CUIMC Faculty Receive Provost’s Grants Through Diversity, Anti-Racism Programs

Columbia University Irving Medical Center faculty have received grants from Columbia’s Provost Office to enhance ongoing efforts to build a more representative and inclusive faculty.

The Provost’s Grants Program for Junior Faculty who Contribute to the Diversity Goals of the University offers support to further the scholarship of outstanding junior faculty who contribute to the diversity goals of the University by their research, teaching, and mentoring activities. The Fall 2021 junior faculty grants awardees include these faculty from CUIMC:

Elham Azizi, PhD (Biomedical Engineering and the VP&S Herbert and Florence Institute for Cancer Dynamics and the Herbert Irving Comprehensive Cancer Center): Machine Learning for Characterizing Spatial Dynamics in Tumor Tissues

Sorcha Brophy, PhD (Mailman Health Policy and Management): Negotiating Health Care Coverage for Foster Youth: A Pilot Study

Maya Deyssenroth, DrPH (Mailman Environmental Health Sciences): Predictive Biomarkers of Cerebrovascular Health among Women who Experienced Preeclampsia during Pregnancy

David Kalfa, MD, PhD (VP&S Surgery): A Softrobotics Sensing and Actuating Cardiac Compression Sleeve for a Personalized Treatment of Heart Failure in Children and Adults

In Addressing Racism: A Call to Action for Columbia Seed Grants, the Provost’s Office invited proposals from faculty for seed grant funding for projects designed to address structural racism. The initiative supports projects that contribute to collaborative dialogue, action, and insight for systemic change toward racial equity. The Fall 2021 grant recipients include these CUIMC faculty members:

Carolyn Barley Britton, MD (VP&S Neurology) and Wendy Vargas, MD (VP&S Neurology): Health Equity Rounds: Mitigating implicit racial bias through real-life cases

Sorcha Brophy, PhD (Mailman Health Policy and Management): Assessing Capacity for Racial Equity Work in Health Care Organizations: A Pilot Grant

Kellie Bryant, DNP (Nursing) and David Wang, MD (VP&S Anesthesiology): A Simulation-Based Education Pipeline Summer Program to Introduce Diverse High School Students to Careers in Health Care

Marina Catallozzi, MD (VP&S Pediatrics and Mailman Population and Family Health) and Amanda Esteves, MD (VP&S Pediatrics): Enhancing the Reach and Scope of the Pediatric Diversity and Inclusion Council Curriculum

Trudi Cloyd, MD (VP&S Emergency Medicine) and Robert Fullilove, EdD (Mailman Sociomedical Sciences): Just Care in the Justice System: Educating medical and dental trainees to be advocates for the care of incarcerated and undocumented patients

Patrice Malone, MD, PhD (VP&S Psychiatry) and Claude Mellins, PhD (VP&S Psychiatry and Mailman Sociomedical Sciences): Bold Conversations Program

Daniel Neghassi, MD (VP&S Medicine): Multi-Tiered Care: Investigating How Segregated Care Manifests at Academic Medical Centers  

Wendy Vargas, MD (VP&S Neurology) and Minnelly Vasquez (VP&S Neurology): Mentorship Support Groups for Black, Indigenous, People of Color Medical Professionals