Academy Members

Jonathan Amiel, MD

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Dr. Jonathan Amiel is Associate Professor of Psychiatry at Columbia University Irving Medical Center, Senior Associate Dean for Curricular Affairs at Columbia University Vagelos College of Physicians and Surgeons and an Attending Psychiatrist at the New York State Psychiatric Institute and New York-Presbyterian Hospital. He earned his bachelor's degree in biology from Yale University, his medical degree from Columbia University Vagelos College of Physicians & Surgeons, completed his residency and chief residency at NewYork Presbyterian Hospital / Columbia University / New York State Psychiatric Institute and studied at the Columbia University Center for Psychoanalytic Training and Research.

Dr. Amiel's teaching focuses on medical students' professional identity formation through their initial course on doctoring and through their experiences in research. His scholarly work focuses on competency-based medical education. He is site principal investigator for a national study on the implementation of Core Entrustable Professional Activities to Enter Residency, chair-elect of the Association of American Medical Colleges Northeast Group on Educational Affairs and past chair of its Organization of Resident Representatives. He chairs the membership committee of the Gold Humanism Honor Society and is past-chair of the American Psychiatric Association's membership committee.

In his clinical work, Dr. Amiel works with individuals and couples going through difficult life transitions. He uses a variety of psychotherapies and, if needed, medications.

Melissa Arbuckle, MD, PhD

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Melissa Arbuckle, MD, PhD is Vice Chair for Education and Director of Resident Education in the Department of Psychiatry at Columbia and the New York State Psychiatric Institute. Dr. Arbuckle's interests focus on the role of medical education in advancing the translation of research into the practice of psychiatry.

Dr. Arbuckle is a principal investigator on Columbia’s NIH funded R25 Research Track.  This program, “Priming the Pump: Training Physician-Scientists in Translational Neuroscience,” aims to support the development of physician-scientists who are dedicated to translational research in psychiatry.  As part of her effort to expand the translation of basic neuroscience to clinical practice, Dr. Arbuckle is also co-chair of the National Neuroscience Curriculum Initiative (NNCI), an NIH funded collaboration to create, pilot, and disseminate a comprehensive set of shared resources to help train psychiatrists to integrate a modern neuroscience e perspective into their clinical work.  

Dr. Arbuckle has also been extensively involved in developing quality improvement (QI) training programs for residents in psychiatry. Her training program in QI has been recognized as a “model curriculum” by the Association of Directors of Psychiatric Residency Training. Dr. Arbuckle is also a principal investigator for Columbia’s NIH funded T32 Research Fellowship in Global Mental Health, which is focused on training fellows in implementation and dissemination research in order to identify and develop models for effective mental health care delivery in low- and middle-income countries. 

Anne Armstrong-Coben, MD

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Dr. Anne Armstong-Coben is an Assistant Professor of Pediatrics at Columbia University in the Department of Pediatrics, Division of Child and Adolescent Health. She is an Advisory Dean at Columbia Vagelos College of Physicians and Surgeons and teaches in the Foundations of Clinical Medicine course. Anne is Associate Director of Community Pediatrics residency training for the Department of Pediatrics at Columbia. Her clinical work focuses on children in foster care. She is Medical Director of the Medical Services and Advocacy Center at Children's Aid and Family Services.

Tracey Arnell, MD

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Dr. Tracey Arnell, MD is a general surgery specialist in New York, NY and has been practicing for 21 years. She specializes in general surgery.




Gina Badalato, MD

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Dr. Gina M. Badalato is an Assistant Professor of Urology; she has been the medical student clerkship director since 2014 and the associate program director since 2018.  She has served on the American Urologic Association Committee for Medical Student Education and is an active member of the Society of Academic Urology, an organization which sets professional guidelines and policies for recruitment and education in the field of urology.

Sumeet Banker, MD, MPH

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Sumeet Banker, MD, MPH is a faculty member in the Division of Critical Care and Hospital Medicine within the Department of Pediatrics. His clinical care, trainee supervision, and mentorship interfaces with medical students, residents, and fellows. His scholarship is focused around family-centered care, medical education innovations, and community/global health. He serves as the Associate Director for Community Pediatrics, an Associate Program Director for the Pediatrics Residency Program, and the Program Director for the inaugural Bi-campus Pediatric Hospital Medicine Fellowship Training Program at Columbia and Cornell.

Jonathan M. Barasch, MD, PhD

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Dr. Barasch is an outstanding teacher who is a section director in the course Science Basic to the Practice of Medicine and Dentistry. Within the context of this course, he leads a weekly journal club for first-year students to acquire the skills needed to understand experimental design and to critically read the medical scientific literature. Dr. Barasch teaches nephrology in the second year patho-physiology course, in the third year internal medicine clerkship and in the fourth year elective. He is a mentor and admired teacher in the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences program on the CUIMC campus.

Beth Barron, MD

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Dr. Beth Barron is an Associate Professor of Medicine at the College of Physicians and Surgeons and Associate Director of the CUIMC/NYP Mary & Michael Jaharis Simulation Center. Her clinical role is a member of the Allen Hospitalist Division of Internal Medicine.   She earned her medical degree at UMDNJ in Newark NJ and completed her internal medicine residency at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester MN.  She has participated in teaching and administration in many levels of the medical school and residency including associate program director of the internal medicine residency, instructor in Foundations of medicine, director of the Allen hospitalist program and acting as the supervising attending for students and residents on internal medicine rotations.  She is currently a member of a national study on the implementation of Core Entrustable Professional Activities to Enter Residency sponsored by the AAMC. She was named as an Ewig Clinical Scholar in 2010 and awarded the Charles W. Bohmfalk Award in 2016 in recognition of her teaching efforts for the internal medicine house staff and Columbia university medical students.

Paulette Bernd, MD, PhD

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Dr. Paulette Bernd joined Columbia’s Department of Pathology and Cell Biology as a Professor in 2008. Her prior appointment was at the State University of New York, Downstate Medical Center, where she was a Distinguished Teaching Professor of Anatomy and Cell Biology. Dr. Bernd earned a BA in Biology from Colgate University and a PhD in Anatomy from Columbia University under the guidance of Dr. Michael Gershon. She then did a postdoctoral fellowship in the laboratory of Dr. Lloyd Greene at New York University where she began studying the role of neurotrophins in development, a topic she investigated for over twenty years publishing more than 30 peer-reviewed papers and contributing chapters to 5 books.
Dr. Bernd’s challenge at Columbia was to re-create the Gross Anatomy Course to fit into the new, shorter, basic science curriculum. She compensated for the loss in time by having the students alternate dissection, thereby sharing in the work. Students who are not dissecting participate in small group clinical correlation sessions incorporating surface anatomy, radiology, cross-sectional images, ultrasound, case-based learning etc. The revised course retains the clinical relevance of the former course but fits into the shorter time frame and stresses teamwork and active learning. In the past three years, Dr. Bernd wrote a custom-tailored dissection manual in collaboration with students. This iPad app includes succinct instructions, dissection tips, step-wise images of real dissections, a glossary and quizzes. This dissection manual was recently profiled in the Wall Street Journal. Dr. Bernd received the Bohmfalk Award in recognition of her excellence in pre-clinical teaching.

Beth Sharon Brodsky, PhD

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Beth S. Brodsky, Ph.D. is Associate Clinical Professor of Medical Psychology in Psychiatry at Columbia University, and a research scientist in the Silvio O. Conte Center for the Neurobiology of Mental Disorders, at the New York State Psychiatric Institute, Department of Molecular Imaging and Neuropathology. She received her doctorate from the Graduate Faculty at the New School for Social Research. Her areas of expertise include research and psychotherapeutic treatment of self-destructive behavior in borderline personality disorder (BPD). She is the recipient of an NIMH Excellence in Education grant to develop and implement a clinical/research curriculum teaching Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) in a medical setting. She is the author of many articles and chapters on BPD, DBT, suicide, and self-injury and is a frequently invited speaker on BPD, suicidal behavior and DBT. She supervises psychology interns and externs and psychiatry residents learning DBT. She serves on the editorial board of the Archives of Suicide Research. She has a private practice in Manhattan.

Deborah L. Cabaniss, MD

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Deborah L. Cabaniss, M.D. is Director of Psychotherapy Training and Clinical Professor in the Department of Psychiatry. Dr. Cabaniss coordinates all of the teaching and supervision of psychotherapy for the psychiatry residents here at Columbia. She also teaches two year-long courses in psychotherapy for the residents, lectures 2nd-year medical students, and offers numerous electives for both residents and medical students. Her research interests have focused on the development of learning objectives and evaluation methods. Dr. Cabaniss has won numerous teaching awards, including the Nancy Roeske Award for teaching medical students, the Irma Bland Award for teaching psychiatry residents, and the Edith Sabshin Award for teaching psychodynamic concepts to medical students and residents. She is also a Training and Supervising Analyst at the Columbia University Center for Psychoanalytic Training and Research. She has written extensively about psychotherapy education, including two books for trainees about psychodynamic psychotherapy: Psychodynamic Psychotherapy: A Clinical Manual (2011) and Psychodynamic Formulation (in press - publication date 2013). In addition, she leads workshops on teaching for psychoanalytic institutes and psychiatry residency training programs.  She was the Director of the Virginia Apgar Academy of Medical Educators through 2017.

Stephen Canfield, MD

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Dr. Canfield is Assistant Professor of Medicine in the Division of Pulmonary, Allergy, and Critical Care Medicine, where he runs a lab investigating the genetic and biochemical origins of asthma and allergic disease. His clinical interests include the diagnosis and treatment of allergies and immunodeficiency. Dr. Canfield directs the Immunology section of the medical student Pathophysiology course and has served as a small group preceptor and lecturer in that course for 7 years. He attends on the Allergy service for 6 months each year as well as in the weekly Adult Allergy clinic, where he teaches clinical immunology to Allergy and Pulmonary fellows and medicine house staff. His teaching emphasizes the importance of understanding basic mechanisms of immune physiology with two goals in mind: first, to be able to apply modern models of immune function to the evaluation and management of patients; second, and equally importantly, to recognize where current paradigms fail to explain clinical findings and to seize these opportunities to spur novel investigation aimed at expanding our understanding of the field.

Marina Catallozzi, MD, MSCE

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Marina Catallozzi, MD, MSCE, whose pronouns are she/her/hers, is an Associate Professor of Pediatrics at the Vagelos College of Physicians & Surgeons and Mailman School of Public Health and Vice Chair for Education in the Department of Pediatrics.  She has served as the Pediatric Clerkship Director and the Director of Pediatric Medical student Education at the College of Physicians & surgeons since 2016. She is also the Track Director for the Medical Education Scholarly Projects at the medical school.  At Mailman, Dr. Catallozzi is the Director of the General Public Health Program, the largest accelerated MPH program in the school, and the co-leader of the Sexuality, Sexual and Reproductive Health Certificate.

Dr. Catallozzi’s research has focused on adolescent and young adult access to confidential and clinical preventative services, adolescent relationship violence, adolescent and parent communication and decision-making in clinical trial participation and adolescent pregnancy prevention.  Dr. Catallozzi is an Adolescent Medicine specialist and is board certified in both Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine.  She has an active adolescent medicine practice in Washington Heights and is dedicated to improving the health of the community; she uses a strengths-based approach to adolescent patient care, programming and research.

Ana Cepin, MD

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Dr. Ana Cepin is an obstetrician-gynecologist with a focus on family planning. Her professional activities are diverse and include clinical, educational and administrative duties. She is actively involved in the education of medical students, residents, and fellows. She is the coordinator for the obstetrics and gynecology resident rotation in family planning and is the course director for the Family Planning and Reproductive Health Elective. As a clinician, she has extensive experience in direct patient care in hospital clinics, the operating room, and departmental faculty practice. Dr. Cepin also serves as the director at the NY-Presbyterian Family Planning Clinic.

