Columbia University P&S Student Handbook


Editor: Brian C. Paquette
Co-Editors: Joy Bailey and DeLonzo Rhodes

Photos: Charles Manley, Center for Biomedical Communications,
Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons;
Lydia Nunez, Office of Diversity Affairs;
Richard Cunningham, DKVV; David Wentworth; Alexander Hawson, & Island Photography

Copyright © 2008 by the trustees of Columbia University in the City of New York

1. About the School


CUMC Senior Administration

Lee C. Bollinger, J.D. President of the University
Alan Brinkley, Ph.D. Provost of the University and Dean of the Faculties
Lee Goldman, M.D. Executive Vice President for Health and Biomedical Sciences, Dean of the Faculties of Health Sciences and Medicine
David Hirsh, Ph.D. Executive Vice President for Research
Ira Lamster, D.D.S. Dean, College of Dental Medicine
Linda Fried, M.D., M.P.H. Dean, Mailman School of Public Health
Mary Mundinger, Dr. PH , RN Dean, School of Nursing
Lisa Hogarty, M.S. Chief Operating Officer
Joanne Quan, M.A. Chief Financial Officer
Louis Lemieux , M.B.A Chief Human Resources Officer
Robert V. Sideli, M.D. Chief Information Officer
Patricia Sachs Catapano, J.D., M.P.H. Associate General Counsel
Amelia Alverson, Vice President for Development
Ross Frommer, J.D. Deputy Vice President for Government and Community Affairs
Francine Caracappa, M.B.A., CPA Controller
Amador Centeno, M.S. Associate Vice President for Facilities Management
Rosemary Keane, B.A. Associate Vice President, Chief Communications Officer
Diane Lloyd Yaeger, J.D. Associate Vice President and Chief Compliance Officer
Kathleen Crowley, M.P.H. Associate Vice President, Environmental Health & Safety/Environmental Health and Radiation Safety
Karen Pagliaro-Meyer Associate Vice President for HIPAA Compliance/Privacy Officer
Herman Matte, M.A. Assistant Vice President, Campus Operations
Jean Ford Keane, B.A. Deputy Vice President, Development
Ann Viney, B.A. Assistant Vice President, Development
Bonita Eaton Enochs, M.A. Assistant Vice President for Communications and Director of Publications
George Gasparis, B.S. Executive Director, Institutional Review Board
Wil McKoy, MBA, Associate Vice President, Budget and Finance
Thomas Garrett, M.D. Director, Glenda Garvey Teaching Academy
Anne Jacobs McWilliams, M.A. Director, Finance and Administration, ITS
Ellen Spilker Director, Student Financial Planning, P&S and CDM
Michael Koehn, Interim Director, Health Sciences Library
Jeannine Jennette, M.P.A. Director for Public Safety

College of Physicians & Surgeons

Lee Goldman, M.D. Dean
Steven Shea, M.D. Senior Vice Dean of the Faculty of Medicine
Robert Kass, Ph.D. Vice Dean for Research
Martha Hooven Vice Dean for Administration
Anne Taylor, MD Vice Dean for Academic Affairs
Ronald E. Drusin, M.D. Vice Dean for Education
Alfred Ashford, M.D., M.B.A. Senior Associate Dean, Harlem Hospital Center
Robert Lewy, M.D. – Senior Associate Dean, Continuing Medical Education
Lisa A. Mellman, M.D. Senior Associate Dean for Student Affairs
Jeanine D’Armiento, M.D., Ph.D. Associate Dean for Gender Equity and Career Development
Walter Franck, M.D. Associate Dean, Bassett Healthcare
Andrew Frantz, M.D. Associate Dean for Admissions
Ernest Hart, J.D. Associate Dean, Chief Operating Officer, Harlem Hospital Center
Michael Herman, M.D. Associate Dean, St. Vincent’s Hospital in Bridgeport
Hilda Hutcherson, MD Associate Dean for Diversity and Minority Affairs
Anke Nolting, Ph.D. Associate Dean for Alumni Relations and Development
Noel Robin, M.D. Associate Dean, Stamford Health System
Richard B. Robinson, Ph.D. Associate Dean for Graduate Affairs
William Rosner, M.D. Associate Dean, St. Luke’s-Roosevelt Hospital Center
Fred Loweff, M.P.A. Assistant Dean for Graduate Affairs
Richard U. Levine, M.D. President, Faculty Practice Organization
Michael Duncan, B.S. Chief Executive Officer, Faculty Practice Organization
Roe Long, M.B.A, RN Chief Operating Officer, Faculty Practice Organization
TBA Executive Director for Finance

P&S Chairs of Departments

Anesthesiology Margaret Wood, M.D.
Biochemistry & Molecular Biophysics Arthur G. Palmer, Ph.D. (interim)
Biomedical Informatics George Hripscak, M.D., M.S.
Dermatology David R. Bickers, M.D.
Genetics & Development Gerard Karsenty, M.D., Ph.D.
Medicine Donald Landry., M.D., Ph.D
Microbiology Sankar Ghosh, Ph.D.
Neurological Surgery Robert A. Solomon, M.D.
Neurology Timothy Pedley, M.D.
Neuroscience Steven A. Siegelbaum, Ph.D
Obstetrics & Gynecology Mary E. D’Alton, M.D.
Ophthalmology Stanley Chang, M.D.
Orthopedic Surgery Louis U. Bigliani, M.D.
Otolaryngology/Head & Neck Surgery Lanny Garth Close, M.D.
Pathology Michael Shelanski, M.D., Ph.D.
Pediatrics Lawrence Stanberry, M.D., Ph.D.
Pharmacology Robert Kass, Ph.D.
Physiology & Cellular Biophysics Andrew Marks, M.D.
Psychiatry Jeffrey Lieberman, M.D.
Radiation Oncology K.S. Clifford Chao, M.D.
Radiology Ronald L. Van Heertum, M.D. (interim)
Rehabilitation Medicine Joel Stein, M.D.
Urology Mitchell Benson, M.D.

P&S Directors of Institutes/Centers

Institute/Center Director(s)
Naomi Berrie Diabetes Center Robin S. Goland, M.D., Rudolph L. Leibel, M.D.
Center for Computational Biology and Bioinformatics Andrea Califano, Ph.D,
Barry Honig, Ph.D.
Center for Family and Community Medicine Kathleen Klink, M.D., Robert Lewy, M.D.
Center for Molecular Recognition Arthur Karlin, Ph.D.
Center for Motor Neuron Biology and Disease Darryl DeVivo, M.D., Christopher Henderson, Ph.D., Serge Przedborski, M.D., Ph.D, Lewis Rowland, M.D., Honorary Director
Center for Radiological Research David Brenner, Ph.D., D.Sc.
Center for Psychoanalytic Training and Research Robert A. Glick, M.D.
Center for the Study of Society and Medicine David J. Rothman, Ph.D.
Center on Medicine as a Profession David J. Rothman, Ph.D.
Institute for Cancer Genetics Riccardo Dalla-Favera, M.D.
Institute for Cancer Research Maxwell Gottesman, M.D., Ph.D.
Institute of Comparative Medicine TBA
Institute of Human Nutrition Richard J. Deckelbaum, M.D.
Herbert Irving Comprehensive Cancer Center Riccardo Dalla-Favera, M.D.
Irving Institute for Clinical and Translational Research Henry N. Ginsberg, M.D.
Kavli Institute for Brain Science Eric Kandel, M.D.
Morton A. Kreitchman PET Center Ronald Van Heertum, M.D.
Sackler Institute for Developmental Psychobiology Myron Hofer, M.D.
Gertrude H. Sergievsky Center Richard Mayeux, M.D., M.Sc.
Morris W. Stroud Center for Study of Quality of Life Barry Gurland, FRC Physicians (London) and FRC Psychiatry
Taub Institute for Research on Alzheimer’s Disease and the Aging Brain Richard Mayeux, M.D., M.Sc., Michael Shelanski, M.D., Ph.D.
Clyde and Helen Wu Center for Molecular Cardiology Andrew Marks, M.D.

The Affiliated Hospitals

All the following hospitals, with which the College of Physicians and Surgeons has major affiliations, are teaching centers with fully accredited residency programs and attending staffs that hold faculty appointments at Columbia University. Starting with the Clinical Practice course in the first year, students may rotate through some - or all - of the hospitals. The institutions offer an extraordinary range and diversity of experiences for students - from a rural hospital in upstate New York, to a municipal hospital in Harlem, to one of the leading medical centers in the world.

Presbyterian Hospital

Presbyterian HospitalLocation New York, NY 10032

Phone (212)305-2500

The original P&S hospital affiliate (1911), today a 1,200 bed tertiary care center, one of the world’s foremost medical centers. The 800-bed Milstein Hospital Building opened in 1989

Allen Pavilion

Allen PavillionLocation
5141 Broadway,
New York, NY 10034

Phone (212)932-5000

This 300-bed community hospital at the northern tip of Manhattan opened in 1988.

New York State Psychiatric Institute and Hospital

New York Psychiatric HospitalLocation 1051 Riverside Drive, New York, NY 10032

Phone (212)543-5000

State hospital, among the leading psychiatric centers in the world. A new building opened in June, 1998.

St. Luke’s-Roosevelt Hospital Center

St. Luke’s-Roosevelt Hospital CenterIn 1979, Roosevelt Hospital merged with St. Luke’s (incorporated Woman’s Hospital in 1965) to form St. Luke’s-Roosevelt Hospital Center, the largest voluntary nonprofit private hospital in the United States.

Roosevelt Hospital

Location 1000 Tenth Avenue,
New York, NY 10019
Phone (212)523-4000

St. Luke’s Hospital

Location 1111 Amsterdam
Avenue, New York, NY 10025
Phone (212)523-4000

Woman’s Hospital

Location 1111 Amsterdam
Avenue, New York, NY 10025
Phone: (212)523-4000

Harlem Hospital Center

Harlem Hospital CenterLocation
506 Lenox Avenue,
New York, NY 10037

Phone (212)939-1000

A modern, up-to-date municipal hospital, serves the entire Northern region of Manhattan.

Bassett Healthcare

Bassett HealthcareLocation Cooperstown, NY 13326

Phone (607)547-3456

One of the finest rural hospitals in the country, serving ten counties in upstate New York, with a full-time faculty of 140 physicians in a multi-specialty group practice setting with over 250,000 outpatient visits annually.

Helen Hayes Hospital

Helen Hayes Hospital

Location West Haverstraw, NY 10993

Phone (914)947-3000

New York State Hospital, specializing in physical medicine and rehabilitation. Leading center for laboratory and clinical investigation of bone disease.

The Stamford Hospital

The Stamford HospitalLocation Shelburne Road at West Broad Street, Stamford, CT 06904-9317

Phone (203)276-1000

The Stamford Hospital is a 305-bed, not-for-profit, teaching acute care hospital which is part of Stamford Health System. The Stamford Hospital offers inpatient and outpatient services in medicine, surgery, obstetrics/gynecology, and psychiatry, and is fully accredited. Special features include a Level II Trauma Center/Emergency Department; the Carl & Dorothy Bennett Cancer Center, which offers a full range of outpatient cancer services for patients and families; a bone marrow transplant unit; cancer genetic assessment and risk prevention.

The Stamford Hospital offers medical residency training programs in Internal Medicine, Obstetrics and Gynecology, Surgery, Psychiatry and Family Medicine in conjunction with Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons and the Columbia-Presbyterian Medical Center. The hospital also offers a School of Radiology, Clinical Pastoral Education Program and EMS Institute for emergency medical training.

St. Vincent’s Hospital

St. Vincent’s Hospital

Location 2800 Main St,
Bridgeport, CT 06606

Phone (203) 576-6000

St. Vincent’s Medical Center is a 391-bed, tertiary-level hospital serving Fairfield and New Haven Counties. It specializes in cardiovascular, oncology, women’s and family, behavioral health and senior services and has a medical staff of 450 physicians.

Schools of the Campus

The College of Physicians and Surgeons is one of 16 schools in the University. A significant advantage of studying is the ability to take advantage of classes and other opportunities throughout the University. Formal Dual Degree arrangements exist with P&S and the School of Public Health (MD/MPH), the College of Dental Medicine (MD/DDS), GSAS (MD/PhD) and the School of Business (MD/MBA).

The Columbia University Medical School Campus includes, in addition to the College of Physicians and Surgeons, the following graduate divisions:

College of Dental Medicine

The College of Dental Medicine, one of the first dental colleges in the nation to become fully integrated with a research university in a world-renowned medical center, has origins dating to 1852. The College offers the D.D.S. degree as well as postdoctoral specialty education and dual degrees with other schools of the University, including the M.S. with certain specialties, the M.B.A., the M.P.H., the Ph.D. and M.A. in the Science Education and the M.A. in Biomedical Informatics. Over 2400 applicants from 40 states recently sought positions in the class of 75 students. The four-year pre-doctoral curriculum is heavily biomedical. The students share much of the 18-month biomedical core of the P&S curriculum; this strong biomedical base serves well to support the medically oriented clinical years of the curriculum.

Community activities are extensive. The College has seven off-site community-based facilities and a van for Head Start centers. The College is the major source of oral health care for the northern Manhattan area and offers that care at a reasonable cost. Special populations, including those with complex medical histories, are served through the College's clinics.  The Global Health Extern Program is extensive and CDM students are active in countries worldwide.

Approximately 95% of the D.D.S. students continue into postdoctoral education. Only 2 of the 57 other U.S. dental schools approach that percentage, and only one in three dental graduates in the U.S. match postdoctoral programs. The student body is rich in its diversity; 50% are women, 15% are "under-represented in dentistry" students, and a significant number of matriculating students hold advanced degrees, e.g. M.D., Ph.D., M.A., etc.

The College has a long tradition of excellence in research and supports research experiences with both internal and external short term training grants. Both the D.D.S. and specialty candidates are encouraged to be active participants in on-going clinical and biomedical science research within the Columbia University Medical Center.

Graduate School of Arts and Sciences

The Graduate School of Arts and Sciences at the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Columbia University offers doctoral (Ph.D.) programs in basic sciences. The Coordinated Doctoral Program in Biomedical Sciences consists of four programs, each with a number of specializations.  The Graduate Program in Cellular, Molecular, Structural and Genetic Studies offers specialized study in:  Biochemistry and Molecular Biophysics; Cell Biology; Genetics and Development; and Microbiology, Immunology and Infection.  The Graduate Program in Mechanisms of Health and Disease offers specialized study in:  Cellular Physiology and Biophysics; Nutritional and Metabolic Biology; Pathobiology and Molecular Medicine; and Pharmacology and Molecular Signaling.  The Graduate program in Neurobiology and Behavior offers specialized study in: Animal Models of Nervous System Disorders; Cellular and Molecular Neuroscience; Neural Development; Neurobiology of Behavior and Cognition; and Theoretical Neuroscience.  The Graduate Program in Biomedical Informatics offers specialized study in:  Bioinformatics; Clinical Informatics; Public Health Informatics; and Translational Informatics.  A Master's Degree Program in Biomedical Informatics is also available.  In addition, through one or more of these doctoral programs students can receive training in multidisciplinary areas in which there is strong expertise across multiple programs, including cancer biology, cardiovascular disease, computational biology, stem cell biology and vision sciences. 

All students in the Coordinated Doctoral Program receive full support for tuition, student health services and medical insurance. Students also receive a generous stipend for their personal use that begins at registration and normally continues throughout the period of graduate study. Both international students and U.S. students are eligible for this support. Currently there are almost 400 Ph.D. students in the Coordinated Doctoral Programs.  Over fifty percent are women and over twenty-five percent are international students from all parts of the world.

The Coordinated Doctoral Programs allow the students to become part of the exciting and highly interactive research community of faculty, graduate students and postdoctoral fellows at the Medical Center. Courses are generally concentrated in the first two years. The first year curriculum emphasizes research rotations in three different laboratories to allow students to experience a range of research topics and potential Ph.D. mentors. At the beginning of the second year, students choose their mentors and begin their research for the Ph.D. degree. The basic sciences faculty are committed to providing a complete graduate education that emphasizes intellectual challenge, supportive guidance, independence and sophisticated training in research. Ph.D. graduates from the Coordinated Doctoral Programs have consistently gone on to become world leaders in biomedical research.

School of Nursing

The School of Nursing, a leader in nursing education for over 110 years, offers programs in advanced practice nursing, research and health policy. Today, students study alongside faculty members who have earned the highest authority of any advanced practice nurses anywhere. It was the first school of nursing to adopt a universal faculty practice plan, the first to award a Master's degree in a clinical nursing specialty, and the first to offer the Doctor of Nursing Practice degree.

The combined degree program allows non-nurse college graduates to accelerate study in baccalaureate nursing and concentrate on master's level courses in advanced practice. The Master of Science degree program offers eleven areas of clinical specialization and six sub-specialties, encompassing primary and specialty care, and prepares skilled practitioners with the research and clinical foundation necessary for leadership in academic nursing and practice. A University Statutory Certificate program is offered to master's prepared advanced practice nurses who wish an additional area of clinical specialization. The PhD program is a research-intensive curriculum preparing nurse scholars who are ready to conduct research in outcomes and health policy, independently and as part of interdisciplinary teams. The DNP program focuses on the clinical practice of nursing and represents the highest academic preparation for nursing practice. The School has an enrollment of approximately 600 students. Joint degree programs are offered with the School of Public Health (MS/MPH) and the Business School (MS/MBA).

The range of research interests at the School of Nursing is reflected by its academic research centers:  The Center for AIDS Research, WHO Center for the International Nursing Development of Advanced Practice, The Center for Health Policy, The Center for Evidence-Based Practice in the Underserved, and the Center for Interdisiplinary Research to Reduce Antimicrobial Resistance.

Institute of Human Nutrition

The mission of the Institute of Human Nutrition (IHN) is to provide outstanding academic, professional education, and training programs in human nutrition and conduct basic science and translational research on the role of nutrition in human health. 

The Institute of Human Nutrition, founded in 1954, is an interdisciplinary unit whose mission is to study all aspects of nutrition that relate to human health. The Institute serves to conduct, coordinate, and lead nutrition research and education activities throughout Columbia University and its affiliated institutions. These activities include basic research, clinical research, public health-preventive medicine programs, and education and training at many levels. A long-standing mission of the Institute is to train individuals for scholarly activities and for positions in universities and research centers that are in the forefront of the movement to advance nutrition as a health science. In addition, the Institute augments the training of physicians and other health specialists who are interested in emphasizing nutrition in their professions. The Institute coordinates academic nutrition activities conducted by many administrative units (Faculties, Departments, Centers) within the Columbia University system.

The specific aims of each of these units, the research being conducted within them, and the programs of instruction offered are outlined in other sections of this handbook. Although each unit conducts its own program of research and training, its work is coordinated to achieve two basic goals: 1) to conduct research to advance knowledge of nutrition and; 2) training in areas of nutrition relevant to the physician and scientist. To achieve this coordination, the Institute promotes collaborative research projects among the faculty and regularly conducts joint seminars and courses that involve faculty members and students in different departments.

Members of the Institute of Human Nutrition hold appointments in over 18 academic departments and centers within the College of Physicians and Surgeons, the Mailman School of Public Health, and other divisions of the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences. These faculty members, in addition to expertise in their own disciplines, have research and teaching interests in the area of human nutrition relevant to the mission of the Institute of Human Nutrition.

Mailman School of Public Health

The Mailman School of Public Health of Columbia University has been on the cutting edge of public health education since its inception over three-quarters of a century ago. It has assumed leadership in disease prevention and, with equal emphasis, in the active promotion of health for all. It is one of thirty-nine schools of public health in the United States accredited by the Council on Education in Public Health. Currently more than 900 students are enrolled in the degree programs leading to the Master in Public Health (MPH), Master of Science (MS), Doctor of Public Health (DrPH), or Doctor of Philosophy (PhD). Public health, as a profession, naturally interfaces with most professional disciplines that affect the lives of people. The School developed its dual degree programs to encourage students to integrate public health training with other clinical or professional studies. Dual degree programs currently enroll students in a variety of the University’s professional schools, including medicine, dentistry, nursing, occupational therapy, social work, international and public affairs, urban planning, business, and law. Among the overall educational objectives for all graduates of the School is the development of individual competence and improved skills, particularly in;

  • Recognizing and defining public health problems, setting priorities and using scientific approaches to problem solving;
  • Accumulating appropriate data information, analyzing and interpreting findings, and assessing relevance and validity; and
  • Communicating effectively with colleagues and a variety of groups involved in delivering health services.

Public health is inherently interdisciplinary in its research, teaching and service programs. The School is unique in its extensive involvement in direct service delivery programs. The School and several of its Departments are involved in a number of substantial programs that provide public health services directly to populations in need, and in programs that provide ongoing technical assistance to other service-delivery organizations. Furthermore, as is appropriate for a school of public health, many of the School’s research projects focus explicitly on topics that are directly applicable to the delivery of public health services. More and more frequently, the problems and issues that engage the efforts of those working in public health are played out at “center stage” in the global community — the challenges of AIDS, environmental carcinogens, inequities in health care delivery systems, advances in genetics that may radically affect health behavior, the plight of populations displaced by natural disasters or civil strife. These problems are enormous in scope and require our best efforts. They are being addressed daily in the academic programs at the Mailman School of Public Health, and by our faculty and students in their research and in their service activities. At the same time, the Mailman School of Public Health, located in a multi ethnic neighborhood of New York City with a medically underserved population, delivers care at the most immediate local level. Our outreach includes a model Head Start program with a health component, school-based health clinics that aim to provide basic health care and prevent early pregnancy and school dropout, and community health promotion programs to screen for cancer and provide self-help education for the growing number of asthma sufferers in our urban neighborhoods

Programs in Occupational Therapy

The Programs in Occupational Therapy have a long and celebrated history at Columbia University. Consistently being ranked by U.S. News and World Report among the best occupational therapy educational programs in the country, our program has also exceeded accreditation standards (Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education) since its inception in 1941. Our faculty is nationally and internationally recognized.

Columbia University’s Occupational Therapy Programs are known for educating individuals who have distinguished themselves as leaders in the profession, working as master clinicians, educators, researchers, administrators, and consultants. Through the offerings of an entry-level M.S. degree, a post-professional M.S. degree, and the first joint M.S./M.P.H. degree (with the Mailman School of Public Health) in the country, students receive a strong foundation across all practice areas, and work in a variety of clinical and community settings. In addition, we are partnered with Teachers College and offer an Ed.D. program in occupational therapy and motor learning.

Through cutting edge programs, our faculty and students have led the way in defining emerging practice areas and in promoting evidence-based practice and research. The structure of each program, which combines principles of adult learning with professional education, allows for didactic experiences that will prepare occupational therapists to work in and contribute to an ever-changing healthcare arena. Stressing multidisciplinary learning, students are prepared to work collaboratively with professionals of all disciplines. The close faculty-student interactions further allow for solid professional mentorship. Strong ties to fieldwork sites in New York City and across the country facilitate the continuum from theoretical and scientific knowledge, to practical application. Currently, the Programs enroll approximately 100 students each year.

Program in Physical Therapy

Columbia offers an entry-level Clinical Doctorate in Physical Therapy (DPT). The goal of the program is to prepare graduates who are self-directed generalists with clinical problem solving skills. Students graduate with a comprehensive foundation of basic principles in the art and science of physical therapy. With 10.5 full-time faculty and a roster of distinguished adjunct instructors and laboratory assistants from Columbia University Medical Center, students are ensured individualized attention. In recognition of the varied abilities, interests and learning styles of graduate students, the professional curriculum is designed to be flexible and innovative, using a wide variety of learning styles. Emphasis is on an adult methodology that incorporates clinical decision-making, evidence-based practice and self-directed learning activities. Students design and complete a capstone project, collaborating with scientists and clinicians from many parts of the University. The curriculum provides for some specialized skill development through advanced seminars and electives offered during the third year of study. The concept that learning is a lifelong process pervades the educational program. Physical therapists with generalist capabilities are prepared to develop specialty skills, contribute to the leadership and growth of physical therapy, and advance the quality of health care through clinical research. All students participate in a clinical mentorship program during the second year of the curriculum and complete 36 weeks of full-time clinical education. The DPT degree is awarded upon successful completion of both the academic and clinical education components of the curriculum. The program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education and is registered with the Department of Education of the State of New York. Class size is limited to approximately 50 students per year.


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Phone Numbers

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School & Medical Center
Alumni Office x53498
Bard Hall
Guard’s Desk x*87002
Housekeeper x*87016
Housing Office x*87000
P&S Club Office x*87025
Black Building Guard x58103
Blood Bank x52673
Bookstore 923-2149
Center for Student Wellness 304-5564
Chaplain x55817
Community Health Council >. x56654
Cont. Medical Education 781-5990
Dean of Student Affairs x53806
Facilities x53753
Financial Aid x54100
Health Service x5-3400
HHSC Guard x58104
Information x5-2500
Library (CUMC) x53692
Lost & Found (P&S) x58100
Lost & Found (PH) x52222
Mail Room x53497
Milbank Library x52760
Ombuds Office 304-7026
Page System (PH-voice call) x52323
Page System (Beeper) x55880
Patient Condition Report x53101
Patient Relations x55904
P&S Guard Desk x54095
External Relations x57131
Rape Crisis x59060
Public Safety
Columbia University (Security & Escort) x58100
Presbyterian Hospital x52222
Shuttle-Harlem/Morningside x58100
Social Services x52553
Tennis Reservations (Baker Field) 942-7100
Volunteers 52542
Department & Course Offices (Years 1 & 2)
Pathophysiology x59306
Anatomy x53451
Clinical Practice 342-0461
Genetics x54011
Human Development x51591
Neural Sciences 543-5265
Parasitology 781-6670
Pathology x58393
Pharmacology x54197
Physiology x55798
Psychiatry 543-5552
Society & Medicine x54184
Downtown CU Campus
Information 854-1754

Shuttle Services

The following shuttle services are available to students

  • NYPH Shuttle runs a route evenings from Presbyterian Hospital at 622 West 168th Street to adjacent residential buildings, all Medical Center facilities, G. Washington Bridge Bus Terminal and other locations in the vicinity. It may be summoned by calling Ext. 62222 from 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 a.m.
  • NYPH Shuttle runs from NYPH to the East 60th Street Office of NYPH Associates from 7:15 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Students are permitted to ride from 168th Street to East 60th Street if they have an appointment with an M.D. at the 16 East 60th Street Office. A special pass (contact the Student Affairs Office) and a CUMC photo identification badge are required at all times.
  • The Harlem Hospital-CUMC-Morningside Campus Shuttle runs from 6:30 a.m. to 1:00 a.m.  The last shuttle leaves Morningside Campus at 12:46 a.m. and ends at CUMC.  The shuttle Services Schedule can be found on line at:

Copies of the Columbia University Intercampus Shuttle Schedule are available in the Department of Public Safety, Room 109, Black Building.


Shuttle Stop Locations

  • Columbia University Medical Center:
  •      To Morningside:  Bus departs in front of the Neurological Institute at the southwest corner of Fort Washington Ave. and West 168th Street.
  •      To Harlem Hospital:  Bus departs in front of the Armory at the northeast corner of Fort Washington Ave. and West 168th Street.
  • Morningside Campus:  Bus departs from two locations based on time of day:  Broadway at West 116th Street and 525 West 120th Street
  • Harlem Hospital Center: Bus departs Lenox Ave. & West 136th Street. Travel time between points is approximately 15 minutes.

All scheduled times are approximate; please allow two to three minutes variance. During the summer months June, July, and August-the shuttle runs on the same schedule as during the academic year, except that there is no service between the Columbia University Medical Center and Morningside campuses after 8:00 p.m. There is no shuttle service on Columbia University Holidays. 
Copies of Columbia University Intercampus Shuttle Schedule are available in the Department of Public Safety, Room 109, Black Building.

P&S in Retrospect

1767 King’s College opens a medical school, the first in New York and only the second in the Colonies.
1770 King’s College awards first M.D. degree in the Colonies.
1776 The College closes due to the American Revolution.
1784 King’s reopens as Columbia College.
1791 Columbia revives the Medical School with Samuel Bard as Dean.
1807 The College of Physicians and Surgeons founded with a charter from the New York State Board of Regents; Dr. Bard becomes President in 1811.
1813 P&S moves to Barclay Street near City Hall.
1814 The Columbia Medical School, after years of decline, is merged into the College of Physicians and Surgeons.
1837 P&S moves to Crosby Street.
1856 P&S moves to the corner of Fourth Avenue (now Park Avenue South) and 23rd St.
1860 P&S severs its relationship with the Board of Regents and forges a nominal connection with Columbia; it still retains its independence.
1884 William Henry Vanderbilt gives P&S land on 59th Street between Ninth and Tenth Avenues and $300,000 to erect a new building. It is the largest donation to a medical school up to that time.
1886 Vanderbilt family members give funds to establish the Sloane Hospital for Women and the Vanderbilt Clinic. All three structures are finished in 1887.
1891 P&S completely merges with Columbia.
1911 Formal Agreement of Alliance between Columbia University and Presbyterian Hospital.
1928 Columbia-Presbyterian Medical Center, the world’s first medical center to combine complete facilities for patient care, medical education and research in a single complex, opens in Washington Heights on a site donated by Edward S. Harkness. Joining the Center are Babies Hospital (founded 1887), the Neurological Institute of New York (founded 1909) and the New York State Psychiatric Institute (founded 1896).
1931 Bard Hall opens.
1933 Harkness Institute of Ophthalmology opens.
1950 New York Orthopedic Hospital (est. 1866) moves to the Medical Center.
1965 Alumni Auditorium dedicated.
1966 William Black Medical Research Building dedicated.
1976 Hammer Health Sciences Center, housing the Augustus C. Long Health Sciences Library as well as classrooms and laboratories, opens.
1989 Milstein Hospital Building opens.
1996 First building of the Audubon Research Park opens.
1998 Russ Berrie Medical Science Pavilion completed. Construction completed on the new New York State Psychiatric Institute.
2001 390 Ft. Washington Avenue Residence completed, October.
2003 Irving Cancer Research Center completed, fall. Morgan Stanley Children’s Hospital of NY- Presbyterian’s new bed tower completed, November 2003 and opens its doors.
2005 Irving Cancer Research Center dedicated.
2006 Glenda Garvey Teaching Academy inducts its first 13 faculty members.
2007 P&S Faculty Club renamed in honor of Donald F. Tapley, MD

2. Administration/Dean's Welcomes


Welcome from the Dean of the Faculties of Health Sciences and Medicine

Lee Goldman

Welcome to the Columbia University College of Physicians & Surgeons, part of a unique collection of health sciences schools that make up the Columbia University Medical Center. We are proud to share this campus with, and be an integral part of, our Washington Heights community, one of New York City's most diverse neighborhoods. Our home here reminds us daily of why we chose careers and lives in medicine. Every day our faculty, staff, and students work towards our mission - to care, to discover, to educate, and to make life better for people in need.

P&S provides international leadership in educating physicians, physician-scientists, and research scientists; in caring for patients ranging from those who can select any physician in the world to our neighborhood's most vulnerable residents; and in conducting basic, translational, and population-based research to improve human health.

One of the nation's most research-intensive medical schools, P&S is consistently ranked among the best medical schools in the nation. P&S attracts students with idealistic values and the highest aspirations for excellence. Our students have MCAT scores and grade point averages that are among the highest in the nation, and we have one of the most diverse student bodies. Also, our graduate research programs have been judged among the most productive as measured by their scholarly contributions. Our major teaching hospital affiliate, NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital, is ranked 6th among the nation's hospitals by U.S. News and World Report.

P&S is the second oldest medical school in the country, founded two years after the University of Pennsylvania established the nation's first medical school in 1765, but P&S granted the first M.D. degree on American soil and has continued to make history in the nearly 250 years since. P&S became part of the nation's first academic medical center in 1928 when P&S and Presbyterian Hospital (now NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital) moved to a 20-acre campus in New York City's Washington Heights neighborhood. The medical school and hospital were soon joined by the New York State Psychiatric Institute, renowned for pioneering treatments for some of humanity's most intractable mental problems. Medical advances of our faculty include such wide-ranging contributions as the creation in the 1950s of the Apgar score to assess the health of newborns, more recent Nobel Prizes for research about the molecular basis of memory and smell, and identification of a new genetic link for age-related macular degeneration.

White coat ceremonies - now ubiquitous at medical schools around the world - were first conducted at Columbia in 1993, when faculty member Arnold P. Gold found at P&S a student body eager to endorse his foundation's ideals for humanism in medicine. The school's P&S Club, now more than 100 years old, is considered unique among medical schools in providing organized activities for students to pursue interests beyond medical studies, whether staging theatrical productions, performing symphonic music, or playing competitive rugby. These are just a few facets of the P&S experience that give this medical school its special character. P&S is broadly international while also being intensely local. We care for patients from around the world and sponsor multicenter, international clinical trials that change the face of medical care for millions who never step on our campus. At the same time, we are respected within our neighborhood, throughout our city and state, and across the nation for our historic contributions to medical progress and for our continued commitment to improve the health of individuals and populations.

P&S shares the Columbia University Medical Center campus with Columbia's Mailman School of Public Health, College of Dental Medicine, and School of Nursing, as well as many allied research centers and institutes. Our educational programs are integrated in the training of the nation's leaders in medicine, dentistry, nursing, public health, and biomedical research.

Whether you are interested in P&S as a new or prospective student, a potential faculty or staff member, a patient, or someone just wanting to learn more about us, I invite you to discover what I have learned since joining Columbia in 2006: P&S is filled with people with a deep sense of purpose to maintain the highest of standards for renowned patient care, award-winning research, superior education and training, and unparalleled involvement in the world around us.

Lee Goldman, M.D.
Dean of the Faculties of Health Sciences and Medicine

Executive Vice President for Health and Biomedical Sciences

Welcome from Curricular Affairs

Ronald E. DrusinI am delighted to welcome you to P&S. Our goal is to prepare you to become an outstanding physician. We have designed a curriculum which will evolve to improve the quality of your education and to help you meet the challenges of the future. My office is available to each of you to help in every way to make your experience at P&S meet all your expectations.

Ronald E. Drusin, M.D.
Vice Dean for Education

About Dean Drusin 

Dr. Drusin is a graduate of the College of Physicians & Surgeons.  He did his house staff training at Columbia affiliated hospitals.  After two years at CDC he returned to Columbia for Cardiology Fellowship training.  He is a clinical cardiologist and the founding cardiologist for the Heart Transplant Program at P&S.  Among other teaching responsibilities he served as section director for the cardiology section of the Pathophysiology course.   Since 1985 he has chaired the Curriculum Committee.  He was named Associate Dean for Curricular Affairs in 1992 and in August of 2008 Vice Dean for Education.  He has continued as a clinical cardiologist throughout his career.

Welcome from the Senior Associate Dean for Student Affairs

Lisa Mellman

Your entry into medical school marks the beginning of a career path that we hope is exciting, inspiring and uniquely fulfilling. Millions of people throughout the world are in need of health care, including many in our own neighborhood in Washington Heights-Inwood. The challenges we face to provide universal healthcare, treat those with acute and chronic illness, and develop new technologies and treatments to effectively prevent and treat disease in our global world will become your challenges.

We have superb faculty at P&S to teach you basic science and clinical care, and help you develop your own areas of interest in our new curriculum. They take great pride in participating in your education and working in our outstanding medical center. You will have opportunities to conduct research with mentors who have made substantial discoveries themselves and learn in an environment that values inquiry and discovery.  Many of you will participate in our international health opportunities, or one of our dual degree programs.  Your fellow students, whose interests and accomplishments are impressive like yours, will provide a community for learning, and some will become lifelong friends. The international nature of New York City and our community offers numerous opportunities for you to develop as physicians skilled in understanding and treating patients from diverse backgrounds and cultures. 

Our goal in the Office of Student Affairs is to foster your development as outstanding physicians and leaders. Each student is assigned an advisory dean who provides mentoring and career counseling by meeting with you individually and in small groups throughout medical school. We also encourage active involvement in P&S activities, including the programs that address student life. The P&S Club offers a variety of activities to meet the interests of our students, including the unique Bard Hall Players theater group, specialty interest groups, service groups, and programs in advocacy. We have an expanded Student Health Service, renovated library and student lounge, and a teaching academy.

You are entering medicine at a time of unprecedented discovery in research and focus on global health. You are the future of medicine and will make a difference for countless others. We warmly welcome you to P&S.

Lisa A. Mellman, M.D.
Senior Associate Dean for Student Affairs

About Dean Mellman

Lisa A. Mellman, M.D. is Clinical Professor of Psychiatry and Senior Associate Dean for Student Affairs at Columbia University 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

Welcome from Admissions

Andrew FrantzOne of the most rewarding aspects of being an admissions officer is the opportunity it affords of meeting a large number of unusually able and attractive people. To learn something about their lives, and to have some part in their being admitted to P&S, is a very great privilege. For those of you that I already know, I look forward with enthusiasm to seeing you again when you arrive in the fall. And for all of you, if I or the people in the Admissions Office can be of help in any way, please do not hesitate to drop by.

Welcome to P&S!

Andrew Frantz, M.D.
Associate Dean for Admissions

About Dean Frantz

Dr. Frantz is the Associate Dean for Admissions at the medical school and is also a Professor of Medicine at the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Columbia University, where he is a member of the Division of Endocrinology.

Dr. Frantz received his A.B. from Harvard and his M.D. from Columbia. Following a three year residency in internal medicine at the Columbia-Presbyterian Medical Center he did a research fellowship in endocrinology at Columbia, focusing mainly on adrenal steroids. After two years of military service in the U.S. Navy he joined the faculty of Medicine at Harvard Medical School as an Associate in Medicine, where he did research at the Endocrinology Unit at the Massachusetts General Hospital.  There he developed radioimmunoassay methods for protein hormones, particularly human growth hormone, and did early studies of the physiology of this hormone in normal and disease states.  He returned to Columbia in 1966 to set up a research laboratory for the study of pituitary hormones, and in 1971 was named the first Chief of the newly organized Division of Endocrinology in the Department of Medicine at Columbia. He served in this capacity, as well as being Chief of the Adult Endocrine Clinic at the Presbyterian Hospital, from 1971 to 1987, when Dr. Bilezikian succeeded him as Chief of Endocrinology. Dr. Frantz's laboratory was the first to show, in 1970, that human prolactin exists in human pituitaries and circulates in blood as a hormone completely immunologically distinct from human growth hormone, and to develop a bioassay by which it could be measured in human serum.  He continues to participate in the teaching and clinical activities of the Division of Endocrinology.

Dr. Frantz is a member of numerous societies, including the Association of American Physicians, the American Society for Clinical Investigation, the Endocrine Society, the International Society for Neuroendocrinology, the American Federation for Medical Research, and the Pituitary Society. He has served on the editorial boards of several journals, including The Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism, and is currently Associate Editor for Metabolism. He has published over 150 papers and book chapters, and has received the Distinguished Teacher Award at the Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons, and the Silver Medal Award of the P & S Alumni Association.

Welcome from Diversity Affairs

Hilda Y. HutchersonIt is with pride and enthusiasm that I welcome you to P&S. As a new member of the P&S family, you join a group of talented, diverse and dedicated leaders in the fields of biomedical research, health care policy and medical care. The next few years will be challenging yet exciting, rewarding and memorable. It will be my honor to help you in any way I can to reach your goals. My door is always open.

Hilda Y. Hutcherson, M.D.
Associate Dean for Diversity Affairs

About Dean Hutcherson

Hilda Hutcherson, MD, is a Clinical Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology and Associate Dean at Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons.

Dr Hutcherson received her undergraduate degree in Human Biology from Stanford University and her medical degree from Harvard Medical School. She completed her Obstetrics and Gynecology residency at Columbia University Medical Center. She is a fellow in the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology.

As the Director of the Gynecologic Teaching Associates, she is responsible for teaching the pelvic exam to medical students.  Her honors have included twice receiving the Gender Equity Teaching Award and she has received numerous community awards for her work in women's health and mentoring.  She is listed as a "Top Doctor in the New York Metro Area" and is included in the "Best Doctors in America" database.

Dr Hutcherson was appointed by the Governor of New York to the New York State Stem Cell Board where she is a member of the Funding Committee.  She is an author and contributor to several magazines.

Welcome from Alumni Relations

Anke NoltingHome away from home. The next four years will be a time of wonder and challenge probably unsurpassed in your life to date. You will learn about the infinite mysteries of the human organism, its functions and dysfunction, and participate in the medical advances of the new millennium. You will find mentors on the faculty, among the alumni, and make lifelong friends among your classmates. Let the Alumni Office be your touchstone, your home base. Please stop by and meet the members of the Alumni Office.

I look forward to seeing you.

Anke Nolting, Ph.D.
Associate Dean and Executive Director
for Alumni Relations and Development

3. Directory of Offices




Pictured Left to Right: Wendy Hernandez, Rene Napoletano, Ellen Perez

Location: P&S 1st Floor, Room 1-416
Associate Dean: Andrew Frantz, M.D.
Director: Ellen Perez
Phone: (212) 305-3595

The Admissions Office staff welcomes you as you begin your interview process at the College of Physicians and Surgeons. We organize your visit to our school for your interview along with a student-led tour of our campus and assist you in any way we can during the application and interview process.



Center for Education Research and Evaluation

The mission of the Center For Education Research And Evaluation (CERE) is to support and empower teachers, leaders and scholars in the CUMC community to succeed in their educational endeavors.  We achieve this through collaborative efforts in evaluation, research and educator development.

In the area of evaluation, ongoing feedback from learners about curricula, individual courses, lectures, and education materials is important to the institution.  As a result, CERE assists faculty to collect learners' opinions and suggestions throughout the year, via on-line evaluations and focus groups in order to promote continuous quality improvement.

Curricular Affairs

Pictured left to right:Jamilette Gaton, Janique Grant

Location: P&S 3-401
Vice Dean for Education: Ronald E. Drusin, M.D.
Phone: (212) 305-4195 or (212) 305-4194

  • Oversees the structure, content and quality of the curriculum
  • Provides administrative support for interdisciplinary courses
  • Prepares class schedules
  • Schedules first and second year electives
  • Coordinates the clinical assessment program for third year students
  • Monitors course evaluations and provides feedback to course directors

Diversity Affairs


Standing left to right: Pedro Montalvo, Amy Garcia, Nancy Rodriguez, Nelly Pedromo, Marco Camacho, Tanya Kent-James, Edgar Garcia, Noemi Bueno, and Maritza Pierret

On Campus Housing

More than 1,000 students reside in Medical Center accommodations, a practical and cost-effective way to live in Manhattan. Students who live on campus have the opportunity to take advantage of the resources that both Columbia University and New York City have to offer.

All newly accepted medical students are eligible to apply for University housing at the Medical Center. Housing is offered to single students-those who are seeking accommodations only for themselves, and student couples-those who are seeking accommodations for themselves and their spouse/domestic partner.

Students must maintain full time matriculated status throughout their stay in CUMC housing. Students will be asked to leave University housing if their status drops to part-time. October and February graduates have until the end of the month in which they graduate to move out of University housing. May graduates are required to move out by the last day of their contract/lease.


Housing for First Year Students

Single Student Housing

All first year single students are guaranteed housing in Bard Hall for their first year of medical school. Bard Hall is an 11-story building that contains dormitory style rooms with community bathrooms, student lounges, the campus athletic facility and roof top terraces overlooking the Hudson River and the George Washington Bridge. The building is also home for students enrolled in the College of Dental Medicine and the Schools of Nursing and Public Health. The University’s Faculty-in-Residence also resides in the building.

Student Couples Housing

Housing for couples is available to married couples and couples living in domestic partnership. Domestic partners are defined as two individuals who live together in a long-term relationship of indefinite duration, have an exclusive commitment to each other’s welfare and share financial obligations. Accommodations must be occupied by both the student and their spouses or domestic partner. Documentation is required to qualify as a married couple or as domestic partners. Housing is allocated on a non-discriminatory basis.

Student couples live in typical apartment style accommodations in Bard-Haven Towers, 106 and 154 Haven Avenue. The three towers serve as the landmark feature of Medical Center housing where student couples live in spacious, unfurnished junior and full-size one-bedroom apartments. Students seeking a more typical New York experience reside at the 106 Haven Avenue Residence, a classic New York style walk-up, or the 154 Haven Avenue Residence.

Housing for Continuing Students

Single Student Housing

Students living in Bard Hall (dorm housing) are issued a housing option package in March. This packet outlines a student’s housing options for the upcoming academic year.

Students living in Bard-Haven Towers, 106 & 154 Haven Residences (apartment housing) are issued standard New York City leases with additional riders that pertain to Columbia University. Lease renewal information is distributed to all student tenants in April. Unit rental rates are subject to annual increase at that time.

Students living in Bard-Haven Towers, 106 & 154 Haven Residences may request to sublet if they will be participating in an approved academic field work or research away from the University or will not be on campus during the summer or intercession when they are not registered for classes. Sublet guidelines and the Application for Permission to Sublet are available from the Office of Housing Services. The application should be submitted for approval at least 30 days prior to the requested sublet date.

Student Couples Housing

Applications for students seeking couples housing for their second, third and fourth years of medical school are distributed and accepted from February 1 to March 30. Applications received by the March 30th deadline are randomly numbered to establish the order in which applicants will be assigned. Assignments are made by matching each applicant’s preference with unit available. Move-in occurs in August. In the event that there are more applications than housing units, the remaining applications are wait listed. Applications remain active until August 31.

Post Graduate Housing

May graduates who reside in University housing and will continue after graduation as post-doctoral research fellows or residents at Presbyterian Hospital may apply to continue in University housing. Applications are distributed by the Housing Office in mid-March. Upon approval, post grads are required to vacate their single student-designated apartment and are reassigned a studio apartment in Tower III or 154 Haven Avenue Residence. Post grads who reside in student couple’s housing may remain in their current accommodation. Continued housing is offered for a maximum of one year.

Community Housing

Most medical students look for an apartment within walking distance of the Medical Center. Besides being convenient, these apartments generally have lower rents than those downtown. Apartment hunting tips, local apartment listings and advice on when and where to look are provided by the Office of Housing Service’s off-campus resource officer.

Residential Services


A campus-wide telecommunication system provides service to all residential buildings. A variety of features are offered including five digit on-campus dialing, voicemail and 3 way conference calling. You may keep your telephone number if you move to another campus residence.


All residential units are wired which means that you are able to connect a properly configured computer and network adapter card to the Campus computer network. Residents can call the Information Commons at 305-Help for assistance or can register their computer’s hardware address online at

Residential Building Access

The residential buildings are staffed with 24 hour security personnel. Students must present medical center identification to enter all campus buildings. Student’s spouses/partners are issued an access I.D. for the building in which they reside.


Residents are welcome to have visitors. Your visitor should report to the security/doorman desk in your building. You will be called by staff to announce the arrival of your visitor and to confirm that you are home. Your visitor will not be given access to the building if you are not in. Each visitor will be asked to leave a photo I.D. and will be issued a Visitor Pass. It is not permissible to have a permanent visitor/guest in your room/unit. Under no circumstance will Housing Office personnel issue your visitor a key to your room/apartment or let your visitor into your unit when you are away.

When you invite a visitor to campus, you assume responsibility for his/her behavior. In addition, your visitor is responsible for following all University rules and regulations as would any other member of the living community. Visitor privileges may be revoked as a result of inappropriate behavior by you or your visitor. Policy violations will be referred to the Housing Administration and to the Dean of Students of the host’s school if necessary.

Delivery men are not permitted in the residential buildings. Residents must come down to the security/doorman desk to accept a delivery.

Library & Scholarly Resources

Augustus C. Long Health Sciences Library 

Committed to supporting the academic and research activities of the faculty, staff & students at the Columbia University Medical Center campus, the Augustus C. Long Health Sciences Library (HSL) is one of the largest academic health sciences libraries in the country. Its collection includes over 300,000 volumes, over 4,000 current periodical subscriptions, primarily online, and extensive holdings of media, electronic resources, rare books and archival materials.

HSL serves Columbia University’s colleges of Medicine and Dental Medicine and the schools of Nursing and Public Health; New York Presbyterian Hospital (NYPH); and other health care, instructional and research programs in the Columbia University Medical Center. HSL is one of 25 libraries comprising the Columbia University libraries system, which holds more than 9.5 million volumes and over 110,000 current serials.

HSL is located in the Hammer Health Sciences Center (701 W. 168th Street, corner of Ft. Washington Avenue) on the Columbia University Medical Center campus.  It offers a variety of study spaces for both group and individual study with wireless network access available throughout the library.

Expert medical librarians support the Columbia community’s research needs with one-on-one reference consultations and both formal and informal classes covering library resources. For more information about HSL's resources and services, call 212-305-3605; send an email to or visit the library’s homepage at

Other library services offered at HSL include: Interlibrary loan, print and electronic reserves, fax sending and receiving, private study rooms, and transfer of materials between the CUMC and Columbia’s Morningside Heights campuses.


Computing Facilities

CUMC IT Service Desk

Location: 701 West 168 Street, 2nd floor, New York, NY 10032
Phone: 212-305-4357 (extension 5-Help)
Web site:

The CUMC IT Service Desk provides a single point of contact for information technology and related customer support at the Columbia University Medical Center. It offers troubleshooting and resolution of issues related to computer software, hardware, and login accounts for University resources.  When necessary the Service Desk oversees problem escalation and follow up with other technical groups at Columbia.  It also provides maintenance of the computer clusters and printers.

The Service Desk is located right inside the entrance to the 2nd floor of the Hammer Health Sciences building. Support is available seven days a week via phone, walk in, email, and CUMC IT eSupport, which allows technicians to connect to a computer over the network and provide instant assistance. A wealth of resources including tutorials, online request forms, FAQs, and technical news and announcements can be found on the CUMC IT web site.  Students can also find a Getting Started guide specific to their needs at:

Computer Clusters

The CUMC IT Service Desk offers public computer clusters at several areas on campus:  Hammer 24 Hour Computing Lounge and Library Lobby, Hammer 2nd floor, and the PH17 Computer Labs. All locations have Windows XP PCs, with Intel iMacs available in the Hammer clusters. The computers are available on a first come, first served basis. Software is provided for word processing, analyzing data, creating charts, graphics, curriculum support, and other applications. All systems are connected to CUMC’s high-speed network and laserjet printers.  The Hammer 24 Hour Lounge and 2nd Floor are open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.  PH17 is open 8am to 2am every day, with extended hours during exams.  The Library clusters are only available during Library hours.  Please see the link above for details about available programs and resources at each location. 


A total of 19 high-speed LaserJet printers are available at all computing cluster locations, including four in student housing and a color printer on the 2nd floor of Hammer.  The printers do have a per page charge, pages can be purchased at the Service Desk on the 2nd floor of Hammer.  Medical Center students are given a semester allocation of 850 free pages for each Fall and Spring semester and 700 pages for Summer.  Anyone can configure their personal computers to connect to the printers over the secured network.  More information can be found at:

Wireless Network Access

Wireless network access is available at a number of areas on the CUMC campus, including the Library and Service Desk areas, in Bard Hall and Georgian housing, PH17 and Hammer building 1st through 4th floors, Hammer front benches and steps, and the patio outside of the E-Lounge, as well as many other areas.  The wireless network is secured and requires that the computer be configured for the network before it can connect.  For information and a list of specific locations please see:

Site Licensed Software

A number of programs are free to current students under a site software license.  This includes the Microsoft Office Suite for both Windows and Macintosh computers, and Symantec Endpoint security software.  Students can purchase SAS statistical analysis software at the Service Desk at an educational discount.  Please see the full list of software including download links at: 

Residence Hall Computing and Customer Service Support

Residence halls at the Medical Center campus are fully wired for high-speed network access,  with wireless access available in Bard Hall, Georgian and 390 Fort Washington Avenue. Instructions on how to connect can be found on our web site at: or call (212) 305-4357 for help.


Computer Technology Support


Location: 630 W. 168th St., PH17, New York, NY  10032
Phone: (212) 305-4357 (Extension 5-Help)
Email: Web site:

Computer Technology Support (CTS) is the division of CUMC IT that manages campus classrooms, auditoriums, and other event related spaces.  CTS also provides audio-visual, computing and conferencing equipment and services for the Columbia University Medical Center community.  Specific duties include: 


  • Room reservation and scheduling for CUMC classes, events, and other programs
  • Distribution of and training on the use of audio-visual equipment and computers
  • Coordinating the maintenance of audio-visual euipment used in the classrooms
  • Troubleshooting of classroom equipment problems 
  • Coordinating maintenance of the rooms with Facilities

The Computer Technology Support group is dedicated to bringing the latest teaching and learning technologies to the classroom, and assisting in making every event and class an enriching experience.


Sexual Violence Prevention and Response Program

Student Administrative Services

Pictured left to right:Tamika Bryan, Daniella Gonzalez, Maria Santiago, Carmen Sierra, Wendy Penalver, Joyce Burrus, Tonya Anderson, Mery Suazo, Delfy Velazquez, Roselen Gonzalez

Director: Tonya Anderson

Assistant Director: Carmen Sierra

Manager: Mery Suazo

Departmental Administrator: Tamika Bryan


Roselen Gonzalez

Wendy Penalver

Joyce Burrus

Daniella Gonzalez

Maria Santiago

Delfy Velazquez

Provides registrar, student account, cashiering, and ID services including:

  • Registration
  • Certification for loan deferments
  • Change of SSN, change of name
  • Grades
  • Transcripts
  • Verification of attendance
  • Billing and payment information
  • Tuition and fees information
  • Refunds based upon eligibility
  • Tuition exemption processing
  • Third party billing
  • Clearing financial holds
  • Student payments
  • Stipend check/loan check disbursement
  • Electronic fund transfers

Phone: (212) 342-4790

Office Email:

The P&S Alumni Association and You

Pictured left to right: Elizabeth Williams, Faye Farese, Arianis Batista, Sonia Winters, Peter Wortsman, and Mary Garris

Associate Dean: Anke Nolting, Ph.D.
Director: Elizabeth Williams

Back To The Future

Welcome to the Alumni Association of the College of Physicians and Surgeons, the oldest (and most congenial) medical school alumni group in the nation. Your membership really began the day you became a P&S student and will continue throughout your life. You are what we're all about! Our goal is to insure the quality of your education and the quality of your life while you're here.

Back in 1859, a couple of P&S graduates got together to foster a sense of fellowship and, above all, to serve as a benevolent influence on the future of the school. One of the Association's first philanthropic acts was to raise money to build a laboratory and lecture hall. After 145 years, with a membership now at 7,130, we remain committed to your present and our shared future.

  • The Home-Away-From-Home Program matches new students with interested New York City Metropolitan area alumni on the basis of common concerns in medicine/research, alma maters and hobbies. The purpose is to promote mentor relationships and to help students cope with the often difficult transitional period in the first year.
  • The Parents' Day Program, an annual gathering at P&S, gives parents, other family members and significant others an opportunity to put themselves in students' shoes and get a feel for the rigors and pleasures of the P&S student experience.
  • The Minority Students' Recruitment Program is coordinated by the Association's Committee on Minority Student Affairs in conjunction with the Dean's Office and the Black and Latino Students' Organization. The Alumni Association hosts an annual dinner for minority applicants, students, alumni and faculty.
  • The Externship Program permits students to get a real taste of medical life by spending a week shadowing alumni in their practice. Students generally reside with alumni, who, teaching by example, serve in the capacity of adjunct members to the P&S faculty.
  • At Career Forums, sponsored by the Association through the Student-Alumni Relations Committee, alumni and faculty panelists from a variety of fields share their professional experiences and insights, helping current students make informed career choices.
  • The Alumni/ae Career Advisory Service, a program established in 1997, sponsored by the Association, serves as a long-term resource assisting P&S students in their career decisions during and after medical school.
  • The Host Program. To help smooth your transition from student to professional, the P&S Alumni Association sponsors an alumni-student Host Program. Our far-flung P&S alumni have always opened their homes and hearts to students on an informal basis. Many alumni around the country participate in this program to officially host visiting students during their internship and residency interviews, offering lodging and an insider's glimpse at what it's really like to practice in a particular field and geographic area.

As alumni-to-be, students play an important role in the work and deliberations of the Alumni Association. Our primary link is the Student-Alumni Relations Committee, whose student and alumni members meet regularly to address the most pressing student needs and concerns.

The Association supports a wide variety of student-related projects, including social events, scholarships and financial aid. We also take a special interest in Bard Hall, the student dorm, and designate funds for its improvement. You are the current beneficiary of the largesse of generations of P&S alumni whose staunch support is keeping your classrooms and lecture halls, laboratories, library, computer links and health and fitness facility at the cutting edge.

Long a mainstay of student life, the P&S Club, of which we are an enthusiastic sponsor, offers a wide range of extracurricular activities, including sports, concerts and theatrical performances

Our door is always open to you. The P&S Alumni Relations Office is located in Room 250 of the Black Building, at 630 West 168th Street. Please stop by and get acquainted with Alumni Director, Elizabeth Williams and the staff. Or call us at (212) 305-1472.

4. Academics




Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons (P&S) has transformed its curriculum in beginning in the fall 2009 semester.  The P&S curriculum brings the historical excellence of the medical school to a learning environment best suited to 21st-century medicine.

Medicine in the future will demand of our graduates unprecedented abilities to collaborate at the bedside, in the laboratory, and in the field. It will demand new levels of intellectual agility to anticipate, critically assess, and integrate new knowledge, new technologies and new systems into the care of patients, the focus of research, and service to the public.

