The John Lindenbaum Memorial Lecture Series

John Lindenbaum, MD
John Lindenbaum, MD

Dr. John Lindenbaum was a widely acclaimed hematologist, gifted teacher, great mentor and an integral part of then Columbia-Presbyterian Medical Center. Dr. Lindenbaum’s contributions as a clinical investigator were many and encompassed a variety of disciplines. His primary interest was focused on abnormalities of vitamin B12 and folic acid metabolism. Other contributions included the first clinical description of halothane-induced hepatic necrosis, which he reported while still a resident, the first analysis of the clinical course of cholera in 769 children, studies of tropical enteropathy in Bangladesh and New York, and much more.

Dr. Lindenbaum's interests went well beyond medicine. He cared deeply about societal inequities and injustices and in medicine in particular. He knew about the history of jazz (and listened to it), as well as classical music and modern art. He spoke French and Italian well. He was an avid birdwatcher and a passionate mushroom collector.

Just before his death in June 1997, he bestowed a gift to what is now Columbia University Vagelos College of Physicians and Surgeons to establish an annual lecture given by a distinguished diverse scientist. This lecture series has provided the VP&S community with the opportunity to host diverse scientists from all over the country while honoring his commitment to equality and justice in medicine and society at large.

Past Lectures

"Diversity Among Scientists -- How does it Impact Biomedical Discovery and Patient Care?" with Marie A. Bernard, MD

March 31, 2022


  • Marie A. Bernard, MD, Chief Officer for Scientific Workforce Diversity (COSWD), National Institutes of Health (NIH)

Video recording

"Approaches to Healing the Wounds of Violence and Racial Trauma” with John A. Rich, MD, MPH

April 21, 2021


  • John A. Rich, MD, MPH, Professor of Health Management and Policy, Center for Nonviolence and Social Justice, Dornsife School of Public Health, Drexel University

Video recording

CUIMC Update feature

"Transforming Healthcare Through Technological Innovation" with Roderic I. Pettigrew, PhD, MD

October 16, 2019


  • Roderic I. Pettigrew, PhD, MD, CEO, Engineering Health (EnHealth), Health Science Center and College of Engineering, Robert A. Welch Professor and Executive Dean for Engineering Medicine, Colleges of Medicine, Engineering and Houston Methodist Hospital, Texas A&M University

"Opportunities and Challenges for Population Health Research" with Ana Diez-Roux, MD, PhD, MPH

March 28, 2018


  • Ana Diez-Roux, MD, PhD, MPH, Dean and Distinguished Professor of Epidemiology, Dornsife School of Public Health, Drexel University

"Insulin Resistance and Heart Failure" with E. Dale Abel, MD, PhD

April 5, 2017


  • E. Dale Abel, MD, PhD, Chair/Department Executive Officer, Department of Internal Medicine; Director, Division of Endocrinology and Metabolism, Department of Internal Medicine; Director, Fraternal Order of Eagles Diabetes Research Center; Professor of Internal Medicine - Endocrinology and Metabolism, Professor of Biochemistry, Biomedical Engineering, University of Iowa, Carver College of Medicine

"Exploring Molecular Linkages to Modifiable Risk in Breast Cancer" with Kevin Gardner, MD, PhD

April 20, 2016


  • Kevin Gardner, MD, PhD, Senior Investigator Genetics Branch, DHHS/NIH/NCI/CCR; Acting Scientific Director, DHHS/NIH/NIMHD/DIR

"Bringing a Public Health Lens to Health Care Delivery" with Mary Bassett, MD, MPH

April 15, 2015


  • Mary Bassett, MD, MPH, Commissioner of the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene; Associate Professor of Clinical Epidemiology at the Mailman School of Public Health

"Lifestyle Interventions for Management of Hypertension in African Americans: Is Less More?" with Gbenga Ogedegbe, MD, MPH, FACP

March 19, 2014


  • Gbenga Ogedegbe, MD, MPH, FACP, Director, Center of Healthful Behavior Change and Professor of Medicine and Population Health Department of Population Health, New York University School of Medicine

"Chronic Psychological Stress and Cardiovascular Disease: The Biology of Adversity" with Michelle A Albert, MD, MPH

May 15, 2013


  • Michelle A Albert, MD, MPH, Vivian Beaumont Allen Endowed Chair and Professor Chief, Cardiovascular Medicine; Director of Cardiovascular Research, Howard University

"Racial and Ethnic Disparities in Colorectal Cancer" with John M. Carethers, MD

Feb 8, 2012


  • John M. Carethers, MD, John G Searle Professor and Chair, Department of Internal Medicine, University of Michigan

"Racial Differences in Hypertension Management: How Much is Real?" with Jackson T. Wright, MD, PhD, FACP

Febuary 9, 2011


  • Jackson T. Wright, MD, PhD, FACP, Director and Professor, Hypertension Research Center, Division of Nephrology and Hypertension, University Hospitals, School of Medicine, Case Western Reserve University

"Nature, Nurture, and Breast Cancer" with Funmi I. Olopade, MD, FACP

May 14, 2010


  • Funmi I. Olopade, MD, FACP, Walter L. Palmer Distinguished Service Professor of Medicine and Human Genetics; Associate Dean for Global Health; Director, Center for Clinical Cancer Genetics & Global Health, University of Chicago Medical Center

"Eliminating Racial Disparities in Health Outcomes: the Role of Patient-Centered Care" with Lisa Cooper, MD, MPH

June 3, 2009


  • Lisa Cooper, MD, MPH, Professor of Medicine, Epidemiology, and Health Policy and Management, Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions

"Idiopathic Interstitial Pneumonias: Pathogenesis and Treatment" with Talmadge E. King, Jr, MD

March 19, 2008


  • Talmadge E. King, Jr, MD, Julius R. Krevans Distinguished Professorship in Internal Medicine; Chair, Department of Medicine, University of California, San Francisco 

"Moving Forward to Conquer Health Disparities" with Neil R. Powe, MD, MPH, MBA

March 28, 2007


  • Neil R. Powe, MD, MPH, MBA, Professor of Medicine, Epidemiology and Health Policy and Management; Director, Welch Center for Prevention, Epidemiology and Clinical Research, Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions

"Latent Tuberculosis Infection: A Balance Act by a Bacterial Immunostat" with Lee Riley, MD

February 22, 2006


  • Lee Riley, MD, Professor, Division of Public Health, Biology, and Epidemiology, University of California, Berkeley

"The role of gastric acid secretion in the innate immune system" with Juanita Merchant, MD, PhD

January 12, 2005


  • Juanita Merchant, MD, PhD, Associate Professor of Medicine, University of Michigan

Lecture by Griffin P. Rogers, MD



  • Griffin P. Rogers, MD, Director, National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Disease, National Institutes of Health

Lecture by Ivor Benjamin, MD



  • Ivor Benjamin, MD, Associate Professor of Medicine, The University of Texas, Southwestern Medical Center of Dallas

Lecture by Gary Gibbons, MD



  • Gary Gibbons, MD, Associate Professor of Medicine, Harvard University

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