Spring 2018 e-News About and for Alumni

May 31, 2018

VP&S News

View a wrapup of the 2018 VP&S graduation, including graduation photos and highlights of the class through their years at Columbia. Read profiles of a few members of the Class of 2018.

A week before graduating, members of the Class of 2018 participated in an expanded health and wellness fair at the Fort Washington Men’s Shelter.

Read about details of the new scholarship program for incoming medical students.

Read the results of the poster session voting at the annual Student Research Day.

Students and faculty from all schools at the medical center participated in the first Interprofessional Day of Action.

The national launch of the NIH All of Us Research Program included activities in Harlem, where New Yorkers were invited to enroll in the landmark precision medicine study.

The second class of clinicians was inducted into the Academy of Clinical Excellence in May.

Match Day this year resulted in another great set of matches for the graduating class.

Read an AMA story about the simulation scenarios used to prepare VP&S students for residency.

VP&S is gearing up for the second annual Velocity bike ride to raise funds for the Columbia Herbert Irving Comprehensive Cancer Center.

Check out the new website for the Vagelos College of Physicians and Surgeons.

Three VP&S students were chosen for 2018 HHMI fellowships. Read more.

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


Watch a tribute to James Holland’47, who died in March, featured in a “Today” segment, “Life well lived.”

Jay Levy’65 visited Malawi to discuss HIV and visit HIV prevention and care programs. Read more.

Read a profile, “How a Pacemaker Made Cancer Doc a Better Clinician: The wit and wisdom of Larry Norton’72.

James Nepola’78 received the M.L. Huit Faculty Award from the University of Iowa. Read more.

Longmont United Hospital in Longmont, Colo., announced Christina Johnson’90 as the hospital’s new CEO. Read more.

Steven K. Libutti’90 was named by the business journal NJBIZ to its Power 100 list. Read more.

David P. Ryan’92 received an honorary degree at the May 25 commencement ceremony for the College of the Holy Cross, his undergraduate alma mater. Read more.

Janet Pearl’93 was recognized as a 2018 Top Doctor in Framingham, Mass. Read more.

Elizabeth Lorde-Rollins’93 joined the independent multispecialty medical group, CareMount Medical, which has more than 40 locations throughout New York’s Westchester, Putnam, Dutchess, Columbia, and Ulster counties. Read more.

Read about Shannon Hader’95’s campaign for Congress.

Matthew Cunningham’00 is on a list of spine surgeons who have both MD and PhD degrees. Read more.

Tej Phatak’01 was featured in the New York Times Magazine’s Diagnosis column. Read more.

Read about Megan Ranney’04’s experience with gun violence.

Anjail Z. Sharrief’07, assistant professor of neurology at the University of Texas, was a guest expert for a live web chat hosted by a Houston ABC TV affiliate in May. Read more.

Oluwaseun Akinbo’08 has joined the medical staff of HaysMed in Hays, Kan. Read more.

Greenwich Hospital has announced the appointment of Benjamin Vaccaro’11 to the Department of Medicine’s cardiology section. Read more.

The Christian Science Monitor asks “Can a Michigan Doctor Become America’s First Muslim Governor?” about Abdul El-Sayed’14’s campaign for the governor of Michigan. Read more.


Read about a woman’s unsuccessful attempt to gain admission to VP&S in 1888.

Virginia Apgar’33 was profiled in Women of Hopkins, an exhibit that honors female trailblazers who made a mark on society during or after their time at Johns Hopkins. Read more.

In an Atlantic article, Lena Felton discusses the legacy of her grandfather, Charles P. Felton, MD, clinical professor emeritus of medicine at Harlem Hospital Center. Read more.


Rose Ames’44

James Holland’47

Garrison Rapmund’53

Peter Ways’53

Peyton Mead’54

Sterling Tignor’57

Matthew Newman’59

Joel Kovel’61

William G. Friend’64

David Nank’64

Davida Coady’65

Nelson Banks’68


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