Research Day 2018: Submit Abstracts by March 16
February 2018

Remembering Dr. Saul Farber

This month would have marked the 100th birthday of Dr. Saul Farber—one of the most noted and respected members of NYU School of Medicine, and a man who singularly shaped the culture of our organization for over half a century.

Saul Farber was born in a tenement apartment on the Lower East Side, and at the time his immigrant parents probably had little idea of the lasting legacy their son would leave on the city he was born in, or the impact he’d have on many generations of faculty and trainees.

Dr. Farber earned his BA and MD at New York University, before interning at Sinai Hospital in Baltimore and serving with the United States Navy during World War II. He returned to NYU just after the war, in 1947, and the School of Medicine would remain his professional home for the rest of his life.

Dr. Farber is perhaps best remembered as chair of the Department of Medicine and the longest serving dean in the history of NYU School of Medicine, where for decades he led all facets of the medical center. It was under his leadership, for example, that the medical school built the Skirball Institute of Biomolecular Medicine, which opened its doors in October 1993.

Dr. Farber’s greatest influence was in creating expectations for students and residents regarding the obligations of becoming a physician. In a 2006 obituary in The Lancet, former pupil Dr. Ivan Oransky observed that students of Dr. Farber were "Farberised" after graduation—a term Dr. Oransky defined as “taught to think analytically and critically, and never to give smug answers or run with the latest fad.”

While generations of graduates were shaped by Dr. Farber’s teaching, his most important legacy was captured by Dr. Barry Coller of Rockefeller University, in a 2009 tribute: “Dr. Farber’s brilliance as a medical leader lay in his ability to make each member of the medical care team—medical student, intern, resident, chief resident, attending, and I am certain, himself—feel uniquely and solely responsible for each patient's care."

In the same 2009 tribute, Dr. John I. Gallin, one of Dr. Farber’s former chief residents and the director of the NIH Clinical Center, listed Saul’s "10 Lessons." Notably, each of them was focused first and foremost on the patient—advising doctors to recognize that every patient was important, that interactions with them should never be rushed, and that every patient had something to teach their physician. (You can read both Dr. Coller and Dr. Gallin's appreciations in the Fall 2009 edition of NYU Physician.)

Dr. Farber also had a national impact on medicine. His numerous honors included membership in the National Academy of Sciences; the presidency of the American College of Physicians; and chairmanship of the American Board of Internal Medicine and the New York Academy of Medicine. In 2010, a city street was even named after him, with 30th Street and First Avenue signposted "Dr. Saul Farber Way."

And yet, for those who knew him, the work Dr. Farber was most passionate about was education and maintaining the highest respect for the patient. He frequently expressed that he was at his happiest doing rounds, and that’s a practice he did not give up even as he approached old age. In fact, on September 11, 2001—at the age of 83 and leaning heavily on his cane—he was one of the first to arrive at the ambulance bay of Bellevue Hospital to inquire how he could best help.

In 2011, when Edgar Bronfman endowed $2 million for a dean’s chair to be named for Dr. Farber, he recognized Saul as “a village doctor in the greatest city in the world.” And perhaps that’s how he would like to be best remembered.

Despite the significant and notable contributions Dr. Farber made to NYU School of Medicine and the NYU Medical Center, many would argue that Dr. Farber touched the most lives during those bedside rounds he insisted on making throughout his decades at Bellevue and NYU School of Medicine.

That’s the very epitome of patient-focused healthcare, a focus we continue to be committed to a century after Dr. Farber’s birth—and for the next century to come.

Robert I. Grossman, MD
Saul J. Farber Dean and CEO

Steven B. Abramson, MD
Senior Vice President and Vice Dean for Education, Faculty, and Academic Affairs


Leora Horwitz, MD, director of the Center for Healthcare Innovation and Delivery Science, and associate professor in the Departments of Population Health and Medicine, will be inducted into the American Society for Clinical Investigation. [Read more on atNYULMC]

Caroline Blaum, MD, director of the Division of Geriatric Medicine and Palliative Care, was appointed as Co-Chair of the PCPI (Physician Consortium for Performance Improvement) Technical Expert Panel on Unintended Consequences of Measure Development.

The Division of Endocrinology, Diabetes, and Metabolism will honor Dr. Manfred Blum, who recently retired, by hosting the NY Thyroid Club Symposium in his honor at NYU on April 13, 2018.

