CUIMC Update - Sept. 20, 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 Infectious Disease Expert Weighs in on Commuting, COVID-19
While many companies are committed to increasing safety measures in the workplace, crowded public transportation raises concerns about COVID-19 for commuters. Wafaa El-Sadr, MD, MPH, MPA, allays concerns and shares her insight and tips for commuting safely. Read more

In Case You Missed It: Return to Campus Update 
Last week’s Return to Campus Update Forum shared the latest information on COVID-19 and the fall 2021 term for faculty, researchers, and staff. View recording

National Preparedness Month in September: What You Can Do to Stay Ready
In recognition of National Preparedness Month in September, CUIMC Facilities Management encourages you to create an emergency plan for yourself and your family. Identifying simple steps to take at home and in your neighborhood—such as assembling emergency supplies, knowing at-home escape routes, and practicing escape during staged emergency evacuation drills—can make a big difference in an emergency. Learn more and watch a video

Primary Care Nurse Practitioner Group Marks Five-Year Anniversary
Columbia Nursing’s faculty practice, the Primary Care Nurse Practitioner Group, has marked five years of serving the Washington Heights community. The practice has had nearly 42,000 patient visits and almost 1,500 house calls. Read more

Mailman Research: New Study on COVID-19 Vaccinations in the Largest U.S. Cities Finds Stark Inequities
New research from Mailman finds that among the nine largest U.S. cities, neighborhoods with high COVID-19 vaccination rates had more white residents, fewer people of color, higher incomes, and lower poverty rates. The neighborhoods with high vaccination rates also had lower historical COVID-19 death rates. Read more



Kristin Baldwin, PhD, Genetics & Development, will receive $410,664 over one year from the National Institute on Aging for a subaward of “Cell Type Influence on Exosome Signaling and Early Pathologic Signatures in Alzheimer’s Disease.”

Huachao Huang, PhD, Medicine, will receive $322,395 over two years from the Army Medical Research and Materiel Command for “The Role of Tuft Cells During Virus-Mediated Acute Lung Injury.”

Akiva Mintz, MD, Radiology, will receive $331,561 over three years from the National Institute on Aging for a subaward of “Characterization of an 18F COX-2 PET Ligand for in Vivo Brain Imaging.”



Sidney Hankerson, MD, MBA, Psychiatry, was named a 2021 Emerging Leader in Health and Medicine by the National Academy of Medicine. Read more

Dawn Hershman, MD, Medicine, was named to the Giants of Cancer Care Class of 2021 by OncLive and Pfizer Inc. Read more


Jingjing Shang, PhD, RN, received the Journal for Healthcare Quality 2020 Impact Award for her article, “A Predictive Risk Model for Infection-Related Hospitalization Among Home Healthcare Patients.”


Columbia Center for Clinical Medical Ethics' Inaugural Lisio Family Lecture, "Mere Healers: What Medical Training Is For & Why It Matters," Sept. 20, 6:30 p.m., register here.

Next Generation Tissue Engineering, Sept. 21-23, 10 a.m., register here.

Columbia Nursing Masters Direct Entry Virtual Information Session, Sept. 21, 3 p.m., register here.

Columbia Science and Health Equity Lecture Series: “The Art, Science, and Rewards of Community Engagement,” Sept. 21, 4 p.m., register here.

Perioperative Care: Preparing Children for Surgery, Sept. 21, 6 p.m., register here

Columbia Nursing PhD Virtual Information Session, Sept. 22, 4 p.m., register here.

HICCC Distinguished Speaker, Sept. 22, 4 p.m., register here.

Dean's Distinguished Lecture Series in the Humanities, Sept. 22, 4:30 p.m., register here.

Eighth Abraham Spector Prize Lecture & Symposium, Sept. 23, 1 p.m., view event

CUIMC LatinX Employee Resource Group Hosts: Hispanic Heritage Month Latin Happy Hour, Sept. 23, 4 p.m., register here

Ethics Grand Rounds Series on Race and Biomedicine, Sept. 23, 4 p.m., register here

9th Annual Challenges in Hypertension, Sept. 24, 8:25 a.m., register here.

Biomedical Engineering  Seminar, Sept. 24, 11 a.m., register here.

VP&S New Faculty Orientation, Sept. 28, 8 a.m., register here.  

Women at VP&S: Courageous Past, Flourishing Present, Future Challenges, Sept. 28, 4 p.m., register here. 

Annual HIPAA & Security Briefing for faculty, researchers, and management staff, Sept. 29, 2 p.m., register here.

Bold Conversations for Healing & Reshaping Our Community #2, Oct. 7, 3 p.m., register here

For more events, visit the CUIMC Events listing.