman of pediatrics at P&S in February. An academic leader at the University of Minnesota medical school joined P&S in November as vice dean for academic affairs. A new vice dean for administration position in P&S has been filled by a University of California, San Francisco administrator. A Columbia University administrator has assumed the position of chief operating officer for CUMC.

Lawrence Stanberry and members
Lawrence Stanberry, left, meets members of the
Department of Pediatrics at a November 2007
meeting.

Pediatrics
Lawrence R. Stanberry, M.D., Ph.D., the John Sealy Distinguished Professor and chairman of pediatrics and director of the Sealy Center for Vaccine Development at the UT Medical Branch, became the Reuben S. Carpentier Professor and Chairman of Pediatrics at P&S and pediatrician-in-chief of the Morgan Stanley Children’s Hospital. Dr. Stanberry succeeds John Driscoll, M.D., who served as chairman and director of pediatrics for 15 years.
   Richard Polin, M.D., professor of pediatrics and director of perinatal medicine, has served as interim chairman since Dr. Driscoll stepped down as chairman and pediatrician-in-chief in June 2007.
   Dr. Stanberry received M.D. and Ph.D. degrees from the University of Illinois in Chicago. He interned in pediatrics at the Children’s Medical Center and Parkland County Hospital in Dallas, was a research associate in oncology and experimental therapeutics at the University of Illinois, and completed his pediatric residency and fellowship in infectious diseases at the University of Utah.
   Dr. Stanberry’s clinical and research interests are in neonatal herpes, use of antiviral drugs, management of genital herpes and other sexually transmitted infections, and use of vaccines. Dr. Stanberry was one of the lead researchers on trials that produced the first scientific evidence that a vaccine could protect humans against genital herpes. The study’s crucial finding — that the vaccine is effective only in women — marked the first time gender-specific vaccine protection had been proved.
   Before joining the Texas faculty in 2000, he had been a faculty member at the University of Cincinnati since 1982.

Anne L. Taylor

Academic Affairs
Anne L. Taylor, M.D., joined P&S in November as vice dean for academic affairs. She had been professor of medicine and associate dean for faculty affairs at the University of Minnesota’s medical school since 2000. At P&S she will oversee faculty recruitment searches and the faculty appointments process, while enhancing faculty career development and programming.
   She co-authored a book on faculty mentoring published in February 2008 and has co-directed an NIH-National Medical Association mentoring program for minority house staff. From 2001 to 2005, she chaired the steering committee for the African-American Heart Failure Trial, the first major clinical trial to test the effectiveness of a heart failure medication in African-Americans.
   Her research focus has been on cardiovascular disease in African-Americans and women and the transfer of knowledge about cardiovascular disease prevention from academic medicine to communities.
   A native of New York City, Dr. Taylor received her bachelor’s degree from Hofstra University and studied cello at the Manhattan School of Music. She completed medical school, internal medicine residency, and a clinical cardiology fellowship at the University of Chicago, with cardiovascular research training at Johns Hopkins University and the University of Iowa.

Martha Hooven

P&S Administration
Martha Hooven, formerly associate chair for administration for the Department of Medicine at UCSF, has joined P&S as vice dean for administration. As director of administration for the Department of Medicine at UCSF from 1995 to 2004, Ms. Hooven was instrumental in helping the department double in size. She was responsible for finance, HR, research administration, clinical operations, IT, development, and strategic planning for several UCSF hospital sites.
   Ms. Hooven earned a bachelor’s degree from the New College at Hofstra University, master’s from Goddard College, and M.P.A. with an emphasis on health services administration from UCSF.

 

Lisa Hogarty

Chief Operating Officer
Lisa Hogarty joined the medical center in December as chief operating officer after serving as executive vice president for student and administrative services at Columbia University since 2002. At the Morningside campus, Ms. Hogarty was credited with building strong management teams and reorganizing such core functions as human resources and information technology for academic and administrative applications. She spearheaded an electronic medical record system for the student health service that reduced wait times by half.
   Before joining Columbia, Ms. Hogarty held executive positions at Beth Israel, St. Luke’s-Roosevelt, and Mount Sinai hospitals. A graduate of Colby-Sawyer College in New London, N.H., Ms. Hogarty also earned a master’s degree from New York University.

Three Elected to IOM
The Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences last fall elected three P&S faculty to its distinguished membership. Election to the IOM is one of the highest honors in the fields of medicine and health. CUMC now has 48 members in this esteemed organization.
   The three P&S faculty — Kathryn Calame, Timothy Pedley, and Carolyn Westhoff — were among the 65 new IOM members announced in October 2007.

