Summer 2022 E-News About and for Alumni

The Summer 2022 e-newsletter has news about Columbia's medical center, its medical school, and alumni throughout the United States.

Student News

  • Members of the incoming Class of 2026 received their white coats at the annual Arnold P. Gold White Coat Ceremony. The class is the most diverse class in the school’s history: 31% belong to groups underrepresented in medicine. Read more about the class and this year’s ceremony.
  • Incoming medical and dental students participated in the Dígame Bienvenidos program before the start of the school year. The four-day orientation program introduces new students to the history, culture, and contemporary issues of the Washington Heights community. Read more.
  • The VP&S Class of 2022 had an in-person graduation in May. Read about his year’s ceremony, profiles of a few members of the graduating class, and a story about a random act of kindness by a medical center employee volunteering at graduation.

VP&S and CUIMC News

  • The corner of 169th Street and Broadway has been co-named Coogan’s Way in recognition of the beloved Washington Heights bar and restaurant, Coogan’s, which closed permanently in March 2020 during the pandemic. Read more.
  • Scientists at Columbia have joined the regional consortium of academic and industry partners to accelerate the development of new drugs that target SARS-CoV-2, other coronaviruses, and viruses that could lead to future pandemics. Read more.
  • Rosa Lee, MD, has been named senior associate dean for curricular affairs at VP&S. Read more.
  • The Herbert Irving Comprehensive Cancer Center’s Diversity, Equity and Inclusion office and Community Outreach and Engagement office offered a new summer program that provided middle and high school students in nearby neighborhoods with hands-on lab experiments to study cancer. Read more.
  • Nearly three dozen students from historically Black colleges and universities joined Columbia biomedical research laboratories for a summer of science as part of the medical center’s newest summer program, the Ernest E. Just Biomedical Research Scholars @ Columbia program. Read more.

Read more news in the CUIMC Newsroom.

Of Historic Interest

  • During the demolition of a building in Delaware, a time capsule from 1953 was discovered in the date stone of the old Drew Educational Support Center. When it was opened, multiple shrines to Charles Richard Drew’40 Med ScD were found. Read more.
  • The Archives & Special Collections blog, Primary Sources, published a guest blog written by Jingwen Zhang’23 about the medical school’s first female Asian American graduate, Megumi Yamaguchi Shinoda’33.  Learn more about this pioneering woman who had a long, fruitful career in the Japanese American community of Los Angeles.

A Selection of Class Notes

  • Read about Karen Antman’74, former director of Columbia’s Herbert Irving Comprehensive Cancer Center, in a profile published in celebration of the 50-year anniversary of the cancer center.  
  • The David Roye, MD, Pride Visiting Medical Student Scholarship has been established with a seed gift from David Roye’75Read more.  
  • published an op-ed by New York State Health Commissioner Mary T. Bassett’79 about her personal abortion story. Read more.  
  • Steven Orland’81 is president of the Medical Society of New Jersey. Read more. 
  • Read about why Seth Lederman’83 moved from academia to biotech.
  • Gary Frishman’85 has joined Boston IVF. Read more. 
  • Dineo Khabele’94 is the first Black department chair at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis. Read more.
  • Chapters Health System has named Tara Friedman’97 chief medical officer. Read more.
  • Robert Ross’99 has been appointed to the board of directors of Xilio Therapeutics. Read more.
  • Simos Simeonidis’00 PhD has joined the Ally Bridge Group as co-CEO and co-chief investment officer. Read more. 
  • Englewood Health in New Jersey has named Peter Shin’05 chief of medicine. Read more.
  • Michael L. Loftus’07 has been appointed senior vice president and chief medical and quality officer for Cooperman Barnabas Medical Center in Livingston, New Jersey. Read more.
  • Berkshire Health Systems in Massachusetts appointed Clayton Peterson’07 to the medical staff of Berkshire Medical Center and the physician staff of Berkshire Surgical Services of BMC. Read more. 
  • Read two guest essays that Daniela Lamas’08 wrote for the New York Times: an essay about hospitals in transition and an essay about decisions in the ICU
  • Taison Bell’09 was a keynote speaker at the University of Virginia’s Finals Weekend. Read more. 
  • Norrisa Haynes’13 has joined Yale’s section of cardiovascular medicine. Read more.
  • Lucy Bailey’15 is an ophthalmologist affiliated with Houston Eye Associates in Texas. Read more. 
  • Zachary L. Gitlin’15 has joined Martha’s Vineyard Hospital. Read more.
  • Kara Marshall’16 PhD has been named a McNair Scholar at Baylor University. Read more. 
  • Publishers Weekly has included Anna DeForest’17 among its list of Writers to Watch Fall 2022. Read more. 

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