Fall 2019 e-News About and for Alumni

December 4, 2019


A new first responders course showed 20 first-year medical students how to do CPR, how to clear a blocked airway, how to respond to allergies, and more. Read more.

More than 50 students from across CUIMC spent the summer conducting projects through the Program for Education in Global and Population Health (Global Pop). The students came together in September to discuss their research. Read more.



The 2019 Nature Index Annual Tables named CUIMC the top health care institution for scientific research. Read more.

Two experts in inflammatory bowel disease have joined VP&S. Read more.

Columbia University presented the 2019 Naomi Berrie Award for Outstanding Achievement in Diabetes Research to Alvin C. Powers, MD, director of the diabetes center at Vanderbilt University. Read more.

A clinical neonatologist and developmental neuroscientist from Children’s National Hospital in Washington, D.C., has been named chief of neonatology at VP&S. Read more.

An NIH researcher has joined VP&S as chief of allergy, immunology, and rheumatology in the Department of Pediatrics. Read more.

A new center will be established at VP&S to coordinate information that can answer questions about the ethical, legal, and social implications of genetics. Read more.

A house call program established in 2017 by the nurse practitioner group at Columbia’s nursing school offers comprehensive in-home primary care for home-bound Washington Heights/Inwood patients who are unable to leave their homes due to health issues. Read more.

View other VP&S and CUIMC news in the CUIMC Newsroom.



The late Herbert Kleber, a national leader in drug addiction treatment and a Columbia faculty member for nearly two decades, was honored with a Google Doodle on Oct. 1, 2019. Read more.

An article titled “Dr. Spock’s timeless lessons in parenting” was published by several media sites in September. Benjamin Spock received his MD from Columbia in 1929. Read more.



Ludwig Gutmann’59 received the American Academy of Neurology Award for Creative Expression of Human Values in Neurology for a short story published in the journal Neurology. You can hear him read the story here.

Read about urologist Nicholas Romas’62.

Harris Berman’64 will step down as dean of the Tufts University School of Medicine after 10 years. Read more.

Robert Lefkowitz’66 wrote an op-ed in the New York Times about the importance of doctors participating in medical research. Read more.

Harold Varmus’66 was the featured speaker at a presentation of research conducted through Columbia’s Program for Education in Global and Population Health. Read more.

Thomas Woodcock’70 has retired from the Norton Cancer Institute, an organization he founded in 1994. Read more.

Read an opinion piece written by Jane Orient’74 about the stethoscope.

The American College of Surgeons installed thoracic surgeon Valerie W. Rusch’75 as its 100th president. Read more.

The New York Academy of Medicine honored Mary T. Bassett’79 for outstanding contributions to her field. Read more.

Read about Oheneba Boachie-Adjei’80 and his return to Ghana to open a hospital. Also read about how he received a Black Star GUBA Award this year for his contributions to medicine.

Read about gastroenterologist Janet Reiser’85.

George D. Yancopoulos’86 PhD/’87 MD received the Alexander Hamilton Medal, the highest honor given to a member of the Columbia College community for distinguished service and accomplishment. Read more.

The American Society of Anesthesiologists presented Judith Hellman’89 with its 2019 Excellence in Research Award. Read more.

Jose A. Rodriguez’89 was among the new fellows inducted into the New York Academy of Medicine at its annual meeting in November. Read more.

Read about urologist Matthew Tobin’90.

Judith Korner’92 PhD/’93 MD was appointed to the Scientific Advisory Board for the biopharma business unit of Applied BioPharma. Read more.

Columbia University elected Jonathan Rosand’94 to its Board of Trustees. Read more.

The Torrington, Connecticut, newspaper wrote about the Air Force career of Catherine Takacs Witkop’97. Read more.

Matt Iseman’98 is hosting “Live Rescue,” a documentary series on the A&E Network. Read more. Also read about him in the Princeton University newspaper.

Sierra Oncology has appointed Gaurav Aggarwal’00 to its board of directors. Read more.

A Houston newspaper featured an article and slide show about Theodore Shybut’04. Read more.

Mark Landreneau’12 has joined Stamford Health’s network in Connecticut. Read more.

Gary Linkov’12 has joined the Haute Beauty network as its newest expert in facial plastic surgery. Read more.

A Bermuda news site wrote about Kiley Trott’13. Read more.

Abdul El-Sayed’14 visited Boston College recently to speak about public health in urban communities. Read more.

Graystone Eye in Hickory, North Carolina, welcomed Jennifer Lira’15 to its team. Read more.

Andrew Anzalone’16 PhD/’17 MD developed a new CRISPR technique. Read more.



Theodore Van Itallie’45

Horace Shaffer’46

James Malm’49

Donald Gent’52

George Douglas Richards’53

Joseph Stocks’55

John S. Wilson’55

Howard Radwin’56

Thomas J. McDonagh’57

Uriel Barzel’58

Thomas M. Shea’58

Allan Lawrence Toole’58

Max Kahn’75

Christopher Allegra’99 PSY


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