CUIMC Update - Sept. 7, 2021

September 7, 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.


Sam Yoon to Lead New Surgical Oncology Division
Sam S. Yoon, MD, has joined the VP&S Department of Surgery, where he will serve as chief of the new Division of Surgical Oncology and department vice chair of surgical oncology research and education. Read more.

Anil Rustgi to Speak at Annual White House Initiative on Historically Black Colleges and Universities Conference
VP&S Interim Dean Anil Rustgi, MD, will speak at the White House Initiative on Historically Black Colleges and Universities today, Sept. 7, at 2:30 p.m. The White House Initiative on HBCUs works with agencies, private-sector employers, educational associations, philanthropic organizations, and other partners to increase the capacity of HBCUs to provide the highest-quality education to an increasing number of students. Register in advance to view the session.

“You Belong Here”: Class of 2025 Joins Dental School Family  
The 84 women and men of the College of Dental Medicine’s incoming class gathered Aug. 20 for the school’s annual White Coat Ceremony, the formal launch of their dental education. Inclusivity was underscored with the affirmation, “You belong here.” Read more.  

National Physician Suicide Awareness Day 
In observance of National Physician Suicide Awareness Day, CUIMC will host Srijan Sen, MD, PhD, director of the Frances and Kenneth Eisenberg and Family Depression Center at the University of Michigan, for a special seminar, “Stress and Depression among Training Physicians: Insights from the Intern Health Study.” The event on Wednesday, Sept. 15, from noon to 1 p.m., includes remarks from Columbia Interim EVP and Dean Anil Rustgi and Weill Cornell Medicine Dean Augustine Choi. Attendees are welcome to submit questions in advance to, and questions will be accepted during the event's Q&A period. Register now

Register Now: Virtual Rally for Medical Research Capitol Hill Day
On Thursday, Sept. 23, a broad coalition of medical research advocates will gather virtually to urge Congress to increase funding for the National Institutes of Health in fiscal year 2022 and beyond. CUIMC staff and faculty are encouraged to participate. Please note that the registration deadline has been extended beyond Aug. 30 and there is no cost to attend. Register now.

Remembering 9/11 and What We’ve Learned About Its Impact on Mental Health 
In an interview with CUIMC News, Yuval Neria, PhD, professor of medical psychology and director of the PTSD Research Program in the Department of Psychiatry, discusses what he and others have learned in studying the impact of terrorism on grief. Read more.



Magdalena Sobieszczyk, MD, Medicine, will receive $585,150 over one year from the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases for a subaward of “Immune Tolerance Network.”

Melanie Wall, PhD, Psychiatry, will receive $576,561 over five years from the National Institute of Mental Health for a subaward of “A Data Science Framework for Empirically Evaluating and Deriving Reproducible and Transferrable RDoC Constructs in Youth.” 

Harris Wang, PhD, Systems Biology, will receive $629,997 over two years from the Department of Energy for a subaward of “Secure Biosystems from Sequence to Cell to Populations.”


Nour Makarem, PhD, Epidemiology, will receive $726,833 over three years from the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute for “Circadian Pattern of Rest-Activity Rhythms and Blood Pressure and the Underlying Epigenetic Mechanisms.”



Columbia Cancer's Community Outreach and Engagement Office has been awarded a new grant to enhance cancer prevention across Staten Island. Read more.

Karie Runcie, MD, Medicine; Uchenna Unachukwu, PhD, Anesthesiology; and Alessandro Vasciaveo, PhD, Systems Biology, have been awarded Early Career Development grants by the Herbert Irving Comprehensive Cancer Center. The annual awards support senior fellows, instructors, and young investigators who are transitioning to a faculty position and who are in the early stages of cancer research projects. Read more.


Maribeth Massie, PhD, was selected to be a Fellow in the American Association of Nurse Anesthesiology's inaugural cohort. Read more.


CSCI Seminar Series with Benoit Bruneau, PhD, Sept. 9, 11:30 a.m., register here

The Future of American Healthcare Conference presented by the Financial Times featuring School of Nursing Dean Lorraine Frazier, PhD, RN, Sept. 14, 9 a.m., register here.

CUIMC Women Roundtable Discussion on Mentorship/Sponsorship, Sept. 14, 1 p.m., register here

Therapeutic Advances for Endometrial Cancer, Sept. 15, 5 p.m., register here

Anti-Racism Speaker Series: Waverly Duck, PhD, Sept. 16, 10 a.m., register here

School of Nursing White Coat Ceremony, Sept. 17, 3 p.m., register here

13th Annual Babies Heart Fund Golf Classic, Sept. 20, 11:30 a.m., register here.

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

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

DDL in the Humanities presented by Farah Jasmine Griffin, PhD, Sept. 22, 4:30 p.m., register here.

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

BME Seminar: Juergen Hahn, PhD, BME Department Head, RPI, Sept. 24, 11 a.m., register here.

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

For more events, visit the CUIMC Events listing.