Subani Chandra, MD

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Subani Chandra, MD is an Assistant Professor of Medicine at Columbia University Medical Center specializing in the areas of Pulmonary Disease Medicine, Sleep Medicine, and Critical Care Medicine. Her clinical expertise lays in Critical Care Medicine, Sleep Medicine, General Pulmonary Medicine and Critical Care Ultrasonography.



Rita Charon, MD, PhD

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Rita Charon, MD, PhD is Professor and founding Chair of Medical Humanities and Ethics and Professor of Medicine at CUIMC. Dr. Charon received the MD from Harvard Medical School and the PhD in English from Columbia University. Her dual training in medicine and literary studies enabled her to found the field of narrative medicine here at Columbia with colleagues from the humanities and the medical school. Narrative medicine is the simple and complex commitment to comprehend and honor the lived experiences of illness from the perspectives of patients, families, clinicians, and the public. As one of three divisions in the new department, the Division of Narrative Medicine supports a robust program in education, research, and scholarship in the field it created.

Dr. Charon teaches the principles and practice of narrative medicine, a seamless blend of attending to stories told and written, teaching the creative skills of representing what one perceives, and developing the relationships of affiliation with patients and colleagues. Her teaching takes place at CUIMC in many of its schools, departments, and services as well as on Columbia’s Arts & Sciences campus and in worldwide visiting professorships and partnerships in health care settings. She publishes and lectures extensively on narrative medicine topics.

As current Director of the Virginia Apgar Teaching Academy for Medical Educators and current Director of Columbia Commons IPE, the interprofessional education unit of CUIMC, Dr. Charon is privileged to convene and support the many health educators and scholars on the health sciences campus toward ever more egalitarian, respectful, and effective health care.

Simon Cheng, MD

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Simon K. Cheng. MD, PhD, is an Assistant Professor of Radiation Oncology and the Residency Program Director at the Columbia University Vagelos College of Physicians & Surgeons. Dr. Cheng received his M.D./Ph.D. degrees from New York University, and completed residency in radiation oncology at New York University. Dr. Cheng is a physician-scientist with a focus on translational and clinical research in therapy resistance and immune response pathways in lung cancer and brain metastases. He has won numerous awards including ASCO Cancer Foundation Young Investigator, Louis V. Gerstner, Jr. Scholar, and the ARRO Educator of the Year Award. Dr. Cheng is actively involved in teaching and mentoring medical students and residents, and has revamped the educational courses and seminars in his department.

Wendy Chung, MD, PhD

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Dr. Chung is an admired teacher who teaches human genetics to medical, dental, nursing, public health, and graduate students at Columbia University Medical College. She created and teaches curriculum for genetics and biochemistry for the first year medical and dental students. She makes molecular genetics and intermediary metabolism come alive by using a video library of her patients telling their stories about their rare conditions, their concerns about knowing their future through their genes, and how they have grappled with decisions about pregnancy termination. She has mentored many medical, graduate, MD/PhD students and fellows in her laboratory where she studies the genetics of obesity, diabetes, breast cancer, congenital heart disease, congenital diaphragmatic hernias, and spinal muscular atrophy. She is the recipient of many awards including the 2008 Charles W. Bohmfalk Award for Distinguished Contributions to Teaching in the Clinical Years, the American Medical Women’s Association Mentor Award, and the American Academy of Pediatrics Young Investigator Award. She enjoys the challenges of genetics as a rapidly changing field of medicine and strives to facilitate the integration of genetic medicine into all areas of healthcare and teach others how to utilize genetics in their research and practice. Dr. Chung received the 2018 New York Academy of Medicine Medal for Distinguished Contributions in Biomedical Science.

Hetty Cunningham, MD

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Dr. Cunningham is Assistant Professor of Pediatrics at Columbia University Irving Medical Center and member of the Community Pediatrics Program within the Division of Child and Adolescent Health. For the past fifteen years, Dr. Cunningham has worked on development and implementation of cultural competency and communication skills curricula for medical students and residents at Columbia. She is also Director of the VP&S Portfolio – a Narrative Medicine-based reflective writing curriculum for medical students. She sees patients and teaches residents at a community-based practice in Harlem.

Saundra Curry, MD

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Dr. Curry graduated from Cornell Medical College in 1982 and completed her residency at Columbia in Anesthesiology in 1986. She came on staff at Columbia and almost immediately became involved with medical student teaching. At that time anesthesia teaching meant ACLS. She changed the one-week required rotation to include teaching of the basics of anesthesia and focused on oxygen therapy, pain management, and local anesthesia pharmacology. Procedural training included airway management and IV placement. This coursework was found to be extremely valuable to the students as they didn't get this training anywhere else in their curriculum. About 15 years ago professionalism training was added by way of discussions of medical student observations of behaviors in the ORs. Data about this was presented at an AAMC meeting and a paper about the observations.

On the national front, Dr. Curry has been intimately involved with education issues, including being chair of several committees that plan the education content of the Annual Meeting of the American Association of Anesthesiologists (17,000 participants). She is an active member of the Society for Education in Anesthesia (SEA), an international association of anesthesia educators interested in medical student, resident and faculty education and served as its President for two years. She is a test question writer for the Anesthesia Knowledge Test and the NBME. She is an oral board examiner for the anesthesia certifying board (ABA). She is also on the faculty for the Anesthesia Workshop on Teaching, an annual 4-day intensive faculty development workshop for anesthesia educators.

Professional interests include professionalism in medicine, faculty development in teaching, and medical student and resident curriculum development. Personal interests include travel, professional baseball (the NY Mets) and singing.

Janis Cutler, MD

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Dr. Cutler is Director of Medical Student Education in the Department of Psychiatry.  She is a Professor of Clinical Psychiatry, Psychiatric Medicine Course Director, and Psychiatry Clerkship Director at the Columbia University Vagelos College of Physicians and Surgeons.  She serves as Chair of the Clinical Faculty Committee and Co-chair of the Educate Subcommittee.  She is the recipient of many teaching awards including the 2002 Charles Bohmfalk Award for Distinguished Contributions to Teaching in the Clinical Years and the 2016 Major Clinical Year Outstanding Teacher Award.  Dr. Cutler edited a textbook of psychiatry specifically for medical students.  She recently completed her term of service on the Executive Committee of the Association of Directors of Medical Student Education in Psychiatry and received their Fred Sierles, M.D. Leadership and Excellence in Psychiatric Education Award at their 2018 Annual Meeting.  She is a Distinguished Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association and chairs the American Psychoanalytic Association’s Committee on Medical Student Education.  She is a psychotherapy supervisor in the Adult Psychiatric Residency program at CUIMC/New York State Psychiatric Institute.  Her scholarly work has focused on medical students’ perceptions of psychiatry and her clinical focus is psychotherapy and medication treatment for patients with mood and anxiety disorders as well as adjustment and relationship issues.

Vivette D. D’Agati, MD

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Vivette D’Agati is Professor of Pathology and Cell Biology and Director of the Renal Pathology Division at CUIMC.  She strives to set a standard of excellence in diagnostic academic renal pathology while championing subspecialty education and translational research in kidney diseases.  Her clinical and research interests include the pathophysiology of glomerular and tubulointerstitial diseases of the kidney, with particular focus on the role of podocyte injury in glomerulosclerosis.  The large number of kidney biopsies referred to Columbia as regional center has fostered the laboratory’s identification and characterization of newly emerging kidney diseases, such as related to metabolic syndrome, monoclonal gammopathies and drug toxicities.  She has published over 450 articles and 6 textbooks of renal pathology and served on the editorial boards of the leading nephrology journals. The division’s fellowship program has trained renal pathologists nationwide.  She lectures regularly at national and international symposia and has designed courses in renal pathology for the major nephrology and pathology meetings.  She teaches Columbia medical students and residents in renal pathobiology and was named teacher of the year by several graduating classes of the medical school.  For over 3 decades, she has directed the annual Columbia Renal Biopsy Course, the longest running postgraduate CME course in the medical center. She served as President of the Renal Pathology Society and received its lifetime achievement award. 

Urmi Desai MD, MS

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Dr. Urmi Desai is an attending physician at the Center for Family and Community Medicine at Columbia/NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital. Dr. Desai grew up in upstate New York and attended Harvard University for her undergraduate degree where she studied History and Science. She received her medical degree at the University at Buffalo (SUNY), and completed her family medicine residency at Columbia/New-York Presbyterian. She then did a primary care research fellowship at Columbia during which she earned a Masters in Epidemiology from the Mailman School of Public Health.

Dr. Desai sees patients at the Farrell Health Center. She also supervises residents at the Allen Hospital on the inpatient family medicine service and is involved with teaching residents about Quality Improvement. At the medical school, she is Assistant Course Director and the Director of Clerkships for the Foundations of Clinical Medicine course, arranging clinical experiences for first-year medical students. She is a small-group preceptor for several courses including the Foundations of Clinical Medicine seminars and Tutorials courses. She has also served as medical student site director at Farrell for students who rotate there.  Since 2019, she has served as the Director of Service-Learning at VP&S, working to support service-learning in both co-curricular activities like the student-run free clinics and developing opportunities within the curriculum. Additionally, she is an active member of the Columbia Commons task force, dedicated to ensuring robust Interprofessional education activities at CUIMC, and has taken on leadership roles in developing IPE curricular offerings, including a course orienting first-year CUIMC students to interprofessional education. Dr. Desai has taken on the role of faculty co-chair for the Covid19 Student Service Corps, an interprofessional service-learning student-faculty organization at CUIMC aimed at meeting the needs of health systems and the community in the wake of the Covid19 pandemic.

Dr. Desai has interests in medical education research around the student engagement with narrative medicine and reflection and interprofessional education.

Michael Devlin, MD

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Dr. Michael Devlin is the founder and director of the innovative Clinical Practice 3 course for medical students in the major clinical year. This course combines the elements of reflective practice, longitudinal integration of clinical clerkships, and individual mentoring, all of which he believes to be of critical importance to the development of effective medical professionals. In his home department of psychiatry, Dr. Devlin is a respected psychotherapy teacher and supervisor, particularly in cognitive behavioral therapy, and is a clinical researcher and mentor in the eating disorders research unit. In recognition of the quality and scope of his teaching, Dr. Devlin has received teacher of the year awards both from third-year medical students (2007) and residents in psychiatry (2002).

Marc Dickstein, MD

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Dr. Dickstein has received numerous awards for teaching including the Columbia University Presidential Award for Outstanding Teaching (2006), the Charles W. Bohmfalk Memorial Prize for Contributions to Teaching in the Preclinical Sciences (2002), Teacher of the Year awards from the 1st-year medical students (2001, 2003, 2005, 2009) and recipient of the Distinguished Teaching Award from the VP&S graduating class (2010, 2012).  He was the Director of the 1st-year course, Science Basic to the Practice of Medicine & Dentistry from 2000-2009, and introduced many innovations to that course including an audience response system, resources for e-learning, and a mentoring program in which 4th-year students taught 1st-year students (Back to My Classroom).  He developed a series of on-line cardiovascular physiology textbooks and simulators (Harvi) that are being used in undergraduate and graduate medical education world-wide. He was the Director of the Medical Education Scholarly Project track at VP&S from its inception until 2018.  

Mitchell Elkind, MD

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Dr. Mitchell S. V. Elkind gained his medical degree in 1992 from Harvard Medical School and subsequently trained in Internal Medicine at Brigham and Women’s Hospital and in Neurology at Massachusetts General Hospital, both in Boston. He holds a Masters degree in Epidemiology from Columbia University. Currently, Dr. Elkind is a tenured Associate Professor of Neurology and Epidemiology in the Stroke Division at Columbia University, the Fellowships Director for the Neurology Department, and past Neurology Residency Program Director. He is also the Editor of the Neurology Resident and Fellow Section, a section of the journal devoted to education and mentoring of trainees. His research is focused on inflammatory and infectious biomarkers in stroke risk prediction, as well as acute stroke therapy. Dr. Elkind is the Principal Investigator of 3 independent investigator awards from NIH/NINDS. He is a Co-PI of the Northern Manhattan Study (NOMAS), an epidemiological study of stroke risk factors, and the principal investigator of NeuSTART (Neuroprotection with Statin Therapy for Acute Recovery Trial), a clinical trial evaluating short-term high-dose statin therapy in acute stroke. He is also the PI of the Levels of Inflammatory Markers in Treatment of Stroke (LIMITS) study, a multicenter study evaluating the role of inflammatory biomarkers in stroke prognosis, and a co-investigator and laboratory director for the Vasculopathy and Infection in Pediatric Stroke Study (VIPS). He is a fellow of the American Academy of Neurology and the Stroke Council of the American Heart Association, as well as a member of the American Neurological Association.

