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John Jay Scales, above, has been named vice president for development at Health Sciences. He assumed his new post Aug. 1.

Mr. Scales comes to Columbia from Baylor College of Medicine in Houston where, as vice president for development, he recently completed a $500 million capital campaign. Before joining Baylor, he served for eight years as vice chancellor for institutional advancement for the University of Houston system.



People in law enforcement often face a higher risk of psychological trauma than individuals in other professions, yet seeking mental health care frequently carries a stigma.

The Health Initiative for Law Enforcement Officers (HILEO) of Columbia University and NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital is sponsoring a conference Saturday, Sept. 21, titled, "Clinical Lessons from Collaborations with the NYPD." The daylong event is intended for clinicians and staff who provide mental health services for law enforcement officers and their families. Speakers will discuss such topics as post-traumatic stress disorder, alcohol abuse and suicide, stress and the effects it has on family life, and possible reactions to the upcoming anniversary of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.

The event, which will be held at the Regent Wall Street Hotel, 55 Wall St., begins with registration and continental breakfast at 7:30 a.m. For more information, contact Dr. Fred Kass, professor of clinical psychiatry, at (212) 305-2317 or fk5@columbia.edu.


THE COLUMBIA UNIVERSITY DIALYSIS CENTER, which opened its doors in 2001 and is the only dialysis center in Upper Manhattan, was celebrated in a ribbon-cutting ceremony in July. The center is designed to bring peace to its patients: Floor-to-ceiling windows offer a view of the George Washington Bridge and Hudson River, while the walls inside feature photographs and paintings. The facility, located on two lower floors of 60 Haven Avenue, offers peritoneal dialysis in addition to its 24 chronic dialysis stations. Currently offering services to about 60 patients, the center is expected to reach full capacity—100 patients—by the end of the year.

Dr. Donald Landry, associate professor of medicine and director of the division of clinical pharmacology and experimental therapeutics, organized the development of the center, including selecting a site and hiring Gambro Health Care, whose New York state entity, Empire Dialysis, will run the facility. Dr. Len Stern, assistant professor of clinical medicine, will serve as the center's director.

Present at the party to celebrate the center's opening are, from left, Dr. Qais Al-Awqati, the Robert F. Loeb Professor of Medicine and chief of nephrology at Columbia-Presbyterian; Larry Centella, CEO of Empire Dialysis; Dr. Donald Landry; Dr. Thomas Q. Morris, vice president for Health Sciences and vice dean of the faculties of Health Sciences and medicine, who, while serving as acting dean as the center was being constructed, strongly supported the project; and Kathleen O’Donnell, vice president and senior associate dean for clinical administration in the faculties of Health Sciences and medicine.

Minority students from New York's Hunter College had the opportunity to study at P&S this summer for eight weeks, thanks to a new joint venture between the two institutions. Dr. Andrew Marks, Wu Professor of Molecular Cardiology, professor of medicine and pharmacology, and director of the Center for Molecular Cardiology, started the program in collaboration with Barbara Thorsen, the grant administrator at Hunter's Minority Biomedical Research Support office.

Earlier this year, Dr. Marks spoke about his research at Hunter College. A brief lecture turned into an extensive Q&A session, and he came away impressed with the Hunter students. Dr. Marks worked with Ms. Thorsen to handpick nine mostly undergraduate students and then match them with eight P&S faculty members who served as mentors, including Dr. Marks who worked with two students.

While at Columbia, the students looked into topics ranging from calcium's effect on the heart to the role of proteins in atherosclerosis. "This was an awesome opportunity," said Lavonne Hunter, one of the program participants. "I was introduced to equipment I had never used before, and I got to learn several new techniques that I had only read about before." (Above is a photograph of the students presenting their research in mid-August.)

"I'd like to see this program become part of the fabric of P&S," Dr. Marks says. "I hope long-term relationships develop, and 10 years down the road, participants are on our faculty."


K. CRAIG KENT, a leader in the development of minimally invasive procedures in vascular surgery, has joined P&S as a professor of surgery. In addition to his P&S appointment, Dr. Kent will also serve as chief of the Columbia Weill Cornell Division of Vascular Surgery at NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital, where he will direct the vascular surgery services at the Columbia Presbyterian and Weill Cornell campuses of NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital.

Dr. Kent holds an M.D. degree from the University of California at San Francisco. He held various fellowships at both Harvard's Brigham & Women's Hospital and the Cleveland Clinic. He was on the faculty of Harvard Medical School for 10 years before joining Weill Cornell Medical School in 1997.

DANIEL G. CLAIR, known nationally for his expertise in minimally invasive vascular surgery, joined P&S in May as assistant professor of surgery. He will also serve as the campus site chief in the division of vascular surgery at NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital.

A graduate of the University of Virginia School of Medicine, Dr. Clair completed an internship and residency in surgery at Harvard's Brigham and Women's Hospital. He was on the faculty of Harvard Medical School from 1986 to 1993 and became assistant professor of surgery at the Uniformed Services University Health Sciences. Most recently, he was vice chairman of the vascular surgery department at the Cleveland Clinic.

On July 1, STEVEN CHUSSID assumed the role of director of the division of pediatric dentistry at the Columbia University School of Dental and Oral Surgery. He joined Columbia in 2001 as associate professor of clinical dentistry and director of the pediatric dentistry postdoctoral program. He previously served as director of the pediatric dentistry division at Montefiore Medical Center/Albert Einstein College of Medicine.

