Spring 2020 e-News About and for Alumni

April 14, 2020


The Class of 2020 will graduate early. NYP has offered the graduates temporary jobs until their residencies begin. Read more.

Match Day this year was a virtual affair. Read more.

Read about how students organized a volunteer effort called the COVID-19 Student Service Corps.

Alex Graff, a first year VP&S student, discussed the transition to online learning in a story about the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the next generation of doctors. Read more.

Randy Casals’20 is included in a New York Post story about medical students graduating early to join the medical ranks in New York’s hospitals. He is also featured in a Time magazine article.

The New York Times reported on the impact of the pandemic on the Class of 2020. Read more.

The Broadway and North American touring companies of the musical “Come From Away” read letters of appreciation written by CUIMC students to the health care workers at New York-Presbyterian Hospital. View the video.

Aury Garcia’20 is the first Dyckman Institute Scholar to attend VP&S. The scholarship helps students from Washington Heights and Inwood attend Columbia College as undergrads. Read more.



Columbia President Lee Bollinger named Anil Rustgi, MD, interim EVP and dean when Lee Goldman ends his 14-year term at the end of June. Read more.

VP&S inducted 21 faculty members into the first class of the Academy of Community and Public Service. Read more.

“The Gene,” a Ken Burns documentary based on the book by Columbia oncologist Siddhartha Mukherjee, aired April 7 and 14 on PBS. It prominently features four other faculty members at VP&S. The documentary is offered by PBS stations on demand and at PBS.org.

For full COVID-19 information and coverage, visit the CUIMC Coronavirus Resource Center.



The Baltimore Sun wrote about Hattie Alexander and Grace Leidy, two Baltimore natives who developed the first effective treatment for influenzal meningitis while working at Columbia. Read more.

The Association of American Medical Colleges saluted 10 inspiring women during Women’s History Month. Virginia Apgar’33 was one of them. Read more.

Children’s Defense Fund founder Marian Wright Edelman wrote a remembrance of Margaret Morgan Lawrence’40. Read more.

A Florida news site wrote about America’s first African American ophthalmologist, David McDonogh, who received a posthumous MD degree from VP&S in 2018. Read more.



XenoTherapeutics has appointed Michael Yaremchuk’76 as its first chief medical officer. Read more.

Historian Gene Kopelson’77 gave a talk about Ronald Reagan’s 1968 bid to win the Republican presidential nomination. Read more.

Enteris BioPharma has named Gary A. Shangold’77 chief medical officer. Read more.

Calvin Roberts’78 has been appointed president and CEO of Lighthouse Guild, effective April 1, 2020. Read more.

Read about the surgery practice of Robert A. Aldoroty’84 MD/PhD.

Michael Egnor’84 wrote a tribute to pediatric neurosurgeon James Goodrich’80, who died from coronavirus. Read more.

Tom Frieden’86, former CDC director, wrote an opinion piece for the New York Times on what the CDC can do to slow the pandemic.

Stuart M. Levine’98 has been named president of Franklin Square Medical Center in Baltimore. Read more.

Read about the work being done by Evan Garfein’99 in a Bronx hospital’s emergency department.

Jennifer Cutts’01, chief medical & quality officer at York Hospital in Maine, answered questions about COVID-19 for a Maine newspaper. Read more.

Read about the MDBox telemedicine app developed by Reliant Immune Diagnostics, which was founded by Henry Legere’02.

Michelle Au’03 was quoted in a New York Times article about doctors on the front lines of treating patients with COVID-19. Read more.

Friends of Jenny Thompson’06, an anesthesiologist in South Carolina and Olympic gold medalist, started a fund to help her and her colleagues purchase personal protective gear. The effort was so successful she asked supporters to turn their attention to NYP. Read more.

Read an opinion piece Daniela Lamas’08 wrote about COVID-19. Also read her opinion piece about difficult decisions that might be required during the COVID-19 outbreak.

Thomas Lo’08, president of the VP&S Alumni Association, reached out to his fellow alumni to raise cash and equipment for NYC hospitals. Read more.

Uzodinma Iweala’11 was one of 10 contemporary African authors featured on Africa.com. Read more.

Ben McVane’13 wrote an opinion piece about his experience at Elmhurst Hospital in Queens during the pandemic. Read more.

Clayton Dalton’16 wrote in the New Yorker about his experience as an emergency department doctor in Boston. Read more.

Forbes wrote about the racism experienced by Lucy Li’17 during the pandemic. Read more.

Christopher Landry’19 was quoted in a New York Times opinion piece about the perspective physicians have on mortality. Read more.

Sharon Madanes’19 discussed a series of handwashing paintings that she started during her first year at VP&S. Read more.



J. George Furey’47

James Stormant’51

Anthony J. Smith’52

Julia Crocker’53

Lucy Houghton Swift’53

Leo Dunn’56 plus read the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology tribute to Dr. Dunn.

Janet Kuehner Lewtas’56

Robert Burd’63

William Arend’64

Evelyn Grollman Wolff’64

William Johnson’67

Robert Ziegler’68

Richard Kates’70

Michael Tapper’70

Alfred De Ciutiis’71

James Goodrich’80


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