Hallmarks of the P&S curriculum include: an intellectual framework based on hypothesis testing and creative problem solving; cultivation of skills in collaboration and teamwork; and a commitment to life-long inquiry, discovery and innovation. The capstone will include a self-directed, faculty-mentored, in-depth scholarly project in an area of special interest to each student.

Studying medicine at P&S prepares skilled and inspired physicians with the tools to apply their knowledge, creativity and ideals to their future roles as leaders in 21st century medicine.



The P&S curriculum combines the principles of basic science, professionalism, and clinical medicine throughout the four-year program in a way that encourages collaboration, teamwork and innovation. And with increased flexibility in the post-clinical period, students have the opportunity to fully explore an area of special interest, culminating in a scholarly project.

Curriculum Highlights


* Preclinical period (18 months)

* Opportunities for students to teach and learn collaboratively

* Basic sciences taught with an orientation towards clinical reasoning and evidence-based medicine

* Systems-based exploration of health and disease with integration of biological, psychosocial, and populations implications

* Anatomy with balanced dissection, pro-section and imaging

* Longitudinal, patient-focused development of clinical and diagnostic skills

Major Clinical

* Required Core Clerkships (four 12-week blocks)

* Rotations will be paired by related clerkships promoting interdiscilplinary learning (e.g., OB/GYN with Pediatrics, Neurology with Psychiatry, etc.)

* Intersessions between blocks to explore advanced topics and develop plan for 4th year scholarly project

* USMLE Part 1 taken after Major Clinical Year

Electives & Selectives

* 14 months

* Flexible 4th year schedule to accommodate scholarly project and electives

* New Senior Medicine rotation which consolidates fundamental skills in a medicine service of the student's choice

* Scholarly Project - students, paired with mentors, dive deep into area of interest

* Increased flexibility to explore options for career specialty

School-wide Learning Objectives

The mission of the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Columbia University is to prepare graduates to be leaders and role models who define excellence in patient care, medical research, education and health care policy. Their experiences at Columbia will enable them to shape the future and set the standards of medicine in the United States and in the world. Their guided exposure and training will prepare them to exhibit the highest principles of humanism and professionalism in their responsibilities to their patients, to their community and to society.

As a visual analog of the P&S mission, this image represents P&S’ goal for you as a student:


By achieving this goal, you will:

  • Be aware of and committed to patients’ best interests within the immediate health care system and as part of the broader context of health care 
  • Build patients stories through skillful performance of history, physical and medical procedures appropriate to the clinical setting with competence and sensitivity 
  • Communicate clearly and work respectfully with others 
  • Demonstrate self-awareness and maintain personal wellness 
  • Generate hypotheses, exhibit curiosity and develop a pattern of lifelong learning 
  • Know the established and evolving biomedical, clinical and social-behavioral sciences; access, evaluate and critically apply this knowledge to medical practice
  • Participate in the process through which new knowledge is generated, and assess the importance of novel ideas 
  • Support and motivate member of teams (formal and informal) to work effectively 
  • Teach effectively by conveying knowledge to patients, families and peers and empowering its use 
  • Understand patients deeply, as evidenced by listening, bearing witness and building and maintaining authentic relationship and healing affiliations

These statements represent the school-wide learning objectives for the Columbia P&S  curriculum. You will be expected to demonstrate mastery of each prior to graduation.

Academic Calendar 2009-2010

2009-2010 Academic Calendar Class of 2013 Class of 2012 Class of 2011 Class of 2010 NOTES
Fall Semester Begins 8/24/2009 8/24/2009 6/22/2009 7/1/2009  
Fall Semester Ends 12/21/2009 12/18/2009 12/18/2009 12/31/2009  
Spring Semester Begins 1/4/2010 1/4/2010 1/4/2010 1/4/2010  
Spring Semester Ends 6/9/2010 6/20/2010 6/25/2010 5/19/2010 last exam for 2012 is 5/7/2010
USMLE Test Dates         NOTES
USMLE Step 1 Taken TBA 6/20/2010 6/21/2009    
USMLE Step 1 Retaken TBA 9/30/2010 9/30/2009    
USMLE Step 2 CK TBA TBA *11/30/2010 *11/30/2009 *Passing CK is a requirement for graduation.
USMLE Step 2 CS     *2/23/2011 *2/23/2010 *Taking CS is a requirement for graduation. First Deadline for MD-PHD students in 2010
USMLE Step 2 CK Retaken TBA TBA 2/28/2011 2/28/2010  
Ceremonies & Events         NOTES
Transition Week TBA 6/21-6/25/2010 6/22-26/2009    
Steven Z. Miller Student Clinician Ceremony TBA 6/25/2010 6/26/2009    
Orientation 8/17- 21/2009        
White Coat Ceremony 8/21/2009        
Match Day *3/21/2013 *3/15/2012 *3/17/2011 3/18/2010 *dates are tentative
Deans Day for Medical Student Research *5/8/2013 *5/9/2012 *5/11/2011 5/12/2010 *dates are tentative
P&S Class Day *5/14/2013 *5/15/2012 *5/17/2011 TBA *dates are tentative
University Commencement *5/15/2013 *5/16/2012 *5/18/2011 TBA *dates are tentative
P&S Graduation *5/15/2013 *5/16/2012 *5/18/2011 TBA *dates are tentative
Vacations & Holidays (unless otherwise noted, 3rd and 4th yr students should check with Course Director before assuming holidays are days off ) NOTES
4th July 2009 observed     7/3/2009 7/3/2009  
Labor Day 2009 observed 9/7/2009 9/7/2009 9/7/2009    
Thanksgiving 2009 observed 11/26/2009 11/26/2009 11/26/2009 11/26/2009  
Thanksgiving holiday 2009 11/27/2009 11/27/2009      
Winter Break Begins 12/22/2009 12/19/2009 12/19/2009    
Winter Break Ends 1/3/2010 1/3/2010 1/3/2010    
Martin Luther King 2010 Observed 1/18/2010 1/18/2010      
Presidents Day 2010 Observed 2/15/2010 2/15/2010      
Spring Break Begins 3/1/2010 3/1/2010      
Spring Break Ends 3/5/2010 3/5/2010      
Memorial Day 2010 Observed 5/31/2010   5/31/2010    
Religious Holidays 2009-2010   NOTES
First Day of Ramadan 8/21/2009  
Rosh Hashanah Begins 9/19/2009 Begins eve of the 18th
Rosh Hashanah Ends 9/20/2009  
Yom Kippur 9/28/2009 Begins eve of the 27th
Christmas 12/25/2009  
Passover 3/30/2010 Begins eve of the 29th
Good Friday 4/2/2010  
Easter 4/4/2010  

Class of 2013

        View Academic Calendar for Fall 2009 Fundamentals Block 1 >

Clinical Gross Anatomy

Dr. Angela Lignelli-DippleDr. Ernest April

Dr. Paulette Bernd


Office: Presbyterian West, Room 1574B
Phone: Ext. 5-7572

The goal of Clinical Gross Anatomy is for student physicians to acquire the knowledge and language of Anatomy necessary to practice medicine and facilitate discussion of problems and medical findings between colleagues.  Anatomy is taught using different modalities that emphasize concepts, not memorization of facts, as well as an appreciation of the association between structure and function.  In this course you will encounter your first patient and work as part of your first professional team.  Examination of your patient by the process of dissection will be your primary learning resource.  Structures will be identified based on characteristics such as their source, target, attachments and/or relationship with other structures, not by rote.  Teams of four students will actively learn Anatomy through dissection, discussion of clinical cases, palpation, and examination of prosected materials, radiographs and cross-sectional images.  Anatomy faculty will both give lectures designed to emphasize concepts, structure and function and be present in the laboratory to give individualized assistance in the performing and understanding of the day's dissection.  Clinicians will be involved both in and out of the dissection laboratory and reinforce Anatomy through Radiology, Surgery and clinical procedures.  By the end of the course, student physicians will be empowered to analyze, synthesize and apply clinically relevant anatomical information to the development of a clinical diagnosis essential for good patient care. 

Foundations of Clinical Medicine I and II and III

Dr. Michael J. DevlinDr. Delphine Taylor

Dr. Delphine Taylor

Co-Course Director, Foundations I, II, and III 

Office: P&S 3-401
Phone: Ext. 5-0344

Dr. Deepthinam Gowda

Co-Course Directorm Foundations II & III (Tutorials)

Office: BB 15-1516
Phone: 212-305-2451

Dr. Michael J. Devlin

Associate Course Director

Office: 1051 Riverside Dr., Unit 116
Phone: (212) 543-5748

Dr. Mary Johanna fink

Associate Course Director 

Office: Farrell Clinic, 610 West 158th St.
Phone:  212-544-1880

The Foundations of Clinical Medicine course introduces students to essential aspects of effective and compassionate care from the very first days of medical school. Through lectures, small group teaching, and clinical experiences, the course emphasizes the knowledge, skills, and attitudes necessary to build therapeutic and effective relationships with patients and colleagues,  to gather, synthesize and organize information in order to provide appropriate care, and to appreciate the context in which that care is delivered. Emphasizing professionalism and ethical behavior in clinical practice, the course relies on writing and reflection to assist students as they  transition into the role of the physician.

Foundations of Clinical Medicine I (Foundations I) marks the beginning of a longitudinal course that introduces students to patients in the classroom and in the clinical setting.. The course begins with fundamental rapport-building and interviewing, and considers the many factors that may impact on effective communication and clinical care, such as issues related to age, culture, and sexual orientation. Seminar groups provide students an opportunity to practice interviewing with actors as patients, and to discuss clinical experiences from their weekly Foundations clerkships. Seminars also serve as a forum for exploring issues relating to professional development and ethics.

In Foundations II, students begin working in Tutorials Groups, which consist of four students working with a Tutorials preceptor, to learn the elements of a structured medical history and a complete physical examination. Students initially conduct supervised examinations on each other, then interview and examine hospitalized patients. Concurrently, Foundations II explores clinical care in a broader context with lectures and seminars in clinical epidemiology and biostatistics, health promotion, and health systems.

In Foundations III, in preparation for the Major Clinical Year, students continue to interview and examine patients in their Tutorials Groups, and begin to form hypotheses about diagnoses through their understanding of mechanisms and pathology. Students learn how to produce effective written and oral case presentations and also lead "On Call" case discussions that emphasize material learned  in  the Body in Health and Disease course.. Additionally, in lectures and seminars, students focus on the knowledge, skills and attitudes necessary to care for patients in more challenging situations, such as patients with substance abuse issues and patients at the end of life. Students also participate in six-week Narrative Medicine seminars in order to enhance their ability to recognize, absorb, interpret, and honor the stories of illness.

Throughout of the course, students are expected to provide and receive constructive feedback to and from their colleagues as part of the teaching and teamwork that is fundamental to effective clinical care and to sustained satisfaction within the profession of medicine.

Molecular Mechanism & Disease


Course Director:  Dr. Jonathan Barasch


Molecular Mechanisms The basis of medical disease is an aberrant regulation of normal cellular and molecular mechanisms. In your first course at Columbia P&S, known as Molecular Mechanisms, you will begin to learn these mechanisms by focusing on the processes that generate, regulate, and conversely damage the various cell types that make up the organs of our body.

The course is composed of 4 units. The first Biomolecules and Cells is focused on the components and functions of single cells including chemical components, critical metabolic pathways, and subcellular compartments. The second section Tissues starts at the point when cells of similar types form communities. The third section Tissues in their Environment applies knowledge learned in the first two sections to more complex situations such as signaling which regulates the embryogenesis of different tissues, the response of tissues to damage signals, and finally basic considerations in the use of medications which signal to tissues. The fourth and last section Genomic Regulation is focused on the basic architecture of the genome, the mechanisms of disease related to mutations, translocations, copy number variations, and aspects of gene therapy. Each section of the course will be highlighted by frequent small groups that include problem solving sessions, histological and pathological laboratories, and a journal club, where students debate the meaning of data in classical articles. Lastly, patients will be presented whose life story illustrates a cellular process under discussion.

2013 Exam Schedule Fundamentals Block 1 (Fall 2009)

October 5, 2009 from 9-12  Clinical Gross Anatomy (Path 5103)

October 12, 2009 from 9-12  Molecular Mechanism and Disease (Path 5102)

November 16, 2009 from 9-12  Clinical Gross Anatomy (Path 5103)

November 24, 2009 from 2-5  Molecular Mechanism and Disease/HD (Path 5102) - 

November 25, 2009 from 9-1 Molecular Mechanism and Disease (Path 5102)

December 16, 2009 from 10-12  Foundations of Clinical Medicine I (Medi 5105)

December 16, 2009 from 1-3  Foundations of Clinical Medicine I (Medi 5105)

December 18, 2009 from 9-12 Molecular Mechanism and Disease (Path 5102)

December 21, 2009 from 9-12  Clinical Gross Anatomy (Path 5103)

The Body: In Health & In Disease

The Body - in Health and in Disease begins in January of first year and continues after a three month summer break until December of the second year. This is a multidisciplinary course which incorporates aspects of embryology, histology, pathology, pathophysiology and therapeutics.

The goals of the course are to help students gain a working understanding of :

-  normal organ development, structure and function

-  changes in organ structure and function with disease processes

-  approaches to therapy including use of pharmaceutical agents

The course will also provide opportunity for students to demonstrate, in preparation for the major clinical year, the ability to work collaboratively, to apply their knowledge and solve clinical problems.

Instructional methods include lectures to provide the core knowledge, case based small group discussions, team based learning exercises and independent readings.

The course structure and content is closely related to the curriculum of the concurrent courses, Foundations in Clinical Medicine and Clinical Practice.

The course has nine sections:

Microbiology/Infectious Diseases  (1/4/10 - 1/25/10)

     Dr. Stephen Canfield & Dr. Rachel Gordon

Cardiovascular system  (3/1/10 - 4/8/10) 

     Dr. Carol Waksmonski

Pulmonary (3/24/10 - 4/9/10)

     Dr. Daniel Brodie & Dr. David Lederer

Endocrinology/Reproduction (5/12/10 - 6/10)

     Dr. Jessica Fleischer

Renal/Urinary tract (4/12/10 - 5/6/10)

GI tract/Liver (10/18/10 - 11/12/10)

     Dr. Lorna Dove

Neurosciences (8/30/10 - 10/15/10)

     Dr. Daniel Goldberg                                                           

Hematology/Oncology (11/15/10 - 12/1/10)

     Dr. David Diuguid

Rheumatology/Musculoskeletal (12/2/10 - 12/16/10)

     Dr. Robert Winchester

Student evaluations will be based on examinations in each Section as well as by the quality of participation in group learning activities.

Psychiatric Medicine I

Dr. HardingDr. Janis Cutler

Dr. Janis Cutler

Course Director
Office: PI 1st Floor, 1303-E
Phone: 543-5552, 543-5556

Dr. Kelli Harding

Assistant Course Director
Office:  PI, 1st Floor, 1303-D
Phone:  543-6801

The course consists of lectures and small groups for discussion and interviewing patients. The concepts of depression and psychosis will be introduced, and the major psychiatric syndromes will be covered, including Schizophrenia, Bipolar Disorder, Anxiety Disorders and Personality Disorders.  Normal child and adult psychological development will also be presented.  Principles of psychiatric treatment will be introduced.  Psychiatric patients will be interviewed in small groups.

Class of 2013 Exam Schedule Fundamentals Block 2 (Spring 2010)

text forhtcoming

2013 Advisory Dean Lunch Schedule


Class of 2012

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The second year begins August 25 and includes two vacations. The figure listed beside each course title indicates the total number of hours assigned to that course.

The second year curriculum is undertaken by students and faculty as a transition year of synthesizing the course content into the necessary fund of knowledge to be used with history taking and physical diagnosis. This fund of knowledge and new skills will be enhanced by clinical experiences in the Major Clinical Year. This educational exercise includes lectures, seminars, patient interviews, and Physical Diagnosis sessions. This process is best served by all students partaking in all parts of the curriculum.

Pathophysiology I & II

Dr. Thomas Garrett

Dr. Thomas Garrett (pictured)

Course Director
Office: BB15-1516
Phone: Ext. 24116

Dr. Jay Lefkowitch

Associate Course
Director for Pathology
PH 15W-1574
Phone: Ext. 57381

Ms. Betty Carroll

Course Coordinator
Phone: Ext. 59823

The Pathophysiology course runs in both semesters of second year.

Pathophysiology I is composed of five sections: Molecular and Cellular Pathology, Immunology, Microbiology/Infectious Diseases, Parasitic Diseases and Neuropathology. 

Pathophysiology II is composed of seven sections: Cardiology, Pulmonary Diseases, Endocrinology, Gastroenterology/Liver Diseases, Renal Diseases, Oncology, and Hematology.

Each section has an examination which the student must pass. There is no cumulative final examination in either semester. However, all students must demonstrate that they have mastered the core competency in all twelve sections. Students who do not demonstrate core competency on an examination will be required to do a make up examination at the discretion of the Second Year Faculty Committee.  There is no honors grade for either semester.

Pathophysiology I

Title of Section Time (Approx.) Faculty Leader(s)
Molecular & Cellular Pathophysiology Aug. – Sept. Dr. Lefkowitch
Immunology Aug. – Oct. Dr. Canfield
Microbiology/Infectious Diseases Aug. – Dec. Dr. Gordon
Parasitic Diseases Nov. – Dec. Dr. Despommier
Neuropathology Dec. Dr. Faust

Pathophysiology I Section Directors

Dr. Jay Lefkowitch

Dr. Jay LefkowitchDr. Jay Lefkowitch

Molecular & Cellular Pathophysiology
Associate Course Director for Pathology

Office: PH 15W-1574
Phone: Ext. 57381

Dr. Stephen Canfield

Dr. Stephen Canfield


Office: P&S 8-512
Phone: Ext. 5-6086

Dr. Rachel Gordon

Dr. Rachel Gordon

Microbiology/Infectious Diseases

Office:  PH8 W-876
  Ext. 2-0109

Dr. Dickson Despommier

Dr. Dickson Despommier

Dr. Dickson Despommier


Office: P.I. Annex
1st Floor, Room 157
Phone: Ext. 5-1494

Dr. Phyllis Faust

Dr. Phyllis Faust

Dr. Phyllis Faust


Office: PH 15 Stem
Phone: Ext. 5-7345

Pathophysiology II

Title of Section Time (Approx.) Faculty Leader(s)
Cardiology Jan. Dr. Waksmonski
Pulmonary Jan. – Feb. Drs. Brodie & Lederer
Endocrinology Feb. Dr. Fleischer
Gastroenterology Mar. Dr. Schwabe
Renal Mar. – Apr. Dr. Al-Awqati
Oncology Apr. – May Dr. Siegel
Hematology Apr. – May Dr. Diuguid

Pathophysiology II Section Directors

Dr. Carol Waksmonski

Dr. Carol Waksmonski

Dr. Carol Waksmonski


Office: PH 9-968
Phone: Ext. 5-4423

Dr. Dan Brodie

Dr. Dan Brodie

Dr. Dan Brodie


Office: PH 8E-101
Phone: Ext. 5-9817

Dr. David Lederer

Dr. David Lederer

Dr. David Lederer


Office: PH 8E-101
Phone: Ext. 5-6589

Dr. Jessica Fleischer

Dr. Jessica Fleischer


Office: Harkness Pavilion
Phone: Ext. 2-3433

Dr. Qais Al-Awqati

Dr. Qais Al-AwqatiDr. Qais Al-Awqati


Office: P&S 10-445
Phone: Ext. 5-3512 or 5-6874

Dr. Abby Siegel

Dr. Abby Siegel

Dr. Abby Siegel


Office: 9th Fl. Irving Pavilion
Phone: ext. 5-9781

Dr. David Diuguid

Dr. David DiuguidDr. David Diuguid


Office: Milstein 6-435
Phone: Ext. 5-0527

Dr. Robert Schwabe

Dr. Paul Berk

Dr. Robert Schwabe

Gastroenterology/Liver Diseases

Office: Russ Berrie 412 C
Phone: 212-851-5462

Dr. Maria Garzon

Dr. Maria GarzonDr. Maria Garzon


Office: Irving Pavilion, 12th Fl.  
Phone: Ext. 5-9551

Dermatology is offered as a separate course at the end of Pathophysiology II.

Dr. Angela Lignelli-Dipple

Dr. Angela Lignelli-Dipple

Dr. Angela Lignelli-Dipple


Office: MHB3-111
Phone: Ext. 5-2511

Radiology is offered as a separate course at the end of Pathophysiology II.

Foundations of Clinical Medicine

Dr. FinkDr. Gowda

Dr. Deepthiman Gowda

Course Director
Office: BB 15-1516
Phone: 212-305-2451

Dr. Mary Johanna Fink

Associate Course Director
Office: Farrell Clinic, 610 West 158th St.
Phone:  212-544-1880

During Foundations II and III, students will participate in Foundations Tutorials.  Through the Tutorials, students will learn to perform a basic physical exam, elicit a basic physical exam, elicit a medical history, write up the history and physical, and practice oral case presentations.  Each Tutorial Group will be comprised of four students and one faculty member.  Students will be assigned to Tutorial Groups either at CUMC or at one of several affiliate clinical sites.  The first five Tutorial sessions are Peer Exam sessions, which introduce students to the normal physical exam.  During these sessions, students will work in same-gender pairs and will examine one another to learn and practice the components of the basic physical exam under the supervision of their Tutorial Preceptor. 

For the remainder of the course, the students will work in pairs at their Tutorial site and will take histories and perform physical exams on hospitalized patients.  The students will work under close supervision of their Tutorials Preceptor who will help students learn to obtain both complete and hypothesis-driven medical histories and physical exams.  Students will learn to organize histories, physical exams, and laboratory and imaging data into write-ups which will then be reviewed and corrected by the Tutorials Preceptor.  Students will take turns delivering oral case presentations in their Tutorial Groups.  Students will also take turns leading On-Call Cases in their Tutorial Groups.  On-Call Cases will correlate with content in the Body in Health and Disease course and will introduce students to clinical reasoning, hypothesis-driven history taking and physical examination, and concepts of evidence-based to decision-making.  The assessment for the Foundations Tutorials will include a written final exam and a final OSCE (Observed Structured Clinical Examination).


Clinical Practice II

Dr. Michael J. DevlinDr. Delphine Taylor

Dr. Delphine Taylor

Course Director

Office: P&S 3-401
Phone: Ext. 5-0344

Dr. Michael J. Devlin

Associate Course Director

Office: 1051 Riverside Dr., Unit 116
Phone: (212) 543-5748

Building on the experiences of first year, Clinical Practice II continues to emphasize the communication skills needed to become an effective and empathic clinician. The first semester focuses on improving interviewing and listening skills geared toward particular clinical situations. To complement material learned in pathophysiology, pharmacology and psychiatry, Clinical Practice II provides a hands-on approach to addressing substance abuse and end-of-life issues. Students not only participate in clinician-led small groups, but they are expected to go on trips to AA meetings and to Calvary Hospital to further explore the context of care in both substance abuse and in palliative care.  The course also works within the Foundations of Clinical Medicine II curriculum, with small group sessions to integrate and reflect upon the skills, knowledge and professional attitudes students have acquired and observed as they prepare to transition to the major clinical year.


Narrative Medicine Seminar Series

In the second semester, as a required part of the Clinical Practice II course, students will participate in the Narrative Medicine Seminar Series, a series of graduate-level small-group seminars in the humanities and narrative disciplines taught by P&S faculty and faculty from the Morningside campus. Some of the seminars take place off-campus at such places as the Metropolitan Museum of Art, The Frick Collection, and Museum of Modern Art. Students may choose among seminars in literature, creative writing, history, visual arts, photography, philosophy, and religious studies. Some of the seminars offered in previous years include, The Philosophy of Death, Illness Narratives, Medical Student as a Writer, Fiction Workshop, Black-and-White Photography Composition, Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction, Social Justice and Health, and Attending to Movies.  For a description of seminars offered previously, go to the Program in Narrative Medicine website at or CP2 website at

Students may elect to fulfill this requirement instead by enrolling in a main campus course in the humanities in the fall or spring. Course listings on the main campus are available in the Registrar’s office in Black Building or online and must be approved in advance. For more information, contact seminar series director Rita Charon at


Dr. Penelope A. Boyden

Course Director

Office: P&S 7-464
Phone: 5-7907

The subject matter of the Pharmacology course is the effects of drugs and chemicals on physiological processes particularly in conditions of disease. Both basic mechanisms of therapeutic and toxic drug actions as well as practical aspects of drug administration to patients are the topics of the lectures and conferences. The course also teaches the vocabulary and concepts necessary for the use of drug therapy in the clinical years of medical school as well as for future practice.

Psychiatric Medicine II

Dr. HardingDr. Janis Cutler

Dr. Janis Cutler

Course Director

Office: PI 1st Floor, 1303-E
Phone: 543-5552, 543-5556

Dr. Kelli Harding

Assistant Course Director

Office:  PI 1st Floor, 1303-D
Phone:  543-6801

Skills and knowledge will be built upon those acquired in the first year. Major psychiatric disorders to be discussed will include Anxiety Disorders and Personality Disorders. Normal child and adult psychological development will also be presented. Principles of psychiatric treatment will be introduced. Psychiatric patients will be interviewed in small groups.

Class of 2012 Exam Schedule (Fall 2009)

Fall '09:

Monday,  9/21     9:00-10:50     Molecular & Cellular Pathophysiology

Monday, 10/5     9:00-11:50     Pharmacology

Monday, 10/26     9:00-11:50     Immunology

Monday, 11/9     9:00-11:50     Pharmacology

Wednesday, 11/11     9:00-11:50     Micro/ID Exam #1

Wednesday, 12/2     9:00-12:50     Psychiatric Medicine II Final Exam

Thursday, 12/3     9:00-10:50     Parasitology

Monday, 12/7     9:00-11:50     Micro/MID/Pharm. Exam #2

Friday, 12/18     9:00-11:50     Neuropathology

Class of 2012 Advisory Dean Lunch Schedule (Fall 2009)


Class of 2011: Major Clinical Year

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The Major Clinical Year is divided into 10 blocks lasting 5 weeks during which students rotate through all the required clinical clerkships as described below. There is a winter break from December 19 through January 3 and a one-week break during Subspecialties I and Subspecialties II.

Major Clinical Groups & Sections

The class is divided into 10 groups of approximately 15 students per group. Each of the 10 groups rotates through all clerkships at different times throughout the third year, based on the rotation schedule you chose.

All students will experience the clerkships below:

  • Medicine (5 weeks Presbyterian, 5 weeks affiliated hospital)
  • Neurology (5 weeks)
  • Ob/Gyn (5 weeks)
  • Pediatrics (5 weeks)
  • Primary Care (5 weeks)
  • Psychiatry (5 weeks)
  • Subspecialties I (one week of each of the following):
    • Neurosurgery
    • Ophthalmology
    • Otolaryngology
    • Anesthesiology
    • Vacation
  • Subspecialties II
    • Urology 2 weeks
    • Orthopedics 2 weeks
    • Vacation 1 week
  • Surgery (5 weeks)

Selecting a Section

Students group themselves into teams of 1 to 4 students per team. Student groups are randomly assigned a number by the Registrar’s Office. The teams with the best (i.e., lowest) lottery numbers have first chance at signing up for the Group (1 through 10). Those with the higher (worse) numbers may find themselves closed out of a more popular section. There is no “best” rotation schedule. Advice is to schedule your preferred rotation in January.

Rotating Through the Affiliates

Each student in a given section is assured of doing the same rotations at the same time as the other members of that section. They may not be assigned to the same preceptor groups, or even to the same hospital. During their Major Clinical Year students can be assigned as follows:


All students are assigned to New York-Presbyterian for 5 weeks. The other 5 weeks are spent at one of the following: Harlem, St. Luke’s, Roosevelt, Stamford or the Allen Pavilion.


Students are assigned to one of the following: New York-Presbyterian or Harlem Hospital.


All students spend the full five weeks of clerkship at New York-Presbyterian, St. Luke’s/Roosevelt Hospital, or Stamford Hospital.

Primary Care

Sites for the five-week clerkship are: Bassett HealthCare (Cooperstown, NY), The Tulley Center (Stamford, CT), Stamford Hospital (Stamford, CT), Harlem Hospital Center, St. Luke’s/Roosevelt, New York-Presbyterian Hospital, the Bronx VA, NH-Dartmouth —Concord, or Indian Health Service sites in Arizona and New Mexico.


Students are assigned either to the Neurological Institute or Harlem Hospital Center.


All didactic courses are taught at the Psychiatric Institute. Students are assigned for all or most of their clinical work to St. Luke’s, Roosevelt, Creedmoor Psychiatric Center, or the New York State Psychiatric Institute.

Subspecialties I

Otolaryngology, Neurosurgery and Anesthesiology are taught at New York-Presbyterian. Ophthalmology is taught at the Eye Institute.


All students are assigned to either New York-Presbyterian, Allen Pavilion, Bassett, or St. Luke’s-Roosevelt Hospital.

Subspecialties II

Urology is taught at New York-Presbyterian. Orthopedics is taught at New York-Presbyterian or St. Luke’s/Roosevelt Hospital Center.

MCY Guides and Policies



Course Directors and Clerkship Descriptions

The Department of Anesthesiology

Saundra Curry, M.D.

Saundra Curry, M.D.

Course Director
PH 5-517
Phone: Ext. 5-8361

The Anesthesiology clerkship is a one-week rotation. The student obtains clinical experience in the operating room under supervision, reinforced with didactic teaching sessions. The primary goals of the clerkship are to:

  1. Increase capability of initiating appropriate therapy in acute problems which lead to respiratory and circulatory arrest.
  2. Become familiar with the role of the anesthesiologist in the operating room, intensive care unit, as respiratory therapy consultant, and in pain management.
  3. Help the student learn fundamental anesthetic technique, procedures and preanesthetic patient evaluation and preparation.
  4. Learn techniques of IV placement and airway management.
  5. Review pharmacology of vasoactive drugs and their physiologic effects.

The Department of Medicine

Katherine G. Nickerson, M.D.

Katherine G. Nickerson, M.D.

Course Director

Office: PH8E-105
Phone: Ext. 5-9388

The Medicine clerkship is a ten-week rotation, five weeks of which are spent at New York Presbyterian Hospital, Milstein Building and a second five weeks at one of the following: Harlem Hospital, Roosevelt Hospital, St. Luke’s Hospital, Stamford Hospital, or the Allen Pavilion. This course emphasizes the integration and application of pathophysiology to the diagnosis and management of patients, as well as the skills of history-taking, physical examination and case presentation. The course is an apprenticeship that focuses on the bedside care of patients. The student will work closely with house staff members and ward attendings - making daily rounds, admitting new patients and caring for them with the team. The student will also participate in Preceptor group - small case-based seminar sessions which meet regularly throughout each of the five week segments of the ten week clerkship.


The Department of Neurological Surgery

Dr. Guy McKhann, M.D.

Guy McKhann, M.D.

Course Director

Office: NI 4-428
Ext. 5-0052

The week of Neurological Surgery will acquaint the student with neurosurgical problems and their management, including CNS and spinal cord trauma, spinal herniated disc and degenerative conditions, subarachnoid hemorrhage, extracranial carotid vascular disease, brain tumors and hydrocephalus. Students will observe and/or assist in neurosurgical operations, meet with their attending preceptor for discussion of various neurosurgical topics, evaluate outpatients, and attend educational conferences.

The Department of Neurology


James Noble, M.D.

Course Director

Office: NI 308
Phone: Ext. 5-5548

The Neurology Clerkship is a five-week introduction to clinical neurology, the specialty of medicine devoted to patients with diseases of the nervous system.  The essential tools for the evaluation of neurological disease are the neurological history, the neurological exam, and specialized diagnostic testing, including neuroimaging.

The clerkship emphasizes the basic clinical methods of bedside neurology:  based on the history and examination, students develop skill at neuroanatomical localization and clinical reasoning.  Students learn to interpret clinical findings, develop a differential diagnosis, and formulate a plan of evaluation.

Over the course of five weeks, students develop a basic understanding and management approach for the major neurological problems:  stroke, headache, epilepsy, dementia, parkinsonism, multiple sclerosis, coma, brain and spinal cord injury, diseases of the spinal cord, tumors of the nervous system, back pain and sciatica, peripheral neuropathy, infections of the nervous system, including AIDS, and neurological emergencies. 

Students participate directly in the care of patients on the Neurology Services and ambulatory clinics at Columbia University Medical Center and Harlem Hospital Center. Additional learning experiences include general and subspecialty conferences, daily Teaching Attending rounds, weekly core didactic sessions to review the neurological examination in adults and children,  neuroimaging interpretation, neurological problem-solving, and the Clinical Practice 3 session, focusing on communication, hope and empathy.

Goals of the rotation are congruent with Accreditation Council of Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) guidelines and the 6 domains of medical education:  patient care, medical knowledge, communication skills, professionalism and humanism, practice-based learning, and systems-based practice.  All of these elements form key parts of the educational experience in the neurology clerkship, as well as the feedback and evaluation process.

Students undergo an observed neurological history and examination, and feedback is provided at the mid-point of the rotation. Students are encouraged to take advantage of the many conferences and educational resources of the Department of Neurology. Evaluation is based on all aspects of clinical performance, oral presentations, patient write-ups, a neurology portfolio assignment, and the NBME clerkship shelf exam.


The Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology

Rini Ratan, M.D.

Rini Ratan, M.D.

Course Director

Office: PH16-62
Phone: Ext. 5-1217

The Obstetrics and Gynecology clerkship is a five-week rotation which is spent either at the Presbyterian Hospital, St. Luke’s-Roosevelt Hospital Center or Stamford Hospital (Stamford, CT). The main objective is to familiarize the student with the signs and symptoms of normal and abnormal reproductive function and to teach the basic examinations in Obstetrics and Gynecology. The course will emphasize and reinforce skills of taking an appropriate history, performing a physical and pelvic examination, formulating a differential diagnosis, treatment plan and management of patients.

The student may gain exposure to the medical-surgical aspects in the subspecialty areas of gynecologic oncology, reproductive endocrinology and perinatology.

The primary didactic vehicles will consist of formal lectures with assigned readings. Small group preceptor sessions along with conferences will supplement the core.

The Department of Ophthalmology

Martin L. Leib, M.D.

Martin L. Leib, M.D.

Course Director

Office: EI 230
Phone: Ext. 5-2303

The program consists of eleven hours of clinically-oriented lectures, twenty-five hours of closely supervised instruction in clinical history-taking and ophthalmic examination, two hours in laser photocoagulation, two hours in ultrasonography and twelve hours in the operating theatre. In small groups, students spend three hours in the private offices of attendings. The clinical experience is amplified by student attendance in a variety of subspecialty clinics including laser, retina, neuro-ophthalmology, uveitis, orbit and plastics, glaucoma and pediatric ophthalmology. Students are encouraged to attend seminars and Grand Rounds and an on-call schedule has been devised to enhance clinical exposure. A multiple-choice examination is given based upon formal lectures and assigned readings.

The Department of Orthopedic Surgery

Joshua E. Hyman, M.D.

Joshua E. Hyman, M.D.

Course Director

Office: PH 11‑1124
Phone: Ext. 5-5475

Medical students spend a didactic two-week rotation on Orthopedic Surgery. The primary teacher is an attending, with some lectures and demonstrations by the resident staff. Students attend subspecialty conferences, rounds and patient clinics, and participate in some surgical procedures.

At the end of the rotation, the student should be able to:

  • Take an orthopedic history and perform an orthopedic physical examination.
  • Understand the pathophysiology of the more common orthopedic disorders.
  • Identify the basic diagnostic and therapeutic approaches to common musculoskeletal disorders (both medical and surgical).
  • Leave with a sense of how an orthopedic service is administered and its relationship to other medical disciplines.

The Department of Otolaryngology/Head & Neck Surgery

Joseph Haddad, M.D.

Joseph Haddad, Jr., M.D.

Course Director

Office: BHN 5-501
Phone: Ext. 5-8933

Students spend one week on the service being introduced to the various aspects of the specialty, including Otology/Neurotology, Head and Neck Surgery, Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery and Pediatric Otolaryngology. Emphasis is placed on developing a basic fund of knowledge in the specialty and in acquiring the skills of the otolaryngologic examination. This is achieved through active participation in patient care in the ENT Clinic and offices, the Speech and Hearing Department and in the operating room.

The Department of Pediatrics

Andrew Mutnick, M.D.

Andrew Mutnick, M.D.

Course Director

Office: BHN 517
Ext. 5-7397

Third year medical students spend five weeks on Pediatrics either at Children’s Hospital of New York or Harlem Hospital. The rotation is divided between inpatient and outpatient experiences. The emphasis is on learning to care for children and families in a variety of patient care settings and developing the clinical skills, diagnostic reasoning, and basic management strategies core to the practice of pediatrics. Attendings and house officers emphasize normal child development as well as the role illness plays in the lives of children and families. Patient care experience is supplemented with daily rounds, conferences, lectures, and case-based seminars.

The Department of Primary Care

Jones, M.D.Pablo Joo, M.D.

Richard Younge, M.D. M.P.H

Course Director

Office:  P&S 3-401 and 100 Haven Ave., Suite 27C

Phone: Ext. 5-9595 (Ms. Stephanie Maher)


Deborah Jones, M.D.

Course Director

Office: P&S 3-401 and VC-2

Phone:  Ext. 5-9595 (Ms. Stephanie Maher)


This five week clinical clerkship provides an exciting opportunity for students to have clinical experiences in ambulatory practices in rural, suburban and urban settings. Students will learn the core skills and knowledge essential to the practice of Primary Care: diagnosis and treatment of common outpatient complaints, management of chronic medical conditions and strategies for health promotion and disease prevention. Students will be precepted by faculty in Family Medicine, General Medicine, and/or General Pediatrics. The teaching sites for the five-week clerkship are: Bassett HealthCare (Cooperstown, NY), Stamford Family Medicine Residency Program (Stamford, CT), Stamford Hospital General Medicine Residency Program(Stamford, CT), Harlem Hospital Center General Medicine Residency Program (Harlem, NY), Bronx Veteran’s Administration (Bronx, NY), St. Luke’s Hospital General Medicine Residency Program (NY, NY), Roosevelt - Ryan Center General Medicine Residency Program (NY, NY), NYP Columbia University Medical Center Family Medicine Residency Program (Washington Heights, NY), Dartmouth Family Medicine Residency Program (Concord, NH), or the Indian Health Service sites - Whiteriver Family Medicine IHS (Whiteriver, AZ); Zuni Family Medicine IHS (Zuni, NM); Shiprock Internal Medicine/Pediatrics IHS (Shiprock, NM); or Shiprock Family Medicine IHS (Shiprock NM). The clinical experience is augmented by an online curriculum covering common outpatient conditions and basic principles in preventive medicine. 


The Department of Psychiatry

Dr. Janis Cutler

Janis Cutler, M.D.

Course Director

Office: PI 1st Floor, 1303-E
543-5552, 543-5556

Students spend their five-week Psychiatry clerkship assigned to one of the following clinical sites: Presbyterian Hospital/Psychiatric Institute, Creedmoor Psychiatric Center/Presbyterian Hospital, St. Luke's Hospital or Roosevelt Hospital. All students evaluate and follow patients on inpatient and outpatient services, child psychiatry and the psychiatric emergency room, participating in their patients' care with close attending and resident supervision. The acquisition of clinical skills is emphasized: conducting an interview to obtain a psychiatric history and mental status examination; organizing, recording and presenting the findings to generate a differential diagnosis; and formulating a treatment plan in accordance with the biopsychosocial model. Seminars complement the clinical experience by enhancing the knowledge base necessary to master these skills.

The Department Of Surgery

Akuezunkpa O. Ude, M.D.

Course Director

Office: Milstein 7GN-403
Phone: Ext. 5-9596

The clerkship in General Surgery is offered at four clinical sites:  New York Presbyterian Hospital, Columbia Campus where students are assigned to teams at the Milstein Hospital Building, CHONY, or the Allen Pavilion and off-site at Stamford Hospital in Connecticut, Bassett in Cooperstown, NY, and St. Luke’s-Roosevelt Hospital, NYC. Doris Leddy is the clerkship coordinator, (212) 305-9596,  At all sites students work closely with faculty preceptors as well as with the resident physician teams.  The course is designed to provide clinical experience to improve your skills in overall patient care as you apply your knowledge of the basic sciences and expand your knowledge base through exposure to the wide variety of patients and procedures that falls into the realm of General Surgery.  You will become a valued member of the team as you assume responsibility for the overall care of your patients pre-operatively and post-operatively and assist in the operating room. There are team specific conferences, out-patient visits, emergency room consultations, and night call (one night in four) to supplement your inpatient "floor" learning.  You will improve your clinical skills as you will get appropriate feedback throughout the rotation and you will demonstrate your increased knowledge on the written "shelf exam" and your clinical skills on the oral examination at the completion of the clerkship.  We hope that your rotation proves to be an enriching experience that at least matches our enthusiasm as we greet each new group of students.

The Department of Urology

James McKiernan, M.D.

James McKiernan, M.D.

Course Director

Office: 11-1101 Atchley Pavilion
Phone: 212-305-5526

The Urology Clerkship is a two week experience. Common urologic problems will be discussed during lectures and at bedside clinical teaching seminars, in clinics and in the operating rooms.

Emphasis will be placed on recognizing, diagnosing, and teaching common diseases of the genito-urinary system. All students will be assigned patients for individual evaluation. Each student will be required to write a short paper during the rotation.

Clinical Practice III

Michael J. Devlin, M.D.

Michael J. Devlin, M.D.

Course Director

Office: 1051 Riverside Drive, Unit 116
Phone: (212) 543-5748

The goal of Clinical Practice III is to foster the continuing development of the practice of  individual and group reflection on patient-physician relationships in the context of the third year clinical rotations. Discussion sessions co-led by clinical practice preceptor and senior student co-leader along with clerkship faculty, focus on the transition to clinical ckerkships (transition week), emerging concept of the doctor-patient relationship (Medicine clerkship), professional values and the “culture” of the operating room (Anesthesiology clerkship), sociocultural assessment (Primary Care clerkship), working with pain and suffering (Obstetrics & Gynecology clerkship), the appreciation of multiple perspectives in situations of conflict (Pediatrics clerkship), intense emotional responses in clinical work (Psychiatry clerkship), balancing hope and realism in serious illness (Neurology clerkship), contrasting physician and surgeon professional roles (Urology clerkship), and managing uncertainty and unexpected outcomes (Surgery clerkship).  Students are asked to prepare brief written reflections prior to the shared group reflection.

Clinical Assessment Program/Cornell University Clinical Skills Center

All third-year students participate in a day-long Clinical Assessment Program designed to evaluate their mastery of the skills of the clinical transaction. Students are excused from their clerkships for the one day during the Spring on which they are assigned to attend the Clinical Assessment (held at the Clinical Skills Center at Weill/Cornell School of Medicine). Using standardized patient methods, each student performs a focused medical evaluation on ten patients. The patients present with symptoms of medical, psychiatric, pediatric, surgical, gynecological, or neurological diseases, as seen in ambulatory settings. In fact, to achieve standardization, all patients are actors who have been coached to portray reliably the clinical aspects of each case.

After the interaction, the student writes a progress note including a history of present illness, physical exam, and differential diagnosis and orders diagnostic tests.  Meanwhile, the patient fills out information about the student’s history-taking skill, performance of the physical examination, and communication skills. The entire proceedings are videotaped for review later by the student and a faculty member. On the basis of patient ratings and students' written progress note, students generate scores throughout the day on the individual cases as well as the individual skills assessed.  

Since the installment of the NBME Clinical Skills Exam in the required Board exams in 2004, this exercise has taken on more importance for P&S students. This is the only practice students will receive in taking formal standardized patient examinations, and it should be regarded as valuable preparation for the Step 2 CS exam.  We know that this assessment, performed at Cornell, is predictive of performance on the Step 2 Clinical Skills.  The format, timing, written note, and clinical situations are fashioned to mimic the conditions at the Clinical Skills Board exam.  Students who do poorly on the Cornell assessment are at higher risk for poor performance on the boards.  Hence, this assessment functions as a valuable screen to identify students who may have difficulties on the Board's Clinical Skills.  As a result, Cr. Charon meets individually with students who score two standard deviations or more below the class mean so as to diagnose and remediate any possible problems leading to relatively poor performance on this standardized text.

The results of this assessment are not used as a pass/fail exam (as they are in other schools), nor are the results part of the student academic record in the Dean’s Office or the Dean’s Letter or transcript. The results are, as outlined above, used as a screen to predict performance on the Boards Clinical Skills exam.  This will help all P&S students to pass their CS boards on the first try.  In addition, and perhaps more enduringly, the chief dividend of this exercise is obtained when the student reviews his or her videotape to learn what kind of doctor he or she is becoming, and to receive guided feedback about ways in which to improve clinical performance.  Accordingly, once the entire class has completed the assessment, each student is welcome to sign up for an hour-long review of his or her videotape with a P&S faculty member who has been trained to give feedback on this clinical performance.

Participation in the Clinical Assessment Program is a requirement for promotion to the fourth year, and all Clerkship Directors release students from their clerkship duties on their assigned day. Students who fail to attend the Clinical Assessment on their scheduled day will be required to attend at a later date and to pay the not inconsiderable cost of the assessment themselves.

Academic Year 2009/2010:  Regulations/Guidelines

1.  Participation is required by all 3rd year P&S students (including MD/PhD students) for       graduation.  (No grade)

2.  You may NOT switch your assigned day with other students (even if you are doing Surgery).

3.  If you miss your assigned day, you must be rescheduled AND pay Columbia University the cost of your open space which is approximately $400.

4.  Upon completion, you will be invited to review your video/performance with an assigned faculty member to obtain appropriate feedback.

Class of 2010

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The fourth year, which extends from July 1 to April 30, consists of one-month electives in any of a wide variety of clinical or basic science courses offered at P&S or other institutions in the U.S. or abroad. The student has the option of taking one month for interviewing for various residency programs and another month as a vacation month. Eight months are required.

About the Fourth Year

While the fourth year is generally elective in nature, it is expected that certain requirements will be met - the first being the completion of at least one intensive advanced clinical clerkship, or equivalent, which will demonstrate the student’s ability safely to care, by themselves, for acutely ill patients 24 hours a day. The second requirement is the completion of one of three “Return to the Classroom” selective months, with lecture/seminar format, which emphasize the foundation of medical knowledge and the critical appraisal of data rather than the day-to-day aspects of patient management. The required “Return to the Classroom” month focuses on one of 3 areas (Clinical Pathology, Pathophysiology, or Pharmacology) and also includes weekly Clinical Practice (CP4) sessions and twice weekly sessions in Biomedical Informatics. The Clinical Practice sessions foster collegial discussion of challenges facing physicians and medicine today. The Biomedical Informatics sessions focus on both concepts and practical skills that will prepare graduating students for the role of informatics in their future clinical careers.

During the third year, the student begins a series of decisions which culminates in a choice of a particular residency program for postgraduate education. During March and April of their third year, the students plan their fourth year elective curriculum. To make the best choices, the students must consider where their interests lie and then decide what to study, at which institution, and at which point in the year.

To help the students become aware of the decisions to be made and the options available, the Senior Associate Dean for Student Affairs (x5-3806) provides information in the form of memoranda and meetings throughout the year. Advisory Deans also provide numerous opportunities for students to meet with and learn about different residencies. At the same time, the student is supported by the class ahead as well as the Dean’s Office.

All fourth year students are required to take the United States Medical Licensing Examination (USMLE II - Clinical Knowledge and Clinical Skills) no later than November 30, 2009. Passing Clinical Knowledge is required of all students for graduation from P&S.

Phone/web registrations are scheduled for April, July, October, and February for fourth year students.

  • December of their third year, students meet with the Senior Associate Dean for Student Affairs and with faculty from P&S affiliates for a planning session about the fourth year and discussion of the various elective opportunities.
  • In January the Senior Associate Dean commences meetings with each student individually to review their academic achievements and discuss plans for fourth year and residency applications.
  • In February, there are a series of meetings at which fourth year students advise the third years on how to plan their elective schedules.
  • In April of the third year, students begin the process of telephone/internet registration for fourth-year electives.
  • In May, the Senior Associate Dean for Student Affairs meets with the entire class to go over the residency application process step by step.
  • In June, students meet in a series of small-group discussion sessions with individual clinical department chairmen and senior faculty in the various specialties in which they may be interested.
  • To help students with their decision-making, the P&S elective catalog is available on-line: Web address: (
  • Brochures from residency programs throughout the country are available in the Dean’s Office, as well as evaluations by students who have visited them in previous years.

By the start of their fourth year, all students are involved in registering for the National Residency Matching Program (N.R.M.P.), requesting letters of recommendation from the faculty, and researching on-line programs that might fit their needs. At a meeting with the Senior Associate Dean for Student Affairs, the student selects a faculty advisor in the field of medicine in which the student is interested in pursuing a career. With the help of the advisor, the students identify residency programs they may be interested in and follow the necessary procedures for applying.

Most interviewing for residency programs is done during December and January. By the third week in February, the various programs and applicants across the country have ranked each other in order of preference and submitted their rank order lists to the National Residency Matching Program. Each applicant is then matched to the most preferred program on their rank order list that offers him/her a position, and each program matches the most preferred candidates who accept its offer of a position. The final match is announced on Match Day in March of the fourth year.

Back to the Classroom

Back to the Classroom components are described below. 

Advanced Clinical Pathology (October)


Course Director:   Dr. Steven L. Spitalnik, (212) 342-5648,

 The use of laboratory studies to make and/or confirm diagnoses has become critical in modern medicine. However, the excessive use of laboratory studies by physicians has become a prime target of attack by those aiming to contain the cost of medical care.
Objective: We will explore several aspects of the use of laboratory medicine in today's changing environment.
Learning Experience: These include: 1) The role of screening laboratory studies in both in-patient and out-patient settings; 2) The use and interpretation of sophisticated testing to resolve certain critical issues in patient management, especially as related to hematologic testing; 3) The relative place for new technology in the diagnostic and therapeutic armamentarium - is it complementary, or should it replace less sophisticated but well-tested studies currently being performed; 4) How can we resolve the ethical dilemmas created by the availability of testing to predict who might develop certain chronic illnesses (e.g., breast cancer, colon cancer, Huntington's disease) that heretofore could not be predicted?; and finally, 5) Who decides what testing is appropriate and what testing is inappropriate in any given situation?; How are such decisions made, and how should they be made in the future?

Advanced Medical Pathophysiology & Therapeutics (February Only)


Course Directors:   Dr. Ronald Drusin, (212) 305-4194,
Dr. Donald Landry, (212) 305-2131,

 Objective: Provides students with a knowledge of pathophysiology and therapeutics that is organized so as to emphasize critical evidence which is necessary for clinical decision-making.
Learning Experience: The students will meet weekday mornings on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday (CP IV is offered on Wednesdays as a separate course that is included within each selective).  Topics to be selected relate to critical evidence that underlies decision-making in key areas of clinical medicine.  Topics covered in a recent offering included Evaluation of publications appropriate to Evidence-based Medicine, breast cancer screening, liver failure, diabetes, heart failure, acute coronary syndrome, HIV, shock, and colon cancer.    Emphasis will be given to the foundations of medical knowledge including critical appraisal of data as well as the more practical aspects of management.  The Faculty members are experts in each field discussed.  The topics to be covered have been selected with the assistance of the P&S graduates serving on the Medical House staff at the NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital to ensure relevance to the experience of interns and residents.  However, the course is intended to serve the needs of those pursuing postgraduate training in any clinical specialty.

Clinical Pharmacology & Therapeutics (March Only)

Course Directors: 

Dr. Penelope Boyden, (212) 305-7907,
Dr. Steven O. Marx, (212) 305-0271,

Objectives: The objective is to teach skills in designing and implementing appropriate pharmacological therapy for the treatment of a wide variety of disease states using sound clinical and scientific principles.
Learning experience: There is an initial series of workshops consisting of lectures and discussions focused on basic principles of drug administration, absorption, distribution, elimination and drug-drug interactions. This includes how drug actions and pharmacokinetics are altered in special populations such as women, and pediatric and geriatric patients.  The goal of these workshops is to learn how to modify drug administration and dosing schedules to maximize therapeutic effects and minimize drug toxicity.  This will be followed during the next 3 weeks by student work‑up and presentation of therapeutic strategies for a variety of clinical cases under the guidance of expert faculty in the areas of cardiology, nephrology, hypertension, infectious disease, rheumatology, oncology, endocrinology and psychiatry.

Biomedical Informatics (October, February and March)

Course Director:  Dr. Herbert Chase,   

This course will focus on the ways that Biomedical Informatics has improved the practice of medicine (by facilitating evidence-based practice, improving patient safety, and expanding the reach of public health initiatives). Students will also be exposed to the potential pit-falls of technology. Conference activities provide additional training in advanced literature searching and expose students to classic cognitive biases that influence medical decision-making.

Clinical Practice IV (October, February, and March)

Constance Park, M.D.

Constance Park, M.D., Ph.D.

Course Director


In Clinical Practice IV students return to the classroom for weekly discussions during their Back to the Classroom Selective. Goals of this course are 1.) To provide an opportunity for students to reflect on their profession, their goals, and their training while considering the mission of medicine and what it means to them as individuals. 2.) To encourage habits of open communication between colleagues as they work together to identify and address contemporary challenges in medicine throughout their careers. 3.) To explore major challenges facing medicine today. The four sessions are:

  • Challenges and Strategies in Disease Prevention: Life style changes, cardiovascular disease, and stroke.
  • Our Changing Health Care System: Economics, Organization and Ethical Challenges.
  • The Physician and Patients near Death: Loss and grief, healing and curing, palliative care.
  • Selective Topics with attention to self-care. These include Physical Therapy, Pain Management, Human Rights, Economics, Nutrition, and Topics in Complementary and Alternative Therapeutics including Yoga and Acupuncture.

International Exchange Programs

The following is a list of international medical schools that have formal exchange programs with the College of Physicians and Surgeons at Columbia University.

Country Institution Web Site
Armenia Yerevan State Medical University
Australia Flinders University of South Australia
University of Sydney
Chile Clinica Indisa
China Fudan University
Guangzhou Medical College
Peking University Health Sciences Center
France University of Marseille
University of Paris (MICEFA)
American Hospital in Paris
Germany Heidelberg University
Ireland Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland
Trinity College
Israel Ben Gurion University of the Negev
Italy University of Padova
Japan Keio University
Tokyo Women’s Medical University
Korea Hallym University
Seoul National University
Lebanon American University of Beirut
Romania University of Bucharest
South Africa University of the Witwatersrand
Spain Universidad de Navarra
Sweden Göteborg University
Thailand Chiang Mai University http://
United Kingdom St. Bartholomew’s and London School of Medicine & Dentistry
University of Edinburgh, Faculty of Medicine
Venezuela University of Zulia, Maracaibo



Student Academic Planning


Cross Registration

Medical students in good standing may register for a limited number of hours in non-medical courses (except during the summer term) in any division of the University, without charge in most cases, if approved by the Senior Associate Dean for Student Affairs.

Dual Degree Programs

Dual Degree Programs

Pictured left to right. Associate Director: Ronald K. Liem, Ph.D. Director: Michael Shelanski, M.D., Ph.D. Associate Director: Ira A. Tabas, M.D., Ph.D. Assistant Director: Patrice Spitalnik, M.D. Program Coordinator: Stacy Warren

M.D./D.D.S. Program

Two oral and maxillofacial surgery residents per year enter P&S to earn an M.D. degree, then return to complete the Oral/Maxillofacial Surgery Residency Program.

The Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery Residency Training Program is a six year post D.D.S program sponsored by New York Presbyterian Hospital. After completing the first year of training, residents enter P&S and, after two years, earn the M. D. degree. These residents then complete the PGY 1 year in general surgery before returning to the oral and maxillofacial surgery service for the final two years of the program.


The Faculties of Business and Medicine offer a joint program leading to the degrees of Master of Business Administration and Doctor of Medicine. The program is designed for students with an interest in management and health care.

Students must apply separately to and be admitted by both schools. In addition to satisfying MBA requirements, students must be registered for forty-five (45) points at the Business School and spend three terms in full-time residence at the Business School. Students must satisfy all course requirements for the M.D. degree.

Enrollment in the business component of the joint degree program may not begin until after completion of the second year of medical school. Students must begin matriculation at the Business School in January, and are required to do the first two terms there consecutively (Spring and Summer). Both degrees are awarded simultaneously when requirements for each are completed.

M.D./M.P.H. Program

The overall objective of the dual degree program is to offer students an opportunity to develop knowledge and skills in both clinical medicine and public health in order to prepare them for an expanding range of opportunities in health and medical care. Students will gain broad insights into community health issues, including environmental concerns, research methods, social and economic aspects of health and health care delivery, preventive approaches to health problems, and evolving health care systems, and will develop special competence in relating the public health and sociomedical sciences to the practice of clinical medicine. Graduates of the program have gone on to careers that combine health care management or research activities with clinical practice in a wide range of specialties.

Students enrolled in P&S must complete thirty five points in public health coursework beyond the points needed for the M.D. degree, and tuition must be paid to the Mailman School of Public Health for at least 30 of these points.

