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Dr. Allan Ropper Wins Weill Cornell Medical College Alumni Award

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Dr. Allan Ropper with Dr. Augustine M.K. Choi and Dr. Natasha I. Leibel, M.D. ’98, president of the Weill Cornell Medical College Alumni Association.

Dr. Allan Ropper, M.D. ’74, the Raymond D. Adams Master Clinician and executive vice chairman of the Department of Neurology at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, has been awarded the Weill Cornell Medicine Alumni Association Award of Distinction.

The award, which was established in 1949, is presented each year to a Weill Cornell Medical...

Dr. Katharine Hsu Wins Weill Cornell Graduate School Alumni Award

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Dr. Katharine Hsu and Dr. Barbara Hempstead. Credit: Studio Brooke

Dr. Katharine Hsu, M.D. ’94, Ph.D. ’93, professor of medicine and attending physician at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, has been awarded the Weill Cornell Graduate School Alumni Award of Distinction.

Since 1997, graduate school alumni have been recognized with this award for their outstanding contributions to biomedical research in education, focusing on science and scholarship, leadership, mentoring and...

Dr. Barbara Hempstead Appointed Dean of the Weill Cornell Graduate School of Medical Sciences

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New York (January 10, 2019)—Dr. Barbara Hempstead, a preeminent physician-scientist, educator and academic leader, has been appointed dean of the Weill Cornell Graduate School of Medical Sciences, effective Jan. 14. She succeeds ...

Scholarship Endowed in Memory of Dr. Mervin G. Olinger (MD ’43)

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A recent scholarship endowment has been made in honor of Dr. Mervin G. Olinger (MD ’43). Dr. Olinger graduated from Cornell University in 1939 and was a member of the Phi Beta Kappa National Honor Society and an accomplished pole vaulter, earning his letter and participating in the Penn Relays. He received a medical degree from Weill Cornell Medical College in 1943, where he was a member of Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society.  

Dr. Mervin and Renee Olinger...

Gift establishes Friedman Center for Nutrition and Inflammation

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With a $7.5 million gift from the Friedman Family Foundation, endowed by Stephen and Vice Chair Overseer Barbara Friedman, Weill Cornell Medicine has established an innovative cross-campus center dedicated to improving human health through research in the complex relationship between nutrition, inflammation and the development of disease.

The Friedman Center for Nutrition and Inflammation will create new programs across Weill Cornell Medicine and Cornell’s Ithaca campus, harnessing key...

Second Act

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In Sight: Dr. Schwartz doing an exam at the main clinic in Riobamba, the capital of Ecuador’s Chimborazo Province. Photo provided.

Two years ago, in a remote region of Ecuador, ophthalmologist Dr. Elwin Schwartz, MD ’76, helped give a six-year-old girl the gift of sight. The child had been blind since birth because of a clouding in the lens of her eyes, known as congenital cataracts; Dr. Schwartz and a colleague performed a 15-minute surgery that reversed the condition. “Within a...

Commencement Honors Future Healthcare Leaders

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For most of his life, Vishal Patel wanted to be a teacher. But midway through college, he discovered a love for medicine and realized he could combine those two passions by becoming a physician. That journey reached a milestone on May 31 with Dr. Patel’s graduation from Weill Cornell Medical College in front of his family—12 members in all—who celebrated his crossing Carnegie Hall’s iconic stage by brandishing large cardboard cutouts of his face.

Soon, Dr. Patel will head back to his...

Dr. Thomas Lee Wins Weill Cornell Medical College Alumni Award

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Dean Augustine M.K. Choi and Dr. Stuart Mushlin MD'73, president of the Weill Cornell Medicine Alumni Association, join Dr. Thomas Lee as he accepts his award on May 30. Photo credit: Studio Brooke 

Dr. Thomas Lee, MD ’79, chief medical officer of Press Ganey Associates Inc. and a member of the Weill Cornell Medicine Board of Overseers, has been awarded the Weill Cornell Medicine Alumni Association Award of Distinction.

