September - October 2012 e-News About and For Alumni

Columbia College of Physicians & Surgeons e-News for Alumni

September – October 2012


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The Class of 2016 White Coat Ceremony was held Aug. 13, 2012, in P&S Alumni Auditorium. Guest speaker was Kenneth A. Forde'59. Read more and view a video here.

Three P&S M.D./MBA students have become Columbia ambassadors for Docphin, a personalized user dashboard for health-care professionals. The interactive and community-based platform founded by physicians gathers and organizes medical and health-care content. Obi Emeruwa, Lauren Powell, and Barry Breaux are part of a growing national network of ambassadors working with the founders to increase awareness and use of Docphin, particularly at Columbia among medical students, residents, and faculty. Read about the Columbia ambassadors here.

View a video about M.D./Ph.D. student Abdul El-Sayed, who received a Paul & Daisy Soros Fellowship for New Americans.


Tom Maniatis, Ph.D., chair of the Department of Biochemistry & Molecular Biophysics at P&S, received the 2012 Lasker-Koshland Special Achievement Award in Medical Science. Read more here.

The 2012 P&S annual report, now an edition of Columbia Medicine, is online. Flip through it here, and read more about the new building featured on the cover.

P&S researchers have received one of the first grants funded by an innovative National Cancer Institute program, "Provocative Questions," which solicits proposals to find new ways to address research needs in cancer. Read about the P&S research proposal, which was one of 57 proposals that received grants. See class notes below for a link to a related NCI video that features Harold Varmus'66.

Three scientists whose research transformed our understanding of bacteria will share Columbia's 2012 Louisa Gross Horwitz Prize. They will give lectures and be honored at a ceremony in November. Read more.


Gene Stollerman'44 has published his memoirs, chronicling his career through four medical schools. Read more.

Richard L. Cruess'55 received the 2012 Canadian Medical Association's Medal of Service. Read the official announcement and an article published by McGill University.

Pomona College awarded its Trustees' Medal of Merit to Stephen Pauley'66 in recognition of his contributions to Pomona, environmental preservation, education, and medical care abroad. Read more.

Harold Varmus'66 is featured in a video about the innovative National Cancer Institute "Provocative Questions" grant program.

Arthur Liberman'70 will receive the Physician of the Year award at the 47th annual Project Heartbeat Charity Ball Oct. 19 in New Jersey. Read more.

An article in the Jerusalem Post describes a book written by Harry Ostrer'76. The book, "Legacy: A Genetic History of the Jewish People," was published by Oxford University Press.

JoAnn Carson'81 is featured in an online Q&A about ADHD. See it here.

Myla Lai-Goldman'83 has been named to the board of directors of Sequenom Inc., a life sciences company based in San Diego. Read more.

Thomas Frieden'86, director of the CDC, was featured on an episode of National Public Radio's "Wait, Wait, Don't Tell Me!" Read the transcript or listen to the program here.

Christopher Caldarone'88 is a co-founder of CellAegis Devices in Toronto. Read more about Dr. Caldarone and the company here.

Steven Libutti'90 received a grant from the National Cancer Institute's "Provocative Questions" program designed to ignite investigations into 24 promising but neglected or unexplored areas of research. Read more.

Erin DuPree'95 was named chief medical officer of Mount Sinai Medical Center in New York City after serving as deputy CMO. Read the announcement.

Tracy Grikscheit'97 was featured in a September New York Times series about her work as a pediatric surgeon at Children's Hospital Los Angeles and her research to find a way to make replacement intestines for infants. Read the article, which was part of the newspaper's three-part Body Builders series.

A new Brooklyn restaurant owned by Erica Phillips'98 and her husband was profiled in an online article.

Yu-Hung Kuo'99 M.D./Ph.D. has joined Stony Brook University School of Medicine as co-director of the Neuro-Oncology Center at Stony Brook's Neurosciences Institute. Read the announcement.

Gretchen Makai'03 is one of the lecturers featured at the Christiana Care Health System Women's Health Lecture Series in Newark, Del. Read more.

Amresh Raina'03 has joined the cardiology division and cardiovascular institute at Allegheny General Hospital in Pennsylvania. Read more.

Phillip Mucksavage'04 has joined the urology faculty at the University of Pennsylvania. Read the announcement.

Colquitt Regional Medical Center in Moultrie, Ga., reports that orthopedic surgeon Jared Toman'04 will join the medical staff in 2014 when he completes his military service in the U.S. Air Force. Read the announcement.

Keith Hermanstyne'09 is one of 27 physicians named Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Clinical Scholars. His two-year fellowship begins next July. Read more.


Dorothy "Dottie" Estes'50

George Cahill'53 (also see a tribute to Dr. Cahill at the Joslin Diabetes Center website)

Chalmers "Babe" Loughridge'54

James Elting'66


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


The tragic 1981 death of John C. Wood Jr.'76 motivated Michael P. Hirsh, now professor of surgery and pediatrics at the University of Massachusetts, to start a Goods for Guns program in tribute to his fellow resident. He writes about Dr. Wood in a 2010 article about the Goods for Guns program.


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