Program Promotes Entrepreneurship
Weill Cornell Medicine has launched a program to foster entrepreneurship and innovation. Dubbed the Dean’s Entrepreneurship
Lab (eLab), it provides resources and educational opportunities to
students and faculty who have ideas with commercial potential.
The program is aimed at closing the gap between what scientists
typically pursue on their own—publishing research, developing
a prototype, and getting a patent—and later phases of development, like starting a company. It will help researchers develop
a business plan, connect with collaborators and mentors, pitch
to investors, and more. Since eLab launched in March 2016,
hundreds of students have taken its entrepreneurship course.
Drukier Prize Awarded for Allergy Research
Allergist and immunologist Joshua Milner, MD, has been awarded
the second annual Gale and Ira Drukier Prize in Children’s Health
Research. Milner, chief of the Genetics and Pathogenesis of
Allergy Section at the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious
Diseases, was honored for his work on the genetic and physiologic
basis for allergic diseases and efforts to find advanced treatments
and cures. Given to an early-career pediatrician whose research
has made important contributions to improving the health of
children and adolescents, the prize was established in 2014 as
part of a $25 million gift to WCM that also created the Gale and
Ira Drukier Institute for Children’s Health.
Pascual Named Director of Drukier Institute
Pediatric rheumatologist Virginia Pascual, MD, has been appointed
the founding Gale and Ira Drukier Director of the Gale and Ira
Drukier Institute for Children’s Health. Pascual, who was recruited
to Weill Cornell Medicine as the Ronay A.
Menschel Professor of Pediatrics, investigates
pediatric inflammatory and autoimmune
diseases; her lab recently developed a personalized approach to identify molecular
drivers of disease activity in pediatric lupus
patients. An MD alumna of the Universidad
Complutense in Madrid, Spain, she has
published more than 100 studies in top-tier
journals and contributed to nearly fifty book chapters and reviews.
The Institute was established in 2014 with a $25 million gift from
Gale and Ira Drukier.
VIRGINIA PASCUAL, MD
Weill Cornell to Help Plan Shanghai Hospital
WCM has entered into an agreement to assist in the development of an international hospital in Shanghai, working with
Tahoe Investment Group, which is developing medical facilities in major cities in China. Tapping its expertise in medical
education and patient care, WCM will help guide the planning
process for the hospital, which would incorporate Western medical standards. A study will assess the hospital’s feasibility, size
and scope, facility planning, medical specialties and diagnostic
capabilities, overall project concept, and initial development.
The work will also involve evaluating the prospect of an education center that would offer international training programs for
healthcare professionals. “As a leader in world-class healthcare,
one of Weill Cornell Medicine’s primary missions is to enhance
human health both at home and abroad, providing patients
with the highest quality care,” says Dean Augustine M.K. Choi,
MD. “By leveraging our expertise in operational management
and clinical excellence, we hope this project will serve as a leading example of international collaboration as we work with
Tahoe Investment Group to develop a facility that will benefit
both patients and the healthcare community in China.”
For the Class of ’ 17, a 100 Percent Match
This year’s Match Day was one of the best ever for WCM’s graduating MDs. Every member of the Class of ’ 17 matched to
postgraduate positions, 87 percent of them to academic medical
centers ranked in the top fifty by U.S. News & World Report. One
student matched to a top military program in medicine, and all
the future MDs seeking residencies in the highly competitive
specialties of dermatology, ophthalmology, orthopedic surgery, otolaryngology, radiation oncology, and urology earned
positions. Thirty-eight percent of the class will pursue primary
care residencies in internal medicine, pediatrics, family medicine, and ob/gyn. Forty-two students will remain in metro New
York—twenty-three at New York-Presbyterian, including sixteen
at NYP/Weill Cornell and one to a combined residency with the
FUTURE PEDIATRIC NEUROLOGIST: Min Ye Shen ’ 17 celebrates her Match
Day placement. For more photos, see Notebook, starting on page 40.
ALLERGY EXPERT: Joshua Milner, MD (second from right), with (from left)
Dean Augustine M.K. Choi, MD, Gale and Ira Drukier, and Gerald Loughlin, MD,
the Nancy C. Paduano Professor and chair of pediatrics.