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’ 45 MD—Emily Townsend Crane of Plymouth, NH, July 4, 2013; physician;
retired administrator of the New Hampshire Alpine Racing Association; site supervi-
sor for local Red Cross blood drives; Girl Scout troop leader; bridge player.
’55 MD—Richard C. Lippincott of Little Rock, AR, March 10, 2015; psychiatrist;
professor, University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences; directed mental health programs for the states of New Hampshire, Louisiana, and Oregon; also taught at the
University of Vermont Medical School, Tulane School of Medicine, and Louisiana
State University; advocated for the inclusion of mental healthcare coverage in state
and federal health insurance programs and testified before Congress and state legislatures.
’61 MD—John Kuiper of Los Angeles, CA, April 27, 2015; led the nephrology
service at UCLA for three decades; active in bioethics, wilderness medicine, and the
Sierra Club; avid mountaineer and bicyclist who cycled cross-country in 2003;
endowed professorships at Weill Cornell (the John J. Kuiper Professorship of
Medicine) as well as at UCLA and the University of Rochester; established the John
J. Kuiper Scholarship at Weill Cornell to support students who pursue careers in general internal medicine, family practice, and geriatrics.
’88 MD—Mitchell Newmark of New York City, April 4, 2015; psychiatrist; specialist in depressive disorders and addiction treatment; active in religious affairs.
Menard M. Gertler, MD, of New York City, May 6, 2015; physician, researcher,
and professor of cardiology; professor emeritus at Weill Cornell; also taught at
McGill, Harvard, NYU, and Columbia; assisted in the construction of a plastic model
of the human brain and helped develop a major heart surgery technique; collaborat-
ed on Coronary Heart Disease in Young Adults: A Multi-Disciplinary Study and You Can
Predict Your Heart Attack and Prevent It; conducted research on conge stive heart fail-
ure that led to the introduction of the drug Inocor.
Aaron J. Marcus, MD, of Scarsdale, NY, May 6, 2015; pioneering scientist in
hemostasis, coagulation, thrombosis, and vascular biology; professor of medicine at
Weill Cornell; isolated and characterized the lipids of human platelets; conducted
studies of the role of eicosanoids in hemostasis and thrombosis that led to the concepts of cell-to-cell interactions and transcellular metabolism; helped discover AIDS
in the form of Kaposi’s sarcoma; spent more than fifty years at the Veterans
Administration Harbor Healthcare System; co-wrote The Physiology of Blood Platelets;
was a fan of opera, Thomas Mann, fountain pens, fine leather shoes, audio equipment, photography, the Beatles, chocolate, and the Chrysler Building.
Master of International Public Health at the
University of Sydney in 2007–08, so I graduated
with the Class of 2009 (I still think of myself as a
2008er). Since finishing my pediatrics residency
at UCSF in 2012 in the Pediatric Leadership for
the Underserved track, I worked for a year and a
half with the Baylor Global Health Corps in an
academic hospital in Gondar, Ethiopia. Ethiopia
has one of the highest rates of ‘brain drain’ with
more Ethiopian MDs on the East Coast of the
U.S. than in Ethiopia. I trained Ethiopian medical
students and residents in pediatrics alongside
local pediatricians and helped care for children in
the general pediatrics, malnutrition, and oncology wards. When we left, we graduated the first
three pediatricians trained in Gondar and put
ourselves out of a job, a global health sustainability dream. Then in February 2014, I signed up
with the National Health Service Corps and
moved to Saipan, an underserved Pacific island
paradise that is a U.S. Commonwealth. Here I
work as a pediatrician in the only hospital on the
island, providing outpatient, inpatient, NICU,
and PICU services as well as outreach to neighboring islands. I’m thankful for all of the support
I received at Weill Cornell for my interest in global health; the many electives I was able to do
abroad (even paid for by Cornell!) as a budding
physician fanned the flame of my interest and
continue to push me to have some truly remarkable experiences as a pediatrician.”
Peter Coombs, MD ’11: “I stayed on at
WCMC as an ophthalmology resident and am
finishing this June. I have matched for a retina
fellowship for two more years at Weill Cornell.
My wife, Hediyeh Baradaran, MD ’ 11, and I had
a baby girl, Mina Baradaran Coombs, on
September 19, 2014. My wife has one more year
of radiology residency at NYP/Weill Cornell.”