Winter 2022 E-News About and for Alumni

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

VP&S and CUIMC News

  • Katrina Armstrong, MD, will become the 25th dean of VP&S on March 1. Read the Columbia University president’s message about the appointment.
  • CUIMC opened an Office of Professionalism to help build an organizational culture and climate of excellence, empathy, accountability, respect, and diversity for all members of the medical center community. Read more.
  • Read about the top news from VP&S and CUIMC in 2021, including a review of the year’s highlights in researchpatient care and public health, and educationIn Memoriam 2021 lists faculty, staff, and students who died.
  • Columbia is one of 31 sites named a Center of Excellence by the National Organization for Rare Disorders. Read more.

Read more news in the CUIMC Newsroom.

Of Historic Interest

  • This season of the podcast “Lost Women of Science” is dedicated to Dorothy Hansen, who identified cystic fibrosis while she was a faculty member at VP&S. Scott Baird’85, a biographer of Dr. Hansen, participated in the podcast. Listen to the episodes.
  • Primary Sources, the blog of the medical center library’s Archives & Special Collections, has detailed 2020-2021 acquisitions. Read more.

A Selection of Class Notes

  • Nelson L. Levy’67 joined the Board of Directors of BryoLogyx. Read more.
  • Clint Bush’74 was named 2021 Rotarian of the Year by the Rotary Club of Key Biscayne, Florida. Read more.
  • Carol Brown’86 participated in a Washington Post conversation about cancer outcomes through the lens of health equity. Read more.
  • Nereid Therapeutics has appointed Laura L. Forese’87 to its Board of Directors. Read more.
  • Joanne Stone’87 has been named chair of obstetrics, gynecology, and reproductive science for the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai and the Mount Sinai Health System. Read more.
  • Neil Josephson’88 has been named chief medical officer of Zymeworks. Read more.
  • A recent novel by Michael J. McLaughlin’91 was a finalist in a best thriller awards competition. Read more.
  • Vivacitas Oncology has added Andrew Lassman’97 to its scientific advisory board. Read more.
  • Michael Madsen’00 has joined EmergeOrtho-Triangle Region in North Carolina as a spine surgeon. Read more.
  • Carl Novina’00 has been named to the scientific advisory board of OncoPep. Read more.
  • Michelle McMacken’01 has been appointed executive director of nutrition and lifestyle medicine for NYC Health + Hospitals. Read more.
  • Brian Bateman’06 has been appointed chair of Stanford Medicine’s Department of Anesthesiology, Perioperative and Pain Medicine. Read more.
  • Benjamin Bjerke’09 has joined Clark Orthopedic, Spine and Sports Medicine at Clark Memorial Health in Jeffersonville, Indiana. Read more.
  • In a new book, Carl Erik Fisher’09 address the language used to discuss addiction. Read a New York Times guest essay about the book, and listen to this 7-minute NPR interview.
  • The Oakland Post interviewed Abdul El-Sayed’14 about the intersection between health care policy and politics. Read more.

In Memoriam

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