Fall 2013 e-News for Alumni

Fall 2013 e-News About and For Alumni

News of Current Students

P&S students who created a digital dissection text were featured in a Wall Street Journal article. Earlier this year, Columbia Medicine magazine included an article about their efforts.

Summer 2013 for more than 60 students from the P&S Class of 2016 meant time spent conducting research through fellowships awarded by the National Institutes of Health and nonprofit organizations. Read about the experiences of four of the students.

Eli Sayegh was awarded a Howard Hughes Medical Research Fellowship at Northwestern to study brain cancer. Read more here.

See an online video and slide show about the 2013 White Coat Ceremony for the Class of 2017. (The Fall 2013 issue of Columbia Medicine will include an article about alumni who were among students participating in the first ceremony 20 years ago.)

P&S News

The popularity of the Columbia-Bassett Program, a unique P&S track that exposes students to a longitudinal curriculum and immersion in health care management, was the focus of an article in the Utica, N.Y., Observer-Dispatch. Read the article here.

The fifth annual Steve Miller Medical Education Day on Oct. 25 featured workshops, presentations, and grand rounds. The day honors the legacy of Dr. Miller, a 1984 P&S graduate and longtime faculty member who died in a plane crash in 2004. Read more about the Steve Miller Medical Education Day.

Columbia University Medical Center announced plans this fall for a new home for the Columbia University School of Nursing. The seven-story building will be located at the corner of West 168th Street and Audubon Avenue. Read more.

Class Notes

The name of 2012 Nobel Prize winner Robert Lefkowitz'66 was inscribed on the nation's only monument to Nobel laureates. Read about the event here.

Michael Newmark'72, a neurologist in Houston, discussed the importance of time in stroke treatment. Read the online Houston Chronicle article here.

John Eng'74 received the Golden Goose Award for his research on the poisonous venom produced by the Gila monster, which led to a drug that protects diabetics from nerve damage, kidney failure, and blindness. Read more.

Best Doctors Inc. has named Gerald Gordon'75 as a best doctor. Board-certified in internal medicine and infectious disease medicine, he has a special interest in travel medicine and the treatment of diabetes mellitus. Read about it here.

David Roye Jr.'75 was mentioned in a story in the Jewish Ledger about a Connecticut boy who had been told to avoid sports after being diagnosed with Legg-Calvé-Perthes disease. The boy's family credits Dr. Roye for the child's return to the athletics he loved. Read more here.

Thomas N. Ahlborn'80 was named chair of surgical services at Valley Medical Group. Read the announcement.

Jonathan LaPook'80 discussed the link between kids' stomach aches and anxiety. Watch the CBS News video and read the story here.

Thoracic surgeon Robert Downey'85 joined Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center's outpatient treatment center in Basking Ridge, N.J. Read more here.

Douglas L. Jicha'86, a vascular surgery specialist, was among 13 new physicians to join the Annadel Medical Group in Sonoma County, Calif. Read more here.

Thomas H. Lee'87 was named secretary of the American Orthopaedic Foot & Ankle Society for a two-year term. Read the announcement.

Leslie Lobel'87 delivered a series of lectures about infectious disease to members of Columbia University's student-led group, the International Health Organization. Read more here.

Craig Samitt'90 was appointed executive vice president of DaVita HealthCare Partners Inc. Dr. Samitt previously served as president and CEO of Dean Health Systems, one of the Midwest's largest integrated health care providers. Read the announcement.

Shari Hall'91, an anesthesiologist at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, has released her debut album, "Perfect Love." Read more here.

Borgess Health in southwest Michigan added Alison Nohara'95 to its Premier Radiology team. Read more here.

Rachel Berger'96 was appointed chief of the Child Advocacy Center at Children's Hospital in Lawrenceville, Pa. Read the announcement.

Eric Michael David'02 was profiled in the Fall 2013 issue of the Columbia Law School Magazine. Read the profile.

In a feature for the Huffington Post's books section, Matthew Erlich'08 discusses the mental health of Holden Caulfield, the protagonist of J.D. Salinger's "The Catcher in the Rye," on the occasion of the book's 62nd anniversary. Read the feature.

In Memoriam

Paul Bilka'43

Robert G. Williams'43

Harold Gabel'46

Benjamin Edwards'50

Paul Gerst'52

Herbert Curtin Haynes'52

Pier Mancusi-Ungaro'57

Edwin Bransome'58

Stephen Malawista'58

John Richard Sachs'60

Anne C. Brower'64

Robert Hickes'71

Richard Michael Handwerger'73

Joseph T. "Tom" Leimert'73

Alan Saffran'86

Sandra Joy Gatt'88

Stephanie Liem'15


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