Summer 2023 E-News About and for Alumni

The Summer 2023 e-newsletter has news about Columbia's medical school, its students, and its alumni throughout the United States.

Student News

  • Graduation 2023: More than 200 MD and PhD graduates received degrees during May’s ceremony. Atul Gawande, MD, was the speaker. Read more.
  • Hueyjong Shih’23 was included in a story about this year’s Columbia University Irving Medical Center graduates. Also read a profile of Dr. Shih.
  • Dylan Kim, a VP&S student, was one of two former student athletes to receive a 2023 Walter Byers Graduate Scholarship, which recognizes individuals who combine the best elements of mind and body to achieve national distinction and to be future leaders in their chosen field. An NCAA committee that oversees the scholarship chose Kim, a fencer Princeton University, where he received a degree in chemistry. Read more.
  • The New York Times wrote about this year’s ceremony honoring individuals who donated their bodies to VP&S to help educate medical students. Read more.
  • Read about the Q Clinic, launched in 2015 by VP&S students and family medicine faculty.

VP&S and CUIMC News

  • The VP&S education office has appointed three faculty to new roles in the student affairs office and the newly renamed Office of Student Diversity, Inclusion and Belonging. Read more.
  • Read about narrative medicine, a field founded at Columbia by Rita Charon, MD, PhD.

Read more news in the CUIMC Newsroom.

Of Historic Interest

  • Megumi Yamaguchi Shinoda’33, Daniel S.J. Choy’49, and Clyde Y.C. Wu’56 were included in a Columbia story about the contributions of VP&S Asian American and Pacific Islander alumni and physicians. Read more.
  • The Apgar Score, created by Virginia Apgar’33, continues to be of interest. Read more.
  • Bacitracin has been around for 80 years. Read about its beginnings at VP&S.

A Selection of Class Notes

  • Read a story about three generations of female doctors, including Marilyn Heins’55.
  • John H. Glick’69 delivered the keynote address at the 2023 Drexel University College of Medicine graduation in May. Read more.
  • Read about the work of Calvin Roberts’78, president and CEO of Lighthouse Guild.
  • The Hospital for Special Surgery honored Frank P. Cammisa Jr.'82 with a Lifetime Achievement Award. Read more.
  • Donna J. Formichella’82 was one of five Providence College alumni to receive honorary degrees at the college’s commencement in May. Read more.
  • Mercy BioAnalytics has appointed Myla Lai-Goldman’83 to its Board of Directors. Read more.
  • Pamela Ann Weber’84 has joined Vitreoretinal Consultants of NY. Read more.
  • Jeffrey C. Paccione’89 has joined Vitreoretinal Consultants of NY. Read more.
  • The Pennsylvania Medical Society’s Everyday Hero Award was presented to Michael Marvin’92. Read more.
  • A new documentary features Karen Kinsell’93. Read more and view a trailer for the film.
  • Read an interview with Yvonne Carter’95 about her career as a surgeon.
  • The Healthcare Technology Report included Erik Lium’97 PhD among its list of the top 25 health care technology leaders of New York for 2023. Read more.
  • Catherine “Trina” Salva’99 received the Robert Dunning Dripps Memorial Award for Excellence in Graduate Medical Education from the University of Pennsylvania. Read more.
  • The “Today” TV morning program featured a story about Jason Carmel’03 and his twin brother, whose paralysis inspired Dr. Carmel’s research focus. Watch it here.
  • James Wolak’03 has been named vice president of medical affairs, intensive services for Maine Behavioral Healthcare. Read more.
  • Read about the work of psychiatrist Kamilah Jackson’04.
  • Posterity Health, a virtual male fertility center, has expanded to San Francisco. The expansion is being led by Puneet Masson’06, regional medical director for Posterity Health. Read more.
  • Anaeze Offodile II’08 has been named chief strategy officer at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center. Read more.
  • Wassim M. Abida’08 PhD/’09 MD has been named to the newly created scientific advisory board for Nuvation Bio Inc. Read more.
  • The Healthcare Technology Report included Neelesh Chudasama’09 among its list of the top 25 health care technology leaders of New York for 2023. Read more.
  • Katelyn Kopcsay’10 has joined the Guthrie Clinic in Sayre, Pennsylvania. Read more.
  • Uzodinma Iweala’11 and the Africa Center will receive this year’s Leo Award from ICI (Independent Curators International) this fall. The award recognizes individuals who have shown support to curators and artists and created new infrastructures in the art world. Read more.
  • Pamela Good’12 is one of four VP&S physician-scientists who were named 2023 Gerstner Scholars. Read more.
  • Read about the research focus of Nathan Brand’18, a surgery resident at UCSF.
  • Read a Neurology Today profile of Sarah Wyckoff’23. The profile mentions Eliza Miller’12.

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