Columbia’s Pediatrics Department Names New Vice Chairs, Expands Leadership

January 15, 2019
Columbia University Department of Pediatrics (from left): Marina Catallozzi, MD; Ali Mencin, MD; Anne Moscona, MD; Susan Rosenthal, PhD; Joel Lavine, MD, PhD; Jon Evans, MBA; Melissa Stockwell, MD, MPH; Rich Polin, MD; Jordan Orange, MD, PhD; Steve Kernie, MD; Lisa Saiman, MD, MPH; Michael Weiner, MD.

The Department of Pediatrics at Columbia University Vagelos College of Physicians and Surgeons has appointed a distinguished neonatologist as the department’s executive vice chair. Six additional faculty members have been appointed to the department’s leadership council. 

Jordan Orange, MD, PhD, the Reuben S. Carpentier Professor and Chairman, Department of Pediatrics, promoted several faculty members to improve clinical care, research, and education initiatives in the department, while restructuring the department’s vice chair team to better represent, advance, and give voice to the faculty.

The faculty who were appointed:

Richard Polin, MD, the William T. Speck, MD, Professor of Pediatrics, was promoted from vice chair of education to executive vice chair. Dr. Polin has led Columbia’s Division of Pediatric Neonatology since 1998. He will serve as a close partner to the department chair and will represent Dr. Orange in his absence.

Steve Kernie, MD, professor of pediatrics and critical care medicine specialist, will serve as vice chair of clinical affairs. Dr. Kernie currently leads a pediatric intensive care division that cares for some of the country’s sickest children. In his new capacity, Dr. Kernie will work to expand pediatric clinical services and integrate them throughout the NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital system.

Marina Catallozzi, MD, assistant professor of pediatrics and of population and family health, was named vice chair of education. Dr. Catallozzi, an adolescent medicine specialist, has managed the pediatric portion of medical student education for several years. As vice chair, she will oversee all educational initiatives in pediatrics, including residency and fellowship programs and medical student education, and will work to further enrich the experiences of young physicians and biomedical scholars in training.

Anne Moscona, MD, the Sherie L. Morrison Professor of Immunology and professor of pediatrics and of physiology & cellular biophysics, will serve as associate vice chair, basic research. Dr. Moscona will work to support and expand the already robust basic science research efforts underway in the department and to connect child health-oriented research possibilities to the many existing spheres of excellence in research throughout Columbia University Irving Medical Center (CUIMC) and the broader university.

Melissa Stockwell, MD, MPH, associate professor of pediatrics and of population and family health, was named associate vice chair, clinical research. Dr. Stockwell will work to strengthen the department’s growing clinical and health services research programs and to improve its ability to apply new research advances throughout CUIMC and the university to the needs and gaps in pediatrics. 

Lisa Saiman, MD, MPH, professor of pediatrics, will serve as associate vice chair, faculty development. Dr. Saiman will work with Susan L. Rosenthal, PhD, vice chair of faculty development, to provide faculty opportunities and feedback needed to achieve career advancement and to develop leadership skills consonant with individual goals and departmental priorities.

In addition, Jon Evans, MBA, has joined the department as associate vice chair of finance and administration. Mr. Evans comes to Columbia from Baylor College of Medicine/Texas Children’s Hospital, where he was a business manager for the pediatrics department.

The new vice chairs and associate vice chairs will join the department’s current leadership team, vice chairs Joel Lavine, MD, PhD (research), Susan Rosenthal, PhD (faculty development), and Michael Weiner, MD (external affairs).

Commenting on the expansion of the department’s leadership, Dr. Orange noted, “With the addition of these accomplished and forward-looking faculty to our leadership team, the department is poised to strengthen our position as the region’s most superb and comprehensive children’s hospital and further grow our initiatives to advance faculty, engage in truly innovative pediatric research, and educate new generations of pediatricians and scientists who will transform the future of the field.”