Week of February 22, 2016
NYMC Celebrates Grand Opening of the Dr. Edward F. and Mrs. Anna M. Asprinio Fitness Center

NYMC is in the business of health: bringing compassionate care and sound health to patients, communities, the region and populations across the world.  On Wednesday, February 17, the gift of health and wellness was given back to the College, by David E. Asprinio, M.D. , chairman of the Department of Orthopedic Surgery and professor of clinical orthopedic surgery, and the NYMC Board of Advisors whose generous donations supported the building of the Dr. Edward F. and Mrs. Anna M. Asprinio Fitness Center, named for Dr. Asprinio's parents. Read more...

Twentieth Annual Medical Student Research Forum Showcases Abundance of Investigative Works

The Medical Education Center lobby was overflowing with student poster presentations - 38 to be exact - at the 20th Annual Medical Student Research Forum on February 11. Following the poster presentations in the basic science and clinical science categories, five students presented their research orally. The keynote address was delivered by renowned exercise scientist
Lee Jones, Ph.D., an attending physiologist in the Department of Medicine and director of the Cardio-Oncology Research Program at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, who presented "Exercise for Treatment of Cancer: A Translational Approach." Dr. Jones shared his work on investigating the efficacy of target exercise training to mitigate cancer therapy-associated cardiovascular injury and inhibit growth and progression of the disease. Read more...

Mary M. Petzke, Ph.D., is Named Director of Medical Student Research

Mary M. Petzke, Ph.D., assistant professor of microbiology and immunology and the founding director of the Summer Trainees in Academic Research (STAR) Program, has been appointed director of medical student research to support research mentoring for NYMC medical students and contribute to the development of a biomedical research area of concentration in the M.D. program. In her new role, Dr. Petzke will be responsible for: increasing the number of opportunities for medical students to participate in mentored research; reviewing student and faculty evaluations of research mentorship; aligning research opportunities to the curriculum for medical education; and enhancing campus-wide awareness of research opportunities through activities such as a medical student research day and the publication of medical student research abstracts.
"I enthusiastically welcome this exciting opportunity to develop mission-critical programming for the School of Medicine," said Dr. Petzke. "Mentored research fosters productive collaborations between students and faculty, provides our physicians-in-training with solid basic science knowledge and encourages the regular practice of clinical investigation."
Dr. Petzke, who joined the NYMC faculty in 2010, will continue to serve on the STAR steering committee and continue her research on cellular and molecular innate immune responses to bacterial infections, especially Lyme disease; mechanisms of immune subversion; and the use of functional genomics to profile the complex interactions occurring at the host/pathogen interface. 

NYMC Promotes Brain Health Awareness

Mill Etienne, M.D. '02, M.P.H., fifth from left, adjunct assistant professor of neurology and advisory dean for the Burgess-Holley House, and medical students hosted a community education event on January 18 at the Palisades Center Mall in West Nyack, N.Y. The group shared information on optimizing brain health through exercise, diet and sleep and also addressed the topics of concussion, epilepsy, stroke and dementia. Community members who have personal experience with sports concussions served as patient ambassadors.

From left: Andrew Michalak (MS4), Bryan Kimiabakhsh (MS2), John (Alec) Duffy (MS2), Ryan Venor (MS2), office manager for Bon Secours Neurology Melissa Stoebling, Fatima Traore (MS2), Lauren Fink (MS1), Mikel (Shea) Ehntholt (MS4) and community volunteer Jeffrey Patrick.


Robert W. Amler, M.D., M.B.A.,
dean of School of Health Sciences and Practice and vice president for government affairs, was named to 914Inc. magazine's IT list of the 50 people to know in Westchester in 2016. 

