Winter 2021 e-News About and For Alumni

March 2, 2021


The 142 students in the VP&S Class of 2023 celebrated their transition to patient-centered training during the virtual Steven Z. Miller Student Clinician’s Ceremony in January. Read more.



Monica L. Lypson, MD, will join VP&S in June as vice dean for education. Read more.

VP&S was No. 5 among medical schools in NIH funding for federal fiscal year 2020. It is the school’s highest ranking ever. Read more.

A new primary care practice opened on the Upper West Side in November. Read more.

The Kenneth A. Forde Diversity Alliance honored members of the VP&S community who are dedicated to supporting diversity and minority health in medical education and patient care. Read more.

To read about the COVID-19 vaccination program at Columbia and NewYork-Presbyterian, including photos of the first vaccinations given in December, information about rap videos to address vaccine hesitancy, and stories of vaccine volunteers, head to the COVID-19 page in the CUIMC Newsroom.

The Department of Obstetrics & Gynecology published a book of week-by-week statistics, essays, and photos about being in the “epicenter of the epicenter” during the first two months of the pandemic’s arrival in New York City. Read more.



The grandson of founding father Alexander Hamilton, Allan McLane Hamilton, graduated from P&S in 1870 and became a prominent forensic psychiatrist. Read more.

Read about the legacy of Virginia Apgar’33.



Read about the Florida practice of Andrew Ferber’59.

A memoir written by Robert Lefkowitz’66 was covered in the Times of Israel and in a Duke University story. (An excerpt will be published in the Spring/Summer 2021 issue of Columbia Medicine magazine.)

The University of Arizona wrote about how Jeffrey Fisher’69 is sharing his 45 years of knowledge with the next generation of health care providers. Read more.

Stealth BioTherapeutics Corp has appointed Eve E. Slater’71 to its Board of Directors. Read more.

Daniel Von Hoff’73 will receive the inaugural American Association for Cancer Research Daniel D. Von Hoff Award for Outstanding Contributions to Education and Training in Cancer Research. He will receive the award at the April meeting of the association. Read more.

Read about the career of Bill Meyers’75.

Read about the career of transplant surgeon Velma Scantlebury’81.

Read about the work of George Yancopoulos’86 PhD/’87 MD at Regeneron.

Read about the career of James Spencer’88.

Seward Rutkove’89 is the new chair of the Department of Neurology at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center. Read more.

Paul Thesiger’93 is a plastic surgeon in Chevy Chase, Maryland. Read more.

The American Roentgen Ray Society named Sanjeev Bhalla’94 its 2021 Distinguished Educator. Read more. He also joined the Radiological Society of North America Board of Directors as liaison for education. Read more.

W. Murray Buttner’94 writes about his experience at a community health center in the Aleutian Islands.

Hillary Kunins’96 has joined the San Francisco Department of Public Health as director of behavioral health services and mental health. Read more.

Cary Chapman’98 has joined the Miami Orthopedics & Sports Medicine Institute. Read more.

Mark Hanna’99 received an award given by his orthopedics practice in Georgia. Read more.

Surface Oncology has named Robert Ross’99 president and CEO. Read more.

A Disney website named Jennifer Ashton’00 one of the “top 10 Most Fascinating Disney People” for her work on pandemic communications across all platforms of ABC News, which is part of the Walt Disney Company.

The Providence, Rhode Island, newspaper wrote about the work by Megan Ranney’04 on the front lines of the COVID-19 pandemic. Read more.

Hooman Kamel’05 received a 2020 Joseph A. Vita Award from the American Heart Association. Read more.

Jenny Thompson’06 wrote a story in Sports Illustrated about another physician and athlete, Laurent Duvernay-Tardif, who traded in his football gear for medical scrubs to help in the pandemic.

USA Equities Corp. appointed Björn Herman’07 to its advisory board. Read more.

Read a Q&A that includes Julia Iyasere’08 discussing NewYork-Presbyterian’s new center for health justice.

Read about the practice built by Catherine Chang’11.

Read about the efforts by Daniel Neghassi’11 to address vaccine hesitancy.

Kasey Grewe’16 shared in an Atlantic article a selection of emails she sent in spring 2020 while working as an anesthesiology resident in a New York hospital affected by COVID-19.



Adele Vail’44

Edwin Hoyt Updike’49

Robert Jampel’50

Theresa Siebert’51

Jack G. Shiller’52

Judith Tobin’52

Alfred Azzoni’54

William T. Caldwell’54

John H. Hobart’54

John Ramsdell’54

Paul Cushman’55

Alexander Kessler’55

Janet Elderkin Azzoni’56

Edward Danielski’57

Marcia Ann Kepler-Bilbao’57

Bert Horwitz’58

Augustus Middleton’59

Arthur Meyerson’61

Paul T. Wilson’61

Forrest Weight’62

Arthur "Sandy" Linwood Brown II’63

David Kem’63

Edward Jones’70

Barry Massie’70

Candace Walworth’70

Peter Migel’71

Andrew G. Israel’76

Mark Steiner’78

Fred Moore Carter II’86


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