Spring/Summer/Fall 2015 e-News For Alumni

December 4, 2015


Two P&S students were named 2015-16 medical research fellows by the Howard Hughes Medical Institute. Joseph Bayne and Arin Kim are conducting a full year of mentored biomedical research training, Mr. Bayne at P&S and Ms. Kim at Harvard. Read more.

Students participate in the P&S Asylum Clinic to help asylum seekers in the New York City metropolitan area gain access to pro bono medical evaluations. Read more and view a video about the clinic here.

P&S students visit local classrooms as part of the Young Docs program. They recently visited Inwood Academy for Leadership. Read more and see photos here.

The Bard Hall Players participated in a segment on Comedy Central’s “Daily Show with Jon Stewart” about Florida legislation that prevents doctors from discussing gun safety for children with their patients. View the clip.

Two P&S students have reconnected after they appeared on an Ohio TV show, “Academic Challenge,” which featured high school and middle school students. Joe Shivers won the 2006 Academic Challenge championship. Manish Mehta won the championship in 2009. Both entered P&S with the Class of 2017. Read more.

Read about the Class of 2019’s White Coat Ceremony and view a video in the CUMC Newsroom.



Four Columbians were honored at this year’s Dr. Kenneth A. Forde Diversity Alliance Reception. Professor emeritus Gerald Thomson received the inaugural Kenneth A. Forde Diversity Alliance Lifetime Achievement Award. Read more.

The Columbia School of Nursing has topped off its new building at the corner of 168th Street and Audubon Avenue. The building is expected to be completed in 2017. Read more.

The College of Dental Medicine received a Higher Education Excellence in Diversity for the second year. The national honor recognizes colleges and universities that demonstrate a commitment to diversity and inclusion. Read more.



Lewis Elias’49 was featured in a Miami Herald article about his 90th birthday.

Albert Starr’49 received the 2015 Grand Prix Scientifique from the Institut de France at a June 3 ceremony in Paris. Read more.

Henry Buchwald’57 was featured in a Columbia College Today Alumni Profile about his work to promote healthy lifestyles and weight management for former professional football players.

Donald Lindberg’58 has retired after 31 years as director of the National Library of Medicine. Read more and see the NIH director’s statement about Dr. Lindberg.

The 80th birthday of Ed Hendricks’61 was covered in his local newspaper. Read more.

John Mulliken’64 was honored for lifetime achievement at the 2015 National Physician of the Year Awards. Read more.

Cardiology Today profiled Nathaniel Reichek’65 as a pioneer in the development of cardiac MRI. Read more.

Arnold L. Oronsky’68 PhD, was appointed to the board of directors of Sera Prognostics, a women's health care company. Read more.

Peter Budetti’70 has joined the law firm Phillips & Cohen. Read more.

Henry Kronenberg’70 is president-elect of the Endocrine Society. Read more.

Judith Palfrey’71 answered five questions posed by Harvard Medicine magazine. Read more.

Robert “Robin” Ryder’72 is now county health officer for Mariposa County in California. Read more.

Stuart Hamilton’75 was one of 12 notable South Carolinians celebrated when the AT&T 2016 South Carolina African-American History Calendar was unveiled. Read more. Also view a video of Dr. Hamilton discussing community organizing.

The governor of Mississippi named Alfred McNair’75 to the Board of Trustees of State Institutions of Higher Learning. Read more.

Valerie Rusch’75 was elected chair of the Board of Regents of the American College of Surgeons during the college’s annual clinical congress in Chicago in October. Read more.

Paul Aisen’79 is founding director of University of Southern California Alzheimer’s Therapeutic Research Institute in San Diego. Read more.

Paul Brandt-Rauf’79 received the 2015 Allan Rosenfield Alumni Award for Excellence from the Mailman School of Public Health at Columbia. Read more.

Marie Csete’79 has become president of Huntington Medical Research Institute in Pasadena, Calif. Read more.

Ira Jacobson’79 was appointed chair of the Department of Medicine at Mount Sinai Beth Israel  in New York City. Read more.

View a CNN African Voices video about Oheneba Boachie-Adjei’80 opening an orthopedic hospital in his native Ghana. 

Richard S. Downey’80 is part of an expansion of the Mercy Health Muskegon's Open Heart Surgery Program. Read more.

Daniel Sessler’80 joined the scientific advisory board of Medasense. Read more.

Read an article about Velma Scantlebury’81, the nation’s first black female transplant surgeon.

Joel Landzberg’83 was named the new president and governor of the New Jersey Chapter of the American College of Cardiology. Read more.

Maria Oquendo’84 discusses the road to becoming the first Latina American Psychiatric Association president-elect. Read more.

Scott Shikora’85 became executive vice president of medical affairs and chief medical officer of EnteroMedics in June. Read more.

Jose Davila’86 was elected secretary-treasurer for Doctors Hospital, part of Baptist Health South Florida. Read more.

CDC Director Tom Frieden’86 spoke about Ebola when he delivered the 2015 David Packard Award Lecture at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences in March. Read more.

