Week of May 14, 2018
AOA Celebrates News Inductees and Honors Longtime Councilor,
William H. Frishman, M.D.

Celebrating its annual lecture, banquet and induction ceremony on May 1, the New York Medical College (NYMC) Iota chapter of Alpha Omega Alpha (AOA), the national medical honor society, had a particularly momentous evening. In addition to recognizing the illustrious inductees, Iota chapter's councilor, William H. Frishman, M.D., left, the Barbara and William Rosenthal Professor and Chairman of the Department of Medicine and professor of pharmacology, made AOA history this year for his 40-year tenure as councilor, the longest tenure in AOA's 116-year history, as well as for holding the distinction of being the only councilor in two different medical schools and chapters-Albert Einstein College of Medicine at Yeshiva University and NYMC. Over the course of his tenure, Dr. Frishman has helped induct more than 1,300 students and 250 faculty, alumni and residents. Dr. Frishman presented this year's AOA lecture, "The Search for Excellence: An Academic Odyssey." View the AOA Lecture and Induction Ceremony photo gallery. Read the full article...

First-Year Students Eulogize Their Donors at 30th Annual Convocation of Thanks

Following in the footsteps of students who came before them for three decades, New York Medical College's first-year medical, physical therapy and speech-language pathology students came together on April 27 to thank and eulogize the donors who gifted themselves to the study of anatomy. It was a full house at the Convocation of Thanks, a tradition at NYMC since 1988. Matthew Pravetz, O.F.M., Ph.D. '88, professor of cell biology and anatomy, program director and assistant dean for basic sciences, opened the memorial service, then turned it over to the students who shared their emotions and eternal gratitude as well as their talents to the audience of family members and friends of the donors. Throughout the ceremony, students across the three disciplines expressed one unified belief-the lessons learned in their anatomy labs, taught by their donors, would stay with them forever. "They taught us about importance of human dignity and respect," said Menasche Krupka, School of Medicine (SOM) Class of 2021. View the 30th Annual Convocation of Thanks photo galleryRead the full article...

White Coats Mark Milestone for the D.P.T. Class of 2020

The Doctor of Physical Therapy (D.P.T.) Class of 2020 had cause for celebration and reflection at the White Coat Ceremony on April 24, symbolizing the educational transition from the classroom into the clinic. In front of family and friends, they recited an oath pledging their commitment to the profession of physical therapy and compassionate care for their future patients. View the D.P.T. Class of 2020 White Coat Ceremony photo gallery and video. Read the full article here...

Gold Humanism Honor Society Inducts New Class

On May 3, the School of Medicine inducted a new class of students and faculty into the Gold Humanism Honor Society (GHHS), the national society whose mission is to infuse humanism into medical training. Thirty-three medical students were selected by a panel of faculty and their peers to be inducted into GHHS and took an oath to model, support and advocate for compassionate, patient-centered care throughout their careers.  Read the full article here...

Department of Family and Community Medicine Hosts Panel Discussion on Vulnerable Populations

On May 2, tackling the topic of vulnerable populations, the Department of Family and Community Medicine (FCM) hosted a panel discussion, focused on the potential challenges and roadblocks faced by LGBTQ community, military veterans, and child immigrants in need of health care. Rebecca Newman, M.D. '05, right, assistant professor of clinical medicine, and director of the Adult Primary Care Center at Westchester Medical Center, addressed issues facing the LGBTQ population. Traci Furbert Gardner, M.D. '98, left, clinical assistant professor of pediatrics and director of community engagement and ambulatory preceptor experience at NYMC, spoke about the issues facing child immigrants. Jeffrey Brown, M.D., center, clinical professor of pediatrics, who served as a combat Army physician in Vietnam, discussed the issues facing military veterans. According to Drs. Newman, Gardner and Brown, while each subgroup has its unique set of societal roadblocks to healthcare, there is one common takeaway- and the need to improve cultural competence of the primary care providers.

Felipe C. Cabello, M.D., professor emeritus of microbiology and immunology, has been appointed a member of the Vaccines and Therapeutics Subcommittee of the Tick-Borne Disease Working Group. This working group was established by Congress in 2016 as part of the 21st Century Cures Act to provide subject matter expertise and to review federal efforts related to all tick-borne diseases, to help ensure interagency coordination and minimize overlap, and to examine research priorities. The focus of this effort is the development of a report to the Secretary of Health and Human Services and Congress on the findings and any recommendations of the Working Group for the federal response to tick-borne disease prevention, treatment and research, as well as how to address gaps in these areas. The working group was authorized by Congress through December 2022 and is required to submit a report every two years, starting in December 2018.

Gerald Culliton, M.P.A., adjunct associate professor of public health, received the 2018 American College of Healthcare Executives Uniformed Services Veterans Affairs National Regent's Award for leading an organization recognized for its clinical quality, research and teaching. The singular national award was presented at the American College of Healthcare Executives Annual National Congress held in Chicago, March 26 - 29. Mr. Culliton serves as director of the VA Connecticut Healthcare System.

Jennifer Ronecker , M.D., a PGY VI resident in the Department of Neurosurgery, received second place for her electronic poster, "Novel small molecule inhibitors in treatment of medulloblastoma: involvement of tumor suppressor p53" at the American Association of Neurological Surgeons Annual Meeting held April 30-May 2 in New Orleans. Her scientific work was done under the mentorship of Meena Jhanwar-Uniyal, Ph.D., associate research professor of neurosurgery.

