Week of July 18, 2016
Touro College of Dental Medicine at New York Medical College Welcomes Inaugural Class
The Touro College of Dental Medicine (TCDM) at New York Medical College, the first new dental school in New York State in nearly 50 years, officially opened its doors on July 5 and welcomed its inaugural class of 111 future dentists. A week full of "Transition to Dentistry" activities launched the TCDM Class of 2020 on their journey to becoming dental professionals. View the photo gallery here. Read more...
All Roads Lead to...Progress

In more than one of the speeches at the July 13 Driveway Groundbreaking Ceremony celebrating the construction and progress of the roadway which will connect 19 Skyline Drive with the main NYMC campus, the question was asked: "What's the Big Deal about a Road?"

Quite a lot, it turns out.

These "engineering marvels," said Alan Kadish, M.D., president of Touro College and University System and NYMC, "have had a profound impact on human development for centuries, both physically and philosophically." As Dr. Kadish elaborated, roads facilitate the movement of people, goods, information and ideas, they offer efficient and safe routes for travel, and they provide a critical means of connection. View the Driveway Groundbreaking Ceremony photo gallery here. Read more...
School of Medicine Class of 2018 Embarks on their Clinical Years
The NYMC Chapter of the Gold Humanism Honor Society hosted the Student Clinician Ceremony on June 29 for the Class of 2018 as they prepared to begin their clerkships. The ceremony is designed to be a transitional experience to provide guidance, information and support to medical students beginning their clinical years. It aims to address some of the anxiety felt by students entering their clerkships and underscores the challenges and imperatives to providing humanistic care to patients at the same time as they are pressed to demonstrate high standards of skill performance. View the Student Clinician Ceremony photo gallery here. Read more...
Second-year Medical Student Ebrahim Afshinnekoo: DNA-Mapping the World

In the summer of 2013, Ebrahim Afshinnekoo spent an extraordinary amount of time riding the rails of the New York City subway system, visiting far-reaching corners of the metropolis once, then twice, then thrice. Mr. Afshinnekoo was one of a team of five undergraduate interns collecting DNA data from all 468 NYC subway stations and trains to study the microbiome and create a molecular portrait of New York City. Read more...
Junior Scientists from Middle School 390 Visit NYMC
It was the perfect teacher-student exchange. This spring, Frances L. Hannan, Ph.D., right, assistant professor of cell biology and anatomy who serves as associate professor and chair of the Biology Education Program, Touro Graduate School of Education, invited Ms. Amada Dreeben, a science teacher from Middle School 390 in the Bronx to New York Medical College to speak to a class of Master's students in the Touro Biology Education program of her creative efforts in bringing science to life for her students. Read more...
Hanif Mohammed is Named Director of Advancement Services

New York Medical College is pleased to welcome Hanif Mohammed as director of advancement services, reporting to Amy Kahn, vice president for development and alumni affairs.

In this role, Mr. Mohammed will provide technical expertise, strategic direction and management oversight to the advancement services team, with particular focus on the management of the donor database, analytics and reporting functions and prospect research and management.

Mr. Mohammed brings a strong background in development and information system optimization to the position. Since 2011, Mr. Mohammed served as director of fundraising operations for the Food Bank For New York City. Prior to that, he was assistant director of marketing information systems at New York University.

Mr. Mohammed received a Bachelor of Science degree from Hunter College of the City University of New York, with a major in Computer Science and minors in Math and Geology.
Felipe C. Cabello, M.D., professor of microbiology and immunology, was recently informed by the editorial board of Environmental Microbiology, that the 5,136 downloads of his article "Heavy use of prophylactic antibiotics in aquaculture: a growing problem for human and animal health and for the environment," published in 2006, made it the most downloaded article from this journal in the Wiley Online Library, and more than 2.25 times as the next most often downloaded article from the journal. Environmental Microbiology is a high-impact journal covering the molecular aspects of environmental microbiology and published by Wiley. The article was the first critical review of the literature to call attention to the potential negative impacts of antimicrobial use in aquaculture on human and animal health. It has since been cited 486 times. It was written while Dr. Cabello was a United States-Canada 2004 Guggenheim Fellow and opened up a new line of research in Dr. Cabello's lab funded by the Pew Charitable Trusts. This has resulted in further research publications about the matter by Dr. Cabello and his collaborators (Drs. H. P. Godfrey, A. Tomova, L. Ivanova, A. Buschmann, and H. Dölz). Dr. Cabello attributes the wide acceptance to the increasing growth of aquaculture as food supplier, the expanded importation of seafood grown in the presence of antibiotics and recognition that antimicrobial resistance is one of the most pressing public health crises of the 21st century.
Christopher S. Leonard, Ph.D., left, professor of physiology, presented an invited symposium talk, "Interactions of the glutamate/orexin system with arousal networks," in the symposium entitled "Integrated neuromodulatory control of arousal and complex behaviours: Focus on dual transmitter systems and networks" at the International Behavioral Neuroscience Society (IBNS) meeting held in Budapest, June 7 - 12.

Kutluk Oktay, M.D., professor of obstetrics and gynecology, medicine, and cell biology and anatomy, was invited to give the plenary talk, "First Births After the Utility of Oogonial Precursor Cell Derived Mitochondrial Injection: Emergence of a New Technology in ART?" at the Israeli Fertility Association annual meeting in Tel Aviv on June 30.

