William S. Blaner, professor of nutritional medicine at P&S, is one of eight Medical Research Award recipients chosen by the G&P Foundation for Cancer Research's Medical Advisory Board. The three-year grant$75,000 per yearwill fund basic and clinical medical research in conventional and complementary medicine.
Jingyue Ju, associate professor of chemical engineering and applied chemistry and head of DNA sequencing and chemical biology in the Columbia Genome Center, has received a $625,000 Packard Fellowship in science and engineering for his work in novel chemistry for sequencing the human genome. The five-year fellowship from the David and Lucile Packard Foundation supports the most promising science and engineering researchers across the United States.
W. Allan Hauser, professor of neurology and public health, was one of this year's recipients of the American Epilepsy Society/Milken Family Foundation Epilepsy Research Award. The award honors individual pioneers in the field of epilepsy research who advance the society's and foundation's goals of creating and carrying out lasting solutions to the challenge of those suffering from epilepsy.
Darrick E. Antell, assistant clinical professor of surgery at P&S, has become a Fellow of the Jacques W. Maliniac Circle of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons. Fellowship is based on extraordinary contributions to the plastic surgery educational foundation.
Suzanne Bakken, professor of nursing and medical informatics, received a $782,000 grant from the Health Resources and Services Administration to fund a master's program sub-specialty in nursing informatics. Dr. Bakken also received a $742,000 award from the NIH to establish an exploratory Center in Evidence-Based Practice for the Underserved. This award will help build the infrastructure for advanced care of the underserved through informatics and will provide much needed research support in the School of Nursing's commitment to the underserved.
Joyce Anastasi, associate professor of clinical nursing, has been appointed to the Helen Pettit Endowed Associate Clinical Professorship. The chair was established in honor of Helen Pettit, a 1936 nursing graduate, who led the School of Nursing from 1976 to 1980 and retired as an emeritus professor in 1986.
Mathilde Krim, adjunct professor of public health management, has received the Eleanor Roosevelt Val-Kill Medal "in recognition of her leadership role in galvanizing the nation's research effort against HIV/AIDS." Dr. Krim is founding chair and chair of the board of the American Foundation for AIDS Research.
Joshua R. Sonett has joined the Department of Surgery as assistant professor of clinical surgery in the section of general thoracic surgery in the cardiothoracic surgery division. He comes to CPMC from the University of Maryland at Baltimore, where he was director of the lung transplantation program and co-director of the Photodynamic Therapy Treatment Center. He will direct CPMC's lung transplant program.
Patricia W. Stone joined the School of Nursing as assistant professor of nursing and director of the advanced clinical management master's program. Some of Dr. Stone's research projects have included auditing economic evaluations of nosocomial infections and infection control prevention; developing a comprehensive database of cost-utility analyses; and investigating the cost and quality outcomes of models of prenatal and childbirth care. She completed a two-year postdoctoral fellowship in qualitative methods of health policy management at Harvard School of Public Health in conjunction with the Harvard Nursing Research Institute.
The Department of Orthopedic Surgery at P&S has welcomed two new assistant professors. Christopher Ahmad comes to Columbia after completing an orthopedic surgery sports medicine fellowship at Kerlan-Jobe Orthopaedic Clinic in Los Angeles. He completed his general and orthopedic surgery residencies at CPMC. He also served as administrative chief resident at CPMC's New York Orthopaedic Hospital. Michael Vitale specializes in pediatric orthopedic surgery. He is director of pediatric outcome studies at the International Center for Health Outcomes and Innovation Research. From 1994 to 2000, Dr. Vitale was a postdoctoral orthopedic research fellow at the center.
Helen Hayes Hospital has been awarded a research grant by the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke. The grant will fund a five-year research study examining how stem cells in the adult brain function. Dr. Helen Scharfman, associate professor of clinical neuropharmacology at P&S and director of the hospital's Center for Neural Recovery and Rehabilitation Research, will collaborate with Dr. Joseph Pierce of Cornell University. They will examine if it is possible to enhance development of nerve cells, how to give the cells greater function, and how to manipulate them to benefit the damaged brain.
New York-Presbyterian Hospital hosted a "topping out" celebration Jan. 10 to mark the completion of the structural steel beam work for the new Morgan Stanley Children's Hospital at Columbia-Presbyterian. When the nine-story, 250,000-square-foot facility at 165th Street and Broadway is completed in March 2003, it will be one of largest and most technologically advanced children's hospitals in the world.
Benjamin K. Chu, senior associate dean for the Columbia affiliation with Harlem Hospi-tal Center and assistant professor of clinical medicine, has been nominated by Mayor Bloomberg for the post of president of the NYC Health & Hospitals Corporation (HHC). HHC oversees the operations of the city's municipal hospitals in all five boroughs. Dr. Chu, who received an M.P.H. from the Mailman School and an M.D. degree from New York University, is no stranger to HHC, having at one time served as senior vice president for medical and professional affairs. With Columbia Health Sciences since 2000, Dr. Chu was responsible for Columbia's research and education programs at Harlem Hospital and for managing the university's productivity-based contract with HHC.
Thomas R. Frieden, assistant clinical professor of public health, has been appointed commissioner of the Department of Health. This position has taken on a high profile over the past several years in light of the West Nile virus and anthrax outbreaks. During his career, Dr. Frieden has worked to try to control tuberculosis in New York City and Southeast Asia. He has served as an assistant commissioner at the health department, an adviser to the World Bank, and a medical officer for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Dr. Frieden is currently in India, working for the World Health Organization as a medical officer for tuberculosis control. He will assume his new post at the end of January.