P&S Launches New Academy of Clinical Excellence

The College of Physicians and Surgeons at CUMC has launched the Academy of Clinical Excellence (ACE) to recognize the highest levels of achievement for clinical faculty members who contribute to the P&S community predominantly through patient care.

"P&S is ranked consistently among the best U.S. medical schools and is one of the most research intensive, but we also are home to excellence in clinical care in more than 230 medical specialties and subspecialties," says Lee Goldman, MD, Executive Vice President and Dean of the Faculties of Health Sciences and Medicine and Chief Executive of CUMC. "The creation of the Academy is a way of honoring our faculty who have achieved the very best in patient care. Excellence in clinical care combines compassion with knowledge informed by research, evidence-based practices, and experience to benefit patients and their families."

“Membership in the Academy will honor our expert Columbia clinicians and provide opportunities for inductees to also serve the Academy as teachers, mentors, and champions of clinical excellence," adds James McKiernan, MD, the John K. Lattimer Professor of Urology, chair of the Department of Urology, and chair of the P&S faculty committee that developed ACE.

Induction into the Academy will take place annually, beginning in 2016, with an awards ceremony and lecture. In its inaugural year, ACE will induct its first class of members who are P&S full professors and have been at CUMC for at least the past five years. Inductees will have devoted more than 50 percent of their time to patient care and training the next generation of clinicians. In 2017, after the inaugural class, nominations for membership in ACE will be made by full-time active clinical faculty members and will be open to all ranks at P&S. These nominations will be subject to a review and acceptance process by existing members of the Academy.

“The creation of the Academy enables P&S to honor and foster what makes these faculty members so special. They have qualities as clinicians that makes you want them treating yourself, your family member, or close friends,” says Robert Whittington, MD, professor of anesthesiology and ACE committee member.



About Columbia University’s Medical School

The Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons opened in 1767 as the medical school of King’s College, later renamed Columbia University. P&S was the second medical school established in the colonies and the first to grant an MD degree, in 1770. Noted alumni include Benjamin Spock, better known as “Dr. Spock;” Robin Cook, author of “Coma” and other medical thrillers; Charles Drew, a pioneer in blood banking; Allen Oldfather Whipple, who developed the Whipple procedure; retired New York Knicks player Ernie Vandeweghe Jr.; Virginia Apgar, who created the Apgar Score; astronaut, Story Musgrave; novelist Walker Percy; industrialist, Armand Hammer; Olympic swimming medalist, Jenny Thompson; and Burrill Crohn, for whom Crohn’s disease is named. Five P&S graduates have received Nobel Prizes, and two current members of the faculty are Nobel laureates.

Columbia University Medical Center provides international leadership in basic, preclinical, and clinical research; medical and health sciences education; and patient care. The medical center trains future leaders and includes the dedicated work of many physicians, scientists, public health professionals, dentists, and nurses at the College of Physicians and Surgeons, the Mailman School of Public Health, the College of Dental Medicine, the School of Nursing, the biomedical departments of the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, and allied research centers and institutions. Columbia University Medical Center is home to the largest medical research enterprise in New York City and State and one of the largest faculty medical practices in the Northeast. For more information, visit cumc.columbia.edu or columbiadoctors.org.