Summer 2019 e-News About and for Alumni

August 29, 2019 


On Aug. 12, VP&S welcomed 140 members of the Class of 2023 to the Columbia community at the White Coat Ceremony. The event is an annual tradition for new students, who are cloaked in white coats and recite the Hippocratic Oath for the first time before their families and friends. Read more and view a video of the ceremony. The story includes a video profile of Anne Armstrong-Coben’89, the new admissions dean. Also, read profiles of a few of the new students: Cristian Pena, Lindsay Caprio, and Catherine Jennings.

Columbia’s Genetic Counseling Graduate Program has launched with an inaugural class of 12 students. The new two-year program in VP&S will immerse students in clinical genetics, counseling, communication, genomic medicine, precision medicine, and the social implications of these advancing technologies. Read more.

The Student Health Service has moved to new quarters in Tower 2. Read more.


Two alumni—Anne Armstrong-Coben’89 and Donald Quest’70—have assumed leadership positions in the VP&S admissions office. Read more.

ColumbiaDoctors and NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital have appointed David Buchholz, MD, as senior founding medical director for primary care to expand primary care services and access throughout the metropolitan area. Read more.

Crain’s New York Business selected Lorraine Frazier, PhD, dean of Columbia University School of Nursing, as one of 2019’s “Notable Women in Health Care.” Read more.

A video of Dean Lee Goldman’s 2019 State of the School presentation is available online.

Read about the annual VP&S Dean’s Honors Luncheon.

Six Columbia cancer researchers will share $500,000 in seed funding to support early-stage research projects. The new grants were made possible by proceeds raised last fall by Velocity, Columbia’s Ride to End Cancer. Read more.

Five early-career clinical investigators at VP&S have been named 2019 Irving Scholars. Read more.


The Bath Rotary Club in Maine was started by Langdon Snipe, an 1893 VP&S graduate. Read more.

Virginia Apgar’33 was named a Hero of Progress by the Foundation for Economic Education. Read more.


Margaret Morgan Lawrence’40 turned 105 on Aug. 19. Read more.

The 2019 Jacobson Innovation Award of the American College of Surgeons was presented to Henry Buchwald’57. Read more and also read a feature about him in a Minneapolis newspaper.

A New Jersey newspaper featured James R. Cole’65 in its “Extraordinary Englewood” series. Read more.

Thomas Sculco’69 received a lifetime achievement award. Read more.

Read about Valerie Rusch’75, who will become president of the American College of Surgeons in October.

Read a Philadelphia newspaper article about William C. Meyers’75 and his treatment of athletic injuries.

Steve Larmon’78 talked with a New England newspaper about his long career in medicine. Read more.

Read about the career of Andrea Schaffner’78.

Michael Devlin’82 was quoted in an article about the hidden curriculum in medical schools. Read more.

Rachel Brem’84 joined the board of directors of Delphinus Medical Technologies. Read more.

Read about cardiothoracic surgeon Thomas Lewis Matthew’85.

A Lincoln City, Oregon, hospital welcomed orthopedic surgeon Robert Blake’89. Read more.

Donald M. Thea’89, a Boston University professor, received the 2019 Horace Mann Award from Antioch College. Read more.

Christopher French’95 was one of three artists featured in a July exhibition of paintings in a Rockland, Maine, gallery. Read more.

Andrew Cheng’95 PhD/’96 MD has been appointed to the board of directors of Arbutus Biopharma. Read more.

Regulus Therapeutics announced the appointment of Simos Simeonidis’00 PhD to its board of directors. Read more.

Cure Pharmaceutical has appointed Lauren Chung’01 PhD to its board of directors. Read more.

Nsikan Akpan’12 PhD was science producer on a “PBS NewsHour” series that received a Peabody Award.



J. William Silverberg’50

Paul F. Gulyassy’54

Glenn Langer’54

Lawrence P. Green’58

Donald Lindberg’58 (Also read the New York Times story.)

Robert Van Cleve’58

Carl Weiss’58

Mark Izard’59

James A. Quinn’74

Jonathan Strongin’82


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