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A plan to enlarge and modernize Harlem Hospital Center was announced at the hospital in April by Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg and Health and Hospitals Corporation President Dr. Benjamin Chu. The five-year, $225.5 million project will improve the center's physical and therapeutic environment and offer more state-of-the-art services to Harlem and its surrounding neighborhoods.

"Today's announcement means that when finished, Harlem Hospital will be among the most technologically advanced hospitals – public or private – in the city," Mayor Bloomberg said.

Dr. Gerald Fischbach, executive vice president and dean, and Dr. John Palmer, executive director of Harlem Hospital, thanked the mayor for his commitment to providing high quality health care to all New Yorkers.

Harlem Hospital, located at 135th Street and Lenox Avenue, is now comprised of seven buildings spread over two blocks. The upgrade will expand the hospital by 20,000 square feet. Another 150,000 square feet of new space will be built and 183,000 square feet of existing space will be renovated. Three obsolete buildings will be torn down. In addition, a new patient pavilion will be built on Lenox Avenue from 136th to 137th Streets to house the hospital's new Emergency Department.

Harlem Hospital, founded in 1887, has been affiliated with the College of Physicians and Surgeons at Columbia University since 1962. The hospital's residency program is a national leader in the training of African-American physicians.

Barry H. Honig, professor of biochemistry and molecular biophysics and Howard Hughes Medical Institute investigator, was elected to the National Academy of Sciences in recognition of his distinguished and continuing achievements in original research.

Yaakov Stern, professor of clinical neuropsychology and member of the Taub Institute for Research on Alzheimer's Disease and the Aging Brain, has received the Mirapex Victories Research Award for his accomplishments in the field of Parkinson's disease and nonmotor symptomatology research. The award was presented in Central Park, during the opening ceremonies of the Parkinson Alliance's Unity Walk in April.

Bruce Levin, professor and chairman, Department of Biostatistics, Mailman School of Public Health, was invited to be the 16th Annual Charles Odoroff Memorial Lecturer at the University of Rochester Department of Biostatistics and Computational Biology in April. The title of Dr. Levin's talk was "A Generalization of the Levin-Robbins Procedure for Binomial Subset Selection and Recruitment Problems." Previous lecturers include some of the most influential biostatisticians in the world.

Three P&S students, Nils P. Johnson'04, David Y. Kim'06, and Michael E. Sughrue'05, and Jennifer A. Frontera, a neurology resident, have been awarded 2004 American Medical Association Foundation seed research grants. The AMA established the seed research grant program for medical students and residents to help them conduct small projects to get involved in applied and clinical research.

The Center for Endometriosis in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology has received a $100,000 donation from private donor, Christina Dow. The gift will be applied toward endometriosis and stem cell research.

Nursing Poster Session

The School of Nursing's honor society, the Alpha Zeta chapter of Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing, hosted a student evidence-based practice poster session in April. Undergraduate and graduate nursing students presented their evidence-based practice posters as well as the unique research of the SON master's and doctoral degree candidates. During this session Alpha Zeta celebrated two grants. Student Kathleen Fagan, whose faculty adviser is Dr. Mary Byrne, professor of clinical nursing, received a grant for her study, "Smoking Cessation Counseling Efficacy." Student Charlotte Cabello, whose faculty adviser is Dr. Janice Smolowitz, assistant professor of clinical nursing, received a grant for her study, "The Meaning of the Experience of Being a Liver Donor." Pictured above are, from left, Dr. Smolowitz, Charlotte Cabello, Amy Weinberg, president of Alpha Zeta, Kathleen Fagan, and Dr. Mary Byrne.

Compassionate Medicine

Rebecca Kurth, associate professor of clinical medicine, was chosen by P&S students as a nominee for the 2003 Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) Humanism in Medicine Award. Dr. Kurth's nomination, one of 50 nationally, distinguishes her as the P&S faculty member the students feel embodies the finest qualities in a teacher of healing and who exemplifies humanism in medicine. Gerald Fischbach, executive vice president and dean, presented her with a plaque from the AAMC, with support from the Pfizer Medical Humanities Initiative, on April 14 in the Riverview Lounge in the Hammer Health Sciences Center. Dr. Kurth, in accepting the award, told her students, "You owe it to your patients to be competent and dutiful. You owe it to yourself to be compassionate."

AMDeC Launches Web Guide to Research in New York

Academic Medicine Development Company (AMDeC), a state-wide consortium of 39 medical research institutions that includes Columbia, has developed the BioResource Network, an Internet-based guide to biomedical research in New York at medical schools, academic health centers, and other research institutions. The Web site ( aims to promote information sharing and interaction among New York's research institutions, the life sciences industry and biotechnology firms regarding the latest basic science and clinical research.

New Global Health Training & Education Web site

The Office of Global Health Training and Education launched a Web site (
) in mid-April as a resource for CUMC students interested in gaining practical experience in global health. Students can use the database to find information on exchange agreements with institutions abroad, read student evaluations of trips abroad, obtain contact information for setting up new student opportunities, and find funding information. The site also has links to other global health resources such as the Columbia Global Health Online Directory, student organizations, and upcoming CUMC events.