Dual degree applicants must apply to and be accepted in each school separately. The Mailman School of Public Health bulletin and applications are located at:


M.D./Ph.D. Program

This is a cooperative program sponsored by the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences and the College of Physicians and Surgeons for students who have had a strong undergraduate program in science and have a strong commitment to biomedical research. The program allows students to earn the Ph.D. degree in addition to the M.D. degree.

Students who participate in the program are admitted to the College of Physicians and Surgeons and to the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences.

Students complete the basic science requirements of the medical program and are able to take a graduate school course each semester. They then enter a participating department or interdisciplinary program of the graduate school to carry out the Ph.D. program. The graduate school portion includes a clinical competence course to strengthen the medical decision making process and reinforce pathophysiology and therapeutics. Students then complete the balance of the requirements for the M.D. degree.

The participating Ph.D. programs include:

Biological Sciences Chemistry
Biomedical Engineering Epidemiology
Biomedical Informatics Mechanics of Health and Disease
Cellular, Molecular, Structural and Genetics Studies Neurobiology and Behavior

For additional information, students should write to Medical Scientist Training Program, Department of Pathology, College of Physicians and Surgeons, 630 West 168th Street, New York, NY 10032.

To apply, students should request an application for the College of Physicians and Surgeons. The application form provides instructions for students applying to the MD/PhD Program, and is available online as well at:

Research Programs

Doris Duke Clinical Research Fellowships

Howard Hughes Medical Institute Fellowships

NIH Summer Research Program

Summer Program Opportunities

Summer Opportunities Clearinghouse

International Summer Opportunities

Electives In The First Two Years

This section describes electives that are offered to first and second year students through the Dean’s Office. These are in addition to the required clinical selectives of the Clinical Practice I course. Students may also choose to participate in the following clinical electives:

Metropolitan Alumni Clinical Elective

A major objective of this elective is to help first and second year medical students get a better understanding of a particular specialty by spending an afternoon in a clinical setting with a P&S alumnus. The list includes physicians in 29 different specialties ranging from Anesthesiology to Vascular Surgery.

The Role of the Unsung Hero

Objective: To observe an anesthesiologist at work in the O.R. and in patient care.
One student every Saturday and Sunday morning will come in at 7 A.M. and report to the attending on call that day. He/she will have the opportunity to follow that attending, observe surgery from the anesthesiologist’s point of view and interact with residents and patients.

Introduction to Basic Surgical Skills

Objective: To introduce first year students to the basic tools and techniques of surgery.
Two hour small group mid-winter sessions with instruction on suturing, tying knots, and stapling wounds.  E-mail Doris Leddy at

Introduction to Laparoscopic Surgery and Endoscopy

Objective: To introduce second year students to the "surgical learning lab" using simulation equipment.
Two hour small group late-winter sessions with the opportunity to gain familiarity with the use of virtual instruments, real instruments, and simulated patients.   E-mail Doris Leddy at

Career Planning


Residency Advisors

At the start of their fourth year, each student selects a residency advisor, usually in the field in which the student hopes to specialize. The role of this advisor is to review the student’s performance, discuss their interests and goals, and advise the student in which hospitals he/she might logically expect to match for postgraduate education.

Residency Advisors List

Careers After P&S


NRMP and Graduate Medical Education

In August all fourth year students register for the National Residency Match Program. Students may withdraw later only if they are accepted into an Armed Forces residency program or if they decide to postpone entering into a PGY-1 residency. The following tentative calendar gives an idea of the way in which the NRMP process unfolds during the student’s fourth year.

January-August: Students meet with Associate Dean for Student Affairs, for “Medical Student Performance Evaluation (MSPE)” interview and for career counseling.
July-October Residency applications completed and submitted.
November 1 MSPEs are submitted to hospital program directors as requested by students.
December-January Interview months. Students interview at hospital programs.
February 24 Student rank order lists are due at NRMP; also hospital rank order lists.
March 18 MATCH DAY. Announcement of NRMP results.

P&S and the NRMP

  • The graduating class at P&S totals approximately 150 students each year.
  • More than 97% of P&S students match at hospitals with major university affiliations.
  • In 2009, 50% of all graduating P&S students matched at programs in New Yor state.

Career Choices of the Class of 2009

Field # of Students Field # of Students
Medicine-Categorical 30 Psychiatry 17
Pediatrics 15 Surgery-Categorical 11
Orthopedic Surgery 8 Obstetrics & Gynecology 7
Radiology-Diagnostic 7 Anesthesiology 6
Emergency Medicine 6 Neurology 6
Neurosurgery 6 Ophthalmology 5
Pathology 5 Urology 5
Medicine-Preliminary 3 Surgery-Preliminary 3
Dermatology 2 Family Medicine 2
Medicine-Primary Care 2 Oral/Maxillofacial Surgery 2
Medicine-Pediatrics 1 Otolaryngology 1
Physical Medicine/Rehab 1 Radiation Oncology 1

The 2009 Match

Residency Appointments Class of 2009 College of Physicians & Surgeons

The Class Of 2009: Career Choices

Wassim Abida Hosp of the Univ of PA Internal Medicine
Aderinmola Adewunmi Morristown Memorial Surgery-Preliminary
Graham Adsit U Wisconsin Hospital and Clinics Internal Medicine
Mona Akbari B I Deaconess Med Ctr-MA Internal Medicine
Catherine Albright Brown U/Womens & Infants Hosp of RI Obstetrics-Gynecology
Matthew Alexander UC-San Francisco
Santa Clara Valley Medical Center
David Alfi NYP Hosp-Columbia Univ Med Ctr-NY Surgery-Preliminary
Ashleigh Allen NYP Hosp-Columbia Univ Med Ctr-NY Pathology
Jennifer Amorosa NYP Hosp-Columbia Univ Med Ctr-NY Obstetrics-Gynecology
Frank Appah Yale-New Haven Hosp-CT Psychiatry/St Raphael
Jacob Appel Mt Sinai Hospital-NY Psychiatry
Luke Archibald NYU School Of Medicine Psychiatry
Samuel Ash U Washington Affil Hosps Internal Medicine/Seattle
Taison Bell Massachusetts Gen Hosp Internal Medicine
Andrew Bellinger UC San Francisco-CA Internal Medicine
Rachel Berkowitz NYP Hosp-Weill Cornell Med Ctr-NY Neurology
Benjamin Bjerke-Kroll St. Vincent’s Hospital Orthopaedic Surgery
Adeline Boatin Brigham & Womens Hosp-MA Obstetrics-Gynecology
Benjamin Bodnar Yale-New Haven Hosp-CT Medicine-Pediatrics
Rakhee Bowker NYP Hosp-Columbia Univ Med Ctr-NY Pediatrics
Scott Bratman CA Pacific Med Center
Stanford Univ Progs-CA
Radiation Oncology
Kathleen Brennan NYP Hosp-Columbia Univ Med Ctr-NY Pediatrics
Talia Brooks North Shore-LIJ Health Sys-NY Pediatrics
Jennifer Cabot B I Deaconess Med Ctr-MA General Surgery
David Carbonell U North Carolina Hospitals Emergency Medicine
Cristina Carpio NYP Hosp-Columbia Univ Med Ctr-NY General Surgery
Katherine Carson NYP Hosp-Columbia Univ Med Ctr-NY Med-Prelim/Neurology
Kristina Casadei Hosp of the Univ of PA Medicine-Primary
Kaliq Chang NYP Hosp-Columbia Univ Med Ctr-NY Anesthesiology
Wen-I Chang NYP Hosp-Columbia Univ Med Ctr-NY Pediatrics
Sandy Charles NYP Hosp-Columbia Univ Med Ctr-NY Internal Medicine
Jing Chen Tufts Medical Center-MA Obstetrics-Gynecology
Nancy Chen UC San Francisco-CA Pediatrics
Amy Cheng Kaiser Permanente-So CA Region Surgery-Preliminary
Abigail Chiverton Childrens Hosp-Philadelphia-PA Pediatrics
Neelesh Chudasama NYP Hosp-Columbia Univ Med Ctr-NY Internal Medicine
Vanessa Cowan NYP Hosp-Columbia Univ Med Ctr-NY General Surgery
Michael Cutalo MacNeal Mem Hosp-IL
Stanford Univ Progs-CA
Koushik Das Massachusetts Gen Hosp Internal Medicine
Duncan Davidson Sound Shore Med Ctr-NY
Westchester Medical Center
Nicholas Davis NY Hosp Med Ctr Queens
NYP Hosp-Columbia Univ Med Ctr-NY
Johanna Delacroix North Shore-LIJ Health Sys-NY Pediatrics
Sarah Dennis Einstein/Montefiore Med Ctr-NY Pediatrics
Gillian Diercks Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary Otolaryngology
Jacob Doll Univ of Chicago Med Ctr-IL Internal Medicine
Lauren Edwards UC San Diego Med Ctr-CA Internal Medicine
Jason Ellis NYP Hosp-Columbia Univ Med Ctr-NY Neurological Surgery
Mark Ewalt NYP Hosp-Columbia Univ Med Ctr-NY Pathology
Rongrong Fan Mtn Area Health Ed Ctr-NC Obstetrics-Gynecology
Barry Fine NYP Hosp-Columbia Univ Med Ctr-NY Internal Medicine
Leslie Fink NYP Hosp-Columbia Univ Med Ctr-NY Orthopaedic Surgery
Elnaz Firoz Mt Sinai Hospital-NY
Rhode Island Hosp/Brown U
Daniel Fish NYP Hosp-Weill Cornell Med Ctr-NY General Surgery
Carl Erik Fisher NYP Hosp-Columbia Univ Med Ctr-NY Psychiatry
Patrick Fleming Boston Univ Med Ctr-MA Internal Medicine
Thomas Fralich UC San Francisco-Fresno-CA Emergency Medicine
Leon Freudzon NYP Hosp-Columbia Univ Med Ctr-NY Anesthesiology
Matthew Garrett UCLA Medical Center-CA Neurological Surgery
Sarah Goglin UC San Francisco-CA Internal Medicine
Joshua Gonzalez Mt Sinai Hospital-NY Urology
Erin Goss Einstein/Montefiore Med Ctr-NY Medicine-Primary
Cathleen Greenzang U Washington Affil Hosps Pediatrics
Shannon Gulliver NYP Hosp-Weill Cornell Med Ctr-NY Psych/Payne Whitney
Danella Hafeman UPMC Medical Education Prog-PA Psychiatry
Hadi Halazun NYP Hosp-Columbia Univ Med Ctr-NY Internal Medicine
Christopher Hale NYU School Of Medicine Pathology
Shirin Hastings U Rochester/Strong Mem-NY Internal Medicine
Keith Hermanstyne UC San Francisco-CA Psychiatry
Robert Jan Hiensch Mt Sinai Hospital-NY Internal Medicine
Andrew Hoene U Illinois COM-Chicago Emergency Medicine
Rebecca Hopkinson NYU School Of Medicine Psychiatry
Maya Hughes U Washington Affil Hosps Pediatrics
Jordan Jacobs St Josephs Hospital-AZ Surgery-General
Christopher Johnson U Washington Affil Hosps Internal Medicine/ Seattle
Joann Kang Maimonides Med Ctr-NY
University of Illinois
Martin Kathrins Hosp of the Univ of PA Surg-Prelim/Urology
Robert Kavanagh Childrens Natl Med Ctr-DC Pediatrics
Kristine Kay New York Downtown Hosp-NY
NYP Hosp-Weill Cornell Med Ctr-NY
Deirdre Kelleher NYP Hosp-Weill Cornell Med Ctr-NY General Surgery
Brian Kelly Massachusetts Gen Hosp Ortho Surg/Harvard Combined
Benjamin Kennedy NYP Hosp-Columbia Univ Med Ctr-NY Neurological Surgery
Sunnie Kim NYU School Of Medicine Internal Medicine
Stephen Klinge Rhode Island Hosp/Brown U Orthopaedic Surgery
Kristen Knoll Mt Sinai Hospital-NY
NYU School Of Medicine
Bonnie Koo North Shore-LIJ Health Sys-NY Medicine-Preliminary
Vivian Laquer Harbor-UCLA Med Ctr-CA Medicine-Preliminary
Melissa Laudano NYP Hosp-Weill Cornell Med Ctr-NY Surgery-Prelim/Urology
Ellen Laves UC San Francisco-CA Pediatrics
Kevin Lee Mt. Sinai Medical Center Emergency Medicine
Lori Leslie NYP Hosp-Columbia Univ Med Ctr-NY Internal Medicine
Genevieve London NYP Hosp-Columbia Univ Med Ctr-NY Pediatrics
Stephanie Long Family Medicine Res of Idaho Family Medicine
Jacqueline Lonier NYU School Of Medicine Internal Medicine
Amy Lunding Yale-New Haven Hosp-CT Internal Medicine
Sarah MacArthur NYU School Of Medicine Psychiatry
Rishi Madhok NYP Hosp-Columbia & Cornell-NY Emergency Medicine
Marc Manseau NYU School Of Medicine Psychiatry
Cameron Marshall NYP Hosp-Columbia Univ Med Ctr-NY Anesthesiology
Holly Martin UC San Francisco-CA Pediatrics-Primary
Mark Maxfield Yale-New Haven Hosp-CT General Surgery
Jennifer McDonald NYP Hosp-Columbia Univ Med Ctr-NY Anesthesiology
Miguel Mercado Baylor Coll Med-Houston-TX Surgery-Prelim/Urology
Maxwell Merkow Hosp of the Univ of PA Neurological Surgery
Kenneth Michelson Childrens Hosp Boston-MA Peds/Childrens Hosp
Charles Mikell NYP Hosp-Columbia Univ Med Ctr-NY Neurological Surgery
Vesselin Miloushev NYU School Of Medicine
NYP Hosp-Columbia Univ Med Ctr-NY
Jonathan Mori Stanford Univ Progs-CA Internal Medicine
Lindsey Mortenson U Michigan Hosps-Ann Arbor Psychiatry
Meredith Naidorf Yale-New Haven Hosp-CT Psych/Yale-New Haven
Matthew Neimark Staten Island U Hosp-NY
Vivian Ng NYP Hosp-Columbia Univ Med Ctr-NY Internal Medicine
Elizabeth Nguyen St Lukes-Roosevelt-NY
NYP Hosp-Columbia & Cornell-NY
Physical Medicine & Rehab
Brendan Norwood Brigham & Womens Hosp-MA Emergency Medicine
Daniel Notzon NYP Hosp-Columbia Univ Med Ctr-NY Psychiatry
Otibho Obianwu Swedish Medical Center-WA Family Med/Cherry Hill
Matthew Oliff Tufts Medical Center-MA
Brigham & Womens Hosp-MA
Olufoladare Olorunsola Cedars-Sinai Medical Center-CA
UC San Francisco
Aaron Park NYP Hosp-Columbia Univ Med Ctr-NY Surgery-Preliminary
John Pepen NYP Hosp-Columbia Univ Med Ctr-NY General Surgery
Hemashi Perera NYP Hosp-Columbia Univ Med Ctr-NY Obstetrics-Gynecology
Elsa Pichardo UMDNJ-R W Johnson-Piscataway General Surgery
Abimbola Pratt NY Methodist Hospital-NY General Surgery
Raymond Raad NYP Hosp-Weill Cornell Med Ctr-NY Psych/Payne Whitney
Jeremy Ragland St Lukes-Roosevelt-NY
NYP Hosp-Columbia Univ Med Ctr-NY
Charles Resor NYP Hosp-Columbia Univ Med Ctr-NY Internal Medicine
Grace Richter St Mary Med Ctr-Long Beach-CA
University of Southern California
Celia Rivera Einstein/Montefiore Med Ctr-NY Psychiatry
Jon Roberts NYP Hosp-Columbia Univ Med Ctr-NY Surgery-Preliminary
Peter Sculco Hosp For Special Surg-NY Orthopaedic Surgery
Ankoor Shah Flushing Hospital Med Ctr-NY
Schie Eye Institute-U Penn
Margaret Shirley UC San Francisco-CA Psychiatry
Marianna Shnayderman St Lukes-Roosevelt-NY
NYP Hosp-Columbia Univ Med Ctr-NY
Catherine Shu NYP Hosp-Columbia Univ Med Ctr-NY Internal Medicine
Xavier Simcock Massachusetts Gen Hosp Ortho Surg/Harvard Combined
Meghan Sise Massachusetts Gen Hosp Internal Medicine
Tacara Soones UC San Francisco-CA Internal Medicine
Albert Su UCLA Medical Center-CA Pathology
David Tsay NYP Hosp-Columbia Univ Med Ctr-NY Internal Medicine
Jason Van Batavia NYP Hosp-Columbia Univ Med Ctr-NY Surgery-Prel/Urology
Rachel Ventura NYU School Of Medicine
NYP Hosp-Columbia Univ Med Ctr-NY
George Vorys NYP Hosp-Columbia Univ Med Ctr-NY Orthopaedic Surgery
Lauren Wasson NYP Hosp-Columbia Univ Med Ctr-NY Internal Medicine
Shannon Watkins Yale-New Haven Hosp-CT Medicine-Primary-Prelim
Brendon Watson NYP Hosp-Weill Cornell Med Ctr-NY Psych/Payne Whitney
David Wei NYP Hosp-Columbia Univ Med Ctr-NY Orthopaedic Surgery
David Weintraub University of Virginia Neurological Surgery
Arun Wiita UC San Francisco-CA Pathology
Steven Williams Newton-Wellesley Hosp-MA
Tufts Medical Center-MA
David Woodland NYP Hosp-Columbia Univ Med Ctr-NY General Surgery
Gene Yocum Northwestern McGaw/ENH-IL
NYP Hosp-Columbia Univ Med Ctr-NY
Ting Zhou Baylor Coll Med-Houston-TX
Hosp of the Univ of PA
Janette Zuk NYU School Of Medicine Obstetrics-Gynecology

Student Ceremonies


The History of the White Coat Ceremony

White Coat Ceremony

The Arnold P. Gold Foundation

The Arnold P. Gold Foundation founded The White Coat Ceremony at commencement exercises at Columbia University’s College of Physicians and Surgeons in 1993, where Dr. Arnold Gold has been a teacher and pediatric neurologist for more than forty years.

The Gold Foundation initiated commencement awards in 1991 for a faculty member and a student who best demonstrate both humanistic care and clinical excellence. In support of the awardees, Doctors Arnold and Sandra Gold regularly attended graduation exercises at Columbia where it is customary for medical students to recite the Hippocratic Oath. This noble 2,500 year old tradition obligates new doctors to high professional standards for patient care and the practice of medicine.

Dr. Gold became aware, as he witnessed Columbia’s graduation ceremony each year, that the recitation of the Hippocratic Oath, when students accept the obligations of our profession, comes four years too late. It is during medical school that students experience their initial contacts with patients and establish their professional orientation. The Foundation believes that medical students should be given well defined guidelines regarding the expectations and responsibilities appropriate for the medical profession prior to their first day of education and training. This is what inspired the Gold Foundation to begin advocacy and sponsorship of what has become the “White Coat Ceremony.”

Providing a ritual to mark the passage of the student into our medical society is as old as the Hippocratic Oath itself. Hippocrates administered an oath to students before their medical studies began, not after they were completed.

White Coat Ceremony

The Steven Z. Miller Student Clinician’s Ceremony

Steven Z. Miller Student Clinician’s Ceremony.

To empower the student entering the third year, a new “rite of passage” has been developed. This ceremony marking the transition has been designed to assist beginning third year medical students as they enter the clinical stage in their medical education.

The ceremony has three primary elements. The first is the presentation of a monetary award and certificate of recognition to six residents chosen as superb teachers and role models by members of the outgoing third year class. The second element is a gift for each member of the incoming third year class of a book and a survival guide to encourage them as they advance into their clinical studies. Finally, a keynote speaker, selected as an outstanding role model by members of the outgoing third year class, gives an inspiring address and a student-provided video is shown.

A noticeable benefit has been appreciable bonding among members of the second and third year students, faculty and residents.

The goals of the third year clinical transition include finding ways to alleviate anxiety as students meet their first patients, better preparing them for their hospital training, nurturing relationships among second and third year students and mentors, providing additional opportunities for communication and re-taking the Hippocratic Oath.

We lost Dr. Steven Z. Miller, faculty advisor for this event, pediatrician, colleague and friend, in a tragic small plane crash in Kirksville, Missouri in October 2004. The official name of the ceremony has been changed to reflect Steve’s memory and is now be known as the Steven Z. Miller Student Clinician’s Ceremony.

Steven Z. Miller Student Clinician’s Ceremony.

The Arnold P. Gold Foundation Humanism and Excellence in Teaching Award


Congratulations to the six recipients of the Arnold P. Gold Foundation Humanism and Excellence in Teaching Award. Chosen by the P&S Class of 2010

Clement Bottino, MD


George Comas, MD


Brendan Kelly, MD


Caryn St. Clair, MD

Obsteterics & Gynecology 

Mary Welch, MD


Rachel Wooldridge, MD

Surgery, Bassett Hospital

Class Day

Class Day Class Day

P&S has over 40 named prizes awarded at commencement each May. These are endowed by generous gifts whose donors wished to recognize a person whose name is on the prize. They cover the gamut from compassionate patient care to participating in the community to outstanding leadership. In addition, 15% of the class is elected to Alpha Omega Alpha, the national medical honor society, for outstanding academic achievement, leadership and service, and 12% to the Gold Humanism Honor Society.

The second honors convocation for P&S and was held Tuesday, May 20, the day before graduation, which was Wednesday, May 21.

Class Day



Each May, commencement ceremonies are held on both the Morningside and the Columbia University Medical Center campuses.

Commencement traditionally falls on the third Wednesday of May. In the morning, P&S graduates participate in the large Columbia University commencement ceremony at Low Plaza on the Morningside campus. The Columbia University President confers degrees and delivers the commencement address to nearly 10,000 Columbia graduates. Each faculty of the University presents its candidates. Medical school candidates, presented by the P&S dean, recite the Hippocratic Oath.

In the afternoon of that day, graduates receiving M.D. or Ph.D. degrees gather at the Armory Track and Field Center. A commencement speaker is identified by the fourth year medical school class. Notable speakers have included actor Alan Alda, Nobelist Harold Varmus, author Robert Coles, Surgeon General Jocelyn Elders, author Oliver Sacks, and astronaut Storey Musgrave. The Hippocratic Oath is recited again at this ceremony. Awards are bestowed on graduating students and faculty. The graduating class presents a distinguished teacher award. At this ceremony, graduating students receive their diplomas from the Dean of the Faculties of Medicine. A reception follows the graduation ceremony.


Graduation Prizes and Awards

Doctor Harry S. Altman Award For outstanding achievement in Pediatric Ambulatory Care
Alumni Association Award For outstanding service to the College of Physicians & Surgeons
Virginia P. Apgar Awards For excellence in Anesthesiology and Intensive Care
Michael H. Aranow Memorial Prize For best exemplifying the caring and humane qualities of the practicing physician
Herbert J. Bartelstone Award For exceptional accomplishments in Pharmacology
The Edward J. Bello, M.D.
Listening Award
To a graduating student who best portrays the art of listening to patients, colleagues and self in practicing the chosen field of Medicine
Robert G. Bertsch Memorial Award To a graduate who best typifies Dr.Bertsch’s ideals of the humane surgeon
Coakley Memorial Prize For outstanding achievement in Otolaryngology
Titus Munson Coan Prize For the best essay in biological sciences
Thomas F. Cock Prize For excellence in Obstetrics and Gynecology
Rosamond Kane Cummins ’52 Award To an outstanding student entering Orthopedics who exhibits academic excellence, sensitivity, kindness, devotion to patients, and the fine human qualities that she exemplified
The Endocrine Society’s Medical Student Achievement Award
Frederick P. Gay Memorial Award For achievement in Microbiology
Louis Gibofsky Memorial Prize For research in Nephrology, Immunology or Transplant Immunobiology
Glasgow-Rubin Achievement Awards For women students graduating in the top 10 percent of their class
Dr. Charles E. Hamilton Award For excellence in pulmonary disease
Janeway Prize For the highest achievement and abilities in the graduating class
Albert B. Knapp Scholarship Awarded at the conclusion of the 3rd year to the medical student evaluated by the Medical Faculty to have achieved the highest scholarship in the first three years
Doctor Harold Lamport
Biomedical Research Prize
For excellence in research
John K. Lattimer Prize For the outstanding essay in Urology
Barbara Liskin Memorial Award in Psychiatry Awarded to a student with the empathy, scholarship and excellence exhibited by Barbara Liskin
Dr. Robert F. Loeb Award For excellence in clinical medicine
The F. Lowenfish Prize For creative research in Dermatology
Admiral David Willard Lyon Award For outstanding academic achievement by a student serving in the Armed Forces of our country
Alfred M. Markowitz
Endowment for Scholars
Exemplifies Dr. Markowitz’s dedication to patient care, teaching, and scholarship
The Leonard Marmor Surgical
Arthritis Foundation Award
For outstanding academic achievements
Doctor Cecil G.Marquez B.A.L.S.O. Student Award for Excellence For outstanding contribution to the Black and Latino Student Organization and the minority community
Edith and Denton McKane Memorial Award For outstanding research in Ophthalmology
Medical Society of the State of New York Community Service Award
Medical Society of the State of New York To a graduating student for outstanding community service
Dr. Harold Lee Meierhof Memorial Prize For outstanding achievement in Pathology
The Doctors William Nastuk, Beatrice Seegal, Konrad Hsu Award To a graduating student who has demonstrated successful laboratory collaboration between student and faculty
Marie Nercessian Memorial Award For exhibiting Armenian descent who has shown care, unusual concern and dedication to helping sick people
New York Orthopedic Hospital Award For outstanding performance in research and clinical work
The Office of Student Affairs Outstanding Service to P&S Award
Joseph Garrison Parker Award Elected by classmates as exemplifying through activities in art, music, literature and the public interest the fact that living and learning go together
Samuel W. Rover and Lewis Rover Award For outstanding achievement in research in Anatomy and Cell Biology
Samuel W. Rover and Lewis Rover Award For outstanding achievement in Biochemistry and Molecular Biophysics
Samuel W. Rover and Lewis Rover Award For outstanding achievement in Genetics and Development
The Drs. Robert A. Savitt and George H. McCormack Award Exemplifying Dr. George McCormack’s medical skill, consideration, understanding and compassion
Rebecca A. Schwarz Memorial Prize For achievement in Pediatric Cardiology
Helen M. Sciarra Prize in Neurology For outstanding achievement in Neurology
Aura Severinghaus Award In recognition of superior academic achievement
The Society for Academic Emergency Medicine Award For excellence in the specialty of Emergency Medicine
Miriam Berkman Spotnitz Award For excellence in research and treatment of neoplastic diseases
Student Interest Group in Neurology Prize
The Leonard Tow Humanism in Medicine Award Presented by the Arnold P. Gold Foundation for excellence in science and compassion in patient care
Dr. William Perry Watson Prize in Pediatrics For excellence in Pediatrics
Dr. William Raynor Watson Memorial Award For excellence in Psychiatry throughout 4 years of medical school
Dr. Allen O.Whipple Memorial Prize For outstanding performance in Surgery
Sigmund L. Wilens Prize For excellence in Pathology

Teachers of the Year

Distinguished Teacher Award

Each year, the various classes elect Teachers of the Year to whom they wish to express gratitude for excellence in teaching and service above and beyond the call of duty.

Class of 2009

Dr. Jay Lefkowitch: 
Department of Pathology & Cell Biology 

Class of 2010

Dr. Noel Robin:
Stamford Hospital

Class of 2011

Dr. Jay Lefkowitch
Department of Pathology & Cell Biology

The second year curriculum is arranged in such a way that numerous faculty lead discussions, seminars, and lectures.  Those outstanding lectures and teachers are recognized below:

Distinguished Lecturer Awards by the Class of 2011:
Dr. Glen Markowitz
Dr. Gerald Appel
Dr. Dickson Despommier

Outstanding Small Group Preceptors by the Class of 2011:
Dr. Lorna Dove
Dr. Peter Canoll
Dr. Lucy Epstein
Dr. Edward Gellman
Dr. Eileen Rattigan
Dr. Arun Swaminath

Dr. Joseph Tenenbaum 

Class of 2012

Dr. Marc Dickstein
Department of Anesthesiology 

The Class of 2012 also recognizes outstanding lecturers below:

Distinguished Lecturer Award:
Dr. Eric Kandel
Dr. Richard Schluseel
Dr. Letty Moss-Salentijn
Dr. Warren Widman

5. Student Support & Resources



Student Affairs

Pictured left to right: Joy Bailey, Val Ambrose, Krystyna Cukrowski, Melanie Sola, Dr. Lisa Mellman, Ana Martinez-Tuma, Brian Paquette, and DeLonzo Rhodes

Senior Associate Dean: Lisa A. Mellman, M.D. | mail:

Assistant Dean: Brian C. Paquette | mail:

Location: P&S 3-401
Phone: (212) 305-3806

Concerned with all aspects of students’ progress, academic and non-academic, throughout their four years at P&S, including:

  • Academic accomplishments and/or problems
  • Student counseling, personal/professional
  • Planning student programs and schedules - Years 1 through 4
  • Implementing on-line schedules and grading for clinical years
  • Supervising programmatic development for five Advisory Deans
  • Tracking of students on leave/in dual degree programs
  • Ensuring compliance by students for HIPAA and evidence based medicine
  • Overseeing logistics for students during clinical rotation at Stamford Hospital
  • Coordinating fourth year exchange programs with Universities in Armenia, Australia, Chile, China, France, Germany, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Japan, Korea, Lebanon, Romania, Sweden, United Kingdom and Venezuela.
  • Advising students on career decisions and postgraduate education
  • Preparing Dean’s letters for postgraduate education
  • Coordinating the “Match” process for fourth year students
  • Conducting evaluations of residency programs by P&S graduates
  • Letters of Recommendation

Serves on committees dealing with student-related concerns such as housing, security, curriculum, academic programs, liability insurance, student services

  • Resource center for information on:
    • Electives at U.S. medical schools
    • Overseas electives
    • Residency program brochures
  • Organizing key student programs, including
    • Orientation
    • White Coat Ceremony
    • Faculty Advisor System
    • Student Advisory Tutoring Program
    • Women in Medicine Seminars
    • AOA
    • Residency Honors Day Awards
    • Steven Z. Miller Student Clinician Ceremony
    • Class Day
    • Graduation

Liaison with National Board of Medical Examiners, National Residency Matching Program, American Medical Association, Association of American Medical Colleges, Medical Society of the State of New York

Special Events

Program Coordinator: Krystyna Cukrowski
(212) 305-4028

  • Coordinates special events such as Orientation, Dean’s Day for Medical Student Research, Class Day and Graduation
  • Provides administrative support for National Institutes of Health student research fellowships: Dean’s Summer Research Fellowships and fourth year research electives.
  • Serves as resource center for awards, competitions, fellowships
  • Coordinates Women in Medicine group
  • Prepares special reports
  • Staffs Faculty committees


Advisory Deans

Since 2003, the Advisory Dean program has provided medical students at P&S academic, career, and personal support through regularly scheduled group and individual meetings. The Advisory Deans create opportunities for students to gather to discuss the unique concerns that arise during medical school, such as the importance of mentoring relationships, academic concerns, recommended changes in the curriculum, and residency and career plans. The Advisory Deans are liaisons to faculty and administrators at P&S and thus have direct access to the numerous services available to students. At the twice-monthly lunch meetings in first and second year, Advisory Deans invite many of these representatives from the University, and the Medical Center, as well as students in more senior classes, to meet with their advisees.

Students are strongly urged to contact their assigned Advisory Dean for any questions about progress through P&S and for mentoring needs. They are expected to attend their Advisory Dean lunches and meetings. This successful program has already enriched the lives of P&S students and continues to evolve based on student feedback.

Dr. Peter Puchner

Dr. Peter PuchnerDr. Peter Puchner
Chairman, Committee of Advisory Deans


Dr. William Macaulay

Dr. William Macaulay, Jr.

Dr. William MacaulayJr.
Department of Orthopedic Surgery

Phone: (212) 305-6959
Fax: (212) 928-4024
Office: PH11-1146

Dr. Joseph Haddad, Jr.

Dr. Joseph HaddadDr. Joseph Haddad, Jr.
Department of Otolaryngology/
Head and Neck Surgery

Phone: (212) 305-8933
Fax: (212) 326-8475
Office: BHN 5-501

Dr. Mary Sciutto

Dr. Mary Sciutto
Department of Psychiatry

Phone: (212) 305-6558
Fax: (212) 305-9657
Office: N.I. Room 1211 

Dr. Emily DiMango


Dr. Emily DiMango
Department of Medicine

Phone: (212) 305-0631
Office: PH8 Center

Dr. Donald Quest

Dr. Donald Quest

Dr. Donald Quest
Department of Neurosurgery

Phone: (212) 305-5582
Fax: (212) 305-2026
Office: NI4-440

Center For Student Wellness

Debra LeviJane Bogart

Director for Center for Student Wellness (left): Jane Bogart. MA, CHES
(212) 304-5564
Location: 107 Bard Hall

Assistant Director for Health Promotion (right): Deborah P. Levi, LMSW
Phone: (212) 304-5560
Fax: (212) 544-1967
Location: 107 Bard Hall

AI:MS (Addiction Illness: Medical Solutions)

Heather Moon, M.A., LMHC, Director

Phone:  (212) 305-3989     Location:  102 Bard Hall

The Center for Student Wellness provides free, confidential wellness coaching, and health promotion programs.  Designed as "one-stop shopping" for support, CUMC students may seek out assistance at the CSW for virtually any concern, big or small. Students can access services by making an appointment or stopping by during our walk-in hours, 10 am - 2 pm Monday through Friday and 5 - 7 pm Monday and Tuesday evenings. 

Based on the nature of the convern, the CSW staff will assist the student in the development of an individualized action plan to address the concern including: 

  • reducing perceived and actual stress among students
  • increasing coping skills and strategies available to students
  • advocating for positive social support systems on campus 

Wellness Works! is the health promotion arm of the Student Health Service and the Center for Student Wellness.  Certified Health Education Specialists develop and coordinate individual and group activities to address health and wellness concerns, including stress management, academic concerns, relationship issues, nutrition and fitness, sexual health, and substance use.  Wellness Works! also sponsora a low-cost Yoga and Pilated program each semester.

The AI:MS Program (Addiction Illness: Medical Solutions), part of the Center for Student Wellness, focuses on issues related to drinking or drug use, smoking cessation; disordered eating behavior; gambling; excessive internet use; excessive spending; or difficulties with/concerns about classmates, friends, or family members arising from any of the aforementioned.

Specialized substance use counseling is available through AI:MS, which is a safe, confidential place for students to raise concerns about compulsive behavior and/or addiction.

Both CSW and AI:MS are guided by elected student peer leaders:  3 Wellness Reps (male, famale and MD/PhD) and 2 AI:MS Reps (male, famale) are elected from each class at P&S.  These student leaders meet regularly to develop programs and advocate for change, and are also available as a confidential resource for students at P&S.


AI:MS Addiciton Illness: Medical Solutions

AI:MS (Addiction Illness: Medical Solutions)

Heather Moon, M.A., LMHC, Director

Phone:  (212) 305-3989     Location:  102 Bard Hall

The AI:MS Program (Addiction Illness: Medical Solutions), part of the Center for Student Wellness, focuses on issues related to drinking or drug use, smoking cessation; disordered eating behavior; gambling; excessive internet use; excessive spending; or difficulties with/concerns about classmates, friends, or family members arising from any of the aforementioned.

Specialized substance use counseling is available through AI:MS, which is a safe, confidential place for students to raise concerns about compulsive behavior and/or addiction.

AI:MS is guided by elected student peer leaders:  2 AI:MS Reps (male, famale) are elected from each class at P&S.  These student leaders meet regularly to develop programs and advocate for change, and are also available as a confidential resource for students at P&S.

Student Health Service

Front Row: Thomas Mele, MD; Haydee De Jesus, Receptionist; Debbie Levi- Asst. Director, Center for Student Wellness Back Row: Jackie Paulino, Financial Administrator; Eileen Fox, MS, RN, Nursing Coordinator; Eladia Goris, Insurance Associate; Altagracia Villafana, Medical Assistant; Dilenny De La Cruz, Administrative Coordinator; Melanie Bernitz, MD, Clinical Coordinator; Polly Wheat, MD, Director; Frances Rivera, Receptionist; Tina Sammon, Medical Assistant; Mark Van Alstyne, PA, Clinical IT Coordinator; Elsa Cadena, RN, Immunization Coordinator.

Director: Polly Wheat, M.D.

Location: 60 Haven Avenue, Tower 1, Ground Floor - Clinical Services; 3E- Administrative Offices
Phone: (212) 305-3400
Emergencies: (212) 305-3400, X7
Fax: (212)342-3955
Hours: Monday-Thursday, 8 a.m.–7 p.m.; Fri. 8 a.m.–4 p.m. 

Student Health Service (SHS) at Columbia University Medical Center is committed to advancing the health of each student and to promoting a healthy campus community through its goals of caring, healing, and educating. We provide a full range of primary care, mental health, and health promotion services, which are focused on your needs, both personal and as future clinicians. We seek to deliver care that is compassionate, informed, confidential, and cost-effective.

We offer the following easily accessible, on-campus services:

Medical Services

Phone: (212) 305-3400       Location: 60 Haven Avenue, Lobby Floor
SHS physicians, physician assistants, and nurses provide a full range of primary care medical services, occupational exposure evaluation and treatment, women’s, men's and trans health services, travel consultation, nutrition and acupuncture, referral to specialists, and ancillary services, including on-site laboratory service in affiliation with our reference laboratory.  All care within the Student Health Service is completely confidential.

If you are also enrolled in the Aetna Student Health Insurance Plan administered by Aetna Student Health, SHS is your gateway to the Aetna provider network. For further information on the Student Health Insurance Plan, visit or the insurance page of the Student Health Service website.

Except as required by law, no information is released outside the Student Health Services without your written consent.

Bert Lerner

Associate Director of Mental Health Services: Dr. Burton Lerner

Mental Health Services

Phone: (212) 496-8491
Both psychiatrists and psychologists are available for any type of counseling or psycho-pharmacology issues. Appointments are made directly by contacting Dr. Burton Lerner at (212) 496-8491; you are entitled to 10 free visits each year, plus an additional 60 visits under the Aetna Student Health Insurance Plan. These services are strictly confidential.  Staff listing and bios are available on the SHS website.

Center for Student Wellness

Jane Bogart, M.A., CHES, Director

Phone:  (212) 304-5564               Location:  107 Bard Hall

Deborah Levi, LCSW, Certified Coach, Assistant Director

Phone: (212) 304-5560               Location: 102 Bard Hall


AI:MS (Addiction Illness: Medical Solutions)

Heather Moon, M.A., LMHC, Director

Phone:  (212) 305-3989               Location:  102 Bard Hall

The Center for Student Wellness provides free, confidential wellness counseling, coaching, and health promotion programs.  Designed as "one-stop shopping" for support, CUMC students may seek out assistance at the CSW for virtually any concern, big or small.  Students can access services by making an appointment or stopping by during our walk-in hours, 10 am-2pm Monday through Friday and 5-7 pm Monday and Tuesday evenings.

Based on the nature of the concern, the CSW staff will assist the student in the development of an individualized action plan to address the concern including:

  • reducing perceived and actual stress among students
  • increasing coping skills and strategies available to students
  • advocating for positive social support systems on campus

Wellness Works! is the health promotion arm of the Student Health Service and the Center for Student Wellness.  Certified Health Education Specialists develop and coordinate individual and group activities to address health and wellness concerns, including stress management, academic concerns, relationship issues, nutrition and fitness, sexual health, and substance use.  Wellness Works! also sponsors a low-cost Yoga and Pilates program each semester.

The AI:MS Program (Addiction Illness: Medical Solutions), part of the Center for Student Wellness, focuses on issues related to drinking or drug use, smoking cessation; disordered eating behavior; gampling; excessive internet use; excessive spending; or difficulties with/concerns about classmates, friends, or family members arising from any of the aforementioned.   

Specialized substance use counseling is available through AI:MS, which is a safe, confidential place for students to raise concerns about compulsive behavior and/or addiction.

Both CSW and AI:MS are guided by elected student peer leaders: 3 Wellness Reps (male, female and MD/PhD) and 2 AI:MS Reps (male, female) are elected from each class at P&S.  These student leaders meet regularly to develop programs and advocate for change, and are also available as a confidential resource for students at P&S. 

Student Participation

We actively seek your feedback and suggestions for all aspects of SHS.  Please give us your ideas - either through your Student Health Advisory Committee representative, through the suggestion box in the SHS waiting room, via the feedback form on the website, or by email or telephone to the Director.


Phone: (212) 305-3400
SHS administers the public health screening and immunizations required by Columbia University Medical Center. The following are required before you will be allowed to register or attend classes.

  • Positive titers indicating immunity to measles, mumps, and rubella. If any of these titers are negative or equivocal, another immunization with MMR is required.
  • Immunity to varicella. If you have had chickenpox, a positive titer is required. If the titer is negative, varicella vaccine should be given. If you have not had chickenpox, two varicella immunizations at least one month apart are required.
  • Record of three (3) Hepatitis B immunizations and a post-immunization titer indicating immunity.
  • If the Hepatitis B post-immunization titer is not positive, Hepatitis B Surface antigen is required. If this titer is negative, a fourth dose of Hepatitis B vaccine should be given.
  • A PPD skin test for tuberculosis or a QuantiFERON Gold blood test for tuberculosis within the past six (6) months. A chest x-ray is required if the PPD or QuantiFERON Gold is positive. BCG is not a contra indication to placing a PPD.
  • A History and Physical completed within the past twelve (12) months.
  • A signed Receipt of Information regarding meningococcal vaccine is required.

Laboratory reports are required for all titers, antigens and x-rays. 

To download forms or for further information, visit our website at or call us at (212) 305-3400.  We look forward to collaborating with you to maximize your health!

To download forms or for further information, visit our website at or call us at(212) 305-3400. We look forward to collaborating with you to maximize your health!

Office of Disability Services

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Director (left): Colleen Lewis

CUMC Program Coordinator/Assistant Director (right): Neera Jain

For a full staff directory, please consult our website at

Morningside Campus
Phone: (212) 854-2388
Phone (TTY):  (212) 854-2378
Fax:  (212) 854-3448
Location: 2920 Broadway at 114th Street
MC 2605, Alfred Lerner Hall, 7th Floor

Medical Center Campus
Location: 50 Haven Avenue, 101 Bard Hall 

Phone:  (212) 304-7029

Health Services at Columbia University Office of Disability Services (ODS) faciliatates equal access for students with disabilities by coordinating reasonable accommodations and support services.  ODS also provides assistance to students with temporary injuries and illnesses. 

Reasonable accommodations are adjustments to policy, practices and procedures that “level the playing field” for students with disabilities as long as such adjustments do not lessen academic or programmatic requirements.  Examples include administration of exams, services such as note-taking, sign language interpreters, assistive technology, and coordination of accessible housing needs. Accommodation plans and services are designed to match the disability-related needs of each student and are determined according to documented needs and the student’s program requirements. Columbia considers its faculty and academic program staff to be important partners in the University's efforts to reasonably accommodate students with disabilities.  With this in mind, Columbia has established a network of Disability Services Liaisons to facilitate equal access to all University programs for students with disabilities.  The Liaison for P&S is the Associate Dean for Student Affairs, P&S Room 3-401, (212) 305-3806.

Registration icnludes submission of both the "Application for Accommodations and Services: and disability documentation provided by a licensed clinician.  The application and guidelines for disability documentation are available online at and at the ODS office located on the Morningside and Medical Center campuses.  Students are encouraged to register with ODS at the time of their matriculation at Columbia University. Review of requests for accommodation and disability documentation may take two to three weeks to complete.  Please note that students are not eligible to receive reasonable accommodations until the registration process is complete.


Sexual Violence Prevention and Response Program


Director: Karen Singleton
Program Coordinators: Asere Bello and Anna R. Tekippe
Program Advisors: Rachel C. Efron and Yoko Takebayashi

Morningside Campus
Location: 301 Lerner Hall

CUMC Campus
Phone: (212) 854-3500

Men’s Peer Education Program, Program Coordinator: Asere Bello
Phone: (212) 854-2136
Fax: (212) 854-8830

Rape Crisis/Anti-Violence Support Center, Program Coordinator:  Anna Tekippe
Location: 112 Hewitt Hall

Barnard College Campus
Phone: (212) 854-4366

Peer Advocates
Hours: 24 hrs/7days
Phone: (212) 854-WALK

Peer Counselors
Hours: 7pm to 11pm/7 days
Phone: (212) 854-HELP

The Sexual Violence Prevention and Response Program (SVPRP) educates students about consent and coercion, and promotes community standards for a respectful and safe campus. Through its programs and services, SVPRP fosters individual and collective action to end sexual and relationship violence by: Educating students, faculty and administrators about the dynamics and effects of sexual assault; Helping students develop the communication and assessment skills necessary to promote and maintain healthy and intimate relationships; and Advocating for appropriate support for survivors of sexual and relationship violence.


Rape Crisis/Anti-Violence Support Center provides peer counseling, advocacy, and education to female and male survivors and co-survivors of sexual assault, relationship violence, childhood sexual abuse, and other forms of violence.

Men’s Peer Education Program develops prevention strategies and provides educational events and leadership training programs to engage men to end sexual and relationship violence.

Workshops and Events present prevention and risk reduction strategies to men and women.

University Policy on Sexual Assault

The University’s Policy for Sexual Misconduct requires that standards of consensual sexual conduct be observed on campus, that violations of these standards are subject to discipline, and that resources and structures be sufficient to meet the physical and emotional needs of individuals who have experienced sexual misconduct.

Disciplinary Procedure for Sexual Assault

Students interested in initiating the Disciplinary Procedure for Sexual Assault should contact Helen Arnold, the Program Manager, by visiting room 701A Alfred Lerner Hall, calling 212-854-1717, or emailing

Student Success Network

Regardless of individual talent and prior experience, medical school can at times be overwhelming for anyone. The Student Success Network (SSN) offers services to help make first-year students’ adjustment to medical school a smooth one. SSN promotes a sense of teamwork through regular small-group review sessions, facilitated by second-year students who know what to learn and remember how to learn it. Tutors are also available free of charge.

We hope to enhance both study skills and teaching skills; fundamental to our philosophy is putting into action the tenet of learning from (and thus teaching) your colleagues. It sounds intimidating, but it’s actually fun and a great way to learn. We encourage first year students to come to our workshops early in the semester to see if they can be of assistance.

Class Websites

Class of 2010

Class of 2011

Class of 2012

Class of 2013


Peer Support Network


Big Sibs

Each incoming first-year is matched with a second year student based on one or more demographic parameters. Big Sibs act as initial social, academic and personal contacts, and are available to offer advice, answer questions, and generally ease the new students’ transition into P&S. Big Sibs contact their Little Sibs before or at the beginning of the academic year to arrange to meet, and often remain in contact throughout the year. This is a student-run, long-standing tradition at P&S that fosters interaction among classes and provides new students with a personal peer resource.

Diversity Affairs

Staff (from left): Lydia Nunez, Shaneequa Green-Louissant,Natalya Neidwach, Richele Jordan-Davis

Assistant Dean: Richele Jordan-Davis, Ed.M.

Associate Dean: Hilda Hutcherson, M.D.

Phone: (212) 305-4157
Fax: (212) 305-1049

The Office of Diversity assists with the mission of recruiting, counseling, and nurturing qualified minority students as well as fostering diversity among students and faculty. Multiculturalism in the medical school environment is strongly supported. The Office of Diversity supports the Black and Latino Students Organization (BALSO), which provides a forum for student participation in campus minority affairs, student recruitment, and service activities in the local community. BALSO also assists and contributes to a variety of lectures centered on disparities in health, provide academic support services and sponsor social events on campus.

The Office of Diversity supports several outreach programs: Summer Medical and Dental Education Program, The State Pre-College Enrichment Program and The Minority Recruitment Day Conference. The Office of Diversity regularly provides pre-medical career counseling and advice to individual high school and college students.

Through these mechanisms P&S enjoys tremendous diversity throughout its student body, distinct faculty, and varied patient population. For further information contact the BALSO President or call the office at 305-4157.

Black and Latino Students Organization

BALSO E-Board   President: Amanda Adeleye   Vice President: Grace Berry
SNMA Co-President: Daren McCalla   NBLHO Co-President: Daniela Diaz  
Secretary: Quinn Leslie   Treasurer:  Francis Onyimba   
Community Service Chair: Cierra Moss  Events Coordinator: Michelle Jamison   
MAPS Liaison/Mentoring Coordinator: Renee Ingram 

The Diversity Affairs Office at P&S works closely with and supports the Black and Latino Student Organization (BALSO) which is committed to the recruitment and retention of qualified minority students, the nurturing of minority students through counseling and support mechanisms involving faculty and BALSO students, sponsorship of programs that expand awareness of health and health policy issues and community service. For further information call 305-4157.

Ombuds Office

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Ombuds Officer: Marsha Wagner

Associate Ombuds Officer:  Bathabile Mthombeni

Columbia University Medical Center Campus
Location: 101 Bard Hall
Phone: (212) 304-7026

Morningside Campus
660 Schermerhorn Mail Code 5558
Phone: (212) 854-1234
Fax: (212) 854-6046

The Ombuds Officers are confidential and neutral complaint-handlers, serving all campuses - who seek fair and equitable solutions to various problems through informal processes. The Ombuds Office is available to the entire Columbia University community: students, faculty and employees.


The Ombuds Officers will not report the names of visitors to the office and will not act without permission, except in cases of imminent risk of serious harm. The Ombuds Officers keep no records of specific complaints or individuals.


The Ombuds Officers report directly to the President, not to any administrative office. The Ombuds Officers do not take sides and will not testify; the Ombuds Officers have no decision-making power and do not arbitrate or adjudicate.

Informal Process

The visitor to the Ombuds Office can confidentially voice his/her concerns, evaluate the situation, and plan a particular course of action - if any. The Ombuds Officers will listen, offer information about Columbia University policies and procedures, and present a range of options for resolving a problem. The visitor selects the option he or she prefers.

The Ombuds Officers also provide referrals to sources of expertise or decision-making on particular issues or procedures. With permission, the Ombuds Officers may conduct an informal and impartial investigation, facilitate communication, use shuttle diplomacy or mediate a dispute.

Promoting Constructive Change

The Ombuds Officers keep aggregate anonymous statistics of the types of complaints received by the office and - while maintaining individuals’ confidentiality - may periodically report problem areas to senior administrators and make recommendations for institutional improvements as appropriate.

Office of Public Safety

The Medical Center Public Safety Office is located at 650 West 168th Street, New York, NY 10032; telephone: 212-305-8100. The Morningside Heights Public Safety Office is at 111 Low Library, 535 West 116th Street, New York, NY 10027; telephone: 212-854-2796; emergency number: 212-854-5555.

The University is required by federal law to publish an annual security report containing information with respect to campus security policies and statistics on the incidence of certain crimes on and around our campuses. This information is available in FACETS, the University student handbook (, at the Web site for the United States Department of Education (, by requesting a copy of the report from: Campus Crime Report, Department of Public Safety, Columbia University, 111 Low Library, Mail Code 4301, 535 West 116th Street, New York, NY 10027; or on the Public Safety Web site (

The dangers of living in New York City, and especially near the Medical Center, are greatly exaggerated. Common sense and a knowledge of how to safeguard yourself and your possessions provide a powerful defense against what hazards there are. The Columbia University Medical Center administration offers a series of informal seminars on security that can help you acquire “street smarts,” and both campus security and the local police precinct are eager to provide advice or real assistance. Columbia has enlarged and improved its security service, with increased outdoor and on-street guards and a roving patrol car. There is a Medical Center shuttle bus to take you to nearby housing, an escort service, and a shuttle bus to the Morningside Heights campus.

The CUMC Security Task Force, which meets regularly to examine security problems and initiate solutions, includes student members.

The College of Physicians and Surgeons is making every effort to ensure the security and safety of all its members.

All Columbia University buildings on the CUMC campus are under the direction of a centralized Columbia University Department of Public Safety. These C.U. buildings include the P&S Building, the Black Building, Georgian, Hammer Health Sciences Center (all on 168th street) and Bard Hall, Bard-Haven Towers, 80 Haven, 106 Haven and 154 Haven Avenue, the Russ Berrie Medical Science Pavilion, the Lasker Building, and the Irving Cancer Research Center.

All Columbia University buildings are patrolled by CU security twenty-four hours per day.

Important Telephone Numbers

  • CUMC Department of Public Safety: (212) 305-8100
  • NYPH Shuttle: (212) 305-2222
  • NY Police Department (33rd Precinct):(212) 927-3200

Street Patrol

The area from 168th Street to 173rd Street along Fort Washington and Haven Avenues is patrolled twenty-four hours a day by C.U. Department of Public Safety.

Escort Service

Escort Service by the Columbia University Department of Public Safety is available to students within the following boundaries: W. 165th to W. 179th Streets, Broadway to Haven Ave. To request a door to door escort within this area, call Columbia Public Safety Office, 305-8100 or 5-8100, 15 minutes before you need the service so that staff may meet you. An escort by foot patrol officer is available 24 hours a day. During evening hours, 6pm to 7am, a vehicle escort may be available but cannot be guaranteed.

Computer Security

  • PC and laptop locks: discounted.
  • PC Phone Home: Laptop and PC recovery software available for free online through CUIT.
  • Operation ID: property engraving. Great for laptops, PDA’s computers, etc. Free (property registered with NYPD and Columbia University Department of Public Safety.

Auto Theft Prevention

  • Combat Auto Theft: Free
  • “The Club” and “The Cover”: discounted.

Bike Theft Prevention

  • Kryptonite bike locks: discounted.
  • Bike registration: Free (registered with NYPD and Columbia University Department of Public Safety.

For information, call (212) 854-8513. Refer to Facets for a more comprehensive look at security at Columbia University or visit the Columbia University Department of Public Safety web page.

Personal Safety

For your own personal safety and security be mindful of the following:

On the Street

Generally, simply keep your eyes open and be aware of what’s going on around you. Walk in the middle of the sidewalk.

  • As a general rule, the busier the street the safer. Avenues are usually busier and safer than side streets. Keep alert.
  • If you want to go running at any time, do so with a partner.
  • In the CPMC neighborhood, avoid going out alone either late at night or in the early morning.
  • If you must, please use the Escort Service.

In Apartment Buildings

  • If someone follows you from the street into the vestibule, let him or her open the door or be buzzed in before you.
  • Do not open your apartment door for anyone you do not know. Many criminals pose as delivery men, salesmen, campaign collectors, etc.
  • Avoid riding in the elevators with unknown persons.

On the Subway

  • Sit where other people are sitting.
  • Stay towards the center of the train, avoid unlit cars.
  • Watch for the transit policemen or a motorman, and get in the car where you see them.
  • While waiting for a train, stand with other people.

Nursery Schools and Child Care

Two CUMC associated early childhood programs serve the Health Sciences community:

The Medical Center Nursery School

The Medical Center Nursery School, an independent, non-profit nursery school and kindergarten, provides half-day and full-day programs for children aged 2 years through 6 years.

The school, located in Bard-Haven Tower I, is licensed by the Department of Health of the City of New York, registered with the Education Department of the University of the State of New York, and accredited by the NAEYC Academy for Early Childhood Program Accreditation.

The following sessions are offered:

  • Five morning half-day sessions per week, from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
  • Five afternoon half-day sessions per week, from 1:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
  • Five full-day sessions per week, from 8:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
  • The summer program runs from the end of June through the end of August. Both full-day and half-day classes are available.

The school has three well-equipped, spacious classrooms, each of which has a view of the Hudson River, an additional indoor space for gross motor activities, and an outdoor play area on the Terrace, one floor above the school.

Further information may be obtained from:
The Medical Center Nursery School
60 Haven Avenue,
New York,
NY 10032

Phone: (212) 304-(2)7040
Fax: (212) 544-(2)4243

Presbyterian Hospital Infant & Child Care Center

The Presbyterian Hospital Infant and Child Care Center located at 61 Haven Avenue provides high-quality child care service interfaced with a rich developmental curriculum. The Center serves children two months through five years of age. Admission is open to children of all Medical Center Personnel as well as children from the community. Our rolling admissions are made on a first applied/first considered basis. The program is licensed and monitored by the New York City Department of Health.

The Center is housed in a recently renovated building that accommodates 66 children. The classrooms are fully equipped with central air and furnished to accommodate small children. In addition, the children use local parks, the hospital garden, a backyard play space and our rooftop play area for outside activities.

The Center’s hours are Monday through Friday from 6:15 a.m. - 9:00 p.m. The Center is open year-round and closes nine days in observance of holidays. The Center offers full-time, part-time, early evening and emergency backup services.

