Week of December 7, 2015
NYMC Honored at WCA Annual Fall Leadership Dinner

From left: Richard McCarrick, M.D., vice dean for graduate medical education and affiliations; Amy S. Kahn, vice president for development and alumni affairs; Les Neumann, managing director and CEO of iCANny; Michael Rogovin, J.D., vice president of operations; Robert W. Amler, M.D., M.B.A., dean of the School of Health Sciences and Practice and vice president for government affairs; Randi D. Schwartz, M.B.A., associate dean for academic administration and interim director of BioInc@NYMC; Edward C. Halperin, M.D., M.A., chancellor and chief executive officer; Jennifer Riekert, M.B.A., vice president of communications; and Amy Ansehl, D.N.P., FNP- BC, assistant dean and associate professor of public health practice and executive director of the Partnership for a Healthy Population.

More than 700 members of the business community gathered at the Westchester County Association's (WCA) Annual Fall Leadership Dinner on November 19 at the Westchester Marriott Hotel. The evening recognized individuals and organizations for their distinctive leadership roles in the community. Edward C. Halperin, M.D., M.A., chancellor and chief executive officer, accepted the 2015 Leadership Award on behalf of NYMC for offering innovative curricula and advanced technological developments in the community and contributing to Westchester's growing biotech industry.
NYMC Hosts Music and Medicine
It was standing room only in Nevins Auditorium for the lunchtime presentation and performance of "Beethoven: Deafness and Creativity" on November 23. Stephen Moshman, M.D., professor of clinical medicine and conductor of the Albert Einstein Symphony Orchestra, presented the effects of Beethoven's deafness and medical history on his works throughout his career with interludes of Beethoven's music performed by a string quartet from the Manhattan School of Music. Click here for more photos and video.
HSL Hosts Shakespeare and the Four Humors Presentation
To wrap up the month-long campus display of the exhibit "And there's the humor of it": Shakespeare and the Four Humors, the Health Sciences Library hosted a presentation on November 19. Marie Ascher, M.S. , left, the Lillian Hetrick Huber Endowed Director of the Health Sciences Library, welcomed speakers  assistant professor and chair  of  the Department of Languages and Literature at Lander College, who spoke on the  Kathryn E. McGoldrick, M.D., F.C.A.I. (Hon), professor and chairman of the Department of Anes thesiology, and  Matthew Zarnowiecki, Ph.D.,  theory of the four bodily humors-blood, bile, melancholy and phlegm-and  their significance and relationship to the works and characters of Shakespeare. The exhibit was courtesy of the National Library of Medicine, National Institutes of Health and curated by Gail Kern Paster, Ph.D., and Theodore M. Brown, Ph.D.
Meet the Doctor Lecture Series Addresses Concussions in Youth Sports

Parents, athletes, coaches, physicians, school nurses and athletic directors filled the audience of the latest Meet the Doctor Lecture Series held on November 23 at the Mount Pleasant Public Library to learn about sports-related concussions in children and adolescents. Robert W. Amler, M.D., M.B.A., dean of the School of Health Sciences and Practice, vice president for government affairs and professor of pediatrics, and Westchester County Commissioner of Mental Health, Mark S. Herceg, Ph.D., clinical neuropsychologist and chair of the Westchester Concussion Task Force, addressed concussion symptoms, diagnosis and recovery and the latest in technology and equipment for prevention.
New York Blood Center Recognizes NYMC

New York Medical College is the proud recipient of the 2014 Silver Award from the New York Blood Center Drive for 202 blood donations. The last NYMC blood drive organized by second-year medical students Deena Miller, left, and Beth Buehrer on November 5, netted 50 units, surpassing the goal of 40 units. January is National Blood Donor Awareness Month so mark your calendars for the upcoming blood drives scheduled for Tuesday, January 19 and Wednesday, January 20. Blood is traditionally in short supply during the winter months due to the holidays, travel schedules, inclement weather and illness.  
StuHE Hosts Public Health Career Mentor Session

The Public Health Career Mentor Session, hosted by Student Healthcare Executives (StuHE) in the School of Health Sciences and Practice (SHSP), was held on November 18, providing an opportunity for nearly 50 SHSP students to connect with public health professionals for one-on-one conversations and career guidance. This year, 13 mentors--including five SHSP alumni--offered their insight on working in the field of public health.

In-person and Skype conversations connected students and mentors for interactions similar to informational interviews. Over the course of the event, which might be best described as "speed mentoring," students spent 20 minutes with a mentor before moving on to the next scheduled mentor. Mentors reviewed resumes and discussed career opportunities. Students shared their areas of study and career goals, and then listened intently to the mentors' feedback. The mentors were impressed by the students' professionalism, preparation and enthusiasm while students welcomed the opportunity to build their networking skills and learn how to market themselves to future employers.

