Summer 2018 e-News About and for Alumni

September 7, 2018

VP&S News

This year’s Arnold P. Gold White Coat Ceremony marked its 25th anniversary as VP&S welcomed 140 students into the Class of 2022.

Read interviews with two new department chairs, Jordan Orange, chair of pediatrics, and Angela Mills, chair of the newly created emergency medicine department.

VP&S will begin admitting students next year for a new two-year master’s program in genetic counseling.

Read about this year’s Summer Research Program for Science Teachers, now in its 29th year of offering NYC area science teachers opportunities to conduct research with faculty mentors for two summers.

Read more news in the CUIMC Newsroom.


Read an excerpt from a new book about 1925 graduate Anna Ward Perkins, “A Good and Noble Thing: The Pioneering Life and Service of Anna Ward Perkins, M.D.,” by Gerard A. Finin. Listen to the author talk about Dr. Perkins in a podcast posted by the Altamont Enterprise News.

Read about a Google doodle that honored Virginia Apgar’33. Dr. Apgar also was included in a Reader’s Digest article, “21 Women Pioneers Who Changed the World.”

Read about Walker Percy’41 in the New Orleans Tricentennial special project, 300 for 300.     

A recent donation sheds some light on baseball at the medical center in 1935. Read more at Primary Sources, the blog of the medical center’s Archives & Special Collections.

The Quarterly Magazine, the journal of the Columbia University-Presbyterian Hospital School of Nursing Alumni Association, has been digitized. The journal was published from 1906 to 1952.


The Prix Galien USA Committee announced the renaming of the Prix Galien Pro Bono Humanum Award for individual service to improve the state of human health in honor of P. Roy Vagelos’54. Read more.  

Dennis Carson’70 has joined the new scientific advisory board of Dynavax Technologies. The board has six members who have made notable contributions to the fields of oncology and immunology. Read more.

Linda Sacks’73 was awarded the Helping Hands Volunteer Award at the National Safe Place Network conference. Read more.

Daniel Von Hoff’73 has been appointed a pancreatic cancer adviser on the immuno-oncology clinical advisory board of BioXcel Therapeutics. Read more.

Rogsbert Phillips-Reed’77 received this year’s Rosa Parks Award from the American Association for Access, Equity and Diversity. Read more.

Mary Bassett’79 left her position as New York City health commissioner to join Harvard. Read more.

Kimberly A. Yonkers’86 has been named leader of the psychological medicine section within the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Health at Yale New Haven Hospital. Read more.

Christopher Caldarone’88 was appointed chief of congenital heart surgery at Texas Children’s Hospital. Read more.

Linda Jackson’89 has joined the new orthopedic surgery department at Preston Memorial Hospital in West Virginia. Read more.

Craig Samitt’90 was named president and CEO of Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota. Read more.

Mary G. Diana’92 has joined the Poughkeepsie practice of Hudson Valley OBGYN. Read more.

Jonathan Chen’94 has joined Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia as chief of cardiothoracic surgery. Read more.

Jason Lipetz’94 was appointed to the scientific advisory board of BioRestorative Therapies. Read more.

Matt Iseman’98, host of TV’s “American Ninja Warrior” and winner of season 15 of “The New Celebrity Apprentice,” has been using his influence to bring awareness and treatment options to the 54 million Americans living with doctor-diagnosed arthritis. Read more.

Anne Michels’00 has joined USC Student Health as a full-time gynecologist. Dr. Michels also holds a faculty appointment USC’s Keck Medicine. Read more.

Allison Hill-Edgar’03 presented a lecture about Leonardo da Vinci, “The Human Body, Earthly and Divine,” at the Fenimore Art Museum. Read more.

Alexandra Spessot’05 has been named chief medical officer for Monarch, a non-profit that provides services and support to people with intellectual and developmental disabilities, mental illness, and substance use disorders. Read more.

Saral Mehra’07 joined the surgery department’s section of otolaryngology at Greenwich Hospital. Read more.

Read about a newly published book by Daniela Lamas’08, “You Can Stop Humming Now: A Doctor’s Stories of Life, Death, and In Between.”

Jason Van Batavia’09 was selected as the grand prize winner of the Diokno-Lapides Essay Contest for his breakthrough research on urodynamics and neurology. Read more.

Marie Roguski’10 has joined MelroseWakefield Hospital in Melrose, Mass. Read more.

Loren Rabinowitz’15 wrote a perspective titled “Recognizing Blind Spots — A Remedy for Gender Bias in Medicine?” in the New England Journal of Medicine. Read more.

The Casper, Wyo., newspaper has launched an op-ed series highlighting 10 young writers from Wyoming. Among them is John Updike’18, a Wyoming native who has started a psychiatry residency at Stanford. Read more


Alexander Caemmerer Jr.’47

William Sherpick’48

Donald Brown’55

Daniel Pettee’55

Arthur Verdesca’55

Donald M. Gleason’56

William Rhangos’57

Daniel Collins’58

Jules White’58

William V. Shaw’59

Warner V. Slack’59

Herman Frankel’62

Michael Ehrlich’63 - Watch a video tribute.

Diane Stone’70

Frederick R. Dietz’77

Timothy Aliff’96


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