NYP MD TopLine - February 2023
Leadership Updates
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Dr. Steven Corwin and Dr. Brian Donley share a message about hospital-related and other current events in this 10-minute video. Watch the video.

News from Across Our Three Institutions
Updated Masking Requirements for Team Members at NYP

New York State's emergency masking regulation for healthcare facilities expired on February 12, 2023. Masks are still required for team members and visitors in any patient area, and are optional in non-clincal settings where patients do no enter. Read more.

NYP Ranks as Largest Transplant Hospital by Volume in the U.S.

Based on data collected by the United Network of Organ Sharing (UNOS), NewYork-Presbyterian was the largest transplant hospital in the country in 2022, performing 835 solid organ transplants across the NYP/Columbia and NYP/Weill Cornell campuses. NYP has led the country in transplant volume for over 15 years. NYP’s kidney, liver, lung, and heart programs are ranked top 10 by volume. Congratulations to the transplant teams for continuing to lead the country in this quaternary service.

Dalio Center for Health Justice Research Project: IBREATHE

The Dalio Center for Health Justice Research Grant program, in partnership with Weill Cornell Medicine and Columbia Vagelos College of Physicians and Surgeons, funds innovative research that directly advances efforts to reduce health inequities and disparities. IBREATHE, which received funding in 2022, is focused on implementing strategies to mitigate barriers to lung cancer screening, and facilitate increased screening rates among eligible, high-risk adults, with the long-term goal of improving early detection and outcome disparities. Read more.

NYP Honors Black History Month

Black History Month is an annual celebration of Black heritage and culture, a time to recognize Black people's central role and continued contributions to U.S. society. The national theme for Black History Month 2023 is “Black Resistance,” which explores how the Black diaspora has historically fought against oppression and continues to fight for justice and equality. Read more.

Opportunities to Support People Impacted by the Earthquake in Turkey and Syria

More than 40,000 lives have been lost in the devastating 7.8 magnitude earthquake that struck Turkey and Syria earlier this month. NYP has partnered with Americares and the Afya Foundation to help support rescue efforts for surviors.  Read more.

Beware of Scam Phone Calls 

NYP’s Security Department would like to remind all team members to be cautious of scam phone calls. Please be aware of callers who may claim to be from a law enforcement agency (D.E.A., F.B.I., etc.) or a hospital-related compliance entity and do not verify or provide any personal information of your own, or another employee. Read more.


It Happened Here: Dr. Margaret Morgan Lawrence

During Black History Month, NYP remembers Dr. Margaret Morgan Lawrence, first African American female psychoanalyst and a pioneer in children’s mental health research. Learn about how Dr. Lawrence made history and overcame adversity to become an expert on children's mental health disorders. Read more.

Organizational and Leadership Changes
Dr. Asad Siddiqi Named Chief of the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at NewYork-Presbyterian Brooklyn Methodist Hospital

Dr. Asad Siddiqi, previously the Medical Director of Rehabilitation Sports Medicine at NewYork-Presbyterian Brooklyn Methodist Hospital, is now Chief of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at NYP-BMH. In his new role, he will focus on growing the program in Brooklyn by further developing existing inpatient and outpatient rehabilitation services in brain injury, stroke, orthopedics, sports medicine, spine care, and pain management. Read more.

Spotlight on our Physicians
NYP-CU Surgeon Provides Relief to Patient with Rare Neurological Disorder

Dennis Pearsall suffered from Glossopharyngeal neuralgia, a rare nerve condition where the glossopharyngeal nerve is wedged against an adjacent blood vessel causing severe, painful attacks in the throat, ear, tongue, and tonsils. After years of debilitating pain, Pearsall was referred to Dr. Raymond Sekula Jr., Brain Surgeon at Columbia University Vagelos College of Physicians and Surgeons, who specializes in cranial nerve disorders. Conducting more than 2,000 microvascular decompression surgeries, Dr. Sekula performed the lifesaving surgery, providing relief to Pearsall and his family. Read more.

Cross-Campus Center Tackles Antimicrobial Resistance

Antibiotic resistance is a global health challenge that threatens to reverse critical advances in modern medicine. Directed by Dr. Kyu Rhee, Professor of Medicine in the Division of Infectious Diseases and Professor of Microbiology and Immunology at Weill Cornell Medicine, along with co-director, Dr. Craig Altier, Professor of Population Medicine and Diagnostic Sciences in the College of Veterinary Medicine, the Cornell Center for Antimicrobial Resistance Research and Education will seek to better understand the nature of antimicrobial resistance in different environments, and how it transmits across niches.  Read more.

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