NYP MD TopLine - April 24, 2019
Conquer Cancer Foundation, 2019 YIA and CDA Awards

Congratulations to this year’s winners of the Conquer Cancer Foundation 2019 Young Investigator Award: Dr. Rajat Bansal, Dr. Matthew Dallos, Dr. Jessica Hawley, Dr. Bahar Laderian, Dr. Alexander Raufi, and Dr. Vikram Premkumar, in addition to the winner of a Career Development Award 2019 Dr. Matthew Ingham. The granting of six YIA and one CDA in a single year is a historic achievement for the Fellowship Program and the Division of Hematology Oncology. Congratulations to these outstanding doctors from NewYork-Presbyterian/Columbia University Irving Medical Center and their dedicated mentors.

Click here to view a full list of the winners, their mentors, and description of their studies

LEAD Spotlight: Drs. Saya Segal & Christine Lennon
Routine preoperative testing is often based on anecdotal evidence and can be costly and inconvenient. Recent literature has suggested that there is no additional benefit from routine preoperative labs in low-risk cases, and foregoing routine testing in these cases has no effect on intraoperative or postoperative morbidity. Often surgeons may order excessive preoperative tests due to fear of case delays or cancellations. The goal of the LEAD Capstone project by Dr. Saya Segal, assistant attending obstetrician and gynecologist at NewYork-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical Center and assistant professor of obstetrics and gynecology at Weill Cornell Medicine, and Dr. Christine Lennon, director of transplant anesthesiology at NewYork-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical Center and assistant professor of anesthesiology at Weill Cornell Medicine, is to improve clinical resource optimization by decreasing excessive lab and other testing prior to surgery.

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Why I Became a Doctor
In honor of National Doctor’s Day, these NewYork-Presbyterian physicians share how early experiences inspired them to pursue careers in medicine.

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NYP LEAD Academy 2019 – 2020 Class Announcement

NYP LEAD (Leadership Education and Development for Physicians) Academy is pleased to announce and congratulate the 2019-2020 Class of LEAD Physicians:

Andrew Amaranto, MD
Meghann Fitzgerald, MD
Manon Haché, MD
Binh Huynh, DO
Rupa Juthani, MD
Rajiv Magge, MD
Kasi McCune, MD
Sara Nash, MD
Brian Robinson, MD
Richard Trepp, MD
Jennifer Woo Baidal, MD, MPH

These LEAD physicians were chosen through a multi-step application process that included Department Chair nominations, written essays, and case-based interviews. They will now engage in a 13-month training program that provides MBA and MHA training, practical knowledge of NYP departments and functions, and additional teaching tailored to individual interests. Please join us in congratulating the new cohort of LEAD Academy.

Dialogues in Diversity: From “Survive” to “Thrive”: LGBTQ+ Health and Wellness

Please join us for NYP’s ninth Dialogues in Diversity seminar: From “Survive” to “Thrive”: LGBTQ+ Health and Wellness. A panel discussion with a mix of NYP and community members will come together to celebrate Pride Month and the 50th anniversary of Stonewall. We will reflect upon LGBTQ+ well-being through the decades from a political, social, and healthcare lens.

Thursday, June 6, 2019
3:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Viewing Locations
This session will take place live at NYP/Weill Cornell in the Uris Auditorium and will be live streamed to the following conference rooms across NYP:
Campus / Office Room Name
NYP 466 Lexington 10th Fl., Room 10E051
NYP 7th Avenue 14th Fl. Conference Room
NYP Allen 1st Fl., Thayer Conference Room A
NYP Brooklyn Methodist Carrington Conference Room  (Please RSVP*)
NYP/Columbia Daniels Auditorium, Milstein Family Heart Center
NYP Gracie Square Room 416
NYP Hudson Valley Ground Floor Conference Room
NYP Lawrence Lobby Conference Room (Room 193)
NYP Lower Manhattan 1st Fl., Room 160A/B
NYP Morgan Stanley 1st Fl., Tower 103
NYP Queens Radiation Oncology Conference Room
NYP/Weill Cornell Uris Auditorium *LIVE*
NYP Westchester Division 1st Fl. Conference Room A
EpicTogether Update

The Epic Course Catalog is available to assist physicians and staff in identifying the activities required to prepare them to use Epic. The Catalog can be found here.

Registration for provider training for go-live at CUIMC will open on April 29, 2019 to provide enough planning time for physician schedules. Click here to review a detailed overview of the training timeline.

NYP-WC Corner
Dr. Laura Riley, the new obstetrician and gynecologist-in-chief at NewYork-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical Center, discusses her path into medicine and her commitment to providing cutting-edge, compassionate care to women with high-risk pregnancies.

Learn more about her story here
NYP-CU Corner
Dr. Lisa Kachnic, one of the nation’s leading radiation oncologists and a pioneer of new approaches to optimize the effectiveness of radiation therapy, has been named chair of the Department of Radiation Oncology at the Columbia University Vagelos College of Physicians and Surgeons and chief of the radiation oncology service at NewYork-Presbyterian/Columbia University Irving Medical Center, effective September 1, 2019.

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External Updates

Measles Outbreak Continues
The measles outbreak has sickened 555 people across 20 states as of April 15th. The outbreak prompted New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio and local health officials to declare a public health emergency requiring individuals living in specific areas of Brooklyn to be vaccinated against measles or face a $1,000 fine. While a group of Brooklyn parents has sued NYC over the emergency order requiring measles vaccinations, a judge declined to issue an emergency injunction.

Click here to read more about the measles outbreak in New York
Medicare Aims to Expand Coverage of Cancer Care
Cancer patients, doctors, and drug companies are urging the Trump administration to remove the restrictions and broaden coverage so more patients can benefit from CAR-T cell therapy. CAR-T treatments generate high costs up front, but the benefits could last for years, and the treatments have been remarkably effective in some patients who had a dismal prognosis after exhausting other options.

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Bernie Sanders Reintroduces Medicare for All Bill
On April 10th, U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders reintroduced his “Medicare for All Act.” The legislation is more comprehensive than the previous version and now includes long-term care coverage for patients at home or in community settings. The bill would essentially eliminate the private insurance market, and would largely phase out traditional Medicare and Medicaid.  The proposal does not specify how to finance the program, but Sanders offered a white paper with a menu of options, including new income and employer taxes to consider.

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