Mary Johanna Fink, MD

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Dedicated to teaching students and residents in the practice of clinical medicine, Dr. Mary Jo Fink is a member of the Center for Family and Community Medicine. As an Assistant Professor of Clinical Medicine at VP&S, she is the Associate Director of the FCM Tutorials course for Medical students. Focused on clinical skills acquisition, this course prepares students for the Major Clinical Year. Her interests include components of the clinical method: clinical observation and examination, information synthesis and processing as well as team communication in written and oral formats.

Mary Jo teaches Women’s Health within the Family Medicine Residency Program and cares for patients at the Allen Hospital as well as the Farrell Family Health Center. She is a member of the Family Medicine Education committee that regularly reviews resident progress and the evaluation process.

Blair Ford, MD

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Dr. Ford is an outstanding clinical teacher. He is currently the Course Director of the Neurology Clerkship and Program Director for the Neurology Residency Program. He has organized the neurology clerkship to provide students with a comprehensive program in neurology at CUIMC and at the Harlem Hospital Center. He has done scholarly work in evaluating various mechanisms to assess students' mastery of the neurology core knowledge. Dr. Ford serves as co-chair of the Clinical Committee, which oversees the students' progress through the third and fourth years at VP&S. The Committee has become a working group to improve the quality of the clinical experience for students at VP&S as well as reviewing student performance.

Alyson N. Fox, MD, MSCE

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Dr. Fox is an Assistant Professor of Medicine in the Division of Digestive and Liver Diseases at Columbia. In her clinical role, she works as a Transplant Hepatologist in the Center for Liver Disease and Transplantation and is the medical director of the living donor program. She is passionate about her role as an educator and mentor, and has been honored to serve as the pre-clinical speaker at the Steven Z. Miller ceremony and at the Internal Medicine intern retreat in 2017. Within the medical school, she serves as the course director for the Gastroenterology and Hepatology section of the Body in Health and Disease and is on the fundamentals curriculum subcommittee. She is involved with education of medical housestaff and fellows and is engaged as a key faculty advisor, a residency selection committee member, and as the assistant program director of the Advanced Transplant Hepatology fellowship. 

Suzanne Friedman, MD

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Dr. Friedman is an Assistant Professor of Pediatrics in the Division of Child and Adolescent Health. She received her medical degree from SUNY Downstate Medical Center and completed her pediatrics residency training at the Mount Sinai Kravis Children’s Hospital. Her educational interests include curriculum development and innovative teaching methods.  Dr. Friedman is the Medical Director for Pediatrics at the Washington Heights Family Health Center, where she sees patients and precepts pediatric residents in continuity clinic. As the Director of the Continuity Clinic Curriculum, she oversees curriculum development related to outpatient pediatrics and has worked to bring innovative teaching methodologies to continuity clinic.  She is also the Director of the Resident as Teacher Program, a longitudinal program dedicated to resident teaching skill development.  Her work in this area has been presented extensively both locally and nationally.  Dr. Friedman was selected for participation in the inaugural year of the Columbia University Medical Education Research Intensive Training Program and completed the AAMC Medical Education Research Certification Program. 

Thomas Garrett, MD

Dr. Garrett was the first Director of the Glenda Garvey Teaching Academy. He has a long-standing commitment to the educational mission of Columbia University. He is Director of the Pathophysiology Course for second-year medical and dental students. His contributions have been recognized by his receipt of the Charles Bohmfalk Award for Excellence in Teaching in the Pre-Clinical Years and the Teacher of the Year Award from the graduating Class of 2004. Dr. Garrett was a colleague and friend of Dr. Garvey for more than thirty years.

Elsa-Grace V. Giardina, MD, FACC, FAC.P, FAHA

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Elsa-Grace Giardina, M.D., is Professor of Medicine and Director of the Center for Women's Health. Her commitment to teaching and mentoring is well recognized in Cardiology where she guides medical students, house staff, fellows, graduate students, and young faculty. In 1996 she was recognized by Governor George Pataki of New York State for her research advancements in women and for founding the Center for Women’s Health, a multidisciplinary and interdisciplinary program focusing on women’s health. More than 10 years ago, she developed the elective in Women’s Health for 4th students at CUIMC. Additionally, Dr. Giardina implemented a program to improve awareness and knowledge of cardiovascular disease among women living in Washington Heights. This program provided a unique venue for mentoring, integrating resources and collaborating with primary care physicians, pediatricians, and students and faculty from the Institute of Human Nutrition and the Mailman School of Public Health. On a national level, Dr. Giardina is also recognized for advocacy in mentoring and teaching. For over 7 years, she served on the Sarnoff Cardiovascular Foundation, whose mission is to guide medical student for careers in cardiovascular health. Representing the Sarnoff Board of Directors, she led the strategic plan for its 25th anniversary. She is a Trustee of the New York Academy of Medicine where she upholds promoting education and advancing the health of NY’s urban women.

Glen Gillen, EdD, OTR, FAOTA

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Glen Gillen is Professor of Regenerative and Rehabilitation Medicine (Occupational Therapy) at Columbia University Irving Medical Center. In addition, he is the associate director of the Programs in Occupational Therapy. Glen is an occupational therapist by training and specializes in neurorehabilitation with particular interests in stroke rehabilitation, motor control, and the influence of cognitive dysfunction on daily life. He has over 100 publications including chapters, books, and peer-reviewed publications.

A past recipient of the American Occupational Therapy Foundation Award for Clinical Excellence in Rehabilitation and the American Occupational Therapy Association’s (AOTA) Recognition of Achievement Award, Glen lectures extensively on the local, state, national, and university level regarding multiple topics related to neurorehabilitation. He maintains a clinical caseload working in the areas of acute care and inpatient rehabilitation. Glen was the recipient of the 2012 Eleanor Clarke Slagle Lecture and delivered the lecture in San Diego in 2013. The lectureship honors a member of the AOTA who has creatively contributed to the development of the body of knowledge of the profession through research, education, and/or clinical practice.

Julie Glickstein, MD

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Julie Glickstein is a Professor of Pediatrics at Columbia University Irving Medical Center. She completed her residency and fellowship in Pediatrics and Pediatric Cardiology at NYU Medical Center. After fellowship Dr. Glickstein was on the faculty at Albert Einstein College of Medicine. In 2001, she came to Columbia University Irving Medical Center and joined the Department of Pediatrics in the division of Pediatric Cardiology.  Her clinical interests are in Fetal and Pediatric Echocardiography. Dr. Glickstein works with first through fourth year medical students as a small-group preceptor for the Foundation of Clinical Medicine I, II and III and IV courses and well as a preceptor for the Major Clinical Year. In addition, Dr. Glickstein is the Co- Director of the 4th year student elective in Pediatric Cardiology at the Columbia Vagelos College of Physicians and Surgeons. She was instrumental in revamping the curriculum for this elective.  Dr. Glickstein is the Director of the Pediatric Cardiology Fellowship Program. 

Rachel Gordon, MD

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Dr. Gordon is the Director of Curricular Innovation and Strategic Initiatives in the Office of Education. She has a joint appointment in the Department of Medicine, division of Infectious Diseases, and in the Department of Epidemiology. Dr. Gordon is an accomplished clinician-educator. She is the Course Director of Ready 4 Residency, a multifaceted blended-learning course that includes a virtual e-hospital. She is also Section Director of the Microbiology/Infectious Diseases course and previously taught “Biology & Pathophysiology for Epidemiologists” in the epidemiology doctoral program. Dr. Gordon has played an integral role in introducing online learning, Team-based Learning and Just in Time Teaching as pedagogical tools at CUIMC. Her teaching abilities have been recognized with several awards including the Distinguished Teacher of the Year, the Charles W. Bohmfalk Award for teaching in the preclinical years and the Ewig Award for clinical teaching.

Rishi Goyal, MD, PhD

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Dr. Rishi Goyal is an Assistant Professor of Emergency Medicine (in Medical Humanities and Ethics and in the Institute for Comparative Literature and Society) and founding director of the major in Medical Humanities. He is board-certified in emergency medicine. Professor Goyal completed his residency in Emergency Medicine as Chief Resident while finishing his PhD in English and Comparative Literature.    His research interests include the health humanities, the study of the novel, and medical epistemology. His writing has appeared in The Living Handbook of NarratologyAktuel Forskning, Litteratur, Kultur og Medier, and The Los Angeles Review of Books, among other places. He is a Co-Founding Editor of the online journal, Synapsis: A Health Humanities Journal, and a recipient of a National Endowment for the Humanities grant.  He is currently working on Increasing Vaccine Confidence through a grant from Columbia World Projects.

Evelyn Granieri, MD, MPH, MSEd

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Evelyn C. Granieri, M.D, MPH, MSEd Professor of Medicine, is the Chief of the division of Geriatric Medicine and Aging. After completing her internal medicine training and fellowship in Geriatric Medicine at Northwestern University, she focused her career on medical education. She received her MPH from the University of Pittsburgh and her MSEd at USC, at which she taught medical education. Prior to coming to Columbia, she served as a fellowship director, a director of a teaching nursing home, and headed geriatric medical education and clinical services at two VA Medical Centers. She has developed and directed courses and rotations /electives and integrated longitudinal learning in geriatric medicine into medical school curricula and initiated an Area of Concentration for medical students in geriatric medicine. Dr. Granieri has also designed and implemented palliative medicine curricula and interdisciplinary training within the Veterans Administration system and in multiple other academic institutions. She was also a Deputy Vice-Chair for Education. Since arriving at Columbia, Dr. Granieri has developed the division of Geriatric Medicine and its rigorous curriculum that has been the source of education and training for medical house staff and other healthcare professionals at Columbia and NYP.  She works with other departments to integrate salient geriatrics concepts into trainees learning experiences. She teaches locally, regionally, nationally and internationally, and has developed curricula for geriatrics fellowships in two countries and is currently developing curricula for a third. She holds leadership positions within the AAMC and the American Geriatrics Society. Dr. Granieri has been nationally recognized for her contribution to geriatric medical education and has been the recipient of numerous caring, teaching and mentoring awards.

Eli Grunstein, MD

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Eli Grunstein, M.D. is the John and De Graaf Woodman Associate Professor of Clinical Otolaryngology-Head & Neck Surgery at the Columbia University Vagelos College of Physicians and Surgeons Morgan Stanley Children’s Hospital, and the Chief of the Pediatric Otolaryngology division. He specializes in general Pediatric Otolaryngology, with specific clinical interest in pediatric throat and airway diseases, hypernasality, and pediatric sinonasal diseases.
Dr. Grunstein received his medical degree from the Albert Einstein College of Medicine. He completed his Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery residency training at Columbia University Irving Medical Center and The Weill Cornell Medical Center in New York, then a fellowship in Pediatric Otolaryngology at Children’s Hospital and Regional Medical Center in Seattle, Washington. His current research project is focused on CMV related hearing loss in infants. He is the Quality Assurance Chair for the Department of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery.

David Gudis, MD

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Dr. David A. Gudis, MD, FACS, is the Chief of the Division of Rhinology and Anterior Skull Base Surgery in the Department of Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery and the Department of Neurologic Surgery at the Columbia University Irving Medical Center/NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital. In addition to being a board-certified otolaryngologist, Dr. Gudis is dual-fellowship trained both in Rhinology: Advanced Endoscopic Sinus and Skull Base Surgery and in Pediatric Otolaryngology.  His practice includes the treatment of refractory and recurrent sinusitis, sinus and nasal tumors, minimally invasive endoscopic skull base surgery, and endoscopic orbital surgery.  

