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U.S. Cabinet Member Visits CPMC

Tommy Thompson, U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary, visited Columbia Presbyterian Medical Center March 13 to learn about New York-Presbyterian Hospital's latest patient monitoring technology. At the hospital's Surgical Intensive Care Unit (SICU), Mr. Thompson viewed the unit's electronic ICU system, which enables healthcare practitioners to monitor patients from another location (see related story Patient Care). Later that day, he held a press conference at the Clark Conference Center at the Milstein Hospital Building, which included a discussion with Dr. George Hripcsak, associate professor of medical informatics, who spoke about using information technology to improve patient safety, and Dr. Steven Shea, the Hamilton Southworth Professor of Medicine at P&S and professor of epidemiology at the Mailman School of Public Health, who spoke about IDEATel, a telemedicine system for monitoring diabetes. Pictured on the SICU tour are, from left, Dr. Gerald Fischbach, executive vice president and dean; Tommy Thompson; Dr. Michael Berman, executive vice president and hospital director of NYPH; and Dr. Herbert Pardes, president and CEO of NYPH.



Bollinger Speaks at P&S About Affirmative Action

Lee Bollinger, president of Columbia University, spoke at the P&S Alumni Auditorium on March 14 on the topic of "Affirmative Action and the U.S. Supreme Court," hosted by the Center for Bioethics. Pictured, from left, are Dr. Ruth Fischbach, professor of bioethics and director, Center for Bioethics; Mr. Bollinger; and Dr. Robert Klitzman, assistant professor of clinical psychiatry and co-director of the Center for Bioethics.



It's a Match!

March 20 was “Match Day,” and 141 P&S students received envelopes containing the name of their residency placements. The top three placements are Columbia Presbyterian Medical Center, 41; NewYork Weill Cornell Medical Center, 9; and University of California San Francisco, 8. The top three specialty matches are: medicine, 28; pediatrics, 19; and surgery, 12. Before opening their envelopes, students participated in a reception at the P&S Faculty Club funded by the Arnold P. Gold Foundation. Nationwide, a record number of residency positions were offered this year, accompanied by an all-time high in the number of applicants matched.



Recognized for Her Humanity

Dr. Dodi Meyer, assistant clinical professor of pediatrics, director of community pediatrics in the division of general pediatrics, and director of the Daniel Noyes Brown Longitudinal Primary Care Selective at P&S, was selected by P&S students as a nominee for the Association of American Medical Colleges' Humanism in Medicine Award. The award recognizes a medical school faculty physician who exemplifies the qualities of a caring and compassionate mentor in the teaching and advising of medical students. Dr. Meyer is leading an effort to develop a cultural competence curriculum at P&S. She also is the faculty mentor for Cultura, a P&S Club organization and chairs a committee to develop tools for cultural competency training across the Health Sciences campus. Pictured are Dr. Gerald Fischbach, executive vice president and dean, left, and Dr. John Driscoll, the Reuben S. Carpentier Professor and chairman of Pediatrics, right, who presented Dr. Meyer with a plaque at the P&S Faculty Club on March 20.



Health Sciences Reaches Out to the Community During Cover the Uninsured Week Health Sciences joined with NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital; Alianza Dominicana, the lead agency for facilitated health insurance in northern Manhattan; and community-based organizations, to host a series of community and campus events to raise awareness about the "uninsured" crisis. The events took place March 10-16 during Cover the Uninsured Week. The Northern Manhattan Community Voices Collaborative, developed by the School of Dental and Oral Surgery in partnership with the Mailman School of Public Health, and the Community DentCare Network, a collaboration of the dental school, the Harlem Hospital Dental Service, community-based oral health care providers, and 21 northern Manhattan organizations, offered healthcare resources and health insurance enrollment services for residents in northern Manhattan. In addition, the Health Sciences Center for Community Health Partnerships hosted a seminar, "Covering the Uninsured: A National and Local Crisis."

Inocencia Carrano, P&S assistant professor of clinical rehabilitation medicine, is leading an initiative at Helen Hayes Hospital with the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs to conduct clinical research on the secondary medical consequences of spinal cord injury. Dr. Carrano also is the director of spinal cord injury rehabilitation at Helen Hayes.

Preparations Under Way for CPMC's 75th Anniversary Celebration
Health Sciences and its partners at CPMC are gearing up for a series of events May 15-17 to celebrate the medical center's 75th anniversary. The events will coincide with the P&S Alumni Weekend and include lectures by faculty and alumni from P&S, the Mailman School of Public Health, the School of Nursing, and the School of Dental and Oral Surgery. A tent will be set up in the medical center garden on May 16 to host the 16th Annual Neighborhood Fund Awards ceremony, presented to social service and healthcare non-profit organizations from Washington Heights and Inwood. The funds originate from contributions by faculty and staff from the four schools at Health Sciences, the New York State Psychiatric Institute, and NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital. The annual appeal brought in more than $80,000, the largest amount since its inception in 1987. A video created by Columbia's Center for Biomedical Communications will be shown that celebrates the history of the medical center.



Margaret Lane-Boyle has been named acting director of the Office of Clinical Trials. Ms. Lane-Boyle most recently served as assistant director of contracts. She worked as chief assistant for Michael Leahey, who died Jan. 30. Ms. Boyle has been with the office for nine years.



Richard Axel, Higgins Professor of Biochemistry and Molecular Biophysics, professor of pathology, and Howard Hughes Medical Institute investigator, was a co-recipient of the third annual Perl/University of North Carolina Neuroscience Prize. The $10,000 award recognizes Dr. Axel's discovery, along with Dr. Linda Buck of the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center in Seattle, Wash., of the family of olfactory receptor proteins that make it possible to understand how neurons respond to odors and how information about odors is conveyed to the brain.

Mailman Grant from Dannheisser Trust The Mailman School of Public Health received a $1 million gift from the Werner and Elaine Dannheisser Trust for its program in aging and public health at the Department of Sociomedical Services. The gift will underwrite the creation of the Werner and Elaine Dannheisser Suite, which will include space for students, faculty, and teaching; an annual Dannheisser Scholarship to support tuition for students in the aging and public health program; and support for a research project led by Dr. Victoria Raveis, associate professor of clinical sociomedical sciences and co-director of the program with Dr. Steven Albert, also associate professor of clinical sociomedical sciences. The project will address the needs of elderly minorities who face the impending loss of terminally ill spouses.

Ginger Chew, assistant professor of environmental health sciences at Mailman, was the primary mentor for a high school student who was a finalist in this year's Intel Science Talent Search. The student, Yi-Chen Zhang, a senior at the Bronx High School of Science, was one of 40 finalists and the winner of a $5,000 scholarship for her research on the influence of pesticides on cockroach allergens associated with respiratory disorders.

Jeffrey Lin'06, a student in the School of Dental and Oral Surgery, is the recipient of the 2003 Summer Dental Student Award. As an award winner, Mr. Lin can conduct research at the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research in Bethesda, Md.


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