January - February 2012 e-News for Alumni

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Columbia Medicine e-News for Alumni

January – February 2012

News about P&S alumni crosses the Columbia Medicine desk and email inbox almost daily, and we don’t want to keep it to ourselves – or make you wait until the next print edition of your magazine. We have compiled a compendium of news articles and updates to share with you on a timely basis. Please let us know if you find this useful and please feel free to send information and links you see in newspapers, organizational communications, or electronic announcements to columbiamedicine@columbia.edu . Thank you for contributing to the success and reputation of P&S.

– Bonita Eaton Enochs, Editor, Columbia Medicine


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Two students featured in the Spring 2011 print issue’s siblings gallery graduated in 2011, but more siblings entered with the Class of 2015. See the new siblings gallery online.

Robert Song’14 attended the 2012 State of the Union address by President Barak Obama as a guest of U.S. Rep. Carolyn Maloney (D-Queens, Manhattan). Mr. Song, a West Point graduate and Army veteran, has interned in Congresswoman Maloney’s New York and Washington offices. Read more here.

The Class of 2014 made its official transition to the clinical year Jan. 4, 2012, at the Steven Z. Miller Student Clinician’s Ceremony in the P&S Alumni Auditorium. See photos and a video and read about the ceremony here.

Blake Taylor’15 may know more about ADHD than most first-year medical students. He wrote about his own experience, after being diagnosed at age 5, in his 2008 book, “ADHD & me: what i learned from lighting fires at the dinner table.” Read more about Blake and his book in an online article and video here.

M.D./Ph.D. student Alexander Kushnir was featured in a Yeshiva University alumni article. Dr. Kushnir received his Ph.D. in 2010 and is expected to get his M.D. this year. He has been an adjunct professor of biology at Yeshiva College since he was 21 years old. Read the article here.

The latest edition of Reflexions, the annual collection by students of prose, poetry, photography, illustrations, and painting, has been reproduced online


Piano Returns

The Rachmaninoff piano, which returned for Musical Mondays on Oct. 10, 2011, now has a Twitter account. The October concert in the Bard Hall Lounge included a selection of works by Sergei Rachmaninoff. Follow the piano (or other P&S Club music- and arts-related events) on Twitter, @rachwithme. The first tweet for the account was “I’m baaaaaaaaack from my ‘vacation.’” The nine-foot Steinway piano once played by Rachmaninoff had been enjoyed by P&S students for 80 years before deterioration left it unplayable. The tens of thousands of dollars needed to repair the piano were raised through a benefit concert and several individual donors, including Helen and Clyde Wu’56, June Wu’96, Craig Smith, Stephen W. Nicholas, John N. Loeb, Andrew Frantz’55, Jay Lefkowitch’76, Donald Quest’70, Robert Mellins, Joseph Tenenbaum, and Robert Sideli. The Chinese Community Church of New York also made a generous contribution toward the piano’s repair. See an article written by Peter Liou’13 here.

My Dear Watson

Herbert Chase, professor of clinical medicine in biomedical informatics, and two P&S students have been performing a series of tests on Watson, IBM’s celebrity supercomputer, which defeated two “Jeopardy” champions last year. Watson won't replace the physician, Dr. Chase says, “but Watson has the potential to help doctors reduce the time needed to evaluate and determine the correct diagnosis for a patient.” Read more in the Columbia Record.  

A SELECTION OF CLASS NOTES (see more online)

Janet Ordway’51 is featured in an article in the Bangor Daily News. Read it here.

Very few people have been named Wisconsin Youth Symphony Orchestras Lifetime Trustees, but one of them is Stanley Inhorn’53. Read more here.

Harvey Zarem’57 is the subject of a feature article in the Savannah, Ga., Morning News online edition. Read it here.

Shu Chien’57 Ph.D. received the National Medal of Science award from President Obama in October 2011. Read more.

Harris Berman’64 is the new dean of Tufts University’s medical school. Read more.

David V. Forrest’64 was interviewed by the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review about his new book, “Slots: Praying to the God of Chance.” Read more.

Daniel Baker’68 was interviewed by the Philadelphia Enquirer for an article about how much plastic surgery has changed since he attended P&S. Read more.

Karen Hein’70 was appointed to the Green Mountain Care Board in Vermont, a state panel charged with creating the first single payer health care system in the country. Read more.

James B. Bussel’75 is co-recipient of the King Faisal International Prize for Medicine for 2012. Read more.

Jeffrey Pollak’83 is now the Robert I. White Jr. M.D. Professor of Interventional Radiology at Yale University. Read more.

Lou Ivey III’84 is featured in an article at a California online news site. Read it here.

Abraham Thomas’89 has been elected president of the American Federation for Medical Research. Read more.

Andrew Lassman’97 was named chief of neuro-oncology at NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital. Read the full announcement here.

Rutgers University published an article about Shahid R. Aziz’99 and his wife, Anita Puran, both Rutgers alumni, and their Smile Bangladesh missions. Read more.

Tune into ABC to see Jennifer Ashton’00 as she co-hosts a new ABC daytime talk show, “The Revolution.” Read more.

Jess Jones’07, who also received an MBA from Columbia, was named CEO of NewCardio, a cardiovascular diagnostic solutions developer. Read the PRNewswire announcement here.


A few of the alumni and faculty deaths reported since the Fall 2011 issue. Click on name to read more.

Helen Dexter’37

Frederic P. Moore’43

John Russo’43

Frank Ellis’44

W. Holmes Yealy’48

John Ordway’51

James Mason’57

John J. White Jr.’62

Barbara Jo Chaffee’63 (and 1955 Ph.D.)

John Zucker’66

Benvenuto G. Pernis, M.D., professor emeritus of microbiology and medicine and father of Alessandra Pernis-Lowell’86 


Residency Match – March 16

Parents’ Day Program – April 21

Alumni Reunion Weekend – May 3-5

P&S Class Day – May 15

P&S Commencement – May 16 


66% of the fall 2011 entering class can be classified as non-traditional students, students who did not start medical school directly after receiving an undergraduate degree.


Check out the latest issue of CUMC Celebrates for news of P&S faculty grants, honors, and news mentions.

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