Minas Constantinides’87 has joined a Texas medical and cosmetic dermatology practice. Read more.

Laura Forese’87 has been appointed to the board of directors of Cantel Medical Corp. Read more.

Anne Armstrong-Coben’89 was featured in a New Jersey newspaper profile.

Fadlo Khuri’89 is the new president of the American University of Beirut. Read more.

Cowen Group Inc. announced that Chris Shibutani’89 joined Cowen and Company’s equity research department as a managing director to cover biotechnology stocks. Read more.

William Wassynger’89 joined Mercy Cardiology Associates in southern Illinois. Read more.

Hal Blumenfeld’90 PhD/’92 MD was named the Mark Loughridge and Michele Williams Professor of Neurology at Yale. Read more.

Craig Samitt’90 joined Anthem Inc. in a new role, chief clinical officer. Read more.

Frank Schwab’90 was appointed chief of the spine service at the Hospital for Special Surgery in New York City. Read more.

Todd Wider’90 was elected to the board of directors of PlasmaTech Biopharmaceuticals Inc. Read more.

Paul Re’91 was honored for 15 years of service at Emerson Hospital in Concord, Mass. Read  more.

New Yorker magazine called John Krakauer’92 a neuroscientist and neurologist “who is trying to radically change the way we approach stroke rehabilitation.” Read more.

William B. Macaulay Jr.’92 was appointed director of orthopedic surgery and sports medicine at NewYork-Presbyterian/Lawrence Hospital in Bronxville, N.Y. Read more.

Kevin Williams’94 received the 2015 Distinguished Alumnus Award from his high school in Georgia. Read more.

Alison Nohara’95 has joined Health Quest Medical Practice in Poughkeepsie, N.Y., to lead its new neurointerventional surgery division. Read more.

Gilead Sciences Inc. has promoted Andrew Cheng’95 PhD/’96 MD to executive vice president for HIV therapeutics and development operations. Read more.

Julie Lin’96 has joined Dimension Therapeutics Inc. as head of rare disease clinical development. Read more.

Michael Stubblefield’96 joined the Kessler Institute for Rehabilitation. Read more.

Navarra Rodriguez’97 is chief medical informatics officer at AdvantageCare Physicians in the New York metro area. Read more.

Ross Henshaw’98 is one of four doctors at Danbury Orthopedics who were named to the “Top Docs” list by Connecticut Magazine. Read more.

Rebecca Lambert’98 has joined the board of directors of Friends of Foster Children of Southwest Florida. Read more.

Shahid R. Aziz’99 has been named a fellow ambassador by the New York Academy of Medicine. Read more.

Jennifer Ashton’00 hosts a new ABC radio series, “Your Body,” about women’s health. Read more.

Leland Gershell’00 PhD/’02 MD discusses how he went from an MD/PhD degree to a career in industry. Read more.

Architectural Digest wrote about a New York gallery ceramics installation by Christopher Adams’04, a Boston dermatologist. Read more.

Sydelle Ross’04 was the keynote speaker at an “African American: Women Who Change the Game” event in March. Read more

The New York Daily News covered the recovery of a Long Island teenager who suffered a spinal injury at Jones Beach. Elizabeth Fontana’06 was the surgeon. Read the article.

Timothy Mui’06 joined the Cornerstone Family Practice in Flemington, N.J. Read more.

Naimey Wilson’06 wrote an article about the secret world of female surgeons. Read more.

Joe Mayer’11 was featured in a Wired article about an app he developed to improve patient care. Read more.

P.J. Lukac’12 is featured in a survivor profile in Cancer Today magazine.

A New York Times article describes how Suchita Shah’12 met her fiancé—and the role played by the 2008 “Jeopardy” College Championship on television. Read more.

Science News magazine wrote about the research of Priya Rajasethupathy’12 PhD/’13 MD.

Abdul El-Sayed’14 is the new executive director of Detroit’s Department of Health & Wellness Promotion. Read more and read a November Detroit Free Press article.

Jenna Otter’15 and her father were featured in a reenactment on ABC’s “In an Instant” of the moment they came face-to-face with an angry mother grizzly bear. Read more and view the full episode.

Loren Rabinowitz’15, a former U.S. novice and junior ice dance champion, was featured in an article on the icenetwork website.



Michael Bruno’45

John Howkins’46

Robert Stragnell’47

Ralph Lusskin’48

Harold Unger’48

Milford Fulop’49

Arthur Malin’49

Robert Pastel’49

Aimee Diefenbach Larkin’50

Clark Collins’51

Stephen Krane’51  

Vincent Perna’53

Alfred Azzoni’54

Anneliese Sitarz’54

William Healey’56

Howard Nay’56

Clyde Wu’56

Michael Farr Bryson’57

Harvey Zarem’57

Jonathan Pincus’60

Albert Lesneski’63

William B. Parmer’72

Coverage of the Columbia memorial service for Edgar Housepain’53 can be found here.


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