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NYP MD TopLine - December 2022
Leadership Updates
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Dr. Steven Corwin and Dr. Laura Forese express their appreciation for team members, wish everyone happy holidays, and close the end of the year with a new video. Watch the latest video.

News from Across Our Three Institutions
NewYork-Presbyterian’s Health Equity Report

NYP has published its first annual Health Equity Report, highlighting the demographic profile of our inpatient discharges, emergency department visits, and outpatient visits, as well as NYP’s health equity work in a key clinical area—maternal health. Read more.

NYP's Policy on Gifts from Patients or Their Families

During the holiday season, patients or their family members may offer gifts to show gratitude to team members for providing care. Allowable gifts include tokens of appreciation of nominal value and should be shared within your team or department. NYP reminds all employees to be aware of and abide by NYP’s conflict of interest policy regarding gifts. Read more.

Reminder: Check Up on Your Well-Being & Earn 1,000 NYP Everyday Amazing Points

NYP team members can receive a snapshot of their overall well-being by completing an annual biometric screening through Quest Diagnostics. After completing your biometric screening, remember to complete your 2022 Well Being Assessment (WBA) through Virgin Pulse to earn 1,000 Everyday Amazing Points. Points will be deposited into your account within a few weeks of completion and can be used to redeem a wide range of gifts. The deadline is December 31. Read more.

Regroup After the Holidays with the "Mind-Body and Joyful Movement" Webinar

The NYPBeHealthy team is excited to announce an interactive webinar, “Mind-Body and Joyful Movement” on Thursday, January 12, 2023 at 12:30 p.m. NYP Wellbeing Coaches Cynthia Wong and Carena Lowenthal will share how staying active and making time for joyful movement may improve your emotional well-being in 2023 and beyond. Read more.

Organizational and Leadership Changes
Dr. Sandhya K. Balaram Named Chief of Cardiothoracic Surgery at NewYork-Presbyterian Brooklyn Methodist Hospital

Dr. Balaram will expand NewYork-Presbyterian Brooklyn Methodist Hospital’s cardiovascular care, with an emphasis on surgical coronary revascularization, valve repair and replacement, and aortic surgery. She was also recruited to Weill Cornell Medicine as an Associate Professor of Clinical Cardiothoracic Surgery. Read more.

Noémie Elhadad Appointed Chair of Department of Biomedical Informatics

Dr. Noémie Elhadad has been appointed Chair of the Department of Biomedical Informatics (DBMI) at Columbia University Vagelos College of Physicians and Surgeons, effective Jan. 1. Currently Vice Chair for Research at DBMI and Director of the department’s graduate program, she is also Associate Professor of Biomedical Informatics at VP&S and affiliated with Columbia's Department of Computer Science and the Columbia Data Science Institute. Read more.

Spotlight on our Physicians
“Living Drug” Created by Columbia Immunologists May Save Transplanted Organs

Dr. Pawel Muranski and a team of immunologists at Columbia University Vagelos College of Physicians and Surgeons is testing a new experimental drug that releases an army of T cells inside the patient to recognize and kill a virus that is attacking a transplanted kidney. As of late October, three patients have received the cell therapy without any adverse reactions. These patients are part of a phase 1 clinical trial that is testing the therapy’s safety. Dr. Muranski’s next goal is to develop new types of T cell therapies to attack cancer. Read more.

Weill Cornell Medicine Receives Grant to Study Effects of Radiation on Immunity

The National Cancer Institute of the National Institutes of Health has awarded Weill Cornell Medicine a five-year, $8.1 million grant to investigate the effects of the immune response in irradiated rectal cancer. “There’s a lot we can learn in terms of understanding how radiation works on the immune system itself in irradiated cancer patients,” said principal investigator Dr. Silvia Formenti, Chairman of the Department of Radiation Oncology and the Sandra and Edward Meyer Professor of Cancer Research at Weill Cornell Medicine. The grant will fund a global research project that takes an in-depth look into the field of radiation and immunity to address a knowledge gap on how standard radiation affects a patient’s immune system. Read more.

Please send your questions or comments to Chanelle Green (Chg9152@nyp.org) who will help direct them to the appropriate department.
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