New York Medical College Leadership News:

Immunization: The Best Weapon Against the Resurgent Threat of Whooping Cough
Orthodox Union - 2/17/2016

Alan Kadish, M.D., president


Lincoln and Washington and the Value of Education
Huffington Post - 2/11/2016
Alan Kadish, M.D., president


Zika Virus Babies Symptoms, Preventions, and Treatments
The Gospel Herald Life - 2/14/2016
Robert W. Amler, M.D., M.B.A., dean of School of Health Sciences and Practice and vice president for government affairs
Faculty News:

Heroin Scourge Affects Westport, Too
WestportNow - 2/19/2016

Simon Ovanessian, M.D., assistant professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences


NIH grants $502,000 to New York Medical College
Westfair Communications - 2/16/2016
Marvin Medow, Ph.D., professor of pediatrics
Debra Bessen, Ph.D.,
professor of microbiology and immunology


Meet the Doctors: Teenage Alcohol and Marijuana Use
Patch.com (all editions) - 2/12/2016
Marcia Nackenson, M.D., clinical associate professor of pediatrics


Lowey Unveils Federal Grants NY Medical College To Study Chronic Fatigue

Daily Voice (all editions) - 2/14/2016
Debra Bessen, Ph.D., professor of microbiology and immunology
Marvin Medow, Ph.D., professor of pediatrics

What You Need To Know About The Zika Virus

Westchester Magazine - 2/15/2016
Gary P. Wormser, M.D., professor of medicine, chief of Division of Infectious Diseases and vice chairman of Department of Medicine
Sherlita Amler, M.D., distinguished lecturer and clinical associate professor of pediatrics


Zika Virus: Brazil Dismisses Link between Larvicide and Microcephaly
Lidtime.com - 2/15/2016
Gary P. Wormser, M.D., professor of medicine, chief of Division of Infectious Diseases and vice chairman of Department of Medicine


Putnam Has First Case Of Zika Virus; Federal Lawmakers Call For More Response
WAMC Northeast Public Radio - 2/12/2016
Gary P. Wormser, M.D., professor of medicine, chief of Division of Infectious Diseases and vice chairman of Department of Medicine


Monday, February 22
Movie Night: People will Talk
5:00 p.m.
Tuesday, February 23
Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences Grand Rounds 
11:00 a.m.
Wednesday, February 24
Department of Medicine, Division of Gastroenterology Seminar
8:00 a.m.
Department of Pediatrics Grand Rounds
8:00 a.m.
Department of Medicine Grand Rounds
12:00 p.m.
Department of Cell Biology and Anatomy Seminar
2:00 p.m.
Meet the Doctors 
7:00 p.m.
Friday, February 19
Department of Microbiology and Immunology Seminar 
11:00 a.m.

One week until
the LCME site visit.

Click here for countdown.

Movie Night

People Will Talk
A 1951 film starring Cary
Grant and Jeanne Crain
Monday,  February 22
  5:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
Chouake Auditorium

5:00 p.m.
Light Glatt Kosher Dinner

5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.

7:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
Panel Discussion

Meet the Doctors 
Lecture Series

Teenage Alcohol and Marijuana Use: Where Have We Been and Where Are We Headed?
Wednesday, February 24
7:00 p.m.

Mount Pleasant 
Public Library 
350 Bedford Road
Pleasantville, NY 10570


Marcia Nackenson, M.D.
Clinical Associate Professor 
of Pediatrics
Division of Adolescent Medicine

   Colleen Griffin Wagner
Steering Committee Member, Pleasantville STRONG; 
Trustee, Village of Pleasantville


Westchester Institute for Human Development

8th Annual ReelAbilities
Film Festival

Sunday, March 13 2:00 p.m.
Cedarwood Hall Auditorium

Feature Film: GABE

Admission is free,
but seating is limited.

Click here  to register or call 
( 914) 493-1344 by March 9.


28th Annual Graduate 
Student Research Forum

"The Role of the BRCA2-DSS1 Complex in DNA Break Repair"

Tuesday, March 15
MEC Lobby and 
Chouake Auditorium

Patrick Sung, Ph.D.

Professor of Molecular Biophysics and Biochemistry and of Therapeutic Radiology,
Yale University School of Medicine   

   Medical Education Grand Rounds

Financing Medical Education: Whose Dime Is It?"

Tuesday, March 15
5:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.

19 Skyline Drive
Annex Boardroom

Fredrick Z. Bierman, M.D.
Senior Associate Dean and Professor of Pediatrics
Director, Graduate Medical Education, Westchester Medical Center 

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