Connecting the Department of Medicine
January 2017

Kwok-Kin Wong, MD, PhD, Appointed Division Director of Hematology & Medical Oncology

Dr. Kwok-Kin Wong has joined the faculty as the Director of the Division of Hematology and Medical Oncology.  A professor of medicine and a practicing clinical oncologist, Dr. Wong's world renowned research has provided new insight into the genetic and environmental causes of lung cancer, enabling testing of novel lung cancer therapies.
Learn more about Dr. Wong

Specialized Care for Adult Congenital Heart Disease

NYU Langone's dedicated team of subspecialists provides accessible, ongoing care for the unique needs of adults with congenital heart disease (CHD). Physicians are encouraged to consult the ACHD team per the guidelines described in this communication from Drs. Glenn Fishman and Larry Chinitz.
More about the ACHD team

Videos: Division of Rheumatology Faculty at ACR

At the American College of Rheumatology Annual Meeting, Drs. Robert Clancy, Jonathan Samuels, Amit Saxena, and Ashira Blazer were interviewed about the research projects they presented at the conference.

Bellevue: Three Centuries of Medicine and Mayhem at America's Most Storied Hospital

As one review noted, David Oshinsky's new book "has captured the spirit, the resilience that is Bellevue, a quality that rubs off on the legions who have trained there." Dr. Oshinsky, director of the Division of Medical Humanities, discussed the book on NPR's All Things Considered, and saw it reviewed in the New York Review of Books, Scientific American, and The New Yorker.

New Roles in DGIMCI

Dr. Katherine Hochman has assumed responsibilities as Section Chief of Internal Medicine at Tisch Hospital, and Dr. Eric Goldberg has assumed responsibilities as Senior Medical Director, Department of Medicine Faculty Group Practices. Dr. Goldberg also was recently interviewed for an article in Prevention Magazine: 6 Things To Know If You're Considering A Drug Holiday.

Bruce Cronstein, MD, Named ACR Master

Bruce Cronstein, MD, has been named an American College of Rheumatology (ACR) Master – one of the highest honors bestowed upon ACR members. This distinction is given to members age 65 or older who have made outstanding contributions to the field of rheumatology through scholarly achievement and/or service to their patients, students, and profession.

The J. Christopher Burch Award for Humanism in Medicine

The J. Christopher Burch Award for Humanism in Medicine in the Division of Gastroenterology was presented to:
  • Jungwon Jun, BSN, RN, CCRN
  • Mabel Liu, RN
  • Carlie Patterson, PA-C
  • Renee L. Williams, MD
Learn more about the award, as well as the division's Patient-Centered Care Curriculum, which was established to optimize physician-patient communication and patient experience.

New Housestaff Inductees into the Gold Humanism Honor Society

Several residents and fellows from the Department of Medicine were recently inducted into the Gold Humanism Honor Society, in recognition of their exemplary compassion, professionalism, and patient care. Congratulations to Drs. Max Pitman (GI fellow), Janine Knudsen and Arthur Winer (Internal Medicine residents), Julie Nusbaum and Vinicius Domingues (Rheumatology fellows), and Jason Beattie (Pulmonary and Critical Care fellow, shown above with Drs. Doreen Addrizzo-Harris and Dan Sterman).

"The New Scope of Endoscopy" - GI Leaders at the NYSGE Conference

At the recent New York Society for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy conference, Gregory B. Haber, MD, led a live demo on advanced endoscopy at NYU Langone Medical Center's endoscopy suite (photo above), and Brian Bosworth, MD, served as course co-director.

Norma Keller, MD, Named NYACC Governor

The New York State Chapter of the American College of Cardiology has named Dr. Norma Keller as the upcoming Governor of the NYC Region. Dr. Keller, Chief of Cardiology at NYC Health + Hospitals/Bellevue, currently serves as an ACC District Councilor.

Jennifer Scherer, MD, Receives 2016 Sojourns Award for Kidney CARES Program

Jennifer Scherer, MD, was awarded a 2016 Sojourns Award for her Kidney CARES (Comprehensive Advanced Renal Disease and End Stage Renal Disease Support) Program, one of the first interdisciplinary renal and palliative care outpatient programs in the country. The award, sponsored by Cambia Health Foundation, will help fund implementation and the pilot study of this integrated care model.

George Abdelsayed, MD, Gastroenterology Chief at NYU Lutheran

George Abdelsayed, MD, joined the Division of Gastroenterology this past fall as the section chief for gastroenterology and hepatology at NYU Lutheran. Dr. Abdelsayed is a longtime fellow of both the American College of Physicians and the American College of Gastroenterology. Among his many professional affiliations, he is a member of the Patient Care Committee of the American College of Gastroenterology and a reviewer of the Journal of Clinical Gastroenterology. Read more about Dr. Abselsayed’s work on hepatitis C.