Established in 1949, the accolade is presented annually in...

Dr. Janet Braam Wins Weill Cornell Graduate School Alumni Award

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Dr. Janet Braam accepting her award from Dr. Carl Nathan, dean of the Weill Cornell Graduate School of Medical Sciences, on May 30. Photo credit: Studio Brooke. 

Dr. Janet Braam, PhD ’85, chair of the department of biosciences at Rice University in Houston, has been awarded the Weill Cornell Graduate School Distinguished Alumnus award.

Established in 1997, the award recognizes outstanding contributions to biomedical research in education, focusing on science and scholarship,...

Teaching Global Health: Dr. Gunisha Kaur

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Dr. Gunisha Kaur, B.S. ’06, M.D. ’10, understands first-hand what it means to be a refugee: Some 30 years ago, she and her family came to the United States as refugees, escaping political violence in India. Now an anesthesiologist and human rights researcher, Dr. Kaur is training the next generation of physicians on how to treat foreign-born patients.

“When people ask me why I’ve stayed in the Cornell system as...

Vision Quest

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Dr. Grace Sun. Photo credit: John AbbottIn college, I wasn’t certain that I wanted to become a physician. But as a Peace Corps volunteer, I worked as a community health promoter in a small village in Nicaragua and realized that I could have a real impact on people’s lives. One of the main reasons I chose Weill Cornell Medical College was its strong global health program, and that remains a big part of what I do. Worldwide, there are about 37 million people who are blind—who can’t see the big ‘E...

Formative Experience

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Dr. Joseph Heitman. Photo credit: Megan Mendenhall, Duke Photography

As a student in the Tri-Institutional MD-PhD program, Dr. Joseph Heitman, MD ’92,  was thrilled to be training as a physician-scientist—someone who would be, as he puts it, an “ambassador” to bridge the sometimes disparate worlds of medicine and basic research. Yet in 1989, with his...

'Great Potential'

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Dr. Kevin O’Rourke. Photo credit: John Abbott

Many successful researchers cite the influence of a mentor who inspired and advised them—and that’s especially true for Dr. Kevin O’Rourke, PhD ’17. Even though he’s still an MD-PhD student, Dr. O’Rourke cites numerous people who have helped guide him on his path. They include an AP biology teacher at his Massachusetts boarding school who sparked his interest in science; a Harvard geneticist who let him shadow her for two days, showing how...

2017 WCMCAA Award of Distinction Recipient: W. Michael Scheld, MD '73

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Established in 1949, the annual Weill Cornell Medical College Alumni Association (WCMCAA) Award of Distinction recognizes an alumnus/a who has demonstrated exceptional achievement in academic medicine, in the areas of education, research, or patient care, and who has brought honor and acclaim to the Medical College. This year's recipient, Michael Scheld, MD, Class of 1973, perfectly embodies the spirit, character, and qualities of this prestigious award. Dr. Scheld is currently the Bayer-Gerald...

Dr. Carol Storey-Johnson Wins Distinguished Educator Award

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Dr. Carol Storey-Johnson, senior advisor for medical education and a professor of medicine at Weill Cornell Medicine, has won the 2017 Distinguished Educator Award from the Northeast Group on Educational Affairs (NEGEA).

The NEGEA is a regional group of the Association of American Medical Colleges’...

Tribute to Rees Pritchett, MD '48

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Dr. Rees Pritchett, a consummate physician who spent seven decades at our medical center as a student, resident, and faculty member, died on March 27, 2017. He was 93.

Dr. Pritchett entered medical school in 1944 and remained strongly tied to what is now known as NewYork-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical Center for the rest of his life. After graduating from Weill Cornell Medical College in 1948, he became a cardiac resident at NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital, living in a small six-...

