November-December 2012 e-News About and For Alumni

Columbia College of Physicians & Surgeons e-News for Alumni

November – December 2012

Dear P&S Alumni,

This e-newsletter was started at the beginning of 2012 as a pilot extension of Columbia Medicine. After a full year of e-newsletters (one every other month), we must now decide whether to continue producing the e-newsletter and, if so, in what form. If you want to continue to receive this information, please click here to lend your voice to our decision-making process.

Thank you and Happy Holidays!

                                    Bonita Eaton Enochs, Editor, Columbia Medicine


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Members of the Bard Hall Players provided entertainment for children hospitalized at Morgan Stanley Children's Hospital Dec. 9. More than two dozen P&S and physical therapy students participated in holiday entertainment that ranged from flute duets to a performance by the Bicipital Groove (a band made up of several Class of 2016 students) to face painting to a reading and pantomime of "How the Grinch Stole Christmas." The holiday concert in the Wintergarden of the hospital was broadcast over closed-circuit television to patients unable to get to the lobby. "Feedback from patients, families, and staff was very positive," says BHP co-president Mike Certo'16, "and it was nice to know that we could bring some much-needed holiday cheer to patients, caregivers, and family." BHP co-presidents Nina Ragaz'16, Caitlin Alexander'16, and Colin Klenk'16 also organized the event.


Members of New York's Congressional delegation joined P&S Dean Lee Goldman, other New York medical school deans, a patient, and a patient advocate for a briefing about the potential impact of looming budget cuts on medical research. Read more and view a video here.

ColumbiaDoctors Eastside, the Columbia practice located at 16 E. 60 St. for many years, is moving downtown and becoming ColumbiaDoctors Midtown in January 2013. The new site is at 51 W. 51 St. Read more.


Jeffrey Ferris'43 was featured in a newspaper article about his watercolors that depict his World War II experience. His art was featured in an exhibition, "A Doctor Stationed in France: Paintings from WWII," in Washington, Conn. Read the article.

Robert Lefkowitz'66 became the second member of the Class of 1966 to win a Nobel Prize. He shared the 2012 Nobel Prize in Chemistry with one of his former fellows at Duke. (Harold Varmus'66 received the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine in 1989.) Read more about this year's Nobel winner in a package of stories published online by Duke, where Dr. Lefkowitz has been a faculty member since 1973. The package includes a two-part video interview in which Dr. Lefkowitz discusses his lack of interest in research during his years at P&S. The P&S Journal Spring/Summer 2008 profile of Dr. Lefkowitz can be found here. The Nobel Foundation website has links to an interview with Dr. Lefkowitz (in which he mentions Dr. Varmus), to his Nobel lecture on Dec. 8, to the Dec. 10 Nobel ceremony and banquet, and to photos from Nobel week.

Edward V. Craig'73 received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the New York chapter of the Arthritis Foundation at a gala in November. Read more.

Eric Rose'75 has been named chair of the board of directors of CircuLite, a company committed to developing solutions to improve the treatment of heart failure. Read more.

David P. Roye'75 was featured in a Wall Street Journal profile about the launch of the Weinberg Family Cerebral Palsy Center at CUMC.

Steven Nagelberg'78 will receive one of the Endocrine Society's 2013 Laureate Awards. Read the announcement.

Lisa DeAngelis'80 was elected this year to the Institute of Medicine of the National Academies, one of the highest honors in the health care field. Read the announcement.

Angela Diaz'81, the Jean C. and James W. Crystal Professor of Pediatrics at Mount Sinai School of Medicine and director of Mount Sinai Adolescent Health Center, is a member of the board of Single Stop, an anti-poverty initiative. Read more.

George Hripcsak'85 was elected this year to the Institute of Medicine of the National Academies, one of the highest honors in the health care field. Read the announcement.

John Quinn'93 became facility medical director of the Barker Cypress First Choice Emergency Room in Cypress, Texas. Read the announcement.

Neurosurgeon Jay Young Chun'98 has joined the Summit Medical Group of New Jersey. Read more.

Hand and wrist surgeon Mark Vitale'06 has joined Orthopedic and Neurosurgery Specialists of Greenwich, Conn. Read more.

Valerie Collins'07 has joined Licking Memorial Health Systems in Ohio. Read the announcement.


Norman Horwitz'48

Susan Fisher'63

Stephen Rosenblum'67

Ethel Person'67 PSY


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


Williams College in Williamstown, Mass., calls its sports teams Ephs, after college founder Ephraim Williams. One Eph legend is the late Edward "Ebbie" Coughlin'31, a Williams football team doctor who, with the team trainer, came up with the idea of combining Kool-Aid and salt to refresh players during practice. If Dr. Coughlin and the team trainer had marketed that drink, "maybe Ephade would've become a household name," says Williams College in a reference to the ubiquitous Gatorade. Read more about Dr. Coughlin's contributions to Williams College athletics.


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