Dr. Chussid received his doctor of dental surgery degree in 1988 from the State University of New York at Buffalo. In 1990, he completed a two-year pediatric dental residency at the Children's Hospital of Buffalo.


P&S welcomed the second class of Doris Duke Clinical Research Fellows on July 1. The nationwide program allows students to take a year off from their medical studies to pursue clinical research. Fellows learn about writing research protocols and grant applications and analyzing data. Dr. Donald Landry, fifth from left, associate professor of medicine and director of the division of clinical pharmacology and experimental therapeutics, is the program's director at P&S. This year, Columbia University is hosting eight fellows, from left, (medical school in parentheses), Juliette Lee (P&S), Aimee Pierce (P&S), Manlio Goetzl (Wake Forest), Kristi Stanton (Harvard), Benton Heyworth (P&S), Brian Reilly (P&S), Sarina Van Der Zee (P&S), and Daniel Gomez (UCSF).




The second annual Take Time for Health Day 2002: Celebrating Humanism and Community, which occurred in June, offered residents of Washington Heights and Inwood free health information and screenings for high blood pressure, asthma, diabetes, glaucoma, and HIV/AIDS. More than 3,000 attended the event, which covered St. Nicholas Avenue between West 165th and West 170th streets, and more than 1,000 took advantage of the informational screenings.

One of the high points of Take Time for Health Day was the presentation of the Community Builders Award, sponsored by the Campus Community Committee of the Health Sciences Advisory Council, Columbia University Health Sciences, NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital, and the Arnold P. Gold Foundation, to performer Bette Midler, third from left, for her outstanding contributions in cleaning up New York City, and to Dr. Rafael Lantigua, professor of clinical medicine, second from left, for his efforts to improve the health of community residents. Joining Ms. Midler and Dr. Lantigua are, from left, Dr. Sandra Gold; Ivy Fairchild, associate vice president of government and community affairs; Ponchitta Pierce, chair of the Campus Community Committee; Dr. Herbert Pardes, president and CEO of NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital; Dr. Ruth Fischbach, professor of bioethics; Dr. Arnold P. Gold, professor of clinical pediatrics; and New York State Sen. Eric Schneiderman (D-30th District).

Employee Day, held the next day, provided members of the Health Sciences and NewYork-Presbyterian communities the opportunity to learn various stress-reducing techniques. Nearly 600 people participated in such classes as aerobics, kickboxing, aromatherapy, and tai chi.

MICHAEL ARGENZIANO, assistant professor of surgery, received the Best Oral Presentation citation during the scientific sessions of the International Society for Minimally Invasive Cardiac Surgery, held in New York in June. The award was given for his presentation "A Totally Endoscopic, Beating Heart Approach to Pulmonary Vein Isolation for the Treatment of Atrial Fibrillation."

EDGAR M. HOUSEPIAN, professor emeritus of neurological surgery and special advisor for international affiliations to the executive vice president and dean, has been awarded the 2002 Humanitarian Award by the American Association of Neurological Surgeons. The award was given in recognition of Dr. Housepian's extensive volunteer work with the Armenian Academy of Science and with humanitarian efforts to aid the country of Armenia.

OLIVER JOVANOVIC, graduate research assistant in microbiology, was the recipient of the 2002 Richard C. Parker Graduate Student Award. Dr. Jovanovic used computational, genetic, and biochemical techniques to analyze the broad host-range plasmid RK-2 in the laboratory of Dr. David H. Figurski, professor of microbiology.

RICHARD U. LEVINE, clinical professor of obstetrics & gynecology at P&S, has been elected president of the New York Obstetrical Society. Dr. Levine was instrumental in first introducing hysteroscopy, or endoscopic evaluation of the uterine cavity. He also is being recognized for work on human papilloma virus (HPV). The New York Obstetrical Society, founded in 1863, is made up of approximately 200 OB/GYNs who are leaders in the field of women's health care and are dedicated to improving women's health through clinical, academic, scientific, and political endeavors.

ELAN LOUIS, assistant professor of neurology, has been awarded a grant from the International Essential Tremor Foundation (IETF). The grant is a gift of the W. Carroll Beatty and Thelma D. Beatty IETF Bequest and is for a year-long project called "Pathology of Essential Tremor."

KRISTIN SCOTT, a postdoctoral research fellow and research scientist in the Center for Neurobiology and Behavior, has been awarded a five-year $500,000 grant from the Burroughs Wellcome Fund. The award is given to biomedical scientists early in their careers to help them make the transition to independent investigators. Dr. Scott's grant was given for her project, "Taste Representation in the Drosophila Brain."

ASHA M. THOMAS, clinical fellow, is the 2002 recipient of the first annual Pfizer Scholars in Endocrinology Grant Program. The award honors important contributions to research and patient care in endocrinology.

GERALD E. THOMSON, the Lambert Professor of Medicine and the Robert Sonneborn Professor of Medicine and senior associate dean, was honored by the Heckscher Museum of Art at its annual Juneteenth Celebration as someone who has made a difference to the Long Island community. Juneteenth, which originally commemorated the emancipation of African-American slaves during the Civil War, today is a celebration of freedom emphasizing education and achievement.

ERRATUM: In the June 26 issue, we identified the team posing with Ivy Fairchild as the Tapley Award-winning Inwood Little League. The team in the picture was actually part of a girls’ program run through the Police Athletic League. We apologize for the error.


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