Jan Bakker, MD, PhD, research associate professor in the Division of Pulmonary, Critical Care, and Sleep Medicine, been named the editor-in-chief of the Journal of Critical Care as of January 1, 2018.

Annabelle Jimenez, FGP Medical Secretary for the Center For The Prevention of Cardiovascular Disease, has been awarded the 2018 New York City Go Red For Women Lifestyle Change Award. Since beginning her weight loss journey in 2015, Annabelle has lost over 176 pounds, and has embraced healthy eating habits and fitness as a way of life. As Dr. Lawrence Phillips, Medical Director of the Cardiology Faculty Group Practice, noted in his letter of support for the award, "I have seen patients who have been coming to our practice for years, be motivated to change their lives based on her success. She is a true inspiration!"



Abraham Brody, PhD, RN, FAAN, has been appointed associate professor in the Division of Geriatric Medicine and Palliative Care. He is also Associate Director of the Hartford Institute for Geriatric Nursing, and a co-investigator on Dr. Joshua Chodosh's NIH R01, Improving Sleep Using Mentored Behavioral and Environmental Restructuring (SLUMBER).



Vicky Pavlikos, who has been an integral part of the Department of Medicine for the last 27 years, will retire at the end of March.  Her contributions have been important to the department's success over many years, and she will be deeply missed.

AHA Wall Street Run and Heart Walk 2018

The American Heart Association’s Wall Street Run and Heart Walk is coming up on Thursday, May 17th. For the 10th Year in a row NYU Langone Health will be a signature sponsor of this important event, which attracts close to 12,000 participants each year to raise awareness for cardiovascular disease and stroke. Nadia Katayeva, Administrative Coordinator of Cardiology, is this year’s leader of the NYU Langone Medical Center team. Register today to join one of the existing teams or to start your own.

E-Cigarettes May Cause Cancer and Heart Disease

A recently published study by Moon-Shong Tang, PhD, and colleagues received substantial media attention after finding that mice exposed to e-cigarette vapor experienced DNA damage in the lungs, bladder, and heart, which could increase the risk of cancer and heart disease. Read the paper.

Study Reveals Hidden Burden of Lupus Among Hispanic & Asian Women in Manhattan

A study, led by Peter Izmirly, MD, and published in Arthritis & Rheumatology, found substantial disparities in prevalence and manifestations of lupus by race or ethnicity among borough residents. The study, conducted through the Manhattan Lupus Surveillance Program (MLSP), has received sustained national and local media coverage since its publication last fall, including a recent feature in Self.

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DOM in Photos

The photo above features the Class of 1986-1987 from our Internal Medicine Residency Program. Do you recognize a colleague? Are you in the photo yourself? We’d love to identify all of the alumni in the photo who are still at NYU Langone.

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Dr. Adam Skolnick and the Class of 2021 "Go Red" for Women's Heart Disease Awareness.

The Leon H. Charney Division of Cardiology Skirball 9U team goes red! Check out the photo gallery from this year's Go Red contest on atNYULMC [requires login]

Events & Opportunities


Department of Medicine Faculty/Staff Meeting

5:30 – 6:30 pm
Schwartz Lecture Hall E

Program for Medical Education Innovations and Research

Call for Applications: Merrin Master Clinician Fellowship

Research Day Abstract Deadline

The Department of Medicine's Annual Research Day encourages medical students, residents, postdoctoral fellows, and junior faculty to present research projects as posters and/or oral presentations. If you wish to submit your abstract for consideration for this year's research day,  please fill in the online form through the link below.

Express Your Interest in Participating in “Take Your Daughters and Sons to Work Day”

The DOM's 2nd annual celebration of "Take Your Daughters and Sons to Work Day" will take place on April 26th. Please let your manager know if you are interested in participating by March 23rd.

Submit Your Projects for Quality and Safety Day 2018

Submission deadline: April 3, 2018
The 10th annual Quality and Safety Day will be held on June 13, 2018.


Palliative Interdisciplinary Care Conference

All are invited to the Palliative Interdisciplinary Care Conference, to be held in Alumni Hall on April 24. This year's conference will cover communication as it applies to discussing goals of care, advanced directives, spirituality, child life, and delirium and depression. In addition, there will be two breakout sessions where providers can choose from hospice, art therapy, communication skill building 'boot camp,' pain management, non-cancer symptom management, and self care.

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