For application information please contact:
Director: Elaine Shepherd Rexdale
61 Haven Avenue,
New York, NY 10032

Phone: (212) 927-2723
Fax: (212) 740-7376

Student Financial Planning

Student Financial Planning

Back row, left to right: Ideta Daniel, Lynn Wills, Ellen Spilker, Sandra Garcia. Front row: Aracelis Cuevas, Neris Goris, Jajaira Baez

Director: Ellen Spilker

Location: Black Building Room 139

Phone: (212) 305-4100 Fax: (212) 305-0221

Senior Associate Director: Ideta Daniel | Email:
Associate Director: Sandra Garcia | Email:
Financial Aid Officer: Lynn Wills | Email:

  • Evaluate students’ financial need, and award funds from school, federal, state and external sources
  • Conduct debt management seminars during first year and again prior to graduation to assist students with managing their educational loans and understanding the basics of financial planning
  • Provide personal financial counseling and budgeting help
  • Liaison with Alumni and Development Offices to assist with fund raising efforts for scholarships and low-cost loans
  • Oversee the Financial Aid Committee

Athletic Facilities

At the Medical Center Campus

The superbly equipped Bard Athletic Center encompasses a 20-yard swimming pool, three squash courts, a gymnasium and multi-purpose exercise rooms with Nautilus and Universal exercise equipment, dumbbell sets and benches, stationary bicycles and rowing machines, stair climbers, treadmills, lockers, showers, and saunas. The Club also offers aerobic sessions throughout the year.

Phone: (212) 304-7010.

At the Morningside Campus

The Marcellus Hartley Dodge Physical Fitness Center features two full-size gyms, two swimming pools, seventeen squash and handball courts, fully-equipped exercise and weight room, judo-karate room, fencing room, wrestling room, indoor track and two saunas. Also on campus are four tennis courts and platform tennis court.

Baker Field

Baker Field, Columbia’s principal outdoor athletic facility, located at the northern tip of Manhattan, features a football field and stadium, a baseball field, soccer field, running track, seven tennis courts, and several practice fields.

Recreation/Athletic Facilities

Bard Hall Commons is the center for activities on the Columbia University Medical Center Campus. The first floor of Bard Hall supports a variety of student activities and services-the P&S Club, the Office of Student Wellness and the Ombuds office. Study and meeting space is available in the Recovery Room and Main Lounge. There are two music/practice rooms.

Large student group activities and campus meetings are held in the 1b dining room. The Bard Athletic Center, located on the 3b level of the building, encompasses a 20-yard swimming pool, three squash courts, a gymnasium, aerobics room, lockers, showers and saunas. Students can develop a workout program using the facility’s treadmills, ellipticals, rowing machines and stair climbers. A number of scheduled exercise programs are offered. The facility is handicapped accessible. Students can call the Office of Housing Services(304-7000) or the Bard Athletic Center (304-7010) for information regarding services, programs and fees.

The P&S Club

Advocacy, Community Service & Public Awareness

  • Columbia Science Mentoring Program
  • Columbia Student Medical Outreach Program (CoSMO)
  • Columbia University Harm Reduction Outreach Network (CUHRON) 
  • Ethics Club
  • Integrative Medicine Club (IMC)
  • International Health Organization (IHO)
  • Lang Youth Medical Program
  • Markets in Medicine
  • Medical Students for Choice
  • Physicians for Human Rights (PHR)
  • Smile Train, CUMC Chapter
  • Students for a National Health Plan (SNP)

Arts, Literature & EntertainmentCommunity Service

  • Bard Hall Players
  • Cinema Heights
  • P&S Choir
  • Coffehouse
  • Creative Rounds
  • P&S Dance Club
  • P&S Musicians' Guild
  • Reflexions Art & Literary Magazine
  • T.H.E. H.U.M.E.RUS
  • The Ultrasounds
  • Walker Percy Literary Society

Cultural & Spiritual Organizations

  • Asian Pacific American Medical Students Association (APAMSA)
  • Black and Latino Student Organization (BALSO)
  • Columbia Christian Fellowship (CCF)
  • Medical Center Jewish Association (MCJA)
  • South Asian Health Sciences Society (SAHSA)
  • St. Luke's Society

Professional Organizations

  • American Medical Association – Medical Student Section (AMA)
  • American Medical Students’ Association (AMSA)
  • American Medical Women’s Association (AMWA)

Social & Recreational Activities

  • Beerchus
  • Chess Club
  • Food Club
  • Free Weight Club (FWC)
  • Karate Club
  • Lambda Health Alliance
  • P&S  Roadrunners
  • Rugby Football Club
  • Social Dance Club
  • Society of Bacchus
  • Squash Club 
  • Triathlon Club
  • Water Polo Club
  • Wilderness Medicine Club (WMC)

Specialty Interest Groups

  • Allen O. Whipple Surgical Society
  • Anesthesiology Interest Group
  • Columbia Radiology Interest Group
  • Dermatology Interest Group
  • Emergency Medicine Interest Group
  • Family Medicine Interest Group (FMIG)
  • Internal Medicine Interest Group
  • Obstetrics & Gynecology Interest Group
  • Ophthalmology Interest Group
  • Orthopaedic Surgery Interest Group
  • Plastic Surgery Interest Group
  • Psychiatry Student Interest Group (PsychSIG)
  • Reemstma Society for Cardiovascular Medicine
  • Steven Z. Miller Pediatric Society
  • Student Interest Group in Neurology (SIGN)
  • Urology Interest Group

Special Programs

  • Columbia Harlem Homeless Medical Partnership (CHHMP)

The P&S Club, Then and Now…

The P&S Club is the most active and comprehensive student activities organization in American medical education. Founded by Nobel Peace laureate John Mott in 1894, the Club currently sponsors over 50 extracurricular activities. These organizations represent P&S students’ vast interests and talents, including athletics, the performing arts, student advocacy, and community service. The Club’s fluid nature allows new activities to arise as students’ interests evolve. By providing P&S students with outlets for their various talents, the P&S Club adds substantial depth to a program otherwise devoted to scientific and clinical disciplines. While all P&S students are members of the P&S Club, participation is open to all members of the Columbia University Medical Center community, including students, faculty, administrators, and personnel.

Since its creation, the P&S Club has been committed to contributing to the community at the local and global levels. In 1917 the P&S Club made one of its first community contributions by raising funds to purchase a steam launch, which was loaded aboard an ocean steamer that delivered medical services to Eskimo and Indian fishermen on isolated islands along the Labrador coast. In addition to the steam launch, the P&S Club has sent medical textbooks overseas to Greece, Afghanistan, Korea, Guatemala and Haiti and participated in the Mercy Project of 1969, which provided medical treatment for children from the Biafran-Nigerian war zone. Recently, the Club has been involved in many local activities to emphasize the importance of health care providers' understanding and working with the local and global communities.   For example, first year students collaborated to present "AIDS in the Heights" for World AIDS Day and also created the Columbia University Harm Reduction Outreach Network in their work with the Washington Heights Corner Project.  Also both the Columbia Student Medical Outreach Program (CoSMO) and the Columbia Harlem Homeless Medical Partnership (CHHMP) continue to provide an open clinics for the uninsured in the Washington Heights area and the homeless population of Harlem respectively.  These activities demonstrate the P&S students' and the Club's dedication and concern for the communities in which they work and live.

Under the chairmanship of Dr. Carmen Ortiz-Neu, the P&S Club Faculty Advisory Board maintains a guiding role in the Club while the Student Cabinet, with the support of the Director of Student Activities, is fully responsible for the planning, budgeting, and managing of all organizations and activities. The current Student Cabinet members are D. Tyler Coyle '10, Co-President; Emily Vail, '10, Co-President; Paula Brady '11, Co-Vice President; Secretary; Daniel Pizzarello '11, Co-Vice-President; Tom Hickernell '12, Treasurer; Bess Storch '12, Secretary. In addition to overseeing the day-to-day activities of the student organizations, the Cabinet is also responsible for planning the Club’s annual events such as Orientation, Club Fair, Super Night, and TeamWoRx.

The P&S Club is independently funded. Through generous donations from alumni, parents, and faculty, as well as a substantial grant from the P&S Alumni Association and the Koerber Endowment, the P&S Club is able to sustain its various student organizations and execute its annual events. We sincerely thank these contributors, for it is only with their support that the P&S Club continues to function in its vital role.


P&S Club Faculty Advisory Board

Chair: Carmen Ortiz-Neu, M.D.
P&S Alumni Association Representative: Jacqueline A. Bello, M.D.
Vice Chairman and Treasurer: Jay H. Lefkowitch, M.D.

Term of Office 2007-2010

Richard Ambron, M.D.

Saundra A. Curry, M.D.

Marc L. Dickstein, M.D.

Blair Ford, M.D.

Joseph Haddad, Jr., M.D.

Mark A. Hardy, M.D.

Linda D.Lewis, M.D.

Liza Pon, Ph.D.

Andrew L. Wit, Ph.D.


Term of Office 2009-2012

Jonathan E. Aviv, M.D.
Jeanine D’Armiento, M.D., Ph.D.

Matthew N. Bartels, M.D.

Dickson Despommier, Ph.D.

Katarina Eisinger, M.D.

Danielle E. Engler, M.D.
Pamela Flood, M.D.

Pamela F. Gallin, M.D.
Thomas J. Garrett, M.D.

Arnold P. Gold, M.D.
Edgar M. Housepian, M.D.

Jay H. Lefkowitch, M.D.

John Loeb, M.D.

William B. Macaulay, M.D.

Eric Marcus, M.D.
David D. Markowitz, M.D.

James M. McKiernan, M.D.

Thomas Q. Morris, M.D.

Donald O. Quest, M.D.
Delphine Taylor, M.D.


Andrew G. Frantz, M.D.
Linda D. Lewis, M.D.
Lisa A. Mellman, M.D.
Anke L. Nolting, Ph.D.
Brian Paquette
Ellen Spilker
Liv E. Vesely
Elizabeth Williams

A Message from the Presidents

D. Tyler Coyle '10 

Emily Vail '10 

Welcome to P&S and to New York, the greatest city on earth! Your academic accomplishments have landed you at one of the best medical schools in the country. At the P&S Club, we recognize that Columbia also draws students who are well rounded with diverse interests outside of medicine. Our job is to find an outlet and a direction for that creative energy and to provide a forum for you to express yourself beyond the confines of the classroom.

Did you ever think that during medical school you could learn to salsa, learn to play chess, or even learn to play rugby? How about refining your wine palate for the wonderful cuisine in New York? With over 50 clubs and over 100 years of experience, the P&S Club is the most active and comprehensive organization for extracurricular activities in American medical education. Whether your talents lie in music, theatre, art, athletics, politics, or community service, we are confident that you will be able to pursue your interests in as rigorous or as relaxed a fashion as you would like. Maybe you have just enough time to be an extra in the upcoming musical production. Perhaps you want to try scoring the winning soccer goal. If we do not already have a way to meet your needs, we invite you to propose and organize a new club. We’re always enthusiastic to hear your ideas.

Being a part of the P&S Club experience is open to all P&S students. The P&S Club is your doorway to a full and exciting extracurricular student life. We are driven by your needs and are maintained through your participation.

Once again, welcome to the P&S experience. We look forward to seeing you at the P&S Club to help continue this amazing tradition at Columbia. Please visit our Web site:

Co-Vice President: Cornelia Griggs '10  Co-Vice President: Geoffrey Konopka ‘10  Secretary: Paula Brady '11  Treasurer: Daniel Pizzarello ‘11

American Medical Association Medical Student Section (AMA)

Suchita Shah '12

The Medical Student Section of the AMA is dedicated to representing medical students, improving medical education, developing leadership, and promoting actvisim for the health of America. With nearly 50,000 members, it is the largest and most influential organization of medical students in the country.

There are many opportunities to become involved on the local level (Columbia P&S chapter), the county level (NY County Medical Society), the state level (Medical Society of the State of New York Medical Student Section, “MSSNY-MSS”), and the national level (AMA-MSS). At every level, you will have the opportunity to interact with physicians and other medical students across the country.

Each member receives JAMA, AMA News, the News of NY, discounts on textbooks, car rentals, airfares, insurance, and other benefits. Multiple-year memberships receive the AMA Drug Evaluation Guide, an invaluable reference for pharmacology in the classroom and on the wards. The AMA-MSS is extremely supportive (morally and financially) of student projects and promotes attendance at all their conventions.

As an added benefit of membership, the AMA helps provide free housing opportunities throughout the Community Welcoming Program for fourth-year AMA member medical students as they interview for Residency. The program was created to help students cut down on interviewing costs, get to know the community surrounding their potential residency program, and introduce them to the local medical community. This program has been extended to provide housing for students taking the USMLE Step 2 CS. Because of the cost burden this examination puts on students, the AMA is working to alleviate expenses by providing an overnight stay in an AMA member’s house.

Events sponsored by the P&S chapter of AMA this year will include lecture series and debates that focus on pertinent and controversial medical issues, community service projects targeted to combat the increasing incidence of obesity in our society and other social causes, social get-togethers, and more.

We welcome new & old P&S students, so come get involved!

American Medical Students' Association (AMSA)

Janet Li '12

With over 30,000 members, AMSA is the largest independent national organization of medical students. Students will find many opportunities to get involved and learn about important healthcare issues at the local, regional, and national levels. AMSA offers an eye-opening experience to the many career paths and possibilities available to physicians-in-training. If you are devoted to a specific interest in health or want to learn about all sorts of health-related topics, you’ll find a place in AMSA.

Events sponsored by AMSA include educational seminars, socials, a lobby day trip to D.C., and the annual conference. Students also have the chance to participate in national AMSA task forces, including Action Committees on Medical Education, Health Policy, Community and Public Health, Advocacy and Minority Affairs, Global Health, and Legislative Affairs.

Each member receives a subscription to AMSA’s monthly journal, The New Physician, as well as access to travel discounts, a Visa card with generous benefits, auto insurance, and student loans.

Come join a nationwide, self-governed group of medical students energized with the belief that we have a voice and can make a difference!

American Medical Women’s Association (AMWA)

Sarah Adams '12, Norissa Haynes '12, Katherine King '12

AMWA is an advocate for women’s health issues from both patient and caregiver perspectives. We promote recognition and appreciation of women’s contributions to medicine of the past, present, and future. AMWA believes that all women’s perspectives and concerns regarding medicine and health care must be heard. We recognize the importance of a women’s support network and sense of community in the pursuit of improving health care in its constant evolution. AMWA organizes lunches, talks and trips to promote awareness and increase knowledge of medical students about women’s health.


Asian Pacific American Medical Students Association (APAMSA)

Michael Chen '12, Stephanie Tung '12, Eric Tang '12, Nasen Zhang '12, Peter Liou '12, Matt Nguyen '12, KaWing Cho '12

The Asian Pacific Students Association (APAMSA) consists of Asian and non-Asian students from all Medical Center schools. Our purpose is to celebrate Asian culture and to foster awareness of health issues in the Asian-American community. Our current and past activities have included:

Asian-American faculty and student dinners, minority bone marrow drives, a Reach-Out-and-Read program at the Chinatown clinic, mentoring pre-med students at the Morningside campus, dim sum outings to Chinatown, Lunar New Year dinner, and attendance at the annual Asian Pacific American Medical Students Association National Conference.

Bard Hall Players (BHP)

Amanda Posner '12, Stephanie Schnell '12, Ian Tattersall '12

If you love theater, Bard Hall Players is for you! BHP is the most active medical center theater company in the country and one of the largest extracurricular groups on the Columbia University Medical Center Campus. Since 1963, BHP has been doing the impossible - producing three fully-mounted theatrical productions each academic year.  Drawing on the creativity, design, and performance skills of students and faculty from all corners of the Medical Center Campus, BHP creates entertainment of high artistic quality that also manages to be great fun for all involved.

Recent productions include Footloose, Romeo and Juliet, Museum, Guys and Dolls, West Side Story, The Importance of Being Earnest, Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead, The Inspector General, Twelfth Night, The Heidi Chronicles, The Taming of the Shrew, and Grease. From Shakespeare to Stoppard, Much Ado About Nothing to Anything Goes, The Bard Hall Players bring a love of theater and the joy of performance to P&S.


Beerchus: Beer Appreciation Club


Beer is the oldest alcoholic beverage in human history, as such, it deserves our respect. Beerchus is P&S’s Beer Appreciation Club. Twice per semester, we hold tastings celebrating ales, porters, lagers, and lambics - and we have a great time doing it. Each tasting features an informative slide show explaining the story of a given beer, why it tastes the way it does, and why it is special. Themes this past year have included: “Beers of the WWII Allied Powers,” “The American Microbrew,” and “German and Belgian Beers That You Really Ought to Know.” We explore the science of beer as well as the history of beer in culture and society and educate members on how to properly taste and savor a brew. We are a relatively new club and we always welcome new ideas on tasting themes, events, or fund raisers. 


Big Brothers Big Sisters

Marco Russo '11, Tyler Gray '11

The Big Brothers/Sisters club is a mentoring program for Washington Heights middle and high school students. The club meets once every three weeks with students from Washington Heights at P&S. The club schedule is specifically organized around both the first and second year P&S classes and exams. Currently the program has 15 medical students each of whom is matched with an eighth grader.

The club has recently been integrated as part of a newly established health oriented middle/high school, sponsored by Columbia University, a local nonprofit organization, and the Gates Foundation. The Gates Foundation is currently funding the construction of a new building for the middle/high school on 158th street. Additionally, each summer we have a fund raiser called 'Race for the Kids', which is a 5k walk/run at Riverside park. Last summer we raised over $1,200 for the club through Race for the Kids.



Black and Latino Student Organization (BALSO)

Amanda Adeleye '12, Quinn Leslie '12, Francis Onyimba '12

The Black and Latino Student Organization is an active chapter of the Student National Medical Association and the National Boriqua Latino Health Organization. We are an organization dedicated to the recruitment, support and graduation of students from ethnic groups traditionally underrepresented in medicine and other health sciences. To achieve these goals, BALSO offers peer and faculty counseling to its members as well as mentorship to pre-medical students and students from local high schools. BALSO sponsors social and cultural events open to all members of the Columbia-University Medical Center community, including an annual Jazz Mixer, film nights and monthly lunches. We also work to promote awareness about the complex health issues facing under served communities by sponsoring talks and workshops on health care topics and cultural competency. All members of the CUMC community are invited and welcomed.

Chess and Games Club

Colin Field Eaton '12

The P&S Chess and Games Club is a small but active group of students interested in sharpening the mind through playing strategic and logical games. We are comprised of players of all levels of ability. We meet informally a few times a month to play chess and other fun and challenging board games. At our meetings we play casual games, speed games, and more formal timed games. The highlight of the year is the annual student versus faculty chess tournament in which P&S students play a series of games against sometimes rusty but always talented faculty members. In the end, this year’s tournament was a draw. So, join the club, exercise the brain, improve your chess game, and help us beat the faculty next year!


Cinema Heights

Paula Brady '11 

It’s 11:00 am. You’re sitting in Alumni Auditorium listening to your third lecture of the morning. You’re a little “tired” from your happy night before. All around you, your friends are sleeping peacefully. It’s a beautiful day outside. The lecturer drones on. You wonder to yourself “What am I doing here?” Do you need to reaffirm your choice of career? Rededicate yourself to the study of medicine? Reenergize your commitment to self-sacrifice? No. You need to escape - something to let you forget about medicine for a while. The movie starts and you are far away from signal transduction pathways and the nephron. This is no fantasy, it’s Cinema Heights. Stop by the P&S Club Office to sign up for only $10/year and select from over a hundred movies!



Martin Bauknight '12, Jon-Michael Caldwell '12 

Coffeehouse is a unique opportunity for students to share their talents in the relaxed company of friends. On a monthly basis on Thursday night, Bard Hall Main Lounge is transformed into an elegatn (well, sort of) venue at which punk and heavy metal “rock out” with classical and jazz, poetry is recited alongside stand-up comedy, and a cappella music intertwines in a bizarre yet strangely compelling do-si-do with modern dance; occasionally even some Meat Loaf may be heard above the melodious din of ice cream trucks and car alarms outside. Always a great study break, Coffeehouse is the perfect time to sit back, relax and enjoy free talent and refreshment while socializing with students from other years and schools.


Columbia Christian Fellowship

Francis Onyimba '12, Madeleine Gondek-Brown PH '10, Natalie Kwong OT '11 

Columbia Christian Fellowship (CCF) is an inter-denominational, student-run organization that encourages students to grow in their personal relationship with Jesus Christ. If you’d like to explore the Bible, CCF is a great place to ask questions. All are welcome to the weekly meetings, which include Bible study, singing, prayer, food, and a great time. CCF includes students in the medical, dental, graduate, nursing, occupational therapy, physical therapy, and public health schools, as well as friends and spouses.  Various speakers, including medical missionaries, practicing medical professionals in NYC, and others address the group. In addition, CCF has hosted a weekend retreat where students enjoyed a change of scenery, fun, food, and a chance to dig deeper into their faith. Likewise, Columbia students join Christians from other medical schools throughout the NYC area to tackle various service projects and enjoy worshipping together.

Medical school is an exciting and challenging time. Along with gaining a tremendous amount of knowledge, students find that their values and convictions are continually tested. As John R. Mott, the founder of the P&S Club (and Nobel Peace Prize Laureate), said, “let us...gather around...Jesus Christ, and let him revise our plans, and if need be our lives.


Columbia Harlem Homeless Medical Partnership (CHHMP)

Naomi George '12, Jonathan Hansen '12

The Columbia-Harlem Homeless Medical Partnership (CHHMP) is a student-run free clinic serving the community of West Harlem.  Operating from a church basement every Tuesday evening, the clinic provides the homeless, the uninsured, and the local community with basic medical care, health education, and referrals to a variety of social services.  Every week, 10 to 12 medical students evaluate patients under the supervision of a Columbia Family Medicine attending physician with occasional support from Family Medicine residents.  During clinic sessions, teams comprised of one clinical student and one pre-clinical student coordinate patient intake, obtain histories, and conduct physical exams.  We provide an opportunity to further the education of medical students in the practice of primary care medicine through observed history and physical examinations, evaluations, and participation in a seminar focusing on homeless health care.  Involvement also allows for learning about the health and social needs of the community, the challenges of providing healthcare to underserved populations, and advocacy for underserved populations.


Columbia Medical Review

Benjamin Bjerke-Kroll ’09, Qing Wang ’10 (editors)

The Columbia Medical Review is a student-run, peer-reviewed medical journal, currently published annually. The editorial board is composed entirely of medical, dental, and public health students who receive guidance from a faculty advisory board. The journal primarily publishes articles written by students and others in the CUMC community. The Review provides a

unique opportunity for students to manage and edit a medical journal and to author articles

for publication.

The Columbia Medical Review encourages all students to submit articles for publication, independently or with the guidance of a faculty mentor. The journal publishes clinical and clinically-oriented basic science reviews, original research reports, case reports and issues affecting

the practice of medicine. Students who wish to serve as members of the editorial board are

always welcome. For more information and to submit work, please visit our website at

Columbia Science Mentoring Program

Annegrat Falkner GSAS '10, David Malito GSAS '11

A quality science education provides children with the tools they will need to succeed professionally and lead healthy lives.  Student physicians and scientists at Columbia have enormous potential to help surrounding New York public schools motivate and inspire their students to succeed in the sciences.  The mission of this club is to help public school students from Northern Manhattan obtain an outstanding science education.  We are currently recruiting Columbia grad students, med students and post-docs to mentor local 7th grade students in the setting of their science classroom as they complete their school science fair projects.

The program runs for twelve weeks every spring semester, and consists of once-weekly, ninety-minute sessions where the mentors assist students directly in their science class.  Mentors are directed by the science teacher, and work toward the defining goal of helping students complete each stage of their school science fair project.  The program culminates in a school-wide science fair held at nearby City University, judged by volunteers from the Columbia scientific community.  Judging of the final science fair provides an additional opportunity for Columbia students who could not commit to weekly sessions to participate in the program on a one-time basis.


Columbia Student Medical Outreach (CoSMO)

Kathie Huang '10, Brandon Hays '10

CoSMO is a free, student-run, primary care clinic at the 21 Audubon UrgiCare Center. Every Saturday, and the second Thursday of the month, students from the schools of medicine, public health, social work, and nursing work together to provide uninsured residents of Washington Heights and Northern Harlem with comprehensive services that address the physical, social and behavioral aspects of health.

CoSMO is a unique environment for students at all levels of their training, with a focus on service learning. The resident-free learning environment allows senior medical students to have direct access to the attendings and to begin to teach each other, as well as the first- and second-year students. The senior clinicians are able to coach junior clinicians in taking histories and physicals, including taking vitals, drawing blood, presenting to attendings, and completing a note. For many junior clinicians this is the first time they have such an active role in patient care. For many senior clinicians, this is their introduction to teaching in a clinical setting and to the impact of limited finances on the provision of medical care.

Through grants, donations, and dedication of personal time, CoSMO is able to provide patients with complete histories and physicals, health education, social work services including screening for government and private assistance programs, prescription drugs, laboratory testing, diabetes equipment, x-rays, cancer screening (prostate, colorectal, breast, and cervical), and a 24-hour call service in the event of an emergency. At a nominal cost, we also provide the patients with referral to specialists, cardiac diagnostic testing, and advanced imaging (CT, MRI, and ultrasound).

For further information please see our website, If you are interested in volunteering, please email


Columbia University Harm Reduction Outreach Network (CUHRON)

The goal of the Columbia University Harm Reduction Outreach Network (CUHRON) is to provide a connection between the CUMC/P&S community and the population of Intravenous Drug Users (IDU) and Sex Workers in Washington Heights.  CUHRON is founded on the Harm Reduction philosophy, which accepts that licit and illicit drug use is part of our world and works to minimize its harmful effects rather than ignoring or condemning them.  Harm Reduction practices, such as syringe-exchange, condom distribution, health education, and vaccinations, seek to mitigate the negative consequences of drug use and unsafe sexual practices.  CUHRON's initiatives look to broaden the awareness and education of our peers with respect to Harm Reduction principles, their public health significance to our community and future patients, as well as introduce P&S students to new and alternative methods of medical practice.  CUHRON works with the Washington Heights Corner Project (WHCP), a non-profit educational outreach and syringe access program aimed at reducing the spread of blood-borne diseases among individuals in the Washington Heights homeless IDU community.

Along with WHCP, we have organized a nutrition initiative, whereby P&S students prepare food that CUHRON delivers to clients during outreach work, developed a lecture series focused on the topic of Harm Reduction, and created a link to CUMC physicians and community-based clinics for a referral system.


Creative Rounds

Mark Landreneau '12

Creative Rounds is an amorphous but lovable community of writers and artists that exists within the CUMC community. Every month, we meet to share works of creative writing and visual art that we’ve produced. Occasionally, published physician-writers from around the country attend our meetings to share their unique perspectives with us. All members of the CUMC community are welcome to attend and participate in our fun and informal gatherings.

Even if you don’t feel comfortable sharing your own art/poetry/fiction/nonfiction works, you’re welcome to come to our meetings if only to observe, absorb, and offer constructive criticism. We like seeing new faces and hearing new ideas. Whether you’re an amateur wordsmith or an experienced draftsman, a published poet or a first-time photographer, consider joining our supportive and inclusive group

Ethics Club

Mark Landreneau '12

The P&S Ethics Club meets monthly to mull over current ethical issues in medicine. Topics span a wide gamut: practical- the medical student's role in the hospital; societal- treatment rationing in our healthcare system; esoteric- elective limb amputation procedures. Our goal is to create a forum where non-experts can express and hear comments and opinions that supplement and give a perspective to our scientific education, thus providing a framework for evaluating the tough decisions ahead. Additionally, we sponsor two Ethics Night events: in the fall, third and fourth year students relate troubling scenarios they face in the hospital and in the spring a speaker addressses the medical community followed by a student-faculty dinner. Come join us in debate and discussion!

Food Club

Floria Chi '12

Food Club is the premier club for P & S students who love all things food. The club periodically meets as a group to cook meals with an emphasis on technique and culinary education. We also make group trips to the local greenmarket and discuss where to find certain ingredients in Washington Heights. If you enjoy food and cooking, or just want to improve your skills, come to one of our meetings and meet some like-minded people.

Free Weight Club

Jason Beattie '10, Abraham Kim '10, Adam Leicher '10, Alex McLawhorn '10, Trevor Scott ’10, David Levy '11, Matt Riedel '12

The Free Weight Club boasts the largest membership of any P&S Club and is conveniently located in the basement of Bard Hall. Filled with weight-training and cardiovascular equipment, it is the ideal place to enhance your physique while blowing off the stress of Anatomy Lab and the wards. Membership fees are nominal compared to other NYC fitness clubs, and these go toward buying new equipment and making improvements to the facilities. Recent improvements include a new treadmill and stationary bike, a new universal gym, a 42’’ plasma TV, and near total renovation of the facilities including new paint, flooring, and ceiling among other things. The newly installed Grade A stereo system allows you to listen to your inspirational music of choice from your own iPod or newly installed XM radio, all while developing a body that would make Frank Netter proud. With 24-hour access through our finger print access system, quit procrastinating and join now at the P&S Club Office. Don’t be caught in the FWC without a membership or you may face the wrath of the officers.


Integrative Medicine Club

Michelle Jamison '12, Kerry Vaughan '12

Treating illness and optimizing health, acute care and preventative medicine, mind and body: all of these are essential to a vision of total health, but Western medicine looks at only one half of the picture. Integrative medicine combines Western medicine with Eastern, holistic, nutrition-based, and other healing modalities, with the goal of achieving it all. The Integrative Medicine Club promotes integrative medicine at P&S and throughout CUMC, by bringing speakers to campus to lecture on topics such as meditation, yoga, stem cell plasticity, nutrition, and funtional medicine, and by holding events such as an acupunture seminar where students and faculty can experience Eastern medicine for themselves. Integrative medicine is one of the most quickly growning fields in health care. For those interested, just curious, or already versed in integrative, the IMC hopes to help you learn more, and aims to inspire a broader conception of what it means to be healthy at Columbia.


International Health Organization (IHO)

Peter Liou '12

The International Health Organization is one of the largest and most active student groups in the CUMC community. We raise the profile of global health issues here on campus as well as send as many students abroad as possible in the first, second and fourth years of medical school. IHO hosts speakers, events and monthly seminars to broaden awareness of world health issues, careers in global health, and international experiences for medical students. A special focus is to convince students that global health embraces all medical specialties - from primary care to neurosurgery.

Events in the 2006-7 year included monthly Tropical Medicine Grand Rounds, where experienced clinicians shared how to treat conditions not commonly encountered in the US; a ‘Surgery Overseas’ dinner; talks on clinical health in conflict zones, international eye health, and international obstetrics; Infectious Disease rounds in the hospital for first and second year students; a visit to a simulated MSF refugee camp; awareness on World AIDS Day; and community health activities in Washington Heights. Most excitingly we began a partnership with Jeffrey Sachs’ Earth Institute and the Millennium Villages Project - several P&S first years will participate in public health projects throughout Africa, and fourth year students will do clinical electives at those sites. Also, we help send students overseas through the Tropical Medicine elective in the 4th year to various sites throughout the world.

The IHO is affiliated with REMEDY, a student-run organization that recovers equipment and supplies discarded by the Hospital. The link to REMEDY allows Columbia students and doctors who are going abroad to bring a valuable donation with them.


Karate Club

Dan Rubin '10

The P&S Karate Club is dedicated to the study of Shito-ryu style Karate-do. We are the only martial arts group at P&S, and are one of the most active clubs on campus, meeting twice a week, year-round. Each session consists of 1 to 2 hours of intense physical conditioning. Whether you have no prior martial arts training or already hold a black belt in multiple disciplines, you are welcome to come train with us; at each session, we drill both as an entire class and then as small groups divided according to experience level.

The study of martial arts provides one of the most balanced workouts possible; with regular practice, a student can build strength, endurance, speed and flexibility. It is a great way to release stress, clear your mind, and move your body after hours of sitting around in the library. Karate can also be appreciated on an aesthetic level, an aspect which is most evident through the performance of kata; the choreographed sequences of nuanced physical forms.

Our club is associated with the USA Shitokai, which is a part of the larger World Shitoryu Karate-do Federation. Our instructor has studied karate for over 25 years, holds a 3rd degree black belt, and has successfully competed in international tournaments throughout the Western Hemisphere.


Lambda Health Alliance

Bryan McColgan '11, Matt Truesdale '10

The Lambda Health Alliance provides a supportive space for Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transsexual and Queer (GLBTQ) people at the Health Sciences campus and works to increase visibility of GLBTQ issues in medicine. We organize social events, panel discussions, lectures and film festivals. A recent panel discussion addressed issues of diversity in the medical system from the perspective of several care providers. Lambda is also committed to fostering mentorships between GLBTQ students and faculty. Our membership includes students, faculty and staff from all of the schools at the CUMC campus.

Lang Youth Medical Program

Nicole Robinson '12

Lang Youth is a six-year science education and mentoring program for middle school students that puts the hospital’s educational resources to work for young people in Washington Heights. The mission of the Lang Youth Medical Program is to inspire, support, and motivate young people representative of the neighborhood surrounding Washington Heights to realize their college and career aspirations, especially in the health sciences. One of the program’s main objectives is to create meaningful mentoring relationships with medical students, residents, faculty, staff, and administrators. Students attend programs every Saturday during the school year and for four weeks during the summer. Students can become involved as advisors during the weekly program or as mentors during lunches, bowling trips, movie nights, etc.

For more information, contact us at 212-305-0806 or email Erin at

Markets in Medicine

Barry Breaux '12, John Paul Sheehy '12

Markets in Medicine seek to explore the role of market forces in the practice of medicine through group discussions, guest speakers, and other activities.  With an approach emphasizing economics, the club examines intersections of business and healthcare ranging from individual career choices to national and international healthcare performance and delivery systems.  All persons of various opinions and perspectives are encouraged to contribute to our events.

Medical Center Jewish Association (Raphael Jewish Society/Hillel

Helaina Skop '12

The Medical Center Jewish Association is the medical center affiliate of Hillel. We are a student-run organization that promotes Jewish awareness through social events for the holidays and also through perspectives in the health fields. Some of our events include Jewish Theatre and Coffee Night. Food is always kosher (and delicious!) and discussion always thought-provoking.

Medical Students for Choice

Naomi George '12

Medical Students for Choice is a national organization that works to ensure that individuals have access to the full range of reproductive heath care options. We also aim to make these important issues a standard part of medical education and residency training. Recent events at the Columbia chapter have included a speaker on the state of abortion in America today and a celebration of Roe v. Wade's 35th anniversary.

Mott Hall Science Mentoring Program

Jesse Richardson-Jones GSAS

A quality science education provides children with the tools they will need to succeed professionally and lead healthy lives. Student physicians and scientists at Columbia have enormous potential to help surrounding New York public schools motivate and inspire their students to succeed in the sciences. The mission of this club is to help public school students from Northern Manhattan obtain an outstanding science education. We are currently recruiting Columbia grad students, med students and post-docs to mentor local 7th grade students at the Mott Hall School, IS 223 in the setting of their science classroom as they complete their school science fair projects.

The program runs for twelve weeks every spring semester, and consists of once-weekly, ninety-minute sessions where the mentors assist students directly in their science class at Mott Hall. Mentors are directed by the science teacher, and work toward the defining goal of helping students complete each stage of their school science fair project. The program culminates in a school-wide science fair held at nearby City University, judged by volunteers from the Columbia scientific community. Judging of the final science fair provides an additional opportunity for Columbia students who could not commit to weekly sessions to participate in the program on a one-time basis.

P&S Choir


Founded in January 1999, the P&S Choir is a co-ed group of 15-20 singers representing all schools of the Columbia University Medical Center Campus. We are devoted to performing diverse, challenging, and fun pieces while providing a low-key, low-stress outlet for those who love to sing. The choir meets for rehearsals once a week, on Tuesday evenings at 7:00 pm in the Bard Hall music rooms. We have two major performances per year: a holiday concert in early December and a spring concert in late April or early May. In the past, we have performed at P&S Coffeehouses and holiday parties, and we also go caroling in Milstein Hospital during the holiday season. Our musical repertoire ranges from madrigals and classical choral masterpieces to folk pieces and contemporary classics. A recent concert featured not only Queen’s “Bohemian Rhapsody”, but also “Sure on this Shining Night” by Samuel Barber, among other pieces. Over the years we have performed pieces by Palestrina, Rachmaninoff, Purcell, Offenbach, Brahms, Billy Joel, and many others. Auditions are held in September and January and are open to all, regardless of prior singing experience.


P&S Dance Club

Sayuri Jinadasa '12, Quinn Leslie '12, Frances Onyimba '12

The P&S Dance Club seeks to introduce all styles of dance, including modern, lyrical, hip-hop, jazz, ballet, tap, and all cultural genres, to the CUMC community at large.  Our completely student-run group is comprised of passionate and committed dancers, ranging in skills from those who have trained and performed professionally to those who have just discovered dance.  In addition to providing a creative outlet for its members, the P&S Dance Club promotes a healthy and active lifestyle, an important consideration for professional health students.  Classes will be taught bi-monthly for varying styles of dance taught by student members, and student-choreographed performances include Coffeehouse and an annual dance showcase.


P&S Musicians’ Guild

Timothy Cheng '12, Peter Liou '12, Heather Phillips '12

The P&S Musicians’ Guild, a division of the P&S Club, is the umbrella organization for musical events at Columbia University Medical Center campus. With over 250 members, we produce an annual orchestra concert and monthly “Musical Mondays,” in Bard Hall Main Lounge. If you are interested in performing at a Musical Monday, please contact one of the Guild coordinators. We also organize a benefit concert in the spring for the Head Start Program here at Columbia. Proceeds help to fund early education for neighborhood children. Membership is open to anyone who would like to be active in musical activities at P&S, even if you are not affiliated with the medical center. For our members' convenience, a directory of guild members with an interest in performing can be found here. All musical styles and instruments are represented in the Guild...and membership is free! If you would like to join, please contact one of the coordinators.


P&S Roadrunners

Tom Karasic '12, Kristin Olsen '12

Did you know that our beautiful medical center is smack in the middle of the most park-dense area of Manhattan? That you can run to a medieval art museum, along the Hudson, or to New Jersey without even leaving your neighborhood? Whether you are lacing up your sneakers for the first time or training for your next marathon, the P&S Roadrunners Club has a place (and a running buddy) for you. We aim to keep you speedy, sleek, and stress-free throughout the med school years, regardless of your previous experience. Group runs, races, running workshops, and the occasional pasta dinner are all part of the program, and new project ideas are always welcome. Come join us!


P&S Squared (P&S Partners & Spouses)

Robyn Castle '11

P&S Squared has been set up to provide an opportunity for P&S students with partners and spouses to get together in an informal atmosphere. Medical school can be a stressful experience for both students and their partners. P&S2 provides a support network for couples who are sharing the strain that medical school can place on relationships. P&S2 hold regular get-togethers such as potluck dinners, bowling nights, and other nights on the town.

P&S Tours

D. Tyler Coyle ’10, Abby Chiverton ’09

Did you know that P&S ... was the first medical school in the colonies to give an MD, was the home of lasers in medicine, is where rubber gloves were invented, claims Dr. Spock, Armand Hammer, the first doctor in space and Buckaroo Banzai!

Are you interested in learning more about the history of P&S? Would you like to share your feelings about P&S with prospective students over a free lunch? Want to show applicants around our campus? If the answer to any one of these questions is yes, then we want YOU!

We are the group responsible for running the admissions tours. You may feel that you still need more time to get your own bearings but we have found that the quickest way to really get to know the campus is to help with the tours. Interested first years are paired up with second, third, and fourth year students who “show them the ropes.”

In addition to learning facts about P&S, it’s a great opportunity to get advice from upper class students and hear what awaits you in the coming years. First years are especially helpful to new applicants since they are still close to the application process themselves. We have a brand new tour and lunch schedule and are always looking for ideas to make the P&S interview day as great as possible, so your feedback is welcome and appreciated (especially since you just went through it)!

The interviewing season will start soon. If you think you’d like to join us in showing off P&S, please sign up at the P&S Admissions office.

Photography Club

Thanks to generous alumni support, the well-equipped David and Virginia Garfein Memorial Darkroom located on the first floor of Bard Hall offers experienced photographers and newcomers alike the opportunity to produce black & white photographs. In addition to keeping its doors open to anyone who is interested, including the Second Year Narrative Medicine Seminar, the P&S Photo Club encourages all of its members to participate in shows throughout the year. Many members contributed their work to various photography shows at the Faculty Club, as well to our fund raiser show for CoSMO held at the Kolb Annex in March of 2006. The P&S Photo Club plans to expand its presence on- and off-campus in the upcoming years and hopes that all who are interested join. Remember, 8 x 10s make great gifts, and carrying your black camera in New York City looks, oh, so chic.

Physicians for Human Rights, P&S Chapter

Floria Chi '12, Sara Viola '12

Physicians for Human Rights (PHR) is a national organization made up of health professionals committed to advancing human rights and improving global health by advocating for improved health access, as well as, justice and dignity for all. A few of the many issues we tackle are the human rights issues surrounding the HIV pandemic, advocacy for child rights, improving inhumane conditions at prisons and detention centers, providing medical care for torture survivors and asylum seekers, and the removal of landmines, a project for which PHR shared the Nobel Peace Prize in 1997.

The Columbia Chapter of PHR strives to promote awareness of these and other problems by organizing talks and facilitating student involvement in volunteer projects aimed at alleviating human rights abuse.

We also hope to create connections between human rights-minded students and faculty. Last year’s events included campus events focused on torture, HIV/AIDS and sex workers’ rights. PHR also collaborated with other student groups to create a forum for student activism for World AIDS Day.

In the coming year PHR will offer students a large number of opportunities to contribute to meaningful advances in human rights. We plan to organize more speakers on various issues as well as continue to expand our projects. These include panel discussion about careers for health professionals in human rights and how students can get involved now, lecturers who will discuss their work promoting human rights, the opportunity to contribute to ongoing research and advocacy projects with PHR and through collaborations with other Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs), as well as shadowing opportunities with health professionals working to protect human rights. Of course, input and involvement is welcome and we encourage any and all health sciences students interested in these issues to get involved in the coming year.


Public Health Interest Group

The Public Health Interest Group is an organization through which medical students can gain knowledge of public health concerns, participate in public health outreach projects and interact with public health students and professionals in the Mailman School of Public Health. It serves as a forum for discussion of public health issues including health disparities, international health, urban and rural community health, environmental health and other topics pertinent to both local and global public health concerns. The Public Health Interest Group is an important resource for medical students interested in pursuing a Masters in Public Health.

Reflexions Literary & Art Magazine

Viola Huang '12, Mark Landreneau '12, Zhixi Li '12, Kerry Vaughan '12

Reflexions is the literary and visual art magazine of the Columbia University Medical Center. The magazine features health and non-health themed poetry, fiction, narratives, photography and art. Submissions are accepted from CUMC students, faculty and staff, who also are involved in the selection, editing and layout process. Reflexions is published in the spring and is widely distributed throughout the hospital and Columbia academic community. We are currently expanding to print both a fall and spring issue. Please address inquiries and submissions to



Jonathan Hansen '12, Mutaz Musa '12

REMEDY is the P&S chapter of the national organization by the same name and stands for "Recovered Medical Equipment for the Developing World."  Our focus and efforts reflect the name of the organization.  We recover unused and surplus medical equipment from affiliate hospitals and ship them to clinics and hospitals in the developing world that are in dire need.  REMEDY is run by volunteer students in collaboration with hospital administrators and our field partner the Afna Foundation.  Volunteering with REMEDY is a great way to put a dent in a very real, yet very solvable problem.  It also gives you the opportunity to familiarize yourself with all types of medical equipment long before you hit the wards.  So if you would like to educate yourself while helping solve international health problems, REMEDY is for you.


Rugby Football Club

Will Bain '12, John Buza '12, David Coughlin '12, Colin Eaton '12, Eugene Scharf '12

Whether you are a superstar ex-jock looking for one last fleeting moment of glory, someone in search of a new game and a good time, or simply a fed-up student in need of an outlet for your aggressions, the P&S Rugby Club is ready to welcome you to our ranks. Gargantuan size and psychotic demeanor are not necessary, only a willingness to have a great time and an eagerness to learn. There are positions on the “pitch” for people of all sizes. You will be amazed at how quickly you pick up the game and begin beating more experienced teams.

By joining the P&S Rugby Club, you will become part of a long winning tradition. As the only intercollegiate team at P&S, rugby receives tremendous support from the medical center community. Our opponents include other medical and business schools as well as various club teams around the city. In addition, each fall we host the legendary John Wood Memorial Tournament, an event that undoubtedly will attract a sizeable chunk of your envious classmates.

Most importantly, you will enjoy a camaraderie and social tradition unparalleled by any sport. Each match ends with a toast to our opponent and singing songs that would make grizzled old sailors blush. This is a great chance to get to know your colleagues from all P&S classes in a less than academic setting.

Practices are generally low key and instructional and do not conflict with academic responsibilities. Games occur on Saturday afternoons in the fall and a team trip down south in the spring is always memorable. Coaching is provided by the more experienced members of the team.

If you read this far, you are interested. Come out and give it a shot, no commitment required. Look for signs posted in August.

**For further Information about the P&S Rugby Club, please email team president David Coughlin

Smile Train, CUMC Chapter

Gary Linkov '11, Mary Ballard CDM '10, Chad Allred CDM '11, Gowhar Iravani CDM '11

The Smile Train, CUMC Student Chapter intends to provide students of the Columbia College of Physicians and Surgeons and the College of Dental Medicine with an opportunity to participate in one of the most progressive charity organizations of our time. The Smile Train is a non-profit international organization that focuses on providing free cleft lip and palate surgery to children in underdeveloped countries, who would never otherwise receive it. The benefits of the simple surgical procedure are many and range from improvement of the child’s feeding and speech ability to better self-esteem and integration in society. The Smile Train focuses on teaching and empowering local doctors by bringing in technology that allows cleft surgeries to be done safely and cost-effectively. All public donations go towards funding these programs and a single surgery costs as little as $250. In addition, scholarships for fourth year abroad rotations may be awarded to members of the chapter at the discretion of the Smile Train Foundation. The mission of this chapter is four-fold:

  • To create awareness for cleft and other congenital anomalies at home and abroad,
  • Educate the local community about our cause and provide helpful information for families with affected children,
  • Become involved with our local cleft care center,
  • Help impoverished children across the world receive Smile Train assisted surgeries.


Soccer Club

The P&S soccer club caters to all of the soccer buffs here at P&S. During the fall and spring months we play outdoors at Riverside Park once a week. We also play there as often as the weather permits during the spring months. All year long, we play weekly indoor games at the Bard Athletic Center. For those with a more competitive edge, we play in an intramural league (outdoors in the fall, indoors in the spring). All members of the CUMC community are welcome to join us.

Social Dance Club

Cyrus Amoozegar '12, Christian Wilson '12

The Social Dance Club is proudly one of the most popular clubs at P&S. We offer several dance workshops over the course of the year, each focusing on a particular dance. We’ve explored salsa, merengue, rhumba, Argentinian tango, cha-cha, foxtrot, swing and waltz. Workshops start off with the most basic steps, but by the third or fourth lesson, you will be twirling and dipping to the music. Classes are taught by an experienced instructor from one of the big Manhattan dance studios. All members of the medical center community are invited. No previous experience or partner required - so come join us!


Society of Bacchus

Renee Ingram '12, Elizabeth Lord '12, Christian Wilson '12 

The P&S Club’s forum for wine enthusiasts invites you to relax in an atmosphere of conviviality and connoisseurship, whether you’re a vin amateur or an aficionado. The Society organizes themed tastings, presented by industry experts and enthusiastically critiqued by a wide spectrum of our P&S community, students and physicians alike.

As each year comes to an end, members of the Society of Bacchus gather in The Faculty Club with their friends Perignon and Clicquot to enjoy a delectable assortment of ‘bubblies’ for The Champagne Dinner.

Whether you’re new to the worldwide circle of oenophiles, or hope to impress others with your virtuoso palate and olfactory acumen, we hope you’ll join us for an “evening of sips.”


South Asian Health Sciences Association (SAHSA)

Suchita Shah '12, Vijay Yerubandi '12, Punita Bhansali GSAS '12

SAHSA’s mission is to organize community resources and promote cultural activities for South Asians and others interested in South Asia. SAHSA encompasses all students from the various schools on the medical center campus. Projects in past years have included welcome mixers, South Asian speakers, Diwali and Holi celebrations, movie nights, cultural shows, a World AIDS Day project, charity projects, a Big Sib Program and pot lucks. We are also planning on continuing our collaboration with South Asian graduate organizations on the Morningside Campus to foster a larger South Asian community.


Specialty Interest Groups

By being a member of the Specialty Interest Group (SIG), students will have the opportunity to explore their interests without committing to a certain specialty. This umbrella organization oversees subcommittees, each representing different specialties such as the Steven Z. Miller Pediatrics Society and the Ophthalmology Interest Group, and allows students to explore various disciplines as well as encourages them to see how the disciplines interrelate. Additionally, the subcommittees will be fluid by nature and have the ability to be active or inactive depending upon current student interest.

Each subcommittee will have to meet four specific criteria:

  • Demonstrate broad appeal (membership from each class)
  • Have departmental support (financial and/or other)
  • Initially approved by the P&S Club officers
  • Obtain approval for large event funding from the P&S Club officers
Current subcommittees of SIG and their respective contacts are provided below.
Allen O. Whipple Surgical Society

Elliot Grodstein '10, Reid Ravin '11, Matt Pagano '11, Elizabeth Lord '12, Justin Matulay '12, Andrew Eisenthal '12

Anesthesiology Interest Group Ravi Pathak '10, Rocco Addante '12, Dara Holder '12
Columbia Radiology Interest Group Cyrus Amoozegar '12, Derek Biederman '12
Dermatology Interest Group Meaghan Daly '10
Emergency Medicine Club

Candice Fletcher '12, Max Ritzenberg '12, Eugene Scharf '12

Family Medicine Interest Group (FMIG) Daniela Diaz '12 

Internal Medicine Interest Group

Obstetrics & Gynecology Interest Group


Richard Kronfol '12, Keron Lezama '12, Mat Niles '12

Leah Susser '12, Stephanie Tung '12, Elizabeth Murphy '12, Debra Linker '11

Ophthalmology Interest Group


Orthopaedic Surgery Interest Group

Nora Khatib '10
Austin Chiang '11
Luna Xu '11, Qing Wang '10, Eric Tang '12, Leah Susser '12 


Matt Reidel '12, Molly Meadows '12, Thomas Hickernell '12, Jonathan Rehfuss '12

Plastic Surgery Interest Group Gary Linkov '11, Austin Chiang '11, Jennifer Kasten '10, Lisa Rothman '12

Psychiatric Student Interest Group (Psych SIG) TBA

Reemstma Cardiovascular Medicine Interst Group

Andrew Eisenthal '12, Barbara Hamilton '12, Jonathan Hansen '12, Norissa Haynes '12

Steven Z. Miller Pediatrics Society: Michelle Jamison '12, Zwena McLeod '12, Krysten Fritz '12

Student Interest Group in Neurology (SIGN): Victoria Ebiana '12, Kerry Vaughan '12, Hannah Goldstein '12, Timothy Cheng '12, Teresa Wojtasiewicz '12

Urology Interest Group:  Ellen Dabela '11, Brian Stater '11




Squash Club

Andrew Eisenthal '12

Our goal is to encourage people to learn and play squash, to make use of the facilities we are lucky enough to have right in Bard Athletic Center. We will be running several clinics throughout the year to teach beginners the rules and basics of squash as well as tournaments and round-robins for players of all skill levels. We are also working with the Business School and Law School to arrange some inter-graduate school play, and perhaps against the undergraduate college and other area universities.

St. Luke's Society

Jonathan Barsa '11, John Paul Sheehy '12, Gregory Weston '10

The mission of the St. Luke's Society is to provide a community in which Catholic health profession students can learn more about the Catholic faith and learn how to integrate the faith into the profession of medicine.  Our goal of learning to treat patients as people made in the image of God includes a desire to learn some of the basics of Catholic thinking in the area of bioethics as well as learning to serve those who are most in need.

Striding for Better Health Club

Catherine Chang '11, Arielle Rodman '11, Reid Ravin '11

Striding for Better Health is a club through which P&S students can volunteer to help teenagers from the Washington Heights Community become more physically active and health conscious. The goal is to have fun and foster an enjoyment of exercise, as well as promote healthy habits, particularly in kids who may be at risk for health problems exacerbated by a sedentary lifestyle. We work with 5th-8th graders involved in the Police Athletic League (PAL) after-school program at the 168th Street Armory. The girls and boys in the program receive both academic counseling and athletic time in the gym, and a group of Columbia Medical students has been going over to the PAL every Monday afternoon to play sports and games during the afterschool gym time. So far it has been a great success with both boys and girls literally begging for more gym time. We start out with a fun warm-up each week and play games that keep the kids (and us!) moving around while keeping as many as possible involved. Some favorites include various tag games, and basketball and soccer games. We try to encourage medical students with experience in a particular sport to help us run appropriate drills and team play so the kids in the program can experience a “team practice” of sorts in various sports. Striding for Better Health is a great way for the P&S student to get a little exercise, play games with kids, hone their teaching skills, and have a positive impact on the community.

Students for a National Health Plan (SNHP)

Emily Baneman '12, Devon Callahan '12

Students for a National Health Program is a not-for-profit organization of physicians, medical students and other health care professionals that support a national health insurance (NHI) program. Specifically, we believe that a single-payer system (where the government finances health care, but keeps the delivery of health care to mostly private control) is the only solution to solving the United States' many health care problems: 46 million citizens with no health insurance, many more with only limited coverage, skyrocketing health insurance premiums, malpractice costs, long-term care issues, and relatively poor health indicators, when compared to similar industrialized nations.

We believe that the current malaise afflicting health policy debate will be short lived; that bold and articulate advocacy for national health insurance can coalesce the broad constituency for change. Please join us in insisting that medicine be a public service, not a business.



Chase Shutak '12

T.H.E. H.U.M.E.RUS stands for "Teaching Humor Education Humorously, Using Medical Education ResourUrceS." Throughout the course of our four years at P&S, we study the fundamentals of becoming a health care provider; the underlying science, the provider-patient relationship and professionalism in the practice of medicine.  One skill that cannot be over-taught is the ability to think on one's feet - to actively listen and appropriately respond.  This skill is at the core of improvisational comedy, and is honed with practice of the art.  Our goal is to use improv comedy to teach CUMC students to respond to their environments and confidently approach new and unpredictable situations - situations similar to what health care professionals must face in their daily lives.  THE HUMERUS provides a fun and supportive space for students to gather in order to escape the rigors of academia, and explore a different side of themselves.

Activities include small group rehearsals, trips to improv shows, and campus performances.


The Ultrasounds

Janet Li  '12, Nasen Zhang '12

Did you sing a cappella in college and you can’t get enough? Maybe you used to sing in choir and wanted to try something new. Even if you never sang in a group before, you should all consider trying out for the Ultrasounds. We regularly perform at Coffeehouses and school events, and we like to keep the time commitment to an hour and a half a week. We are a co-ed group and welcome all members of the CUMC community.

Triathalon Club

Jun Mitsumoto '11, Jonathan Watling '11

The Triathalon Club strives to encourage a high fitness lifestyle in busy medical students. We guide members through the specifics of cross-training and endurance physiology, as well as teaching better swimming, cycling and running. Our training program will prepare anyone for their first triathlon, but racing is NOT required to participate in our excellent clinics and fun group workouts. To learn more, get in touch with us anytime.

Walker Percy Society

Charlene Ong '12

P&S takes pride in the fact that many of its students and faculty are poets, writers, journalists and avid readers. Named in honor of the 1941 P&S graduate, the club offers a forum for the appreciation of literature and life. We invite students, faculty, and literary enthusiasts from the community at large to monthly informal discussions of short stories or poems. We also host events that promote literature and the arts at P&S. In past years we made trips to the 92nd Street Y for readings by Tom Stoppard and Pat Barker. In conjunction with the Program for Humanities in Medicine, we also have enjoyed readings on campus by writers Junot Diaz, Michael Ondaatje and Richard Selzer.


Water Polo Club

Geoff Konopka ’10

The P&S water polo club offers the opportunity for competitive aquatic exercise to all CUMC members. Weekly scrimmages are held in the BAC pool, including drills to improve passing and shooting. These are currently held on Wednesday evenings at 8 PM. Games are friendly and informal. All members of the CUMC community are welcome to play.

Wilderness Medicine Club

Devon Callahan '12, Barbara Hamilton '12, Nicholas Juul '12

The Wilderness Medicine Club (WMC) seeks to combine a love for outdoor adventure with the need for medical skills required in emergent medical situations arising in the wild.  Surprising to some, the greater New York area gives opportunities for a wide variety of activities at many levels; from hiking to climbing, canoe tripping to snow-shoeing, there is outdoor fun to be had and techniques to be learned.  Through a series of day to overnight trips and both in-class lectures by wilderness medicine physicians combined with actual field skills development, the WMC intends to provide interested students with the opportunity for medical and adventure education.  Whether for your medical career, your enjoyment, your wilderness knowledge, or your sanity, check out the WMC, and get outside!


