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SDOS Hosts Irwin Mandel Symposium

The School of Dental and Oral Surgery and former students of Irwin Mandel, D.D.S. '45, organized a special symposium last month to honor Dr. Mandel and his legacy in oral health care. The symposium on his 80th birthday last month was part of the 250th anniversary of Columbia University. More than 100 faculty, colleagues and former students came to pay tribute to Dr. Mandel and his influence on generations of dental students, practitioners and researchers. Talks included reflections from Lawrence A. Tabak, D.D.S., Ph.D., '77, director of the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research. Pictured, from left are, seated, Ira Lamster, D.D.S., dean of SDOS, Dr. Mandel, and Martin Taubman, D.D.S., Ph.D.; standing, from left, Syngcuk Kim, D.D.S., Ph.D., Bruce J. Baum, D.M.D., Ph.D., Daniel H. Fine, D.M.D., Philip C. Fox, D.D.S., Lawrence A. Tabak, D.D.S., Ph.D., and Roy H. Stevens, D.D.S.

SDOS Student Newsletter Wins Award

SDOS students received an award for most improved newsletter from the American Student Dental Association (ASDA) at the annual meeting in New Orleans last month. "It was truly an honor because it was the first time Columbia was presented with an award at one of these national ASDA events," says Ruba Fakhoury,'06, ASDA chapter president for SDOS and Class of '06 representative. The SDOS chapter has worked to become a stronger organization, in part by using the newsletter to inform the SDOS students about legislation, events, and dentistry in general that is affecting not only Columbia but all of the dental schools in the country. Pictured, from left, are Windy Thompson, '07, Ira Lamster, D.D.S, dean of SDOS, Ellen Alpano, '05, editor-in-chief, Ms. Fakhoury, Alia Koch, '05, past chapter president, and Martin Davis, D.D.S., associate dean of SDOS.


Philip O. Alderson, M.D., James Picker Professor and Chairman of Radiology, is serving as interim chair of the Department of Radiation Oncology. Peter B. Schiff, M.D., Ph.D., has stepped down as chairman of radiation oncology, a role he has served since 1992, to pursue his interests in patient care and clinical research. Dr. Schiff will remain professor of radiation oncology at P&S and director of the radiation oncology service for NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital/Columbia.

Kenneth Miller has joined CUMC as a professor in the Center for Neurobiology and Behavior from the University of California, San Francisco. He specializes in computational and theoretical approaches to understanding brain development and function.

Donald O. Quest, M.D., has been elected chairman of the residency review committee for neurosurgery, which is designated by the American Council of Graduate Medical Education to oversee training of neurosurgical residents and provide accreditation for neurosurgical training programs.

Marjorie Slankard, M.D., associate clinical professor of medicine, has been elected president of the New York Allergy & Asthma Society, the oldest regional allergy society in the country.


Karina W. Davidson, Ph.D., assistant professor of medicine, and Claudia Schmauss, M.D., associate professor of psychiatry, have each received $100,000 Independent Investigator grants from the National Alliance for Research on Schizophrenia and Depression (NARSAD).

Dean Fischbach Hosts First CUMC Public Policy Lunch

Congressman Eliot Engel (D-NY) joined Gerald D. Fischbach, M.D., executive vice president and dean, at the first CUMC Public Policy Lunch. These lunches will give CUMC leadership an opportunity to have discussions about health care issues with policy-makers. Congressman Engel represents the 17th Congressional District of New York, home to about 1,100 CUMC employees. He is a member of the House of Representatives Health Subcommittee. At the luncheon, Congressman Engel discussed the latest developments in Washington, D.C., and heard the medical center perspective from 15 CUMC representatives.

Conference Convenes on International Medical Emergencies

The first International Medical Emergencies: Protecting Health and Human Rights conference, organized by Rachel Moresky, M.D., assistant clinical professor of medicine at P&S and director of international emergency medicine at NYPH, was held earlier this month at the Children's Hospital of NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital. The event was co-sponsored by the Department of Population and Family Health and the program on forced migration & health at the Mailman School; the humanitarian affairs program at Columbia's School of International and Public Affairs; and CUMC's office for global health training and education. Talks covered health assessments in emergencies, the role of emergency medicine in humanitarian emergencies, the public health response to complex humanitarian emergencies, and a perspective on Darfur, Sudan. Among the speakers were Allan Rosenfield, M.D., dean of the Mailman School of Public Health; Ronald Waldman, M.D., deputy director of the Center for Global Health and Economic Development at Mailman; and Alex de Waal, Ph.D., from the Harvard University Global Equity Initiative.

