Winter 2018 e-News About and For Alumni



Columbia celebrated the 50-year anniversary of RhoGAM, a drug developed in the 1960s by Columbia physicians and still used today to prevent one of the most severe and devastating diseases affecting fetuses and newborns. Read about the celebration.

Read the ESPN story about P&S student Caroline Park who competed in this year’s Winter Olympics. Also read about other P&S students who have been Olympians.

Students in the Class of 2020 started their major clinical year with the Steven Z. Miller Student Clinician’s Ceremony. Read more.

The 2013 death of P&S student Stephanie Liem Azar prompted a new book, “Breaking Sad,” a guide on what to say and do for those experiencing loss. Read more.

MD-PhD student Holly Wobma launched a company that she hopes will bring a stem cell therapy to market. Read more.

Read about the research of Theodora Karagounis’18, who received a prestigious Howard Hughes Medical Institute research fellowship and took a year off to immerse herself in research.

P&S students participating in the Music at Bedside program were featured in an NBC New York video. See the full story about the program here.

Archives & Special Collections in the Health Sciences Library has acquired an 1819 manuscript of P&S founder Samuel Bard. Read more.

Read more news in the Columbia University Irving Medical Center Newsroom.


P. Roy Vagelos’54 and his wife, Diana, donated $250 million to P&S to endow a program that will replace loans with scholarships for medical students with financial need. Read more.

Nicholas Romas’62, professor of urology at P&S, was honored by the American Hellenic Educational Progressive Association with the Lifetime Achievement Award for his commitment to serving humanity through his profession and offering care and guidance for his fellow Ahepans. Read more.

Watch P&S student Henry Philofsky’20 interviews Story Musgrave’64, a surgeon and scientist-astronaut who flew in six space shuttle flights during his 30-year career at NASA.

Read about a professional move by Carlton Boxhill’68.

Robert Holtzman’69 received the Albert Nelson Marquis Lifetime Achievement Award for 2017 by Marquis Who’s Who. Read more.

Watch Karen Antman’74 and Elliott Antman’74 talk about the unconventional way they met in medical school and the rewards and challenges of a two-physician marriage in this video made by the Association of American Medical Colleges.

James Maxwell’75 is running for Congress in New York’s 25th Congressional District. Read more.

Thomas Francomano’79 joined Saratoga Hospital’s multispecialty medical group. Read more.

Edward M. Paul’82 has been recognized by the Expert Network, an invitation-only service for distinguished professionals. Read more.

Affinity Health Plan has named Scott Breidbart’83 as its chief medical officer. Read more.

Steven Gerst’86 has joined Craft Capital Management, a New York-based brokerage firm. Read more.

Ann Ross’87 is one of five ob/gyns in a new practice started in Gulf Breeze, Fla. Read more.

Michael Ryan’87 opened his sixth Missouri clinic to treat venous disorders, this one in Cape Girardeau. Read more.

William Frost’88 is director of the Center for Brain Function and Repair in a new Brain Science Institute established at Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science. Read more.

Allison McLarty’88 was the keynote speaker for the opening ceremony of Black History Month at Stony Brook University. Read more.

Read about the road Valerie Ulene’91 took to a bodybuilding competition.

Read about the philanthropy of Emil Chynn’92 and the Chynn Family Foundation.

Nader Moazami’92 has joined NYU to direct a new heart transplant program launched by the Transplant Institute at NYU Langone Health. Read more.

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution newspaper wrote about Karen Kinsell’93, the only doctor in a rural county of Georgia. Read more.

Gilead Sciences, a biopharmaceutical company based in Foster City, Calif., has announced that Andrew Cheng’95 MD/PhD will be promoted to chief medical officer in April. Read more.

Shannon Hader’95 is running for Congress in Washington state’s 8th Congressional District. Read more.

Heather Morphy’96 was recently hired by LG Health Physicians Family Medicine Sycamore Square in Lancaster County, Pa. Read more.

Julian Mackay-Wiggan’98 has joined the Siperstein Dermatology Group in Florida. Read more.

Carl Novina’00 has been appointed scientific adviser for Atossa Genetics, a clinical-stage pharmaceutical company. Read more.

Eric Michael David’02 has joined BridgeBio Pharma as CEO-in-residence to lead the company’s gene therapy efforts. Read more

Dan Clayton’02 joined Families First Pediatrics in Utah. Read more.

Evan Ransom’06 was among this year’s class of Fellows of the American College of Surgeons. Read more.

The Scarsdale community website conducted a Q&A with Benjamin Schwartz’08 about balancing his medical career while creating cartoons for the New Yorker. Read more.

Nancy Chen’09 has joined the Department of Pediatrics at the University of Arizona as a clinical assistant professor. Read more.

Rakhee Bowker’09 was selected as Top Female Professional in Healthcare for 2018 by the International Association of Top Professionals. Read more.

Eliza Miller’12 was honored with the American Stroke Association’s Robert G. Siekert New Investigator Award. Read more.

Read the Daily Beast opinion piece about how Abdul El-Sayed’14 has captured the media’s attention during his campaign for governor of Michigan. Watch an ABC news clip about his quest to become the first Muslim governor of Michigan.


This month is the 20-year anniversary of the death of Benjamin Spock’29. Read more about his contributions to medicine.

Newsweek magazine chose five women from U.S. history to honor on International Women’s Day for their impact on science. Virginia Apgar’33 was one of them.

The first human heart transplant took place 50 years ago in South Africa, but Columbia was among a handful of places that helped the field mature. Read more.


T. Berry Brazelton’43 (Washington Post)

T. Berry Brazelton’43 (New York Times)

James Monteith’47

Virginia Kanick’51

Horton Johnson’53

Herman Grossman’53

Sylvia Diehl’53

Sherwin Kevy’54

Julian Smith’55

William “Bill” Lovekin’55

Raymond Bartlett’56

Leon O. Andersen’57

David Reif-Snyder’63

Richard A. Rudders’63

Robert Schaefer’63 

Jonathan Greenberg’77

Kevin McDonagh’84

Mark Montgomery’89



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