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October 2016

Dr. Sondra Zabar Appointed Director of DGIMCI

Dr. Sondra Zabar has been appointed the Director of the Division of General Internal Medicine and Clinical Innovation. In addition to leading the Department's largest division, with over 700 physicians across our three institutions, Dr. Zabar will continue in her roles as the NYUSOM/NYSIM Director of Standardized Patients and the Director of PrMeir: the Program for Medical Innovations and Research.  Learn more about Dr. Zabar.

Dr. Mark Pochapin Honored at NYU Langone Perlmutter Cancer Center Gala

Dr. Mark Pochapin, division director and Sholtz/Leeds Professor of Gastroenterology, was one of three individuals honored at the 2016 NYU Langone Perlmutter Cancer Center Gala for their dedication to the fight against cancer. The event, held at The Plaza on October 19th, raised over $1.5 million to support patient care, research, and the training of the next generation of oncology experts. Read more about the event and the honorees.

Division of Rheumatology Profiled in The Rheumatologist

The Division of Rheumatology gets the spotlight in a recent issue of The Rheumatologist, an official publication of the American College of Rheumatology. The article is a fine overview of the division's history, faculty, and its ongoing mission to understand rheumatic diseases and improve patient outcomes.

Dr. Bruce Cronstein Honored by Arthritis Foundation

Dr. Bruce Cronstein, director of the Division of Translational Medicine and founding co-director of the NYU-HHC Clinical and Translational Science Institute, will be honored at The Arthritis Foundation's upcoming Commitment to a Cure Awards Dinner. Dr. Cronstein was previously awarded The Arthritis Foundation's Lee C. Howley Sr. Prize for Arthritis Scientific Research.

Dr. David Goldfarb Honored by American Kidney Fund

Dr. David Goldfarb, chief of nephrology at the New York Harbor VA Healthcare System and clinical chief of nephrology at NYULMC, was selected as Nephrologist of the Year by the American Kidney Fund, the nation’s leading non-profit working on behalf of the 31 million Americans with kidney disease.

Dr. Doreen Addrizzo-Harris Named President-Designate for the CHEST Foundation

Dr. Doreen Addrizzo-Harris has been named the President-Designate for the CHEST Foundation, which champions lung health by supporting clinical research grants, community service, and patient education. Dr. Addrizzo-Harris will become President in October 2018. More about The CHEST Foundation.

Meet New Faculty and Staff

Meagan Bruskewicz recently joined the Department of Medicine as a new Administrative Assistant. Earning her BA from Muhlenberg College in Pennsylvania, Meagan majored in Dance and minored in Biology. Prior to NYU, she worked with arts nonprofits in NYC and most recently with the American Heart Association in Southern California.

Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism

Dr. Jose Aleman received an MD from Harvard and PhD from MIT. His research at NYU will encompass translational studies of the effects of weight loss and metabolic flux in adipocytes.

Dr. Elisabetta Mueller received her PhD at the University of Padua, Italy and then did a postdoctoral fellowship at Harvard, Dana Farber Cancer Institute. She comes to NYU from the NIH. Her research focuses on transcription factors required for adipocyte differentiation.

Two new clinical faculty members who recently completed the Endocrinology fellowship program have joined the division. Dr. Nidhi Agarwal will practice at both the Diabetes and Endocrine Associates (DEA), Faculty Group Practice (FGP) and Bellevue Hospital while Dr. Valentina Rodriguez will practice at DEA FGP and NYU Trinity Center.