Dr. Gudis helped to create the NewYork-Presbyterian Rhinology and Skull Base Surgery Fellowship training program, of which he now serves as Associate Director.  He has authored over 60 peer-reviewed publications and textbook chapters, and he has co-authored and edited two textbooks, The Unified Airway: Rhinologic Disease and Respiratory Disorders and Chronic Rhinosinusitis and Concomitant Medical Disorders. Dr. Gudis is also a collaborating author of international consensus statements and clinical practice guidelines related to rhinologic disorders.  He has presented his research at national and international conferences. He serves on national committees for Rhinology, Pediatric Otolaryngology, and Humanitarian Efforts for otolaryngology societies.  For the NYP Otolaryngology residency program, Dr. Gudis has mentored residents in the operating room and in research endeavors, leading to their publications and presentations at national conferences.  He is also Co-Director of the Columbia University Annual Endoscopic Ear, Sinus, and Skull Base Surgery Course, which has had participation from thousands of otolaryngologists from over 125 countries around the world.  He has served as faculty for several other surgical courses, including hands-on surgical training programs in Haiti and Cuba.  Dr. Gudis also serves as the Director of Medical Student Education for Otolaryngology at Columbia.

Rebecca T. Hahn, MD

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Dr. Hahn is the Director of Interventional Echocardiography. She has been the program director for a national echo review course for the last 12 years and was recognized by the American Society of Echocardiography for her dedication to teaching as the recipient of the 2009 Richard Popp Excellence in Teaching Award.

She currently serves on the Board of Directors for the American Society of Echocardiography and is CME Co-editor for the Journal of the American Society of Echocardiography. As noninvasive imaging continues to make major technologic progress, she is developing innovative ways of teaching advanced echocardiography to medical students and fellows.

Kim Hekimian, PhD

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Kim Hekimian, PhD is Assistant Professor of Nutrition in Pediatrics (Gastroenterology, Hepatology, and Nutrition) and the Institute of Human Nutrition at Columbia University.  She is also the Associate Director of Education for the VP&S Program in Education in Global and Population Health. Previously, she taught at the American University of Armenia’s School of Public Health and served as the Associate Director of the MPH Program and Director of the Center for Health Services Research.  

Dr. Hekimian received her PhD in Health Policy from the Johns Hopkins School of Public Health with a concentration in Behavioral Science and Health Education. Her research has focused on determinants of infant and young child feeding practices. One area of ongoing interest is how to use health promotion planning models to improve rates of breastfeeding initiation and duration.  Dr. Hekimian teaches courses in public health nutrition and research methods (including qualitative methods and survey research) at VP&S and the IHN where she is also Associate Director of the Medical Nutrition Program for Health Professionals.

She is currently involved in ongoing surveillance of infant feeding practices in Armenia.  Her recent publications have explored the determinants of stunted growth and anemia among children 0-5 in rural Armenia and is conducting a dietary assessment of women of reproductive age with particular interest in iron and folate.

David Horowitz, MD

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David Horowitz, M.D. is a board-certified radiation oncologist and Assistant Professor of Radiation Oncology at New York-Presbyterian/ Columbia University Irving Medical Center. His clinical focus is on gastrointestinal cancers, lymphoma and breast cancer, and his research interests focus on the development of novel ways to deliver precision radiation therapy to hard-to-treat cancers. Dr. Horowitz has developed the use of multiple radiation techniques at the Columbia University Irving Medical Center to best help patients with cancer receive the most effective treatments while minimizing potential side effects. As a member of the Pancreas Center at Columbia, Dr. Horowitz is part of a multidisciplinary team that brings expertise from multiple specialties, including surgery, medical oncology and radiology to the care of complex patients with pancreas cancer. Outside of his clinical duties, Dr. Horowitz serves as Director of Medical Student Education in the Department of Radiation Oncology, as well as the Associate Program Director for the department's residency program. Dr. Horowitz has mentored numerous medical students and residents, with multiple mentees receiving competitive research grants from the NIH, American Medical Association, and Gold Foundation.

R. Ariel Igal, MD, PhD

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R. Ariel Igal, M.D., Ph.D., is a member of the faculty of the Department of Pediatrics and the Institute of Human Nutrition (IHN) at Columbia University Irving Medical Center (CUIMC).  He is the Director of the Biochemistry courses in the Master of Science in Human Nutrition Program at IHN. Dr. Igal has taught undergraduate, graduate, and postgraduate science courses at the University of La Plata, Argentina, at Rutgers University, and, currently, at Columbia University. The courses included Physiology and Biophysics, Basic and Clinical Biochemistry, Comparative Biochemistry, Molecular Biology, and Advanced Nutritional Biochemistry.

As a medical educator at CUIMC, Dr. Igal has been developing, directing, and teaching several courses focused on the biochemical, physiological and pathological aspects of human nutrition, particularly the fundamental connections between nutrient metabolism and the onset and progression of complex diseases. With the rise of the novel science of personalized medicine and nutrition, Dr. Igal’s courses aim at providing undergraduate and graduate students, as well as health professionals, with an understanding of the emerging mechanistic connections of critical molecular, biological, and biochemical pathways in cells, organs and the whole body, and their implications in human health. His research has been focused on the role of the intertwined regulation of metabolic pathways and signal transduction platforms in the mechanisms of complex diseases, such as obesity, diabetes, non-alcoholic fatty liver disease, and cancer. 

Jane S. Kang, MD, MS

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Jane Kang, MD, MS is Assistant Professor of Medicine at Columbia University Irving Medical Center (CUIMC) and Fellowship Program Director in the Division of Rheumatology. She is actively involved in teaching and training medicine residents and rheumatology fellows at CUIMC, and participates in the Rheumatology Objective Structured Clinical Examination (ROSCE) in New York City every year.

In 2015, Dr. Kang was named an Ewig Clinical Scholar at CUIMC for her work in teaching and education and also received a Fellowship Training Award from the Rheumatology Research Foundation. She is also a member of the GMEC Fellowship Evaluation Subcommittee at New York Presbyterian/Columbia University Irving Medical Center and the American College of Rheumatology In-Training Examination Taskforce and Test Materials Development Committee.

Additionally, Dr. Kang is interested in addressing bioethical issues in medicine and rheumatology and completed a Master in Bioethics at Columbia University. She is working on a bioethics curriculum for residents and rheumatology fellows, with the aim of improving their knowledge of bioethics and ability to apply that knowledge to assess ethical issues. In support of her efforts, she was awarded the Rheumatology Research Foundation Clinician Scholar Educator Award for 2018. She has also applied her expertise in bioethics on a national level as a member of the American College of Rheumatology Ethics and Conflict of Interest Committee, before being elected Chair of the committee.

David Kessler, MD, MSc

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David Kessler, MD, MSc, is an Assistant Professor of Pediatrics and the Vice Chair of Innovation and Strategic Initiatives for the Department of Emergency Medicine. He is also the Associate Course Director for the Foundations of Clinical Medicine Tutorials, and an Associate Medical Director for the Mary & Michael Jaharis Simulation Center. Dr. Kessler has created and grown multiple educational programs for in situ simulation and point-of-care ultrasound. Dr. Kessler is the co-director and one of the co-founders for INSPIRE, (International Network for Simulation-based Pediatric Innovation, Research and Education) an international pediatric research network focused on outcome-oriented simulation research in acute care, resuscitation and skills. Personal research focus includes patient-oriented outcomes research, quality improvement, and skills training. Dr. Kessler has lead several multi-center studies and has a prolific record of international presentations and publications. He has collaborated on several interactive “serious games”, published educational curricula, and educational videos.

Stacy Kinirons, PT, PhD

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Dr. Stacy Kinirons is an Assistant Professor of Rehabilitation and Regenerative Medicine at Columbia University Irving Medical Center.  She earned a Bachelor of Science in Physical Therapy from Ithaca College, a Master of Public Health in Community Health Education from New York University, and a Doctor of Philosophy in Anatomy from Virginia Commonwealth University.  She joined the Programs in Physical Therapy faculty in 2004. 

Dr. Kinirons integrates her clinical experiences into her Gross Anatomy and Neuroscience courses.  She developed and teaches a series of Teaching Practicum elective courses for students interested in formal teaching as part of their professional path.  Her current research focuses on gross anatomy education.  Dr. Kinirons received the Programs in Physical Therapy Excellence in Teaching Award in 2017, 2018, and 2019.

M. Christine Krause, MD

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Dr. Krause is a Baylor trained general pediatrician who works as a clinical educator in the Department of Pediatrics, Division of Child and Adolescent Health. She is devoted to teaching primary care pediatrics to medical students and residents while maintaining her own practice at the Rangel Clinic in the Ambulatory Care Network of New York Presbyterian Hospital.

She is the co-director of the Daniel Noyes Brown Primary Care Scholars Program for CUIMC which offers students a longitudinal instructional and mentored experience with primary care faculty during their 4 years of medical school. She was selected as the Teacher of the Year by the pediatrics residency program in 2006.

Usha Krishnan, MD

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Dr. Usha Krishnan is an Associate Professor of Pediatrics (Pediatric Cardiology), the Associate Director of the Pulmonary Hypertension Center at CUIMC, and the Director of the Fellowship Clinical Competency Committee. She is deeply involved in mentorship and evaluation of Fellows residents and medical students. She has extensively published in the fields of Pediatric Cardiology and Pulmonary Hypertension. 


Salila Kurra, MD

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Salila Kurra, MD, is an Assistant Professor of Medicine at Columbia University Irving Medical Center. She received her undergraduate degree in biology magna cum laude from Brown University and attended medical school at the Columbia University College of Physicians & Surgeons. She completed her internship and residency in Internal Medicine as well as a fellowship in Endocrinology, Diabetes & Metabolism at the Columbia University Irving Medical Center. Dr. Kurra is an Advisory Dean at the Columbia University Vagelos College of Physicians & Surgeons, she also serves as Endocrinology section director for the medical student course, "The Body in Health and Disease".

She is the Program Director for the Columbia Endocrinology, Diabetes, & Metabolism Fellowship and a member of the Internal Medicine Recruitment & Selection Committee. Her clinical responsibilities include serving as Co-Director of the Columbia Adrenal Center, and seeing patients at the New York Thyroid Center and the Metabolic Bone Diseases Program. She lectures nationally and internationally. Dr. Kurra was awarded an Outstanding Teacher Award by the Class of 2012 and received the Ewig Clinical Education Award in 2013.

Mariellen Lane, MD

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Dr. Lane has an MD degree from Columbia University, is Associate Professor of Pediatrics, and serves as Assistant Program Director for Ambulatory Pediatrics for the Pediatric Residency Program. Dr. Lane oversees continuity clinic and all ambulatory block training for the residency program. She created and has taught a curriculum for pediatric trainees about Quality Improvement Fundamentals, which combines traditional didactic with team-based experiential learning resulting in sustainable changes in ambulatory care. Her other professional activities include training and supervising pediatric residents during their continuity clinic, delivering direct patient care at the Broadway ACN site, being an inpatient ward attending, as well as teaching primary care pediatrics to medical students during their MCY pediatric clerkship.

Benjamin Lebwohl, MD

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Dr. Lebwohl received his MD from Columbia College of Physicians and Surgeons in 2003, and then completed his internship, residency, and chief residency in internal medicine at NewYork Presbyterian/Columbia. He stayed at Columbia as a fellow in Digestive and Liver Disease, during which time he obtained a Masters in Patient Oriented Research from the Department of Biostatistics at the Mailman School of Public Health. He is the Director of Clinical Research at the Celiac Disease Center at Columbia University, where his main area of research concerns epidemiology, patterns of care, and the natural history of celiac disease. He is an author of more than 200 peer-reviewed papers. His work has been funded by the American Gastroenterological Association and the Celiac Disease Foundation. He is the course director of the Evidence Based Medicine unit and also teaches on topics including celiac disease, clinical decision making, quality improvement, pseudoscience, diarrhea, the Beethoven string quartets, and colorectal cancer screening.