Henrik H. Bendixen former vice president in charge of Columbia University's medical, dental, nursing, and public health schools, died April 4 at his home in Rancho Mirage, Calif. Born in 1923 in Denmark, Dr. Bendixen graduated from medical school at the University of Copenhagen and joined the P&S faculty in 1973 as professor and chairman of anesthesiology and director of the anesthesiology service at Presbyterian Hospital.

In 1980, Dr. Bendixen served for nine months as acting provost and vice president for the health sciences at Columbia. In 1984 he was named Alumni Professor and later became the E.M. Papper Professor of Anesthesiology. That same year he also started his leadership of Columbia's health sciences division as vice president for health sciences and dean. Dr. Bendixen was instrumental in establishing the medical center's computer network with the hospital.

When Columbia University decided to eliminate the School of Nursing to cut costs, Dr. Bendixen stepped in to argue for its continuation. A professorship in the School of Nursing is named for him. He also supported the establishment of the Office of Clinical Trials, a joint program with New York-Presbyterian Hospital.

As professor and chairman of anesthesiology, he published several scholarly papers on respiratory and circulatory physiology, the clinical problems of hypoxia and respiratory failure, intensive care medicine, and the cost-effectiveness of health care. The Department of Anesthesiology established the Henrik H. Bendixen Professorship to honor his contributions. When he stepped down as vice president and dean in 1989, he became senior associate vice president for health sciences and senior associate dean of the Faculty of Medicine until his retirement in 1994, when he was named professor emeritus of anesthesiology.

Arthur I. Snyder, assistant clinical professor of medicine, died March 15 of complications from pneumonia at age 76. Dr. Snyder graduated from Columbia College and P&S'50 and completed a fellowship at Columbia in internal medicine and rheumatology. He did his academic teaching service at three Columbia-affiliated hospitals: Goldwater Memorial Hospital, Harlem Hospital Center and Francis Delafield Hospital. For the last 30 years, Dr. Snyder was an active member of the Division of Rheumatology, where he was an invaluable participant in the activities of the division and teacher to hundreds of students, residents and fellows. "He was always devoted to service, took both pride and pleasure in his work, and always placed the patients' needs first," says Dr. Ralph Blume, clinical professor of medicine in the rheumatology division. "Dr. Snyder was both modest and an example for us all. He will be sorely missed."

Mailman School Career Day

The Mailman School of Public Health's Office of Career Services hosted Career Day – Spring 2004 at the 168th Street Armory in early April. This biannual job and information fair for students, alumni and – for the first time, September 2004 admitted students – provided an opportunity to explore career options in public health. More than 30 employers attended, with representatives from nonprofit organizations, nongovernmental and private voluntary organizations, academia, health care consulting, pharmaceutical companies, hospital and medical/health services, government and managed care companies. For more information about this event and the upcoming Career-Day – Fall 2004, contact the Mailman School's Office of Career Services at 212-305-1548.

Rudolph Leibel Delivers Dean's Lecture in March

Rudolph L. Leibel, professor of pediatrics and medicine and co-director of the Naomi Berrie Diabetes Center, gave the Dean's Distinguished Lecture in the Clinical Sciences on "How Body Weight is Regulated: Lessons from Mice and Humans." He highlighted the mechanisms underlying the metabolic resistance to therapeutic weight reduction.

Women Faculty Hold Retreat

To develop the ranks of women faculty, the departments of psychiatry and obstetrics & gynecology sponsored a retreat in April for female faculty in the two departments. The acting chairman of psychiatry, Dr. Frederic Kass, organized the retreat to establish a forum where women could discuss career issues they face at Columbia. Dr. Gerald Fischbach and other administrators attended, as well as mentors and supervisors.

Dr. Lisa Mellman, associate clinical professor of psychiatry and coordinator of the event, says the retreat was very successful and begins a process to address issues that affect women. Attendees discussed several problems, including inadequate mentoring, difficulty in getting information about career advancement, under-representation on promotions and policy-making committees, and the need for a flexible career timeline that takes into account the demands of childrearing. Several solutions were suggested and will be considered in future forums.

Jonathan Cole Delivers Dean's Lecture in April

Jonathan Cole Columbia's former provost and now The John Mitchell Mason Professor Columbia, gave the Dean's Distinguished Lecture in the Humanities. Dr. Cole's topic was "American Research Universities Under Attack."

William B. Inabnet, assistant professor of surgery, has joined the CUMC
Thyroid Center as chief of endocrine surgery.

People @ Columbia

Beginning this fall Columbia is starting a new program, People @ Columbia (PAC), that aims to improve faculty and staff services. The PAC system will integrate human resources, benefits and payroll information using PeopleSoft software, which has become an industry standard in human resource administration. Improvements will include better pay stub layout and deduction explanations, ability to view and print current and prior pay stubs online, enhanced benefit information viewable through the Web, and updated personal, payroll and benefits information effective immediately with fewer retroactive adjustments. For more information, see the Web site, send email to, or call 212-851-2915.