Spotlight on Dr. Glenn Fishman
Flashback Photo: Who Can You Name?
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October 2018

Walking and Chewing Gum

A message from the chair, Dr. Steve Abramson

Gerald Ford was famously described by Lyndon Johnson as someone who couldn’t “walk and chew gum at the same time.” On Thursday, October 4th, at the 17th Annual Dean’s Honors Day, members of our department showed that we can indeed excel in more than one mission “at the same time”: Ann Marie Schmidt and David Stern were named the 2018 Master Scientist and Master Educator, respectively, two of the most distinguished awards conferred by the School of Medicine. Noting Ann Marie’s identification of RAGE, the dean remarked: “In an era when the work of many labs is hyper-specific, she has boldly followed her discovery wherever it’s led, translating findings from mice into humans.” Of David, the dean noted: “By taking ideas that most are content to relegate to the realm of the intangible, and making them things we can measure, and then improve on, he is changing the practice of how we deliver medical education.” The full tributes to Ann Marie and David by Dean Grossman noting their remarkable accomplishments can be seen at the end of this message.

We are proud that the day also included the recognition of the promotions of 11 faculty to Professor and 24 to Associate Professor, reflecting years of high achievements in their careers as physicians, scientists and educators. By virtue of promotion, these individuals were honored for the sustained effort it takes, often measured in decades, to achieve excellence in their respective careers. As chair of the department, I remain in awe of the talents of our faculty and their individual commitment to the missions of the school–and Dean’s Honors Day reinforces that admiration each and every year.

Spotlight on Glenn I. Fishman, MD

In this Spotlight video interview, Dr. Glenn Fishman, William Goldring Professor of Medicine and director of the Leon H. Charney Division of Cardiology, discusses the cutting-edge science happening in the Department of Medicine, and what the new Science Building means for collaboration and innovation among our research programs.

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Flashback Photo

The photo above features the Class of 1970-1971 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.

Click on the photo for a closer look. Send your comments and guesses to

In This Issue

DIMOND Reception

The Department of Internal Medicine’s Organization for Nurturing Diversity (DIMOND) hosted its annual autumn reception on October 3rd 2018 in the New Science Building. The DIMOND initiative was established over 15 years ago by Dr. Fritz Francois, CMO of NYU Langone Health, with the goal of fostering an inclusive environment within the Department. This initiative has been strongly supported by Dr. Steven Abramson, Chair of the Department of Medicine and Vice Dean for Education, Faculty and Academic Affairs. This special event included senior leaders with the Department of Medicine, faculty, and undergraduate and graduate medical trainees representing multiple divisions such as gastroenterology and hematology-oncology. DIMOND hosts two events during the academic year to allow faculty and housestaff to meet not only each other, but also to interact with senior leaders in a social environment. Dr. Renee Williams, Chair of the DIMOND Executive Board, hopes that events such as these will promote future collaborations, mentorship and networks for members within our Department. View photos from the reception (password: elsa)

History Quiz: Notable Retractions

Several years ago, the New York Times published an article titled “Retracted Scientific Studies: A Growing List.” While perhaps news to the general public, the subject is one of great concern to the medical community, as the number of retracted studies continues to grow. David Oshinsky, PhD, tests your knowledge.

  1. Which journal has had the most retractions in recent years?
  2. Which researcher has had the most retractions?
  3. What retracted article has been cited the most times by other researchers as legitimate following its retraction?

Research Profile: Joshua Chodosh, MD

Dr. Joshua Chodosh, the Michael L. Freedman Professor of Geriatric Research and director of the Freedman Program on Aging and Cognition, describes the work he and his team are doing to improve the health and quality of life of nursing home residents, by using technology and training in real world scenarios.

Welcoming New Faculty & Housestaff

Learn more about new faculty in the Department of Medicine, including:

Student Essay: "Portrait of a Teenage Asthmatic"

"It's difficult to create art about patients. Our profession places us in a unique position in which we are intimately involved in critical moments of a person’s life, and yet to protect their privacy it is difficult to share these experiences with the rest of the world..." Through a collage of images, Margaret Burns shares a reflection of a patient.


Risk of Hospital Readmission High for "Broken Heart" Syndrome
Though not having a heart attack, patients with “broken heart” syndrome still face considerable risk of hospital readmission and in-hospital death. This is the main finding of a study led by Drs. Harmony Reynolds and Nathaniel Smilowitz, and published online October 2 in the European Heart Journal—Quality of Care and Clinical Outcomes. Learn more.

New Geriatrics Research Shows the Feasibility & the Promise of Care Based on Patient Priorities
Over the past five years, researchers from NYU School of Medicine, led by Dr. Caroline Blaum, along with a national group of researchers, clinicians, policymakers, payers, patients, caregivers, and healthcare system representatives designed and piloted Patient Priorities Care (PPC). Learn more.

Natural ‘Breakdown’ of Chemicals Predicts Lung Damage in 9/11 Firefighters
Abnormal levels of more than two dozen metabolites—chemicals produced in the body as it breaks down fats, proteins, and carbohydrates—reliably predicted which 9/11 firefighters developed lung disease and which did not, a new analysis led by senior study investigator Anna Nolan, MD, shows. Learn more.

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