Allison Lee, MD

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Dr. Allison Lee is Associate Professor of Anesthesiology at Columbia Medical Center and is the Medical Director of the Department of Anesthesiology’s Margaret Wood Center for Simulation and Education. Dr. Lee’s primary teaching interests are simulation-based education and incorporating active learning strategies in course design. Her education research focus is investigating the value of simulation and serious video games for education and assessment.


James Lee, MD

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James is the Edwin K. and Anne C. Weiskopf Associate Professor of Surgical Oncology and serves as the Chief of Endocrine Surgery and Co-Director of the NY Thyroid-Parathyroid Center and Adrenal Center. He is also the Vice Chair of New Media in the Department of Surgery and in this role oversees the social media and website efforts of the department to provide patient and health information to the public. His educational work is focused around implementing technology to assist in education. He is the Founder of COACH, a novel learning management system that has been implemented in universities and medical societies all over the world.

Jay Lefkowitch, MD

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Dr. Lefkowitch is one of the consummate teachers in the second year at VP&S. He directs all instruction in pathology for our students. He goes well beyond the standard and offers an elective for students in the early morning to present a clinical case with the tissue from a recent postmortem exam that relates to the disease patho-physiology being discussed in the course. He has been the recipient of a Columbia University Presidential Teaching Award and has been chosen numerous times as the outstanding teacher by the second year class. In addition to his teaching activities, Dr. Lefkowitch is President of the VP&S Alumni Association and a faculty advisor to the VP&S Club.

Owen Lewis, MD

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Clinical Professor of Psychiatry, has taught in a variety of settings in and outside the medical center.  From 1986 to 2006 he served as Director of Child and Adolescent Training for the Adult Psychiatry Residency; from 1994 to 2002 as Co-Director of the Open Society’s Eastern European Child Abuse and Child Mental Health Project; and from 2006 to 2013 Vice President for Education in the School Transformation Projects of Turnaround for Children. He has published extensively in the areas of public psychiatry and child/adolescent psychotherapy.

A poet, he is the author of two collections of poetry (Marriage Map and Sometimes Full of Daylight) and two chapbooks. He has been the recipient of many awards including the 2016 International Hippocrates Prize for Poetry and Medicine, the 2016 Jean Pendrick Chapbook Prize (for best man), and a finalist for the 2017 Pablo Neruda Award. Currently, at the medical center he teaches the Narrative Medicine/Poetry Intensive Workshop in the Foundations of Clinical Medicine (FCM) course and a Major Clinical Year (MCY) reflections group. Additionally, he teaches at Einstein Medical School as an Adjunct Professor of Psychiatry.

Ronald Liem, MD

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Dr. Ronald Liem is Professor of Pathology and Cell Biology.  He is the Director of the Integrated Program in Cellular, Molecular and Biomedical Studies, the umbrella graduate program the Medical Center.  He is also Associate Director of the MD-PhD program and directs the Med into Grad program that gives graduate PhD students some clinical exposure. 

He also runs the Pathobiology and Mechanisms of Disease graduate program.  He directs a one-year course in Mechanisms of Human Disease and co-directs a Histopathology course for PhD students.  His research interests are in the neuronal cytoskeleton and its relation to neurodegerative diseases. 

Danielle Ludwin, MD

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Dr. Danielle B. Ludwin is an Associate Professor of Anesthesiology in the Division of Orthopedic and Regional Anesthesia and the Program Director for the Regional Anesthesia and Acute Pain Medicine Fellowship.   She is the co-director of the Faculty Development and Career Advancement Program in the Department of Anesthesiology.  Dr. Ludwin is a charter member of the Arnold P. Gold Humanism in Medicine Society.  She has led large and small group workshops teaching ultrasound and sonoanatomy. These include a clinical correlations section in the Columbia Medical School Clinical Gross Anatomy course, cadaveric anatomy for anesthesia residents and fellows, as well as presenting at numerous local, national and international meetings including the American Society of Anesthesiology (ASA), the American Society of Regional Anesthesia (ASRA) and the New York State State of Anesthesiology-Post Graduate Assembly (NYSSA-PGA). She is a member of the Columbia Anesthesia Residency Education, Residency Interview and Clinical Competency Committees.

Sarah Shrager Lusman, MD

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Dr. Sarah Shrager Lusman is an Associate Professor of Pediatrics at CUMC in the Division of Pediatric Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition.  She is the Director of the Pediatric Gastroenterology Fellowship Training Program and the Director of Fellowship Training for the Department of Pediatrics.  She has worked with the Department of Pediatrics’ Office of Medical Education, Diversity and Inclusion to establish the Pediatric Fellows’ Academy, a shared curriculum that promotes the professional development of pediatric fellows.  She is also the director of the resident and medical student electives in pediatric gastroenterology.  She is a member of the Training Committee of the North American Society of Pediatric Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition (NASPGHAN).  She has been involved in the development of Entrustable Professional Activities and associated curricular resources for pediatric gastroenterology fellows.  She recently served as the co-chair of NASPGHAN’s Teaching and Tomorrow program for pediatric residents who are interested in gastroenterology.  She is also the Editor of PREP® GI, a peer-reviewed online education program administered by the American Academy of Pediatrics.

Dr. Lusman earned her bachelor's degree in Biology from Brown University. She received her medical degree from Columbia University's College of Physicians and Surgeons and completed her residency and fellowship training at Columbia University Medical Center.  Her major clinical interest is in the gastrointestinal manifestations of cystic fibrosis.  She completed the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation’s Developing Innovative GastroEnterology Specialty Training (DIGEST) Program and she serves as the gastroenterology representative on the Program Planning Committee for the North American Cystic Fibrosis Conference. 

Charles C. Marboe, MD

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Charles C. Marboe, MD, is Professor of Pathology and Cell Biology at CUIMC, Vice Chairman for Education and Professional Development, and Residency Program Director.  He has been involved in medical student teaching since coming to Columbia as a resident in 1976.  He continued as faculty to lead large lab sessions for approximately one-third of the medical student class and since 2010, the laboratory sessions for the histology course.  He also has extensive direct teaching experience with residents in pathology, pediatric and adult cardiology, and internal medicine and with graduate students and has enjoyed enthusiastic and supportive feedback from them regarding these efforts at instruction.    He has had the privilege of teaching at grand rounds in the US and in Nairobi, Kenya, and Kigali, Rwanda, and has been a visiting professor at various departments of pathology in the United States.  He helped establish and teach in a MMed Programme in Anatomical Pathology with the University of Rwanda; this successful residency training program had its first graduates in 2017.

Since 2006 he has been the program director for the residency training program in anatomic and clinical pathology at New York Presbyterian Hospital, Columbia University Irving Medical Center. The residency and fellowship programs (Blood Banking/Transfusion Medicine, Hematopathology, Molecular Genetic Pathology, and Neuropathology), have been extremely successful in first time pass rate on certifying examinations of the American Board of Pathology (rate is 100%; first time  pass rate for all candidate in anatomic and clinical pathology has been 80-90%).  Some 70% of graduates are in academic pathology positions following fellowship training.

His clinical and research activities have focused on cardiovascular pathology and heart and lung transplantation.  He is the author of 153 peer reviewed articles and 22 chapters, reviews, and editorials.

John Markowitz, MD

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John Markowitz, M.D. is a Research Psychiatrist at the New York State Psychiatric Institute, Professor of Clinical Psychiatry at the Columbia University Vagelos College of Physicians & Surgeons, and Adjunct Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at the Weill Medical College of Cornell University in New York City. Dr. Markowitz received his medical degree from Columbia in 1982 and completed psychiatric residency training at the New York Hospital-Payne Whitney Clinic in 1986. He trained in cognitive behavioral therapy at the Center for Cognitive Therapy in Philadelphia and in interpersonal psychotherapy (IPT) from the late Gerald L. Klerman, M.D. at Cornell. Since residency Dr. Markowitz has conducted clinical research involving psychotherapy and pharmacotherapy of mood, anxiety, and personality disorders. He collaborated with James Kocsis, M.D. on chronic depression research and with the late Drs. Klerman and Samuel Perry on HIV-related research at Cornell. Since moving to Columbia University/New York State Psychiatric Institute in 2001, he has also focused on personality disorders, working with Andrew Skodol, M.D., and posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD). In April 2008 he received funding from the National Institute of Mental Health for a five-year grant to study the efficacy of psychotherapies for chronic PTSD. Dr. Markowitz has received grants from the NIMH, NARSAD, and other foundations. He has lectured widely on IPT and other topics. Dr. Markowitz is the author, co-author, or editor of 18 books and has published more than two hundred seventy-five peer-reviewed articles and chapters. He serves on several journal editorial boards and is Associate Editor of Comprehensive Psychiatry.

Mary-Joan Marron-Corwin, MD

Dr. Mary Marron-Corwin is Director of Newborn Medicine and Pediatrics at Harlem Hospital and Clinical Professor of Pediatrics, Columbia University. After completion of her Neonatal-Perinatal Fellowship at Columbia, Dr. Marron held such leadership positions as the Founding Director of the Neonatal ICU nursery at the Allen Pavilion and was Director of Neonatology and Pediatrics at St. Vincent’s Hospital. She is the recipient of multiple teaching awards including Doctor of the Year for Morgan Stanley Children’s Hospital Department of Pediatrics, as well as for St. Vincent’s Hospital and Harlem Hospital. She has been honored multiple times in New York Magazine’s Best Doctors edition and was cited in U.S. News and World Report as one of the Top Neonatologists in the Country. A recipient of the Medical Director’s Award for “Outstanding Leadership in the Promotion of Patient Safety “at Harlem Hospital, Dr. Marron was likewise honored by the Friends of Harlem Association as recipient of The Visionary Award for outstanding contributions to health care in the Harlem community. Having been featured in television documentaries on Lifetime and Discovery channels, in 2017 Castle Connolly entitled  her one of the  “Exceptional Women in Medicine”. She has authored numerous publications on Neonatology and has trained countless numbers of medical students, residents and fellows in her thirty year career. 

Dara Matseoane-Peterssen, MD

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Dr. Matseoane is an Assistant Professor of OB/Gyn at CUIMC and the Director of the VP&S Clerkship in OB/Gyn. She earned a BA at Yale College, an MD at VP&S and an MPH in Healthcare Management and Policy from the Mailman School of Public Health. She completed her residency in OB/Gyn at The Sloane Hospital for Women at NYP-CUIMC and has worked at NYP-Allen and in the NYP-Ambulatory Care Network clinics since 2001. 

Dr. Matseoane has been a dedicated clinician-educator throughout her time at Columbia. Her abilities as a teacher and mentor have been recognized with awards including the Charles W. Bohmfalk Award for Excellence in Clinical Teaching (2019), the VP&S Major Clinical Year Teacher of the Year Award (2016), the APGO Excellence in Teaching Award (2011), a Mentorship Award from the Black and Latino Student Organization at VP&S (2019), and the Allen Physician of the Year Award (2012). Her current academic interests include incorporating more teaching about healthcare disparities and using simulation and e-learning to optimize clinical learning for clerkship students as COVID changes the way we provide clinical care.

Guy McKhann, MD

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Dr. Guy M. McKhann II has over 15 years of experience at Columbia University Medical Center/NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital, combining clinical skill and compassionate care to maximize patient outcomes. He works with multidisciplinary teams to treat patients with a variety of brain conditions, including brain tumors, epilepsy, movement disorders, adult hydrocephalus, trigeminal neuralgia, Chiari malformations, and cavernous malformations. His areas of particular technical expertise include awake brain mapping; minimally invasive, computer guided microneurosurgery; stereotactic laser ablation for tumors and epilepsy; Gamma Knife radiosurgery; deep brain stimulation; neuroendoscopy; and cerebrospinal fluid shunting.