“We Heard the Call” Our Doctors and Nurses in World War I

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The Medical Center Archives of NewYork-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell is pleased to present an 1300 York Avenue Lobby Exhibit: “We Heard the Call” Our Doctors and Nurses in World War I

This exhibit celebrates the 100th anniversary of our doctors and nurses affiliated with The New York Hospital, Cornell University Medical College, and New York Hospital Training School for Nurses service in World War I.  417 (260 were CUMC alumni) doctors, 201 nurses, and 29 Bloomingdale Hospital...

Dr. Augustine M.K. Choi named dean of Weill Cornell Medicine

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Dr. Augustine M.K. Choi, an internationally renowned physician-scientist in the field of lung disease, has been named the Stephen and Suzanne Weiss Dean of Weill Cornell Medicine and Cornell University’s provost for medical affairs. Choi has served as interim dean of Weill Cornell...

In Memoriam: Henry J. Heimlich, MD '43

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Dr. Henry Heimlich B.S. ’41, M.D. '43, who developed the famous Heimlich maneuver, died Saturday morning of a heart attack in Cincinnati. He was 96.

Heimlich received his bachelor’s degree from Cornell University in 1941 and his M.D. from Weill Cornell Medical College in 1943.

Before the invention of the Heimlich maneuver, it was widely believed that slapping a choking victim’s back would save his life, but this action actually lodges the blockage deeper in...

Neuroimaging categorizes four depression subtypes

Patients with depression can be categorized into four unique subtypes defined by distinct patterns of abnormal connectivity in the brain, according to new research from Weill Cornell Medicine.

In a collaborative study published Dec. 5 in Nature Medicine, Conor Liston, MD '08, an assistant professor of neuroscience in the Feil Family Brain and Mind Institute and an assistant professor of psychiatry at Weill Cornell Medicine, has identified biomarkers in depression...

Weill Cornell Medicine Magazine

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Harlan B. Levine, MD ’98 and Natasha I. Leibel, MD ’98 Scholarship

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Natasha Leibel, MD ’98, looks back to her time at Weill Cornell Medicine with fondness – especially since that was where she met her husband, Harlan Levine, MD ’98.

When Dr. Leibel and Dr. Levine graduated from medical school, they were fortunate enough to not have to worry about paying off a tremendous amount of debt. But they knew that many aspiring doctors could not afford the same luxury, and so they decided to create the Harlan B. Levine, MD ’98 and Natasha I. Leibel, MD ’98...

Alumni Giving at Weill Cornell Medicine

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Every other fall, hundreds of Weill Cornell Medicine alumni fill the halls of 1300 York Avenue for their class reunion. They’re there to reconnect with friends, visit their old stomping grounds and learn about some of the latest advances in medicine from their colleagues. The energy and excitement at the Reunion events are palpable – these former students are back where it all began, where they learned the skills to become some of the finest physicians in the country and where they first...

Alumni Gift to the Olaf S. Andersen, MD, Fund

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For John Zebala, MD ’93, PhD ’92, the years he spent training to become a physician-scientist at Weill Cornell Medicine were some of the most enjoyable and transformative years of his life. “I had the freedom to find my life passions as an inventor and biomedical entrepreneur. All of the business and personal successes I have achieved today would never have been possible without the MD-PhD program,” Dr. Zebala says.

Dr. Zebala was inspired to make a $25,000 gift to the Olaf S. Andersen...

Alumni Welcome New Students to Campus

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On August 18th, the Weill Cornell Medical College Alumni Association hosted its third annual Alumni and Students Reception during new student orientation week. The event was a wonderful opportunity to introduce the next generation of Weill Cornell Medicine physicians to the alumni network and welcome them to campus. The Alumni Association was pleased to have an excellent turnout from the Class of 2020, as well as a number of alumni and faculty who welcomed this newest group of Weill Cornell...

Martha E. Pollack, provost at Michigan, named 14th president

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The Cornell University Board of Trustees today unanimously elected Martha E. Pollack, provost and executive vice president for academic affairs at the University of Michigan, Cornell’s 14th president. Pollack will assume the presidency April 17, 2017.

