Winter 2016 e-News For Alumni

March 4, 2016

Winter 2016 e-News About and For Alumni


Read a profile of Ashley White-Stern’18 in the CUMC Newsroom.

The 174 members of the Class of 2018 marked their transition from the classroom to clinical settings. Read about this year’s Steven Z. Miller Student Clinician’s Ceremony here.

Students organized events last fall that focused on health care reform, human rights, and new health care technology. Read more.


The new Medical and Graduate Education Building under construction on Haven Avenue will be dedicated later this year and ready when the Class of 2020 arrives in August. See a virtual tour of the building here.

Visit this CUMC Newsroom page for Zika virus updates by Columbia experts.

NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital debuted a TV commercial during this year’s Super Bowl last month as part of a new cancer campaign. To support the campaign, Columbia has updated its website devoted to cancer research, treatment, and prevention. Read more here.

The BRAINYAC program in Columbia neuroscience labs gives New York City public high school students insight into how research leads to transformative discoveries. Learn more about a 17-year-old student from Washington Heights who participated in the program.

Elizabeth “Libby” Wilcox used her camera to capture many of the medical center’s great moments over the course of three decades. In honor of what would have been her 100th birthday in January, the CUMC Newsroom posted a slide show of some of her photos. View the tribute here.


Read a review of “Fatal Cure,” the latest book by Robin Cook’66.

Read a profile in the Santa Rosa, Calif., newspaper about Harry Richardson’66 and his wife.

Glenn Pomerance’74 was featured in a Chattanooga newspaper article about his support for a college athletics program.

Jim Dunford’76 received an award from the American College of Emergency Physicians. Read more.

Jerome Groopman’76, a contributor to the New Yorker magazine since 1998, wrote about 2015’s most notable findings in medicine and biology.

Read a New Haven, Conn., newspaper article about “Reagan’s 1968 Dress Rehearsal: Ike, RFK, and Reagan’s Emergence as a World Statesman,” a new book by Gene Kopelson’77.

When Jonathan Newmark’78 received a master’s degree in music composition from the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music, the ceremony included a surprise for him. Read more.

Lawrence Li’79 has joined a clinic in Santa Barbara, Calif. Read more.

Terence S. Dermody’82 has been named chair of pediatrics at the University of Pittsburgh and head of Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh. Read more. He discusses his research career in a related article.

Brian Fallon’85 will be honored in April by the Global Lyme Alliance when he receives the Lauren F. Brooks Hope Award at the group’s “Time for Lyme” gala in Old Greenwich, Conn. Read more.

Read a review in a Miami newspaper about “Younger Next Year: The Exercise Program,” the latest book by Henry Lodge’85.

Steven Gerst’86 writes about developments in telemedicine that are changing the delivery of health care in the United States. Read more.

Four doctors in a Connecticut orthopedics practice were named to the Castle Connolly Top Doctors List for 2016. Two of the four are P&S graduates: John Lunt’86 and Ross Hensaw’98. Read more.

Michael R. Marvin’92 has been named director of transplantation and liver surgery for Geisinger Health System in Pennsylvania. Read more.

Charles J. Prestigiacomo’93 was featured in a profile of the New Jersey Comprehensive Stroke Center.

Robert Cornell’97 is featured in a Huffington Post article about prostate cancer screening. Read more.

Simon Greenwood’97 PhD was appointed chief business officer for Allakos Inc. Read more.

Clayton Peterson’07 has joined the medical staff of Berkshire Medical Center and the physician staff of Berkshire Surgical Services. Read more.

Read a Detroit News profile of Abdul El-Sayed’14, Detroit’s health director. See a related article here.


Ira Snow Jones’43

Edwin Wortham IV’43

Walter E. Ogilvie’45

Arik Brissenden’49

James A. MacDonald’50

George Hogle’54

John Lunt’54

Glen Gresham’58

Richard Milligan’60

Robert Gollance’62

Fred Tiley’63

Russell Nelson DeJong Jr.’71

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