News & Highlights
On May 30, 2013, Dr. Orli Etingin received the prestigious Maurice R. Greenberg Distinguished Service Award at a celebration held at The Plaza Hotel in Manhattan. Established in 1980, the award recognizes exceptional and longstanding service demonstrated by a senior member of the medical staff. Read More
Nicole Sirotin, MD (co-PI, WCMC) and Sera Young, PhD (PI, Cornell University, College of Human Ecology, Division of Nutritional Sciences) were granted an intercampus collaborative research grant. The project characterizes food insecurity in HIV-infected and -uninfected lactating women. Specifically, it is evaluating the relationship between food insecurity and maternal B12 and foliate levels, maternal depression and infant feeding practices. Read More
Dr. Brian Eiss, Co-Chief Resident, Department of Medicine, and Dr. Judy Tung, Director of WCIMA and Acting Chief, Division of General Internal Medicine, presented a workshop (attended by over 50 people) at the Association of Program Directors of Internal Medicine (APDIM) Spring Meeting in Orlando. The session was held in conjunction with clinician educators from University of Chicago and the novel model presented addressed the activity of handing patients off (from graduating senior residents to incoming interns) in the resident outpatient practice. Read More
Dr. John P. Leonard, Richard T. Silver Distinguished Professor of Hematology and Medical Oncology and Vice Chair for Clinical Research in the Department of Medicine, was named Chair of the Lymphoma Committee (NIH-Sponsored Alliance for Clinical Trials in Oncology). He will guide the national agenda for lymphoma research regarding Phase II and Phase III NIH-funded clinical trials. Directing a team of clinical and translational researchers from U.S. academic and community medical centers, efforts are focused on creating and implementing new standards of treatment and fostering novel therapeutics. Read More
An internationally-recognized leader in the field of hepatitis C, Dr. Ira M. Jacobson (Chief, Division of Gastroenterology and Hepatology) has been at the forefront of hepatitis C for more than 20 years. His research has included numerous advances regarding therapies, often involving interferon. As of 2013, he and his team have uncovered another groundbreaking discovery - published in The New England Journal of Medicine, April 13, 2013 -- showing that the new sofosbuvir therapy offers an alternative to standard therapy with interferon for the treatment of two subtypes of hepatitis C. "We have dreamed for years of being able to eliminate interferon from our hepatitis C regimens and this study is one of several that are finally bringing us very close to realizing that goal," says Dr. Jacobson. Read More
The Employee Recognition Review Committee (R3) of the Department of Medicine (DOM) completed its first bimonthly review of all nominees. The program, which honors outstanding service by DOM employees, named Nadine Miranda, Senior Patient Coordinator, Iris Cantor Women's Center, as the top "Star Performer" of this first review cycle. Read More
For excellence in cancer research, Dr. Lewis Cantley, the Margaret and Herman Sokol Professor in Oncology Research and Professor of Cancer Biology in Medicine, received an Inaugural $3 Million Breakthrough Prize in Life Sciences. The award was given to Dr. Cantley for his landmark discovery of the signaling pathway phosphoinositide 3-kinase (PI3K). Read the New York Times Article
On the Heels of Breakthrough Test for Kidney Transplant Patients the First International Nephrology Conference is Held in Qatar
As guest speaker, Dr. Manikkam Suthanthiran recently attended the "first ever" Nephrology Conference held in Qatar. The event was covered in The Peninsula, a Qatar newspaper featuring local news with a global vision. Dr. Suthanthiran was quoted in the article on a recent groundbreaking “non-invasive” test for kidney transplant patients that he and his team developed in their laboratory. Read More | Click for Landmark Paper in Transplantation (Suthanthiran Lab)
The ad hoc committee for the Department of Medicine Seed Grant for Innovative Research reviewed numerous outstanding applications for 2012. The three recipients are Dr. Jennifer Downs, Dr. Duane Hassane, and Dr. Yariv Houvras. Each recipient will receive a one-year seed grant in the amount of $50,000. Click for research project titles and the exciting research underway in the fields of HIV, acute myeloid leukemia, and genetics. Full Story
Dr. John P. Leonard, a hematologist and oncologist and an internationally recognized expert in lymphoma, shared his knowledge--as well as a hopeful vision for the future--in the January 2013 issue of Westchester Magazine, which listed its Top 8 Game Changers in Westchester. Read Full Story. Click here for Game Changers 2013 List.
Click here for The Cancer Buster (Dr. Leonard) Article.