Contributors to the P&S Club 2007-2008 Fund Appeals

Carter G. Abel, M.D. Alexander McFarlan Ackley Jr., M.D. ’67
Maria Del Rivas Aguilera, M.D. ’88 Thomas E. Allen, M.D. ’62
Mollie Allensworth Combes, M.D. ’52 James P. Almas, M.D. ’76
Robert E. Almquist, M.D. ’82 Ms. Barbara Arnsten Rosenzweig
David C. Aron, M.D. ’75 David S. Bard, M.D. ’61
Rolf F. Barth, M.D. ’64 William A. Bauman, M.D. ’47
Robinette N. Bell, M.D. ’62 Mitchell Clark Benson, M.D. ’77
David K. Berke, M.D. ’69 Walter E. Berger III, M.D. ’67
Mrs. Nancy W. Berger John P. Bilezikian, M.D. ’69
Clifton O. Bingham, III, M.D. ’90 Thomas Keith Blackwell, M.D. ’87
Edwin D. Blumberg, M.D. ’68 Peter M. Bolo, M.D. ’85
John W. Brackett Jr., M.D. ’58 Larry K. Brown, M.D. ’76
S. Pearce Browning III, M.D. ’54 James C. M. Brust, M.D. ’01
Marcia B. Bull, M.D. ’62 Vincent P. Butler Jr., M.D. ’54
Stephen Cagliostro, M.D. ’81 George F. Cahill Jr., M.D. ’53
Charles S. Carignan, M.D. ’91 Bruce A. Cassidy, M.D. ’70
Thomas J. Castellano, M.D. ’76 Michael Joseph Cavnar, M.D. ’07
Philip Chan, M.D. ’72 Kevin Shih-Yin Chen, M.D. ’89
Vivian H. Chu, M.D. ’00 Michael Russell Clain, M.D. ’84
Paul E. Cohart, M.D. ’69 Burton Combes, M.D. ’51
Stephen R. Conway, M.D. ’79 Robert John Cornell, M.D. ’97
Samantha Leona Cramoy, M.D. ’04 Gerald Joseph Dal Pan, M.D. ’86
Robert L. Daniels, M.D. ’76 John E. Davis, M.D. ’68
Dino T. Deconcini, M.D. ’92 J. James Davidson Jr., M.D. ’88
Quentin C. Dehaan, M.D. ’55 Mucio C. Delgado, M.D. ’06
Samuel Ray Denmeade, M.D. ’89 Brown W. Dennis, M.D. ’58
Michael A. DePetrillo Jr., M.D. ’75 Dickson Despommier, Ph.D.
Michael J. Devlin, M.D. ’82 Alison B. Dick, M.D. ’81
Donald N. DiSalvo, M.D. ’78 Paul A. Dolinsky, M.D. ’80
Clement Donahue, M.D. ’93 Benjamin Francis Donohue, M.D. ’04
Matthew Newton Doran, M.D. ’07 James L. Downey, M.D. ’60
Xavier Ampuero Duralde, M.D. ’83 Kevin Dushay, M.D. ’83
Jose Maria Eguia Jr., M.D. ’97 Alan M. Engler, M.D. ’80
James F. Evans, M.D. ’71 Michelle Evans, M.D. ’99
Douglas Robinson Ewing, M.D. ’97 Frederick F. Fakharzadeh, M.D. ’80
Erin Kate Ferenchick, M.D. ’08 Warren O. Ferris, M.D. ’76
James D. Finkelstein, M.D. ’58 Donald C. Fithian, M.D. ’84
M. E. Whitlock Fithian, M.D. ’84 Richard E. Fleming Jr., M.D. ’72
David V. Forrest, M.D. ’64 Thomas J. Francomano, M.D. ’79
Andrew Gibson Frantz, M.D. ’55 David Paul Friedman, M.D. ’83
Karen K. Fu, M.D. ’67 Jonathan E. Fuller, M.D. ’87
Mrs. Kyoko I. Fuller Jade Ericka Gaines, M.D. ’94
Thomas J. Garrett, M.D. Robert Kent Gelczer, M.D. ’92
Herbert Gerstein, M.D. ’66 Tresha Ann Gibbs, M.D. ’07
Joshua B. Gibson, M.D. ’98 Lawrence Gilmore Foster, M.D. ’88
B. William Ginsberg, M.D. ’76 Arnold P. Gold, M.D.
Robert M. Golub, M.D. ’81 William Gomez, M.D. ’82
Robert L. Goodale Jr., M.D. ’56 Stuart Robert Gordon, M.D. ’88
Linda Ellen Greenbaum, M.D. ’84 Jonathan Greenberg, M.D. ’77
Jonathan D. Griswold, M.D. ’82 Herman Grossman, M.D. ’53
Ann Chien Guidera, M.D. ’87 Steven Allan Guidera, M.D. ’87
Nancy Haas Hillis, M.D. ’01 George B. Haasler, M.D. ’77
John F. Hagaman, M.D. ’74 Thomas B. Hakes, M.D. ’73
Charles Hamlin, M.D. ’67 Moritz Henrik Hansen, M.D. ’93
Kelvin B. Hao, M.D. ’93 Garner T. Haupert Jr., M.D. ’72
Stephen Joel Heller, M.D. ’90 Charles I. Heller, M.D. ’68
Judith Hellman, M.D. ’89 Chesley C. Herbert, M.D. ’69
Matthew B. Hillis, M.D. ’01 William Mason Hohl, M.D. ’87
Joshua Hollander, M.D. ’60 Katherine M. Holman, M.D. ’06
Roy W. Hong, M.D. ’85 Harold J. Hoops Jr., M.D. ’54
Anthony H. Horan, M.D. ’65 Edgar M. Housepian, M.D. ’53
John S. Howland, M.D. ’67 Paul P. Huang, M.D. ’89
Julie U. Huh, M.D. ’91 Shepard R. Hurwitz, M.D. ’76
John Tyler Hwang Mandeville, M.D., PhD. ’97 Frank E. Iaquinta, M.D. ’51
Marilyn C. Jones, M.D. ’74 Ralph F. Jozefowicz, M.D. ’79
David A. Kahn, M.D. ’79 George I. Karp, M.D. ’76
Michael Katzman, M.D. ’81 Howard H. Kaufman, M.D. ’66
Jeremy David Keenan, M.D. ’02 Bruce E. Kessler, M.D. ’72
Robert O. Kimball, M.D. ’84 Muriel C. Kowlessar, M.D. ’51
Kate Heritage Kraft, M.D. ’04 Derek A. Kram, M.D. ’91
Joel Serge Landzberg, M.D. ’83 Edward M. Lane, M.D., P.C. ’77
Lewis B. Lane, M.D. ’74 Jonathan David LaPook, M.D. ’80
David Ross Larach, M.D., PH.D ’80 Steven S. Larmon, M.D. ’78
Joe S. Larner, M.D. ’45 Clifton Alfonzo Latting, M.D. ’72
Barbara L. Lauderdale, M.D. ’80 Bradley Lauderdale, M.D. ’80
Pamela A. Lawrence, M.D. ’76 George M. Lazarus, M.D. ’71
David K. P. Lee, M.D. ’79 Jay H. Lefkowitch, M.D. ’76
Arthur J. Lennon, M.D. ’60 Burton A. Lerner, M.D. ’57
Richard G. Lester, M.D. ’48 Joel B. Levine, M.D. ’77
Donald Mccall Lewis, M.D. ’93 Robert D. Lewis, M.D. ’64
Lawrence Li, M.D. ’79 Christopher C. Lin, M.D. ’85
Lillian C. Lindemann, M.D. ’49 Barbara L. Linder, M.D., Ph.D ’82
Wendy Ellen Livingston, M.D. ’88 John Nichols Loeb, M.D.
Franklin C. Lowe, M.D. ’79 Mrs. Barbara Lurie
Paul R. Lurie, M.D. ’42 Walter B. Lundberg Jr., M.D. ’70
Michael B. Macko, M.D. ’75 Paul J. Maddon, M.D., Ph.D. ’88
Anthony Robert Magnano, M.D. ’95 Steven F. Margolis, M.D. ’82
Sheryl Melissa Marks, M.D. ’03 Dante Anthony Marra, M.D. ’92
Robert P. Masland Jr., M.D. ’45 Robert A. Maslansky, M.D. ’56
Daniel Matathias, M.D. ’83 Howard M. Matsuba, M.D. ’79
Paul Gregory Matz, M.D. ’92 Jeffrey Lee Maxcy, M.D. ’87
Daniel McBurney Morgan, M.D. ’98 Peter D. McCann, M.D. ’80
David M. McCarthy, M.D. ’71 Denise Marie McCarthy, M.D. ’89
Shearwood J. McClelland, M.D. ’74 Patrick Judd McCormick, M.D. ’08
William B. McCullough, M.D. John C. McGiff, M.D. ’51
Brian Richard McGovern, M.D. ’92 Charlotte M. McKee, M.D. ’91
William J. Meisler, M.D. ’78 Joseph P. Mele, M.D. ’89
Lisa A. Mellman, M.D. ’91 Christopher B. Michelsen, M.D. ’69
Neil I. Minikes, M.D. ’80 Jacqueline Mitsuko Saito, M.D. ’93
Barbara Winkler Monsanto, M.D. ’78 James Thomas Moore, M.D. ’96
Joseph Morelli, M.D., P.C. Thomas Q. Morris, M.D. ’58
David S. Morrison, M.D. ’79 Peter A. Moskovitz, M.D. ’69
Sarah E. Murai, M.D. ’01 Thomas M. Murray, M.D. ’65
Kenneth K. Nakano, M.D. ’67 Kate Wilkins Nellans, M.D. ’07
Jonathan Newmark, M.D., Colonel ’78 Robert H. Nicholson, M.D. ’68
Barton Nisonson, M.D. ’66 Alison Jean Nohara, M.D. ’95
Philip John Norris, M.D. ’95 Gregory Doner Northrop, M.D. ’98
Roman Nowygrod, M.D. ’70 Irwin Nydick, M.D. ’48
William L. Nyhan, M.D. ’49 John O’Brien Clarke III, M.D. ’99
Michelle L. O’Donoghue, M.D. ’02 Eric Jon Olson, M.D. ’84
Beatriz Rodriguez Olson, M.D. ’84 Emi Okamoto, M.D. ’73
Steven M. Orland, M.D. ’81 Carmen Ortiz Neu, M.D. ’63
Harold H. Orvis Jr., M.D. ’52 Steven Mark Ostrow, M.D. ’83
Randall Paul Owen, M.D. ’94 Diana Alison Palmer, M.D. ’88
David S. C. Pao, M.D. ’69 Michael R. Pagnotto, M.D. ’04
Michael F. Parry, M.D. ’70 Bernard M. Patten, M.D. ’66
Thomas H. Patterson, M.D. ’70 John L. Paulus, M.D. ’49
Barbara S. Koppel Pedley, M.D. ’78 William P. Pennoyer, M.D. ’92
Samuel H. Pepkowitz, M.D. ’73 Howard J. Perofsky, M.D. ’81
Karl H. Perzin, M.D. ’58 Christine Lori Petersen, M.D. ’99
Carol K. Petito, M.D. ’67 Elizabeth Morris Peverall, M.D., M.P.H. ’92
Richard Norris Pierson III, M.D. ’83 Richard N. Pierson Jr., M.D. ’55
Mary Piscitello Mercer, M.D. ’07 Fred E. Pittman, M.D. ’59
Jeffrey Scott Pollak, M.D. ’83 Mark Robert Proctor, M.D. ’90
Peter J. Puchner, M.D. ’62 Donald James Pyskaty, Jr., M.D. ’93
Donald O. Quest, M.D. ’70 James McClintock Quinn, M.D. ’88
Thomas Joseph Quinn, M.D. ’83 Helen M. Ranney, M.D. ’47
Joel M. Rein, M.D. ’63 Lars Richardson, M.D. ’95
Diane M. Ridley-White, M.D. ’92 Robert A. Riehle Jr., M.D. ’73
William Gary Roberts, M.D. ’83 Stanford A. Roman Jr., M.D. ’68
Benjamin M. Romney, M.D. ’72 Suzanne Rosenfeld, M.D. ’80
Melvin P. Rosenwasser, M.D. ’76 Seth E. Rosenzweig, M.D. ’82
David A. Rubin, M.D. ’75 William B. Ruderman, M.D. ’77
Albert Ruenes Jr., M.D. ’88 A. John Rush Jr., M.D. ’68
Michael Hunter Ryan, M.D. ’87 William H. Salot, M.D. ’60
Mark Jonathan Sarnak, M.D. ’93 Bernard P. Schachtel, M.D. ’70
John V. Scholes, M.D. ’74 John N. Schullinger, M.D. ’55
Arnold J. Schwartz, M.D. ’59 Thomas P. Sculco, M.D. ’69
Alan Zachary Segal, M.D. ’93 Gary A. Shangold, M.D. ’77
Sylvester R. Sheridan, M.D. ’55 Charles E. Shields, M.D. ’57
Christine H. Shin, M.D. ’98 Peter Young Shin, M.D. ’05
Andrew A. Shinar, M.D. ’88 Erica Zoe Shoemaker, M.D., M.P.H. ’98
Robert D. Siegel, M.D. ’81 Albert G. Simms II, M.D. ’43
Joseph Garret Sinning, M.D. ’93 Anneliese L. Sitarz, M.D. ’54
Mary E. Leder Skalina, M.D. ’76 Lawrence J. Slutsky, M.D. ’72
Mrs. Adele Smith Michael J. Smith, M.D. ’01
Anthony J. Smith, M.D. ’52 Richard M. Spiegel, M.D. ’70
Joel Lawrence Spitz, M.D. ’89 Gary A. Sobelson, M.D. ’81
Barney Softness, M.D. ’80 Susan J. Standfast, M.D. 61
Gordon A. Starkebaum, M.D. ’70 Gary F. Stein, M.D. ’64
Linda C. Stork, M.D. ’79 Judith P. Sulzberger, M.D. ’49
David S. Svahn, M.D. ’65 Junichi Tamai, M.D. ’96
Samuel Arthur Taylor, M.D. ’08 Jay Tepperman, M.D. ’38
Gary David Thal, M.D. ’87 Vijay Michael Thadani, M.D. ’85
William H. Theodore, M.D. ’74 Jennifer B. Thompson, M.D. ’06
Richard Brad Thompson, M.D. ’99 Claudette H. Troyer, M.D. ’78
Xuan T. Truong, M.D. ’56 Elizabeth M. Tucker, M.D. ’52
Eva Margo Turek Delgado, M.D. ’06 Jerald Peter Underdahl, M.D. ’95
Richard P. Usatine, M.D. ’82 Philip T. Valente, M.D. ’77
Robert G. Van Horne, M.D. ’52 John H. Van Landingham, M.D. ’44
P. Roy Vagelos, M.D. ’54 Randall H. Vagelos, M.D. ’83
Wayne G. Villanueva, M.D. ’89 Joseph A. Vita, M.D. ’82
Michael Guy Vitale, M.D., M.P.H. ’95 Jodie K. Votava-Smith, M.D. ’04
Alexander Craig Walsh, M.D. ’98 Candace Cooper Walworth, M.D. ’70
Lawrence D. Wagman, M.D. ’78 Brian G. Wagstaff, M.D. ’94
Paul Johnson Wang, M.D. ’83 William Hickok Warden, III, M.D. ’90
Allison Warren, M.D. ’95 Bruce A. Waxman, M.D. ’68
J. Todd Weber, M.D. ’87 Michael L. Weinberger, M.D. ’83
Peter J. Weinstein, M.D. ’92 James Matthew Weisz, M.D. ’90
Jeanine Lori Werner, M.D. ’92 Ellen M. Whalen, M.D. ’98
Gail Wilder, M.D. ’74 John V. Williams, M.D. ’81
Judith Wilson Smith, M.D. ’83 Scott N. Wilson, M.D. ’81
Bryan J. Winn, M.D. ’03 Barbara Marie Wirostko, M.D. ’91
Richard Norris Wissler, M.D. ’83 Ms. Lois Wolf
Edison H. Wong, M.D. ’91 Thomas M. Woodcock, M.D. ’70
Kathryn Wood Holmes, M.D., M.P.H. ’97 Janet Caroline Woodward, M.D. ’81
Clyde Y.C. Wu, M.D. ’56 Gloria Wu, M.D. ’81
Sandra Kim Yuh, M.D. ’95 Stephen John Zabinski, M.D. ’91
Edward Zinsser Walworth, M.D. ’70

Students and P&S Committees

From the CU Senate on down, students play an active role in the government and administrative life of the University. At P&S, student representatives serve on every major committee with the exception of the Faculty Committees concerned with review of individual student records. The various committees, their responsibilities and membership are listed below:

Columbia University Senate

As chief policy-making body of the University, recommends policy to Board of Trustees for issues concerning more than one division of the University.

  • Composition: Faculty/1 Student from P&S for a two-year tenure.

Admissions Committee

Functions include evaluating and implementing admissions policies; evaluating prospective students and providing them with information about P&S.

  • Composition: Faculty/one third year student/one fourth year student.

Alumni Relations Committee

Students and alumni work together in addressing students’ needs and concerns - The Committee also undertakes various projects such as career forums, mentoring programs, alumni visiting programs and many more.

  • Composition: P&S Alumni, two students from each year.

Bard Hall Commons Advisory Committee

Concerned with the common areas of Bard Hall, including the Bard Athletic Club and activity rooms. Meets monthly to formulate policy for the Commons.

  • Composition: Columbia University Medical Center administration, one administrative and one student representative from each school on campus, Associate Director of Housing, P&S Club.

Curriculum Committee

Concerned with all matters concerning curricular affairs, including review and evaluation of courses and formulation of proposals for curricular changes.

  • Composition: Faculty/two students from each year.

Dean’s Advisory Committee

Meets monthly; with direct access to the Dean, serves as the main channel of communication between Dean and students; considers a broad range of issues of concern to students; has direct access to Dean, bypassing bureaucracy.

  • Composition: Dean of Faculty, Senior Associate Dean for Student Affairs, six students from each class, including Financial Aid and Ethics Committees’ members.

Ethics Committee

Called into session at the discretion of the Dean or on recommendation of students.

  • Composition: Faculty, three students - one each from second, third and fourth years, also sit on Dean’s Advisory Committee.

Financial Aid Committee

Surveys the class regarding budget, draws up a budget for the class; organizes a joint Financial Aid/Alumni fund raising phonathon; organizes letter writing campaigns and Congressional visits related to Federal and New York State for legislation.

  • Composition: Director, Associate Director for Student Financial Planning and two students from each class who also sit on the Dean’s Advisory Committee.

Housing Committee

Concerned with the housing needs of the Columbia University Medical Center community.

  • Composition: Broad sector of the academic community; faculty, students, and staff.

Library Committee

Meets with Associate Dean for Scholarly Resources and the library director regularly to consider matters of concern to students such as hours, facilities, computerization.

  • Composition: Associate Dean for Scholarly Resources, Library staff, one student from each year.

P&S Club

Organizes and provides P&S’ extracurricular programs. Includes Bard Hall Players, athletics, AMSA. All P&S students are automatically members.

  • Composition: Faculty Advisory Board; President, fourth year student; Vice-President, third year; Secretary/Treasurer, second year; representatives from first year.

Public Safety Task Force

Meets once a month; concerned with implementation of measures to improve and increase security on the Columbia University Medical Center Campus.

  • Composition: Columbia University Medical Center administration, Senior Associate Dean for Student Affairs, Director of Public Safety, administrative staff, two P&S students, and other CUMC staff.

Student Health Services Committee

Meets once a month; sets ongoing review and revision of programs to meet health needs of student body.

  • Composition: Director, Faculty, Administrative Staff of Student Health Service; one student from each class.

Student Wellness Committee

The goal of the P&S Student Wellness Committee is to foster the overall well-being of each student at the College of Physicians and Surgeons (P&S). The committee addresses the emotional, physical, academic, and professional concerns of medical students by:

  • Representing the wellness concerns of the P&S medical student body within the larger context of the Columbia University system.
  • Ensuring that all P&S medical students are properly informed of currently available support services, particularly during anticipated times of stress.
  • Continuously evaluating the appropriateness of student support services relative to student needs and effect change when and where it is required.
  • The P&S Student Wellness Committee meets once monthly. Between these monthly meetings individual classes/programs meet with the advisor to plan events and discuss specific class/program concerns.
  • Composition: Director of the Center for Student Wellness, 3 elected students from each year (1 male, 1 female, 1 MD/PhD)

6. Policies


University Policies

The policies and procedures set forth in this section are presented in their entirety in FACETS,, and are excerpted here as an overview for student reference. P&S students, faculty, and staff are expected to abide by all University Regulations, including those set forth in FACETS.

Reservation of University Rights

This handbook is intended for the guidance of persons applying for or considering application for admission to Columbia University and for the guidance of Columbia students and faculty. The handbook sets forth in general the manner in which the University intends to proceed with respect to the matters set forth herein, but the University reserves the right to depart without notice from the terms of this handbook. The handbook is not intended to be and should not be regarded as a contract between the University and any student or other person.

University Regulations

According to University regulations, each person whose registration has been completed will be considered a student of the University during the term for which he or she is registered unless the student’s connection with the University is officially severed by withdrawal or otherwise. No student registered in any school or college of the University shall at the same time be registered in any other school or college, either of Columbia University or of any other institution, without the specific authorization of the dean or director of the school or college of the University in which he or she is first registered.

The privileges of the University are not available to any student until he or she has completed registration. A student who is not officially registered for a University course may not attend the course. No student may register after the stated period unless he or she obtains the written consent of the appropriate dean or director.

The University reserves the right to withhold the privilege of registration or any other University privilege from any person with an unpaid debt to the University.

Withdrawal and Adjustment of Fees

With the passage of the Higher Education Amendments of 1992 (Public Law 102-325), the University is required to implement a refund policy for students who do not register or who withdraw or otherwise fail to complete an enrollment period. Refunds are a percentage of charges (including tuition, dining, and housing) assessed to the student based on the date of the student’s last day of attendance (separation) as reported by the Dean of the School. All students will be charged a withdrawal fee of $75. A refund calculation will be based on the last day of attendance; however, a student may be charged for services (e.g., housing, dining) utilized after the last day of attendance. These charges should not be paid with Title IV funds.

Certain fees are not refundable; fees for services used prior to withdrawal, for materials and equipment purchased, for services that continue to be available after withdrawal, and fees paid to outside entities generally will not be refunded.

Fees not subject to refund include: health service, medical insurance/Blue Cross, course-related fees (labs, etc.), materials fee, international student services charge, late registration fee, late payment fee, finance charges, computer fee, withdrawal fee.

The refund percentage is as follows: (prorated for calendars of different durations)

First week 100% Sixth week 60%
Second week 90% Seventh week 60%
Third week 80% Eighth week 50%
Fourth week 80% Ninth week 40%
Fifth week 70% After ninth week no adjustment

Students will not be entitled to any portion of a refund until all Title IV programs are credited and all outstanding charges have been paid. Please note: A separate financial aid refund calculation will be made after tuition and fees have been adjusted. Once calculated, financial aid refunds will be credited in the following order: Federal Stafford Loans, Federal Unsubsidized Stafford Loans, Federal Supplemental Loan to Students (SLS), Federal PLUS Loans (when disbursed through the University), Federal Perkins Loan, Federal Pell Grant Program, Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant Program, other Title IV programs, non-Title IV funds, and, finally, any remaining credit balance to the student.

All students withdrawing from their programs or taking a leave of absence must complete a Registration Withdrawal/Leave of Absence form, which must be signed by the Dean of Students and the Office of Student Administrative Services located at 1-141 Black Building.

Academic Discipline

The continuance of each student upon the rolls of the University, the receipt of academic credits, graduation, and the conferring of any degree or the granting of any certificate are strictly subject to the disciplinary powers of the University.

Rules of University Conduct

The Rules of University Conduct (Chapter XLIV of the Statutes of the University) provide special disciplinary rules applicable to demonstrations, rallies, picketing, and the circulation of petitions. These rules are designed to protect the rights of free expression through peaceful demonstration while at the same time ensuring the proper functioning of the University and the protection of the rights of those who may be affected by such demonstrations.

The Rules of University Conduct are University-wide and supersede all other rules of any school or division. Minor violations of the Rules of Conduct are referred to the normal disciplinary procedures of each school or division (“Dean’s Discipline”). A student who is charged with a serious violation of the Rules has the option of choosing Dean’s Discipline or a more formal hearing procedure provided in the Rules.

All University faculty, students, and staff are responsible for compliance with the Rules of University Conduct. Copies of the full text are available in FACETS, the University student handbook, and at the Office of the University Senate, 406 Low Memorial Library.


The University abides by the provisions of the Federal Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974. This act ensures a wide range of rights, including but not limited to: information about student records that the University maintains, who maintains them, who has access to them, and for what purposes access is granted. The act also permits the University to release “directory information” without a student’s consent. In addition, the act guarantees students access to their records and restricts the access of others.

Students at Columbia University Medical Center may restrict access to their directory information at the Registrar’s Office located in 1-141 Black Building. The guidelines are available on ColumbiaWeb and in FACETS, the University student handbook, Questions about the interpretation of the guidelines should be referred to the University’s General Counsel, 412 Low Library.

Social Security Number Reporting

To comply with current and anticipated Internal Revenue Service mandates, Columbia University requires students who will be receiving financial aid or payment through the University payroll system to report their Social Security number at the time of admission. Newly admitted students who are eligible but do not have a Social Security number should obtain one well in advance of their first registration.

Student Email Communication Policy

Columbia University, recognizing the increasing need for electronic communication with students, has established email as an official means of communication with students.

An official Columbia University email address is required for all students. The University has the right to send official communications to the University email address, which is based upon the University Network ID (UNI) assigned to the student.

The University expects that every student will receive email at his or her Columbia University email address and will read email on a frequent and consistent basis. A student’s failure to receive and read University communications in a timely manner does not absolve that student from knowing and complying with the content of such communications.

Students may elect to redirect (auto-forward) email sent to their University email address. Students who redirect email from their official University email address to another address do so at their own risk. If email is lost as a result of forwarding, it does not absolve the student from the responsibilities associated with communications sent to their official University email address.

All use of email will be consistent with other Columbia University policies including the Acceptable Use Policy;

Responsible Use of Electronic Resources

Peer-to-peer file sharing technology has made it much easier for individuals to make and share unauthorized copies of copyrighted works, such as music, games, and motion pictures. Such activity is against the law and exposes both the individual and the University to legal liability. Students are legally liable if they download music, movies or other files without permission from the copyright owner. All network users must comply with federal copyright law. Violations of copyright law are also violations of University policy. By using University electronic resources and services, whether from the library, a lab, a public workstation, or residence, etc., students assume personal responsibility for appropriate use and agree to comply with all relevant University policies, as well as State and Federal laws and regulations. Violations of these policies are handled by the Office of Student Affairs; suspension of computing privileges is immediate until the Dean has addressed the matter with the student.  Repeat infractions can lead to dismissal.

Columbia University Equal Educational Opportunity and Student Nondiscrimination Policy

Columbia University is committed to providing a learning environment free from unlawful discrimination and to fostering a nurturing and vibrant community founded upon the fundamental dignity and worth of all of its members. Consistent with this commitment and with applicable laws (including those listed below), it is the policy of the University not to tolerate unlawful discrimination in any form and to provide students who feel that they are victims of discrimination with mechanisms for seeking redress.

Columbia University does not discriminate against any person in the administration of its educational policies, admissions policies, scholarship and loan programs, and athletic and other University-administered programs or permit the harassment of any student or applicant on the basis of race, color, sex, gender, pregnancy, religion, creed, marital status, partnership status, age, sexual orientation, national origin, disability, military status, or any other legally protected status.

Nothing in this policy shall abridge academic freedom or the University’s educational mission. Prohibitions against discrimination and discriminatory harassment do not extend to statements or written materials that are relevant and appropriately related to the subject matter of courses.

Romantic Relationship Advisory Statement

Columbia University’s educational mission is promoted by the professionalism in its faculty-student and staff-student relationships. Faculty and staff are cautioned that consensual romantic relationships with student members of the University community, while not expressly prohibited, can prove problematic. While some relationships may begin and remain harmonious, they are susceptible to being characterized as non consensual and even coercive. This sometimes occurs when such a relationship ends and is exacerbated by the inherent power differential between the parties. A faculty or staff member involved in a consensual relationship with a student is expected to remove him/herself from academic or professional decisions concerning the student. This expectation arises because the relationship may impair, or may be perceived as impairing, a faculty or staff member’s ability to make objective judgments about that student. The Provost has authorized some departments and schools to adopt more restrictive policies, given the special nature of the relationship between their students and faculty or staff. Individuals are, therefore, encouraged to contact their department head if they have any questions about whether a more restrictive policy applies to them. Departments that wish to establish more restrictive policies should contact the Associate Provost for Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action before implementation. Should a romantic relationship with a student lead to a charge of sexual harassment against a faculty or staff member, the University is obligated to investigate and resolve the charge in accordance with the Equal Employment Opportunity and Nondiscrimination Policies and Procedures on Discrimination, Discriminatory Harassment and Sexual Harassment. Questions regarding this Advisory Statement may be directed to Susan Rieger, Office of Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action, 103 Low Memorial Library, Mail Code 4333, 535 West 116th Street, New York, NY 10027; 212-854-5511.


P&S Policies


Rights of the Faculty of Medicine

The Faculty of Medicine reserves the right to dismiss or to deny admission, registration, readmission, or graduation to any student who in the judgment of the Faculty of Medicine is determined to be unsuited for the study or practice of Medicine.

Dean’s Discipline

A student charged with a disciplinary infraction subject to “Dean’s Discipline” is entitled to notice of the charges, an opportunity to be heard and an opportunity to appeal a disciplinary decision to the Dean of the College of Physicians and Surgeons*.

Ordinarily, a disciplinary proceeding begins with a written communication from the Office of the Dean of Students requiring the student to attend a disciplinary hearing to respond to a specified charge. (In rare cases, the proceeding may begin with an oral communication requiring the presence of the student at a hearing.) The hearing is held before the Senior Associate Dean for Student Affairs and two other members of the Faculty of the College of Physicians and Surgeons, appointed by the Dean of the College of Physicians and Surgeons. The hearing is a fact-finding, not an adversarial courtroom-type, proceeding; the student need not be present to hear other witnesses and there is no formal cross examination of witnesses or objecting to evidence. In addition, although students are always free to consult an attorney, they may not have an attorney present during a disciplinary hearing or at any appeal.

The student is informed of the evidence that led to the charges against him or her and asked to respond. The student may offer his or her own evidence. This includes the student’s own appearance at the hearing and may include the appearance by others (witnesses) on his or her behalf and any written submission or relevant documents the student may wish to submit.

After the Office of the Dean of Students has heard the student and others and considered all the evidence, it reaches a determination and notifies the student in writing of that decision. If the student is found to have committed a disciplinary infraction, the penalty can include censure, probation, suspension and dismissal.

The student has the right to appeal a decision that results from a disciplinary hearing to the Dean of the College of Physicians and Surgeons and Executive Committee of the Faculty Council. The appeal must be made in writing within seven days of the time he or she is notified of the decision, and it must clearly state the grounds for appeal. Such appeal should be sent to the Dean at P&S 2-401.

Normally, on such an appeal, the Dean of the College of Physicians and Surgeons relies solely upon the written record and does not conduct a new factual investigation. Moreover, the Dean focuses upon whether, in the Dean’s view, the decision made and the discipline imposed are reasonable under all of the circumstances of the case. There is no further appeal within the University.

*The University-wide Rules of University Conduct govern conduct incident to demonstrations, rallies and picketing and may displace “Dean’s Discipline” in cases of serious violations.

Dean’s Discipline Procedures

  1. Notice of the Charges by Office of Dean for Student Affairs
    1. Ordinarily in writing
    1. Specifies nature of charges
    1. Requires student to attend a disciplinary hearing
  2. Opportunity to be Heard (Hearing)
    1. Student informed of evidence
    2. Student asked to respond
    3. Student right to offer own evidence including:
      1. other relevant witnesses
      2. relevant documents
      3. written submission
    1. Fact-finding rather than adversarial courtroom-type proceedings:
      1. Attorneys not present (although students are free to consult attorneys)
      2. No formal cross-examination of witnesses or objecting to evidence.
  3. Written Determination After Hearing
  4. Right to Appeal to the Dean of the College of Physicians and Surgeons
    1. Appeal must be made within [7] days of student’s notification of determination.
    2. Appeal must be in writing and clearly state grounds for appeal.
    3. Normally, Dean considers only written record; no new factual investigation.
    4. Standard of appeal: Whether decision made and discipline imposed are reasonable under all of the circumstances.
    5. No further appeal within the University.

Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA)

The federal government has issued regulations that provide for confidentiality in the handling of protected health information. These regulations govern how patient information is managed by everyone in the health care field, including hospitals, billing offices, clinical research laboratories, and anyone else who might have access to this confidential material, including students. The regulations govern behavior in the hospital, in clinics, in physicians’ offices, and clinical and research laboratories.

An education program is in place for all Columbia physicians, students and staff to bring the University into compliance with the new regulations. Students must comply with these regulations.

Information Access

As members of the Columbia community all must comply with the University’s computer and network use policy. Copying, storing, displaying or distributing copyrighted material using University systems or networks without the express permission of the copyright owner, except as otherwise allowed under the copyright law, is prohibited. Under the Federal Digital Millenium Copyright Act of 1998, infringements of copyright by a user can result in termination of the user’s access to University systems and networks.

Bandwidth consumption that file sharing programs exert draws on the Columbia University Medical Center network. The network’s goal is to serve the needs of the hospital, research and teaching. One of the major systems used by the hospital is WebCIS (Web-based clinical information system). It is a sophisticated clinical repository browser with capabilities to store and display information from a multitude of departments. This program plays an integral role in the delivery of excellent health care. An increase in network congestion inevitably results in a delay in the delivery of patient care.

This frustration is also felt by the research and teaching departments. They depend on an unhindered network connectivity to conduct everything from scientific data searches to the running of video conferencing. Not only is one compromising the security of their own computer as well as increasing the vulnerability of the university network to hackers, but the act of file sharing copyrighted material from unauthorized sources is unethical and against the law. Breach of Columbia University policy will result in immediate disconnection of the I.P. of the offending party. A second such offense may result in termination of matriculation.


Student Access to Computerized Clinical Data Policy

Each third year student is assigned an individual confidential access code permitting access to clinical data, as well as library resources and administrative information, from work stations throughout the hospital and medical school.

Third year students have complete, although audited, access to all clinical data. Students’ ability to access this confidential information is a privilege granted to them in order to provide good patient care in the least intrusive, most effective manner. Utilization of this privilege to access this information for any other reason is a breach of ethical conduct and is illegal.

This is true of all patient information whether or not the patient has a special relationship to the institution, as often indicated on computer screens, and regardless of the source of the patient information, e.g., charts, x-rays, lab data, computer prints, etc.

There is a specific computer screen which appears when an individual attempts to access information of an individual who has a special relationship to the institution. That screen must be overridden to continue in the quest of information. If an individual overrides that screen without the need to know, they have breached the privilege granted them.

When a student is provided with an access code for the patient information system, they sign a legal document that states they will use this information only to provide patient care and in the context of the need to know. Any attempt to access patient information without the need to know will be dealt with severely, including termination of matriculation at the College of Physicians and Surgeons.

Guidelines for Pregnant Medical Students

A pregnant medical student should perform all normal duties during her clinical rotations with the following provisions:

  • In the setting of a patient with a fever or rash of unknown etiology, the pregnant student should not be the initial medical provider evaluating the patient. After the physician judges that such a patient does not have a highly contagious airborne condition, the pregnant student should become involved in the patient’s care.
  • Pregnant students must not care for patients with known CMV or parvovirus infections.
  • All pregnant students must know their immunity status to Rubella and Varicella and should receive the influenza vaccine.
  • All students must adhere to universal precautions regarding blood/body fluids.

Medical Sales Representatives

Medical Sales Representatives are defined as vendors’ representatives who promote pharmaceutical products or medical supplies or equipment, often referred to as “pharmaceutical detail people”. To do business with New York-Presbyterian Hospital MSR’s must register with the Purchasing Department located at 333 East 38th Street.

MSR’s may enter CUMC only through:

  • Children’s Hospital at 3959 Broadway
  • Herbert Irving Pavilion at 161 Fort Washington Avenue
  • Milstein Hospital at 177 Fort Washington Avenue
  • MSRs are not allowed in any CUMC Ambulatory Care Site
  • MSRs are permitted access only when they have an appointment with a member of the attending staff. MSRs are prohibited from setting up appointments with students, house staff, nursing staff, pharmacy staff, or laboratory staff.

MSRs must not be present in patient care areas or have access to any patient specific information.

  • MSRs should not be present in any patient care area or at meetings or functions.
  • MSRs should confine their promotional activities to attending medical staff, pharmacy management staff and the Purchasing Department.
  • MSRs are not permitted to promote medications, supplies or equipment contrary to acceptable forms of information.
  • Food may not be provided by an MSR within the Medical Center except as part of an educational program that meets the criteria discussed.
  • Gifts, such as pens and notepads, may not be distributed within the Medical Center.

MSRs may not post any notices that promote their products.

  • CUMC is pleased to accept unrestricted educational grants which are made without stipulation regarding the content of teaching sessions.
  • Program funds will be administered by the University CME office or a specific University or Hospital department.
  • Checks for operating expenses are to be made payable to the University or the Hospital. Expenses and honoraria may not be paid directly by the company to speakers or caterers.
  • The Hospital will allow the MSRs to attend CME programs provided they do not display advertising or promote their products to the staff attending these programs.
  • MSRs are not allowed to attend non-CME approved teaching sessions that are attended by students, residents, pharmacy, nursing or laboratory staff.
  • Meals may be sponsored but funds must be unrestricted and must be channeled through the Department.
  • House staff, fellows and students may not accept direct gifts, favors, or trips from MSRs. Funds which are unrestricted are channeled through the Hospital or University.
  • Drug samples are not permitted on the premises at NYPH. If drug samples are found during any routine inspection of patient care areas, the commercial enterprise whose name appears on the label of the drug sample will be held accountable and appropriate action will be taken.
  • Medical Center staff who see violations of these guidelines should report infractions to the Director of the Purchasing Department or Pharmacy Director for Drug Use Policy and Acquisition.

Medical Student Dress Code

As students will encounter patients from diverse groups, their personal appearance becomes an important part in establishing rapport with each patient. Therefore, the therapeutic alliance must be secured before initial verbal interaction has occurred. Student/physicians should place the patient’s needs first even if this necessitates curtailing some aspects of one’s individual expression.

First and Second Year

  • Dress in routine class in the first two years is informal.
  • In small groups in Psychiatric Medicine and Clinical Practice with patients present, students are required to wear a clean, short white coat with a name tag identifying that they are medical students. The guidelines for Third and Fourth should also be followed. 
  • In Physical Diagnosis, women with short skirts should wear stockings and/or leggings. Men are required to wear shirts with ties. Hair should be restrained. Wear a minimum of jewelry.
  • First Year — Anatomy Laboratory
  • Scrub suits may be worn in the Anatomy Lab, but they may NOT be blue in color. Any other color is acceptable. Since maintenance of infection control is of utmost importance, blue scrub suits, the color of the New York-Presbyterian Hospital Operating Room scrub suits, are never to be worn outside the confines of Presbyterian Hospital patient care areas. This is to distinguish that you have not been in the Operating Room with your scrub suit, and, therefore, do not provide an infection risk to patients. There are two bathrooms adjacent to the Anatomy classrooms. Students are to change into their anatomy garb in the bathrooms. Lockers are available adjacent to the Anatomy Lab — one per person.

Third and Fourth Year

  • Hair should be neat; when in doubt, pull it back. Men’s beards are acceptable when neatly trimmed. No facial piercings or dangling earrings. A minimum of jewelry such as wedding rings or class rings are acceptable. Multiple rings, i.e., one on each finger, are unacceptable.
  • Button-down shirts should not be open below the second button (sterno-manubrial junction). Ties are mandatory for men. No jeans or cargo pants or cut-offs.
  • Shoes should be polished, neat and clean, and always with closed toes. Do not wear sandals in patient care areas because dropped needles may pierce your feet.
  • In case of needle stick you must call immediately 212-305-3400 to receive advice. You need not identify yourself. The Director of the Student Health Service or his/her covering M.D. is available 24 hours a day to provide counseling regarding HIV medications.
  • Clean sneakers when wearing scrubs are acceptable.
  • Clogs are acceptable.
  • Hiking boots are acceptable in the winter.
  • Refrain from use of perfume and cologne.
  • Women should wear professional blouses or sweaters. Low cut or clinging shirts, sweaters or blouses are inappropriate.
  • Skirts should be at least three inches below the white coat and below the knee if no stockings are worn. Shorter skirts are acceptable with tights or stockings. No clam-digger or Capri pants, jeans, cargo pants or leggings without skirts. Minimize excessively bright, dark or creatively-colorful polish.
  • Students who wear glasses should continue to wear them as they are protective from splashed material.
  • Students with cuts, abrasions or lacerations, should cover them with tegaderm or similar water impervious material.
  • Glasses and masks should be worn even when Faculty and house officers do not.

Scrub Suit Use

The principle, “first do no harm,” is the basis for control of scrub suit use. As blue scrub suits are worn near patients, they must never be the vehicle of infection for a patient. The only way to assure infection is not carried to patients is to restrict use of blue scrub suits to contiguous areas of direct patient care, i.e., in hospital patient care units.

Blue scrub suits are therefore permitted only in these direct patient care areas.

In the Operating Room

  • Blue scrubs only; no other color may be worn in the Operating Room. This to prevent infection spread to patients. Blue scrubs may be worn in contiguous patient care areas as long as there is a white jacket over them. Other color scrubs may be worn inside or outside the hospital, but NEVER in the Operating Rooms. Students who wear other colored scrubs must wear their white coat as well, when outside patient care areas. Change your scrub suit at least daily and immediately when soiled. Do not wear tee shirts underneath your scrub suit if they extend beyond scrub suits; this increases infection rates. If it is cold, a tank top may be worn. NEVER wear the same scrub suit back into the Operating Room after having been circulating in the hospital.
  • Under no circumstances are blue scrub suits to be worn outside the patient care area and never outside the Medical Center buildings.
  • Women who wear scrub suits with a deep V-neck should wear the V-neck behind so as to prevent gapping in the front. Scrubs should be changed in the O.R. or on the first floor of the Black Building near where the lockers are located; bathrooms are adjacent to this area.
  • Double glove in the Operating Room with gloves that are one half size larger on the inside and the real size on the outside. Do this even if your Faculty and residents do not.
  • Wear eye protection even if residents and Faculty do not.
  • Jewelry must come off before scrubbing. Earrings are unacceptable in the Operating Room because they may fall into the field. Short necklaces are acceptable as they are covered by O.R. gowns.

Pediatrics and Psychiatry

  • Ask the attending what clothing to wear. Some prefer white coats, others prefer no white coats. If students are requested to not wear a white coat, professional attire is even more important since there is no overt identification.
  • Name tags must be worn visibly indicating your name and medical student identity. This is required by New York State law.


  • Do not chew gum.
  • No eating or drinking in front of patients or in patient care areas.
  • Speak softly in the hospital.
  • Never discuss one’s own or friends’ personal issues in public areas.
  • Never discuss patient care issues in public areas, such as cafeterias and elevators.
  • Do not criticize pedagogy, faculty, staff, others or institutions in public areas.
  • Do not carry patient charts or X-ray folders with the name exposed.
  • Keep beepers on vibrator-silent mode so as not to interrupt attendings and patients.


Medical Student Identification

All student I.D. badges must carry the term “Medical Student” in prominent letters, and the badge must be worn in a visible site.

Attendings and residents must introduce the student to a patient as a medical student (e.g., “This is John Doe, your medical student”), and the student is to introduce himself or herself similarly.

Medical Students and Special Diseases

The Faculty of the College of Physicians and Surgeons has reaffirmed that all students take care of all patients and that providing care is in the normal course of their education.

The Faculty upholds the principle that no physician or physician-to-be, can refuse to treat, or participate in the treatment of a patient with any special disease. Refusal to participate in the treatment of a patient with a special disease will invariably lead to an administrative review of the possible reasons (and there will be few) for refusal and is likely to lead to termination of the student’s matriculation at the College of Physicians and Surgeons. All students must observe all existing guidelines for precautions to be observed in the care of patients.

Medical Student Work Hours

  • In no case should medical students be scheduled to be on duty more than 80 hours in any week. On typical clinical rotations, medical students should not be scheduled to be on duty for more than 24 hours consecutively; continuous duty in high intensity settings (e.g., emergency rooms, critical care units) should, in general, be scheduled for no more than 12 hours. These guidelines must be applied with sufficient flexibility, to ensure that thorough exchange of information and proper transfer of patient care responsibilities occurs whenever medical students who are going off duty sign over the care of patients to other medical students or to teaching physicians.
  • Duty-free   intervals between periods on call should be at least 8 hours long.
  • Medical students should not be required to have overnight, on-call duty more frequently than one night in three, as averaged over 4 weeks.
  • Medical students should have at least 24 consecutive hours free of all assigned duty every seven days. 
  • The on-duty time medical students spend delivering patient care services of marginal or no educational value should be minimized. 

Limiting required duty hours does not imply that medical students must cease providing essential patient care services at arbitrary cut-off times. Priority must always be given to patient safety and well-being and to avoiding transferring patient care responsibilities to others at inappropriate times in the continuum of care (e.g., during an operative procedure, in the midst of a rapidly evolving clinical event). A tired medical student who is intimately familiar with a sick patient is often better able to provide quality care than is a fully rested medical student who is unfamiliar with the details of the case.

Taken from:AAMC Policy Guidance on Graduate Medical Education- Assuring Quality Patient Care and Quality Education and adapted for medical students.

Civility in the Learning Environment

The following policies and procedures governing faculty and staff conduct in the teacher-learner relationship have been adopted by the Executive Committee of the Faculty Council in accordance with the new accreditation requirement of the Liaison Committee on Accreditation of Medical Education. They are in three parts: (I) Standards for Conduct in the Teacher-Learner Relationship; (II) Procedures for Reporting and Investigating Violations; and (III) Requirements for Dissemination and Education.

I. Standards for Conduct in the Teacher-Learner Relationship

As a medical school which trains women and men who will be entrusted with the lives and well being of others, P&S is aware that it bears a special responsibility to assure that it’s students learn in an environment that fosters mutual respect and the values of professionalism, ethics and humanism in the practice of medicine. An environment conducive to learning requires that faculty, students and administrative and support staff treat each other with civility. The members of the faculty, however, bear special responsibility to assure that students are treated fairly and with respect in all settings where students are educated: the classroom, the laboratory, on patient rounds, at the bedside, in the operating room. Whether they wish to or not, faculty are the individuals on whom students model their own behavior. In addition, they often hold the key to students’ career advancement through their control of student evaluations and references.

Special care must be taken by faculty not to abuse the authority they exercise in the educational setting, to treat all students fairly, and to avoid exploiting or appearing to exploit their students. The quality and worth of a Columbia medical education rests not only in the excellence of the content and the skills that are taught, but in the examples provided of humane and ethical physicians and scientists who respect their colleagues in health care delivery, patients and one another. There is no place in the College of Physicians and Surgeons for incivility, verbal or physical abuse, exploitation or mistreatment of students or one another. Personal humiliation and the use of psychological or physical punishment are unacceptable as teaching methods.

Increasingly, the CUMC community is a diverse body of faculty, students and staff, and it is the expectation of the College that everyone will carry out their responsibilities in a manner that is professional and respectful of this diversity. This expectation extends also to residents, nurses and other health professionals in the medical center who because of their roles in the delivery of health care participate in the process of educating future physicians.

The following are examples of behaviors that P&S considers unacceptable:

  • Physical or sexual harassment or abuse
  • Discrimination or harassment based on race, gender, age, ethnicity, sexual orientation or disability
  • Speaking in disparaging ways about an individual including humor that demeans an individual or a group
  • Sending students on inappropriate errands
  • Loss of personal civility: shouting, displays of temper, publicly or privately abusing, belittling or humiliating a student
  • Use of grading or other forms of evaluation in a punitive or retaliatory manner

Students are also expected to be respectful of one another and of the faculty, staff and support staff that they encounter in the classroom and the clinical setting.

II. Procedures for Reporting and Investigating Violations

The following procedures apply to students enrolled in the MD program or in the MD/PhD program during their MD years. Students enrolled in other Schools and programs should refer to their Office of Student Affairs for information and direction. Students enrolled in the biomedical PhD program through the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences should follow the procedures established by that School which are available through the Office of Graduate Student Affairs.

P&S believes that the standards of appropriate conduct in the educational setting are generally respected and practiced throughout the Columbia University Medical Center and the College of Physicians and Surgeons. P&S recognizes, however, that there are occasions when the intensity and pace of study and work, and the differing expectations that members of it’s pluralistic, diverse community bring to their work and study, may lead to perceived or to real incidents of inappropriate behavior on the part of faculty towards students. When this happens, P&S is committed to establishing the facts through a fair process which respects the rights and confidentiality of the involved parties. This process will be the responsibility of a faculty Committee on Civility in the Learning Environment which will be chaired by a faculty member appointed by the Vice-President/Dean.

Students who wish to come forward and report inappropriate behavior on the part of a faculty or staff member may do so without fear of retaliation or reprisal, and with the assurance that complete confidentiality will be maintained unless the situation is such that there is a potential of immediate harm to the student or others.

In reporting such violations there are a number of avenues that students can follow.
Discriminatory Behavior, Sexual or Physical Harassment:Students who experience behavior they believe to be discriminatory, or who are the subjects of sexual or physical harassment should consult the University guidelines and procedures established for handling these complaints and contact the University offices designated to work with students on these issues. These guidelines and procedures are published annually in FACETS, the University’s Student Handbook, and can also be found on the Provost’s website. Students who wish to report other incidents of inappropriate behavior may do so to the Dean of Students; the Dean of Diversity and Minority Affairs; the Director of the Center for Student Wellness; the University Ombudsperson; a Special Advocate (see below) or to the Chair of the Committee on Civility in the Learning Environment.

  • The Office of Sexual Misconduct Prevention and Education (OSMPE): Students who wish to file a complaint of sexual misconduct against another student may do so by contacting OSMPE at (212) 304-7028 (Columbia University Medical Center Campus) or (212) 854-1717 (Morningside Campus). For further information on the Columbia University Sexual Misconduct Policy, as well as how to file a complaint, visit the website at
  • Special Advocates: To provide students with the opportunity to discuss a situation informally and in complete confidence before initiating, or in lieu of initiating a formal inquiry, the School has established a panel of special advocates, faculty selected for their personal qualities of maturity, empathy, integrity and judgment whose personal histories and experience reflect the histories and experience of the diverse student body. Students who seek the assistance and counsel of a special advocate are assured that all discussions will be confidential and that no one else will be contacted without the permission of the student unless the situation holds a potential of immediate harm to the student or to others. It is the student who will decide whether or not to carry the matter to the Faculty Committee on Civility in the Learning Environment. Names of members of this panel are available from the Office of the Dean.
  • Committee on Civility in the Learning Environment: The Faculty Committee on Civility in the Learning Environment is a new standing committee which the School has established to respond to reports of inappropriate behaviors where the student wishes an inquiry and gives permission for the committee to contact the member of the faculty whose behavior is being questioned. A student can ask the Committee to consider an incident at any time, whether or not she or he has been working with a special advocate. The members of the Committee, all faculty, will be appointed from the Faculty of Medicine by the Dean with the concurrence of the Executive Committee of the Faculty Council. In order to preserve students’ confidentiality there will be no standing student member of the Committee. However, students who bring an incident to the attention of the Committee may have their Class Ethics Committee representative sit as a member for the consideration of the particular incident. In addition, students may request that a special advocate attend the Committee during the investigation of the incident.

The Committee will conduct its inquiry with fairness and with respect for the confidentiality of all parties. Its findings will be presented in the form of a written report to the student, the faculty member and the Dean who may refer it to the Executive Committee of the Faculty Council. Recommendations for appropriate action may be made consistent with Columbia University Policies and Statutes.

The Committee on Civility in the Learning Environment will also advise the Vice-President/Dean on any measures that, in their judgment, need to be taken to reinforce the standards of conduct.

III. Requirements for Dissemination and Education

P&S realizes that it is not enough to simply articulate a policy. That policy must be widely circulated to students, faculty and staff and reaffirmed and reinforced through continuing and continuous education in a number of venues.

All medical students will receive a copy of the Standard and Procedures upon registering and it will be discussed during orientation, class meetings and in the monthly meetings of student representatives with the Dean. The Standard and Procedures will be prominently posted, together with the names of the special advocates, on the websites and bulletin boards where students receive their information.

Each course director, clerkship director and residency director will be responsible for seeing that the Standard and Procedures are made known to their teaching faculty and to all students at the start of each course, clerkship or rotation. Chairmen and Directors will be responsible for seeing that the policy and procedures are known to their faculty and discussed at departmental/center meetings and that it is discussed at all orientations of ward attendings and house staff.

The Committee on Civility in the Learning Environment will be responsible for recommending to the Vice-President/Dean further steps to foster an environment conducive to learning. The Special Advocates will meet as a group periodically with the Vice-President/Dean to assess their experiences (with no discussion of specific cases) with a view to seeing whether any patterns or problems have emerged that may need to be addressed on a school-wide basis.

The School will continue to develop and foster educational programs as needed and as experience under this policy dictate.

IV. Appeal

Either the student or the faculty member may appeal the decision of the Dean to the Provost. Findings of fact, remedies granted the student and penalties imposed on the faculty member are all subject to appeal. A written appeal must be submitted to the Provost within 15 working days of the date of the letter informing them of the Dean’s decision.

Normally the Provost takes no longer than 30 working days to evaluate an appeal. The Provost usually confines his or her review to the written record but reserves the right to collect information in any manner that will help to make his or her decision on the appeal.

The Provost will inform both the student and the faculty member of his or her decision in writing. If the Provost decides that the faculty member should be dismissed for cause, the case is subject to further review according to the procedures in Section 75 of the University Statutes, as noted above. Otherwise, the decision of the Provost is final and not subject to further appeal.


Guidelines for Students During Patient Encounters

Patients’ Rights Students’ Code of Conduct Behavioral Examples
The patient has a right to know who the provider of care is. The student should dress professionally, wear a name tag (specifying name and medical student), and introduce him/herself. Unless told otherwise, the patient will assume the provider is a physician.
The patient has the right to be addressed by his or her name. The student should address the adult patient by the surname, the child by the first name. The student may also address adult patients by
Ms. or Sir.
Do not use patronizing titles, e.g., grandpa, mom, dear, cutie, etc.
The patient has a right to know what to expect during the interview and to refuse to answer questions. The student should preface questions about sensitive issues. e.g., “I need to ask you certain questions about…”
The patient has the right to be interviewed and examined in a comfortable, professional environment. The student should appear respectful and empathic. Put patient at ease. Watch your body language: sit down, appear relaxed and talk to patient at eye level. Avoid threatening behaviors such as hovering or staring. Avoid casual touching, e.g., hands on back or shoulder of patient.
The patient has a right to know what to expect during the physical examination and to refuse to be examined. It should be explained to the patient what part of the body will be examined (before undressing). No peeking techniques, e.g., pulling up bra to examine heart or Tanner staging. No surprises. Always warn: “I will now examine your groin area for lymph nodes.”
The patient has a right to modesty. The patient should be given a gown and privacy to undress. Do not undress or help undress patient, regardless of age.
The patient has a right to a chaperoned examination. No female medical student may examine a male patient alone. No male medical student may examine a female patient alone. All pelvic exams must be chaperoned. For all other examinations the patient should be asked if they would like someone else in the room. e.g., “Do you want your mother or relative in the room while I examine you?” Be particularly careful when examining children and teenagers.

Alcohol Policy

Supplemental Guidelines and Procedures to Implement the University Policy on Alcohol at the Medical Center

  1. There are laws governing when and to whom alcohol may be served. There is a University policy on alcohol, which is part of a larger policy statement on alcohol, drugs, and smoking. All Medical Center students are expected to comply with the laws and with University policies. Copies of the University policies are available in the Student Affairs Office of each CUMC school and program in the CUMC Office of Housing Services and in the P&S Club.
  2. As a Medical Center campus, we have a particular responsibility to recognize that alcohol misuse and dependency are very serious personal and public health problems. All members of the Medical Center community are expected to be sensitive to the difference between responsible and irresponsible serving and consumption of beer, wine, and other alcoholic beverages.
  3. As CUMC is largely a graduate student campus, we operate on the presumption that our students are adults who are responsible for their own behavior, and the procedures we adopt reflect this fact. At the same time, as in the society at large, specific guidelines and procedures are necessary to clarify expectations of behavior and to protect and promote the welfare of the larger community. When alcohol is served at student-sponsored events, the students in charge of the event are responsible for assuring that moderation is exercised in the amount of alcohol purchased and served, that both alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages are available, and that food is served. In addition, at every student sponsored event where alcohol is served, at least one student must be designated to ensure that the event is in compliance with the policies outlined here (see numbers six and seven below). Individual students are responsible for moderating their own consumption of alcohol.
  4. In compliance with University policy, no alcohol is to be served to a person who is disorderly or who is or appears to be intoxicated.
  5. While most Medical Center students are over 21, not all are. State law prohibits the serving of alcohol to anyone under the age of 21. As prescribed by law and by university policy, no individual on the Medical Center Campus shall be sold, served, given, or otherwise receive alcoholic beverages if that individual is not at least 21 years of age. Any student-sponsored-function where there is a possibility of students attending who are not yet 21 must pay special attention to and comply with procedure number three in the section on procedures (see number seven below).
  6. Respect for personal and property rights must be maintained at student events where alcohol is served. When a student-sponsored event takes place in a resident hall or other University space, there must be a designated student(s) responsible and accountable for assuring that University and Medical Center policies and procedures are known and complied with. Any damage to property resulting from disorderly or intoxicated conduct will be the financial responsibility of the students involved in such conduct. If the identity of the students cannot be determined, the group sponsoring the event during which property damage occurred will assume financial responsibility.
  7. Designated students responsible for upholding the alcohol policy at an event must participate in a training sponsored by the AI:MS program through the Center for Student Wellness. The training will cover skills related to the points identified above, particularly:
    • Procedures regarding the identification of under-age students
    • Procedures regarding the intoxicated student (non-admission, no further service, control of behavior) Procedures for controlling the serving of/access to alcohol
  8. Students whose behavior under the influence of alcohol or other drugs becomes a public matter (e.g., call from Security for health reasons, damage to property, etc.) will be required to meet confidentially with the Director of the AI:MS program to discuss the incident.
  9. Because of issues related to professionalism outlined in the CUMC Alcohol Policy, repeated occurrences related to number eight above may warrant involvement of the appropriate Student Affairs Dean.

