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Garvey Teaching Academy Founding Members Chosen


Glenda Garvey
Glenda Garvey
During her 25-year career as an educator at Columbia Dr. Garvey trained more than 3,000 medical students, as well as every intern and resident who passed through the Department of Medicine. Dr. Garvey died at age 61 in 2004.
The CUMC multi-disciplinary academy that will recognize excellence, reward achievement, and promote innovation in education of health professionals is a step closer to reality since the roster of founding members was chosen in September.

The Garvey Teaching Academy will provide a campus-wide organizational structure to support teaching, learning and educational scholarship. It will create a community of peers who share a similar vision for excellence in education and whose educational roles are nurtured and sustained. The unique structure of the Academy is aimed at broadening the educational constituency beyond any individual school and stimulating collegiality and collaboration across the campus.

"We expect the establishment of the Academy will result in continual improvement of the educational programs, increased educational scholarship and positive changes in the culture that bring Columbia University regional, national and international recognition for our work in health sciences education," says Gerald Fischbach, M.D., executive vice president and dean. The founding members:


From P&S:

Jonathan M. Barasch, M.D., Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Medicine and Anatomy and Cell Biology

Jay F. Lefkowitch, M.D.
Professor of Clinical Pathology

Blair Ford, M.D.
Associate Professor of Clinical Neurology


From the School of Dental and Oral Surgery:

David A. Albert, D.D.S., M.P.H.
Associate Professor of Clinical Dentistry Section of Social and Behavioral Sciences

Vicky Evangelidis-Sakellson, D.D.S., M.PH.
Associate Professor of Clinical Dentistry Section of Adult Dentistry

John L. Zimmerman, D.D.S.
Associate Professor of Clinical Dentistry and Biomedical Informatics, Section of Oral and Diagnostic Sciences


From the School of Nursing:

Mary Woods Byrne, Ph.D., M.P.H., FAAN
Professor of Clinical Nursing

Anne Griswold Peirce, Ph.D.
Associate Professor

Jennifer Dohrn Dr.N.P., CNM
Assistant Professor of Clinical Nursing


From the Mailman School of Public Health:

Melissa D. Begg, Sc.D.
Professor of Clinical Biostatistics

Sharon Schwartz, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Clinical Epidemiology

Michael S. Sparer, Ph.D., J.D.
Professor of Health Policy and Management

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