The board’s vote followed the selection of Pollack by a Presidential Search Committee that was formed in April 2016 following the death on March 6 of President Elizabeth Garrett....

Congratulations to our new WCMCAA Directors!

We are excited to announce the following alumni were elected to serve on the...

We Are Weill Cornell Medicine: Dr. Leonard Girardi '89

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As a star high school football player, Dr. Leonard Girardi considered a college athletic career. Instead, he chose to practice cardiothoracic surgery at Weill Cornell Medicine, where his team in the operating room must be on their game every day to ensure each patient's surgery is a success.

"Athletes love working in a team environment," said ...

Anthony Fauci, MD '66 congratulated by former Presidents Bush and Clinton

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During Reunion 2016, Anthony Fauci, MD '66 was interviewed by Michael Specter of The New Yorker about his remarkable career and the vital contributions he has made to the discovery and treatment of infectious diseases worldwide.

Following his intervew, Dr. Fauci was surprised by a fellow alumnus who obtained letters from former President Bill Clinton and George W. Bush congratulating him on his 50th Reunion with Weill Cornell...

Tony Rosen, MD ’10, awarded $800K grant

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Congratulations to Dr. Tony Rosen, MD ’10, who was recently awarded the Paul B. Beeson Emerging Leaders Career Development Award in Aging (K76) for his groundbreaking research to recognize elder abuse. Dr. Rosen completed medical school and his residency at Weill Cornell Medicine, and is now an Emergency Medicine faculty member.

The Paul B. Beeson Emerging Leaders Career Development Award in Aging is a competitive $800K grant sponsored by the National Institute on Aging intended to...

Raul Martinez-McFaline awarded F31 Fellowship

Raul Martinez-McFaline, Fifth Year MD-PhD student in the laboratory of Dr. Yariv Houvras at Weill Cornell Medicine, has been awarded an F31 Fellowship from the NCI to investigate the role of histone 3 lysine 9 (H3K9) methyltransferases in melanoma. The project aims to evaluate the effects of aberrant H3K9 methyltransferase activity using a transgenic zebrafish melanoma model and human melanoma cell lines....

#WeAreWCM: Dr. Silvia Formenti

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Oncologist Dr. Silvia Formenti has spent her career in medicine fighting for those with incurable diseases. At Weill Cornell Medicine, she leads a team of daring, passionate scientists, who are relentless in their search for a cure for cancer.

"Most patients really want a doctor who is a partner, and there's an immediate connection once they sense your passion," said Dr. Formenti, chair of the Department of...

#WeAreWCM: Dr. Randy Longman ('07)

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At Weill Cornell Medicine, people are the heart and soul of our institution. Our faculty and staff — the physicians, scientists, and administrators who work so hard every day to fulfill our mission to care for patients, discover innovative cures and treatments, and teach the next generation of physicians — make us who we are.

In the coming months, in words, photos and videos, we will celebrate this community and its...

Reunion 2016: Early bird registration deadline

Weill Cornell Alumni Reunion 2016

Alumni are invited back to campus on Friday, September 23, and Saturday, September 24 for Reunion 2016! Whether you graduated 5 or 65 years ago, the biennial Reunion Weekend provides an ideal setting for reconnecting with old friends and reminiscing with classmates.

There is only one week left of early bird registration! After July 31, the cost will increase from $65 to $90. Find more information about Reunion 2016 and register here.

Paul N. Casale, MD '82, Appointed Executive Director of NewYork Quality Care

Dr. Paul N. Casale has been appointed executive director of NewYork Quality Care, the Accountable Care Organization (ACO) of NewYork-Presbyterian, Columbia and Weill Cornell Medicine. He joins the ACO from Lancaster General Health/Penn Medicine, where he served as chief of the Division of Cardiology and medical director of quality.

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