Dr. McKhann also works as a translational neuroscientist, directing the Epilepsy Neurophysiology Laboratory and collaborating with Dr. Sameer A. Sheth in the Functional and Cognitive Neurophysiology Laboratory and with Dr. Jeffrey N. Bruce in the Gabriele Bartoli Brain Tumor Research Laboratory. 

Lisa Mellman, MD

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Lisa A. Mellman, M.D. is Clinical Professor of Psychiatry and Senior Associate Dean for Student Affairs at Columbia University Vagelos College of Physicians & Surgeons.  She received her undergraduate degree from the University of Colorado, her medical degree from Case Western Reserve University and completed her psychiatry residency at Columbia Presbyterian Medical Center/New York State Psychiatric Institute where she was Chief Resident. Dr. Mellman completed her psychoanalytic training at the Columbia University Center for Psychoanalytic Training and Research.  A national leader in psychiatric and medical education, Dr. Mellman is Past President of the American Association of Directors of Psychiatry Residency Training and chaired task forces and committees on psychiatric education and psychotherapy competency for the American Psychiatric Association and the American Association of Directors of Psychiatry Residency Training. She also chaired the Fellowship Program of the American Psychoanalytic Association. She is a Distinguished Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association. In her former positions directing clinical services and as a residency training director, Dr. Mellman developed new clinical and teaching programs in psychiatry.  Dr. Mellman has received awards for clinical excellence, Teacher of the Year, and for contributions to psychoanalysis. Her publications and presentations are on psychiatric and medical education, psychotherapy training and competencies, workforce, pregnancy of the therapist, cultural competency, and consequences of violence. She treats patients with problems including depression, anxiety, adjustment and relationship problems.

Sumit Mohan, MD, MPH

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Sumit Mohan, MD, MPH is an Associate Professor of Medicine & Epidemiology at Columbia University Irving Medical Center. His clinical and research interests are focused on improving outcomes for patients with acute kidney injury, kidney failure and transplantation. Dr. Mohan is a NIH funded clinical researcher with over 100 peer reviewed publications and is currently the Deputy Editor for Kidney International Reports from the International Society of Nephrology. In addition, Dr. Mohan's commitment to education has been widely recognized with numerous teaching awards including Teacher of the Year (multiple) from the Internal Medicine Residency Program at Harlem Hospital, the Distinguished Educator Award from the third year VP&S students and the Ewig Award for Clinical Teaching from the Department of Medicine. He has lectured at the Glenda Garvey Teaching Academy and teaches at the Columbia University Annual Review of Internal Medicine. He continues to teach medical students in the renal pathophysiology course as well as students, residents and fellows at the bedside while also lecturing both nationally and internationally.

Vivek Moitra, MD

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Dr. Moitra is currently an Associate Professor of Anesthesiology at the Columbia University Irving Medical Center in the Division of Critical Care, Chief of the Division of Critical Care in the Department of Anesthesiology and the Medical Director of the Cardiothoracic and Surgical Intensive Care Units. He is the Program Director of the Critical Care Medicine Fellowship program. He has an outstanding reputation as an educator and has won several teaching awards. Dr. Moitra is recognized nationally for his research and scholarly activity and serves as a key leader for his specialty nationally in a number of areas: as an Oral Board Examiner and Question Writer, a member of the American Society of Anesthesiologists' Committee on Critical Care Medicine and holds important positions in the Society of Critical Care Medicine. His clinical and research interests include intraoperative resuscitation and the long-term outcomes of the chronically critically ill. His bibliography includes book chapters and manuscripts addressing the interactions of general anesthesia with co-morbidities in patients undergoing surgical procedures. He is an author of the internationally recognized 2015 guidelines for Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS).

Ellen Morrison, MD

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Dr. Morrison was the program director for the Nicholas A. Rango HIV Scholar's program, a postgraduate training program in ambulatory HIV care, at New York–Presbyterian Hospital for more than 10 years.

She is the medical director of the HIV Counseling and Testing Service at New York–Presbyterian Hospital and is Chair of the Quality Improvement and Patient Safety committee for the Comprehensive HIV Program at New York-Presbyterian Hospital.


Teresa A. Mulaikal, MD, FASE

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Dr. Teresa A. Mulaikal joined the department of Anesthesiology at Columbia University as Assistant Professor in 2013, after completing her anesthesiology residency, cardiothoracic anesthesiology and critical care medicine fellowships at this institution.  In July of 2018 she was entrusted with leading the educational program in the department of Anesthesiology as the Residency Program Director.  In this capacity she has worked with her colleagues to redesign the faculty advisory system, create a professional development curriculum, develop an anesthesiology-specific objective structured clinical examination (OSCE) for the residency, and establish diversity and inclusivity as a core value in residency recruitment and fellow retention.  She is active at the national level, serving on the Educational Advisory Board of the Association of University Anesthesiologists and also as a question author for the American Board of Anesthesiology’s Critical Care board examination.  Her clinical interests are in the field of perioperative echocardiography, mechanical circulatory support, and ethics at the end of life.  Her contributions to the field have been recognized in peer-reviewed publications such as Circulation and UpToDate.

Shunichi Nakagawa, MD

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Dr. Nakagawa is an Assistant Professor of Medicine at the Columbia University Medical Center. He is Director of Inpatient Palliative Care Services and Director of Cardiac Supportive Care Services in NewYork Presbyterian Hospital. Dr. Nakagawa serves as Associate Program Director of Hospice and Palliative Medicine Fellowship. He became an Apgar member in 2019.  He has extensive training background in general surgery, internal medicine, geriatrics medicine and hospice and palliative care medicine, both in Japan and the US.

Dr. Nakagawa’s clinical and research interests are palliative care for the seriously and critically ill, including those with cancer or advanced heart failure. He developed palliative care consultation program prior to left ventricular assist devices implantation at NewYork Presbyterian Hospital.

Dr. Nakagawa teaches palliative medicine to different level of trainees, including fellows, residents and medical students at bedside. He is sort after as a lecturer, having been invited to conferences in Japan and in the US, locally and nationally. He has strong commitment in teaching medical communication, such as how to break bad news, lead family meetings and navigate difficult decision making for the seriously ill. He received Apgar Grant Awards in 2017 and co-developed the communication skills practice program for general surgery residents.

Katherine G. Nickerson, MD

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Dr. Nickerson is Vice Chair of Medical Service Operations and Education in the Department of Medicine. She was Course Director for the Clinical Practice Course from 1995-2001 and in 2003 became Course Director for the Third Year Clerkship in Medicine. In addition to third-year students, she teaches medical students in the Pathophysiology and Clinical Practice courses, residents in the Internal Medicine Residency, and fellows in Rheumatology and also serves as a key faculty advisor to internal medicine residents. Along with colleagues Andrew Mutnick, Nick Fiebach and John Encandela she is a recipient of a grant from the Glenda Garvey Teaching Academy to improve resident teaching of medical students using a set of lively videos. She is currently chairing the Clinical Education Group charged with creating the new four-year clinical curriculum. As a member of the Board of Trustees of Bassett Healthcare and as chair of their Medical Education committee has played an active role in the development of the Columbia-Bassett Clinical Campus.

Dawn M. Nilsen, EdD, OTR/L FAOTA

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Dr. Dawn Nilsen is an Associate Professor of Rehabilitation and Regenerative Medicine (Occupational Therapy) at Columbia University Irving Medical Center and Associate Director of the Programs in Occupational Therapy. Dr. Nilsen coordinates the Science curriculum and teaches three core courses within the Programs in Occupational Therapy.  She utilizes a combination of technology, peer-teaching, accountability partnerships, and interactive learning activities in her teaching. In addition to teaching, she serves as a research mentor to students at both the masters and doctoral levels.

Dr. Nilsen’s clinical expertise is in the area of neurorehabilitation and motor control with a specific focus on stroke rehabilitation. Her research centers on determining the effectiveness of interventions designed to improve arm and hand function after stroke. Dr. Nilsen’s work in the area of neurorehabilitation has been recognized nationally by the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA). She was inducted into the Roster of Fellows of the AOTA for Outstanding Contributions in Neurorehabilitation Education and Scholarship (2016), and she received the AOTA Recognition of Achievement Award for an Author/Educator Who Has Advanced Neurorehabilitation (2019).

James M. Noble, MD, MS, CPH

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Dr. Noble started at CUIMC in 2002 and joined the VP&S faculty in 2008. He is Associate Professor of Neurology (in the Taub Institute for Alzheimer’s Disease and the Aging Brain and G.H. Sergievsky Center) at CUIMC. He became an Apgar member in 2012 and a Fellow of the American Academy of Neurology in 2017. His academic and research training has included internal medicine, neurology residency (including neurology chief resident), and fellowship training in behavioral neurology and neuropsychiatry within the Department of Neurology at CUIMC, and master’s degree in epidemiology from the Mailman School of Public Health at Columbia University. He holds board certifications in neurology (American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology), Behavioral Neurology and Neuropsychiatry (United Council for Neurologic Subspecialties), and Certification in Public Health (American Board of Public Health Examiners). His current neurology practice focuses on Alzheimer disease and sports-related concussion, as well as general neurology in the Associates in Internal Medicine (AIM) practice. Dr. Noble has served in multiple educational roles in the department of neurology, including previously as the director of medical student education (neurology clerkship and electives director) from 2009-2016. Transitioning more into research roles recently, he nonetheless remains very involved with early neuroscience training of VP&S medical students as the co-director of preclinical neuroscience course and the NIH-supported Brief Research in Aging and Interdisciplinary Neurosciences (BRAIN) T35 training program. Since 2005, he has helped developed the NIH-supported Hip Hop Public Health Centers of Harlem Hospital and Columbia University Irving Medical Center, which now annually reach over 10,000 local elementary school children, educating them on important health messages including stroke, Alzheimer disease, healthy eating and lifestyle decisions, sugar-sweetened beverages, and establishing exercise thresholds. This approach teaches children to be health educational conduits into their homes to improve health knowledge and attitudes in multiple generations. In 2017, along with Dr. Olajide Williams, Dr. Noble helped to start the Institute for Training, Outreach, and Community Health (In TOuCH), a community health worker education program based out of the Manhattanville campus.

Heather Paladine, MD, MEd

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Dr. Paladine is the program director of the NewYork-Presbyterian/Columbia University Family Medicine residency and also volunteers at the CoSMO student-run free clinic. She is one of the faculty co-leaders of the Daniel Noyes Brown Primary Care Scholars Program, a selective track that includes mentoring and clinical experiences for students who are interested in primary care. Her clinical focus is on women's health care within Family Medicine, including maternity care and reproductive health.


Oliver Panzer, MD

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Oliver Panzer, MD serves as Scientific Advisor of ICCU Imaging, Inc. Mr. Panzer serves as an Assistant Professor of Anesthesiology at Division of Critical Care & Regional Anesthesia Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons New York, NY. Panzer was trained at the University of Hamburg (Germany) with residencies at both NYP Hospital/Columbia University Medical Center and St. Lukes Roosevelt Hospital Center. Panzer is board certified in Anesthesiology and Critical Care Medicine.


Constance Park, MD, PhD

Dr. Park is the initiator and director of Clinical Practice IV for fourth-year students. In CPIV, students and faculty together consider the mission of medicine and the concept of service in the context of discussing major challenges facing medicine today. To aid the transition to residency, CPIV fosters patterns of creative, collegial problem-solving. The final student project (written, visual, or musical), encourages reflection integrating current aspirations with medical school experiences and with the unique motivations that brought each student to the profession. As chief of endocrinology at Harlem Hospital, Dr. Park enjoys teaching Harlem medical residents-- encouraging patient-centered care, enthusiasm for problem-solving, and self-directed learning. She also teaches third-year students on the Harlem primary care rotation. In her roles as residency advisor for students interested in internal medicine and as a mentor for residents and junior faculty she uses a discovery model guiding individuals to explore a wide range of interests and options for growth. Dr. Park develops medical school curricular materials related to complementary and alternative medicine (CAM), offering a fourth-year elective and maintaining with students a website for the CUIMC community on CAM-related resources.

