CUIMC Update - May 17, 2021

CUIMC Update is a weekly e-newsletter featuring medical center news and the accomplishments of our faculty, staff, and trainees. Please send your news, honors, and awards to Grants are provided by the Sponsored Projects Administration office.


CUIMC Celebrates Newly Co-Named Street on Campus
CUIMC and NYP employees, elected officials, and community members gathered for an outdoor ceremony today to celebrate the co-naming of 168th Street between Broadway and Fort Washington as Healthcare Heroes Way. The co-naming honors health care workers who have served on the front lines of the COVID-19 pandemic. Read more

Wednesday: CUIMC Town Hall for Faculty and Staff 
On May 19 at 2:30 p.m., a CUIMC town hall for faculty and staff will take place to convey appreciation for the outstanding work happening on every level—clinical, education, and research—and to provide updates on critical issues regarding the on-campus work environment. A Q&A discussion will follow speaker remarks. Registration is required at the link above.

Stephanie Lovinsky-Desir to Lead Pediatric Pulmonology at VP&S
Stephanie Lovinsky-Desir, MD, a nationally recognized researcher and rising leader in pediatric pulmonary medicine, has been appointed director of the division of pediatric pulmonology at VP&S and NYP/CUIMC. Read more.   

Community Practice Adds Dental Care Opportunities for Patients, Providers
The College of Dental Medicine’s community practice is a new initiative that expands available care with extended hours and a modified practice model to help address the dentistry needs of residents in Upper Manhattan. Read more

Columbia Psychiatry Partners with New York Public Library to Support NYC Communities Hit Hardest by COVID-19
The Department of Psychiatry at the Vagelos College of Physicians and Surgeons and the New York Public Library have joined forces in an innovative public health initiative to assist New York City neighborhoods dealing with the mental health fallout of the pandemic. Read more

Nursing Research Finds More COVID-19 Cases, Deaths in Nursing Homes with More Black Residents
New research by Patricia Stone, PhD, Centennial Professor of Health Policy in the School of Nursing, found that nursing homes with any Black residents had higher rates of COVID-19 infection and deaths during the first wave of the pandemic compared with nursing homes with no Black residents. Read more

Even Mild COVID-19 Impacts Mental Health, Mailman Researchers Find
Researchers in Mailman’s Department of Epidemiology found that patients with even mild COVID-19 disease experienced increased psychological distress, including significant levels of depression, anxiety, and PTSD. Read more

In Case You Missed It: CUIMC Grand Rounds Panel on Pandemic Preparedness
Faculty experts in public health shared their insights on pandemic preparedness in a panel discussion moderated by Linda Fried, MD, MPH, dean of the Mailman School of Public Health. View recording



Frances Levin, MD, Psychiatry, will receive $580,514 over two years from the Substance Abuse & Mental Health Services Administration for a subaward of “Opioid Response Network: Collaborating, Advancing, Responding, Educating.”

Adam Mor, MD, PhD, Medicine, will receive $2,742,097 over five years from the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases for “PAG is a Novel Target in Immunotherapy.”

Yaakov Stern, PhD, Taub Institute, will receive $3,094,609 over five years from the National Institute on Aging for “Changing Lives, Changing Brains: How Modern Family and Work Life Influences ADRD Risks.”

Melissa Stockwell, MD, Pediatrics, will receive $684,599 over three years from NewYork-Presbyterian for “Pediatric Telehealth Evaluation/Needs Assessment” and $322,983 over two years from the National Cancer Institute for “SEARCH: SMS Electronic Adolescent Reminders for Completion of HPV Vaccination-Uganda.”

Sharon Wardlaw, MD, and Judith Korner, MD, PhD, Medicine, will receive $2,415,993 over five years from the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases for “Changes in CSF Biomarkers After Bariatric Surgery.”

Xuebing Wu, PhD, will receive $2,430,000 over five years from the National Institute of General Medical Sciences for “Genome-Wide Studies of the Noncoding Functions and Mechanisms of Human mRNAs.”

Lori Zeltser, PhD, Naomi Berrie Diabetes Center, will receive $250,000 over three years from the Klarman Family Foundation for “Genetic Influences on Susceptibility to Anorexia.”



The Academy of Clinical Excellence has inducted 34 clinical faculty members recognized for outstanding patient care. Read more.

Three staff members in the Department of Neurology have received Professionalism, Respect, Initiative, Dedication and Excellence (PRIDE) awards: Luis Abreu, research; Naeun Kim, administration; and Carlos Lopez, clinical.

Ana B. Emiliano, MD, Medicine; Nan-Kai Wang, MD, PhD, Ophthalmology; Jennifer A. Woo Baidal, MD, Pediatrics; and Peter Yim, MD, Anesthesiology, have been awarded grants from the Office of the Provost through a program that supports the career success of junior faculty who contribute to the diversity goals of the University by their research, teaching, and mentoring activities. Read more.

B. Timothy Walsh, MD, Psychiatry, will receive the 2021 Lifetime Achievement Award from the Academy for Eating Disorders.

Myrna Weissman, PhD, has been awarded the American Psychiatric Association's 2021 Hofheimer Prize, the Award for Research in Psychiatry, which recognizes a single distinguished contribution, a body of work, or a lifetime contribution that has had a major impact on the field and/or altered the practice of psychiatry.


Rachel Shelton, ScD, Sociomedical Sciences, PI, and colleagues were awarded the 2020 Springer Award for Excellence in Publication in Behavioral Medicine for their paper, “What Is Dissemination and Implementation Science?” The award recognizes excellence in publication and contribution to the field through publishing in International Journal of Behavioral Medicine and will be presented at the International Society of Behavioral Medicine meeting in June.


Billy Caceres, PhD, RN, was awarded a grant through the Office of the Provost’s program that supports the career success of junior faculty who contribute to the diversity goals of the University by their research, teaching, and mentoring activities. Read more.


ICAP Grand Rounds Webinars, May 18 and June 29 at 9 a.m.

Return to Campus Update Forum, May 18, 4 p.m., register here.

Reach for Research Excellence (REX) Seminar, May 19, 1 p.m., register here.  

Masters Direct Entry (MDE) Virtual Information Session, May 19, 3 p.m., register here

Anti-Racist Systems and Policies to Reduce Childhood Obesity Speaker Series: “Health Equity Systems and Frameworks to Address Childhood Obesity," May 24, noon, register here.

AAPI Employee Resource Group Presents: Stop API Hate: Discussion on Mental Health, Self-Love, Solidarity and Diversity, May 24, 2:30 p.m., register here

The Virginia Kneeland Frantz Society's Lecture Series: “Promoting Equity for Women in Academic Medicine: An Evidence-Based Approach,” May 25, 4:30 p.m., register here.

The 2021 Samuel Rudin Distinguished Visiting Professorship Lecture: “How Immune Cells Wire and Unwire the Brain,” May 26, 4:30 p.m., register here

Research Ethics and Compliance Film Discussion, "Miss Evers' Boys," June 9, 2 p.m., register here

For more events, visit the CUIMC Events listing.