TIP OF THE CAP...
Phyllis August, MD, the Ralph A. Baer Professor of Medical Research and a
professor of medicine, of medicine in obstetrics and gynecology, and of healthcare policy and research, winner of the Miriam G. Wallach Award for Excellence
in Humanistic Medical Care from New York-Presbyterian.
Shuibing Chen, PhD, assistant professor of chemical biology in surgery and of
chemical biology in biochemistry, winner of the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network
and American Association for Cancer Research Career Development Award.
Frank Chervenak, MD, chairman of the Department of Obstetrics and
Gynecology, the Given Foundation Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology,
and a professor of obstetrics and gynecology, accepted as a foreign member
of the Russian Academy of Sciences.
Marc Goldstein, MD, the Matthew P. Hardy, PhD, Distinguished Professor of
Reproductive Medicine and Urology, winner of the Distinguished Surgeon
Award from the Society of Reproductive Surgeons.
Costantino Iadecola, MD, director of the Feil Family Brain and Mind Research
Institute, the Anne Parrish Titzell Professor of Neurology, and a professor of
neuroscience, winner of the Chancellor’s Award from the Neuroscience Center
for Excellence at Louisiana State University.
Iliyan Iliev, PhD, assistant professor of immunology in medicine and a
scientist in the Jill Roberts Institute for Research in Inflammatory Bowel
Disease, winner of a $100,000 Breakthrough Award from the Kenneth
Samie Jaffrey, MD, PhD, the Greenberg-Starr Professor and a professor of
pharmacology, and Thangamani Muthukumar, MD, associate professor of
medicine, elected to the American Society for Clinical Investigation.
Carl Nathan, MD, chairman of microbiology and immunology, the R. A. Rees
Pritchett Professor of Microbiology, and a professor of microbiology and immunology and of medicine, winner of the International Cytokine and Interferon
Society’s Seymour and Vivian Milstein Award for Excellence in Interferon and
Michael Niederman, MD, associate chief and clinical director of pulmonary
and critical care medicine, winner of the Murray Kornfeld Memorial Founders
Award from the American College of Chest Physicians for a career spent
advancing the treatment and management of pneumonia.
WCM alumni have
honors—but only Mae
Jemison, MD ’81, can
say she’s been a Lego.
The former astronaut
was among five
in plastic for their
roles in the U.S.
space program as
part of the toy line’s
“Women of NASA” set,
announced in March.
Five Win Junior Faculty Awards
The Junior Faculty Fellowship Fund, which provides $50,000 in
support to exceptional faculty who are juggling research with
childcare responsibilities, recently made awards to five WCM
scientists and physicians: So Hyun (Sophy) Kim, PhD, assistant professor of psychology in clinical psychiatry; Amy Kuceyeski, PhD,
assistant professor of mathematics in neuroscience and radiology; Kristen Pleil, PhD, assistant professor of pharmacology; Selin
Somersan-Karakaya, MD, the Nan and Stephen Swid Research
Scholar in Medicine and an assistant professor of medicine; and
Claire Vanpouille-Box, PhD, instructor in radiation oncology. The
grant was established in 2015 with a $1.25 million gift from the
Anna-Maria and Stephen Kellen Foundation.
Remembering R. A. Rees Pritchett, MD ’ 48
On March 27, Weill Cornell Medicine lost one of the longest-serving members of its community with the passing of
R. A. Rees Pritchett, MD ’ 48, at age ninety-three. An internist with a subspecialty in cardiology, Pritchett not only
earned his medical degree from WCM, but did his residency
at NYP/Weill Cornell, was on the faculty for more than six
decades, and served the institution as a fundraiser and indefatigable booster. Known for the natty suit and bow tie that
was his ubiquitous uniform, Pritchett only formally retired as
the Louis and Gertrude Feil Professor of Clinical Medicine in
2015. His many laurels include an endowed professorship in
microbiology named in his honor.
“There will never be anyone like him,” Joseph Hayes, MD,
professor emeritus of clinical medicine, said in a WCM magazine story marking Pritchett’s ninetieth birthday. “Somebody
who can be that good, that calm, that nice to patients
and house staff, so even tempered. Not practicing what he
learned in ’ 48, but what he learned two days ago.” Pritchett’s
first wife, Jane, passed away in 2001; he is survived by his second wife, Clare, as well as a daughter, two grandchildren, and
a stepdaughter. Gifts in his memory may be made to WCM’s
Rees Pritchett, MD, Scholarship Fund, 1300 York Avenue, Box
314, New York, N Y, 10065, or online at give.weill.cornell.edu.