CUIMC Update - Nov. 22, 2021

November 22, 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.


VP&S Receives Grant to Support Early-Career Biomedical Researchers Impacted by Caregiving Responsibilities 
The Vagelos College of Physicians and Surgeons is among 22 medical schools to receive support for early-career researchers, the latest honor recognizing the medical school’s progress to cultivate a diverse workforce. Read more

In Case You Missed It: Campus Update Forum 
Last week’s campus update forum for faculty, researchers, and staff shared information regarding COVID-19 and the fall 2021 term, including a discussion about COVID-19 vaccines for children. View recording

School of Nursing Fellowship, New Certificate of Professional Achievement Address Need for Advanced Palliative Care Training 
The palliative care fellowship at Columbia Nursing is the only one of its kind based at a U.S. nursing school. The school will soon begin offering an online Certificate of Professional Achievement in Palliative Care Across the Lifespan. Read more

Need Help Quitting Smoking? At Columbia, You Can Ask a Dentist 
The Great American Smokeout last week encouraged smokers to make a plan for cessation. At the College of Dental Medicine, the importance of smoking cessation is not new: It was one of the first dental schools to provide tobacco cessation education to students more than 20 years ago. Read more

Columbia Primary Care Expands in Midtown 
Columbia Primary Care has opened a larger space with more providers at ColumbiaDoctors Midtown, located at 51 W. 51st St. Read more

Tackling Disparities in Stomach Cancer: VP&S Study May Lead to First Screening Guidelines 
A VP&S study may lead to stomach cancer screening guidelines, especially for Black and Hispanic Americans who have a greater risk of developing or dying from stomach cancer than white Americans. Read more.

Mailman Research: NYPD Enforcement of COVID Mandates Reproduced Familiar Pattern of Racial Disparities 
Summonses and arrests for violations of COVID-19 mandates were more common in New York City neighborhoods with higher percentages of Black residents, according to a new study from Mailman researchers. Read more

VP&S Maternal-Fetal Medicine Specialist Explains Gestational Diabetes 
November is National Diabetes Awareness Month. Noelia Zork, MD, a maternal-fetal medicine specialist at CUIMC/NYP and assistant professor of obstetrics & gynecology at VP&S, discusses what you need to know about gestational diabetes—who is most at risk, how it is treated, and what you can do to prevent it. Read more



Ian Kronish, MD, Medicine, will receive $390,598 over five years from the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute for a subaward of “Generalizable prediction of medication adherence in heart failure.”

Andrew Marks, MD, Physiology & Cellular Biophysics, will receive $624,456 over five years from the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute for “Training in Cardiovascular Sciences for Under Represented Students.”


Gary Miller, PhD, Environmental Health Sciences, will receive $2,367,669 over four years from the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences for “Vesicular modulation of dopamine neuron toxicity.”


Rebecca Schnall, PhD, RN-BC, Division of Scholarship & Research, will receive $438,936 over two years from the National Cancer Institute for “Development and Pilot Testing of a Just in Time Mobile Smoking Cessation Intervention for Persons living with HIV.”



Authors of an abstract published from the lab of Hanrui Zhang, PhD, Medicine, received a Paul Dudley White International Scholar Award from the American Heart Association. The award recognizes the authors with the highest ranked abstract from the United States at American Heart Association Scientific Sessions 2021. The abstract, “ATVB Outstanding Research Award: WDFY3 is Required for the Efficient Degradation of Engulfed Apoptotic Cells by Macrophages During Efferocytosis,” was written by Xun Wu, Ziyi Wang, Jianting Shi, Fang Li, Young Joo Yang, Rebecca M. Moore, Margot K. Chirikjian, Ira A. Tabas, Ai Yamamoto, and Hanrui Zhang.


Salim Abdool Karim, PhD, Epidemiology, was a key participant in the annual 2021 Nobel Inspired Public Lecture, “The Meaning of Science in the Age of COVID-19, one year on,” which was hosted by the National Research Foundation in partnership with the Swedish Embassy in Pretoria on Oct. 12. He also was honored by Rhodes University with an honorary degree of Doctor of Science at a virtual graduation ceremony on Oct. 29 in recognition of his leadership in guiding South Africa’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Quarraisha Abdool Karim, PhD, Epidemiology, has retained her National Research Foundation A rating based on the quality and impact of her research outputs over the past eight years. The foundation defines an A-rated scientist as “a researcher recognized by all reviewers as a leading scholar in his/her field internationally for the high quality and wide impact (i.e., beyond a narrow field of specialization) of his/her recent research outputs.” 


“Health Data Sharing in US Nursing Homes: A Mixed Methods Study,” an article co-authored by Gregory Alexander, PhD, RN, was selected for inclusion in the 2021 edition of the IMIA (International Medical Informatics Association) Yearbook as one of the best articles published in 2020.

Veronica Barcelona, PhD, RN, received the International Society of Nurses in Genetics Founders' Award, which honors individual ISONG members who have demonstrated excellence in genomic nursing education, research, or service.

Kenrick Cato, PhD, RN, was elected to the Board of Directors of the American Medical Informatics Association and as chairperson for its Nursing Informatics Working Group.


Fall Holiday Festival on Haven, Nov. 23, 11 a.m. - 3 p.m., view event

The 43rd Alexander Ming Fisher Lecture presented by Monica L. Lypson: “A Story of Communication Skills in the COVID Context: using, developing, teaching, inspiring,” Nov. 30, 4:30 p.m., register here.  

P30 Center Annual Pilot Awards, due Dec. 1, view requirements

Columbia Nursing: A Brief History, Dec. 6, 3 p.m., register here

Mailman School of Public Health Centennial Distinguished Speakers Series: HIV & COVID-19: When Pandemics Collide, Dec. 2, noon, register here

CUIMC HR and Employee Resource Group Events

  • Roundtable Conversation - Goal Setting, Dec. 7, 1 p.m., register here.
  • CUIMC All ERG Meeting, Dec. 8, 1:30 p.m., register here
  • Burnout Awareness and Prevention Training, Dec. 14, noon, register here.
  • Stress Management and Self Care, Jan. 11, noon, register here

School of Nursing Office of Student Life's Cookie Decorating Event, Dec. 9, 4:30 p.m., register here

CUIMC Virtual Career Fair, Dec. 10, 9 a.m. - noon. Departments, schools, and institutes: register here. Individuals: register here.

For more events, visit the CUIMC Events listing.