Academic Policies & Guidelines


Faculty Committees

Three faculty committees are appointed by the Dean to review and evaluate the academic progress of each student:

  1. The Fundamentals Faculty Committee
  2. The Second Year Faculty Committee
  3. The Clinical Faculty Committee

Each Committee consists of a chairperson appointed by the Dean and the course directors of that segment of the curriculum, and others designated by the Dean.

Fundamentals Faculty Committee Policies

Students are strongly encouraged to attend all lectures and required to attend small groups at which the further synthesis of knowledge occurs. Students are responsible for adhering to the attendance policy of each course.  To be promoted to each successive semester of the three semesters of the Fundamentals curriculum, students must pass each section of each course and all courses in the semester.

Exams are scheduled by the Fundamentals Faculty Course Directors in the summer preceeding the academic year. Personal events should not be scheduled at the time of exams. Make-up exams for exams missed due to acute student illness, family emergency or extenuating circumstances may be given at the discretion of the Course Director at any time during the academic year, without the approval of the Fundamentals Faculty Committee.

Remediation after failure of an exam or missed exam other than mentioned above, in a course or a section of a course may be offered only after approval by the Fundamentals Faculty Committee. Each student is permitted a maximum of two exam failure remediations per semester. Such re-examinations may be written or oral, at the discretion of the Course Director. A summer make-up course requirement is equal to a make-up exam.

Students who are having academic difficulty will be offered support services that are available in the College, including but not limited to mentoring, consultations to identify potential difficulties which may be contributing to the student's lack of success, and other services deemed to enhance the student's opportunity for success.

Final grades in each course will be pass or fail. At the end of each semester, the Fundamentals Faculty Committee will decide which students are promoted or failed at a meeting of the entire Committee. If a student is deemed to have insufficient knowledge to be promoted to the next semester, the Fundamentals Faculty Committee may recommend correction of this perceived deficiency by remediation for a short period and re-examination in the failed course prior to starting the next curriculum, by repetition in a summer course, or by repetition of the entire Fundamentals curriculum without exemption from any course. Faculty may terminate the matriculation of any student who does not pass all courses and of any student whom faculty believes to be unprepared to move forward in the curriculum.

Students who are failing at the end of the first semester may, at the discretion of the Fundamentals Faculty Committee, be offered the opportunity to leave the academic program and re-enter the College's Fundamentals curriculum the following academic year after having met requirements of the Committee to correct those factors which may be affecting the student's performance. Provision of such an opportunity is not automatic.

Second Year Faculty Committee Policies


In order to be promoted to each successive year of the medical curriculum, a student must have passed every section of every course in the preceding year.


At the conclusion of each course, the course director must submit promptly to the Dean’s Office a final grade. In second year the grades are Pass/Fail for each student.  A failing grade indicates an inadequate mastery of the essential material of the course as determined by the department or course faculty.  Additional comments are optional. An additional evaluation form may be used by any course director. This form will be made available to the students at the end of the course for their inspection. The academic progress for each student is reported to the appropriate Class Faculty Committee at each of its meetings.

Warning Letters

If, during a course, it is determined that a student’s performance is unsatisfactory, and that the student is in danger of failing the course, the course director shall inform the student by email or letter indicating this and offering assistance; copies of these letters are sent to the student’s Advisory Dean and the Senior Associate Dean for Student Affairs. These letters shall not be used for evaluations relating to postgraduate education nor for evaluative purposes other than in the course of origin.

Second Year Curriculum Academic Progress Policy

Students are strongly encouraged to attend all classes. Participation in small groups is mandatory as this is where the synthesis of knowledge occurs.

Exams are scheduled by the Committee of Second Year Faculty Course Directors in spring preceding the academic year. Personal events should not be scheduled at the time of scheduled exams.

To be promoted to the third year, students must pass each section of each course and all courses in the second year curriculum. Re-examination after failure of an exam in a course or a section of a course may be offered only after approval by the Second Year Faculty Committee. Each student is permitted a maximum of two such re-examinations per year, including all courses. Such re-examinations may be written or oral, at the discretion of the Course Director.

Make-up exams for exams missed due to acute student illness, family emergency or extenuating circumstances may be given at the discretion of the Course Director without the approval of the Second Year Faculty Committee.

Students who are having academic difficulty will be offered support services that are available in the College, including but not limited to, mentoring, consultations to identify potential difficulties which may be contributing to the student’s lack of success, and other services deemed to enhance the student’s opportunity for success.

Grades are weighed by the number of hours in each course. Final grades in each course will be pass or fail. At the end of the academic year, the Second Year Faculty Committee will decide which students are promoted or failed at a meeting of the entire Committee. If a student is deemed to have insufficient knowledge to be promoted to the Major Clinical Year, the Second Year Faculty Committee may recommend correction of this perceived deficiency by remediation for a short period and re-examination in the failed course prior to starting the next curriculum, or by repetition of the entire second year curriculum without exemption from any course.

Students who are failing at the end of the first semester may, at the discretion of the Second Year Faculty Committee, be offered the opportunity to leave the academic program and recommence the second year curriculum the following academic year after having met requirements of the Committee directed to correcting those factors which may be affecting the student’s performance. Provision of such an opportunity is not automatic. Students who are failing several courses at the end of the first semester may be dismissed at the end of the first semester with termination of the student’s matriculation and without the opportunity to re-enter the second year curriculum.

If a student disagrees with the decisions of the Second Year Faculty Committee, the student may appeal that decision to the Committee, accompanied by their Advisory Dean, and another member of the Faculty of the College as advocate.

If the Committee reaffirms their original decision, then the student may appeal the decision to the Dean of the Faculty of Medicine, who may refer the matter to the Executive Committee of the Faculty Council.


At the end of the academic year, the final grades for all courses in that year are reviewed by the Class Faculty Committee. If a student has failed one course, the Class Faculty Committee will determine how that failure can be corrected, that is either:

  1. by re-examination on the recommendation of the department,
  2. by the successful completion of a remedial program,
  3. by the successful completion of an appropriate course in the failed discipline at an institution selected by the Committee, or
  4. the Committee may require repeat of the entire curriculum if it feels the student is not adequately prepared. Students required to repeat a year of the curriculum must pay full tuition and fees.

Re-examination after failure of a course shall be undertaken only after completion of the academic year and on the recommendation of the Class Faculty Committee.

If a student has failed more than one course, the respective Class Faculty Committee, after considering the student’s total academic performance for the year, will decide whether re-examinations will be permitted, whether remedial work or courses will be acceptable, or whether the year will be considered to have been failed. In the event of the latter, the Committee may then recommend either repetition of the year or termination of matriculation at the College.

Remedial Work

Remedial work in courses may be offered at the discretion of the department. Remedial work to correct a course failure is at the direction of the Class Faculty Committee on the recommendation of the department.

Appeal Mechanisms

If a student questions the recommendation of a Class Faculty Committee, a request for reconsideration may be made to the chairperson of the Committee, who will arrange a meeting of the Committee at which the student and his/her Advisory Dean and/or another member of the medical school faculty may appear. If a student is dissatisfied with the decision of the Committee on appeal, he or she may request a review by the Dean and the Executive Committee of the Faculty Council.

Monitored Status

Students may be promoted to the next year on monitored academic status as deemed necessary by the Class Faculty Committee for any reason the Committee judges sufficient. Monitored status entails regular review of a student’s performance in each course during the following year to identify early any potential problems. Course directors may then intercede with tutors, guidance and other support systems to improve the student’s learning experiences and ensure their academic success.


Clinical Faculty Committee Policies


The Clinical Faculty Committee evaluates the progress of students in the clinical years and is responsible for the certification of students for the Doctor of Medicine degree. In evaluating the progress of students in the clinical curriculum, the overriding concerns of the Committee are the welfare and lives of patients. Decisions on termination of matriculation, repetition of a year, or part thereof, or delay in graduation are made only after thorough review of the student’s record and appraisal of the student’s professional behavior and potential for satisfactory performance.

Absence Policy-Clerkships

Students are expected to be present every weekday of each clerkship and when designated to be on call.  If a student is ill or unable to attend a clerkship because of an emergency, he/she should notify the clerkship director and the Dean for Student Affairs promptly.  Requests for approval of an anticipated absence must be made in advance to the clerkship director and such approval is at the discretion of the director.  If students miss 20% or more of a clerkship (e.g. 5 or more days for 5 week clerkships, 1 or more day for 1 week clerkships), they will receive an incomplete for the clerkship.  Arrangements for make up will be at the discretion of the clerkship director.


All P&S courses in the clinical curriculum are graded for the University Transcript using grades of Honors, High Pass, Pass and Fail. The course evaluation form asks faculty to describe the components of total performance and to do so with frankness. Common descriptive terminology is essential in the development of an informative and useful narrative record of student performance.

Readers of an academic record should be able to develop a clear picture of performance trends and levels. Critical in the student’s quest for post-graduate placement is the Dean’s letter, called the Medical Student Performance Evaluation, which is constructed from the complete academic record. The language of this record must be understandable to those writing letters in order that they may convey to program directors an accurate description of the student’s performance. The Committee encourages faculty to take all necessary steps to provide narrative evaluations which fulfill this purpose.


In order to be promoted to the elective curriculum, a student must pass all required clerkships of the Major Clinical Year. Failure of more than one clerkship, or evidence of a weak overall record may lead to failure of the Major Clinical Year. One or more grades of Low Pass, problems with professionalism, or a combination of these are evidence of weak performance.

Failures and Marginal Performances

If a student fails a clerkship, the Committee will require repetition of that clerkship. If a student fails more than one clerkship, the Committee may declare a failure of the Major Clinical Year. A weak overall record, as described above, may also lead to a failure of the Major Clinical Year. Consistent problems with professionalism may also lead to failure of the Major Clinical Year.

Decisions of the Committee will be reached after a thorough consideration of the reasons for failing or marginal performance(s) and after a review of the student’s total academic record. The number and duration of clerkships failed will be important factors in the Committee’s considerations. Failure of the Major Clinical Year may result in:

  • Repetition of the entire Major Clinical Year
  • Repetition of specific clerkships
  • A plan of remediation targeting deficiencies
  • Termination of matriculation of the student

Students required to repeat a year of the curriculum must pay full tuition and fees.

Elective/Selective Curriculum

In the fourth year the Committee reviews all elective/selective course failures and weak elective/selective performances. If a student fails an elective/selective course, the Committee will require repetition of the same course or the undertaking of a comparable academic program. If a student fails two elective/selective courses, the Committee may declare the fourth year a failure. The Committee may terminate the student’s matriculation or delay graduation until the student has acquired requisite knowledge and skills in programs designed and monitored by the Committee. If a student fails an elective course which has been directed by the Committee for correction of deficiencies noted in a clerkship performance, the Committee may, after thorough consideration of the academic record, terminate the student’s matriculation or delay the student’s graduation.

Student Feedback

The Committee encourages course directors to provide students with clear statements of objectives and performance expectations in each required clerkship and in each elective course. Students should be advised in a clear and timely fashion of deficiencies in performance during the course of each academic program. Mid course feedback is required with signed acknowledgement by the student. Faculty should recommend the steps needed to strengthen performance and should assist students in the achievement of performance expectations. In the clinical curriculum, discussions between students, preceptors (attendings) and course directors should generally take the place of warning letters comparable to those sent in the basic science curriculum. If a student fails to appreciate the seriousness of his/her academic problems and fails to take the recommended steps to correct performance, the course director may elect to send the student an official warning letter.

United States Medical Licensing Examination, USMLE

In order to graduate P&S, students must pass USMLE Step 1 and Step 2 Clinical Knowledge Exams. Step 2 Clinical Skills Exam must be taken, but passing it is not a requirement for graduation. The deadline for taking Step 2 Clinical Knowledge and Clinical Skills Exams is November 30. The Clinical Faculty Committee will delay the graduation of any student who has failed to pass Steps 1 and 2 Clinical Knowledge. The Committee will facilitate the student’s efforts in preparing for re-examination after failure on a United States Medical Licensing Examination. If a student fails to pass one or more of these Steps on routine re-examinations, the Committee may terminate the student’s matriculation. Students may have a maximum of three attempts on each part. Failure of USMLE Step 1 or 2 CK on three attempts will result in termination of matriculation. Students must pass Step 1 and 2, including CS, to be eligible for Step 3, which is taken during residency.


Before certifying students for the Doctor of Medicine degree, the Committee must be assured that students have acquired the knowledge, skills, and attitudes essential for the safe assumption of responsibility for patient care in postgraduate education. The Committee will not certify for graduation any student whom it believes to be unsuited for the practice of medicine.

Appeal Mechanisms and Monitored Status

This is the same as above under First and Second Year Class Faculty Committees.

Grade Appeal Policy

Students who wish to contest a final grade in a clerkship are encouraged to meet with the Clerkship Director first.   If this meeting does not resolve the issue, a subcommittee of Clerkship Directors will be convened to hear the student's concern.  The department chair or designee of the discipline where the grade dispute is will sit on the subcommittee ex-officio.  The decision of this committee is final. 

Board Exam Requirements



In today's electronic age, it is all too easy to cut and paste material, without providing attribution or references. This applies to writing papers and even to writing admission, progress and discharge notes on patients or personal statements for residency. Not only is attribution an issue, but students have sometimes cut and pasted their own or other clinicians' clinical notes on the wrong patients. Each clinical note should be an original entry, rather than one copied and pasted.

Suitability for the Practice of Medicine, a section in the student handbook, delineates medical student responsibilities. These include the prohibition against misrepresentation and the expectation for honesty and integrity, which includes the prohibition against cheating or plagiarism. By matriculating at P&S you have agreed to these responsibilities.  Plagiarism, either willfully or unintentionally, is unacceptable, and may result in suspension or the termination of matriculation.

Leaves of Absence

P&S expects that all candidates for the M.D. degree will normally be in attendance during consecutive periods until completion of the requirements for the degree. A leave of absence at the request of a student may be granted by the Senior Associate Dean for Student Affairs. Requests for leaves must be submitted in writing to the Dean stating the reasons for the requested leave and the anticipated date of return. Leaves of absence will be granted by the Dean only in exceptional circumstances to students who have not completed the first semester.

A leave of absence may be granted if a student is unable to continue medical studies because of illness or emergency family problems. For medical or psychiatric illnesses, documentation determined to be appropriate by the Office of the Dean must be submitted.

Students in their first year who are required to take a leave of absence or who have been approved for a requested leave of absence may be required by the Dean to receive review and approval from the First Year Faculty Committee prior to resuming their studies. Such review does not guarantee readmission. Students approved for readmission will start at the beginning of the first year curriculum.

Leaves of absence for military service are granted if the student is called or ordered to active duty or conscripted. A student seeking such a leave should contact the Dean. 

In most cases, leaves are granted for a maximum of one year. Extensions for extended military service or continued recuperation from illness may be granted on a case by case basis. After two years, a student on a leave of absence may have their matriculation terminated; the student would be permitted to apply for readmission at a later time.

The Dean may stipulate conditions for the granting of a leave and for students on leave, the Dean may stipulate conditions for return, including an administrative evaluation described here and/or a review by the admissions committee or appropriate faculty committee.

This leave of absence policy operates as a supplement to the Unviersity Leave of Absence Policies outlined in FACETS. 

Suitability for the Practice of Medicine

Granting of the degree, M.D., signifies that the holder is a physician prepared to enter postgraduate education for the eventual practice of Medicine and to care for all patients. First Year Faculty, Second Year Faculty, and Clinical Faculty Committees of the College of Physicians and Surgeons oversee the progress of students in the College of Physicians and Surgeons.

This Faculty must be assured that students display good judgment, a sense of responsibility and morality, sensitivity and compassion for patients and individual needs, along with the ability to synthesize and apply knowledge, and to demonstrate that they are capable of becoming safe, effective physicians. Safety in the care of patients is the overriding concern of the Faculty of Medicine at P&S. These Faculty Committees have the final decision on a medical student’s suitability for the practice of Medicine.

Administrative Evaluation

The Office of the Dean of the Faculty of Medicine, acting either on behalf of a faculty committee or its own behalf may request, at any time an administrative evaluation of a P&S student by a consulting psychiatrist or other mental health professional chosen by P&S. This evaluation serves to address academic, personal, and/or behavioral concerns that may have been brought to the attention of the Dean’s Office. A failure to comply with a request for an administrative evaluation may affect a student’s academic status within P&S. The content of the evaluation is confidential and is not available to the student. It may be shared with those administrators and faculty that the Office of the Dean deems appropriate.

Medical Student Responsibilities

Taken from Recommendations and Guidelines for Students from the Organization of Student Representatives (AAMC)

Students are expected to demonstrate dedication to acquiring knowledge, skills, both cognitive and non-cognitive, and attitudes necessary to provide competent medical care. Students are expected to be responsible for their medical education and take an active role in the planning of their medical education. A student shall be dedicated to providing competent medical service with compassion and respect for human dignity. In all instances, the student must maintain the dignity of the person, including respect for the patient’s modesty and privacy.

  1. Nondiscrimination: It is unethical for a student to refuse to participate in the Care of a person based on race, religion, ethnicity, socioeconomic status, gender, age, or sexual preference. It is also unethical to refuse to participate in the care of a patient solely because of medical risk, or perceived risk, to the student. It is not, however, unethical for the pregnant student to refuse to participate in activities that pose a significant risk to her fetus.
  2. Confidentiality: The patient’s right to the confidentiality of his or her medical record is a fundamental tenet of medical care. The discussion of problems or diagnoses of a patient by professional staff/medical students in public violates patient confidentiality and is unethical. Under no circumstances can any medical record be removed from the institution, nor is photocopying of the record permitted. For presentations or rounds, students are permitted to extract information but not copy wholesale parts of the chart.
  3. Professional Demeanor: The student should be thoughtful and professional when interacting with patients and their families. Inappropriate behavior includes the use of offensive language, gestures, or remarks with sexual overtones.

    Students should maintain a neat and clean appearance, and dress in attire that is generally accepted as professional by the patient population served.

    Under pressure of fatigue, professional stress or personal problems, students should strive to maintain composure. The student should seek supportive services when appropriate.

  4. Misrepresentation: A student should accurately represent herself or himself to patients and others on the medical team. Students must never introduce themselves as “Doctor” as this is clearly a misrepresentation of the student’s position, knowledge and authority.
  5. Honesty: Students are expected to demonstrate honesty and integrity in all aspects of their education and in their interactions with patients, staff, faculty and colleagues. They may not cheat, plagiarize or assist others in the commission of these acts. The student must assure the accuracy and completeness of his or her part of the medical record and must make a good-faith effort to provide the best possible patient care. Students must be willing to admit errors and not knowingly mislead others or promote himself or herself at the patient’s expense. The student is bound to know, understand and preserve professional ethics and has a duty to report any breach of these ethics by other students or health care providers through the appropriate channels. The student should understand the protocol of these channels.
  6. Consultation: Students should seek consultation and supervision whenever their care of a patient may be inadequate because of lack of knowledge and/or experience.
  7. Conflict of Interests: When a conflict of interest arises the welfare of the patient must at all times be paramount. A student may challenge or refuse to comply with a directive if its implementation would be antithetical to his or her own ethical principles when such action does not compromise patient welfare. Gifts, hospitality or subsidies offered by medical equipment, pharmaceutical or other manufacturers or distributors should not be accepted if acceptance would influence the objectivity of clinical judgment. Student interactions with commercial interests should conform to the American Medical Association (AMA) guidelines.
  8. Sexual Misconduct: The student will not engage in romantic, sexual or other nonprofessional relationships with a patient, even at the apparent request of a patient, while the student is involved with the patient’s care. The student is not expected to tolerate inappropriate sexual behavior on the part of other medical personnel or patients.
  9. Impairment: The student will not use alcohol or drugs in a manner that could compromise patient care. It is the responsibility of every student to protect the public from an impaired colleague and to assist a colleague whose capability is impaired because of ill health. The student is obligated to report persons of the health care team whose behavior exhibits impairment or lack of professional conduct or competence or who engage in fraud or deception. Such reports must conform to established institutional policies.
  10. Criticism of Colleagues: It is unethical and harmful for a student to disparage without good evidence the professional competence, knowledge, qualification or services of a colleague to a review (judicial) body, staff, students or a patient. It is also unethical to imply by word, gesture or deed that a patient has been poorly managed or mistreated by a colleague without tangible evidence.

    Professional relations among all members of the medical community should be marked with civility. Thus, scholarly contributions should be acknowledged, slanderous comments and acts should be avoided, and each person should recognize and facilitate the contributions of others to the community.

    The medical student will deal with professional, staff and peer members of the health team in a cooperative and considerate manner.

  11. Research: The basic principle underlying all research is honesty. Scientists have a responsibility to provide research results of high quality, to gather facts meticulously, to keep impeccable records of work done, to interpret results realistically, not forcing them into preconceived molds or models, and to report new knowledge through appropriate channels. Co-authors of research reports must be well-enough acquainted with the work of their co-workers that they can personally vouch for the integrity of the study and validity of the findings and must have been active in the research itself. Plagiarism is unethical. To consciously incorporate the words of others, either verbatim or through paraphrasing, without appropriate acknowledgement is unacceptable in scientific literature.
  12. Evaluation: Students should seek feedback and actively participate in the process of evaluating their teachers (faculty as well as house staff). Students are expected to respond to constructive criticism by appropriate modification of their behavior. When evaluating faculty performance, students are obliged to provide prompt, constructive comments. Evaluations may not include disparaging remarks, offensive language or personal attacks, and should maintain the same considerate, professional tone expected of faculty when they evaluate student performance.
  13. Teaching: The very title “Doctor” - from the Latin docere, “to teach” - implies a responsibility to share knowledge and information with colleagues and patients. It is incumbent upon those entering this profession to teach what they know of the science, art and ethics of medicine. It includes communicating clearly with and teaching patients so that they are properly prepared to participate in their own care and in the maintenance of their health. The following are not specific responsibilities of students; they are physicians’ responsibilities, although students are frequently asked to take these on.
  14. Disclosure: In general, full disclosure is a fundamental ethical requirement. The patient must be well informed to make health care decisions and work intelligently in partnership with the medical team. Information that the patient needs for decision making should be presented in terms the patient can understand. If the patient is unable to comprehend, for some reason, there should be full disclosure to the patient’s authorized representative.
  15. Informed Consent: Students are to understand the importance of the obligation to obtain informed consent from patients, but are not responsible for obtaining such consent. It is the physician’s responsibility to ensure that the patient or his/her surrogate be appropriately informed as to the nature of the patient’s medical condition, the objectives of proposed treatment alternatives and risks involved. The physician’s presentation should be understandable and unbiased. The patient’s or surrogate’s concurrence must be obtained without coercion.

Medical students who fail to maintain the highest degree of personal and professional integrity or whose behavior is not in keeping with achieving both cognitive and non-cognitive skills will be subject to review, disciplinary action and possible dismissal from the College of Physicians and Surgeons.

Violations of these standards are considered to be very serious breaches of professional conduct. Examples of such violations include substance abuse, harassment of patients, faculty, staff or other students, breach of patient confidentiality, falsification of records, unexcused absence, refusal to participate in the care of a patient, and abuse of civil law, hospital rules and University rules governing conduct. Examples of abuse of civil law include sexual harassment, assault, or any other unprofessional behavior. Students must obey all civil laws at all times. Behavior both inside and outside the institution will be held to the same high standards.

Students must be punctual and reliable and maintain a neat and clean appearance with dress and attire that is accepted as professional. Students shall be punctual, reliable and conscientious in fulfilling their professional duties, including attendance at lectures, examinations and all parts of all clinical clerkships.

7. Research & Educational Opportunities at P&S


Department of Anesthesiology

Mitchell F. Berman, M.D., Computerization of operating room data; outcomes research.

Tricia Brentjens, M.D., Liver transplant anesthesia.

Anthony R. Brown, M.D., Regional Anesthesia: Clinical research.

Charles Cain, M.D., Acute and chronic pain management.

Anthony Clapcich, M.D., Effects of anesthetics on somatosensory evoked potential formation.

Marc L. Dickstein, M.D., Education and anesthesia.

Charles Emala, M.D., Signal transduction pathways in smooth muscle cells.

Pamela Flood, M.D., Mechanisms of general anesthesia and the neurobiology of pain.

Eric Heyer, M.D., Ph.D., Cerebral functioning: assessment of neurologic function in cardiac surgical and neurosurgical patients. Intraoperative cerebral monitoring: electroencephalography and ultrasonic Doppler.

Carol Hirshman, M.D., Signal transduction pathways in smooth muscle cells.

Dean Jones, M.D., Education and anesthesia.  

Desmond Jordan, M.D., Summarization of large amounts of patient-specific clinical data using artificial intelligence and the distribution of this electronic information using multimedia formats.

H. Thomas Lee, M.D., Role of adensine protection against renal ischemia.  Renal injury and the perioperative period.

Guohua Li, M.D., Dr.P.H., Head of the Center of Excellence in Health Policy and Outcomes which focuses on several substantive areas relevant to the safety, effectiveness and efficiency of Perioperative and Critical Care.

John Saroyan, M.D., Pediatric pain and palliative care. 

Jack Shanewise, M.D., Cardiovascular anesthesia, transesophageal echocardiography.

Robert Sladen, M.D., Critical care medicine.

Arthur Smerling, M.D., Nitric oxide, pulmonary circulation, pulmonary hypertension, psychological impact of anesthesia on children.

Richard M. Smiley, M.D., Ph.D., Adrenergic receptor regulation in pregnancy and perioperative period; spinal and epidural analgesia during labor.

Lena S.Y. Sun, M.D., Cardiovascular function and drug responses in adults and neonates. Effect of intrauterine cocaine exposure on neonatal cardiovascular function.

Gareth R. Tibbs, Ph.D., Molecular and biophysical understanding of the activation, permeation and modulation properties of hyperpolarization-activated pacemaker channels of heart and brain.

Gebhard Wagener, M.D., Critical care research - perioperative renal dysfunction.

Robert Whittington, M.D., Toxicity of cocaine and its metabolites; cocaine toxicity in parturients.  Neurobiology of pain and injury addiction and anesthesia.

Jay Yang, MSEE, Ph.D., M.D., Synaptic plasticity and chronic pain; virus-mediated synaptic engineering. Mechanisms of anesthetic action.

Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biophysics

Richard Axel, M.D.,
Defining the logic of olfactory perception; how individual sensory neurons express a specific receptor and how the brain distinguishes which receptors have been activated.

Kathryn L. Calame, Ph.D.,
Transcriptional regulatory cascades required for terminal differentiation of B lymphocytes and monocyte/macrophages; transformation of preB cells by the v-Abl tyrosine kinase.

Stephen P. Goff, Ph.D.,
Retroviral replication; tyrosine kinase oncogenes.

Max E. Gottesman, M.D., Ph.D.,
Regulation of transcription termination in E. coli and bacteriophage; role of cAMP in cell cycle progression and signal transduction in eukaryotes; vitamin A metabolism in the mouse.

Eric Gouaux, Ph.D.,
Structure, function and chemistry of membrane proteins; X-ray crystallographic, molecular genetic and biochemical approaches.

Eric C. Greene, Ph.D.,
Our lab utilizes total internal reflection fluourescence microscopy (TIRFM) to study the molecular machinery involved in the recombination and repair of damaged DNA. Using TIRFM to directly observe single reactions in real-time we can analyze the molecular mechanisms our cells use to fix damaged DNA with a degree of sensitivity not previously possible.

Iva Greenwald, Ph.D.,
Cell-cell interactions, signal transduction, and cell fate choice; genetic and molecular studies of C. elegans development.

Wayne A. Hendrickson, Ph.D.,
Structural biology of macromolecules; differentiation and computational methods.

David Hirsh, Ph.D.,
Molecular genetics of endocytosis in C. elegans; role of cytokines in the mammalian inflammatory and immune responses.

Oliver Hobert, Ph.D.,
Genetic programs that control neural development in C. elegans.

Barry Honig, Ph.D.,
Computational biology, bioinformatics, prediction of protein structure and function.

Thomas M. Jessell, Ph.D.,
Molecular mechanisms of neuronal differentiation, axon guidance and cell recognition in vertebrate development.

Eric Kandel, M.D.,
Cell and molecular mechanisms of associative and non-associative learning in invertebrates and vertebrates.

Arthur Karlin, Ph.D.,
Molecular mechanisms of receptor function.

Richard S. Mann, Ph.D.,
Control of pattern formation by homeotic genes and their downstream targets in Drosophila.

Arthur G. Palmer, III, Ph.D., (Acting Chair)
Structure, function and dynamics of proteins; fluctuation in chemical and biological systems and nuclear magnetic resonance; and fluorescence spectroscopies.

Burkhard Rost, Ph.D.,
Bioinformatics. Goals: sequence analysis, prediction of protein structure and function. Means: statistics and artificial intelligence.

Lawrence Shapiro, Ph.D.,
Structural information obtained from X-ray crystallography to direct biochemical studies of biological problems, particularly involving neuronal cell adhesion and neural patterning.

Department of Biomedical Informatics

Suzanne Bakken, DNSc, RN, FAAN, Clinical decision support for patient safety and evidence-based practice, informatics interventions for patient self-management, health literacy.

Michael Buck, Ph.D., Use of automated decision support in electronic health records for community physicians.

Andrea Califano, Ph.D., Dissection and analysis of regulatory networks in human malignancies (Cancer Systems Biology).

Herbert Chase, M.D., Early recognition of chronic kidney disease (CKD), using methods such as natural language processing to identify patients with CKD whose disease has not been recognized by their physician; Providing evidence to residents at the point of care, a fully automated question-information retrieval system which answers residents' questions in a timely manner; Optimizing physician drug prescribing using data mining and natural language processing to assess the degree to which a physician engages in evidence-based prescribing.

Michael Chiang, M.D., M.A. Telemedicine, ophthalmic imaging, clinical information systems.

Noemie Elhadad, Ph.d., Intelligent automated summarization of patient record notes (natural language processing).

Carol Friedman, Ph.D., Natural language text processing (NLP), data mining, clinical knowledge representation and developing NLP.

Richard Friedman, Ph.D., Application of bioinformatics methods to biomedical problems.  Sequence analysis, microarray analysis and molecular modeling.

George Hripcsak, M.D., M.S., Data mining and knowledge discovery on clinical databases; designing next-generation electronic health records; public health informatics.

Stephen Johnson, Ph.D., Information systems modeling workflow, language use and social organization in patient care, clinical research and basic research; natural language processing; text mining; information retrieval; database design.

Desmond Jordan, M.D., Automation of ICU and OR recordkeeping, medical database analysis.

Andrew Kanter, M.D., M.P.H., Applications of information technology to international health and development; medical terminologies; and applications such as electronic medical records and information retrieval.

David Kaufman, Ph.D., Applying cognitive science methods of analysis to a range of problems in the study of medical cognition, human-computer interaction and technology-mediated decision making.

Rita Kukafka, DrPH, M.A., Public Health Informatics; computer interventions for health promotion, patient education, health and informed decision making.

Gilad Kuperman, M.D., Ph.D., Strategic planning for advanced clinical information systems in large health care organizations; Design, development, implementation and evaluation of knowledge-based clinical decision support systems; Building and evaluating regional clinical data interchange networks.

Jacqueline Merrill, DNSc, M.P.H., R.N., Computational techniques such as network analysis and formal knowledge representation to support decision making in public health organizations.

Frances Morrison, M.D., M.P.H., M.A., Clinical decision support using public health data; automated public health reporting; use of technology to improve health care orgnaizational systems.

Raul Rabadan, Ph.D., Computational Virology, Viral Evolution, Next Generation Sequencing Technologies, Systems Biology.

Maxine Rockoff, Ph.D., Developing telemedicine solutions for the problems of urban and rural health care delivery.

Peter Stetson, M.D., M.A., Leveraging Healthcare IT to support patient safety; provider documentation tools in electronic medical records; automated clinical alerts; electronic provider documentation.

David Vawdrey, Ph.D., Next Generation Clinical Information Systems.

Dennis Vitkup, Ph.D., Development of novel computational methods for reconstruction and simulation of cellular networks.

Chunhua Weng, Ph.D., Using electronic health records to provide clinical/research decision support, automated workflow support, supporting interdisciplinary collaborations in health sciences.

Adam Wilcox, Ph.D., Evaluation of clinical data exchange, information systems to support chronic disease management and clinical information systems architecture and design.


Department of Dermatology

David R. Bickers, M.D., Carl Truman Nelson Professor & Chairman, Studies defining the role of exposure to environmental sunlight on the development of non-melanoma skin cancer (NMSC) in mouse models and human populations as well as identifying mechanism-based cancer chemopreventive agents.

Julide Tok-Celebi, M.D., Studies focused on the genetic basis of atypical mole syndrome (AMS) by ascertaining families with this disorder, and identifying a locus for AMS through linkage analysis, and ultimately identifying a candidate gene for AMS.

Angela M. Christiano, Ph.D., Studies of inherited skin and hair disorders in humans, through a classical genetic approach including genetic linkage, gene discovery and mutation analysis, and most recently, functional studies relating these findings back to basic questions in epidermal biology. A long-range goal of the research is to develop rationally designed genetic therapies for skin and hair diseases by understanding underlying pathogenetic mechanisms.

Karima Djabali, Ph.D., Studies the pathophysiological mechanisms of premature aging using human genetic diseases.

Arianna L. Kim, Ph.D., Studies focused on the pathogenesis of solar ultraviolet-induced skin cancers and identifying cell growth regulators that their growth. Also studying the mechanism of senescence pathway in cancer cells and their role in inhibitingtumor growth.

David M. Owens, Ph.D., Studies defining the role of stem cells and differentiated cells in the development of epidermal skin cancer both in terms of tumor cell growth and the role of the underlying stroma in tumor growth and metastases.

Srikala Raghavan, Ph.D., Studies the role of integrins in skin and oral epithelia.and their importance in basement membrane (BM) assembly using conditional gene ablation as well as cells in culture. Intact BM is essential for normal tissue homeostasis and in epithelial-mesenchymal transitions.

Department of Genetics and Development

Arthur Bank, M.D.,
Regulation of human globin gene expression in hematopoietic cells; gene transfer in animals.

Timothy H. Bestor, Ph.D.,
DNA methyltransferases; epigenetic effects in gene expression.

Marian Carlson, Ph.D.,
Regulation of the Snf1/AMPK family of metabolic stress response kinases and transcriptional responses to stress in yeast.

Angela M. Christiano, Ph.D.,
Molecular basis of inherited skin and hair disorders in humans and mice.

Franklin D. Costantini, Ph.D.,
Molecular genetics of mammalian development.

Riccardo Dalla-Favera, M.D.,
Molecular genetics of cancer; molecular pathogenesis of lymphoma and leukemia; genetic control in lymphoid tissue development.

Argiris Efstratiadis, M.D., Ph.D.,
Growth factors in mammalian development; mouse models of tumorigenic pathway; stem cells in normalcy and malignancy.

L. Erlenmeyer-Kimling, Ph.D.,
Psychiatric and behavioral genetics.

Jean Gautier, Ph.D.,
Maintenance of genetic integrity; DNA replication and response to DNA damage.

Laura Johnston, Ph.D.,
Control of the cell cycle and growth during development.

Gerard Karsenty, M.D.,Ph.D.,
Biological bases controlling skeletal development and physiology.

Virginia E. Papaioannou, Ph.D.,
Genetic control of mammalian development from peri-implantation stages through organogenesis; determination of the role of T-box genes in development, using embryonic stem-cell technology and targeted mutagenesis.

Rodney Rothstein, Ph.D.,
Yeast genetics and cell biology; cellular responses to DNA damage; recombination; control of genome stability.

Eric A. Schon, Ph.D.,
Molecular genetics of neurological and neuromuscular disorders with focus on mitochondrial genetics and diseases.

Gary Struhl, Ph.D.,
Developmental genetics in Drosophila.

Joseph Terwilliger Ph.D.,
Population genetic epidemiology and gene mapping.

Andrew Tomlinson, Ph.D.,
Cellular interactions in Drosophila development.

Dorothy Warburton, Ph.D.,
Human cytogenetics and molecular cytogenetics; epidemiology of congenital malformations and miscarriages; human gene mapping.

I. Bernard Weinstein, M.D.,
Molecular biology of cancer; genetic toxicology; signal transduction.

Debra J. Wolgemuth, Ph.D.,
Molecular developmental genetics of mammalian gametogenesis and embryogenesis; regulation of the cell cycle during germ cell mitosis and meiosis: role of cyclin A1 in hematopoiesis and leukemogenesis.

Adjunct Faculty

Michael H. Wigler, Ph.D., Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory, (516) 367-8376
Genetic approaches to understanding growth control.

Institute of Human Nutrition

Domenico Accili, M.D. , Insulin resistance, mechanisms of insulin receptor signaling.

Richard baer, Ph.D.,, Function of the BRCA1 breast cancer susceptibility gene; retinoid signaling in mammary glands.

Jonathan Barasch, M.D., Ph.D., RGrowth factors that induce or repair nephrons.  Acute renal failure.

William S. Blaner, Ph.D., Retinoids and vitamin A metabolism.

Angela M. Christiano, M.D., Genetic basis of skin and hair disorders in humans, basic epidermal biology.

Wendy Chung, M.D., Ph.D., Genetics of human disease (colon and pancreatic cancer). 

Jeanine M. D’Armiento, M.D., Ph.D., Metaloproteases and lung pathophysiology.

Richard J. Deckelbaum, M.D., Lipid-gene-cell interactions; lipid emulsion metabolism; free fatty acids and cell lipid-lipoprotein metabolism.

Bernard F. Erlanger, Ph.D., Biologically significant receptors, the relationship of their structures to their metabolic and regulatory activities.

W. Anthony Ferrante, Jr., M.D., Ph.D., Mechanisms of obesity induced complications.

Dympna Gallagher, Ed. D., Energy expenditure and body composition at the organ-tissue level, both cross-sectionally and longitudinally, in growth, aging, and Type II diabetes.

Anne A. Gershon, M.D., Virus infectivity; infant immunity relevant to viral infections; varicella-zoster virus (VZV), the highly contagious etiologic agent of chickenpox (varicella) and shingles (zoster).

Michael D. Gershon, M.D., Enteric nervous system.

Henry N. Ginsberg, M.D., Regulation of plasma lipoprotein metabolism; regulation of apoprotein B secretion from hepatocytes; dietary regulation of plasma lipids and lipoproteins.

Ira J. Goldberg, M.D., Lipoprotein metabolism; lipolytic enzymes; endothelial cell biology; atherosclerosis.

Maxwell E. Gottesman, M.D., Ph.D., Gene transcription and regulation; cancer; thyroid physiology.

Geoffrey R. Howe, Ph.D., Nutrition and cancer; radiation and cancer.

Li-Shin Huang, Ph.D., Molecular genetics of lipoprotein metabolism in humans and induced mutant mouse models.

Gerard Karsenty, M.D., Ph.D., Novel physiology of the skeleton.

Sudha Kashyap, M.D., Nutritional support of pre-term infants.

Harry R. Kissileff, Ph.D., Psychology of eating disorders.

Sally A. Lederman, Ph.D., Biological determinants of pregnancy outcome; metabolic adjustments for pregnancy and lactation; psychosocial factors that influence birth weight and the course of pregnancy; lactational and gestational nutrient needs and the factors that determine them; energy metabolism and body composition changes during pregnancy and lactation.

Rudolph L. Leibel, M.D., Biology of weight regulation and the genetic bases of obesity and diabetes.

Cathy L. Mendelsohn, Ph.D., Retinoids and development of urogenital tract.

Frederica Perera, Dr.P.H., Molecular epidemiology; risk assessment; carcinogenesis.

Francis Xavier Pi-Sunyer, M.D., Carbohydrate and lipid metabolism; obesity; diabetes mellitus; food intake regulation.

Ravichandran Ramasamy, Ph.D., Carbohydrate metabolism and cardiac function.

Lawrence S. Shapiro, Ph.D., Dr. Shapiro’s research focuses on possible biochemical causes for adult-onset obesity.

Stephen L. Sturley, Ph.D., Yeast as a model extracellular and intracellular sterol transport pathway.

Lori Sussel, Ph.d., Role of transcriptional regulatory factors in specifying the development and differentiation of the pancreatic islet during mouse embryogenesis.

Ira A. Tabas, M.D., Ph.D., Regulation of intracellular cholesterol esterification (the ACAT reaction) in macrophage; lipoprotein endocytic pathways in macrophages; biochemical consequences of macrophage cholesteryl ester accumulation.

Alan R. Tall, M.D., Plasma lipoprotein metabolism; atherosclerosis; protein structure/function and mutagenesis; regulation of gene expression; molecular nutrition.

Timothy Wang, M.D., The role of inflammation, cytokines and growth factors in the development of gastrointestinal cancers.

Sharon L. Wardlaw, M.D., Neuroendocrine control of pituitary function. Hypothalamic regulation of energy homeostasis. Neuroendocrine-immune interactions.

Debra J. Wolgemuth, Ph.D., Physiology processes underlying the progression of meiosis and differentiation of mammalian germ cells to highly specialized cells which support embryonic development.



Department of Medicine

Julian Abrams, M.D., M.S., Risk factor for progression in esophageal neoplasia.  In particular, epidemiology, endoscopic treatment modalities and predictive biomarkers for Barrett's esophagus and esophageal adenocarcinoma.   

Domenico Accili, M.D., Insulin resistance in diabetes: Genetics, molecular biology and animal models.

Qais Al-Awqati, M.B., Ch.B., qa1@columbia.edui Developmental biology of the kidney, biogenesis of differentiation of epithelial cells; stem cells in the adult kidney. 

Gerald Appel, M.D., Nephrology.

Selim Arcasoy, M.D., Lung transplantation and rejection; lung reduction surgery for emphysema; idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis and pulmonary alveolar proteinosis; pulmonary embolism and thrombolytic therapy.

Jonathan Barasch, M.D., Ph.D., The ureteric bud secretes proteins that induce nearby mesenchyme to convert to epithelia and form nephrons. The aim of my work is to identify these factors and to determine how they change cell fate in the embryonic kidney.  One of these factors is expressed in the damaged kidney.

R. Graham Barr, M.D., Dr.P.H., Novel risk factors for asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD).

Randolph C. Barrows, Jr., M.D., Computerized patient records; information systems in ambulatory care; clinical data warehouses; automated decision support; controlled medical vocabularies; health data modeling; smoking cessation pharmacotherapies and techniques.

Robert C. Basner, M.D., Cardiopulmonary regulation during sleep; autonomic and vascular correlates of sleep-disordered breathing.

Paul D. Berk, M.D., The Basic transport mechanisms by which fatty acids enter cells and their implications in obesity, fatty liver disease and metabolic syndrome, conducted in mouse and rat models of the human diseases, cell lines in tissue culture and in physiological studies and clinical trials in obese human subjects. 

Jahar Bhattacharya, M.D., D.Phil.,  Two photon and confocal microscopy of the living lung for in situ cell biological studies related to sepsis, pulmonary edema and lung inflammation.  Studies of junctional proteins in cultured lung endothelial cells to understand endothelial barrier regulation. 

Rachel Bijou, M.D., Clinical research in congestive heart failure.

J. Thomas Bigger, M.D., Studies in the prediction and prevention of sudden cardiac death. Studies of the role of the autonomic nervous system in the genesis of malignant ventricular arrhythmias.

John P. Bilezikian, M.D., Regulation of signal transduction pathways by parathyroid hormone and parathyroid hormone-related protein. Clinical and basic features of metabolic bone diseases such as primary hyperparathyroidism; osteoporosis in women and men.

Angelo Biviano, M.D., Clinical cardiac electrophysiology: Percutaneous catheter ablations (particularly atrial fibrillation and atrial flutter) and ICD/Pacemaker implantations.

William Blaner, Ph.D., Regulation of vitamin A and retinoic acid metabolism.

Robert S. Brown, Jr., M.D., M.P.H., Determinants of the cost of orthotopic liver transplantation and the impact of organ allocation strategies on cost and outcome; outcomes including quality of life in chronic liver disease; clinical trials in liver disease and transplantation.

Karen Brudney, M.D., Clincal research on HIV and tuberculosis in Washington Heights and in the Dominican Republic.

Matthew Burg, Ph. D., The role of stress and emotion in CHD related prognosis, and the mechanisms underlying this role.

Daniel Burkhoff, M.D., Ph.D., Mechanics of the failing heart; experimental models of heart failure; angiogenesis.

Rita Charon, M.D., Ph.D., Studies in literature and medicine; imagination as a clinical instrument; patient-doctor discourse; narrative writing in medicine.

Leonard Chess, M.D., Functional and molecular biological studies of cell surface molecules involved in T cell function. Basic and clinical studies of T cell subsets important in the immunopathogenesis of autoimmune, infectious and neoplastic diseases.

Raphael Clynes, M.D., Ph.D., Our laboratory studies the role of Fc receptors in autoimmunity and tumor immunity.

Adi Cohen, M.D., M.H.S., Osteoporosis in premenopausal women; bone health during and after pregnancy; transplantation osteoporosis.

David J. Cohen, M.D., New immunosuppressive therapies in renal transplantaion; renal disease in recipients of heart, liver and lung transplants.

Paolo Colombo, M.D., Translational (clinical/basic) studies to determine the expression of pro-inflammatory genes in the vascular endothelium of patients with diabetes and of patients with heart failure. Using a novel approach, endothelial cells are biopsied from peripheral vessels of patients, and then characterized by real time PCR, flow cytometry and immunofluorescent analysis.

James Coromilas, M.D., Studies on the mechanisms of ventricular tachycardia. Studies of the effects of antiarrhythmic drugs on re-entrant circuits. Studies on ablation of ventricular tachycardia.  Pathogenesis of Brugada Syndrome, identification of patients at high risk for SCD.

Katherine D. Crew, M.D., M.S., Breast cancer prevention and control.

Jeanine D’Armiento, M.D., Ph.D., Understanding the mechanisms of smoke induced injury in disease.

Jonathan David, M.D., FACP, FACG, Colon cancer screening; cost issues in healthcare, using endoscopy as a model.

Karina W. Davidson, Ph.D., Behavioral Medicine randomized controlled trials with cardiology patients.

Mario Deng, M.D., Outcomes evaluation of medical and surgical therapies in advanced heart failure and the underlying molecular and cellular pathophysiology, with specific emphasis on the interleuken-6 cytokine system.

Emily DiMango, M.D., Clinical research includes treatment and management of patients with chronic obstructive airway disease (COPD and asthma); member of the National Emphysema Treatment Trial (NETT); caring for patients with pulmonary complications related to cancer and its treatment.

Marco R. DiTullio, M.D., Echocardiographic assessment of cardiac embolic sources for ischemic stroke, especially aortic plaques. Applications of echocardiography to epidemiologic studies on cardioembolic stroke.

Jay F. Dobkin, M.D., Pathogenesis of pneumococcal infection in AIDS; epidemiology of tuberculosis associated with AIDS.

Andrew J. Einstein, M.D., Ph.D., Cardiac imaging; radiation safety in cardiology.

Anthony Ferrante Jr., M.D., Ph.D., Large increases in fat mass lead to obesity and adversely alter blood pressure, insulin sensitivity, serum lipid profiles and cardiac function. Research has uncovered a critical role for myeloid cells in the development of metabolic consequences of obesity, and focuses on understanding the role of macrophages in the development of insulin resistance, diabetes and non-alcoholic fatty liver disease.

Robert L. Fine, M.D., Translational cancer research into the mechanisms of cancer drug resistance in the lab to the clinical implementation of novel therapeutic trials to improve outcome based on lab research.

Michael J. Flamm, M.D., Ph.D., Retroviral gene transfer in the treatment of paroxysmal noctural hemoglobinuria.

Nicholas Fiebac, M.D., M.S., Medical education.

Robert Foronjy, M.D., Pulmonology.

Pamela Freda, M.D., Clinical studies of patients with pituitary tumors.

Harold Frucht, M.D., Gastrointestinal malignancies and pre-malignant conditions, specifically hereditary syndromes and cancer genetics, prevention and early detection; acid hypersecretory states and GI hormone excess syndromes. Translational research in gastrointestinal cancer biology.

Edward Gelmann, M.D., Prostate cancer pathogenesis and the role of a ubiquitous prostate tumor suppressor protein NKX3.1., which is specific for the prostate and influences cell growth, differentiation and DNA repair.  This protein is important in several pathways that are known to be important in the transition cells undergo when they acquire the malignant phenotype.

Ali Ghavari, M.D., Molecular genetics of renal diseases, in particular glomerular disorders in humans and rodent models.

Elsa-Grace V. Giardina, M.D., Heart disease in women; mechanism of action of estrogen and other drugs to reduce cardiac risk in women.  Metabolic syndrome in women and families.

Rachel J. Gordon, M.D., M.P.H., Studying the molecular epidemiology and pathogenesis of ventricular assist device infections with Staphylococcus epidermidis.

Victor Grann, M.D., M.P.H., Health outcomes, cost-effectiveness and decision analysis, quality of life, and disparities of cancer care and prevention.

William A. Gray, M.D., Peripheral vascular intervention, percutaneous valve therapy, non-surgical modalities for stroke prevention (carotid stenting and patent foramen ovale (PFO) closure), and research into preventing the reoccurrence of disease following successful angioplasty or stenting.

Henry N. Ginsberg, M.D., Assembly and secretion of lipoproteins from cultured liver cells. Studies of insulin resistance and dyslipidemia in transgenic mouse models. Regulation of lipid and lipoprotein metabolism in humans.

Robin S. Goland, M.D., Several NIH multi-center clinical trials for treatment of Type 1 and Type 2 Diabetes in adolescents and youth.

Ira J. Goldberg, M.D., Regulation of plasma triglyceride metabolism, lipid uptake into tissues and models of diabetic cardiovascular disease.  These studies utilize cells and genetically modified mouse models.  The human diseases that are modeled include atherosclerosis, diabetic cardiomyopathy and obesity-induced insulin resistance. 

Rochelle Goldsmith, Ph.D., Exercise physiology; mechanisms of exercise limitation in heart failure; exercise training and left ventricular remodeling.

Peter H.R. Green, M.D., Celiac disease: clinical presentation, manifestations and complications; genetic analysis, immunologic mechanisms and pathogenesis.

Scott Hammer, M.D., Antiretroviral therapy; HIV drug resistance; pathogenesis of HIV infection.

Dawn Hershman, M.D., M.S., Clinical trials in breast cancer treatment, prevention, supportive care and cancer survivorship.  Research in quality of care and health services research.

Shunichi Homma, M.D., Cardiac studies with various ultrasound methods.  Therapeutic application of ultrasound.  Epidemiological studies of cardioembilic stroke risk factors.   

George Hripcsak, M.D., Medical informatics: Medical knowledge-based systems; sharing electronic knowledge across institutions; electronic medical record.

Li-Shin Huang, Ph.D., Genetic regulation of assembly and secretion of apoB-containing lipoproteins, precursors of LDL. Molecular mechanisms underlying the development of fatty livers associated with insulin resistance and diabetes. 

Sanja Jelic, M.D., Translational studies on vascular complications of sleep apnea.

Hong Jiang, M.D., Ph.D., Cellular and molecular mechanisms of immunoregulation by the CD8+ T cells in peripheral tolerance; molecular biologic analysis of interaction between CD8+ and CD4+ T cells; CD8+ T cell mediated control of autoimmunity.

Rui Jiang, M.D., Dr.P.H., Nutritional epidemiology of major chronic diseases, including chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), type 2 diabetes, and cardiovascular disease.

Andrew Joe, M.D., Evaluating cancer prevention agents and identifying surrogate tumor markers for use in targeted clinical chemoprevention; ongoing translational, patient-oriented projects, in which I am investigating Barrett’s Esophagus and African-American Breast Cancer.

Ulrich P. Jorde, M.D., Pharmacotherapy of congestive heart failure.  Device therapy of congestive heart failure.

Daniel Kass, M.D., Ph.D., Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis:  Molecular biology, animal models, and novel approaches to treatment.

Krzysztof Kiryluk, M.D., M.S., Genetic and epidemiologic studies of kidney disease:  IgA nephropathy, HIV-associated nephropathy, kidney transplant rejection, and congenital renal malformations.

Judith Korner, M.D., Ph.D., Clinical studies and basic research in the pathogenesis and treatment of obesity, insulin resistance and diabetes.

Stavroula Kousteni, Ph.D., Interactions between hormones, cytokines, kinases and bone.  Cellular and molecular mechanisms of the pathogenesis of osteoporosis due to estrogen deficiency and old age; mechanisms of parathyroid hormone and steroid hormone receptor action; anabolic bone therapies; and the contribution of anti-oxidant defense mechanisms and longevity-related pathways to the preservation of bone mass.

Donald Landry, M.D., Ph.D., Drug discovery including small molecules and artificial enzymes; vasopressin deficiency in vasodilatory states.

Rafael Lantigua, M.D., Mentoring minority investigators in aging research; genetics of Alzheimer’s Disease.

David Lederer, M.D., M.S., Outcomes in advanced lung disease and lung transplantation.  Clinical trials. 

Rudolph L. Leibel, M.D., Molecular genetics and energetics of obesity and Type 2 diabetes in rodents and humans.

Barron H. Lerner, M.D., Medical ethics and the history of medicine, especially regarding breast cancer, celebrity patients, drunk driving and the role of media in publicizing medical advances.

Charles J. Lightdale, M.D., Diagnosis and treatment of Barrett’s esophagus and early esophageal cancer; studies in magnification and enhanced endoscopy, biomarkers, chemoprevention, endoscopic mucosal resection, radiofrequency ablation, and cryoablation. 

Franklin Lowy, M.D., Research involves the pathogenesis and transmission of Staphylococcus aureus.

Jonathan Lu, M.D., Ph.D., Molecular, cellular and biophysical basis of arrhythmias, development of cellular model of inherited arrhythmia using induced pluripotent stem (iPS) cells, genetics of inherited arrhythmias, personalized medicine in the treatment of arrhythmias.

Jose Luchsinger, M.D., Relationship between cardiovascular risk factors and cognition. Relationship between diet and cognition.

Arthur Magun, M.D., Clinical trials in the treatment of chronic hepatitis.

Donna Mancini, M.D., Cardiac transplantation; immunosuppressive surveillance and therapy. Mechanisms of exercise intolerance in heart failure.

Andrew R. Marks, M.D., Molecular cardiology; structure and function of calcium channels and their regulation in the pathogenesis of heart failure and cardiac arrhythmias.

Steven Marx, M.D., Ion channels in the heart and their regulation by kinases and phosphatases through the formation of macromolecular complexes.

Igor Matushansky, M.D., Ph.D., Stem cells and their relationship to sarcomagenesis; investigational (differentiation based) therapy for sarcomas; genetics, molecular biology and animal models of sarcomas.

Mathew Maurer, M.D., Syncope; isolated systolic hypertension; diastolic heart failure.

Matthew Maurer, M.D., My focus is targeted translational breast cancer research.

Roger A. Maxfield, M.D., Multicenter clinical trials of bronchoscopic treatment for advanced emphysema. 

Rachel Miller, M.D., Clinical, translational and basic science research on mechanisms in asthma and allergies, including prenatal and early postnatal exposures and asthma outcomes, role of air pollution, gene by environment interactions, epigenetic mechanisms. 

Andrew Moran, M.D., M.P.H., Impact of cardiovascular disease on developing nations and effective policies for prevention, particularly for China, employing computer modeling, epidemiology and health economics methods.

John Morrow, M.D., Cardiac electrophysiology.  Mouse models of heart failure and arrhythmia to explore molecular mechanisms of ventricular tachycardia and atrial fibrillation and microarrays of human heart tissue to examine changes in gene expression that accompany EKG abnormalities in heart failure patients to find new therapeutic targets.

Lori Mosca, M.D., M.P.H., Ph.D., Clinical trials and outcomes research in cardiovascular disease prevention and women’s health; novel technologies to screen for heart disease; effect of preventive therapies on endothelial function.

Alan J. Moskowitz, M.D., Clinical evaluative research of new interventions for cardiovascular and cerebrovascular disease.  Particular interest in measuring survival, quality of life, and economic impact of mechanical circulatory support for advanced heart failure and therapeutic approaches to brain arteriovenous malformations.

Alfred I. Neugut, M.D., Ph.D., Studies in cancer epidemiology and cancer screening.

Thomas L. Nickolas, M.D., Development of new, noninvasive tools to predict fracture risk in patients with chronic kidney disease.  Evaluation of novel biomarkers to predict acute kidney injury and chronic kidney disease.

Juan Oliver, M.D., Renal stem cells; kidney development; septic shock and vasopressin.