Marya Pollack MD, MPH

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Dr. Pollack received her MD degree from New York University and her MPH in Maternal and Child Health from Columbia University. She joined the faculty in the Division of Psychiatry in 2001. Since then, she has been teaching third-year medical students in the Psychiatry Clerkship. Dr. Pollack created a unique interdisciplinary graduate-level course “Human Nature: DNA, Race & Identity,” which is taught both fall and spring semesters on the Morningside campus and is open to learners from any school in the University. She is the Director of an elective for fourth-year medical students who then attend her seminar while gaining clinical experience in palliative care and psychiatry. In addition, Dr. Pollack is an instructor in the newly developed fall semester seminar “Life at the End of Life: Palliative Medicine and Service,” which developed from a volunteer program one of her former students created at Terence Cardinal Cooke Hospital. She recruited many of the other instructors for the course and looks forward to a continued role as liaison between educators at CUIMC and the Morningside campus as part of her work at the Academy.

Martin V. Pusic, MD

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Dr. Pusic is an experienced medical educator who has received awards for teaching excellence at academic centers in Canada and the United States. He has focused on the development and evaluation of educational learning interventions in ambulatory clinical settings. He has helped introduce evidence-based medicine principles into the pediatric residency program. Dr. Pusic has developed computer-based teaching tutorials for medical students and novice residents in the pediatric emergency room. He is currently a PhD candidate at Teachers College. The nature of the student-patient-preceptor-computer tutorial interaction is the subject of his thesis.

Donald Quest, MD

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Donald O. Quest graduated from the University of Illinois with honors in mathematics in 1961. He served on active duty with the United States Navy as a naval aviator aboard the U.S.S. Kittyhawk in the Vietnam conflict between 1961 and 1966. He then attended Columbia University Vagelos College of Physicians and Surgeons and was awarded the M. D. degree in 1970. He was elected to Alpha Omega Alpha and received the Winchester prize for overall excellence in his graduating medical school class. He interned in surgery at the Massachusetts General Hospital in 1970-71 and then was a resident in surgery from 1971 to 1972. Dr. Quest was a resident in neurological surgery at the Neurological Institute of New York at the Columbia Presbyterian Medical Center between 1972 and 1975. He was chief resident from 1975 to 1976. He served as an assistant professor of neurological surgery at the Downstate Medical Center of the State University of New York between 1976 and 1978. He joined the Department of Neurological Surgery at the Columbia University Vagelos College of Physicians and Surgeons in 1978 and rose to become professor in 1989. Dr. Quest has been Vice Chairman of the Department from 1991 to 1993 and from 1997 to 2008 and has been Acting Chairman on two occasions, 1993 to 1994 and 1996 to 1997. He was appointed Assistant Dean of Student Affairs at Columbia in 2003.

Dr. Quest was on the Executive Committee of the Congress of Neurological Surgery from 1978 to 1988. He served as Scientific Program Chairman, Treasurer, and President of the Congress — presiding at the annual meeting in Baltimore in 1987.  Dr. Quest is a member of the American Association of Neurological Surgeons (AANS), the American Academy of Neurological Surgery, the American College of Surgeons, the American Medical Association, the Neurological Society of American and the Society of Neurological Surgeons. He has served on the Board of Directors of the American Association of Neurological Surgeons and was chairman of the Scientific Program Committee from 1990-1991 and Annual Meeting Chairman 1991- 1992. He was elected Vice-President of the AANS from 1994-1995. He was elected as a Director of the American Board of Neurological Surgery in 1994. He served as Secretary of the Board from 1996 to 1999 and was Chairman from 1999 to 2000. He was elected to the Residency Review Committee for Neurological Surgery in 2000 and its chairman in 2006. He was President of the American Academy of Neurological Surgery in 2002 and President of the American Association of Neurological Surgeons in 2007.
Dr. Quest has served as president of the Board of Education in Ho-Ho-Kus, New Jersey and a member of the Board of Directors of Hudson City Savings Bank in Paramus, New Jersey. He is presently on the Board of Directors of Mary Imogene Bassett Hospital in Cooperstown, New York.

Jai Radhakrishnan MD, MS

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Dr. Radhakrishnan is Professor of Medicine at Columbia University Irving Medical Center and the Clinical Chief of the Nephrology Division at the New York Presbyterian Hospital.  His clinical and research interests are the in the therapy of chronic kidney disease, glomerular diseases and intensive care nephrology.  He is an associate editor of Kidney International and founding editor/editor-in-chief of Kidney International Reports.  He has served on educational committees with the ASN and ISN and is a global education ambassador for the ISN and has lectured extensively both nationally and internationally. He previously served as the training program director for nephrology at Columbia. His commitment to medical education is exemplified by his numerous teaching awards including the Ewig Clinical Education Award, Daniel V. Kimberg Memorial Teaching Award and Charles W. Bohmfalk Award for Excellence in Pre-clinical Teaching. He has been included New York Times Magazine Super Doctors and America’s Best Doctors in recognition of his clinical skills.

Rini Ratan, MD

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Dr. Ratan is actively involved in teaching medical students and residents in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology. Her teaching philosophy is to encourage students to have fun while actively engaging in learning, and she has developed many innovative and interactive educational tools to this end. Third-year medical students look forward to the Jeopardy!" style shelf review that Dr. Ratan hosts at the end of each clerkship, and residents enjoy competing in her ongoing Quiz Show series, culminating in an end-of-the-year Faculty v. Resident "Family Feud". Dr. Ratan has won numerous teaching awards, including the Association of Professors in Gynecology and Obstetrics. Excellence in Teaching Award in 2004 and 2007.


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Dr. David Riley is the Director of Emergency Medicine Ultrasonography Research. Dr. Riley completed his Emergency Medicine training at the Los Angeles County - Martin Luther King Trauma Center and at the St. Luke’s-Roosevelt Hospital Center in New York City where he served as Chief Resident. He also completed Columbia Summer Research Institute and the Master of Science in Clinical Research Methods and Biostatistics from the Columbia University School of Public Health. He has won numerous awards including the St. Luke’s Roosevelt Nursing Education Appreciation Award and he won the Society of Academic Emergency Medicine National Visual Diagnosis Contest. Dr. Riley is also an Oral Examiner for the American Board of Emergency Medicine. Dr. Riley developed the first Manhattan Emergency Ultrasound Fellowship training program and he trained 12 Fellows who are all leaders of emergency ultrasound at academic medical centers including Harvard, Massachusetts General Hospital. In 2012 he was part of the first ARDMS pioneer group to complete his RMSK certification in musculoskeletal ultrasound, making him the first emergency physician in the nation to achieve medical (RDMS), cardiac (RDCS), vascular (RVT & RPVI) and musculoskeletal (RMSK) ultrasound certifications. He has lectured and taught hands-on point of care emergency ultrasonography locally, nationally and internationally. Dr. Riley has developed an active ultrasound clinical research division in the Emergency Department at the Columbia University Irving Medical Center with multiple projects up and running with active patient enrollments. Dr. Riley has published over twenty articles in peer-reviewed journals. He was the first CUIMC Emergency Department physician to receive both the CUIMC Clinical and Translational Science Award, Pilot Grant for $50,000 and the NIH-National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute – PRIDE Scholar Diversity Award to study point of care bedside clinical ultrasonography in the Emergency Department at Columbia University Irving Medical Center.

Cindy Roskind, MD

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Dr. Roskind is an Associate Professor of Pediatrics, Department of Emergency Medicine. She earned her bachelors and medical degree from the University of Pennsylvania and completed both her pediatric residency and pediatric emergency medicine fellowship training at NewYork-Presbyterian/ Columbia University Irving Medical Center. She also completed the Academic Pediatric Association Education Scholar Program in 2014.  Dr. Roskind serves as the director of the pediatric emergency medicine fellowship program.  Under her direction, the program has seen enormous growth and development, and she is passionate about improving fellowship education on a local and national level. Dr. Roskind co-authored her specialty’s Entrustable Professional Activities as well as several publications detailing the current state and future directions of pediatric emergency medicine fellowship training on a national level.  She co-developed an annual “how to teach” course for fellows from several local training programs and also facilitates an annual evidence-based practice workshop. Dr. Roskind is passionate about mentoring future pediatric emergency medicine physicians and educators and serves as a mentor for trainees and junior fellowship program directors.

Prantik Saha, MD MPH

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Prantik Saha, MD has been practicing general pediatrics for more than 20 years in a variety of different contexts, including inpatient and outpatient, rural and urban with patients ranging in age from newborns to 21 years old. Dr. Saha devotes half his time as an educator and medical school professor at the Vagelos College of Physicians & Surgeons at CUIMC precepting medical students in narrative medicine and communication skills practice with standardized patients, directing a block of curriculum devoted to public health promotion and motivational interviewing (MI), and preparing students for the Step 2 Clinical Skills exam through SP simulation and feedback. 
Dr. Saha also serves his community as a member of Physicians for Human Rights (PHR) conducting medical and psychological evaluations for asylum applicants through the Columbia Human Rights Initiative Asylum Clinic. Additionally, he serves as the Title IX representative for the School Leadership Team Committee at a local public elementary school, advocating for the rights of gender nonconforming children. He is also a member of the Physicians for a National Healthcare Program (PNHP), a fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), and a member of MINT (Motivational Interviewing Network of Trainers). Besides teaching medical students, Dr. Saha teaches motivational interviewing for students and providers at the Institute of Human Nutrition and other schools at CUIMC and other New York institutions through the Columbia HIV Mental Health Training Project. He has dedicated himself to the dissemination of motivational interviewing as the best practice in behavior change counseling  for all health care providers and hopes to create and refine an MI curriculum here at Vagelos College of Physicians & Surgeons. 

Prakash Satwani, MD

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Dr. Prakash Satwani is an Associate Professor of Pediatrics, Director of Pediatric Cellular Therapy Program, and Director of Pediatric Hematology/Oncology/BMT Fellowship. He received his medical degree from Gandhi Medical College in Bhopal, India and completed his Pediatric Residency at King Edward Memorial Hospital in Mumbai India and The Brooklyn Hospital Center in New York.  Dr. Satwani received his fellowship training in Pediatric Hematology/Oncology and Bone Marrow Transplantation at Columbia University Medical Center.  Currently, Dr. Satwani is a full-time clinician specializing in the care of children and adolescents undergoing bone marrow transplantation (BMT) and other cellular therapies.

Through his work within the fellowship and the Pediatric Residency Program, Dr. Satwani has developed Pediatric Hematology/Oncology/BMT divisions education curricula, clinical rotations, research programs, and educational seminars.  He has mentored (both formally and informally) numerous trainees, junior faculty, doctoral and master’s students, within the university, as well as, nationally and internationally. Dr. Satwani’ s research focus is on outcomes, healthcare utilization and curbing overuse in pediatric bone marrow transplantation.  In his research, he has focused on leveraging the information from institutional observational data, in order to improve practice in the field.

 In 2016, Dr. Satwani began working with the government in the State of Madhya Pradesh in India to develop their first Bone Marrow Transplant Program and Center.  This work offered Dr. Satwani an opportunity to formally train two pediatricians, developed protocols and standard-operating procedures for the center, and develop a new educational curriculum for both physicians and nurses. This unit performs free bone-marrow transplants for patients of poor socio-economic status with reported income below the poverty line.  Dr. Satwani, provides guidance on a daily basis to the medical and nursing team.

Joseph Schwartz, MD, MPH

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Joseph (Yossi) Schwartz is a Professor of Pathology and Cell Biology at the Vagelos College of Physician and Surgeons of Columbia University and the Director of the Transfusion Medicine & Cellular Therapy Service at the Columbia University Irving Medical Center campus of the NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital.  Dr. Schwartz received his medical degree from the Technion – Israel Institute of Technology. He trained in Internal Medicine, followed by Hematology and Transfusion medicine/ Blood banking fellowships. As the Director of the Transfusion Medicine & Cellular Therapy Service, Dr. Schwartz oversees the Blood Bank, The Apheresis unit, and the Cell Therapy facility. As a major transplantation center, those facilities collect, receive & process Blood products for transfusion and Hematopoietic Progenitor Cells for transplantation. Those facilities also participate in many novel investigations in the Transfusion Medicine & Cellular Therapy field involving processing of different Cellular Therapy products for different patients population such as cardiac patients. Dr. Schwartz is an international expert of Cell therapy & Cord blood standards.

