Spring 2017 e-News About and For Alumni

May 30, 2017


The P&S Class of 2017 had 167 students participating in this year’s residency match. Most of the graduates matched to residencies in cities on both coasts, and more than one-third will complete all or part of their training in New York City. Read more.

Sixty-five students presented their work to fellow students and faculty at the annual P&S Student Research Day. The event culminated in an awards ceremony, where nine winners were announced. Read more.

This year’s graduation ceremony also celebrated the medical school’s 250th birthday. The graduating class of 171 MD students was the largest in the school’s history. Read more.

Cecilia Davis-Hayes has won the Olympic-distance collegiate club triathlon national championship, seven minutes ahead of the second-place finisher. Read more.

Caroline Park will represent Korea at the 2018 Winter Olympics as part of the women’s ice hockey team. Read more.


Columbia’s narrative medicine program was featured in AAMC News. Read more.

Read about how students and faculty perceive the new Vagelos Education Center.


Read the piece Bob Scott’61 wrote for Scrapbook on the P&S 250 website.

Patricia Donahoe’64 will receive an honorary degree from UMass Medical School at its 44th annual commencement on June 4. Read more.

Read an op-ed by Harold Varmus’66 about the proposed NIH budget cuts.

The International Association of HealthCare Professionals has welcomed Stanley Link’72 to its ranks. Read more.

Daniel Von Hoff’73, an expert in new therapies for patients with cancer, received a gold medal for excellence in clinical medicine at this year’s P&S alumni reunion. Read more.

Harvey Makadon’77 received an honorary doctor of science degree from Rutgers University at its commencement ceremony in May. Watch the introductory video.

Donna Mendes’77 was honored at the Harlem Fine Arts show’s opening gala after being inducted into the Library of Congress as the first female African-American vascular surgeon in the United States. Read more.

Anne B. Curtis’79 has been awarded mastership in the American College of Physicians, the national organization of internists. Read more.

John Lunt’86 and Ross Henshaw’98 have been named 2017 Top Doctors for the fifth year in row. Read more.

Tom Frieden’86 delivered the keynote address at the 2017 commencement ceremony for Albert Einstein College of Medicine. Read more.

Dawn McGuire’87 has published a second book of poetry, in which she captures the stories of veterans coming back from war. Read more.

Sybil Tasker’88 has been promoted to the position of chief medical officer at Altimmune, a clinical-stage immunotherapeutics company. Read more.

Jose Rodriguez’89 has joined the Hospital for Special Surgery as an adult reconstruction and joint replacement surgeon. Read more.

The American University of Beirut reported on the speech Fadlo Khuri’89 gave at the 2017 P&S alumni reunion. Read more.

Shannon Connor Phillips’90 has been named Intermountain Healthcare’s chief patient safety and experience officer. Read more.

Read about Robynne Chutkan’91, an integrative gastroenterologist on the faculty of Georgetown University, in an online article published by a Maryland newspaper.

Donald Lloyd-Jones’91 has been selected to receive the 2017 Joseph Stokes III, MD Award from the American Society for Preventive Cardiology for his achievements in preventive cardiology. Read more.

John Velyvis’98 was appointed medical director of the new robotic orthopedic surgery program at Seton Medical Center in Daly City, Calif. Read more.

Matt Iseman’98 will serve as host of this year’s Realscreen Awards on June 7 in Santa Monica, Calif. Read more.

Rajiv Singh’02 has joined Bon Secours Medical Group in West Nyack, Stony Point, and Ramsey, N.J. Read more.

Hank Taliaferro’02 has opened Valencia Urgent Care in Los Lunas, N.M. Read more.

Alexandra P. Turner’04 has joined the Franciscan Physician Network Surgical Specialists office in Crawfordsville, Ind. Read more.

Daniel Hoffman’07 travels to several Colorado towns to provide dermatology services. Read more.

Daniel Hwang’07 has started practicing at Eye Consultants of Atlanta, one of the largest multispecialty ophthalmology groups in Georgia. Read more.

Rakhee M. Bowker’09 was selected as top neonatologist for 2017 by the International Association of Top Professionals. Read more.

Uzodinma Iweala’11 premiered his new short film, “Waiting for Hassana,” at the Sundance Film Festival. Read more.

Vin Gupta’11 has been named to the “40 Under 40 Leaders in Minority Health” list announced by the National Minority Quality Forum. Read more.

At age 32, Abdul El-Sayed’14 could become both the youngest person to be elected governor since Bill Clinton in 1978 and the first Muslim elected governor in the United States. Read more about his campaign for governor in Michigan. He also received a special Bicentennial Alumni Award from the University of Michigan at commencement. Read more.


Read a Smithsonian magazine article about the discovery of bacitracin.


Lewis Rowland

Elizabeth Hastings’43

Felix Demartini’46

Charles Bunnell Terhune’47

Walter S. Wood’51 

Leland M. White’52

William Bernart’54

Thorpe Kelly’55

Robert Bishop’55

Robert Stephen Hirsch’56

Howard Fox’62

Richard McCray’62

William Stiehm’64

Mark E. Josephson’69

Mahlon Van Rensselaer Freeman’70 MSD

Mark Wainberg’72 PhD

John Hagaman’74

Bert Glaser’76

Michael Kesselbrenner’78 

Henry S. Lodge’85

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