Ariel Pablos-Mendez, M.D., M.P.H., Epidemiology of tuberculosis. Clinical preventive services. Clinical preventive services. Global health.  Health systems. e-Health.

Walter Palmas-Meilinger, M.D., Telemedicine for prevention of chronic diseases.  Prevention of cardiovascular diseases. Identification and causes of subclinical atherosclerosis.  Monitoring and management of hypertension.

Ramon E. Parsons, M.D., Ph.D., Genetic and biochemical analysis of breast cancer.

Alessandra Pernis, M.D., Molecular mechanisms of B cell development and function.

Daniel P. Petrylak, M.D., Clinical and laboratory research in the mechanism of hormonal and chemotherapeutic resistance in prostate and bladder cancer.

Charles Powell, M.D., Translational studies on functional genomics of lung cancer and mesothelioma.

Leroy E. Rabbani, M.D., Pathophysiology and treatment of acute myocardial infarction and acute coronary syndromes.

Jai Radhakrishnan, M.D., M.R.C.P., Glomerular disease. Medical education.  Informatics.

Ravi Ramasamy, Ph.D., Metabolic basis of ischemic injury and heart failure; molecular and cellular impact of polyol pathway.

James A. Reiffel, M.D., Diagnosis and treatment of cardiac rhythm disorders (arrhythmias).

Gissette Reyes-Soffer, M.D., Regulation of lipid and lipoprotein metabolism, adipose tissue distribution and macrophage content in humans with obesity, insulin resistance and type 2 diabetes.

Carlos Jose Rodriguez, M.D., MPH, FACC, Echocardiography and cardiovascular disease epidemiology; particularly hypertensive heart disease among underrepresented minorities.

Michael Rosenbaum, M.D., Regulation of body weight and the pathogenesis of type 2 diabetes in adults and children.

David J. Rothman, Ph.D., The ethics of human experimentation, in the U.S. and developing countries; the social implications of genetic enhancement technologies; the social and ethical issues in organ donation and transplantation.  The idea and practice of medical professionalism.

Mishaela Rubin, M.D., M.Sc., Research in metabolic bone disease, with a focus on patathyroid hormone excess and deficiency.

Chris Schindler, M.D., Ph.D., Cytokine signal transduction and the role it plays in immunity, atherosclerosis and asthma.

Neil Schluger, M.D., Ph.D., The use of novel diagnostics for latent tuberculosis.  Clinical trials of treatments for latent and active tuberculosis. 

Robert Schwabe, M.D., Inflammatory signals in liver fibrosis and liver cancer, hepatic stellate cell biology, endocannabinoids in the liver. 

P. Christian Schulze, M.D., Ph.D., Metabolism in patients with advanced cardiac disease such as heart failure.  Regulation of vascular, cardiac and skeletal muscle metabolism, function and morphology.

Allan Schwartz, M.D., Transcatheter therapy of valvular heart disease. 

Elizabeth Shane, M.D., Postmenopausal osteoporosis.  Pathophysiology, mechanisms and management of secondary osteoporosis including glucocorticoids, antiepileptic drugs, celiac disease, bone disease associated with cardiac, lung, renal, liver and bone marrow transplantation, chronic kidney disease, breast and prostate cancer and their therapies.  Primary and secondary hyperparathyroidism and other metabolic bone diseases.  Vitamin D. Novel imaging techniques to assess bone quality.  Osteoporosis in young men and women.

Steven Shea, M.D., Studies in cardiovascular epidemiology and cardiovascular disease prevention.

Michael M. Shen, Ph.D., Pattern formation and cellular differentiation during early mouse embryogenesis; prostate stem cells, organogenesis and regeneration; mouse models of prostate cancer.

Daichi Shimbo, M.D., Biological mechanisms underlying psychosocial and behavioral and cardiovascular events.  Echocardiographic evidence of mechanical dyssynchrony in heart failure patients.

Abby Siegel, M.D., M.S., Liver cancer outcomes and clinical trials.

Shonni J. Silverberg, M.D., Pathophysiology and clinical studies of osteoporosis, primary hyperparathyroidism and other metabolic bone diseases.

Ethel S. Siris, M.D., Paget’s disease of bone, osteoporosis and metabolic bone diseases.

Robert J. Sommer, M.D., Interventional Catheterization for Adult Congenital Heart Disease; Patent Foramen Ovale: Stroke/Migraine.

Leonard Stern, M.D., Clinical trials testing for dialysis technology and treatments in end stage renal disease; clinical trials for pharmaceuticals in patients with chronic kidney disease; clinical trials evaluating contributing factors towards survival in patients on peritoneal dialysis; clinical trials in collaboration with the dental school evaluating the prevalence of periodontal disease in patients on chronic dialysis. 

Peter D. Stevens, M.D., New technique and outcomes research in pancreaticobiliary diseases and GI bleeding.

Milan N. Stojanovic, Ph.D., Oligonucleotide-based fluorescent probes for small molecules and proteins; directed movement of catalytic nanoassemblies; recognition-triggered drug delivery systems; decision-making molecular networks.

Ira Tabas, M.D., Ph.D., Mechanisms and consequences of atherosclerotic foam cell formation.

Alan Tall, M.D., Plasma lipoproteins; cell and molecular biology of atherosclerosis.

Robert N. Taub, M.D., Ph.D., Drug discovery; molecular biology of mesothelioma and sarcoma; clinical trials in sarcoma, mesothelioma and melanoma.

Simon J. Tsiouris, M.D., M.P.H., TB and TB/HIV epidemiology in resource limited settings, TB and LTBI diagnostics, novel antimicrobials for bacterial and fungal infections.

Silke Vogel, Ph.D., Retinoid metabolism, adipogenesis and insulin resistance.  Animal models, ex vivo and in vitro analysis, molecular biology.

Marcella Walker, M.D., Racial differences in bone density and other aspects of bone quality.

Timothy C. Wang, M.D., Pathogenesis of gastric, colonic and pancreatic cancer; carcinogenesis; cancer stem cells; adult stem cells; inflammation and cancer; tumor microenvironment, mouse models of cancer.

Sharon Wardlaw, M.D., Neuroendocrine control of pituitary function; hypothalamic neuropeptides and regulation of energy homeostasis.

Michelle Warren, M.D., Effects of exercise and weight loss on the hypothalamic-pituitarygonadal axis and the metabolic signals to the GnRH pulse generator, and on the development of osteopenia in women. Treatment of the menopausal woman. Effects of puberty on behavior.

Giora Weisz, M.D., Clinical research in interventional cardiology.

Carrie Welch, Ph.D., Using a mouse genetics approach to identify new genes underlying susceptibility to atherosclerosis and thrombosis.

Robert Winchester, M.D., The genetic basis of susceptibility to autoimmune disease and the mechanisms responsible for triggering and mediating autoimmune injury.   

Howard Worman, M.D., Pathobiology of diseases caused by mutations in genes encoding nuclear envelope proteins, such as Emery-Dreifuss muscular dystrophy, Dunnigan-type familial partial lipodystrophy and Hutchinson-Gilgord progeria syndrome. 

Michael Yin, M.D., M.S., Metabolic complications of HIV therapy; HIV treatment and prevention.


Department of Microbiology and Immunology

K.L. Calame, Ph.D.,
Regulated gene expression during B and T lymphocyte development.

M. Carlson, Ph.D.,
Snf1/AMP-activated protein kinase family and metabolic stress responses.

F. Chang, M.D., Ph.D.,
Cell division, cell polarity and the cytoskeleton in fission yeast.

R. Clynes, M.D., Ph.D.,
Fc receptor biology in antigen presentation, cellular cytotoxicity and inflammation.

J.E. Dworkin, Ph.D., HHSC 1218,
Genetics and cell biology of cytokinesis and chromosome segregation in Bacillus subtilis.

B.F. Erlanger, Ph.D.,
Immunochemistry of nucleic acids and fullerenes and action of intracellular antibodies.

D. Fidock, Ph.D., HHSC 1502,
Pathogenesis and drug resistance of the Malaria parasite Plasmodium falciparum; genetic manipulation of P. falciparum.

D.H. Figurski, Ph.D.,
Mechanisms of stable maintenance by promiscuous bacterial plasmids; tight adherence by periopathogen Actinobacillus actinomycetemocomitans.

S.P. Goff, Ph.D.,
Molecular biology of retrovirus replication; host factors; yeast two-hybrid screens; virus resistance genes; mouse knock-outs.

M.E. Gottesman, M.D., Ph.D.,
Transcription termination in bacteriophage. Roles of cAMP in Xenopus cell cycle progression and steroid biosynthesis. Genetic analysis of retinol metabolism in the mouse.

H. Gu, Ph.D.,
Molecular regulation of immune system development, function, and diseases.

A.P. Mitchell, Ph.D.,
Molecular genetics of Candida virulence and of Saccharomyces environmental responses.

B.G. Pernis, M.D.,
Immunoregulation by T cells.

V.R. Racaniello, Ph.D.,
Replication and pathogenesis of RNA viruses.

B.V. Reizis, Ph.D.,
Regulation of immune system development and stem cell function.

C.W. Schindler, M.D., Ph.D.,
Molecular mechanisms of signal transduction by cytokines and their role in atherosclerosis and asthma.

H.A. Shuman, Ph.D.,
Genetics and genomics of L. pneumophilia pathogenesis.

S.J. Silverstein, Ph.D.,
Gene expression during varicella zoster virus latency and reactivation.

L.S. Symington, Ph.D.,
Genetics and biochemistry of DNA recombination and repair in yeast.

Y. Zou, Ph.D.,
Molecular mechanisms controlling lymphoid organotgenesis.

Department of Neurology

Center for Parkinson Disease and Other Movement Disorders

Dr. Stanley Fahn, Director , Clinical research involving most aspects of movement disorders.

Dr. Blair Ford, Clinical research on Parkinson disease, dystonia, tremor, Tourette syndrome and other movement disorders.

Dr. Steven Frucht, Clinical research in the phenomenology and experimental therapeutics of movement disorders.

Dr. Paul Greene, Clinical phenomenology of movement disorders, experimental therapeutics for Parkinson disease.

Dr. Elan D. Louis, Clinical, epidemiological, and genetic aspects of essential tremor, Parkinson disease and Huntington disease.

Dr. Cheryl Waters, Clinical drug trials for Parkinson disease. Clinical research on other parkinsonian syndromes and movement disorders.

Peripheral Neuropathy Center

Dr. Thomas H. Branagan, Director Evaluation and treatment of peripheral neuropathy, particularly immune-mediated neuropathies and diabetic neuropathies.

Laboratories for The Study of Cellular Mechanisms of Neurodegeneration: The Morris Udall Center for Parkinson Disease Research

Dr. Asa Abeliovich, The study of the molecular basis of midbrain dopamine neuron function and survival.

Dr. Robert E. Burke, Studies of mechanisms of programmed cell death in models of neurodegeneration related to disorders of the basal ganglia, especially parkinsonism.

Dr. William Dauer, Research focuses on creating and characterizing genetic mouse models of basal ganglia disease, generated through the use of gene targeting.

Dr. Serge Przedborski, Study of toxin-induced damage to neurotransmitter systems pertinent to movement disorders such as Parkinson disease and Huntington disease.

Dr. David Sulzer, Study of dopamine synaptic plasticity and its pharmacological manipulation by drugs used for treatment of Parkinson disease and schizophrenia, as well as modulation by intrinsic synaptic proteins.

Laboratories For The Study Of Motor Control

Drs. John Krakauer, Pietro Mazzoni, The neurological mechanisms underlying the initiation and control of reaching movement are studied by kinematic, electromyographic analyses, PET, and fMRI in normal humans and patients with cerebral or cerebellar lesions.

Dr. Seth Pullman, Clinical neurophysiologic techniques, including kinesiologic and EMG methods; reaction and movement time analyses; transcranial magnetic stimulation of the cortex in conjunction with peripheral stimuli; evoked craniofacial and limb evoked motor recovery curves after multiple stimuli; and backaveraging techniques linking EEG to EMG activity, are used to quantify motor disability and study motor control in patients with neurologic disease.

Tanenbaum Stroke And Neurovascular Center

Dr. Bernadette Boden-Albala, Research on stroke and cardiovascular disease with emphasis on health disparities among gender and race-ethnic groups; social dimensions of stroke in minority populations. 

Dr. Sander Connolly, Mechanisms of ischemic injury, dellular and molecular neuroprotective mechanisms and new therapeutic strategies.

Dr. Mitchell S. Elkind, Stroke risk factors and prevention. Focus on different inflammatory markers and infections, such as C. pneumoniae and periodontal disease, as potential causes of atherosclerosis and ischemic stroke.

Dr. Randolph S. Marshall, Behavioral and physiologic investigation of early hemispheric ischemia in patients undergoing therapeutic carotid balloon test occlusions. Evaluation of visual-spatial dysfunction using behavioral and functional imaging methodologies.

Dr. Jay P. Mohr,  Clinical, radiologic and pathologic correlations of clinical stroke syndromes; doppler studies and cerebral hemodynamics of large-artery disease; arteriovenous malformations (AVMs); studies of the course and outcome of stroke and its various subtypes; cardiac and hematologic risk factors of stroke; and modification of stroke outcome by specific therapies tested in multi-center trials.


Cerebral Localizaion Laboratory

Drs. Ronald M. Lazar, Randolph S. Marshall, A clinical research unit dedicated to investigation of the behavioral outcomes of strokes and related vascular diseases.

The H. Houston Meritt Center for Neuromuscular and Mitochondrial Disorders

Dr. Mercy Davidson, Morphological, biochemical, molecular genetic and electrophysiological analyses of mitrochondrial encephalomyopathies using transmitochondrial cybrids, skeletal myoblasts, cardiomyocytes and neuronal cells.

Dr. Salvatore DiMauro, Biochemical and DNA investigations of human metabolic myopathies, including disorders of glycogen metabolism, lipid metabolism, and mitochondrial function.

Dr. Michio Hirano, Molecular biology of neuromuscular disorders.

Dr. Eric A. Schon, Molecular genetic studies of neuromuscular disorders.

Dr. Kurenai Tanji,, Dr. Arthur P. Hays, Morphologic studies of mitochondrial and other muscle diseases, peripheral neuropathies and motor neuron diseases.

Eleanor and Lou Gehrig MDA/ALS Center

Dr. Jinsy Andrews, Neuromuscular clinical research, ALS clinical trials, and EMG.

Dr. Petra Kaufmann, Clinical biology of spinal muscular atrophy, mitochondrial myopathies, muscular dystrophies and other genetic diseases of muscle. 

Dr. Hiroshi Mitsumoto, Director, The Center provides a multidisciplinary team approach for patients with ALS and their families.


Clinical Neurophysiology Laboratories Clinical Neuromuscular Physiology Center

Dr. Clifton L. Gooch, Understanding diseases of nerve and muscle through electrophysiologic analysis of peripheral nervous system function in patients. Active areas of research include motor unit number estimation in amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) and related diseases; electrophysiologic assessment of experimental drug effects; single fiber electromyography and its applications in humans and animal models; quantitative electromyography in myopathic and neuropathic disease; development and application of novel electrophysiologic computerized techniques in EMG; and innovative electrophysiologic techniques for clinical and research applications. The laboratory also provides clinical diagnostic services for a wide and varied population of both inpatients and outpatients at the New York-Presbyterian Hospital and the Neurological Institute.

Clinical Neuromuscular Physiology Center Clinical Autonomic Dysfunction Laboratory

Dr. Louis H. Weimer, Clinical evaluation of central and peripheral causes of dysautonomia and autonomic failure, including autonomic neuropathy, multiple system atrophy, and orthostatic intolerance.

EEG And Evoked Potential Laboratories

Dr. Ronald G. Emerson,
Generator sources of evoked potentials; sensory processing by the central nervous system; evoked potentials in neurological disorders; technological and systems development. Dipole models of epileptiform discharges; patterns of seizure propagation.

Comprehensive Epilepsy Center

Dr. Carl W. Bazil, Director, Investigational trials of novel anticonvulsant drugs; relationship between neurological diseases (especially epilepsy) and sleep; effects of anticonvulsant drugs on sleep and sleep disorders; outcome of epilepsy surgery.

Clinical Research

Dr. Carl W. Bazil, Investigational trials of novel anticonvulsant drugs; relationship between neurological diseases (especially epilepsy) and sleep; effects of anticonvulsant drugs on sleep and sleep disorders; outcome of epilepsy surgery.

Dr. Hyumni Choi, Dr. Lawrence J. Hirsch, Outcomes of epilepsy surgery. Continuous EEG monitoring in NICU patients. Clinical phenomenology and clinical-electrographic correlation studies of non-convulsive status epilepticus. Clinical pharmacology of antiepileptic drugs.

Dr. Steven C. Karceski, New approaches to the surgical treatment of extratemporal localization-related epilepsies. Treatment options and decision making. Comparative value of different antiepileptic drug regimens.

Dr. Alison Pack, The treatment of women with epilepsy. The treatment of adolescents with epilepsy. Bone and reproductive health in persons with epilepsy.



Dr. W. Allen Hauser,
Neuroepidemiology of seizures and epilepsy syndromes with specific interests in identifying and quantitating risk factors for seizure occurrence, prognosis, and the consequences of head trauma. Epidemiology of status epilepticus.

Dr. Dale Hesdorffer,
Studies of the association between MRI-detected brain abnormalities and development among children with febrile seizures. Studies of the impact of acute management of severe brain injury on outcomes (in collaboration with the Brain Trauma Foundation). Studies of medical comorbidity associated with epilepsy.

Dr. Ruth Ottman,
Family and genetic studies of epilepsy. Identification of gene defects in relation to seizure/epilepsy phenotypes and seizure susceptibility. Linkage analysis and delineation of susceptibility genes for human epilepsy.

Dr. Melodie Winawer,
Family and genetic studies of epilepsy. Problems in phenotype definition.

Basic Epilepsy Research

Dr. Helen Scharfman,
Electrophysiological and neuroanatomical studies in experimental models of epilepsy and epileptogenesis. Mechanisms of epileptic brain damage and functional consequences of brain lesions. Physiological effects of growth factors and neurotrophins. Neurogenesis as a consequence of seizures and its role in epileptogenesis.

Dr. Guy M. McKhann, II,
Roles of astrocytes in epilepsy; studies of glia-neuron interactions.

Aging and Dementia

This group provides in-patient consultation services for patients with cognitive and behavioral disorders and staffs the Memory Disorders Clinic at the Psychiatric Institute. Residents are encouraged to elect rotations on this service. Research interests in behavioral disorders and dementia primarily focus on degenerative diseases such as Parkinson disease, Alzheimer disease, Huntington disease and stroke. Neurologic, psychiatric and neuropsychologic functions are assessed. The research activities of the Division of Aging and Dementia are integrated closely with those of the Sergievsky Center, and all divisional faculty hold appointments in the Sergievsky Center.

Dr. Karen S. Marder, Director, Investigations of genetic influences in families of probands with early-onset compared to late-onset Parkinson disease. Multicenter investigation of risk factors for the development of dementia in HIV. Clinical trials of new therapeutic agents in Huntington disease. Longitudinal study of subjects at risk for developing Huntington disease.

Dr. Karen L. Bell, Development of new clinical treatments for Alzheimer disease. Currently Conducting research for the prevention of Alzheimer disease in individuals with mild cognitive impairment. Other research interests include understanding barriers that minorities face in receiving clinical care for dementia and cognitive loss, and developing mechanisms to recruit minorities into clinical research.

Dr. Lucien Coté, Epidemiology and genetics of Parkinson disease. Studies of depression and dementia in Parkinson disease.

Dr. Laurence C. Honig, Clinical studies of Alzheimer disease. Clinical-pathological correlations in Alzheimer disease and related dementias.

Dr. Jennifer Manly, Epidemiology and genetics of Parkinson disease. Studies of depression and dementia in Parkinson disease.

Dr. Richard Mayeux, see Sergievsky Center

Dr. Scott Small, Correlations of memory and changes in the hippocampal formation using functional magnetic resonance imaging in normal aging and in Alzheimer disease.

Dr. Nancy S. Wexler, Genetic and field studies of Huntington disease in Maricaibo, Venezuela.

The G.H. Sergievsky Center

The Gertrude H. Sergievsky Center uses traditional and genetic epidemiologic approaches to the study of neurologic disorders. The areas of major interest include adverse reproductive outcomes, epilepsy and seizure disorders, degenerative diseases of the nervous system, developmental disorders of the nervous system, and neurological disorders of major public health impact. The faculty of a federally funded training program in neuroepidemiology are located primarily within the Sergievsky Center.

Dr. Richard Mayeux, Director, G.H. Sergievsky Center and Co-Director, Taub Institute for Alzheimer Disease.

Epidemiology and Genetics of Alzheimer Disease and Parkinson Disease

Dr. Jennie Kline, Epidemiology of spontaneous abortion; chromosomal disorders including trisomy; autism and other selected developmental disorders.

Dr. Ruth Ottman, Neuroepidemiology and genetic studies of epilepsy, Parkinson disease and ALS.

Dr. Nicole Schupf, Genetic epidemiology of Down syndrome and Alzheimer disease.

Dr. Zena Stein, Epidemiology of mental retardation and developmental brain diseases.

Dr. W. Allen Hauser, Associate Director (see Neuroepidemiology under the Comprehensive Epilepsy Center).

Dr. Karen S. Marder, (see Aging and Dementia)

Dr. Karen L. Bell, (see Aging and Dementia)

Dr. Laurence C. Honig, Dr. Elan D. Louis, (see Movement Disorders) Dr. Scott Small, (see Aging and Dementia)

Dr. Yaakov Stern, Head, Cognitive Neuroscience, Experimental and neuroimaging approaches to cognitive issues in normal aging and diseases of the aging brain (including Alzheimer, Parkinson and Huntington diseases). 

Pediatric Neurology: The Colleen Guilin Laboratories For Pediatric Neurology Research

Dr. Claudia Chiriboga, Interim Director, Studies of neurological, behavioral and psychological outcomes in children with intrauterine exposure to cocaine.  Neuro-developmental outcomes of brain injuries associated with prematurity.

Dr. Jason Carmel, Spinal cord injury, motor development, recovery after spinal cord injury.

Dr. Darryl C. De Vivo, Biochemical and molecular studies of inherited and acquired metabolic diseases that affect the developing nervous system and muscular system. Research focuses on defects of oxidative metabolism and the molecular basis of glucose transporter deficiency syndromes. Clinical trials.

Dr. Reet Sidhu, Behavioral disorders in children; autism.

Dr. Arthur Mandel, Clinical Pediatric Neurology; pediatric epilepsy.


Critical Care

Dr. Stephan A. Mayer, Director, Dr. Neeraj Badjatia,, Dr. Jan Claassen,, Dr. Kiwon Lee, Clinical trials and outcomes research related to intracerebral and aneurysmal subarachnoid hemorrhage. Clinical trials of hypothermia and hemicraniectomy for acute ischemic stroke. Quality of life and cognitive function after aneurismal subarachnoid hemorrhage. Multimodal physiological imaging. Other research interests include neurogenic cardiac arrhythmias, status epilepticus and end-of-life care.


Steven Rosenfeld, M.D., Ph.D., Director, NYPH Brain Tumor Center Novel ways of pharmacologically-blocking brain tumor growth and invasiveness by targeting the molecular motors that drive mitosis and cell motility.

Rose Lai, M.D., The molecular epidemiology of brain tumors. Population-based studies to elucidate different genetic polymorphisms and their role in the pathogenesis of brain tumors, especially glioma. Using metabolic imaging techniques to identify molecular markers in brain tumors and predict responsiveness to treatment.

Steven Rosenfeld, M.D., Ph.D., Director, NYPH Brain Tumor Center
Novel ways of pharmacologically-blocking brain tumor growth and invasiveness by targeting the molecular motors that drive mitosis and cell motility.

Department of Neurosurgery

Richard Anderson, M.D.,
Clinical and basic science research investigating brain tumor immunology with special emphasis on pediatric brain tumors. Additional clinical research focuses on biomechanics of the pediatric spine and prenatal MRI.

Jeffrey Bruce, M.D.,
Studies into the molecular biology of brain tumors with an emphasis on potential targets for brain tumor therapy and clinical applications of laboratory-derived research. Clinical studies involving novel forms of brain tumor therapy.

E. Sander Connolly, M.D.,
Vascular biology of ischemia and hemorrhagic stroke with a focus on the role of inflammatory cascades in tissue injury and recovery. Clinical outcome studies and trials of patients with ischemia and hemorrhagic stroke.

Saadi Ghatan, M.D.,
Programmed cell death during early neural development. Clinical research interests include studies in pediatric neurooncology and neurotrauma in children.

Robert R. Goodman, M.D., Ph.D.,
Clinical research studies on surgical treatment of intractable epilepsy, movement disorders and depression. Includes collaborative studies on investigational devices to improve the detection and treatment of epilepsy.

Michael G. Kaiser, M.D.,
Clinical and research interests focus on disorders of the spine and spinal cord. Research projects include clinical outcomes analysis, motion preservation, and computer simulation of the spine.

Guy M. McKhann, M.D.,
Electrophysiological and morphological studies of astrocyte function in animal model and human epilepsy. Clinical investigation of brain organization of language and sensorimotor function.

Robert A. Solomon, M.D.,
Clinical research on outcome of patients with cerebral arteriovenous malformations and aneurysms.

Christopher J. Winfree, M.D.,
My clinical research investigates the use of novel neurostimulation techniques to treat chronic pain. My basic science research explores the use of peripheral nerve transfers to treat spinal cord injury.

Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology

Laxmi V. Baxi, M.D., A range of research interests including genetics of pregnancy complications, genetic thrombophilia, diabetes mellitus and medical complications in pregnancy, habitual abortion and induction of labor.

Paula Castana, M.D., Contraceptive use by HIV-infected women, the folate status of reproductive-aged women, the use of technology to improve contraceptive continuation and postabortal IUD insertion.

Mary D’Alton, M.D., Leading researcher and expert clinician in all aspects of high-risk pregnancy with particular interest in prenatal diagnosis and multiple pregnancy.

Anne Davis, M.D., Clinical research in the area of contraception.

Cynthia Gyamfi, M.D., Clinical and translational research with a focus on clinical trials related to prematurity.

Thomas Herzog, M.D., Ovarian cancer, chemotherapy resistance, clinical trials for gynecological cancers, and HPV and the development of cervical dysplasia or cancer. 

Jan Kitajewski, Ph.D., The Kitajewski lab studies early carciovascular development, mechanisms of angiogenesis and tumor angiogenesis.

Rogerio Lobo, M.D., Research interests include various areas of reproductive endocrinology and infertility including Polycystic Ovary Syndrome, Menopause and Induction of ovulation/folliculogenesis in infertile women.

Joyce Lustbader, Ph.D., oFocus is on determining the structural relationship between the gonadotropin hormones and their receptors, ultimately for the purpose of developing reagents to either enhance bioactivity to increase fertility or suppressing activity as a potential adjuvant therapy for ovarian cancer.  

Mark Sauer, M.D., Clinical and basic research in assisted reproduction (IVF and oocyte donation) and reproductive endocrinology.

Carrie Shawber, Ph.D., Dr. Shawber's research focuses on understanding the role of Notch signaling in the developing lymphatic vasculature and in pathological lymphangiogenesis, associated with tumorigenesis and lymphodema.

Lynn L. Simpson, M.D., Clinical studies on prenatal diagnosis, including the prenatal detection of fetal anomalies, congenital heart disease, chromosomal abnormalities and complications related to multiple gestations.

Catherine Todd, M.D., Research interests include HIV and reproductive health assessments and interventions in developing country settings.

Dominique Toran-Allerand, M.D., Estrogen regulation of adult stem and neural precursor cells development.  Novel endogenous estrogens (17aspha-estradiol) and estrogen receptors (ER-X) in the brain.  Therapeutic aspects of estrogens in Alzheimer's disease, depressive disorders (major depression and postpartum depression) and in the aging brain.

Ronald J. Wapner, M.D., Clinical and translational research in reproductive genetics and maternal fetal medicine with special interest in prenatal diagnostic techniques and approaches.

Michelle P. Warren, M.D., Clinical studies with hormone replacement therapy, treatment of polycystic ovarian disease and menopause. 

Carolyn Westhoff, M.D., The Division of Family Planning and preventive services has many active clinical trials involving the development and assessment of contraceptive methods, approaches to improved abortion care and innovations in reproductive health screening.  

Deborah Wolgemuth, Ph.D.,  Cell cycle control, chromatin remodeling and retinoid signaling during normal gern cell differentiation and in infertility and oncogenesis.

Jason Wright, M.D., Epidemiologic evaluation of gynecologic cancers.  Specific areas of interest include ovarian, cervical and endometrial cancer as well as the perioperative care of women with gynecologic disease.  My laboratory focuses on the role of novel angiogenic pathways in the development and progression of gynecologic cancers.

Laurie Zephyrin M.D., SResearch interests intersect at the translation of research and policy related to health systems and the provision of quality care.  

Ralf Zimmerman, M.D., Basic science research focusing on signaling pathways, VEGF and Notch, which regulate reproductive angiogenesis.


Department of Ophthalmology

Rando Allikmets, Ph.D., Molecular genetics of macular and retinal diseases. 

Gaetano Barile, M.D., Studies of vascular biology in diabetic retinopathy and age-related macular degeneration.

Richard E. Braunstein, M.D., Clinical studies in cataract surgery and refractive surgery.

Stanley Chang, M.D., Studies of vitreoretinal diseases, complicated retinal detachments and ocular tamponades.

Michael Chiang, M.D., E.I., Bio-medical informatics, pediatric ophthalmology.

Richard Davis, Ph.D., Apoptosis.

Lucian Del Priore, M.D., Ph.D., Studies in retinal transplantation, macular degeneration.

James Dillon, M.D., Photobiology of the eye, structural changes in proteins, photosensitization.

John T. Flynn, M.D., Pediatric ophthalmology, retinopathy of prematurity.

Peter Gouras, M.D., E.I., Studies of retinal transplantation and gene therapy for retinal disorders.

Vivienne Greenstein, Ph.D., Psychophysics.

Chyuan-Sheng Lin, Ph.D., Bacterial artificial chromosome recombineering and mouse models, synaptogenesis of stem cell derived retinal ganglion cells in glaucoma models.

Takayuki Nagasaki, Ph.D.,  Developmental Biology and wound healing.

David Paik, M.D., Artificial cornia.

Konstantin Petrukhin, Ph.D.,  Rational drug design.

Janet Sparrow, Ph.D., Studies of retinal cell biology, aging processes in the retina.

Larry Shapiro, Ph.D., Structural and molecular biology of cadherins and diabetic retinopathy.

R. Theodore Smith, M.D., Ph.D., Age-related macular degeneration, image enhancement techniques.

Stephen Trokel, M.D., Laser development, optics and refractive surgery.

Stephen H. Tsang, M.D., Ph.D., Deriving patient specific stem cell lines.

Ilyas Washington, Ph.D., G-coupled receptor signals and Artificial Vision.

Outcomes Research and Epidemiology
Lama Al-Aswad, M.D.,
James D. Auran, M.D.,
Reza Iranmanesh, MD,
Lynda Kleiman, M.D.,
Odel, MD,
William Schiff, M.D.,
Amilia Schrier, M.D.,

Department of Orthopedic Surgery

Christopher S. Ahmad, M.D., Clinical and basic science studies in sports medicine, shoulder surgery. and biomechanics.

Louis U. Bigliani, M.D., Clinical studies in shoulder surgery including rotator cuff, instability and total joint replacements, fractures, arthroscopy and sports medicine are being pursued. 

Jeffrey A. Geller, M.D., Clinical research on outcomes after total hip and total knee replacement, partial knee replacements and gender differences in knee surgery.  Hip fracture research including biomechanics and failed hip surgery. 

Justin K. Greisberg, M.D., Clinical and basic science research in orthopedic foot and ankle surgery, and orthopedic trauma surgery. 

Joshua E. Hyman, M.D. , Clinical studies in treatment of pediatric orthopaedics to include clinical studies, such as quality of life assessments for patients with cerebral palsy, club feet, and fractures. 

Yongjung Kim, M.D., Clinical and basic science studies of pediatric and adult spinal deformity including fusion level and instrumentation techniques.

Francis Y. Lee, M.D., CHONY-8N, Clinical and basic science studies in adult musculoskeletal tumors, metabolic bone disease and pediatric orthopedics.

William N. Levine, M.D., Clinical and basic science studies in sports medicine, shoulder, elbow and knee surgery, and biomechanics. 

William Macaulay, M.D., Clinical multicenter outcome studies in primary (including novel articulation material couples and bone sparing procedures) and revision hip/knee surgery, optimally efficient transfusion protocol determination, and hip fracture prevention and optimization of treatment.  Mentor for three previous Doris Duke Fellows.

Christopher B. Michelsen, M.D., Clinical and basic science studies in adult spine surgery with primary interest in the Failed Back Syndrome. 

Ohannes Nercessian, M.D., DClinical and basic science studies in hip and knee surgery with emphasis on minimizing complications such as dislocation, infection, and other risks associated with total joint replacement. 

Melvin P. Rosenwasser, M.D., Various research, educational and clinical interests range from basic science to large multi-center randomized clinical trials in hand, elbow, rauma, and microsurgery. 

David P. Roye, Jr., M.D., M.P.H., PClinical studies in treatment of pediatric orthopaedics to include clinical studies, such as quality of life assessments for patients with scoliosis, cerebral palsy, club feet, and fractures. 

Robert J. Strauch, M.D., Clinical and basic science studies in hand and elbow surgery as well as microsurgery in adults and children. 

Peter Tang, M.D., Clinical and basic science studies in the hand and upper extremity as well as microsurgery, ranging from surgical approaches, fracture fixation, surgical outcomes, and wrist biomechanics.

Michael G. Vitale, M.D., M.P.H., Clinical studies focusing on outcomes following scoliosis surgery, including minimally invasive techniques. Assessment of quality of life and cost-effectiveness outcomes in orthopaedics. 

Mark Weidenbaum, M.D.,  Clinical and basic science studies of spinal fusion techniques and minimally invasive spine procedures. 


Department of Otolaryngology/Head and Neck Surgery

Jeffrey M. Ahn, M.D.,
Sleep disorder surgery. Facial plastic and reconstructive surgery and sinus surgery. Research area includes basic science research of facial nerve regeneration. Clinical research on sleep disorder and its treatment. Pathogenesis of rhinitis and sinusitis.

Jonathan E. Aviv, M.D., G.C.R.C.,
Head and neck cancer surgery and reconstructive surgery of the head and neck. Clinical research includes innovative methods, techniques and devices that measure sensory discrimination in the pharynx and larynx.

Edward W. Chang, MD, DDS,
Facial plastic and maxillofacial surgery. Sleep surgery and sinus surgery. Clinical research in the area of sleep disordered breathing, and facial plastic surgery.

Lanny Garth Close, M.D.,
Head and neck surgery. Endoscopic sinus surgery. Skull base surgery. Clinical research includes evaluation of head and neck cancer invasion and outcomes research in head and neck cancer.

Joseph Haddad, Jr., M.D.,
Pediatric Otolaryngology. Lab projects include those on the pathogenesis of otitis media with effusion, examining the role of free radicals as contributors to inflammation. Clinical projects include antibiotic trials in acute media and otorrhea and epidemiologic studies of cleft lip and cleft palate in patients in Central America.

Shyam M. Khanna, Ph.D.,
Basic research lab. Projects include: biophysics of hearing; cellular mechanics of the inner ear; confocal microscopy of inner ear in living animals; laser interferometric measurement of cellular vibration; neural coding in the auditory system.

Spiros Manolidis, M.D, FACS, FRCS,
Basic science research: Robotic insertion of cochlear implant electrodes with minimal trauma to the cochlea for hearing preservation approaches (in conjunction with the mechanical engineering department) Robotic applications in Head & Neck cancer surgery. Clinical Research / Otology - Neurotology: Cochlear implant outcomes studies, Surgical technique and outcomes studies in advances chronic ear disease. Clinical Research / Head & Neck Surgery: combined treatment outcome studies in head & neck cancer, outcome studies on lateral skull base surgery for malignant tumors.

Thomas Murry, Ph.D., HP 8-812,
Voice science including speech, voice and upper airway physiology. Acoustic, aerodynamic and sensory testing of vocal function and swallowing physiology. Voice research in the areas of new diagnostic technology, efficacy of treatment outcomes assessment and vocal fold physiology. Effects of respiration and vocal function.

Elizabeth Olson, Ph.D.,
Basic research lab. Projects include: biophysics of hearing; inner ear mechanics; intracochlear pressure measurements; confocal imaging of the inner and middle ear; laser interferometric measurements of inner and middle ear vibration.

Hector P. Rodriguez, M.D.,
Endoscopic sinus surgery, laser surgery for snoring and sleep apnea. Radio frequency waves (somnoplasty) for the treatment of nasal congestion and snoring. Rhinology and nasal allergy testing and immunotherapy.

Jaclyn Spitzer, Ph.D.,
Audiologic methods including hearing, balance and tinnitus evaluation, central auditory processing assessment, electrophysiologic measurement of processes involving auditory and vestibular pathways. Hearing research and rehabilitation studies utilizing cochlear implants, conventional and implantable hearing aids, bone-anchored hearing aids; evaluation of expanded criteria for these treatments; outcomes assessment of treatment efficacy.

Ian S. Storper, M.D.,
Otology, neurotology, skull base surgery. Basic science research includes using the optical sectioning microscopy/laser interferometry to describe cochlear hair cell motion and using galvanic evoked potentials to measure the human vestibulospinal reflex. Clinical projects include the use of anticholinergic drugs to suppress vertigo, the use of antiviral drugs in the treatment of sudden-onset hearing loss and outcomes analysis of cranial nerve function in skull base surgery.

Gloria H. Su, Ph.D.,
Molecular oncology/cancer genetics. Basic research includes identifying tumor-suppressor genes important for head and neck tumorigenesis and studying their tumor-suppressive functions using transgenic and knock-out gene approaches. Transgenic and conditional knock-out mice and created for cancer modeling for the purposes of identifying novel markers, furthering our understandings of tumor biology, and developing early detections and chemopreventive therapeutics.

Department of Pathology and Cell Biology

Asa Abeliovich, M.D., Ph.D., The molecular mechanisms of neurodegeneration and the function and survival of dopamine receptors. We are studying the molecular bases of midbrain dopamine neuron function and survival. Midbrain dopamine neurons are thought to play a key role in learned and addictive behaviors, and degeneration of these neurons underlies Parkinson’s disease.

Rondo Allikmets, Ph.D. The molecular mechanisms of neurodegeneration and the function and survival of dopamine receptors.

Bashir Alobeid, M.D. Pathology of leukemia and lymphoma, and post-transplant lymphoproliferative disorders.  Normal precursor B-cells (hematogones) and leukemia in children.

Richard Ambron, Ph.D., Signals that mediate changes in transcription following nerve injury.

Ernest W. April, Ph.D.,  Clinical anatomy.

Ottavio Arancio, M.D., Ph.D., Mechanisms underlying changes of synaptic function associated with cognitive impairment.

Richard Axel, M.D., Defining the logic of olfactory perception.

Richard Baer, Ph.D., BRCA1 and BARD1 function in breast cancer.

Jonathan M. Barasch, M.D., Ph.D., Epithelial cells of the kidney derive from mesenchymal cells and form the nephron, the functional unit of the organ. The conversion of mesenchyme into epithelia is controlled by the ureteric bud. Our work is dedicated to identifying signals from the ureteric bud that induce cell conversion, the cellular mechanisms that lead to the epithelial phenotype (de-novo), and the identification of the progenitors of the organ.

Jeannette Chloe Bulinski, Ph.D., Differentiation of cytoskeletal elements during morphogenesis. Expression and post-translational modifications of microtubule-associated proteins and tubulin functioning in mitosis and in skeletal and heart muscle differentiation.

Lorraine N. Clark, Ph.D., Molecular genetics of Parkinson’s Disease.

Vivette D’Agati, M.D., Histologic, immunopathologic and ultrastructural studies of medical diseases of the kidney. Research projects include murine model of polycystic kidney disease, and clinical pathologic studies of HIV nephropathy, lupus, nephritis, focal segmental glomerulosclerosis and diabetic nephropathy.

Riccardo Dalla-Favera, M.D., The general goal of this laboratory is to elucidate the pathogenesis of cancer. We focus on lymphoid malignancies and on the identification of genes that control B cell development and are altered in lymphoma. Altered genes, including oncogenes and tumor suppressor genes, are studied for their normal and pathologic functions using in vitro molecular biological assays as well as transgenic mouse models.

Thomas Diacovo, M.D., Publications from research include, “Mechanics of transient platelet adhesion to von Willebrand factor under flow.” and “Adhesive mechanisms governing IPC recruitment into Lymph Nodes.”

Gilbert Di Paolo, Ph.D., Role of phosphoinositides in organelle trafficking, cytoskeletal dynamics and disease-related processes.

Fiona Doetsch, Ph.D., Neural stem cells and their niche in the adult mammalian brain.

Andrew J. Dwork, M.D., The study of neuroanatomic correlates of psychiatric disorders such as schizophrenia, mood disorders and suicide, and the causes of cognitive impairment among individuals suffering from these disorders. Of related interest are the neuroanatomic effects of external influences, such as chronic hospitalization, somatic treatments, and intellectual stimulation.

Phyllis L. Faust, M.D., Ph.D., Investigation of human neuronal migration disorders. We have utilized gene targeting to develop a mouse model for the peroxisomal biogenesis disorder Zellweger syndrome and characterizing the central nervous system abnormalities that develop in these mice with morphologic, molecular and biochemical methods.

Greg A. Freyer, Ph.D., Molecular Biology and Biochemistry. Repair of UV damaged DNA and the regulation of this process.

Michael D. Gershon, M.D., Neurobiology, neuroanatomy and developmental neurobiology. A variety of studies concerning the enteric neuronal systems, from the migration of neural crest neuroblasts to the gut, to tissue interactions in development which lead to congenital megacolon.

James E. Goldman, M.D., Ph.D., Cellular and molecular studies of astrocyte and oligodendrocyte development and myelination; glial responses to pathological states, including demyelinating diseases; regulation and function of heat shock proteins in CNS glia; cytoskeletal proteins of neurons and glia; neurodegenerative diseases.

Ellen Greenebaum, M.D., Cytopathology with special emphasis on Fine Needle Aspiration Biopsy, especially of thyroid, head and neck and ovarian cysts.

Lloyd A. Greene, Ph.D., Cellular and molecular biology of neuronal development. Studies on the molecular mechanisms by which neurotrophic factors regulate neuronal differentiation and death. Investigations of the causes and prevention of neuronal cell death and degeneration.

Wei Gu, Ph.D., Molecular mechanisms by which p53 mediates tumor suppression and responses to cellular stress.

Gregg G. Gundersen, Ph.D., Cell Biology. Cytoskeletal dynamics in cell motility and cell polarization. Role of microtubules in organelle transport.

Diane Hamele-Bena, M.D., Cytopathology and Surgical Pathology, with special interest in the pathology of breast diseases. Also involved in using multimedia tools in medical education.

Arthur P. Hays, M.D., Morphologic methods are used to study peripheral nerve in motor neuron diseases, diabetic neuropathy and autoimmune neuropathies.

Christopher E. Henderson, Ph.D., Work in the lab focuses on the study of motor neuron development as an approach to understanding and analyzing mechanisms underlying ALS and SMA.

Hanina Hibshoosh, M.D., Surgical pathology, breast and soft tissue tumors. Molecular pathogenesis of breast tumors as well as evaluation of prognostic factors related to breast cancer utilizing image and molecular analysis.

Harold S. Kaplan, M.D., Research on human error in medicine, its prevention and management.

Richard H. Kessin, Ph.D., Molecular Biology and Genetics. Gene regulation and development in simple organisms. Specific proteolysis during development. Evolution of developmental strategies.

Tae Wan Kim, Ph.D., Elucidating the molecular mechanisms underlying familial Alzheimer’s disease (FAD). A significant portion of AD is caused by the inheritance of certain defective genes. Mutations in the genes encoding the presenilins (PS1 and PS2) cause the majority of early-onset cases of FAD. The central focus of our research is to define the precise molecular steps by which defects in presenilin genes lead to the characteristic pathogenesis and molecular phenotypes associated with FAD.

Jan Kitajewski, Ph.D., Wnt and Notch genes in tumorigenesis and vascular development.

Jay H. Lefkowitch, M.D., Histopathological and ultrastructural studies of diseases of the liver. Special areas of interest include pathology of hepatitis C virus infection, the liver in AIDS, and biliary tract diseases.

Ronald K.H. Liem, Ph.D., Cellular and molecular neurobiology. Studies concerning the composition, organization and function of the neuronal cytoskeleton.

W. Ian Lipkin, M.D., The role of infectious agents and immune responses in acute and chronic CNS disease including developmental defects, affective disorders and schizophrenia, and autism. The laboratory also focuses on the identification of new viral agents in human disease.

Thomas Ludwig, Ph.D., Functional analysis of breast cancer susceptibility genes. Our efforts are focused on molecular and genetic studies of the breast cancer susceptibility genes BRCA1 and BRCA2. Germline mutations in the BRCA1 and BRCA2 genes account for 70-80% of hereditary breast and ovarian cancers. Both are thought to be tumor suppressor genes as the wild-type alleles are lost in tumors of heterozygous carriers.

Mahesh Mansukhani, M.D., Molecular pathology including screening and diagnosis.

Yinghui Mao, Ph.D., Kinetochore microtubule attachment, chromosome movement, and mitotic checkpoint during mitosis

Charles C. Marboe, M.D., Surgical pathology. Cardiac and pulmonary transplant pathology. Special interest in cardiac pathology: atrial fibrillation and remodeling after assist device placement.

Glen S. Markowitz, M.D., Renal pathology utilizing light microscopy, immunofluorescence and electron microscopy. Research interests include animal models of autosomal dominant polycystic kidney disease, nephrotoxicity of various therapeutic agents (including lithium and pamidronate), and clinico-pathologic studies of multiple glomerular diseases including lupus nephritis, membranous glomerulopathy, focal segmental glomerulosclerosis and fibrillary glomerulonephritis.

Carol A. Mason, Ph.D., Developmental neurobiology. Axonal growth cone interactions with pathways, and with target cells; development of synaptic connections.

Umrao R. Monani, Ph.D., Spinal muscular atrophy-translating basic findings into a potential treatment.

Letty Moss-Salentijn, D.D.S., Ph.D., Prenatal growth and development of the facial complex. Growth dynamics of the postcranial skeleton with special emphasis on endochondral ossification processes in long bone growth.

Vundavalli Murty, Ph.D., Major focus of this laboratory is to understand the genetic basis of male germ cell tumors and carcinoma of cervix uteri. General interest is to utilize cytogenetic and molecular cytogenetic methods in diagnosis and prognosis of cancer.

David Michael Owens, Ph.D., Our overall focus is to determine the contributions of stem cells and differentiated cells to the development of epidermal squamous cancer.

Kathleen M. O’Toole, M.D., Pathology of the male genital and urinary tracts, with an emphasis on neoplasms. Clinicopathologic studies of these entities, utilizing immunohistochemical techniques.

Ramon Parsons, M.D., Ph.D., Our lab focuses on the PTEN tumor suppressor gene, which is mutated in a variety of cancers. We are attempting to determine its role in regulating tumor growth.

Karl H. Perzin, M.D., Clinocopathologic study of breast biopsy specimens to determine if precursor lesions to breast carcinoma can be identified. Clinocopathologic studies of various tumors of the head and neck region, and of the gastrointestinal tract, including immunohistologic studies.

Michael A. Pesce, Ph.D., Clinical Chemistry: Studies that determine the sensitivity and specificity of the biochemical markers creatine kinase MB, isoforms, creatine kinase MB, troponin and myoglobin in the assessment of myocardial infarction and unstable angina.

Tuan D. Pham, Ph.D., Developmental neurobiology. Studies of the relationship between birthdates and phenotypic expression of neurons during embryonic development using immunocytochemical, radioautographic and ultrastructural techniques.

Liza A. Pon, Ph.D., Cell biology. Protein import into mitochondria; control and regulation of mitochondrial movement during yeast cell growth and development; myosin I function in establishment of cell polarity.

Stephen Rayport, M.D., Ph.D., Physiology and pharmacology of mesolimbic dopamine neurons examined in vitro.

Ralph Richart, M.D., The pathogenesis of uterine cervical neoplasia and methodologies to detect and prevent precursor lesions.

Steven Rosenfeld, M.D., Ph.D., sr2327 Research focuses on novel ways of pharmacologically blocking brain tumor growth and invasiveness by targeting the molecular motors that drive mitosis and cell motility.

Lorna W. Role, Ph.D., Developmental regulation and modulation of ion channels expressed in central and peripheral neurons.

Heidi Rotterdam, M.D., Surgical Pathology. Clinicopathologic studies of gastrointestinal pathology and infectious disease processes, especially the infectious complications of AIDS.

Michael L. Shelanski, M.D., Ph.D., Studies on the chemistry and regulation of the cytoskeleton in cell division and in differentiation of nerve cells and astroglia. Investigations of the role of the cell surface in interactions between neurons and glial cells. Cell biological studies of degenerative neurological diseases and brain tumors.

Ann-Judith Silverman, Ph.D., Neurobiology. Migration of neuronal and immune system cells in the CNS.

Ila Singh, M.D., Ph.D., The mechanisms of viral infection using genetic, biochemical and cell biological approaches. We use innovative, high-throughput techniques to study the processes of virus-cell interaction and viral replication. We have developed a novel technique called genetic footprinting, which allows thousands of precisely defined mutations to be made and analyzed en masse in order to define functionally essential features in the sequence of interest.

Steven Spitalnik, M.D., Biology of the human glycophorin blood group antigens. Glycobiology of Toxoplasma gondii. Director of Laboratory Medicine with subspecialty expertise in transfusion medicine. Director of Clinical Laboratories at CUMC.

Gloria Huei-Ting Su, Ph.D., Molecular genetics of head and neck squamous cell carcinoma and pancreatic ductal adenocarcinoma, as well as mouse modeling for both cancer types.

Nicole Suciu-Foca, Ph.D., Immunogenetic studies of the immune response to HLA antigens using serology, cellular immunology and molecular biology approaches. Studies of lymphocyte receptors for growth and differentiation factors. Cell biological studies of antigen specific T suppressor cells.

Matthias J. Szabolcs, M.D., My special interest is the study of myocardial damage caused by ischemia and inflammation with particular focus on nitric oxide mediated pathways. This also involves NO-related mechanisms which act during acute and chronic cardiac allograft rejection. Tissues are analyzed by molecular, biochemical and immunohistochemical means.

Ira A. Tabas, M.D., Ph.D., Cell biology. Pathways and enzymology of intracellular cholesterol metabolism in macrophages.

Hadassah Tamir, Ph.D., Mechanisms of storage and release of neurotransmitters.

Harshwardhan M. Thaker, M.D., Ph.D., Pediatric and perinatal pathology. Pathogenesis of stillbirth and congenital malformations. Pediatric tumor biology. Tumor and tissue banking.

C. Dominique Toran-Allerand, M.D., Developmental neurobiology: Influence of sex steroids and growth factors and their interactions in the nervous system development. The distribution, responses and control of three key elements involved in estrogen action in the developing brain: the cellular target, the receptor system (mRNA and protein) and the responsive genes.

Carol Troy, M.D., Ph.D., Molecular mechanisms of neuronal death in Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease and amyotrophic lateral sclerosis with an emphasis on the regulation of caspase activity.

Benjamin Tycko, M.D., Ph.D., Molecular biological studies on genomic imprinting in human and mouse systems. Molecular genetics of pediatric tumors. Molecular genetics of Alzheimer’s disease.

Richard B. Vallee, Ph.D., Dr. Vallee’s lab studies the cell and molecular biology of the microtubule motor protein cytoplasmic dynein in cell division, organelle and viral transport, and directed cell migration; the role of the dynein-related LIS1 gene in brain developmental disease and neuronal stem cell migration; and the structure of the dynein molecule. Dr. Vallee’s lab also studies the structure and function of the endocytic GTPase dynamin.

Hynek Wichterle, Ph.D., The use of stem cells to study the development and function of the nervous system.

Joan W. Witkin, Ph.D., Neuronal and glial interactions: light and electron microscopy of development, steroid environment and aging of the hypothalamic-pituitary-gonadal system.

Howard J. Worman, M.D., Molecular cell biology of the nuclear envelope, its biogenesis, dynamics in cell division and pathobiology in cancer. A second project in our laboratory is examining the cell biology of the hepatitis C virus.

Thomas Wright, M.D., Studies on the development of cervical neoplasia and the role of human papilloma virus in human disease.

Department of Pediatrics

Katherine Biagas, M.D., Interim Director, Critical Care Medicine, Blood brain barrier injury, nutrient transport, and glucose volatility; treatment for Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome; renal replacement therapy; aspects of acute respiratory distress syndrome and diabetic ketoacidosis in the PICU; quality and safety activities in the PICU; bioethics; the effect of hyperglycemia and hypoglycemia on critically ill pediatric patients. 

Gary M. Brittenham, M.D, Hematology: Our laboratory carries out basic and clinical research in disorders of iron metabolism and of the red blood cell, concentrating on (i) iron deficiency, (ii) genetic and acquired iron overload and (iii) the pathogenesis of malarial anemia in Thailand.

Meyer Kattan, M.D., Director, Pediatric Pulmonary: Factors associated with control of asthma in the inner city children; The effect of viral infections, environmental exposures and stress on immune development and subsequent development of atopy and asthma; Respiratory function in neuromuscular disease; Efficacy of written treatment plans in asthma; Sleep disorders in autism; Sleep disparities in urban minority children; Clinical trials of new treatments of Cystic Fibrosis.

Mitchell S. Cairo, M.D., Director, Blood & Marrow Transplantation: Stem cell biology, autologous stem cell transplantation, allogeneic stem cell transplantation, tumor immunology, genomics in hematological malignancies and developmental immunology.

Wendy Chung, M.D., Ph.D., Molecular Genetics: The molecular genetic basis of human diseases, including obesity, diabetes, breast cancer, congenital diaphragmatic hernias, spinal muscular atrophy, cardiomyopathies, and inherited arrhythmias.  

Anne Gershon, M.D., Director, Infectious Diseases: The molecular pathogenesis of varicella-zoster virus infection both in vitro and in vivo.

William E. Hellenbrand, M.D., Director, Cardiology Childhood and adult pulmonary vascular disease, pulmonary hypertension, Eisemenger syndrome, PPHN.  Fetal cardiology, neurodevelopmental outcomes in children with congenital heart disease, echocardiography.  Ventricular function and dyssynchrony, immunosuppression in pediatric heart transplantation, management of heart failure. Interventional cardiology and development of new technology for treatment of congenital heart disease.

Rudolph L. Leibel, M.D.,, Molecular Genetics: Projects intended to identify genes conveying susceptibility to obesity and/or type 2 diabetes; use of stem cells to understand the cell physiology of type 1 diabetes in humans; mouse and human models of CNS responses to weight perturbation.

Mary McCord, M.D., Acting Director, General Pediatrics: Research activities include academic-community health partnerships; childhood immunization practices; home visitation services for vulnerable immigrant families; risk factors for and mental health consequences of abuse and neglect and intergenerational transmission of violence; intentional and unintentional injury; obesity prevention in preschool and elementary school children and adolescents; graduate medical education and primary care.

Rudolph L. Leibel, M.D., Molecular Genetics: Depending upon experience and interest, students may participate in ongoing research projects intended to identify genes conveying susceptibility to obesity and/or type 2 diabetes. Particular emphasis on using mice to generate molecular hypotheses and testing them in humans. Recently, members of this group have initiated studies looking at the effects of maternal metabolic status on brain (hypothalamus) and islet development in progeny.

Martin A. Nash, M.D., Director, Robert Seigle, M.D., Nephrology: The relative effects of two forms of drug therapy in the progressive kidney disease of focal segmental glomerulosclerosis. Co-investigators in a longitudinal multi-center study of pediatric renal transplant recipients.

Sharon E. Oberfield, M.D., Director, The Division of Pediatric Endocrinology The relationship between androgens and insulin resistance in premature pubarche, polycystic ovarian syndrome and overweight; obesity and comorbities including the assessment of its pathophysiology, interactions of gut and CNS peptides and novel treatments inlcuding bariatric surgery; response to novel treatment trials in type 1 diabetes; the relationship of body composition to age, sex, pubertal; and ethnic status in normal children and in disease states. 

Richard A. Polin, M.D., Director, The Division of Perinatal Medicine The effects of intrauterine cocaine exposure and other manifestations of urban poverty of the newborn; molecular, genetic and biophysics of blood clot formation and the role of cell signaling pathways in health and disease; perinatal pharmacology related to placental transfer and fetal metabolism of drugs; electrophysiology of normal and abnormal brain function in premature infants; development of neural systems during the perinatal period; effects of early nutrition on cardiovascular and neurological outcomes in very low birth weight infants; neonatal cardiac physiology and neurodevelopmental outcomes in infants with congenital heart disease. 

Charles L. Schleien, M.D., Acting Director, Critical Care Medicine: Research studies include new methods of brain resuscitation following head trauma or cardiac arrest, including brain cooling and new medications, neurologic monitoring of patients with complex congenital heart disease, nitric oxide use in cardiac and respiratory failure, new therapies of asthma, and neuropsychologic follow-up of patients with head trauma and surgery for heart disease.

