PHYSICIAN-AUTHORS PUBLISH NEW BOOKS At a book signing event at CUMC, Mehmet Oz, M.D., professor of surgery, and Lori Mosca, M.D., associate professor of medicine, each hold books they have recently written. Dr. Oz is the co-author, with Michael Roizen, M.D., of “You: The Smart Patient: An Insider’s Guide for Getting the Best Treatment,” and Lori Mosca, M.D., is the author of “Heart to Heart: A Personal Plan for Creating a Heart-Healthy Family.” In 2005, Drs. Oz and Roizen also co-wrote the bestseller, “You: The Owner’s Manual: An Insider’s Guide to the Body That Will Make You Healthier and Younger.” Dr. Oz is Vice Chairman of Cardiovascular Services and director of the Cardiovascular Institute at NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital. Dr. Mosca is director of preventive cardiology at NewYork-Presbyterian and founder and director of the Columbia Center for Heart Disease Prevention.
LYNNE QUITTELL HONORED AT THE MEDICAL SCHOOL FOR INTERNATIONAL HEALTH Alumni, faculty and staff from the Ben-Gurion University of the Negev Faculty of Health Sciences Medical School for International Health (MSIH) in Collaboration with CUMC gathered in June at the Faculty Club to celebrate the school’s accomplishments at its annual alumni dinner. In addition to highlighting the variety of global health activities pursued by its alumni, the event served as a forum for Columbia and Ben-Gurion directors, faculty and staff to recognize the contributions of Lynne Quittell, M.D., clinical professor of pediatrics, who has chaired the Medical School for International Admissions Committee since the school’s inception in 1997. Pictured at the event, from left, Carmi Margolis, M.D., Ben-Gurion University’s Director of the MSIH, Dr. Quittell, and Richard Deckelbaum, M.D., the Robert R. Williams Professor of Nutrition (in Pediatrics); Director of the Institute of Human Nutrition and Columbia’s director of the MSIH.
AN OASIS FOR THOSE WITH HUNTINGTON’S DISEASE Now in its 12th year, the Huntington’s Disease Summer Retreat is a week-long camp for 14 to 18 individuals who are patients at the HDSA Center of Excellence at the New York State Psychiatric Institute. Campers with an inherited neurodegenerative disorder join a volunteer staff of experienced clinicians and graduate students to create a safe space where trying new things, eating safely, walking independently, having fun and speaking openly about their hopes and fears are possible. Funded by donations from families of patients with Huntington’s disease, the camp was even more unique this year because a generous grant from Goldman-Sachs permitted a full day of horseback riding directed by GALLOP, a therapeutic riding program long affiliated with Columbia’s camp. In this photo, a camper rides with help from Goldman-Sachs and GALLOP volunteers.
NEUROSURGERY CHARITY SOFTBALL TOURNAMENT The 3rd Annual Neurosurgery Charity Softball Tournament was played June 10 at the Great Lawn of Central Park. The event was hosted by Columbia University and sponsored by George Steinbrenner and Alex Rodriquez of the New York Yankees, with all proceeds benefiting pediatric brain tumor research. This year’s competing teams were the neurosurgery departments from eight of the nation’s top medical centers Columbia, Harvard, Johns Hopkins, Cornell, NYU, University of Pennsylvania, Albert Einstein, and Mount Sinai. Penn claimed the championship after sliding by Columbia 13-10 in the finals, while Mount Sinai finished third. The championship trophy, named “The J. Lawrence Pool Memorial Trophy” in honor of the former chairman of Columbia’s Department of Neurological Surgery, will be housed at Penn this year.
Organized by Ricardo J. Komotar, M.D., a neurosurgery resident at Columbia, the tournament has raised nearly $100,000 for the Columbia University Pediatric Brain Tumor Research Fund (www.KidsBrainResearch.org). Planning has already begun for the games to continue next year on June 9, 2007, at the 4th Annual Neurosurgery Charity Softball Tournament. Pictured here: Dr. Komotar at bat.
TV PERSONALITY VISITS SUMMER MEDICAL AND DENTAL EDUCATION PROGRAM Max Gomez, Ph.D., the Health and Science Editor for NBC4, visited CUMC in June to speak to students in the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Summer Medical and Dental Education Program. The free, six-week enrichment program is designed to prepare qualified undergraduate students who represent diverse population groups underrepresented in medicine and dentistry for the academic, clinical and cultural experience of medical and dental school. This summer, 60 pre-medical and 20 pre-dental students are on campus. P&S and CDM were selected last year by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation as sites for its 2006 program. P&S has participated in the program for five years, and CDM was one of two pilot sites selected for the dental program, which fully launched in 2006. In a warm, good-humored talk in which he emphasized the importance of pre-med and pre-dental students being well rounded in the arts and literature, Dr. Gomez advised the students to go into medicine or dentistry not for the money, or because they think it sounds “cool,” but because of a love for these professions. Dr. Gomez’s appearance was the last in the Center for Community Health Partnership’s 2006 Seminar Series. Pictured in photo: Dr. Gomez with Summer Medical and Dental Education students.
CUMC Faculty Club Renamed in Honor of Former Dean
At the recommendation of Gerald Fischbach, M.D., former executive vice president and dean, the Faculty Club has been renamed in honor of the late Donald Fraser Tapley, M.D. Dr. Tapley dedicated more than 40 years of his life to academic service and made significant contributions to P&S and the medical center. Dr. Tapley, acting dean of P&S from 1973 to 1974 and then dean for a decade, instituted programs such as the Irving Scholars, the Irving Center for Clinical Research and the Dean’s Distinguished Lecture series. As dean, he appointed all but one chairman of the medical school’s basic science departments as well as new leadership at the Mailman School of Public Health and the School of Nursing. Under his leadership P&S’s endowment grew from $78 million to $160 million.