Winter 2015 e-News For Alumni

January 7, 2015


The Class of 2017 began its major clinical year Jan. 5 at the Steven Z. Miller Student Clinician’s Ceremony. P&S alumni were among those honored for teaching: Erika Marulanda-Londono’11, Geoff Rubin’12, Anne Holland-Pike’13, and Jake Kriegel’13. Read about the ceremony here.

Michael Steinhaus’15 helped his sister-in-law give birth in a taxi stuck in traffic. Read the New York Daily News article.

Second-year students Jessica Calihan, Erin Elbel, and Henna Shaikh received the Steve Miller’84 Fellowship in Medical Education. Read about their work with the P&S Human Rights Initiative.

P&S students figured prominently in the top CUMC student news of 2014. See the full list.


Among the 20 TV shows worth watching this winter, according to the New York Times, is a PBS six-hour series based on the Pulitzer Prize-winning book by Columbia’s Siddhartha Mukherjee, “Cancer: The Emperor Of All Maladies.” The series begins March 30. Read an article about the documentary, which includes the participation of filmmaker Ken Burns, in Cancer Today.

P&S students helped create a lecture series to add more global health to their education. The result was the inaugural Edgar M. Housepian Global Health Lecture Series. Read more.

The new Barnes & Noble campus store on Haven Avenue held a grand opening in November with book readings, refreshments, and performances from the Bard Hall Players fall musical, “The Music Man.” Read more. See a related article about books by and about Columbians at CUMC.

The CUMC Student Health Service has received accreditation from the Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care. Read more.


Thomas Mack’61 was reappointed by California’s governor to chair the Carcinogen Identification Committee, a group of expert scientists. Dr. Mack has served on the committee since 1993. Read more.

Frank R. Smith’62 donated to Columbia an early 19th century surgical kit that originally belonged to his ancestor, David Hosack. Read about the donation.

Geraldine Schechter’63 received the 2014 Henry M. Stratton Medal from the American Society of Hematology for seminal contributions in clinical hematology. Read the announcement.

Robert D. Bach’65 received the 2014 American College of Surgeons/Pfizer Surgical Volunteerism International Award, one of four awards given to volunteer surgeons who provide care to medically underserved patients domestically and abroad. Read more.

Olympic gold medalist Steve Rerych’74 was inducted into the North Carolina State University Athletic Hall of Fame this year. Read more. He was inducted into the North Carolina Sports Hall of Fame in 1993.

Jimmy Graham’75 is a member of a physician group that assists in the emergency department at Elbert Memorial Hospital in Georgia. Read more.

Mary Bassett’79, the New York City health commissioner, was the subject of the cover story in the 2014 edition of Columbia Public Health magazine.

Kira Geraci-Ciardullo’80 received a Lifetime Achievement Award at the second annual Westchester County Doctors of Distinction awards ceremony in October. Read more.

Robert Siegel’81 was a featured in a Greenville, S.C., newspaper article about his move to the South after 23 years in Connecticut.

Tom Frieden’86, director of the CDC, was prominently featured in the Los Angeles Times and the New York Times during Ebola coverage.

Leslie Lobel’87 was quoted in a Jerusalem Post article about Ebola. Dr. Lobel also has a PhD degree from Columbia.

Mary Diana’92 joined the Mount Kisco Medical Group as a board-certified obstetrician and gynecologist. Read the announcement.

Richard Morel’93 has been appointed vice president at WESTMED Medical Group in Westchester County. Read the announcement.

Stuart Levine’94 has been named vice president of medical affairs at MedStar Harbor Hospital in Baltimore. Read the announcement.

Gregory Dorn’96 has named president of Hearst Health, created in 2014 to encompass the Hearst Corporation’s health care information businesses. Read the announcement.

David D’Allesandro’97, surgical director of clinical transplantation at Montefiore Einstein Center for Transplantation, has joined Paragonix Technologies Inc. as medical director. Read the announcement.

Mitchel Seruya’06, a hand and microvascular surgeon, joined the Texas Children’s Hospital. Read the announcement.

Chibuikem Akamnonu’08, an orthopedist, has joined Finger Lakes Health in Geneva, N.Y. Read the announcement.

Ben Schwartz’08 was featured in a Q&A in Massachusetts General Hospital’s Proto magazine (and will be featured in the Spring/Summer 2015 issue of Columbia Medicine).

Sarah Fulham’11 has joined Brattleboro Internal Medicine in Vermont. Read the announcement.



An 1860 P&S graduate, Augustus Purdy Williams, was a Civil War surgeon who wrote poetry and short stories. Read a New Jersey newspaper article about him.

Another P&S Olympian in the news (see Class Notes, Steve Rerych’74): George Kojac’35, a retired obstetrician who died in 1996, was identified in an article as the man who, on Dec. 21, 1962, scaled Kodak’s structure under construction for the 1964 World’s Fair at Flushing Meadows to plant a Christmas tree at the top. In the 1928 Olympic Games, he won two gold medals in swimming. He entered P&S instead of entering the 1932 Olympics, according to the article.

Residents of Charles Drew House at Amherst College held the first Charles Drew Day Dec. 4 to honor the Amherst alumnus. Dr. Drew, who received a doctor of medical science degree from P&S in 1940, pioneered groundbreaking research on blood transfusions while a faculty member at P&S. Read about Charles Drew Day.



William A. Blodgett’44

Michael Joseph Langan’46

Louis Vorhaus’46

G. Douglas Talbott’49

Edgar Housepian’53

Ernie Vandeweghe’53

Louis Healey’54

Joseph E. Mackie’54

Ralph Gentile’56

Jaroslav “Jerry” Hulka’56

Richard Witherington Hyde’57

John C. Rathe’57

Martin Wohl’57

Brown Dennis’58

Walter Glinsmann’60

John Phillips Grant Jr.’62

Daniel Carmichael’70

Joseph A. “Joe” Vita’82


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