Below: Drs. Agarwal, Aleman, and Rodriguez

More News from the Divisions

  • Seth A. Gross, MD, associate professor of medicine and chief of gastroenterology at NYU Langone’s Tisch Hospital and ambulatory network, was named chair of Educational Affairs for the American College of Gastroenterology.
  • Mark B. Pochapin, MD, Sholtz/Leeds Professor of Gastroenterology and director of the Division of Gastroenterology, was named treasurer of the American College of Gastroenterology (ACG) and received the ACG’s first annual SCOPY Leadership Award at the 2016 ACG Annual Scientific Meeting.
  • Renee Williams, MD, assistant professor of medicine, was named chair of the Minority Affairs and Cultural Diversity Committee of the American College of Gastroenterology.
Infectious Diseases and Immunology:
  • Sarah Hochman, MD, has assumed the responsibilities as Section Head for infectious diseases at NYULMC.
  • Daniel Eiras, MD, was named Director of Infection Control and Prevention at Bellevue Hospital Center, where he also serves as Infectious Diseases Medical Director of the Special Pathogens Unit.
Medical Humanities:
  • Bellevue Literary Press News:
    • McGill University neurologist Liam Durcan's novel The Measure of Darkness, recently named a "Great Group Read" by the Women’s National Book Association, has been shortlisted for the Paragraphe Hugh MacLennan Prize for Fiction, a literary award offered by the Quebec Writers' Federation. Learn more about The Measure of Darkness.
    • In the recently published novel Bob Stevenson, PEN/Faulkner Award-winning author Richard Wiley spins a tale about a psychiatrist who falls for a charismatic patient. Is this mysterious man Archie B. Billingsly, suffering from dissociative identity disorder, or the reincarnation of Robert Louis Stevenson and his famous characters Long John Silver and Mr. Edward Hyde? Learn more about Bob Stevenson.
  • The Bellevue Literary Review, a journal of humanity and human experience published by NYU Langone Medical Center, recently published a theme issue — "Reconstructions: The Art of Memory" — which turns a literary lens to the relentlessly precarious process that is memory. Explore the issue.
Pulmonary, Critical Care, and Sleep Medicine:
  • Dr. Bishoy Zakhary was selected as one of the recipients of the Society of Critical Care Medicine's 2017 Star Research Award certificate of achievement for his abstract "ECMO and V/Q Ratios: An Ex Vivo Analysis of CO2 Clearance within the Maquet Quadrox-i Oxygenator." The awards are intended to recognize excellence in critical care research and the top ten scoring abstracts are considered for this award.
  • On behalf of the American Thoracic Society (ATS) Section on Medical Education, Deepak Pradhan, MD, FCCP, moderated an international webinar featuring expert panelists on Critical Care Ultrasound (CCUS) Training on September 23rd, 2016. NYU Pulmonary/Critical Care Fellow Mark Adelman, MD, served on the panel to provide a Fellow's perspective on CCUS Training. Approximately 300 individuals from around the globe signed up for the event. The webinar, entitled "Critical Care Ultrasound Training: Past, Present, and Future," is available to view without charge on the ATS website.
  • Brian Kaufman, MD, and Kevin Felner, MD, co-directed a course at the 17th Annual Southern Hospital Medicine Conference in Atlanta, Georgia. The title of the course was "Interactive State-of-the-Art Critical Care With Simulation." In addition, they led three simulation-based airway workshops at the same conference.
  • Michael Marmor, MD, has received the cooperative agreement award from the CDC - The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) for the project "World Trade Center Exposures, Neuropathic Symptoms and Nervous System Injury."
  • Jorge Mercado, MD, (NYU/Lutheran) was awarded the 2016 Pennsylvania 40 under 40 physician of the year award by the Pennsylvania Medical Society.
  • Ashwin Basavaraj, MD, FCCP, and Deepak Pradhan, MD, FCCP, have been accepted to become Fellows of the American College of Chest Physicians.
  • Dr. Joan Reibman gave several talks and media appearances centered on the anniversary of September 11, including the New York Committee for Occupational Safety and Health – The Future of 9/11 Health, WTCHP – 15 Years Beyond 9/11, and an ABC News story on first responders' continued battle with toxic exposures.
  • Recent paper: Berger KI, Pradhan DR, Goldring RM, Oppenheimer BW, Kulkarni R, Rom WN, Weiden MD, Segal LN. Isolated dysfunction of distal airways identifies pulmonary inflammation in asymptomatic smokers. ERS Open Research 2016, in press.
  • Doua Azzouz and Michael Peled, postdocs in the Division of Rheumatology, recently presented at the Postdoc Research Day:
    • Doua Azzouz, PhD - "Does Dysbiosis within the Intestinal Microbiome Contribute to SLE Pathogenesis?" (Principal Investigator: Gregg J. Silverman, MD)
    • Michael Peled, PhD - "Combinatorial Proteomic Analysis of the Receptor Programmed Cell Death-1 Uncovers New Checkpoint Modulators" (Principal Investigator: Adam Mor, MD, PhD)
Translational Medicine:
  • Dr. Martin J. Blaser was the keynote speaker at the World Congress of Pediatric, Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition, in October 2016.
  • The division recently received a grant from the Department of Defense for development of novel bone regeneration drug-device combinations. This is a multi-PI grant with Dr. Rodriguez (Plastic Surgery) and Dr. Coelho (College of Dentistry).
  • Recent papers:
    • Blaser MJ, Dominguez-Bello, MG. The human microbiome before birth. Cell Host and Microbes (in press) 2016
    • Dominguez-Bello MG A Microbial Anthropologist in the Jungle. Cell (in press) 2016.
    • Dominguez-Bello MG, Peterson D, Noya-Alarcon O, Bevilacqua M, Rojas N, Rodríguez R, Alango Pinto S, Baallow R and Caballero-Arias H. Ethics of exploring the microbiome of native peoples. Nature Microbiol 16097, DOI 10.1038/nmicrobiol.2016.97, 2016
    • Bik HM, Maritz JM, Luong A, Shin H, Dominguez-Bello MG, Carlton JM. Microbial community patterns associated with Automated Teller Machine (ATM) keypads in New York City. mSphere (accepted), 2016



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