Winter 2019 e-News About and for Alumni

February 19, 2019


The residency match for the VP&S Class of 2019 is March 15. Read about the experience of a few students who share their residency interviewing process. 

The Class of 2021 began its major clinical year at the Jan. 4 Steven Z. Miller Student Clinician’s Ceremony. Read more.

The scholarly project requirement for VP&S students is nearly a decade old. Read about the program and view a video that tells the stories of just a few of the students who are pursuing unique projects in research, public health, social and narrative medicine, and other areas. Read more.


The Roy and Diana Vagelos Education Center has been recognized with LEED Gold certification, a globally recognized symbol of achievement in the design, construction, maintenance, and operations of high-performance green buildings. Read more.

Read an article in the New York Real Estate Journal chronicling the renovation of the Alumni Auditorium.

Read the annual Black History Month compilation of pioneers in medicine who have Columbia ties, including faculty, former faculty, and alumni.

Read the annual In Memoriam list in the CUIMC Newsroom. The list includes VP&S faculty and staff who died in 2018. 

Read more school and medical center news in the CUIMC Newsroom.

Visit VP&S and CUIMC websites.


During Black History Month in February, two newspapers wrote about blood bank pioneer Charles Drew, who conducted research and earned a doctorate at Columbia: the Atlanta Journal-Constitution and a St. Louis newspaper that reported on a blood drive held in Dr. Drew’s name.

A four-page document donated to Archives & Special Collections shows the cost of medical education at Columbia in 1825. Read more.


Read about Margaret Morgan Lawrence’40, the first African-American female psychoanalyst. 

P. Roy Vagelos’54 received the 2018 Lifetime Achievement Award at the first Xiong’An International Health Forum in Hebei, China. Read more.

Read a poem by Frederick G. Guggenheim’61 published in Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society’s journal, The Pharos. 

An exhibit of art by George Saj’66 was displayed at the Montclair Public Library. Read more

Jerry Missel’68 has been inducted into the Dr. Worthy Streator Hall of Fame at Streator Township High School in Streator, Illinois. Read more.

George Spencer-Green’74 was appointed chief medical officer for Taiwan Liposome Co., a pharmaceutical company dedicated to developing nanomedicines. Read more.

Valerie Rusch’75 is 2018-2019 president-elect of the American College of Surgeons. Read more.

Cal Roberts’78 was appointed to the Board of Directors of Opthotec Corp. Read more.

Natalia Kanem’80 will deliver the 2019 Bonni Curran Memorial Lecture for the Health and Dignity of Women at the 12th annual Family of Woman Film Festival in Sun Valley, Idaho. Read more.

Acorda Therapeutics, founded and run by Ron Cohen’81, received FDA approval of a new drug to treat people with Parkinson’s disease who suffer from “off” periods. Read more.

Read about the work of cardiologist Evan Sehgal’82.

Read about Maria Oquendo’84, chair of psychiatry at Penn, in an article in Penn Medicine magazine.

William Marshall’86 was appointed vice president of medical sciences of resTORbio, a biopharmaceutical company developing treatments for age-related diseases. Read more

Watch an interview with George Yancopoulos’86 PhD/’87 MD at the science research celebration at his high school alma mater, Bronx High School of Science. 

Abraham Thomas’89 discusses diabetes and heart disease with a Massachusetts newspaper. Read more.

Read a feature in the New Haven, Connecticut, newspaper about the innovative work of Daren Anderson’95.

Maryjane Farr’98 was one of the honorees at the 2018 Harboring Hearts gala at Lincoln Center. Read more.

Eric Chang’99 was selected by Howard Magazine as best plastic surgeon of Howard County in Maryland. Read more.

Spine surgeon Brian Su’03 has been elected to the Marin Healthcare District board in Marin County, California. Read more.

Naimey Wilson’06 was appointed director of breast surgery quality and research and breast surgery division leader at the Hartford HealthCare Medical Group. Read more.

Aaron Lord’07 has been appointed chief of neurology at NYU Langone Hospital–Brooklyn. Read more.

Benjamin Schwartz’08 and current Columbia medical students are mentioned in a Maryland newspaper article about art in medical education. Read more.

Read a profile of Daniela Lamas’08 in the Harvard magazine. 

Read about the journey of Babacar Cisse’09 PhD/’10 MD from Senegal to achieving his dream of becoming a doctor. 

Benjamin Yagoubian’12, who also has a DDS degree from Columbia, was named a 2018 top patient-rated oral surgeon in Torrance, California. Read more.


Seymour Cohen’41 PhD

Quentin Deming’43

Gary Piccione’44

Russell Boles’46

Gloria Clare Elias’47

Rodman Carter’54

Edward Conklin’54

Thomas Plaut’59

Donald L. King’60

Joel Duberstein’61

Gordon Kaye’61 PhD

Luther M. Strayer III’61

Carol Petito’67

Warren Grundfest’80

Martin O’Laughlin’80


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