TIP OF THE CAP...
George Alexopoulos, MD, the Stephen P. Tobin and Dr. Arnold M. Cooper
Professor in Consultation Liaison Psychiatry and a professor of psychiatry
and of psychiatry in integrative medicine, winner of the Legacies Award
from Lifeforce in Later Years.
Jessica Ancker, PhD, associate professor of healthcare policy and research,
elected a fellow of the American College of Medical Informatics.
Ghazaleh Ashrafi, PhD, postdoctoral associate in biochemistry, winner of
a Tri-Institutional Breakout Award for Junior Investigators.
Francis Barany, PhD, professor of microbiology and immunology, named
a fellow of the National Academy of Inventors.
Himisha Beltran, MD, assistant professor of medicine and of medicine
in urology, winner of a $2 million, three-year Prostate Cancer Research
Program Transformative Impact Award from the Department of Defense.
Jennifer Downs, MD ’04, MS ’ 11, the Friedman Family Research Scholar
in Pediatric Infectious Diseases and an assistant professor of medicine and
of medicine in microbiology and immunology, and Marcin Imielinski,
MD, PhD, an assistant professor of pathology and laboratory medicine
and of computational genomics in the HRH Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal Bin
Abdulaziz Al-Saud Institute for Computational Biomedicine, who each
received a $495,000 Clinical Scientist Development Award from the Doris
Duke Charitable Foundation.
Bishoy Faltas, MD, assistant professor of medicine, winner of a $610,000
Career Development Award from the Department of Defense.
Dan Landau, MD, PhD, assistant professor of medicine and of physiology and biophysics and a core member of the New York Genome Center,
winner of the American Society of Hematology’s Scholar Award for
Conor Liston, MD ’08, PhD, assistant professor of neuroscience in the
Feil Family Brain and Mind Institute and assistant professor of psychiatry,
named a Rita Allen Foundation Scholar, which provides $500,000 in
Michael Stewart, MD, vice dean, chairman of otolaryngology, and a professor of healthcare policy and research, named president of the board of
directors of the American Board of Otolaryngology.
Researchers Win Young Investigators Prize
Four WCM faculty have won the Pershing Square Sohn Prize for
Young Investigators in Cancer Research. The award, which provides $200,000 in yearly funding for up to three years, is given to
New York-based scientists pursuing high-risk, high-reward research.
The winners are Yimon Aye, PhD, assistant professor of biochemistry, who is analyzing two newly discovered proteins that may play
a role in treating drug-resistant blood cancer cells; Juan Cubillos-Ruiz, PhD, assistant professor of microbiology and immunology
in obstetrics and gynecology, who is investigating whether disabling stress sensors in immune cells may enhance the therapeutic
efficacy of new types of vaccines for ovarian cancer; and two assistant professors in the Graduate School of Medical Sciences: Daniel
Heller, PhD, who is building nanoparticles to develop personalized
medicines that target tumor sites while avoiding healthy cells; and
Richard White, MD, PhD, who is investigating how non-cancerous
fat cells support cancerous melanoma cells during metastasis.
Holzer Heads Pediatric Cardiology
Ralf Holzer, MD, an expert in minimally
invasive techniques to treat children
and adults with congenital heart disease,
has been named chief of the Division of
Pediatric Cardiology at NYP/Weill Cornell
and Weill Cornell Medicine and director
of pediatric cardiac catheterization at the
Komansky Children’s Hospital. “Dr. Holzer
is a renowned expert who is committed to
innovative interventional techniques and
approaches to pediatric cardiology care,” says Gerald Loughlin,
MD, the Nancy C. Paduano Professor and chairman of pediatrics.
Holzer joined WCM as a professor of clinical pediatrics in 2016,
following his appointment two years earlier as medical director
of cardiac catheterization and interventional therapy at the Sidra
Medical and Research Center in Doha, Qatar.
WORK AND PLAY: Taking a break from offering health screenings to adults during
a weeklong visit to Tanzania last spring, WCM-Q medical student zaid Shahrori
entertains a group of schoolchildren. Working on public health projects, he and
his fellow students got a firsthand look at the challenges of delivering healthcare
in a low-income environment. “visiting Tanzania made me realize how fortunate
we are to have access to very good healthcare services in Qatar,” he said. “We
saw people suffering very severely from diseases that are relatively easy and
cheap to prevent with vaccinations.”
Heads of Research Named
Hugh Hemmings Jr., MD, PhD, the Joseph
F. Artusio Jr. Professor of Anesthesiology and
chair of the department, has been named
senior associate dean for research, and Todd
Evans, PhD, the Peter I. Pressman Professor in
Surgery and a professor of cell and developmental biology in surgery, has been named
associate dean for research. Both will play
key roles as WCM develops alliances with the
biopharmaceutical industry and strengthens
partnerships with NewYork-Presbyterian,
Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, The
Rockefeller University, Hospital for Special
Surgery, Cornell Tech, and the Ithaca campus. “As a physician-scientist who has spent
his career bridging the gap between discovery and clinical research, Dr. Hemmings is a
perfect fit for the senior associate dean role,”
says Dean Choi. “Dr. Evans, with his deep
history as a basic scientist in clinical settings,
perfectly complements him.”
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