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Kenneth A. Forde
Kenneth A. Forde
KENNETH A. FORDE ELECTED UNIVERSITY TRUSTEE Kenneth A. Forde, M.D., P&S’59, the José M. Ferrer Professor Emeritus of Clinical Surgery, has been elected to the Board of Trustees of Columbia University. He serves on committees on health sciences, alumni relations and development, and education policy.
   For 45 years, Dr. Forde has been an inspirational surgeon, teacher, and researcher. After receiving his M.D. from P&S, Dr. Forde completed his residency at Columbia and joined the faculty in 1966. He was the José M. Ferrer Professor of Surgery from 1997 until he retired in 2006.
   The Kenneth A. Forde Professorship in Surgery, honoring his contributions to academic colorectal surgery, was established at Columbia in 1996. Dr. Forde has served as president of the New York Surgical Society and the Society of American Gastrointestinal and Endoscopic Surgeons. He has received numerous honors and awards including the Bolmfalk Award for teaching and the Arnold P. Gold Award for Humanism, both from P&S.
   In service to the university community, Dr. Forde has represented P&S in the University Senate, served on the Committee on Divestment in South Africa, and spent 18 years on the P&S admissions committee. He has also served on numerous university and P&S search committees, the Faculty Council, and the Irving Scholar selection committee.
   Long active in alumni affairs, Dr. Forde was president of the P&S Alumni Association from 1985-1987 and has served since medical school as co-chairman of his class. He has received the Columbia University Alumni Federation Medal, the Gold Medal for Excellence in Clinical Medicine and the Silver Medal for Meritorious Service from the Alumni Association of P&S.
   Before attending P&S, Dr. Forde graduated from the City College of New York, which awarded him the Townsend Harris Medal for outstanding postgraduate achievement.
The 24-member Board of Trustees selects the president, oversees all faculty and senior administrative appointments, monitors the budget, supervises the endowment, and protects University property.
   The Trustees are elected for six-year terms. Twelve are elected by the trustees themselves, six are elected by Trustees working in consultation with the executive committee of the University Senate, and six are elected after nomination by university alumni. Dr. Forde is the 109th Alumni Trustee.

Frank Torre, Mehmet Oz, and Joe Torre
Frank Torre, Mehmet Oz, and Joe Torre
CELEBRATING A DECADE WITH A NEW HEART Heart transplant recipient Frank Torre, left, and his brother, New York Yankees Manager Joe Torre, right, express their gratitude to Mehmet Oz, M.D., vice chairman of cardiovascular services for the Department of Surgery at CUMC and director of the Cardiovascular Institute at NewYork-Presbyterian. The celebration took place at an October reception at the Faculty Club commemorating the 10th anniversary of Frank Torre’s successful transplant, performed by Dr. Oz. Presentations highlighted the urgent need for organ donors and encouraged people to talk to their families about the importance of organ donation.

Bard Hall Players in ”Guys and Dolls”
Bard Hall Players in ”Guys and Dolls”
THE BARD HALL PLAYERS KNOCK 'EM DEAD WITH "GUYS AND DOLLS" During four performances in November, the Bard Hall Players, CUMC’s own musical theater group, acted, danced and sang their way into the audience’s hearts with their rousing rendition of the classic Frank Loesser musical comedy, ”Guys and Dolls”.
   Set in New York in the 1940s, ”Guys and Dolls” tells the story of a group of small time gamblers and the ladies in their lives. The cast of 36 and orchestra of 22, from all CUMC schools, brought down the packed houses in Alumni Auditorium.
   Pictured here performing “The Crapshooters’ Dance,” which was choreographed by Hanson Lenyoun, P&S’10 are, front row: Matt Weinstock, P&S’10, who played the lead, Nathan Detroit; second row, from left: Hector Perez, P&S’10, Dan Hall, P&S’10, Andrew Kernytsky, GSAS’07, Mark Geyer, P&S’10 and Kaliq Chang, P&S ’09; third row, from left: Brendan Norwood, P&S ’09, Adam Buck, P&S’10; David Mobley, P&S’07 and Ricky McFaline-Figueroa, P&S/GSAS’12.
   ”The performances were awesome,” says Jeannie Chen, P&S’09, co-president of the Bard Hall Players. “We had the biggest crowds in Bard Hall Players history. CUMC really came out to support us, and for that we are incredibly thankful."
For more information about the Bard Hall Players contact Ms. Chen at

Roger D. Kornberg
Roger D. Kornberg
HORWITZ PRIZE GOES TO BIOLOGIST WHO EXPLAINED TRANSCRIPTION Columbia awarded the 2006 Louisa Gross Horwitz Prize to structural biologist Roger D. Kornberg, Ph.D., Winzer Professor in Medicine at the Stanford School of Medicine. Dr. Kornberg, who also received the 2006 Nobel Prize in Chemistry, was honored with the Horwitz Prize for his work revolutionizing the understanding of gene transcription, the first step in transforming a cell’s genetic code into proteins. The Louisa Gross Horwitz Prize was established by Columbia University to recognize outstanding contributions to basic research in the fields of biology and biochemistry. Awarded annually since 1967, the prize was named for the mother of Columbia benefactor S. Gross Horwitz. Dr. Kornberg, received the prize in a ceremony at Columbia on Nov. 21.

