Week of January 30, 2023

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$2.725 Million in Federal Funding Helps Launch Two Programs at NYMC

Two innovative programs are on the horizon at NYMC thanks to recent federal funding. A $1,900,000 award from the Community Project Fund will support “Equity and Compassion in Medical Education Through Advanced Real-Time Simulations” and $825,000 of Congressionally directed spending will help launch the Women’s Institute for Science Entrepreneurship (WISE). Read the full article on the awards.

Debra Bessen, Ph.D., Receives $2.9 Million NIH Grant for Preventing Strep A Infection

Debra Bessen, Ph.D., professor of pathology, microbiology and immunology, has been awarded a five-year $2,931,474 grant from the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to support the discovery and design of a vaccine to prevent Group A streptococci (Strep A) infection, which annually causes more than 750 million infections and over 500,000 deaths throughout the world. Read the full article on Dr. Bessen’s grant.

SHSP Rolls Out M.P.H. Generalist Program

SHSP opened the Spring 2023 semester with a new M.P.H. Generalist Program. The generalist program, which involves less time and cost, enables students to customize their education according to their interests and needs, while gaining a broad grounding in public health and expert knowledge in the core competency areas. Read the full article on the M.P.H. Gen Program.

FDA Awards Supriya Jain, M.D., $1.9 million for COVID-19 Vaccine-Associated Myocarditis Research

Supriya Jain, M.D., clinical associate professor of pediatrics and of radiology and clinical education liaison, has been awarded a Broad Agency Agreement (BAA) of $1,997,031 over five years by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to support groundbreaking research on COVID-19 vaccine-associated myocarditis using advanced cardiovascular imaging, including cardiac MRI (CMR). Dr. Jain will lead a collaborative research network of clinical investigators spanning more than 30 U.S. medical institutions. Read the full article on Dr. Jain's award.

Augustine Moscatello, M.D., M.S., and Manoj T. Abraham, M.D., F.A.C.S, Treat Ukrainians on Mission Trip

Augustine Moscatello, M.D., M.S., second from right, professor of clinical otolaryngology and chair of the Department of Otolaryngology at New York Medical College (NYMC) and director of otolaryngology at Westchester Medical Center, and Manoj T. Abraham, M.D., F.A.C.S, second from left, clinical associate professor of otolaryngology, treated patients in Western Ukraine at a regional hospital in Ivanko-Frankivsk as war devastates the country. Drs. Moscatello and Abraham collaborated with 15 current and retired medical professionals on a mission trip in September to treat more than 30 Ukrainian soldiers and civilians—the youngest approximately five years old. Read the full article on the Ukrainian mission trip.

SHSP Launches Pharm.D./M.P.H. Program with TCOP

SHSP and Touro College of Pharmacy have launched the Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharm.D.)/Master of Public Health (M.P.H.) Program, a collaboration that will allow students to pursue a career with a public health focus and offer tremendous opportunity and flexibility within the pharmacy market. Read the full article on the Pharm.D./M.P.H. program.


Study Finds Children of Lower Socioeconomic Status Suffer Worse Outcomes After Traumatic Brain Injury

Traumatic brain injury (TBI) accounts for 50,000 pediatric hospitalizations annually in the United States and remains the most common cause of morbidity and mortality among pediatric and adolescent patients. A nationwide survey conducted by a group of NYMC students and faculty and physicians at Westchester Medical Center demonstrated those with poor socioeconomic status suffered worse outcomes, including increased mortality, more complicated courses of treatment and longer hospital stays. Read the full article on the research.


Traci F. Furbert-Gardner, M.D., clinical assistant of pediatrics and director of community engagement, and Michael D. Israel, M.P.H., assistant professor of medicine and distinguished visiting professor of public health, were named to City & State’s Health Care Power 100 listing.

Padmini Murthy, M.D., M.P.H., M.S., M.Phil., CHES, professor of public health and global health director, was invited to join the C20 India 2023 Core Group of Women and Child Health and Well Being in the health domain. C20 India 2023 is one of the official engagement groups of G20, an intergovernmental forum consisting of nineteen countries and the European Union that promote global economic growth, international trade and regulation of financial markets. The engagement groups provide a platform for Civil Society Organizations (CSO) around the world to voice the people’s aspirations to the world leaders in G20. Dr. Murthy is part of the health team tasked with developing health policy recommendations to be delivered to the G20 and assisting with the CSO outreach.

Edward C. Halperin, M.D., M.A., chancellor and chief executive officer, made his debut in the November/December 2022 issue of the Collectors Club Philatelist with an article, “The Rising Sun of Biafra.” He tells of the seemingly unrelated story of a stamp he bought from a collector when he was 13 years old, Sunshine Cottage and his interview with Chioma M. Okeoma Ph.D., professor and vice chair of research in the Department of Pathology.


Updated Policies

From the Office of General Counsel, January 19, 2023.


"Aftershock" Documentary Screening

The Office of Diversity and Inclusion is hosting a documentary screening and discussion in honor of Black History Month.

2023 HeLa Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Conference

The Office of Diversity and Inclusion is presenting a discussion on how to address health inequities in our community and a community book discussion.

SOM Seeks MMI Interviewers

The SOM Office of Admissions is seeking interviewers for the Multiple Mini-Interview (MMI) 2023-24 interview season. 

NYMC Free Community Food Pantry


Located outside of the Alumni House at 20 Sunshine Cottage Road, the pantry is stocked with non-perishable food items and other items donated by the NYMC community.





Wednesday, February 1

8:00 a.m.

Department of Pediatrics Grand Rounds

1:00 p.m.

Department of Neurology Grand Rounds

Wednesday, February 8

8:30 a.m.

Department of Surgery Grand Rounds

11:00 a.m.

Department of Cell Biology and Anatomy Seminar

5:00 p.m.

Office of Student Mental Health and Services Webinar

Thursday, February 9

5:30 p.m.

Office of Diversity and Inclusion Screening

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Faculty News

10 Reasons You Should Never Ignore a Swollen Uvula, According to Doctors

Prevention - 1/24/2023

Craig H. Zalvan, M.D., adjunct professor of otolaryngology


February event to highlight Westchester’s life sciences sector

Westchester & Fairfield County Business Journals - 1/19/2023

Deborah Viola, M.B.A., Ph.D., adjunct associate professor of public health


Black Women Are More Likely to Die During Pregnancy. A Local Doula Program Aims to Change That.

Reach MD - 1/18/2023

Ashanda M. Saint Jean, M.D., clinical associate professor of obstetrics and gynecology 

The 2023 Health Care Power 100 - New York’s leaders who are saving lives across the state.

City & State New York - 1/17/2023

Traci Furbert-Gardner, M.D., clinical assistant professor of pediatrics and director of community engagement

Michael D. Israel, M.P.H., assistant professor of medicine and distinguished visiting professor of public health


Long-term Care Not Just About Older People: How Public Health is Addressing the Care Giving Gap for the Younger Generation

River Journal -1/16/2023

Kenneth A. Knapp, Ph.D., assistant professor and interim vice chair of the Department of Public Health, director, Dr.P.H. program, and director, Center for Long-Term Care

Student News

258. Guidelines: 2022 AHA/ACC/HFSA Guideline for the Management of Heart Failure – Question #5 with Dr. Clyde Yancy

Cardionerds - 1/23/2023

Akiva T. Rosenzveig, SOM Class of 2023

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