Election Forum Held

CUMC invited a group of political experts to discuss the upcoming presidential election at a forum last month. Ross A. Frommer, associate dean for government and community affairs, explained the U.S. election process and then moderated a discussion among Republican and Democratic representatives and an executive from the Health Care Association of New York State. The event, cosponsored with the P&S Club and the Columbia Political Union, provided background on key issues and highlighted the differences in President Bush's and Senator Kerry's proposals for national health care. Pictured, from left, are Hon. John Faso, partner at Manatt, Phelps, and Phillips, LLP; Steven Kroll, vice president of governmental affairs and external relations, Healthcare Association of New York State; Emily Rothbaum, P&S '06; Mr. Frommer; Judy Chertok, P&S '07; and Dr. Jon Cohen, chief medical officer of the North Shore-Long Island Jewish Health System and senior adviser for health care to the John Kerry for President Campaign.

Community Festival Swings Despite Stormy Weather

Soggy ground and hefty gusts of wind didn't slow down a steady flow of neighbors, students and faculty through a diverse array of events and activities for Columbia University's 250th anniversary at the Columbia 250 Community Festival "Celebrating with Our Neighbors." Health screenings, music, food, art, sports clinics and interactive exhibits brightened up the campus and beyond on Saturday, Sept. 18. Musicians such as Taj Mahal, Eddie Palmieri y La Perfecta II, and Dee Dee Bridgewater braved the weather to thrill the fans on the South Lawn at Morningside. Here, a child from the community poses with Geena, the Crest toothpaste mascot, in front of the School of Dental and Oral Surgery's Dental Van.

Rudin Scholars Honored

Gerald D. Fischbach, M.D., executive vice president and dean, welcomed members of the Rudin family for the Louis and Rachel Rudin Foundation and May and Samuel Rudin Family Foundation Scholars' Reception earlier this month in the Faculty Club. The reception honored the 84 CUMC Rudin Scholars from the years 2001-2004. The students were from the Center for the Study of Society and Medicine, the Mailman School of Public Health, the programs in occupational and physical therapy, P&S, and the School of Nursing. Since 1970, the Rudin Scholars Program has provided annual support to help promising students with financial need pursue their health care career goals.

Art Exhibit Raises Funds for ALS/Lou Gehrig Research

A group of 20 up-and-coming artists helped support research and treatment of Lou Gehrig's disease/ALS by donating art works last month at Art For ALS, a silent auction event to benefit the Eleanor & Lou Gehrig MDA/ALS Research Center at CUMC. The auction was held in Soho at the Mark Shilen Gallery on Broome Street, which, as the photo shows, was packed with supporters. The Eleanor and Lou Gehrig MDA/ALS Center at Columbia University Medical Center sees approximately 300 new patients annually from the United States and abroad, each of whom presents a unique set of needs.

UCSF Leaders Speak at Thomas Morris Symposium

Two key figures responsible for the founding of the University of California, San Francisco's Academy of Medical Educators, Haile T. Debas, M.D., and Daniel Lowenstein, M.D., spoke at the Second Annual Dr. Thomas Q. Morris Symposium last month on the topic of "The Academy Movement: Restructuring of Medical Schools to Advance the Mission of Education." Dr. Debas discussed UCSF's decision to start a medical education academy. Dr. Lowenstein placed the UCSF academy in the context of the history of medical education and described a key component of the academy's structure – it provides funding for medical education, which typically does not receive adequate resources at many medical schools. Pictured, from left, are Dr. Debas, Dr. Morris, and Dr. Lowenstein.

NIH Grant for Antibiotic Resistance Research Center

Elaine Larson, Ph.D., professor of pharmaceutical and therapeutic research in the School of Nursing and professor of epidemiology at the Mailman School of Public Health, has received a $1.8 million NIH grant to establish a Center for Interdisciplinary Research on Antibiotic Resistance. Dr. Larson was the only nurse PI funded. Her grant is one of the first under the NIH's agenda to foster translational research through interdisciplinary teams. The center's goal is to develop strategies to reduce antimicrobial resistance.

Columbia Announces Dyckman Institute Scholars

Columbia College has awarded the Dyckman Institute Scholarships for the 2004/05 academic year to freshman Vera Tseylikman, sophomore Brenda Cepeda, and seniors Alexandra Hernandez and Katherine Paez. The Dyckman Institute Scholarship provides financial assistance to outstanding students from the Washington Heights/Inwood area who attend Columbia College.