Karen S. Edwards M.D., M.P.H. '91, professor of practice in the School of Health Sciences and Practice, adjunct associate professor of pediatrics, and vice president for education, training and research, LEND program director and the Co-UCEDD director at the Westchester Institute for Human Development (WIHD), was recently appointed by Governor Andrew Cuomo to two New York State Councils, The Council on Graduate Medical Education (COGME) and the Statewide Early Intervention Coordinating Council (EICC), both within the New York State Department of Health. The COGME provides advice to the Governor and Commissioner of Health on the formulation and implementation of state policies relating to medical education and training. The EICC assists the New York State Department of Health with the administration of the Early Intervention Program (EIP) and makes recommendations to the Department regarding appropriate services for infants and toddlers with disabilities and their families. Dr. Edwards was also appointed to a one-year term as president of the Board of Directors of the Association of University Centers on Disabilities (AUCD), a membership organization that supports and promotes a national network of university-based interdisciplinary programs, including University Centers for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities (UCEDD) and Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental and related Disabilities (LEND) Programs.


Michael H. Gewitz, M.D., professor of pediatrics, vice chairman of the Department of Pediatrics and chief of the Division of Pediatric Cardiology, received the 2015 American Heart Association (AHA) Council on Cardiovascular Disease in the Young Distinguished Achievement Award at the AHA's Scientific Sessions Annual Conference held November 7 - 11 in Orlando.   


Luis F. Riquelme, Ph.D., CCC-SLP, BCS-S, associate professor of clinical speech-language pathology,was recently appointed to the steering committee of the International Dysphagia Diet Standardisation Initiative (IDDSI), a group working on globalizing terminology and definitions for texture-modified foods and thickened drinks for individuals with swallowing disorders (dysphagia) of all ages, in all care settings and of all cultures. Dr. Riquelme joins the committee as the next phase evolves to increase awareness and implement the proposed changes, based on current clinical and research evidence. The group is interdisciplinary and includes dieticians, food scientists, biomedical engineers, speech-language pathologists, occupational therapists and physicians.

Dr. Riquelme and several alumni of the Department of Speech-Language Pathology presented research at the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) annual meeting held in Denver, November 12 - 14. They presented their work on residue measurement in the pharynx after the swallow, so as to better manage patients at risk for aspiration. They used Image J, a freeware from NIH, to conduct the measures, as described by Pearson, Molfenter and Steele in 2013. Aspiration pneumonia remains the fourth most common cause of death among persons over age 65 in the U.S. and is one of five diagnoses the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid (CMS) has included as criteria for non-payment when a patient is re-admitted within 30 days of discharge. The research was conducted at NYMC and its affiliate, New York Methodist Hospital in Brooklyn, N.Y.

Photo: Dr. Riquelme, Laurel Lovelett, M.S.'15, CF-SLP and Ashley Davis, M.S. '15, CF-SLP 
Viscosity-Dependent Differences in Post-Swallow Pharyngeal Residue: Comparisons Utilizing the Normalized Residue Ratio Scale Riquelme, L.F., Davis, A., Lovelett, L., Lee, S., Dilhon, P., Molfenter, S.M.

Use of the Normalized Residue Ratio Scale to Determine Post-Swallow Residue in Individuals with Dementia Riquelme, L.F., Rush, T., Johnston, E., Santander, M., Molfenter, S.M.

Amanda Soler, a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Pharmacology, won a $500 Onsite Trainee Poster Award at the American Heart Association Council on Hypertension Scientific Sessions 2015 held in Washington, D.C. in September. She presented "20-HETE Antagonist, 20-SOLA, Restores Coronary Collateral Growth in the Metabolic Syndrome."

Marvin S. Medow, Ph.D.,
professor of pediatrics and associate director of the Center for Hypotension, Kathryn A. Spanknebel, M.D., associate professor of surgery and senior associate dean of faculty affairs for the School of Medicine, and Neha Kaul, M.S, M.A., director, human subjects administration, attended the annual conference on Advancing Ethical Research organized by Public Responsibility for Medicine & Research (PRIM&R) in Boston from November 12 - 15. Ms. Kaul also served on the poster abstract subcommittee for the second consecutive year as part of the planning committee for the annual conference.


New York Medical College Leadership News:

Westchester Physician - November 2015
Edward C. Halperin, M.D., M.A., Chancellor and Chief Executive Officer

WCA Celebrates Life and Work of Al DelBello at Leadership Dinner
Westchester Business Journal - 11/30/15
Edward C. Halperin, M.D., M.A., Chancellor and Chief Executive Officer
Robert W. Amler, M.D., M.B.A., Dean of School of Health Sciences and Practice and Vice President for Government Affairs

Former Sen. Joseph Lieberman Hosts Luncheon for Orthodox Jewish Political Group
JPUpdates.com - 12/1/2015
Alan Kadish, M.D., President

Westchester County Association's Fall Leadership Dinner Toasts Business Leaders
Daily Voice (all editions) -- 11/19/2015
Edward C. Halperin, M.D., M.A., Chancellor and Chief Executive Officer

