NYP MD TopLine - February 2021
Vaccine Updates
Watch the Latest Leadership Briefing

Dr. Steven Corwin and Dr. Laura Forese share a number of COVID-related updates, including details on our in-patient numbers and vaccine distribution. Watch the leadership briefing.

Read the Latest FAQs about the COVID-19 Vaccine

Get the latest, up-to-date information regarding the COVID-19 vaccine based on questions asked by fellow NYP team members. Read the FAQs and learn more at vaccinetogetherny.org.

Update on COVID-19 Vaccine Eligibility

New York State recently announced that individuals with comorbidities and underlying medical conditions would be able to make appointments for COVID-19 vaccinations. ColumbiaDoctors, Weill Cornell Medicine, and NewYork-Presbyterian have begun to vaccinate eligible individuals who reside in New York City on Tuesday, February 23. Vaccine supplies are limited so appointments will only become available based on the supply we receive. Read more.

COVID-19 Vaccines and Immunity: How Long Does it Take for the Vaccines to Provide Protection?

Dr. Kristen Marks, Infectious Disease Specialist at NewYork-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical Center, and an Associate Professor of Medicine in the Division of Infectious Diseases at Weill Cornell Medicine, shares six facts about immunity after getting the COVID-19 vaccine. Read more.

Dr. Forese and Dr. Furuya Discuss PPE Protocols for Employees, Patients, and Visitors

In this six-minute video, Dr. Forese and Dr. Yoko Furuya, Chief Epidemiologist & NYP Medical Director of Infection Prevention and Control, share details on the important modifications we have made to our PPE protocols for employees, patients, and visitors, as well as other safety guidelines for both vaccinated and unvaccinated staff. Read more and watch video.

What Do We Know about the COVID-19 Vaccines and Pregnancy?

Doctors from Columbia University Vagelos College of Physicians and Surgeons address vaccine efficacy and safety for women who are of reproductive age. Read more.

News from Across Our Three Institutions
Watch NYP’s Video: Faces of the Vaccine

Team members from across NYP campuses share their personal experiences with the pandemic and why they chose to receive the COVID-19 vaccine. Watch the video.

What to Know About the New Coronavirus Variants

Dr. Mirella Salvatore, Infectious Disease Specialist and Assistant Attending Physician at NewYork-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical Center, explains why these new variants are more contagious and what to do to stay protected. Read more.

The Dalio Center for Health Justice Announces Inaugural Class of REACH Fellows

REACH (Responding to Epidemics and Crises in Health) fellowship is an innovative, one-year program that provides a select group of NewYork-Presbyterian staff across a variety of health disciplines an opportunity to learn how to predict, manage, and lead robust responses to complex health emergencies, including emerging infectious diseases and other health crises. Fellows are paired with expert mentors and peers as they work on capstone projects relevant to their specific discipline and interest. View 2021 Cohort.

NYP Patient Experience Program MDxPX Is Now Accepting Applications for 2021 Provider Innovation Grants

The MDxPX program is excited to kick off its second year, supporting innovative projects led by providers that aim to improve the patient experience through creative ideas and processes. MDxPX will support up to four projects, each with an unrestricted grant of up to $10,000. 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 2021, which is woven throughout NYP's celebration this year, is: "The Black Family: Representation, Identity and Diversity." Read more.

MTA Partially Restores Overnight Subway Service Beginning Monday, February 22

Due to the continued decline of both COVID-19 cases and hospitalization rates in New York City, subway service is partially restored overnight. Effective Monday, February 22, 2021, the MTA has extend late-night subway service by two hours, moving to a 2:00 a.m. – 4:00 a.m. closure daily. Read more.

Spotlight on our Physicians
Black History Month: Spotlight on Marwah Abdalla, MD

In her research, Cardiologist Marwah Abdalla, MD, MPH, looks for interventions at the individual level to counteract the health effects of structural racism. Read more.

Columbia’s African-American Pioneers in Medicine

Columbia University Irving Medical Center remembers Black medical students and clinicians who broke barriers in medicine from the early 19th century and onward. Read more.

Justice for All: Weill Cornell Medicine Redoubles its Efforts Toward Racial Equity in Medicine—for the Benefit of Clinicians, Patients and Society

Weill Cornell highlights the hard work and contributions of several physicians and medical students who are working ensure greater equity across Weill Cornell Medicine such as mandatory annual anti-bias training for all, improving health disparaties and addressing racial discrimination. Read more.

Weill Cornell Medicine Investigators Found That Cells Within Tumor Microenvironment May Represent A New Type Of Precision-Medicine Approach To Lymphoma

Researchers from Weill Cornell Medicine analyzed the patterns of gene activity in tumor samples taken from the lymph nodes of thousands of lymphoma patients. Scientists found that the cells within these tumors, which include both cancer cells and healthy cells, produce molecules that collectively constitute a distinct microenvironment for the tumors, influencing their biology and growth. Read more.

Researchers at Columbia University's Vagelos College of Physicians and Surgeons Find Cancer’s Key Vulnerabilities

A new analysis, led by Andrea Califano, Cory Abate-Shen, PhD, and Mariano Alvarez, PhD, at Columbia University's Vagelos College of Physicians and Surgeons and Herbert Irving Comprehensive Cancer Center, found that regardless of cancer’s origin, tumors could be stratified in only 112 subtypes. The study found that within each subtype, the master regulator proteins that control the cancer’s transcriptional state were virtually identical, independent of the specific genetic mutations of each patient. Read more.

LEAD Spotlight
Dr. Adriana Matiz & Dr. Diane Thompson

The goal of Dr. Adriana Matiz and Dr. Diane Thompson’s LEAD project is to perform a comprehensive inventory of each of NYP’s 10 campuses to understand the processes in place for collecting social determinants of health (SDOH) data and determine how this information is being used in order to standardize and establish effective interventions and initiatives. SDOH are one of several stratification elements used to effectively measure health equity and appropriateness of services offered within the NYP enterprise. An inventory of all primary care practices across NYP was conducted. Researchers found that there was a wide variation in SDOH screening across the NYP Enterprise. The next steps for this LEAD project is to create a standardized method for SDOH screening and identify appropriate pilot sites for the application of best practices. Read more.

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