Michael J. Reilly, Dr.Ph. '10, M.P.H., director of Center for Disaster Medicine, associate professor of environmental health science, and associate professor of clinical emergency medicine, was named to the Business Council of Westchester 2016 Class of Rising Stars. The Rising Stars awards were presented on June 16 to Westchester's "40 under 40," individuals who demonstrate exemplary leadership, creativity, innovation, dedication and professionalism. Dr. Reilly was also the guest editor-in-chief of a special issue of the Disaster Medicine and Public Health Preparedness Journal recently commissioned by the United States Department of Health and Human Services; the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response; the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention; and the National Institutes of Health. The issue opens with the featured editorial, "Investigating the Public Health Impact of Hurricane Sandy," co-written by Dr. Reilly. The findings in this special issue provide important insights into disaster recovery and public health response in the immediate and prolonged aftermath of a natural disaster.

Third-year medical student Michael Tarr, received the American Academy of Developmental Medicine and Dentistry (AADMD) 2016 Future Leader Baton Award for exceptional leadership skills at the AADMD 14th Annual Educational Conference held in Chicago, June 8 - 10. Mr. Tarr developed a student chapter of AADMD at NYMC and also directed a nationwide webinar series for medical students, residents and physicians concerning providing medical care to people with disabilities. He presented "Virtual Grand Rounds: An Interprofessional Case Study Forum of the American Academy of Developmental Medicine and Dentistry" at the conference.
Gary M. Williams, M.D., professor of pathology and professor of clinical public health, participated as a World Health Organization Committee Member for the 82nd Joint Food and Agriculture Organization/World Health Organization Expert Committee on Food Additives (JECFA) of the United Nations, held at the WHO Headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland, June 6-17.

New York Medical College Leadership News

WAG Magazine -  6/30/2016 
Edward C. Halperin, M.D., M.A., chancellor and chief executive officer 

Huffington Post -  6/28/2016 
Alan Kadish, M.D., president

New York Medical College News

Live Science -  6/17/2016 

Women In Academia Report - 7/13/2016 
View the AAMC report here

The Business Journal - 7/7/2016 

Faculty News

Poughkeepsie Journal - 7/12/2016 
Rifat Latifi, M.D., professor of surgery 

The Hour - 7/8/2016 
Jennifer A.M. Calder, D.V.M., M.P.H., Ph.D., CHSV, associate professor of public health practice 

NYMetro Parents - 7/8/2016 
Shelia M. Nolan, M.D., assistant professor of pediatrics 

Daily Voice (Tarrytown-Sleepy Hollow) - 7/1/2016 
Sateesh C. Babu, M.D., professor of clinical surgery 

The Hospitalist - 6/29/2016 
Jill S. Waldman, M.D., assistant professor of family and community medicine 
Phelps Memorial Hospital Center 

Health Day - 6/28/2016 
Ami S. Baxi, M.D., instructor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences 

BusinessMirror - 6/23/2016 
Paul J. Rosch, M.D., clinical professor of medicine 

Poughkeepsie Journal - 6/21/2016 
Joseph R. Turkowski, M.D., assistant professor of surgery 

Norwalk Patch - 6/20/2016 
Robert A. Weiss, M.D., professor of clinical pediatrics 

Hudson Valley News Network - 6/20/2016
David Spielvogel, M.D., professor of surgery

Affiliate News

Patch.com (all editions) - 6/23/2016 
Maria Fareri Children's Hospital

Alumni News

The ASCO Post -  6/25/2016 
Jane Cooke Wright, M.D. '45. 
She served as associate dean at NYMC from 1967 to 1975.

Touro College of Dental Medicine at New York Medical College News

Five Towns Jewish Times - 7/14/2016 
Jay P. Goldsmith, D.M.D., founding dean 

Queens Jewish Link (page 26) - 7/14/2016
Jay P. Goldsmith, D.M.D., founding dean 

Westchester Magazine - 7/12/2016 
Jay P. Goldsmith, D.M.D., founding dean 
Edward F. Farkas, D.D.S., senior associate dean of clinical affairs 
Ronnie Myers, D.D.S., senior associate dean for academic and administrative affairs 

The Business Journal - 7/8/2016 
Alan Kadish, M.D., president 
Jay P. Goldsmith, D.M.D., founding dean 

Dental Town - 7/6/2016 
Jay P. Goldsmith, D.M.D., founding dean 
New York State Academic Dental Centers  Newsletter - July 2016
Alan Kadish, M.D., president
Edward C. Halperin, M.D., M.A., chancellor and chief executive officer
Jay P. Goldsmith, D.M.D., founding dean

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Wednesday, July 20
Department of Surgery Grand Rounds 8:30 a.m.
Touro M.S. in Biology Education Information Session
5:00 p.m. 
Founder's Dinner

Let's Celebrate Together

September 18, 2016 
DoubleTree Hilton
Tarrytown, NY

Click here for more info.

School of Medicine

Class of 2020
White Coat Ceremony

Friday, October 28, 2016
10:00 a.m.
SUNY Purchase
735 Anderson Hill Road
Purchase, NY 10577 

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