Spring/Summer 2014 e-News For Alumni


Graduation 2014: Read about the ceremony and read profiles of a few graduates. Another graduate, triathlon competitor Dan Jones, was profiled in a Columbia Spectator article.

Read about this year’s residency match and see results of the 2014 match.

Two students who died in 2013 have been honored through scholarships. Stephanie Liem Azar’15 will be remembered through the Stephanie Liem Azar Community and Immigrant Health Leadership Scholarship. Jimmy Watts’16 will be remembered through the Jimmy Watts Leadership Scholarship for Community & Immigrant Health.

Andrew Zheng, a P&S student who started with the Class of 2015, is among 70 medical and veterinary students who will do laboratory research for a full year as participants in the Howard Hughes Medical Institute Medical Research Fellows Program.

Read about the 2014 P&S research day, which featured 54 posters about research by MD and MD/PhD students.

Watch a video about “Me Too Monologues,” a theatrical performance that portrayed experiences medical center students have had in exploring identity through race, religion, gender, sexuality, culture, or nationality.


Read about the inaugural Virginia Kneeland Frantz’22 lecture.

Read about the fifth annual CUMC Fine Art Exhibition, which includes 244 works of art by 77 CUMC artists, including David Forrest’64.

The digital anatomy manual developed by students and faculty is now available on iBooks.

The medical center bookstore plans a move to Haven Avenue.  


Read a Q&A with Ephraim Engleman’37.

Roger Unger’47 has been awarded the 2014 Rolf Luft Award for his identification of glucagon as a pancreatic hormone that raises blood sugar levels, having the opposite effect of insulin.

The International Association of HealthCare Professionals selected Ralph Nathaniel Wharton’57 to represent psychiatry in its publication, “The Leading Physicians of the World.” 

Robert Goodman’66 has joined the board of directors of iCAD Inc., a provider of advanced image analysis, workflow solutions, and radiation therapies for the early identification and treatment of cancer.

Nobel Prize winner Robert Lefkowitz’66 visited his high school alma mater, Bronx Science.

The National Resident Matching Program Board of Directors elected Carol Berkowitz’69 as one of its three new members.

Donald O. Quest’70 received one of Columbia University’s Alumni Medals at commencement this year.

MedPage Today posed 10 questions about health care to Jane Orient’74.

Robert Siegel’81 is now medical director of the oncology program at Bon Secours St. Francis Health System.

Peter Honig’82 joined the board of directors of Celladon Corporation, a clinical-stage biotechnology company.

Read a feature about Albert Ruenes Jr.’88 and his work in international urology.

Ainat Beniaminovitz’90 has been recognized as a Castle Connolly's Top Doctor in the New York metro area.

Read bout Richard Obedian’93, an orthopedic surgeon in Hicksville, N.Y., on the importance of mentoring.

Benjamin Spencer’94 has joined the Mount Kisco Medical Group.

Dariush Mozaffarian’95 has been named dean of the Gerald J. and Dorothy R. Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy at Tufts University.

Cary Chapman’98 has been recognized among Castle Connolly’s Top Doctors for the New York region in 2014.

View a video about research by Stephen Tsang’98 that could kick start efforts to find personalized treatments for age-related macular degeneration.

Ami Vaidya’99 is a finalist in the NJBiz Healthcare Heroes awards program.

Michael Devlin’82 was named teacher of the year by the graduating class for the second consecutive year.

Read a Q&A with Allegra Broft’01, an expert on eating disorders.

Benjamin Lebwohl’03 and Elaine Wan’05 were named Gerstner Scholars at P&S this year.

Austin Chiang’11 was one of 12 finalists in the MedTech Boston Google Glass Challenge; his submission, “Procedure Bank,” described how surgeons, gastroenterologists, pulmonologists, interventional radiologists, and cardiologists could film their procedures from the operator perspective.


Alfred Lenzner’43

Charles “Dave” Price’44

William L. Sands’46

Stanley Braham’47

Hiromichi Narahara’47

John C. Wilsey’47

Robert Graham Bosworth Jr.’48

Horace Crary’48

Nicholas Christy’51

Wallace V. Epstein’52

Joseph “Skoot” Dimon’53

Herbert Poch’53

Benjamin Wright’53

Philip Brickner’54

John Ellison’54

Ray Charles Wunderlich’55

Joseph Sweeting’56

William P. “Peter” Weiss’56

Donald Wilcox’58

Dean Wood’63

Virginia Biddle’65

Henry Selvey’66

J. Steven McDougal’71


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