July - August 2012 e-News About and For Alumni

Columbia College of Physicians & Surgeons e-News for Alumni

July – August 2012


News of Current Students

P&S News

Class Notes

In Memoriam

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M.D./Ph.D. student Abdulrahman El-Sayed is one of 30 students who received Paul & Daisy Soros Fellowships for New Americans. The program helps children of immigrants pay for graduate school in the United States. Read the announcement.


A video of P&S Dean Lee Goldman's State of the School presentation is now available online.

The design of the medical center's new medical and graduate education building was unveiled in June. Construction is expected to begin next year. The design attracted a great deal of media attention, including this recent Bloomberg article.

Cancer screening and information about cancer research drew hundreds of community residents to the medical center's Health Information Day, a community event sponsored by the Community Engagement Core Resource of the Irving Institute for Clinical and Translational Research. Read more.

Alumni who have appeared so far in episodes of "NYMed," the ABC documentary series about NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital, include Jay Lefkowitch'76, Jonathan LaPook'80, Michael Argenziano'92, Maryjane Farr'98, and Michael Koeckert'12. The eight-part series airs on Tuesdays. Read about the program and watch episodes online.


David Scheiner'63, formerly Barak Obama's personal physician, is profiled by Physicians for a National Health Program as part of the program's electronic press kit. The site includes a link to video footage of Dr. Scheiner's appearance on CNN News. Read more.

Jay Levy'65 reflects on his work to eradicate HIV. Read the profile in a UCSF publication.

Karin Muraszko'81, chair of neurosurgery at the University of Michigan, was saluted by Peter Carmel'70 MSD in his final speech as president of the American Medical Association. Dr. Carmel described Dr. Muraszko, the first disabled person to enter Columbia’s neurosurgical residency program, as a hero. Read more.

Barbara Linder'82 M.D./'80 Ph.D. is a finalist for the 2012 Samuel J. Heyman Service to America Medal recognizing federal employees. Read a profile of Dr. Linder's work on type 2 diabetes in children.

Richard M. O'Keeffe Jr.'84 was the subject of a physician spotlight in the Mississippi Medical News.

David Ores'85 is profiled on a blog about NYC's Bowery neighborhood.

An Associated Press article about doctors and technology described the social media used by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, including the live Twitter chats by CDC director Tom Frieden'86.

Jeremy Luban'87 is one of three recipients of the National Institute on Drug Abuse 2012 Avant-Garde Award for HIV/AIDS Research. Read the NIDA news release.

Jared Gollob'89 has been promoted to vice president, clinical research, of Alnylam Pharmaceuticals. Read the announcement.

The move of Gunnar Gouras'89 from New York to Sweden is the subject of an article published by Lund University.

Louis "Chip" Thayer Merriam'91 has joined a medical practice in Vermont. Read the newspaper announcement.

Andrew Moran'02 was one of four P&S faculty members named 2012-15 Irving Scholars. Dr. Moran is now Herbert Irving Assistant Professor of Medicine. Read the announcement.

The wedding of Eamonn Vitt'02 was included in the weddings/celebrations column of the July 8, 2012, New York Times. Read the article.

Sarah Lambert'03 has returned to P&S as assistant professor of urology. Read the announcement.

Matthew Erlich'08 co-authored an article in the Atlantic with the medical director of the New York State Office of Mental Health. Read "How Thoughts Become a Psychiatric Diagnosis."

Uzodinma Iweala'11 has written a second book, "Our Kind of People," a non-fiction book about HIV and AIDS in Nigeria. Read an interview and an article in Radcliffe Magazine.


Edward Martin Wheeler'42

Leonard Kohn'61


Orientation for Class of 2016 – August 12-17, 2012

White Coat Ceremony for Class of 2016 – Monday, August 13, 2012

Steven Z. Miller Student Clinician Ceremony for Class of 2015 – Friday, January 4, 2013


Several P&S yearbooks are available online in multiple e-formats. They were digitized by the Internet Archive in 2012 with funding from Metropolitan New York Library Council. Yearbooks available: 1947, 1949, 1950, 1951, 1952, 1953, 1954, 1955, 1956, 1957, 1958, 1959, 1960, 1961, 1962, 1963, 1964, 1965, 1966, 1967, 1968,  1969, 1970, 1976, 1982, 1983, 1984, 1985, 1986, 1987, 1988, 1989, 1990, 1991, 1992. The first P&S yearbook was published in 1947; pre-1992 classes missing from the list apparently did not publish yearbooks. 


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