New TV Show about the brain shown first at cumc CUMC
NEW TV SHOW ABOUT THE BRAIN SHOWN FIRST AT CUMC CUMC hosted the world premiere in November of the new CBS drama series, “3 LBS” – the title refers to the weight of an adult human brain. The show melds hard science with a focus on personality, logic, emotion and faith as neurosurgeons explore the intricacies of the human brain. A panel discussion with several of the show’s actors followed the viewing. The panel was introduced by Robert Solomon, M.D., chairman of the Department of Neurological Surgery at CUMC.
   Pictured from left: Dr. Solomon; Maria Farrow, a certified acute care nurse practitioner in the Department of Neurological Surgery at CUMC and medical technical advisor to ”3 LBS”; John Coles, co-executive producer and director; Tamsen Fadal, WCBS-TV news reporter and panel moderator; Mark Feuerstein, who plays a neurosurgeon on the show; Armando Riesco, who also plays a neurosurgeon; and chief medical consultant, James Schumacher, M.D., co-director of the Center for Neuroregeneration Research at Harvard Medical School and director of neuroscience at Sarasota Memorial Hospital.

-First Katz Prizes Awarded by the Division of Cardiology
FIRST KATZ PRIZES AWARDED BY THE DIVISION OF CARDIOLOGY The Katz Prizes in Cardiovascular Research, created in the Division of Cardiology at CUMC by philanthropist Lewis Katz, were awarded in October to a world renowned cardiologist and a promising young cardiologist/scientist. Eugene Braunwald, M.D., Distinguished Hersey Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School is being recognized at Columbia by the inaugural Lewis Katz Visiting Professorship in Cardiovascular Research. The prize recognizes lifetime achievement in cardiovascular research and education. Geoffrey Pitt, M.D., Ph.D., Esther Aboodi Assistant Professor of Medicine and Pharmacology, has been awarded the Lewis Katz Cardiovascular Prize for a Young Investigator, which recognizes a junior faculty member at CUMC with outstanding promise in the area of cardiovascular research and education. The prize provides $100,000 for each recipient. The prize represents one of several named professorships developed by the Division of Cardiology under the leadership of Allan Schwartz, M.D., chief, Division of Cardiology. Pictured from left: Dr. Schwartz; Dr. Pitt; Dr. Braunwald; and Mr. Katz.

Jay Lefkowitch and Angela Lansbury
Jay Lefkowitch and Angela Lansbury
“MEDICINE AND THE ARTS” SEMINAR SPONSORS ACTRESS ANGELA LANSBURY Award-winning actress Angela Lansbury visited CUMC in November for a Medicine and the Arts seminar sponsored by the P&S Alumni Association. These seminars bring creative artists in music, theater and literature to the CUMC campus to share their experiences in the arts and broaden medical student and faculty perspectives about the human condition. Ms. Lansbury, who has had a 60-year career in acting, spoke about how the arts provide an alternative outlet to the intense concentration required by the practice of medicine and how they bring greater sensitivity and humanity to medicine. As a finale to the afternoon, the Bard Hall Players – CUMC’s own musical theater company – and the P&S Musicians Guild surprised Ms. Lansbury by performing the title song from “Mame,” the enormous hit that launched her on the road to stardom. Ms. Lansbury, who was moved to tears by the performance, is shown here with members of the Bard Hall Players and Jay Lefkowitch, M.D., professor of clinical pathology, who organized the event and moderated the discussion.

Partnering with the community
PARTNERING WITH THE COMMUNITY At a Faculty Club breakfast in October, Lee Goldman was introduced to elected officials, directors of community-based organizations and community board members in the Washington Heights-Inwood communities. A strong network of community-based organizations in these areas work together to increase health care access and promote health initiatives for underserved residents. Dr. Goldman stressed his commitment to continue to foster community-institutional partnerships. Pictured at the breakfast, from left: Maria Luna, District Leader; Kimberly VerSteeg, from the Armory Foundation; Tess McDay, Coogan’s Restaurant manager; Lee Goldman, M.D. executive vice president and dean; Marilu Galvean, from Centro Civico Cultural Dominicano; and Dave Hunt, Coogan’s Restaurant co-owner.