Spring and Summer 2013 e-News for Alumni

Spring/Summer 2013 e-News About and For Alumni


Loren Rabinowitz'15, a classical pianist, champion ice dancer, former Miss Massachusetts, and now medical student, was featured in an article in the Jewish Week for her efforts to raise Holocaust awareness. Read it here.

Three members of the Class of 2016 have been selected as ICAP Next Generation interns. Rebecca Tisdale and Shanna Kofman will travel to Ethiopia and Subha Perni will travel to Swaziland to work with local ICAP-supported programs in the design, implementation, and evaluation of global health initiatives. Read the announcement.

A P&S student is among 69 medical, dental, and veterinary students from across the country who will engage in laboratory research for a year as participants in the Howard Hughes Medical Institute Medical Research Fellows Program. Eli Sayegh will spend the 2013-14 academic year at Northwestern University's Feinberg School of Medicine.

A P&S student, Patrick van Nieuwenhuizen'16 is among 15 individuals chosen from across the nation as winners of a competition to create educational materials about concepts that will appear on the new medical school entrance exam when it debuts in 2015. Winners will produce a new collection of tutorials on pre-health competencies. The competition was sponsored by the Association of American Medical Colleges, Khan Academy, and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. Read about all 15 winners here.


Construction could begin later this summer on the new medical and graduate education building at 104 Haven Ave. The 14-story glass tower is anticipated to open in 2016. Read about the latest developments.

P&S has a new academic department—the school's 25th. Read more about the Department of Systems Biology, chaired by Andrea Califano, PhD, the Clyde '56 and Helen Wu Professor of Chemical Biology. Read more about the department.

Columbia's College of Dental Medicine has a new dean, who joins the medical center Aug. 1. Read about Christian S. Stohler.

P&S handed out 162 MD degrees and 66 PhD degrees P&S Class of 2013, whose graduation ceremony can be watched in its entirety here. In addition, eight faculty members received teaching and research awards, including Deborah Jones'01, Penelope Boyden'79 PhD, and Andrew Wit'68 PhD. Michael Devlin'82 was presented with the Distinguished Teacher Award. Nobel Laureate Robert Lefkowitz'66 delivered the address.

Voice of America featured the P&S tradition of holding a memorial service each year to express gratitude for those who donated their bodies to science. Read the article or listen to an audio piece about the program.


"Learning to Listen," the latest book by pediatrician T. Berry Brazelton'43, was reviewed by the Wall Street Journal. Read it here.

Marvin M. Lipman'54, a founding member of the Scarsdale Medical Group, was awarded an Alumni Medal for his many years of distinguished service for the University. Read about his career here.

Steve Goldsmith'69 offered his take on DSM V in an op-ed for SouthCoast Today. Read it here.

In a Columbia article, Lynne Johnson'69 discusses attending April's Rally for Medical Research in Washington to protest sequestration of NIH funds. Read more.

An article co-authored by Henry M. Sondheimer'70, "Holistic Review – Shaping the Medical Profession One Applicant at a Time," was published in the New England Journal of Medicine in April.

Eve Slater'71 was among those named to the new Board of Directors of the Alliance for Clinical Research Excellence, a nonprofit dedicated to building an integrated global system to enhance clinical research. Read the press release here.

Clifton Latting'72, a physician who works with indigent communities in Birmingham, Ala., welcomed both his son, John Latting'13, and daughter, Valencia Latting Miller, into the fraternity of medical doctors in May. Read more here.

Karen Antman'74 was honored with the 2013 Margaret L. Kripke Legend Award for Promotion of Women in Medicine and Cancer Research, bestowed by the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center. Read about it here.

David P. Roye Jr.'75, a pediatric orthopedic surgeon, was featured in an article on Chinadaily.com for his work with the Children of China Pediatrics Foundation, providing free treatment to orphans. Dr. Roye began working with the foundation in 1988 and now visits at least once a year, including six times over the past 12 months. Read more here.

The King of Sweden presented Peter K. Gregersen'76 and two others with the 2013 Crafoord Prize in Polyarthritis. The Swedish royal court website has more.

The latest op-ed by Allen Frances'78, "What Should Doctors do When They Don't Know What to Do," was featured on the Health Care Blog, after originally appearing in his regular Huffington Post column.

Jeffrey Kahn'79 was consulted as a source for two articles: "Learning to Fly," in issue 2 of Nautilus magazine, and "Why Greed May Offer an Evolutionary Advantage," in the Los Angeles Times.

Patrick Griffin'80 was appointed chief medical officer of Synergy Pharmaceuticals, a developer of drugs to treat gastrointestinal disorders and diseases. Read more here.

Terri Hill'85 was the subject of an article on Columbia.patch.com discussing her bid to represent District 12 in the Maryland state legislature. Read the piece here.

Jessica Kandel'85 has been named professor of surgery, section chief of pediatric surgery, and surgeon-in-chief at the University of Chicago Medicine Comer Children's Hospital, effective Aug. 1, 2013. Read about her appointment here.

In a Huffington Post article, Tom Frieden'86 analyzes recent data showing that fewer Americans are struggling to pay medical bills. Read it here.

Jose Torres Gluck'87, a board-certified neurosurgeon, has joined the staff of Lakeland Regional Medical Center in Florida. Read more here.

Deborah L. Cabaniss'88, was named a Teichner Scholar for the third time by the American Academy of Psychoanalysis and Dynamic Psychiatry and the American Association of Directors of Psychiatry Residency Training. Read about it here.

Charles Gordon'88 was featured on the Northeast Public Radio program, "Medical Monday." Board certified in anesthesiology and pain management, Dr. Gordon has practiced medicine for more than 17 years. Listen to the broadcast here.

The 15-year career of Adam L. Basner'89 is being celebrated by the Plastic Surgery Center of Maryland, a cosmetic surgery practice in Baltimore. Dr. Basner, in addition to operating his private practice, teaches at Johns Hopkins Hospital and the National Cancer Institute Surgery Branch. Read more here.

Anne Davis'93, an obstetrician and gynecologist, wrote an op-ed for the Buffalo News about the Women's Equality Agenda. Read it here.

Andrew Lassman'97 was mentioned in a Sports Illustrated article by Michael Weiner, executive director of the Major League Baseball Players Association, who explained the care he received from Dr. Lassman allowed him continue working after being diagnosed with an inoperable brain tumor. Read the article here.

Two New York Times articles, one in the Diagnosis column of the Sunday magazine, and another on Well blog, mention pediatrics resident Pelton Phinizy'10, who is in training at Morgan Stanley Children's Hospital in Manhattan.

Camila Mateo'13, creator of the website Vida, or Virtual Introduction to Dominican Americans in Washington Heights and Inwood, was the subject of an article in the New York Daily News.


William Sinclair Jr.’43

Joseph R. Kuh'43

J. Howland Auchincloss Jr.'45

Robert Wheeler'45

Lillian Recant Ames'46

Richard A. Bader'46

John Lewis Paulus'49

William Holland "Bunky" Wallop'49

Leonard Brandon'52

Harold "Doc" Orvis'52

Thomas Holland’54

Arthur Like'54

Thornton Merriam'55

Gerard Kaiser'58

Martin Lawrence Sorger'60

Paul Graham'61

Mark Taylor'63

David Salim David'64

William Brewster Caskey'65

James Heroy'66

John Canada Bowen'67

Dennis Turner'69

Brain Copeland'75

Jeffrey Ben-Zvi'83

Frederick L. Brancati'85

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