Michael A. Weiner, M.D., Director, Pediatric Oncology: The Division participates in the Children’s Oncology Group, a national consortium whose goal is to develop therapeutic protocols and research studies dedicated to improving the survival of children with cancer. The laboratory studies the use effects of anti-vascular endothelial growth factors (VEG-F) as a therapeutic modality in children with solid tumors, the molecular biology of leukemia in children, genetic and environmental factors that may predispose infants to develop retinoblastoma, and new bench to beside therapies in patients with brain tumors.


Department of Pharmacology

Penelope A. Boyden, Ph.D., Cardiac physiology, pharmacology, and pathophysiology: cellular electrophysiology and mechanisms of arrhythmias in artificial and naturally occurring animal models of disease.

William T. Dauer, M.D., Studies of the fundamental molecular and cellular mechanisms of diseases that disrupt normal motor control, with a focus on Parkinson’s disease and dystonia.

Qing R. Fan, Ph. D., X-ray crystallographic studies of G-protein-coupled receptors.

Joseph H. Graziano, Ph.D., Public Health : Mineral metabolism and toxicology

Neil Harrison, Ph.D., Molecular pharmacology of Gaba receptors

Rene Hen, Ph.D., Psychiatry, Center for Neurobiology and Behavior : Contribution of serotonin receptors to physiological and pathological states; behavioral consequences of the absence of specific serotonin receptor subtypes

Jonathan A. Javitch, M.D., Ph.D., Center for Molecular Recognition/Psychiatry : Structural basis for pharmacological specificity and signal transduction in G-protein coupled receptors; Molecular studies of components of the dopamine signaling system relevant to schizophrenia and drug abuse

Robert S. Kass, Ph.D., Vice Dean for Research Regulation and expression of ion channel proteins in normal and genetically altered heart.

Christoph B. Kellendonk, Ph.D., Murine models of schizophrenia

Steven Marx, M.D., Elucidation of mechanism(s) that regulate cardiac and smooth muscle ion channel function

Diana Murray, Ph.D., Computational approaches to protein structure/function

Alice Prince, M.D., Pediatrics : Bacterial activation of epithelial cytokine expression; pathogenesis of infection

Richard B. Robinson, Ph.D., Developmental regulation of cardiac ion channel function and autonomic signaling cascades.

Michael R. Rosen, M.D., Cardiovascular pharmacology: electrophysiology of cardioactive drugs, developmental pharmacology and electrophysiology, cardiac arrhythmias, gene transfer approaches as novel therapeutic strategies.

Helen E. Scharfman, Ph.D., Neurophysiology and pharmacology of hippocampus, thalamus, and cortex using brain slices; structure and function studies of single neurons; mechanisms underlying hyperexcitability.

Steven A. Siegelbaum, Ph.D., Chair, Neuroscience Department: Membrane biophysics, pharmacology of excitable membranes; molecular studies of ion channel function; synaptic plasticity in the mammalian brain.

Susan Steinberg, M.D., Receptor pharmacology: Studies of the molecular changes in components of the adrenergic receptor and signal transduction pathways during normal cardiac development and in experimental models of cardiac ischemia hormonal regulation of cardiac contractile function.

David Sulzer, Ph.D., Neurotransmission and mechanisms of neurodegeneration in basil ganglia and dopamine neurons


Department of Physiology and Cellular Biophysics

Qais D. Al-Awqati, M.B., Ch.B.,
Epithelial differentiation and protein targeting; molecular mechanism of organogenesis of the kidney.

Jahar Bhattacharya, M.D., Ph.D.,
Endothelial mechanisms of lung injury using cultured cells and the optically imaged lung.

Martin Blank, Ph.D.,
Electromagnetic field effects on membrane enzymes and on the cellular stress response.

Jane Dodd, Ph.D.,
Neuronal differentiation and axonal patterning in the developing vertebrate central nervous system.

Michel Ferin, M.D.,
Neuroendocrine control of the reproductive cycle; central mechanisms whereby stress interferes with reproduction.

Jorge Fischbarg, M.D., Ph.D.,
Molecular biophysics of cell membrane transporters and water channels; volume regulation.

Claude P.J. Ghez, M.D.,
Neural control of multi-joint limb movement in the cat and in humans.

Joseph Gogos, M.D., Ph.D.,
Assembly and maintenance of sensory maps in the brain; animal models for genes predisposing to psychiatric disorders.

Jonathan A. Javitch, M.D., Ph.D.,
Structure, function, and regulation of G protein-coupled receptors and neurotransmitter transporters.

Eric R. Kandel, M.D.,
Cellular and molecular mechanisms of associative and non-associative learning.

Arthur Karlin, Ph.D.,
The function of receptors in terms of molecular structures.

John D. Loike, Ph.D.,
Regulation of leukocyte chemotaxis through physiological and pathological matrices.

Martin Low, Ph.D.,
Cellular function of the glycosylphosphatidylinositol (GPI) anchor.

Amy MacDermott, Ph.D.,
Regulation of synaptic transmission in the superficial dorsal horn.

Andrew R. Marks, M.D.,
Molecular mechanisms regulating contraction of normal and failing cardiac muscle, molecular triggers for cardiac arrhymias, and coronary artery restenosis following stent placement.

Brian McCabe, Ph.D.,
Neural differential and development.

Ken D. Miller, Ph.D.,
Theory and modeling of the function, circuitry, and development of the cerebral cortex and the thalamus.

Ning Qian, Ph.D.,
Computational modeling of visual information processing; visual psychophysics of perceptual learning.

James E. Rothman, Ph.D.,
Elucidating the underlying mechanisms of transport within cells.

David Schachter, M.D.,
Dynamic regulation of the properties of the wall of the aorta; epithelial and smooth muscle interactions.

Peter Scheiffele, Ph.D.,
Molecular mechanisms of synapse formation.

James H. Schwartz, M.D., Ph.D.,
Cellular and molecular mechanisms of learning.

Samuel C. Silverstein, M.D.,
Structure and functions of polymorphonuclear (PMN), mononuclear phagocytes, lymphocytes, platelets and endothelial cells (EC) in innate immunity and diseases.

Ira Tabas, M.D., Ph.D.,
The cellular and molecular biology of macrophages during atherogenesis.

Alan R. Tall, M.D.,
Molecular mechanisms responsible for human diseases.

Ming Zhou, Ph.D.,
Molecular physiology and biophysics of potassium channel modulations.

Department of Psychiatry

Anissa Abi-Dargham, M.D., PET imaging in different categories of mental illnesses including schizophrenia, addiction, autism, personality and anxiety disorders. 

Efrat Aharnovovich, Ph.D., Effects of cognitive functioning on treatment process and outcome.  Tests interventions aimed at specific cognitive processing as novel therapeutic approaches in the treatment of addictions.  

Jonathan Amiel, M.D., Research to improve the quality and efficiency of medical education, including the areas of professionalism and humanism in medicine.  Part-time and summer opportunities available.

Paul S. Appelbaum, M.D., A variety of empirical and theoretical studies of ethical and legal issues in medical treatment and research.  Particular foci include informed consent, decisional capacity, therapeutic misconception, protections for human subjects, voluntariness of consent and related issues.

Victoria Arango, Ph.D., Dr. Arango's laboratories use human postmortem tissue to investigate the biological bases of mental illness with special emphasis on suicide, major depression, alcoholism and bipolar disorder.

Evelyn Attia, M.D., The Eating Disorders Research Unit - Evelyn Attia, Michael B. Devlin, B. Timothy Walsh
This group has a variety of federally funded studies that aim to explore the psychobiology of, and treatment for, anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa and binge eating disorder.

Peter Balsam, Ph.D., Behavioral and neurobiological mechanisms of timing, congition and motivation and how these are altered in animal models of psychiatric disorders.

Ravi Bansal, Ph.D., We are currently applying mathematical and statistical methods to discover brain biomarkers that can be translated within the clinical setting to provide individualized health care.

Beatrice Beebe, Ph.D., We do  basic research on mother-infant face to face communication as a function of maternal depression, anxiety, and infant attachment.  We are also running a primary prevention program for mothers who were pregnant and widowed on 9-11 and their young children.  We are looking for 2 year commitments.  Volunteers need to be able to work independently.

Joshua Berman M.D. Ph.D., How stress modulates the effects of nicotine and other psychostimulants on the brain, and on how signals pertaining to affective valence and salience are integrated in basal ganglia and limbic circuits.  Interaction of stress, nicotine and eating behaviors.  Also the effects of stress on psychostimulant related behaviors and effects of psychostimulants on responses to stress in the mouse.

D. Peter Birkett Working on neuroleptic sensitivity.  We are planning to follow patients with a high degree of sensitivity to antipsychotic drugs to see if they have a liability to dementia.

Maura Boldrini, M.D., Ph.D., Adult neurogenesis in human hippocampus with the aim to evaluate the effect of mood disorders and antidepressant treatment on cell replication.  Studies are performed on postmortem human brain tissue.

Gerard Bruder, Ph.D., Studies using electrophysiologic and behavioral measures to study cognitive, neurophysiologic and olfactory function in depressiv disorers and schizophrenia.

Daniela Brunner, M.D., Characterization of knockout mice and assessment of potential therapeutics treatments in mice, at Columbia and at PsychoGenics Inc., a biotech located in Tarrytown, NY.  Internships may be available. 

Leopolod J. Cabassa, Ph.D., Improving the physical health needs of racial and ethnic minorities with serious mental illness, developing and testing a cultural broker/interpreter intervention, improving treatment engagement of children and families coping with serious emotional disturbances and developing a culturally-tailored mental health literacy rpogram for individuals with serious mental illness. 

Alex Carballo-Dieguez, Ph.D. Behavioral aspects of clinical trials assessing the safety and effectiveness of microbicides, especially those that could be used during anal intercourse by women and men who practice this behavior; Studies in Argentina on prevalence of HIV and STIs, determinants of sexual risk behavior and the role of alcohol venues in risk behavior behavior reinforcement; Novel HIV prevention strategies, including possible uses of hime HIV rapid testing to screen potential sex partners.

Carol Caton, Ph.D., Directs the Columbia Center for Homelessness Prevention Studies (CHPS), an NIMH-funded study focused on the development of interventions to prevent chronic homelessness. Scholars from various departments and schools within Columbia University and providers, consumers, and policy makers throughout the New York City region are involved in this multidisciplinary effort.

Chi-Meng Chen, Ph.D., A combination approach of transcranial magnetic stimulation and high-density EEG recording for revealing important information about the underlying mechanisms of TMS-induced neural oscillations for treating symptoms of schizophrenia and improving working memory. 

Jimmy Choi, Psy.D., Pharmacologic and neurophysiologic mechanisms of cognition and motivation in schizophrenia, memory rehabilitation in depressed patients undergoing ECT, and neurocognitive training for elderly patients with early Alzheimer's disease.

Crawford Clark, Ph.D., Application of medical decision-making model to study the two components of perceptual performance, neurosensory sensitivity and report bias for heat, cold and/or painful stimulation; Application of the multidimensional scaling model to the construction of questionnaires at the very accurate ratio-scale level of measurement precision to construct questionnaires on depression, anxiety, etc.

Patricia Cohen, Ph.D., The development of, and developmental risks for, all psychiatric disorders, including personality disorders, in a general population cohort of over 700 participants.

Cheryl Corcoran, M.D., Evaluates teenagers and young adults at heightened clinical risk for psychosis. Research focuses on biomarkers of risk and illness progression, (multimodal imaging, electrophysiology, neuropsychology, endocrine factors), proximal risk factors (drug use and stress), and social function; translational work also occurs in collatoration with basic scientists.

Francine Cournos, M.D., Clinical opportunities involve working in our inpatient unit or our outpatient clinics in the care of people from the Washington Heights community who have severe mental illnesses such as schizophrenia and bipolar disorder.  Our research is focused in the same population and includes studying the metabolic complications of antipsychotic medications and looking at the efficacy of an HIV prevention for people with severe mental illness; opportunities to evaluate a large training program that teaches health care workers about all aspects of clinical HIV care, including medical, dental and psychiatric approaches.

Eduvigis Cruz-Arrieta, Ph.D., Research opportunities in pediatric bone marrow transplantation.  Focus on pre-post transplant psychological screenings of underage donors and patients; chronic illness management interventions for children/teens/caregivers.  A strong interest in issues of diversity and health disparities is welcome.

Janis Cutler, M.D., The division of Medical Student Education has on-going projects in educational research, including medical student career choice; the impact of various aspects of the psychiatry curriculum on students’ learning and attitudes; and the "Living Museum" project funded by the APA Innovative Teaching Grant.

Alex Dranovsky, M.D., Ph.d., Inducible genetic manipulations in mice to disrupt circuits that are dysfunctional in psychiatric diseases and study the resulting phenotypes on molecular, cellular and behavioral levels; identifying novel molecular pathways that are perturbed in psychiatric patients; in a bedside-to-bench approach we are exploring the comorbidity of neoplastic disease and psychiatric syndromes to identify novel molecules involved in depression in patients with pancreatic cancer.

Yunsuo Duan, Ph.D., Technology research in MRI to probe brain activities and functions with a 3-Tesla MRI human scanner, particularly in RF coil and pulse sequence development and implementation for parallel imaging and fast imaging.

Cristiane S. Duarte, PhD, M.P.H., Understanding the relationship between child mental disorders and obesity-related behaviors (dieting and physical activity) in national and international contexts. health and its relationship with factors of high social impact, particularly childhood obesity. Strong interest in minority (particularly Latino) populations.  

Balu Easwaramoorthy Production of PET tracers for rodent, non-human primates and human studies including development of new tracers, novel method of radiolabeling.

Susan Essock, Ph.D., Facilitating the translation of evidence-based research into mental health policy and practice, and evaluating mental health services; community based trials on the optimization of pharmacology for people with schizophrenia. 

Suzette M. Evans, Ph.D., I conduct controlled laboratory research looking at the effects of drugs of abuse in various groups of women. In the context of these studies, we look at stress response and measures of impulsivity. Anyone who volunteers would assist in conducting phone interviews, conducting laboratory sessions and entering data.

Theresa Exner, Ph.D., WOut team and our partners at the AIDS Institute are conducting a large-scale structural intervention promoting use of the female condom in agencies providing sexual risk reduction counseling across New York State.  The intervention, a randomized trial, is being targeted at the level of agencies and associated counselors.

Ruth L. Fischbach, Ph.D., M.P.E., The Center for Bioethics is actively involved in education and research focusing on the ethical implication of stem cell research, reproductive technologies, neuroethics, end of life care, domestic violence, autism, research with children and physician participation in judicial execution using lethal injection.

Prudence W. Fisher, Ph.D., Secondary analyses of large youth diagnostic datasets to examine how well current diagnostic criteria work and how they might be changed for DSM-V and beyond.  We have developed a computerized screen to assess adverse events from psychotropic medications and are currently evaluating its performance.

Richard W. Foltin, Ph.D., I am involved in a series of studies looking at medication development for drug abuse. 

David V. Forrest, M.D., Videotaping patients expressing facial affects and developing software for machine recognition of the kinesiology in normals and patients with Parkinson's disease, schizophrenia and autism.

Peter Freed, M.D., Studies using fMRI to investigae the functional neuroanatomy and adaptive function of sadness, depression and grief.  The first looks at reward/punishment processing in depression pre- an post- treatment with antidepressants; the second at the effects of cathartic sadness on attention to reminders of deceased attachment figures, and the hird the effect of opioids on separation distress.

David Friedman, Ph.D., The Cognitive Electrophysiology Laboratory employs scalp-recorded event-related brain potentials (ERPs) to understand the neurocognitive processes that underlie mnemonic, attentional and executive functions. Our investigations target childhood development, normal and abnormal aging.

Jill Harkavy Friedman, Ph.D., Study of suicidal behavior in schizophrenia from biological, neuropsychological, psychosocial and genetic perspectives.

Cathryn Galanter, M.D., A child and adolescent psychiatrist who does research in the following areas: 1) describing the diagnostic decision making of clinicians, 2) developing tools to improve clinical decision making and 3) the overlap of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder and bipolar disorder in children and adolescents.

James E. Gangwisch, Ph.D., We have been working on epidemiological studies on the relationship between sleep duration and diseases associated with the metabolic syndrome (obesity, hypertension and diabetes).  Students are welcome to work with us on our studies or under our supervision conduct their own secondary data analysis study and be the first author on the paper.

Allan Geliebter Research and clinical studies on obesity-related eating disorders including Binge Eating Disorder and the Night Eating Syndrome.  Studies concern appetite-related gut peptide levels, stress responsivity, neuroimaging and pre- and post-bariatric surgery changes that lead to reduced appetite and food intake.

Joshua A. Gordon, M.D., Ph.D., Genetic models of psychiatric illness from an integrative neuroscience perspective, with a focus on understanding how a given disease mutation leads to a behavioral phenotype in mouse models, employing neuroscience techniques, including in vivo anesthetized and awake behaving recordings.

Madelyn S. Gould, Ph.D., Youth suicide prevention strategies, primarily through the application of epidemiologic designs.  Our focus has been on the evaluation of prevention, intervention, and postvention programs in schools and in the community.

Daniel Herman, DSW, Psychosocial interventions for adults with serious mental illness.  Current projects include dissemination and evaluation of evidence-based models of treatment and support in the public mental health system.

Christina Hoven, DrPH, Transmission of trauma from parent to child, based on large field investigations, carried out locally and internationally on differentially exposed populations.

Basalingappa L. Hungund, Ph.D., The role of endocannabinoid signaling system in alcohol-related behaviors.  Exploration of the neurobiological mechanisms underlying development of tolerance to and dependence on alcohol, voluntary alcohol consumption and fetal alcohol spectrum disorders. 

Carlos T. Jackson, Ph.d., Research to inform best practices and improve quality of care; using data for performance monitoring and quality improvement; secondary claims data to evaluate the effect of mental health interventions. 

Joseph Jaffe M.D., Dr. Jaffe seeks an MD or PhD student to assist in simulation studies of psychopathology based on Hidden Markov Chain Models previously published in Science, Nature and Mathematical Biosciences. Math and programming skills are an obvious plus.

L. Fredrik Jarskog, M.D., Clinical treatment trials in schizophrenia testing novel pharmacological agents for cognitive impairment, metabolic consequences of antipsychotic treatment and treatment-resistant psychosis.

Jonathan A. Javitch, M.D., Ph.D., Structure and function of G-protein coupled receptors and neurotransmitter transporters, with a particular focus on dopamine receptors and transporter, the targets for antipsychotic drugs and cocaine, respectively.

Jurgen Kayser, Ph.D., Basic research to study cognitive and emotional processes in healthy and psychiatric populations (schizophrenia, depression) using psychophysiological and behavioral measures.

Lawrence Kegeles, M.D., Ph.D., Evaluating neurochemistry including dopamine, GABA and glutamate function in health, in schizophrenia and in other diagnoses.  Studies are done under baseline conditions and in response to brain stimulation using the in vivo imaging modalities of PET and MR spectroscopy.

Christoph Kellendonk, Ph.D., We generate and analyze genetically modified mice to study the cognitive deficits of neuro-developmental diseases including schizophrenia. 

Robert Kertzner, M.D., Mental health (including psychological well-being) in sexual minority persons; HIV mental health issues. 

David Kimhy, Ph.D., Elucidating the role of stress regulation in development and recovery from psychosis, using a novel methodology to assess in real-time, real-world conditions the interactions between stress, autonomic regulation, psychosis and emotion regulation strategies during daily functioning.

Andreas H. Kottman, Ph.D., We study how physiological cell stress responses in neurons orchestrate structural adaptations to insults to the CNS. 

Alexis Kuerbis, LCSW, A 5-year, NIAAA-funded research program studying treatment options for gay and bixexual men who are interested in moderating their drinking, but who do not wish to stop drinking altogether.  The program combines medication (naltrexone) and specialized, cognitive-behavior psychotherapy provided over 12 weeks.

Elizabeth LeQuesne, M.D., The unit provides clinical care for patients enrolled in inpatient research protocols studying a variety of psychiatric conditions including schizophrenia, substance dependence and mood disorders; we also care for patients who are not enrolled in research but require hospitalization for clinical care.

Owen Lewis, M.D., Child psychiatry.  Systems-wide interventions in challenged inner-city schools that involves integration of mental health access and school-capacity building.  Other research involves early warning signs for mental disorders project that involves training school personnel and development of effective referrals processes.

Sarah H. Lisanby, M.D., Translational research using a range of brain stimulation technologies in conjunction with neuroimaging to study and treat a range of psychiatric and neurological disorders. 

Bruce Luber, Ph.D., We use transcranial magnetic stimulation and transcranial direct current stimulation to probe the neural circuitry underlying perception, cognition and behavior.  Ongoing basic research studying working memory in the young and the elderly, timing behavior, self-recognition and self-awareness, volition and visual search.

Christina Mangurian, M.D., Mental health services research related to improving the physical health of severely mentally ill patients (schizophrenia and bipolar disorder), especially services for underserved ethnic minorities.

J. John Mann, M.D., Functional brain imaging, neurochemistry and molecular genetics to probe the causes of depression and suicide, PET and MRI imaging studies of mood disorders and suicidal behavior complement postmortem brain studies to determine the neurobiological phenotypes of these states. 

Joanne Mantell, MSPH, Ph.D., A study of attitudes and practices related to the famale condom among women university students and their male partners in South Africa.  We are conducting additional work in South Africa to develop and test a multi-level structural intervention integrating sexual and reproductive health services into HIV clinical care for HIV-positive adults and understand what health care providers believe about male circumcision as an HIV prevention strategy and develop a tool for providers to counsel clients.

John Markowitz, M.D., An NIMH-funded randomized controlled trial of three psychotherapies for chronic posttraumatic stress disorder. 

Rachel Marsh, A fMRI study of self-regulatory control in adolescents with Bulimia Nervosa (BN). We are investigating how disturbances in frontostriatal neural systems contribute to the impulsive and habitual binge-eating behaviors in adolescents with BN and partial syndrome BN.

Alice Medalia, Ph.D., 1) This study examines whether people with schizophrenia learn more when they are intrinsically motivated as opposed to extrinsically motivated, and manipulates the instructional factors that enhance or inhibit learning. 2) This study examines whether people with schizophrenia are more likely to improve working memory if they are given a cognitive remediation approach that directly targets working memory in a noncontextualized task or a cognitive remediation approach that targets working memory as it is activated in a contextualized problem solving activity.

Claude Ann Mellins, Ph.D., Documenting mental health and HIV risk among HIV-positive children and seroreverters in collaboration with four New York City hospitals.  We are also collaborating on development of a family-based intervention for pre-and early adolescent perinatally HIV-infected youth and their adult caregivers in urban pediatric AIDS clinics in the US and adaptation of this intervention to the South African context.

Heino Meyer-Bahlburg, Dr. rer. nat, Study of children, adolescents and adults with somatic disorders of sex development or with transgenderism regarding long-term outcomes in terms of gender identity, gender-related behavior, sexual functioning, overall quality of life and sexual differentiation of the brain.

Catherine Monk, Ph.D., Developmental psychobiological work focused on child development in the in utero environment as it is altered by women's stress, depression and pharmacologic forms of treatment, bringing together perinatal psychiatry and developmental psychopathology.

Holly Moore, Ph.D., We use rodent models to study normal development of limbic circuits during the postnatal and adolescent periods of development, also how abnormal brain development might lead to abnormalities in neural structure and behavior observed in schizophrenia, and candidate pathophysiological mechanisms that might contribute to vulnerability for schizophrenia, or the expression of specific symptoms.

Laura Mufson, Ph.D., Studies of interpersonal psychotherapy for depressed adolescents in different settings such as schools, specialty mental health settings and pediatric primary care.  Research interests include effectiveness studies of evidence-based psychotherapy for children and adolescents and studying methods for training clinicians in community settings.

Mark Nathanson, M.D., Geriatric mental health education and program development and community education in Geriatric mental health emergency preparedness.

Yuval Neria, Ph.D., Trauma and PTSD: 1) Internet-Based intervention for returning New York veterans and their families; 2) Brain circuitry of PTSD and recovery from PTSD using functional MRI.

Ilana Nossel, M.D., Research to improve linkage and coordination of care of frequent users of the psychiatric emergency room.  These patients have high rates of co-occurring psychiatric and substance use disorders and high rates of homelessness.

Edward Nunes, M.D., Clinical trials to study the effectiveness of treatments for drug/alcohol dependence and commonly co-occurring disorders, such as depression, anxiety, PTSD.  We are also correlating clinical outcome with findings from PET imaging. Many of the trials take place in community-based settings.

Ramin Parsey, M.D., Ph.D., PET and MRI imaging in mood disorders and suicidal behavior.   

Tarique Perera, M.D., The role of newly generated neurons in the pathogenesis of major depression and mechanism of action of antidepressant treatments.  The work involves histological studies in the neuropathology lab, monkey behavioral studies at the non-human primate colony at SUNY Downstate. 

Tarique. D. Perera. M.D., The role of newly generated neurons in the mechanism of action of antidepressants.  The work involves histological studies in the neuropathology lab, monkey studies at the non-human primate colony and rat studies at SUNY Downstate, and collaborations at NYSPI, Rockefeller, Yale, Princeton and NIMH.

Angel V. Peterchev, Ph.D., Development and modeling of  electromagnetic brain stimulation technologies and paradigms for basic research and clinical applications. Projects are interdisciplinary, encompassing engineering, neuroscience, and psychiatry.

Bradley Peterson, M.D., Pediatric Neuroimaging Laboratory: We combine MRI technologies with genetic, cognitive, and detailed behavioral assessments to understand normal and pathological development of brain structure, function, connectivity, and metabolism in children across a wide range of neuropsychiatric disorders.

Sandra Pimentel, Ph.D., Evaluates dissemination of evidence-based interventions for child and adolescent disorders; the most effective strategies for training and transporting treatments to school and community settings; focus on assessment of and cognitive-behavioral treatment for childhood anxiety disorders.

Harold Alan Pincus, M.D., 1) An international survey of country level indicators of quality of mental health care, 2) Implementing and evaluating a quality improvement project to redesign primary care/mental health services among safety net organizations in New Orleans, 3) Identifying and analyzing current health policy initiatives affecting the aging population, 4) Assisting with the design of an instrument and key informant interviews to help evaluate seven interdisciplinary research centers in geriatrics, 5) Conducting a Congressionally mandated evaluation of the VA's mental health system, 6)  ICD 11 - improving the capacity of the international classification of disease for measuring quality and safety, 7) Further developing and piloting an instrument to assess research mentoring at the individual mentor-mentee and institutional levels.

Anthony Pinto, Ph.D., Obsessive compulsive personality disorder, beginning with exploration of its phenomenology and neurocognition, and moving toward development of treatments for the disorder, clarify the relationship of OCPD to OCD.

Marya Pollack, M.D., An alumna of Columbia College and Columbia University's School of Public Health would welcome a student to shadow her as she attends to her clinical duties at the Inwood Clinic, a division of the Washington Heights Community Service at the New York State Psychiatric Institute.

Jules Ranz, M.D.,   Multi-center study testing the validity and reliability of a System-Based Practices Instrument intended to assess the degree to which psychiatric residents engage in systems-based practices.

Stephen Rayport, M.D., Ph.D., Transgenic approaches to study dopamine and glutamate synaptic transmission in the context of schizophrenia and drug dependence.  Projects focus on dopamine neuron glutamate co-transmission, dopamine receptor trafficking, dopamine neuron morphology and the implications of a genetic reduction of glutamate recycling.  We are also pursuing collaborative postmortem studies on dopamine neuron glutamate co-transmission in man. 

Robert Remien, Ph.D., Clinic-based research on prevention and medical adherence for HIV-infected adults.  Studies to explore the social and psychological context of recent HIV transmission and to document acute HIV infection awareness and entry into care among high risk populations using a community-based participatory research model in New York City and Upstate New York communities.  We are extending the work on interventions to promote adherence to HIV treatment to South Africa by adapting and pilot tesitng a media-based intervention that includes social support partners.

John Sahs, M.D., In a public sector clinical treatment setting we offer opportunities to become involved in providing care as well as several clinical research projects: fMRI and manualized CBT for patients with PTSD; a novel form of translated care for monolingual Spanish speakers; and a multi-site trial of an intervention intended to increase adherence by training patients to ask questions of their doctors.

C. Daniel Salzman, M.D., Ph.D., Neural basis of cognition, emotion and emotional regulation.  Studies focus on dissecting the neural circuits responsible for implementing reinforcement learning, regulating emotion, modulating attention, perception and memory based on emotion.

Stephen A. Sands, Psy.D.,  Research opportunities in pediatric oncology and bone marrow transplant at Columbia University Medical Center are available and range from assessing Quality of Life for patients and Neuropsychological Late Effects from medical treatment to participating in intervention studies working with parents of newly diagnosed children undergoing medical treatment.

Claudia Schmauss, M.D., Molecular, anatomic and behavioral studies on animal models of depression-like behaviors and animal models of cognitive dysfunctions to study the role of epigenetic changes in gene expression in psychopathological states.

Harry N. Shair, Dr. Shair studies the behavioral and neurobiological mechanisms by which the early environment influences current actions and contributes to ontogenetic course of the growing organism. Much of his research focuses on the parent-infant interaction of rats, in particular the formation and expression of early-life social bonds.

Helen Blair Simpson, M.D., Ph.D., Clinical and biological studies of people with obsessive-compulsive disorder and related conditions.

Jonathan Slater, M.D., Psychiatric consultations to pediatric inpatients on the medical service at Morgan Stanley Children's Hospital of New York. 

Richard Sloan, Ph.D., Psychophysiological studies investigating how psychological and behavioral factors affect autonomic regulation of the heart, which in turn affects development of heart disease; studies include ambulatory monitoring of autonomic reactivity to “everyday life” stressors, as well as laboratory-based protocols. We also have several ongoing exercise studies with multiple aims. 

Edward Smith, Ph.D., We use fMRI to study deficits in working memory and cognitive control in schizophrenia and also to measure negative symptoms in schizophrenia and other disorders.

Thomas Smith, M.D., We study the organization and efficiency of NYC's public mental health system of care.  A primary focus is on access to and quality of care for individuals with serious mental illness who are at high risk for poor outcomes including homelessness, violence and victimization, and qualitative interview studies to evaluate the effectiveness of policy and system-level interventions to enhance the quality of service.

Arielle D. Stanford, M.D., I study the neural circuits that underlie the negative symptoms of schizophrenia using transcranial magnetic stimulation in combination with imaging and electrophysiological meaures.  In addition to gaining a better understanding of normal reward and self relevant circuitry, this work will lead to the optimization of novel non-invasive brain stimulation treatments for these schizophrenia.

Barbara Stanley, Ph.D., Our group conducts research in two areas: 1) biobehavioral, clinical and neuroimaging research on borderline personality disorder, suicidal behavior and non-suicidal self injury such as superficial cutting; and 2) development and testing of interventions for individuals at risk for suicide in outpatient and emergency department settings.

Yaakov Stern, Ph.D., Cognitive Neuroscience Laboratory, Cognitive behavioral and neuroimaging studies of cognition in normal aging and dementia.

Jonathan W. Stewart, M.D., The Depression Evaluation Service (DES) is anticipating a new treatment study entitled “Combining Antidepressants to Hasten Remission from Depression.” Prior to the start date a volunteer is needed to put together study books and start-up materials, and otherwise help organize the start-up meetings. Once recruitment begins, they would track patients through the study, input the study data and otherwise help organize and prepare materials for the in-study meetings.

Ezra Susser, M.D., Dr. P.H., The Imprints Center for Genetic and Environmental Studies brings together researchers interested in developmental origins of health and disease over the life course.

Sam Tsemberis, Ph.D., Pathways to Housing provides chronically homeless individuals who are diagnosed with severe mental illness scatter-site apartments and Assertive Community Treatment services.  Pathways pioneered the evidence-based "Housing First" model of housing and services and has both clinical and research opportunities available.

Mark Underwood, Ph.D., Translational studies in postmortem human brain and in animals; investigating the neuroanatoma and neurophysiology of the serotonergic system in brain and its relationship to mood disorders.

Nehal Vadhan, Ph.D., The acute and chronic neuropsychiatric effects of substance abuse, particularly cocaine and marijuana, employing neuropsychological and behavior pharmacology approaches.  Of particular interest is the relationship between marijuana use and psychosis.

Milton Wainberg, M.D., Dr. Wainberg is collaborating with researchers, mental health care providers and local departments of health in Brazil to test an intervention to reduce risk behavior among patients with serious mental illness.

Christoph Wiedenmayer, Ph.D., We study the development of fear behavior in young rats, examining the neural bases of innate and learned fear at different ages.

Myrna Weissman Ph.D., A student can work on analysis of a three generation study of depression looking at the clinical data and integrating it with MRI and genetics data, a clinical trial of patients who screened positive for major depression in a family practice, analysis of genetic data on early onset recurrent depression from a large scale collaborative study.  A new pilot study of a brief psychotherapy in a family practice clinic and also an ongoing study of the treatment of depressed parents and the effect of parental remission of the child's symptoms. 

Jennifer P. Wisdom, Ph.D., Health services research in mental health and drug treatment; recovery processes for individuals with serious mental illness and adolescent co-occurring disorders. 

Ping Wu, Ph.D., We investigate the relationship between adolescent substance use/abuse and co-existing mental disorders, especially internalizing disorders, using large scale epidemiological data sets.  We also examine racial/ethnic disparities in treatment service use for substance use related problems and other mental problems among youth.


Department of Radiation Oncology

Eric J. Hall, Ph.D.,
Studies related to Radiation Therapy include “Investigation of Hypersensitivity to Fractionated Low-Dose Radiation Exposure,” “Fractionation & Protraction for Radiotherapy of Prostate Carcinoma,” and Clinical Relative Biological Effectiveness of Low-Energy X-Rays Emitted by Miniature X-Ray Devices.”

Steven R. Isaacson, M.D.,
Participation in the coordination and design of clinical institutional trials. Investigating tissue tolerance and radiosurgery with special emphasis on central nervous system tumors.

Tian Liu, Ph.D.,
Participation in and design of national and institutional clinical trials. Special interests in ultrasound tissue typing and functional genomics of prostate cancer.

Sandra Russo, M.D., Ph.D., M.P.H.,
Participation in and design of institutional clinical trials. Clinical and research interests include breast cancer.

Peter B. Schiff, M.D., Ph.D.,
Participation and design of national and institutional clinical trials. Primary clinical interests include gynecologic malignancies, genital urinary tumors, lymphomas and brachytherapy. Laboratory investigation includes studies on the development of new radiosensitizers and genetic susceptibility to the effects of ionizing radiation.

Shermian Woodhouse, M.D.,
Participation in and design of institutional clinical trials. Clinical and research interests include outcomes research, gastrointestinal malignancies, lung cancer and gynecological malignancies.

Department of Radiology

John H.M. Austin, M.D., Studies of radiologic physiologic clinical correlations in chest diseases.

Truman Brown, Ph.D., Magnetic Resonance Research and Biomedical Engineering: imaging and spectroscopy applications to cancer, the neurosciences and other diseases; development of advanced techniques in data acquisition and image processing.

Robert L. De La Paz, M.D., Studies cerebral functions with functional fast MRI.

Peter D. Esser, Ph.D., Improved tomographic imaging methods for nuclear medicine and positron emission tomography (PET). Development of a PC-based interactive teaching program in Radiology for students and residents.

Rashid Fawwaz, M.D., Ph.D., Studies the use of radionuclides in the diagnosis and treatment of tumors.

Eric J. Hall, Ph.D., Studies related to Radiation Therapy include “Investigation of Hypersensitivity to Fractionated Low-Dose Radiation Exposure,” “Fractionation & Protraction for Radiotherapy of Prostate Carcinoma,” and Clinical Relative Biological Effectiveness of Low-Energy X-Rays Emitted by Miniature X-Ray Devices.”

Joy Hirsch, Ph.D., Functional MRI research focused on the study of brain, behavior and therapy-induced cortical changes.

Alexander G. Khandji, M.D., Research interests include imaging cerebrovascular disorders non-invasively using MRA and MRA with contrast, and imaging neuroendocrine abnormalities with MR and diagnostic angiography.

Angela Lignelli, M.D., Advanced brain imaging techniques including fMRI, spectroscopy and diffusion tensor imaging and their applications in the study of epilepsy.

William Millar, M.D., all aspects of pediatric neuroradiology with a focus on volumetric analysis, MR spectroscopy and diffusion tensor imaging in white matter disorders. Specific areas of funded research include imaging of mitochondrial disorders and evaluation of brain injury in premature infants.

Jeffrey Newhouse, M.D., Clinical studies in abdominal and pelvic diagnosis by using all imaging modalities.

Edward L. Nickoloff, D.Sc., Studies of bone mineral assessment by CT, 3-D spatial reconstructions, x-ray filters, CR/DR technology evaluations, mammography QC, radiation protection issues, radiation dose assessments, image quality evaluations.

Gregory Pearson, M.D., Ph.D., Evidence based medicine in cardiac and pulmonary imaging, CT radiation dose, emphysema, bronchiectasis, and cardiac imaging.

John Pile-Spellman, M.D., Development and hypothesis driven research in Interventional Neuroradiology. Areas include: the use of intraarterial medications for diagnostic and therapeutic uses, including treatment of stroke guided by interventional magnetic resonance, the role of endothelium in cerebral health and disease.

Anna Rozensthein, M.D., Cost-effectiveness analysis of lung cancer screening and cardiac interventions; training program management and residency curriculum design; imaging utilization.

Ronald B. Staron, M.D., Areas of research interest include musculoskeletal MR imaging, metabolic bone disease and bone densitometry.

Jonathan Sussman, M.D., Clinical and laboratory research and minimally invasive, image-guided therapies for vascular diseases, cancer, portal hypertension, hemodialysis, malignant biliary disease, endografts and thrombolysis.

Ronald L. Van Heertum, M.D., Development of improved methods for performing single photon emission computed tomography (SPECT) and positron emission tomography (PET) studies of the brain and oncologic disease. Multimodality image coregistration technique development. Development of new SPECT and PET radioligands for neuropsychiatry and oncology.

Department of Rehabilitation and Regenerative Medicine

Matthew N. Bartels, M.D., Physiology and outcomes in pulmonary and cardiac rehabilitation. Exercise physiology and autonomic assessment.

Ronald DeMeersman, Ph.D., Exercise physiology, autonomic physiology.

Brenda S. Mallory, M.D., Inpatient rehabilitation.

Stanley J. Myers, M.D., Evaluation and treatment of autonomic nervous system dysfunction, causalgia, and lower motor neuron lesions. Exercise physiology and fatigue.

Kevin T. Sperber, M.D., Pain management.

Joel Stein, M.D., Stroke rehabilitation, robot-aided rehabilitation.

Michelle Stern, M.D., General physical medicine and rehabilitation.

Nancy E. Strauss, M.D., Neuromuscular disorders.

Department of Surgery

John D. Allendorf, M.D., Research involves innovative management of hepatic metastases.

Michael Argenziano, M.D., Several trials of robotic cardiac surgery and surgical treatment of atrial fibrillation. Basic science and clinical laboratory focused atrial fibrillation, minimally invasive cardiac surgery, and cardiovascular physiology.

Marc S. Arkovitz, M.D., Genetics of lung development, pulmonary hypertension and congenital diaphragmatic hernia (CDH). We have developed collaborations with cardiology, genetics and neonatology.

Jeffrey Ascherman, M.D., Studies of cranial volumes in children, sternal wounds, and different techniques of breast reconstruction following mastectomy.

Marc Bessler, M.D., Principal investigator of LAP BAND® clinical trial, targeted toward patients who are not heavy enough for weight loss surgery based on standard criteria, but are suffering from medical problems and quality of life issues.

Robert S. Brown Jr., M.D., M.P.H., Principal investigator of Viser I trial, a study comparing the standard treatment for chronic Hepatitis C to a new therapy.

Jonathan M. Chen, M.D., Studies related to surgery for congenital heart disease, transplantation and mechanical ventricular assistance. Alternative anticoagulants for cardiopulmonary bypass and cardiac physiology in animal models of congenital heart disease.

Robert A. Cowles, M.D., Clinical and Basic Science aspects of short gut syndrome. The role of the enteric system in regulating intestinal mucosal adaptation after bowel resection in mice; effects of chemotherapy on intestinal transit; outcomes in biliary atresia, choledochal cyst, congenital intestinal disorders and intestinal rehabilitation.

Rajeev Dayal, M.D.,  Outcomes analysis using institutional, state-wide and national datasets to determine whether carotid stenting is equivalent to cartoid endarterectomy for stroke prevention.

Mahmood El-Tamer, M.D.,  Estrogen metabolism and breast cancer.  Defining quality of care in breast cancer.  The role of MRI in breast cancer.

Mark E. Ginsburg, M.D., Co-investigator of Endobrochial Valve for Emphysema Palliation Trial (VENT), a minimally invasive alternative to lung volume reduction surgery (LVRS).

Robert T. Grant, M.D., M.S., 1) Post-approval study of silicone gel breast implants, 2) the on-going study of silicone gel implants in patients who received these devices for reconstructive reasons, 3) musculoskeletal complaints, 3) physical fitness and nutrition habits of surgical trainees and Attending surgeons, and 4) the expanded role for electroceutical devices in post-op wound healing and pain control, 5) Clinical scar outcomes using the Insorb skin stapler system.

James V. Guarrera, M.D.,  Abdominal organ preservation and ischemia reperfusion injury in liver transplantation and hepatobiliary surgery.  Translational research involving machine perfusion of abdominal organs and other interventions to ameliorate preservation related injury in transplantation.

Mark Hardy, M.D., 1) induction of transplantation tolerance both in vitro and in vivo with human cells in humanized animal models; 2) Development of new methods of pancreatic islet placement, and PET imaging in experimental animal models; 3) Conduct of clinical trials with new immunosuppressive agents in renal transplant recipients and with use of novel agents in experimental and clinical wound healing.

WB Inabnet, M.D., FACS, 1) Primary hyperparathyroidism: Non-classical manifestations, 2) Relationship between hyperparathyroidism and cardiovascular disease, 3) effect of gastric restriction and malabsorption on gut petides and diabetes in a rat model, 4) Randomized trial comparing gastric bypass to intensive medical therapy in type 2 diabetics with BMI 30-34.9, 5) Nerve monitoring and voice preservation during thyroidectomy.

Silviu Itescu, M.D., Two clinical trials testing the therapeutic potential of adult stem cells in human patients with heart disease.

Dominique Jan, M.D.,  In collaboration with the Department of Pediatric GI and the Institute of Human Nutrition, biological and nutritional studies on intestinal failure, parenteral nutrition and associated liver disease.

Kathie-Ann Joseph, M.D., HMGA2 and its role in response to treatment in breast cancer; innovative methods to image and treat breast lesions such as high frequency ultrasound.

Jessica J. Kandel, M.D., Angiogenesis in pediatric solid tumor models (Wilms tumor, neuroblastoma, and hepatoblastoma), centering on the role of vascular endothelial growth factor and the response to its inhibition.

James A. Lee, M.D., Research into a novel medical education paradigm (COACH) using technology to enhance training. Research into various aspects of endocrine disease.

James F. McKinsey, M.D., Outcomes analysis for management of complex aortic disease (thoracic and abdominal aorta). Evaluation using national large data sets and institutional outcomes from conventional and new minimally invasive techniques.  Development of new technology for minimally invasive treatment of complex anuerysmal aortic disease.  Evaluation and treatment using minimally invasive procedures for patients with critical limb ischemia of the lower extremities or carotid artery disease. 

William Middlesworth, M.D.,  Research in the area of health services, patient safety and improvement.

Maurizio Miglietta, M.D.,  Electric therapy for wound healing, infra-red spectroscopy in hypoperfusion states, concept of mobile operating room, 24/7 care surgical delivery model (in conjunction with University HealthSystems Consortium), falls from NYC bridges.

Nicholas Morrissey, M.D., Clinical research analyzing the importance of race and ethnicity on the incidence, treatment, and outcome of peripheral vascular disease, focuses on Hispanic and African American patients and their rates of important vascular diseases. Access to healthcare issues and results of treatment.  Developing a model to assess the reasons for failure of synthetic arteriovenous grafts and arterial bypass grafts in order to determine methods for preventing failure of these grafts.

Yoshifumi Naka, M.D., Ph.D., Clinical studies of LVAD effects. Basic studies of vein graft disease. Basic studies of arterial remodeling following injury.

Roman Nowygrod, M.D., Outcomes research on medical errors tracking and reporting; quality of life after open vs. endovascular aneurysm repair; systemic coagulation changes after prosthetic graft implants; prospective study of renal dysfunction after contrast infusion in patients undergoing peripheral arterial endovascular therapies.

Mehmet C. Oz, M.D., Clinical studies of effects of cardiopulmonary bypass. Innovative methods of mitral repair.

Ravichandran Ramasamy, Ph.D., Vascular biology and ischemia-reperfusion injury in the heart in diabetes and aging.  Special emphasis on biochemical and metabolic consequences of activation of the polyol pathway and RAGE signaling.

Lloyd E. Ratner, M.D., 1) innovative strategies to increase/improve access to organ transplantation, 2) application of minimally invasive and laparoscopic surgical techniques to transplantation, 3) abrogation of humoral immune responses, 4) study of near miss phenomena in regards to surgical morbidity and mortality, and 5) ethical and physiologic concerns in the management of deceased solid organ donors.

Christine Rohde, M.D., Efficacy of pulsed magnetic fields in reducing pain and wound healing complications in breast reduction patients, clinical applications of pulsed electromagnetic fields, a comparison of various new wound closure modalities, breast cancer patient education regarding breast reconstruction, breast reconstruction racial disparities, improving patient experience with breast reconstruction. 

Benjamin Samstein, M.D., Mechanisms of antibody mediated rejection and accommodation. We use genetically modified animals in transplant models of kidney and cardiac transplantation to understand B cell immunology. For more information see

Ann Marie Schmidt, M.D., Research focused on a multiligand receptor called Receptor for AGE or RAGE. Studies to access the impact of RAGE on diabetic complications, aging, proinflammatory pathways, tumor growth and invasion, and degenerative orders of the central nervous system. Novel signal transcustion cascades by which RAGE ligands modulate gene expression.

Henry M. Spotnitz, M.D., 1) Changes in ventricular mechanics during corrective surgery in infants and children with congenital heart disease, 2) Effects of biventricular pacing and pacing optimization in acute heart failure in experimental animals and in clinical trials in patients with ventricular dysfunction after cardiac surgery.  

Charles J. H. Stolar, M.D., Research involves studies of Pectus Excavatum.

Bret Taback, M.D., Novel approaches to detect micrometastasis and tumor genetic alterations. Principal investigator of a tissue procurement protocol for breast and melanoma.

Richard L. Whelan, M.D., Clinical investigation of Cytokine Granulocyte-Macrophage Colony Stimulating Factor (GM-CSF), a drug which aims to reduce tumor recurrences in colorectal cancer patients.

Matthew Williams, M.D., Research in transcatheter valve therapy and combined surgical and interventional approaches to cardiovascular disease.

June Wu, M.D., Mechanisms of delayed wound healing and diabetes and other conditions, and the efficacy of physical and chemical devices to improve wound healing. Normal and aberrant vasculogenesis in vascular tumors and malformations.

Shi Du Yan M.D., The ABAD and RAGE in neurodegeneration.  Emphasis on signal transduction and cell-spedific pathways by which these molecules mediate neuronal stress and damage.

Jeffrey Zitsman, M.D., Ongoing study of the clinical, psychological and biochemical effects of weight loss surgery in obese adolescents (laproscopic gastic binding).


Department of Urology

Mitchell C. Benson, M.D., Clinical trials in patients with urologic malignancies. The department maintains a comprehensive IRB approved database and students have the opportunity to conceive of a research idea and mine the database for outcomes.

Ralph Buttyan, Ph.D., The regulation of oncogenes, tumor suppressor genes and apoptosis-control genes in prostate cells have enabled us to identify gene products that are important for the development and progression of prostate cancers in humans. These genes are a target for the development of novel gene therapeutic agents to be used to treat prostate cancer patients. In particular, the role of vascular growth factors in the bladder and prostate are being studied.

Terry W. Hensle, M.D., The Division of Pediatric Urology at Babies Hospital has always been in the forefront of improving children’s health through both basic science and clinical research. Our basic science research efforts are directed at understanding the molecular genetic basis of urologic diseases. Current projects include the role of apoptosis in partial ureteral obstruction and the role of cell adhesion molecules in cryptorchidisim.

Aaron E. Katz, M.D., Investigative work focuses on cancer angiogenesis factors and the ability of cancer cells to invade the circulation. We have recently developed a PCR assay that can detect small quantities of prostate cancer cells in the peripheral circulation of prostate cancer patients. 

James McKiernan, M.D., Research interests focus on the clinical and translational research aspects of patients with genitourinary malignancies.  Students have accomplished research goals in outcomes analysis, laboratory research, as well as participation in design and administration of IRB approved human clinical trials in cancer therapeutics.  The team maintains a comprehensive IRB approved outcomes research database and students have the opportunity to conceive their own investigation into the factors predictive of cure following cancer intervention.

Cathy L Mendelsohn, Ph.D., Our work is focused on understanding how the urogenital system forms, and on identifying the cause of urogenital malformations first in rodent, then in human models. We are currently pursuing two types of projects:

1) Investigating the molecular and cellular events important for formation of the nephric duct, for its insertion into the primitive bladder and for formation of connections between the ureter and the bladder.

2) Studying the mechanism by which vitamin A controls renal development. We have previously shown that vitamin A controls branching morphogenesis of the collecting duct system, in large part by regulating transcription of the proto-oncogene Ret.

Ridwan Shabsigh, M.D., DAP 11-1119, Ext. 5-0123, Primary research interests include the diagnosis and treatment of male and female sexual dysfunctions such as erectile dysfunction (commonly known as male impotence), premature ejaculation, libido disorders, orgasmic disorders, Peyronie’s disease, genital deformities and female sexual disorders. These research activities are pursued at the clinical level in the form of clinical trials of new medications and treatment modalities. At the laboratory level molecular biology techniques are applied to investigate causes and cures for sexual dysfunction.

Benjamin Spencer, M.D., M.P.H., Outcomes research on urologic cancers, especially prostate cancer; quality of life; quality of care.


Health Policy and Quality Safety Research

Health Policy and Quality Safety Research

Harold Alan Pincus, M.D., PI Unit 9, Tel. 543-5401
Vice Chair for Strategic Initiatives, Department of Psychiatry and
Director of Quality and Outcomes Research, New York-Presbyterian Hospital.

Research focuses on health and science policy, the practice of evidence-based medicine, quality improvement/performance measurement, and the relationships among general medicine, mental health, and substance abuse, developing and empirically testing models of those relationships. Several projects with which medical students/trainees could be involved include:

  • quality and safety projects at New York-Presbyterian Hospital
  • evaluation of a national program to improve care of depression in primary care
  • aging and health policy issues
  • assessing research mentoring
  • evaluation of interdisciplinary research centers in clinical/translation research and geriatrics

Phuong Trang Huynh, Ph.D., PI Unit 9, Tel. 543-6213
Deputy Director, Clinical Geriatric Policy Scholars Program

Current work focuses on identifying pathways for professionals to participate in the policymaking process and assessing opportunities for faculty development and mentoring models. Dr. Huynh has also worked on international surveys and studies on health care policy developments in the U.S. and industrialized countries. Projects with which medical students/trainees could be involved include: evaluating current health and aging policy issues and conducting a review of existing faculty development activities in U.S. medical schools.

Daniel Hyman M.D., MMM, email:
Chief Medical Officer for Ambulatory Care and
Chief Children’s Quality Officer, New York-Presbyterian Hospital.

Work focuses on improving quality and safety of care locally, regionally and nationally. Specific areas of focus include: Ambulatory Care - reducing disparities in health outcome measures: chronic disease management/chronic illness care model for asthma, diabetes, etc; redesigning visits to improve efficiency and patient satisfaction: women’s health care, childhood immunizations/ preventive services; and Children’s Services - areas of focus include reducing errors, reducing healthcare associated infections, measuring effectiveness of care in children’s health care delivery.

Practicums, internships or electives in assessing quality and safety or in actual improvement efforts are available for medical students/trainees.

Gilad J. Kuperman, M.D., Ph.D., email:
Director for Quality Informatics, New York-Presbyterian Hospital
Associate Professor, Department of Biomedical Informatics

Research focuses on ways that information systems can be used to measure and improve quality. Dr. Kuperman also is working on the development and evaluation of a regional health information organization (RHIO) in New York. Projects with which medical students/trainees could be involved include: how best to capture documentation data from clinicians electronically, how best to fit electronic health records applications into the workflow, how best to architect information systems so that regulatory and quality improvement measures can be captured automatically, and how to best use knowledge-based clinical decision support software (e.g., alerts and reminders) to change provider behavior and increase compliance with guidelines.

Global Health at P&S

New York is the most cosmopolitan city in the United States, and Northern Manhattan and the Bronx (from which many of our patients are drawn) exemplify that diversity. People from literally all over the world, or who have traveled all over the world, come through Columbia’s doors. If you’re interested in global health or tropical medicine, no other institution in America can provide the same in-house exposure—coupled, of course, with Columbia’s state-of-the-art facilities, technology, education and training. By sheer virtue of being a quaternary hospital located in New York and of having many international referrals, P&S truly brings the world to its students.

Millennium Villages Project

Sonia Sachs, M.D. Through the Columbia University Earth Institute and Professor Jeffrey Sachs’ Millennium Villages Project, first year students in the summer, and fourth year students through electives and who are interested in the intersection between health and development are placed at the Millennium Village sites across Africa. Students are sent to a rural village setting of an underdeveloped country that lacks basic health and disease prevention infrastructure. They work with a team surveying health related needs and implementing infrastructure for health care delivery, health education, and disease prevention.

Ben Gurion University in the Negev: a Medical School for International Health

Krystyna Cukrowski In 1996, Columbia University and Ben-Gurion University initiated an international collaboration in global health medical education, establishing the first four year, American-style medical degree taught in English and incorporating global health in all four years of the medical curriculum, known as the Medical School for International Health (MSIH).

Fourth year students at P&S may pursue elective options with Ben-Gurion University of the Negev. They are sent to Ben-Gurion University of the Negev Faculty of Health Sciences, in Beer Sheva, Israel and have opportunities to visit international clinical sites for the Medical School for International Health in India, Ethiopia, Kenya, Peru, Vietnam, and Nepal. These are structured, eight- week, international clerkships with a small group of MSIH students working under the supervision of local, MSIH-approved, preceptors.

Tropical Medicine and International Electives 4th year

Krystyna Cukrowski, In addition to being one of the only medical schools in the country with a required parasitology course in the second year, P&S students have a formal tropical medicine elective they make take at any site in the developing world. Run by Dr. Dickson Despommier, students have excellent preceptorship in identifying sites and finding funding to go abroad. Many do clerkships in specialties like neurosurgery, trauma surgery, OB-GYN, infectious disease, HIV care, radiology, neurology, and pediatrics. Columbia strongly believes that international health embraces every medical specialty. Countries run the gamut from Swaziland to Switzerland.

First Year Summer Opportunities

In addition to the Millennium Villages clerkship, first year students have formal opportunities at Columbia to go abroad.

  1. Students interested in health systems are offered the American Council Fellowship to St. Luke’s International Hospital in Tokyo, Japan: up to two P&S students are selected each year to spend a summer rotating through departments of their choice (surgery, medicine) in a technologically equipped high-volume hospital.
  2. Students interested in AIDS work and community health are offered opportunities to rotate with Dr. Nicholas Cunningham in the Family AIDS Program in La Romana, Dominican Republic. Besides opportunities to work in HIV clinical care, health education and advocacy in populations ranging from sex workers to children, housing is provided on-site in “Casa
  3. Dr. Scott Hammer, Chief of Infectious Diseases, brings students to his clinics in Chris Hani Baragwanath Hospital in Durban, South Africa to clinically work on the intersection between tuberculosis and HIV.
  4. Students may also elect to collaborate with faculty members on research abroad. P&S faculty have an extraordinary breadth of global involvement. From conducting cutting-edge bench and clinical research at foreign institutions to providing health services to some of the world’s most isolated populations, faculty in departments from Psychiatry to Pediatrics to Head & Neck Surgery work overseas. At last count faculty were involved in 67 countries on a variety of projects, and nearly all welcome student involvement.
  5. Lastly, the P&S Club’s International Health Organization helps students identify oppportunities for summer abroad after their first year. Popular options include Medical Spanish immersion programs, public health practica and visiting hospitals where previous P&S students have worked. Of course, many students choose to blaze their own trails!

Mailman School of Public Health

P&S is lucky to have the world-renowned Mailman School of Public Health literally next door. In addition to pursing an MPH degree, P&S students may take advantage of the wealth of global opportunities the School offers. Students are allowed to take 1 course a year free at the School (or any other School of Columbia University, including the School of International and Public Affairs), and Mailman has a rich network of contacts and practica available to medical students.

In New York

Many of the world’s leading medical NGOs are headquartered in New York, including the International Rescue Committee, Doctors Without Borders (MSF)- USA, Human Rights Watch, the Population Council, as well as the United Nations Organizations (UNICEF, UNAIDS, etc). P&S faculty are often affiliated with these organizations, and interested students can pursue internships or other opportunities.

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