|RAYMOND MCCAFFREY, M.D., clinical professor of obstetrics and gynecology, died July 24, 2006. Dr. McCaffrey played an integral role in advancing the mission of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology.
Dr. McCaffrey earned his medical degree from Cornell University Medical College and trained in internal medicine at New York-Cornell Medical Center. He completed his residency in obstetrics and gynecology at Columbia, where he was chief resident from 1962 to 1964.
From the time Dr. McCaffrey joined the P&S faculty in 1964, he rose quickly through the academic and administrative ranks, serving as assistant professor, clinical professor of obstetrics and gynecology, director of the ob/gyn residency program, and director of the gynecology service. He also was a pioneer in introducing technology to manage patient care and was recognized for his commitment to teaching. In addition, Dr. McCaffrey was active in numerous professional organizations and authored and co-authored several papers in professional journals.
JAMES SANFORD LIEBERMAN, M.D., the chairman of the Department of Rehabilitation Medicine at P&S and director of the rehabilitation medicine service at the Weill Cornell and Columbia campuses of NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital, died on Aug. 21.
At P&S, Dr. Lieberman also was the H.K. Corning Professor of Rehabilitation Medicine Research, senior associate dean for clinical services, and associate vice president in the CUMC administration. He was named professor of rehabilitation medicine at Weill Cornell in 2000, when rehabilitation medicine became a joint department following the merger of New York Hospital and Presbyterian Hospital.
A member of the Institute of Medicine, Dr. Lieberman had a prolific research career in neuromuscular disease and maintained board certification in neurology as well as physical medicine and rehabilitation. He was editor-in-chief of the Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation from 1988 to 1994 and co-edited “The Physiological Basis of Rehabilitation Medicine” in 2001. A memorial service is planned for Nov. 8, 4 p.m., Pauline Hartford Chapel, Presbyterian Hospital.
GEOFFREY R. HOWE, PH.D., the former chairman and the first Anna Cheskis Gelman and Murray Charles Gelman Professor in the Department of Epidemiology of the Mailman School of Public Health, died on Aug. 31.
Internationally renowned for his work in cancer, the environment and nutrition, Dr. Howe was one of the world’s foremost radiation epidemiologists. His investigations of cancer incidence among atomic bomb survivors helped change fundamental assumptions about radiation risk and led to his selection by the National Cancer Institute to head research on cancer effects of the Chernobyl accident.
A gifted mathematician and scientist, he was a leading scholar on the effects of diet on cancer, particularly breast, colon and pancreatic cancers. He was also a skilled teacher and dedicated mentor and supervisor of doctoral students. Despite the challenge of his blindness, Dr. Howe lectured from slides without notes and led his students through detailed critiques of research methods and statistics.
Dr. Howe was recruited to the Mailman School’s Department of Epidemiology as a professor and department chairman in 1995. Before coming to Columbia, he was the director of the National Cancer Institute of Canada’s Epidemiology Unit.
The Mailman School of Public Health will hold a memorial service for the late Dr. Howe on Wednesday, November 15, 2006, at 2p.m. in the Pauline A. Hartford Memorial Chapel. A reception at the P&S Faculty Club will follow the memorial service.