Kathryn Calame

Kathryn Calame, Ph.D., is professor of microbiology and of biochemistry & molecular biophysics. She studies gene regulation in the immune system, and her laboratory work focuses primarily on transcriptional regulation of lymphocyte development. A major focus of her current work is an unusual transcriptional repressor called Blimp-1 (B lymphocyte induced maturation protein). Her studies on Blimp-1 are revealing important aspects of regulation in both B and T cells.
Timothy A. Pedley Timothy A. Pedley, M.D., is the Henry and Lucy Moses Professor of Neurology, chairman of neurology, and neurologist-in-chief at the Neurological Institute. Dr. Pedley’s clinical and research interests focus on epilepsy. His laboratory interests are in the role played by the ionic microenvironment in abnormal hippocampal and cortical excitability and in long-lasting changes in the hippocampus induced by repeated seizures. He has begun a two-year term as president of the American Neurological Association.
Carolyn L. Westhoff Carolyn L. Westhoff, M.D., is professor of obstetrics and gynecology and professor of epidemiology and of population and family health at the Mailman School of Public Health. She studies the effect of obesity on contraceptive effectiveness and leads several research projects investigating contraception and the epidemiology of women’s reproductive health. Most recently, Dr. Westhoff was the principal investigator of a clinical trial of a novel oral contraceptive initiation method known as Quick Start.
News in Brief
Eric R. Kandel, M.D., University Professor, Kavli Professor, director of the Kavli Institute for Brain Science, and senior investigator of the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, has received the award for the best book of the year from the National Academies for his personal memoir, “In Search of Memory: The Emergence of a New Science of Mind” (W.W. Norton, 2006). … Three Columbia faculty members were inducted into the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in October 2007. Founded in 1780, the academy honors superior scholarship, artistic triumphs, and exemplary service. Among this year’s new members are former vice president Albert Gore; former Supreme Court justice Sandra Day O’Connor; and New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg. The newest Columbia members include two from the medical center: Barry Honig, professor of biochemistry and molecular biophysics, and Allan G. Rosenfield’59, dean of the Mailman School of Public Health, the DeLamar Professor of Public Health, and professor of obstetrics and gynecology. … Four medical center faculty were elected fellows of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, one of the world’s oldest, largest, and most prestigious scientific societies. Election as a fellow is an honor bestowed upon AAAS members by their peers. The AAAS class of 2007 includes Martin Chalfie, Ph.D., the William R. Kenan Jr. Professor of Biological Sciences at Columbia and a faculty member in the doctoral program in neurobiology and behavior; Ruth L. Fischbach, Ph.D., M.P.E., professor of bioethics (in psychiatry and sociomedical sciences); Stephen P. Goff, Ph.D., the Higgins Professor of Biochemistry and Molecular Biophysics and professor of microbiology; and James E. Rothman, Ph.D., the Clyde’56 and Helen Wu Professor of Physiology (Chemical Biology) in the Department of Physiology and Cellular Biophysics. … The 2007 Katz Prizes in Cardiovascular Research were given to James T. Willerson, M.D., FACC, president of the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston and an internationally distinguished cardiologist, research scientist, and educator, and Thomas G. Diacovo, M.D., assistant professor of pediatrics and pathology and director of research for the neonatology and critical care medicine divisions within the Department of Pediatrics at P&S. Dr. Diacovo received the Lewis Katz Cardiovascular Research Prize for a Young Investigator, an honor that recognizes a junior faculty member at Columbia who shows promise for contributing to the study of cardiovascular disease. The Katz Prizes were created through the generosity of entrepreneur and philanthropist Lewis Katz to recognize excellence in cardiovascular research and education. … The 2007 Louisa Gross Horwitz Prize recognized the work of three generations of scientist, teacher, and student. The Horwitz Prize was awarded to Joseph G. Gall, Ph.D., a cell biologist at the Carnegie Institution; Elizabeth H. Blackburn, Ph.D., a biologist and physiologist at the University of California, San Francisco; and Carol W. Greider, Ph.D., a molecular biologist and geneticist at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. The awardees were honored for work that has contributed to the fundamental understanding of the aging process. Dr. Blackburn was a research fellow in Dr. Gall’s lab at Yale. Dr. Grieder was a research fellow in Dr. Blackburn’s lab at UC Berkeley. … Alfred Ashford, M.D., professor of clinical medicine and director of the Department of Medicine at Harlem Hospital Center for the past nine years, is serving as interim senior associate dean for Harlem Hospital while a search is conducted for a permanent leader to succeed John T. Herbert, M.D., in overseeing this affiliation. Dr. Herbert stepped down as senior associate dean but will serve as senior adviser to the dean to provide ongoing counsel on Columbia’s strategic partnership with Harlem Hospital. He also will continue as director of the Department of Anesthesiology at Harlem.
Brad Zacharia     Correction
Brad Zacharia’07 received an Albert B. Knapp Scholarship at the 2007 P&S commencement. His name was inadvertently omitted from the printed programs and from the listing of student awards in the Fall 2007 issue of P&S Journal.
   The Knapp scholarship is granted at the end of a student’s third year to the medical student with highest scholarship in the first three years. He was one of two students to receive the scholarship.
   Dr. Zacharia is a surgical intern at Columbia and will begin a neurosurgery residency at Columbia at
the end of his intern year.

 

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