More News from the Divisions

  • Brian P. Bosworth, MD, will be a co-director of the Program Directors National Meeting, 2017.
  • Lea Ann Chen, MD, was awarded the Sherman Prize for Excellence in Crohn’s and Colitis.
  • Jonathan Cohen, MD, will serve as Co-Chair, Program for Endoscopic Teachers, at ENDO 2017(WEO’s World GI Endoscopy Congress) and as Co-Chair of the Program Directors National Meeting, 2017.
  • Seth A. Gross, MD, was named Chair of Educational Affairs, American College of Gastroenterology; incoming Vice President of the New York Society for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy; and will serve as Course Co-Director, World Congress of Gastroenterology at the American College of Gastroenterology, 2017.
  • Abraham R. Khan, MD, will host a live demo at NYU Langone Medical Center, as part of the 2017 American Neurogastroenterology & Motility Society Annual Course.
  • James S. Park, MD, was named Secretary General, Korean American Medical Association (KAMA) of NY and NJ and Chair, NYC Hepatitis B Coalition Organization, NYC Department of Health. He will serve as Convention Chair of the 2017 KAMA Annual Scientific Meetings in Seoul and in Washington DC.
  • Mark B. Pochapin, MD, was named Treasurer of the American College of Gastroenterology (ACG), and received the ACG's first annual SCOPY Award for Leadership.
  • Renee L. Williams, MD, was named Chair of the Minority Affairs & Cultural Diversity Committee, American College of Gastroenterology.
  • Faculty and fellows had over 40 abstract, poster, and oral presentations at the American College of Gastroenterology conference, held in October 2017 in Las Vegas.
General Internal Medicine and Clinical Innovation:
  • Olena Ksovreli (Lutheran Hospitalist, Clinical Assistant Professor) has been selected as a fellow for the 2017-18 class of the Clinical Quality Fellowship Program (CQFP) by the Greater New York Hospital Association (GNYHA) and the United Hospital Fund (UHF).
  • NYC H+H/Bellevue achieved a PCMH Level 3 (highest level) Recognition from the NCQA under the 2014 standards.
Geriatric Medicine and Palliative Care:
  • Joshua Chodosh, MD, was selected to be a part of the Taskforce on HOPE (Health Outcomes, Planning and Education) for Alzheimer's Act by the National Alzheimer’s Association. He has joined the Editorial Board for the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society and presented at a symposium for the Gerontological Society of American (GSA) in November, discussing the GSA’s Initiative to Facilitate Cognitive Impairment Detection and Earlier Diagnosis.
Medical Humanities:
  • The House of God by Samuel Shem, pen name of Dr. Stephen Bergman, professor in the Division of Medical Humanities, was named one of the ten best satires by Publishers Weekly.
  • This month saw the publication of two new books from Bellevue Literary Press: Sleeping Mask: Fictions by Peter LaSalle, "a literary descendent of Borges and Nabokov" (Library Journal) and noted linguist John McWhorter's Talking Back, Talking Black: Truths About America’s Lingua Franca, his first book devoted solely to the form, structure, and development of Black English. John R. Rickford, former president of the Linguistic Society of America, praised McWhorter for "hipping linguists to some features of this vibrant [dialect] they might not have considered before."
Pulmonary, Critical Care, and Sleep Medicine:
  • David Kamelhar, MD, gave two recent presentations: "NTM Update and Altered Microbiome in Patients with NTM Infection," at the Pulmonary Institute of Shaare Zedek Hospital and the Rokach Institute, Jerusalem, Israel (January 3, 2017), and "Principles of Pulmonary Medical Examination. Applications to Legal Assessment," at the New York Self-Insurers Association (NYSIA), New York, NY (January 12, 2017).
  • Stephen Honig, MD, was featured in MedPage Today, weighing in on the top osteoporosis highlights of 2016.



From The House of God to At the Heart of the Universe: A Conversation With SHEM


PrMEIR Innovation Grants
Theme: Resilience & Grit: Pursuing Organizational Change & Sustainable Satisfying Careers

Submit a letter of intent by February 6, 2017. For details, please click here.

Patient Experience Book Club: How We Die

The Patient Experience Book Club, led by Dr. Kathy Hochman, brings together people from all areas of the medical center to discuss books related, even tangentially, to patient care. The next book to be discussed will be How We Die: Reflections on Life's Final Chapter by Sherwin Nuland.
Please note that the date has been changed to February 16th (from February 23).
To RSVP and for more information, contact Jasmine Knox

Big Gut Seminars: Focus on Complex Inflammatory Bowel Disease (March 31) & Colorectal Disease (April 1)


Invasive Cardiology Update for Practicing Health Care Professionals


Update in Advanced Cardiovascular Disease


Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy: Comprehensive Management of a Complex Disease


Advances in Cardiovascular Risk Reduction Improving treatment for patients with diabetes


Dietary and Lifestyle Strategies for Cardiovascular Risk Reduction

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