NYP MD TopLine - August 2020
News from Across Our Three Institutions
Dr. Laura Forese, COO & Dr. Magda Sobieszczyk Discuss COVID-19 Vaccines

Chief of Infectious Disease Magda Sobieszczyk, MD, sat down with Laura Forese, MD, COO, to give an overview of the development of a vaccine for COVID-19. Watch

NewYork-Presbyterian Launches New Center for Health Justice Led by Dr. Julia Iyasere

NYP launched a new center to address longstanding health disparities due to race, socio-economic differences, limited access to care, and other complex factors that disproportionately impact the wellbeing of our communities. Read More

Celebrating a Successful Move to NewYork-Presbyterian Alexandra Cohen Hospital for Women and Newborns at NYP-WC

On August 2, NYP Alexandra Cohen Hospital for Women and Newborns opened its doors to patients, a moving day that went smoothly and included the birth of twins as the first babies born at the new hospital. Read More

Crain’s New York Business Honors Nine NYP Leaders in Notable People in Health Care 2020

Several NYP leaders were recognized by the Notable People in Health Care 2020, honoring the professional, civic and philanthropic achievements of health care heroes whose work has enhanced New York City.  Read More

NYP Recognized for Outstanding Support of Organ Donation

NewYork-Presbyterian is proud to announce that it was recognized by the Health Resources and Service Administration (HRSA) for its ongoing commitment to saving lives through organ donation. The awarded hospitals received platinum recognition. Read More

Dr. E. Sander Connolly Jr. to Head Neurological Surgery

Neurosurgeon E. Sander Connolly Jr., MD, has been named Chair of the Department of Neurological Surgery at Columbia University Vagelos College of Physicians and Surgeons. He will also serve as Neurosurgeon-in-Chief at NewYork-Presbyterian/Columbia University Irving Medical Center. Read More

Dr. Renuka Gupta Named Chief of Medicine at NewYork-Presbyterian Lower Manhattan Hospital

Renuka Gupta, MD, has been appointed as Chief of Medicine at NewYork-Presbyterian Lower Manhattan Hospital. Dr. Gupta, who is also an Assistant Professor of Medicine at Weill Cornell Medicine, is succeeding Judy Tung, MD, who served in this role since 2016 and was recently appointed as the Associate Dean for Faculty Development at Weill Cornell Medicine. Read More

Dr. Rohan Ramakrishna Appointed Chief of Neurological Surgery at NewYork-Presbyterian Brooklyn Methodist Hospital

Rohan Ramakrishna, MD, has been appointed Chief of Neurological Surgery at NewYork-Presbyterian Brooklyn Methodist Hospital. Dr. Ramakrishna, who is also the Alvina and Willis Murphy Associate Professor of Neurological Surgery at Weill Cornell Medicine, will now lead the growing neurosurgery department in Brooklyn. Read More

Spotlight on our Physicians
Neutralizing Antibodies Isolated from COVID-19 Patients May Suppress Virus

Researchers at the Vagelos College of Physicians and Surgeons at Columbia University Irving Medical Center have isolated antibodies from several COVID-19 patients that, to date, are among the most potent in neutralizing the SARS-CoV-2 virus. Read More

‘It Took Everything Out of Me’: Dr. Fred Pelzman Shares His Experiences on the Front Lines of COVID-19—As Both Physician and Patient

Fred Pelzman, MD—the Medical Director of Weill Cornell Internal Medicine Associates, an Associate Professor of Clinical Medicine at Weill Cornell Medicine, and an Associate Attending Physician at NewYork-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical Center—reflected on his experience two months after falling ill. Read more

Ancient Part of Immune System May Underpin Severe COVID

Sagi Shapira, PhD, MPH, and Nicholas Tatonetti, PhD, Professors at Columbia University Vagelos College of Physicians and Surgeons, conducted a study which found that the immune system’s oldest branches, called complement, may be influencing the severity of COVID disease. Read More

Tiny Protein Packages Released from Cells May Serve as Biomarkers for Early Blood-Based Cancer Diagnosis

Investigators at Weill Cornell Medicine and Memorial Sloan Kettering conducted a study, which found that tiny packets called extracellular vesicles and particles (EVPs), released by cancer and immune cells, contain specific proteins that may serve as reliable biomarkers for diagnosing early-stage cancer. Read More

Race & Ethnicity Did Not Affect Outcomes for New Moms with COVID-19, Finds Study

Researchers at the Vagelos College of Physicians and Surgeons at Columbia University Irving Medical Center and NewYork-Presbyterian found that race and ethnicity did not affect pregnancy and birth outcomes in women with SARS-CoV-2. “We did not detect an impact on obstetric complications and symptoms of COVID-19 in different groups of women, though we need to look at a larger group to make more definitive conclusions,” says Ukachi N. Emeruwa, MD, MPH. Read More

Weill Cornell Medicine Announces Gale and Ira Drukier Prize in Children’s Health Research Awarded to Two Leading Pediatric Physician-Scientists

Sallie Permar, MD, PhD, a Physician-Scientist who investigates the prevention and treatment of neonatal viral infections at Duke University School of Medicine, and Stephen Patrick, MD, MPH, a Neonatologist at Vanderbilt University School of Medicine whose research is focused on the impact of the opioid epidemic on pregnant women and infants, have been jointly awarded the fifth annual Gale and Ira Drukier Prize in Children’s Health Research. The Drukier Prize honors early-career pediatricians whose research has made important contributions toward improving the health of children and adolescents.  Read More

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