Winter 2020 e-News About and for Alumni

Winter 2020 e-News About and for Alumni

February 6, 2020


The Class of 2022 transitioned from the classroom to clinical care after the Jan. 3 Steven Z. Miller Student Clinician’s Ceremony. Read more.

Students who organized a group to promote success among medical students who come from a low income background and/or are the first generation in their family to attend college were among the recipients of 2019 VP&S Awards for Excellence. Read more.

A clinic started by VP&S students was featured on Columbia University’s Neighbors website. Read more.



Columbia’s 2019 Louisa Gross Horwitz Prize was given to three scientists for their contributions to cancer research. Read more.

Columbia has initiated new public safety enhancements on the medical center campus. Read more.

2019 Research Review: Columbia University Irving Medical Center was named the top health care institution for scientific research by the 2019 Nature Index Annual Tables. Read about some of the research news in 2019 that earned CUIMC that recognition.

2019 In Memoriam: Read about the CUIMC faculty, staff, and students who died this year.

Six CUIMC faculty members were named Fellows of the New York Academy of Medicine in 2019. Read more.

Donna Farber, PhD, was named a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. Read more.

Columbia Nursing organized a summit of leaders from top U.S. nursing schools, nursing organizations, and the NIH to discuss a national health action plan to improve and raise awareness of LGBTQ health. Read more.

A daylong Data Science for Public Health Summit organized by the Mailman School of Public Health brought together public health leaders to consider the many dimensions of data science in public health. Read more.

The College of Dental Medicine received a sixth straight Higher Education Excellence in Diversity Award. Read more.

View other VP&S and CUIMC news in the CUIMC Newsroom.



Faculty records maintained in Archives & Special Collections do not indicate the race of VP&S faculty throughout history, but Thomas Patrick Jr., MD, is thought to have been the first African American physician at Columbia. Read more.



SightMD, an integrated ophthalmic provider group, announced a strategic partnership with a Manhattan practice founded by Spencer E. Sherman’62. Read more.

K.J. Lee’65 has been appointed chief educational adviser at Alaxo NA, a medical device company. Read more.

Martha Welch’71 contributed to a New York Times piece about the importance of loving physical touch, especially in the first 1,000 minutes of life. Read more.

Read about the retirement of David Roye’75.

The Barer Institute has named Michael Weiss’76 PhD/’80 MD to its founding board of directors. Read more.

Ruth Weinstock’78 PhD/’80 MD discusses leadership in a newspaper article. Read more.

NPR posted a TED talk Mary Bassett’79 gave about how racism can affect health Read more.

Jan Wollack’81 MD/PhD has been named chief of pediatric neurology at Hackensack Meridian Health K. Hovnanian Children’s Hospital. Read more.

Jaime Morhaim’82 comments on a book his brother wrote about their family’s immigration from Cuba. Read more.

Rolando F. Rodriguez’82 will collaborate with Castle Connolly Private Health Partners

to establish a concierge medicine program in endocrinology. Read more.

Read about the pharmaceutical company founded and headed by Seth Lederman’83.

Terri Hill’85 is one of three state lawmakers in Maryland who are running to succeed Elijah Cummings in Congress. Read more.

Read about the work by Regeneron, led by George Yancopoulos’86 PhD/’87 MD, to develop a treatment for the new Chinese coronavirus.

Read a California newspaper article about how David Skaggs’89 and Val Ulene’91 met while students at VP&S.

Brian Toolan’89 has joined the medical staff of Silver Cross Hospital in Illinois. Read more.

Read an article about Murray Buttner’94 joining a clinic in Alaska.

Dineo Khabele’94 has been named head of the Department of Obstetrics & Gynecology at Washington University. Read more.

Robin Noble’95 has been elected to the board of directors of a primary care practice in Maine. Read more.

Four-time Olympic swimmer Jenny Thompson’06 is one of six former college athletes chosen for the 2020 National Collegiate Athletic Association Silver Anniversary Award in recognition of collegiate and professional achievements. Read more.

Jacob Appel’09 is the subject of a 46-minute documentary available on Amazon Prime. Read more.

Read about the work of Preeti J. Thyparampil’10 at Northwestern Memorial Hospital in Chicago.

Gary Linkov’12 has been accepted as a member of the International Society of Hair Restoration Surgery. Read more.



Margaret Morgan Lawrence’40

Richard Ward’45

Dorothy Dole Johnson’49

William Cooper’54

Donald Lindberg’58

Richard Timmons’58

Justine Meehan Carr’77


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