Esther L. Sabban, Ph.D., professor of biochemistry and molecular biology, was invited to present talk on "Preclinical Studies for Prevention and Treatment of PTSD" in the Pharmacology Program Seminar Series at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences in Bethesda, Md., on April 25 and at the New York State Psychiatric Institute at Columbia University Irving Medical Center, on March 5.

Members of the Department of Physiology participated in Experimental Biology (EB) 2018, the scientific annual meeting with more than 14,000 scientists in the research fields of anatomy, biochemistry and molecular biology, investigative pathology, nutrition, pharmacology, and physiology, held in San Diego, April 21 - 25. Two students and a fellow in the Department of Physiology received EB-travel awards based on their meritorious abstracts and poster presentations:

Yang-Ming Yang, Ph.D., second from right, research associate professor of physiology, presented "Estrogen-dependent epigenetic regulation of soluble epoxide hydrolase via DNA methylation." This work was published in January issue of PNAS and selected as National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences NIEHS paper of the month for February 2018.
Mentor: An Huang, M.D., Ph.D., left, professor of physiology

Sharath Kandhi, second from left, a Ph.D. candidate, presented "EETs exacerbate chronic hypoxia-induced pulmonary hypertension."
Mentor: Dong Sun, M.D., Ph.D., professor of physiology 

Ghezal Froogh , right, a Ph.D. candidate, presented "Inhibition of sEH prevents high fructose-induced impairment of myocardial oxygen consumption in young rats." 
Mentor: Dong Sun, M.D., Ph.D., professor of physiology 

Norah Alruwaili, a Ph.D. candidate, also presented at the meeting. She presented "Endothelin-1 and COMP Regulate Heme Biosynthesis and Guanylate Cyclase Expression in Smooth Muscle of Pulmonary Arteries."
Mentor: Michael S. Wolin, Ph.D., professor of physiology

Also pictured is  Bruce Hammock, Ph.D. , center, professor of entomology at University of California Davis who sponsored the EB session on Expoxide Hydrolase where the travel grant was awarded.


New York Medical College News

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The Center of Excellence in Precision Responses to Bioterrorism and Disasters

Faculty News

Stem Cells Portal - 5/10/2018
Mitchell Cairo, M.D., professor of pediatrics, medicine, pathology, microbiology and immunology and cell biology and anatomy, associate chairman of the Department of Pediatrics

Medical Health News - 5/9/2018 
Edmund F. LaGamma, M.D. '76, professor of pediatrics, division of neonatology, and professor of biochemistry and molecular biology 

New York Post - 5/9/2018 
Rachel Biller, M.D., assistant professor of pediatrics 

HVNN - 5/8/2018
John T. Fallon III, M.D., Ph.D., professor and chairman of the Department of Pathology and professor of medicine

The Journal News - 5/7/2018
Shetal I. Shah, M.D., professor of pediatrics 
Heather L. Brumberg, M.D., M.P.H., associate professor of pediatrics

Inside Chappaqua - 5/7/2018 
Susan W. Fox, Ph.D., associate professor of public health and director of the Center on Disability and Health

HuffPost - 5/1/2018 
Craig H. Zalvan, M.D., associate professor of clinical otolaryngology

URAC - 4/24/2018 
Christian D. Becker, M.D., Ph.D., associate professor of medicine

Alumni News

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Tuesday, May 15
NYMC Thirtieth Annual Employee Recognition
9:00 a.m. 
Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences Grand Rounds
11:00 a.m.
Wednesday, May 16
Department of Surgery Grand Rounds
8:30 a.m.
Department of Pharmacology Research Seminar  
11:00 a.m.
Department of Medicine Grand Rounds 
12:00 p.m.
Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Seminar
12:00 p.m.
Department of Neurology Grand Rounds
4:00 p.m.
Thursday, May 17
World Hypertension Day
9:00 a.m.
Yoga Information Session for NYMC Faculty and Staff 12:00 p.m.
Friday, May 18
Ph.D. Dissertation Defense
12:00 p.m.
Monday, May 21
NYMC College Closed: Day Two of Shavuot
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World Hypertension Day

Thursday, May 17 
9:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. 
 BSB Lobby 

Digitouch Health LLC, a client of BioInc@NYMC, is hosting free blood pressure screenings for the NYMC community in honor of World Hypertension Day.  Stop by for a free screening.

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159th Commencement Exercises 

Wednesday, May 23 
5:00 p.m. 
Carnegie Hall 
881  Seventh Avenue 
(at 57th Street)
New York, NY 10019

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5th Annual Gabor and Harriette Kaley Endowed Lectureship 

Akos Koller, M.D., Ph.D. Chairman, Scientific Council Institute of Natural Sciences, University of Physical Education, Budapest, Department of Neurosurgery, University of Pécs and NYMC adjunct professor of physiology 

Thursday, May 24 
11:00 a.m. 
Chouake Auditorium (BSB) 

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Touro College of Dental Medicine at New York Medcial College

Golf  Championship

Monday, June 4
Willow Ridge Country Club
Harrison, NY

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