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The American Heart Association awarded the American Heart Association's Basic Research Prize at the opening of the November Scientific Sessions 2005 in Dallas to Andrew Marks, M.D., chairman of physiology and cellular biophysics at P&S. He was recognized for identifying basic mechanisms involved in blood clot formation and heart muscle contraction leading to beneficial new treatments and for findings that resulted in the first coronary artery stents to help avoid recurring blockages.

The 2100-member New York Academy of Medicine named Thomas Q. Morris, M.D., alumni professor emeritus of clinical medicine as chairman and Edward H. Shortliffe, M.D., Ph.D., the Rolf Scholdager Professor of Biomedical Informatics and professor of medicine and computer science was named vice chairman of the Board of Trustees. Dr. Morris also will head the academy's search committee for a new president. The New York Academy of Medicine is the country's premier urban health policy and intervention center dedicated to enhancing the health of people living in cities.

Michael Brownlee, M.D., the Anita and Jack Saltz Professor of Diabetes Research and director of the JDRF International Center for Diabetic Complications Research at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine, is the recipient of the Naomi Berrie Award for Outstanding Achievement in Diabetes. The recipient is to use the two-year, $100,000 award to support a fellowship for a student or research fellow in his or her laboratory.

Joseph McManus, D.D.S., Ron Myers, D.D.S., Murray Schwartz, D.D.S., Steven Syrop, D.D.S., and Daniel Zedeker, D.D.S., of the SDOS have been inducted into the American College of Dentists, a non-profit professional organization of dentists who exemplify excellence through outstanding leadership and exceptional contributions to dentistry and society.

The New York State Dental Foundation in November honored Regina Landesberg, D.M.D., Ph.D., assistant professor of oral surgery, for Excellence in Academics and Research.

The Coalition for Excellence in MCH Epidemiology has given lifetime achievement awards to two CUMC professors: Zena Stein, M.A., professor emeritus of public health and special lecturer in epidemiology, and Mervyn W. Susser, M.D., special lecturer in epidemiology at the Mailman School and Sergievsky Professor of Epidemiology Emeritus in the Gertrude H. Sergievsky Center at P&S. The award recognizes Drs. Stein and Susser for excellence in research, practice and leadership in epidemiology and the positive impact their work has made on the health of women, children and families.

Edmund Jooste, M.D., and George Gallos, M.D., received first place prizes in an essay contest sponsored by the American Society of Anesthesiologists (ASA). Both specializing in anesthesiology, Dr. Jooste, an attending, and Dr. Gallos, a resident, participated in the international contest and received their prizes at the ASA meeting in October.

Of 10 Hispanic students who won $1,500 scholarships in medicine, dentistry, nursing, public health and public policy awarded by the National Hispanic Health Foundation, five were CUMC students. The students were honored at a ceremony Dec. 1 at the Marriott Marquis Hotel. The students were: Philip Josephs, School of Dental & Oral Surgery; Ursula Baldoceda and Maryelena Vargas, School of Nursing; and Caricia Catalani and Yessica Diaz at the Mailman School of Public Health.


Columbia University's Board of Trustees has approved the following named appointments:

James G. McMurtry III as the Herbert and Linda Gallen Professor Emeritus of Clinical Neurological Surgery.

Rando L. Allikmets as the William and Donna Acquavella Associate Professor of Ophthalmology.

Richard E. Braunstein as the Miranda Wong Tang Associate Professor of Ophthalmology.

Matthew N. Bartels as the John A. Downey Associate Professor of Clinical Rehabilitation Medicine.

Aaron P. Mitchell as the Harold S. Ginsberg Professor of Molecular Pathogenesis in the Department of Microbiology.

Thomas J. Herzog as the P&S Alumni Professor of Clinical Obstetrics and Gynecology.

Nancy Elizabeth King Reame as the Mary Dickey Lindsay Professorship of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion in the School of Nursing.