Beyond Physical Threats
Huffington Post - 11/13/2015
Alan Kadish, M.D., President

Westchester County Association Honors Region's Business Leaders
Daily Voice (all editions) - 12/2/15
Edward C. Halperin, M.D., M.A., Chancellor and Chief Executive Officer

New York Medical College News:

Westfair Communications - 11/24/15

CityLimits.org - 11/23/15

Faculty News:

Lyme Disease Confusion Ensnares Sick Patients in Treatment, Insurance Complications
NBC New York - 12/3/15
Gary P. Wormser, M.D., professor of medicine, chief of Division of Infectious Diseases and vice chairman of Department of Medicine

Benedictine Health Foundation to Bestow Two Awards
Daily Freeman News - 12/1/15
Martin G. Cascio, M.D., Clinical Assistant Professor of Anesthesiology

YWCA White Plains & Central Westchester to Host Human Rights Day Event
Patch.com (all editions) - 11/25/15
Jin Li, M.D., Ph.D., Associate Professor of Clinical Neurology

Shot Callers
Manhattan Times - 11/29/15
Doris J. Bucher, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Microbiology and Immunology

According to Experts, HIV is Not a Death Sentence in United States
India.com - 11/25/15
David Moskowitz, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Epidemiology and Community Health

Thinking About Aging and the End
Philipstown.info - 11/22/2015
Ira Bedzow, Ph.D., Director of Biomedical Ethics and Humanities

Cryopreservation and Transplantation Of Ovarian Tissue In Cancer Patients Helps Preserve Fertility
MedicalResearch.com - 11/19/2015
Kutluk Oktay, M.D., Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Medicine, and Cell Biology and Anatomy

Fifth Annual Women in Business Awards
Westchester Magazine - 11/17/2015
Sherlita Amler, M.D., Clinical Associate Professor of Pediatrics and Distinguished Lecturer in the School of Health Sciences and Practice

Wary of Mainstream Medicine, Immigrants Seek Remedies From Home
The New York Times - 11/13/2015
Roger Chirurgi, M.D., Assistant Professor of Clinical Emergency Medicine

Affiliate News:

MidHudson Regional Names Associate Director of Medical Affairs: 7 Things to Know
Becker's Hospital Review - 11/25/2015
Lance Bruck, M.D. '93

Phelps Memorial Hospital Center Earns Top Performer on Key Quality Measures®
Patch.com (all sites) - 11/17/2015
Phelps Memorial Hospital Center

Tuesday, December 8   
Department of Psychiatry Grand Rounds
11:00 a.m.
Medical Education Seminar
5:00 p.m.
Wednesday, December 9   
Department of Pediatrics Grand Rounds
8:00 a.m.
Department of Medicine, Division of Gastroenterology Seminar 8:00 a.m.
Medical Education Workshop
10:00 a.m.
12th Annual Louis R.M. DelGuercio, M.D. Research Day 10:00 a.m.
Department of Microbiology and Immunology Seminar 12:00 p.m.
Department of Cell Biology and Anatomy Seminar
2:00 p.m.
Friday, December 11 
Department of Pediatrics - Division of Pediatric Hematology Grand Rounds
8:00 a.m.


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The Future of Reproductive Medicine: A Jewish Perspective
Sunday, December 6
9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m
Lander College for Women
227 W. 60th Street
New York, NY
Co-Sponsored by: Center for Bioethics at Columbia University, Medical Ethics and Humanities Program at New York Medical College
Click here for more information.   

12th Annual Louis R.M. DelGuercio, M.D., Distinguished Visiting Professorship & Research Day

Practical Approaches to Definitive Reconstruction of Complex Abdominal Wall Defects 

Wednesday, December 9 
10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Medical Education Center

Distinguished Visiting Professor
Rifat Latifi, M.D., FACS, FICS, Professor of Surgery and Vice Chair of International Affairs, University of Arizona

Click here
for more information. 

Westchester Medical Center Cancer Program Annual Conference

State of the Science: Treatment of Childhood, Adolescent and Young Adult Non-Hodskin Lymphoma

Wednesday, December 9 
4:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. 
Taylor Pavilion
Conference Center

Moderated by Mitchell S. Cairo, M.D., professor of pediatrics, medicine, pathology, microbiology and immunology, and cell biology and anatomy
RSVP to:

Department of Pediatrics, Division of Pediatric Hematology, Oncology, and Stem Cell Transplantation Grand Rounds

The Ethical Challenge of Compassionate Use
Friday, December 11 
8:00 a.m. - 9:00 a.m.
Skyline Auditorium, GN-F15 

Arthur L. Caplan, Ph.D., Drs. William F. and Virginia Connolly Mitty Professor, Head of the Division of Medical Ethics, & Department of Population Health, New York University, Langone Medical Center

NEFESH International 19th Annual Conference

Physicians and Health Professionals Track

Thursday, December 24 - Sunday, December 27
Hyatt Regency
Hauppauge, NY 

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