CUIMC Update - Nov. 23, 2020

November 23, 2020

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 Leads COVID-19 Study Underway at 37 U.S. Academic Medical Centers
A new nationwide study of more than 50,000 individuals—coordinated by VP&S researchers—is now underway to determine factors that predict disease severity and long-term health impacts of COVID-19. Read more

VP&S Cardiology Fellow Pierre Elias Named 2020 Wunderkind by STAT News
STAT Wunderkinds are recognized as the next generation of scientific superstars, and Pierre Elias, MD, a cardiology fellow at VP&S and NYP, is among them this year. He currently researches the use of machine learning to improve care for cardiac patients. Read more

Columbia Nurses on the COVID-19 Front Lines
During the height of the COVID-19 crisis, the School of Nursing and NYP collaborated to assign 85 master’s direct entry students and 100 doctor of nursing practice students to a variety of essential tasks on the front lines, including conducting temperature screenings at hospital entrances, providing direct patient care, and staffing COVID hotlines. The students offered critical support to NYP’s nurses, resulting in an epochal clinical learning experience. Their efforts are featured in the cover story of the newest issue of the School of Nursing’s magazine. Read more and view the full issue

How Mailman Experts Prepared for the Pandemic 
For many at the Mailman School of Public Health, the battle against COVID-19 was only the latest in a decades-long fight to prevent and combat deadly outbreaks. Throughout the pandemic, decision-makers around the world have relied upon Mailman’s public health research and expertise to address the rapidly evolving crisis. Several faculty are featured in the cover story of Mailman’s 2020-2021 magazine. Read the story and view the full issue

Family Nurse Practitioner Students Learn Alongside Nurse Practitioner Group Providers
This fall, 39 family nurse practitioner students had the opportunity to work directly with nurse practitioners at the ColumbiaDoctors Primary Care Nurse Practitioner Group in Washington Heights. The program was created in response to the pandemic to give students an option to fulfill part of their clinical rotations. Read more.  

CUIMC Student Health Debuts New Name and Website
A fully redesigned website for the recently renamed CUIMC Student Health on Haven (formerly Student Health Service) launched last week. As part of its website relaunch, it debuted CUIMC My Student Support Program, which offers 24/7 support via chat and phone as well as counseling for CUIMC students located around the country and the world. View the new site.       


Fort Washington Greenmarket, Nov. 24, 8 a.m. - 4 p.m., greenmarket returns again in June 2021, read more

The 2020 Louisa Gross Horwitz Prize Lectures, Nov. 24, Tmc1 Deafness Mutations Illuminate Hair Cell Transduction at 12 p.m., and Your Biological Hearing Aid: mechanical amplification by hair cells of the inner ear at 3:30 p.m. Registration is required for all events. 



Jeanine Marie D'Armiento, MD, PhD, Anesthesiology, will receive $1,694,080 over two years from the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute for “Alpha-1 Antitrypsin Disease Cohort: Longitudinal Biomarker Study of Disease.”

Lei Ding, PhD, Rehabilitation & Regenerative Medicine, will receive $2,842,865 over five years from the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute for “Understanding the Role of Stellate Cells in the Liver Hematopoietic Stem Cell Niche.”

George Hripcsak, MD, Biomedical Informatics, will receive $500,000 over five years from the Food & Drug Administration for “Annual OHDSI Symposium.”

Jason Zucker, MD, Medicine, will receive $959,976 over five years from the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases for “Harnessing Bioinformatics for HIV Prevention: Understanding Persistence in Comprehensive HIV Prevention Services.”


Yael Hirsch-Moverman, PhD, ICAP, will receive $360,296 over two years from the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases for “Flexible Intervention Strategy for TB Prevention (FIRST) Study.”



Columbia Nursing gave Preceptor of the Year Awards to five preceptors who serve as educators and mentors for nurse practitioner students. Jamie Rumsey, DNP, Neurocritical Care, received the award for adult-gerontology acute care nurse practitioner; Joan Miravite, MS, assistant professor and director of interdisciplinary care for movement disorders, received the award for adult-gerontology primary care nurse practitioner; Sandra Torres, MD, chief of extended hours service, received the award for family primary care nurse practitioner; Cathy Reilly, NP, received the award for pediatric primary care nurse practitioner; and Yelena Ustoyev, NP, received the award for oncology nurse practitioner.