Aubrie Swan Sein, PhD, EdM

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Aubrie Swan Sein, PhD, EdM, is the Director of the Center for Education Research and Evaluation (CERE) at Columbia University Irving Medical Center, where she has worked since 2009, and is an Assistant Professor of Educational Assessment in Dental Medicine and Pediatrics. Dr. Swan Sein leads the work of CERE to collaborate, consult, and advise in program development and evaluation, educational and evaluation research and scholarship, curriculum and instructional design, learner assessment and evaluation design, educator development, and counseling about long-term learning and studying strategies. Her scholarly interests are in how assessment systems can be structured to promote student long-term learning, and how best to support students to develop high quality learning and studying strategies. She has a PhD in Educational Psychology and an EdM in Measurement, Assessment, and Evaluation from Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey and a BA in Psychology from Binghamton University (SUNY).

Robert N. Sladen, MD

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Dr. Robert Sladen is the Allen Hyman Professor Emeritus of Critical Care Anesthesiology at Columbia University Irving Medical Center, and has been a member of the Virginia Apgar Teaching Academy since 2010.  Dr. Sladen graduated from the University of Cape Town Medical School in South Africa and trained in internal medicine in South Africa and England, anesthesiology at the University of British Columbia, and critical care medicine at Stanford University.  He was recruited to Columbia University in 1997 as Executive Vice-Chair of Anesthesiology, Chief of the Division of Critical Care Medicine, and Medical Director of the cardiothoracic and surgical intensive care units at CUIMC.  Over the next 18 years Dr. Sladen taught critical care to generations of anesthesiology and surgical fellows, residents and medical students in the classroom and at the bedside.  As Program Director of the Anesthesiology Critical Care Medicine (ACCM) Fellowship he trained more than 100 ACCM Fellows.  Dr. Sladen launched and ran the Department of Anesthesiology Annual Academic Evening and CUIMC weekly Critical Care Grand Rounds, both now in their 20th year.  His dedication to education has been recognized by multiple teaching awards at Stanford, Duke and Columbia, and in 2013 he was named the Shubin-Weil Excellence in Bedside Teaching Master Clinician by the Society of Critical Care Medicine.  Dr. Sladen has lectured widely nationally and internationally, and has authored 78 book chapters and reviews and seven textbooks in the field of anesthesiology and critical care medicine.  At the end of 2015 Dr. Sladen retired from clinical practice, but has continued to be actively engaged in teaching, clinical research and academic work at Columbia University.

Julia B. Sobol, MD, MPH

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Dr. Julia Sobol is an Associate Professor of Anesthesiology at Columbia University Irving Medical Center, the Associate Residency Program Director for Anesthesiology, and an attending anesthesiologist at New York-Presbyterian Hospital specializing in liver transplant anesthesiology and critical care. She is the Associate Editor of Critical Care for the Anesthesia Toolbox, an online platform that provides peer-reviewed educational resources for learners and educators nationwide. Her educational interests include perioperative ultrasound and curriculum development. She has taken courses at Teachers College in "Designing Curriculum and Instruction," as well as the Advanced Certificate in Adult Learning and Leadership for Medical Educators. Dr. Sobol leads a Clinician-Educator Track within the Department of Anesthesiology to enhance participants' teaching skills, and she has also given lectures on "Innovations in Resident Education." Her research interests focus on the evaluation of educational initiatives.

Patrice Spitalnik, MD

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Dr. Patrice F. Spitalnik is Professor of Pathology and Cell Biology and the Associate Director of the MD-PhD program at the Vagelos College of Physicians and Surgeons. She is the course director for the first year Histology and Pathology Course. She is also course director of the Mechanisms and Practice course during the major clinical year. Dr. Spitalnik directs the surgical pathology section of the surgery clerkship in the major clinical year as well as the Clinical Competence course for the MD-PhD students during the PhD portion of the dual degree program. She directs the clinical component of the Med into Grad program for the Graduate School of Arts and Science and directs the Responsible Conduct of Research course for the MD-PhD program. She is interested in education and has given lectures on writing letters of recommendation and ways to improve large group teaching at the Apgar Academy. She teaches middle school students in the community Lang program during the summer.  Her clinical interest is in laboratory hematology.

Oliver M. Stroeh, MD

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Oliver M. Stroeh, MD is the Clarice Kestenbaum, M.D. Associate Professor of Education and Training in the Division of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry and the Associate Director of the NewYork-Presbyterian Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Residency Training Program of both Columbia University and Weill Cornell Medicine. Stroeh has dedicated a majority of his professional efforts to education and training in academic medicine. Influencing educational outcomes at the local, regional, and national levels, Stroeh holds education/ training-related committee positions within the American Psychiatric Association (APA), the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry (AACAP), the American Association of Directors of Psychiatric Residency Training (AADPRT), the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology (ABPN), and the American Psychoanalytic Association (APsaA).

Throughout his time as a residency training director, Stroeh has worked deliberately to transform the curricula trainees receive with goals to leverage the strengths of the institution, integrate latest field developments into curriculum content, and innovate teaching methodologies relevant to adult learning. Stroeh’s direct teaching has been recognized and honored by the American Psychiatric Association’s 2019-2020 Irma Bland, M.D. Certificate of Excellence in Teaching Residents.

Delphine Taylor, MD

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Delphine Taylor, M.D., earned a history degree from Columbia College (Class of 1987) and worked as a journalist before attending VP&S (Class of 1997). After residency in Internal Medicine/Primary Care at CUIMC, she stayed on as faculty and was director of the Primary Care Track of the Internal Medicine residency until July 2005, when she became Course Director of Clinical Practice I and II. She is now co-course director of Foundations of Clinical Medicine. In 2007, she was awarded the Charles W. Bohmfalk award for Excellence in Teaching in the Pre-Clinical Years at VP&S. A general internist, she cares for patients and teaches internal medicine house staff in the Associates of Internal Medicine Practice at CUIMC.

Jean F. Timmerberg, PT, PhD, MHS

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Jean Fitzpatrick Timmerberg, PT, PhD, MHS is the Associate Director of The Programs in Physical Therapy and an Assistant Professor of Rehabilitation & Regenerative Medicine at CUIMC.  Dr. Timmerberg is the Co-Editor in Chief of the Journal of Clinical Education in Physical Therapy, a Board-Certified Orthopedic Clinical Specialist and a fellow of the American Physical Therapy Association's Education Leadership Institute. Her primary areas of teaching and research are in the areas of physical therapist education, orthopedics, sports medicine, and injury prevention.

Nationally and internationally, Dr. Timmerberg has been actively involved in educational innovation across the learner continuum, serving as chair to several committees focusing on student readiness and competency-based education (CBE).  She is currently engaged with the national leadership to move the profession to a CBE framework, specifically utilizing entrustable professional activities.  In addition, she is the Co-Chair of a developing competency based continuing professional program for physical therapists working with patients with spinal muscular atrophy (STEP-IN). Recent collaborative publications include Competency-based education in the health professions: Using applied research to improve learner and societal outcomes, Physical therapist student readiness for entrance into the first full-time clinical experience: A Delphi study and Defining the role of the center coordinator of clinical education: Identifying responsibilities, supports, and challenges.

Helen M. Towers, MB, BCh, FRCPI FAAP

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Dr. Towers is Associate Professor of Pediatrics in the Department of Pediatrics and Associate Medical Director of the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at Morgan Stanley Children’s Hospital of New York. She is the Chair of the Pediatric Ethics Committee and is an ethics consultant for the department. She is a current student in the Master’s Program in Narrative Medicine.   Her interests include communication with parents of sick children as well as medical education and she co-teaches a clinical bioethics elective for medical students at VP&S. She provides lectures to nurses, medical students, residents and Pediatric Fellows. She is delighted to join such an esteemed group of educators and looks forward to collaborative efforts to improve the learning experience for the next generation of learners.    

Olajide Williams, MD, MS

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Dr. Olajide Williams is a clinician and educator with research interest in community-based educational interventions to reduce the disproportionate burden of stroke among minority populations. He is a member of the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke External Review Group for the Clinical Research Collaboration, charged with connecting American communities to National Institute of Health research, and is the recipient of numerous awards for outstanding teaching, humanism, and community service. These include; Columbia University Distinguished Teacher Award (VP&S class of 2005), National Humanism in Medicine Award recognition from the Association of American Medical Colleges (2006), and a Columbia University Gold Foundation Award for Humanism in Medicine and Excellence in Teaching. Dr. Williams has also been honored by the New York City Council, the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation, and the NAACP. He is an Associate Director of Columbia University’s department of neurology and currently practices neurology at Harlem Hospital Center and NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital where he teaches and trains medical students and resident physicians every day.

Christopher Kevin Wong, PT, PhD, OCS

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Dr. Wong is an Associate Professor of Rehabilitation and Regenerative Medicine at Columbia University Medical Center (CUIMC) and the Associate Director of the Program in Physical Therapy within the College of Physician & Surgeons. An orthopedic specialist certified by the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialists, Dr. Wong’s clinical practice is focused on sports and orthopedics. His research focuses on rehabilitation after amputation and prosthetic function, falls, and injury outcomes. Dr. Wong teaches five courses within the Program in Physical Therapy addressing advanced orthopedic manual therapy, orthotics and prosthetics, and reflective clinical practice. His teaching combines web-based learning communities with active learning strategies, an educational approach he has studied and published. Dr. Wong has received several national American Physical Therapy Association awards including the Minority Faculty Development Scholarship Award and most recently the Education Section Distinguished Educator Award.

Susan Vaughan, MD

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Susan C. Vaughan is an American author, psychiatrist and psychoanalyst on the faculty at Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons and the Columbia Center for Psychoanalytic Training and Research in New York City. A magna cum laude graduate of Harvard College (1985) and an AOA graduate of Columbia College of Physicians and Surgeons (1989), Vaughan remained at Columbia for her residency in psychiatry, her chief residency in psychiatry, a research fellowship in affective and anxiety disorders and psychoanalytic training. Dr. Vaughan has written three best-selling books: The Talking Cure: The Science behind psychotherapy, Half Empty Half Full, and Viagra: A Guide to the Phenomenal Potency-promoting Drug. Each of these books has been translated into multiple languages and cited widely. The Talking Cure received the Gradiva Book of the Year for best book about psychotherapy. She is a popular teacher and supervisor known for her sense of humor and ability to both show students the box and also teach them to think outside the box. Vaughan is especially interested in gender and sexuality, work with dreams, and psychoanalytic process. She maintains a private practice in psychiatry and psychoanalysis.

Jeffrey Zitsman, MD

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Dr. Zitsman graduated from Johns Hopkins University with a degree in natural sciences and received his M.D. degree from Tufts University Medical School in 1976. He received his training in General Surgery at Tufts-New England Medical Center in Boston and completed his Pediatric Surgery training at the Babies Hospital of New York. He is Board-Certified in General Surgery and Pediatric Surgery, and also holds a Certificate of Special Competence in Surgical Critical Care.

Dr. Zitsman has maintained an active clinical practice in pediatric surgery in the New York area since 1985. He holds the rank of Professor of Surgery at the Columbia University Irving Medical Center. His areas of interest include applications of minimal access techniques in pediatric surgery, chest wall deformities, bariatric surgery in adolescents, and medical education. Dr. Zitsman is a member of the inaugural class of the Academy for Clinical Excellence at CUMC, and he has mentored and advised students and residents continually throughout his long career.  Dr. Zitsman been named to Castle Connolly’s Best Doctors in the New York area list annually since 2002.