Fall 2021 e-News About and For Alumni

October 28, 2021


Two VP&S students, Aomeng Cui and Amir Hassan, wrote an essay about starting medical school in the middle of a pandemic. Read the essay here.

VP&S and other CUIMC students presented their global health research during an October symposium. Read more.



VP&S is one of 11 medical schools selected to participate in the Anti-Racist Transformation in Medical Education project that seeks to dismantle systemic racism and bias in work and learning environments. Read more.

Sandra Ryeom, PhD, has been recruited from Penn to be associate dean for postdoctoral affairs and new master’s degree programs at VP&S. Read more.

Columbia and the United Negro College Fund have created the Ernest E. Just Biomedical Research Scholars @ Columbia to provide college and graduate students at historically Black colleges, universities, and medical schools with research opportunities and access to mentors at Columbia. Read more.

Three VP&S researchers were elected to the National Academy of Medicine. Read more.

A five-year, $61.7 million grant will support the continuing work of the Irving Institute for Clinical and Translational Research. Read more.

A three-year, $10 million grant from Pfizer will help Columbia establish and expand the Columbia-Pfizer Clinical Trials Diversity Initiative. Read more.



Read about why George P. Canellos’60 decided on a career in oncology.

Read about the 51-year NIH career of Bernard Talbot’62, who retired in July 2021.

Read about a book written by James K. Weber’74.

Mary Bassett’79 was named health commissioner for New York State, effective Dec. 1. Read more.

The Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai has appointed Angela Diaz’81 dean for global health, social justice, and human rights. Read more.

Ellen Gravallese’81 explains how an accidental rotation at Bassett changed the course of her medical career. Read more.

Akoya Biosciences has appointed Myla Lai-Goldman’83 to its Board of Directors. Read more.

Laura Forese’87 has been appointed to the Board of Directors of the Shubert Organization. She also will serve on the board of the Shubert Foundation. Read more.

David F.M. Brown’89 has been named president of Massachusetts General Hospital. Read more.

Hai Yan’96 PhD shared the International Prize for Translational Neuroscience 2021, presented by the Gertrud Reemtsma Foundation. Read more.

Sandy Falk’98 has been named editor-in-chief of the Merck Manuals, a free digital medical reference with versions for health care professionals and consumers. Read more.

Jennifer Ashton’00 and Anthony Fauci answered viewers’ questions about the COVID-19 vaccine during an ABC News town hall. Read more.

Saul Hymes’06 has joined Albany Med’s Department of Pediatrics. Read more.

SimpleHealth appointed Lisa Czanko’07 chief medical officer. Read more.

Read a guest essay by Daniela Lamas’08 about a patient interaction.

Becker’s Spine Review included David Wei’09 among 10 orthopedic surgeons to know. Read more.



MaryParke Manning’48

Frank Thomas’53

Frederick Pasternack’56

Robert Grossman’57

Michael Porder’58

A. John Elliot’59

Veronica Petersen’59

Paul Mosher’63

Peter Naiman’63

John Noble’63

Peter Foster Salomon’64

Cynthia McClennon Charity’76

Hendrik “Rick” Ecker’80

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