Meet the Department of Medicine’s Young Scholars
December 2017

A message from the chair, Dr. Steve Abramson

This issue of Inside Medicine features our junior faculty and celebrates their successes. Under the umbrella of One Faculty, we have built communities that cross institutions, divisions, career pathways, and generations. Through these diverse communities, our faculty have inspired each other, connected, and enhanced individual and team accomplishments.

As 2017 comes to a close, I want to extend my sincere appreciation to the many faculty members, trainees, and staff who have contributed to our Department and to wish everyone happiness for this holiday season and great success for 2018!

Supporting Talent, Creating Community

The Department of Medicine is home to several innovative programs designed to create a supportive and vibrant environment in which our faculty can thrive. With a focus on career development, enhanced mentoring, financial support, and the breaking down of division-silos, these programs create new opportunities for collaboration and creativity.

  • The Department of Medicine YOUNG SCHOLARS PROGRAM enables young physician-scientists to flourish by offering them a proving ground for their most innovative ideas. [Clockwise, from above left: Drs. Ashira Blazer, John A. Dodson, Akankasha Goyal, Benjamin H. Han, Sean Heffron, Melanie R. Jay, Irfana Soomro, Jennifer S. Scherer, Cynthia Portal-Celhay, Thomas D. Norton, Natalie Levy, Eugene E. Kim.]

    Read their stories

  • Now in its 3rd year, the JUNIOR FACULTY CLUB was created to foster the development of a community where junior research faculty can work together to pursue excellence in a variety of clinical, academic, and investigative endeavors. Led by Binita Shah, MD, Bhama Ramkhelawon, PhD, and Karen Maass, PhD, members meet every other month to explore opportunities for collaboration, discovery, and camaraderie. The meetings include invited speakers, talks on works-in-progress, and informal social events.

  • The COMMUNITY OF WOMEN IN MEDICINE, co-directed by Binita Shah, MD, and Sohah Iqbal, MD, creates a space for women in the Department of Medicine to get to know each other, to share experiences and advice, and to work together to identify and address specific challenges facing women in medicine. Events held this year featured keynote speakers on topics such as "Negotiating the Everyday" and understanding and using one's value in the professional sphere, followed by breakout sessions that allowed for coaching advice for real-life scenarios. Attendees include a mix of junior faculty, senior faculty, and housestaff.

Pictured below, members of the Junior Faculty Club, with speaker Ann Marie Schmidt, MD (center), at a 2017 meeting


Laura Evans, MD, associate professor in the Division of Pulmonary, Critical Care, and Sleep Medicine, and Director of Critical Care at NYC Health + Hospitals/Bellevue, was recently elected to the Society of Critical Care Medicine (SCCM) Council. SCCM is the largest non-profit medical organization dedicated to promoting excellence and consistency in the practice of critical care. With members in more than 100 countries, SCCM is the only organization that represents all professional components of the critical care team.

Congratulations to the following members of our housestaff who were recently inducted into the Resident/Fellow Chapter of the Gold Humanism Honor Society: Jafar Al-Mondhiry, Julia Frydman, Oscar Mitchell, Hadas Reich, Daniel Sartori, Irene Swanenberg (Internal Medicine Residents), and Robert Mocharla (Gastroenterology fellow).


David Oshinsky's Bellevue: Three Centuries Of Medicine And Mayhem At America's Most Storied Hospital was named one of NPR's Best Books of 2017.


Susan E. Cohen, MD, chief of the palliative care section at NYU School of Medicine and director of the palliative care program at Bellevue, received a leadership award from NYC Health + Hospitals for service on the system-wide Palliative Care Council.

Himali Weerahandi, MD, a hospitalist at NYU Langone Hospital-Brooklyn, was recently selected as a KL2 Scholar, through the NYU-H+H Clinical and Translational Science Institute. The KL2 Scholars program focuses on helping individuals achieve translational research independence through specific coursework. Dr. Weerahandi's research centers on examining readmission timing and mortality timing in patients who are discharged to skilled nursing facilities.

The following DGIMCI faculty were recognized for their achievement in education as part of the Inaugural Educator Community Awards at the 2017 Medical Education Innovations and Scholarship Day: Drs. Margaret Horlick (Rising Educator Award), Sondra Zabar (Distinction in Education Award), and Colleen Gillespie (Excellence in Educational Scholarship Award).



The Division of Geriatric Medicine & Palliative Care welcomed two new faculty appointees: Megan Rau, Instructor, Department of Medicine, seeing geriatrics and palliative care patients at Tisch and Bellevue, and Meghan Lembeck, Instructor, Department of Medicine, seeing geriatrics patients at Bellevue and the Barlow Center. Both are working with students and residents interested in Geriatrics.

Ray Pillai, MD, will be the inaugural William N. Rom Pulmonary Research Fellow, starting July 1, 2018. His research project will be on KEAP 1 mutations and metabolomics in lung cancer on the background of p53 and K-Ras mutations. His mentors are Drs. Thales Papagiannakopoulos and Sergei Koralov. The Fellowship is funded by former researchers of Dr. Rom.



Caroline Blaum, MD, director of the Division of Geriatric Medicine & Palliative Care, was awarded an NIH/NIA R01, CVD Risk and Outcome Heterogeneity in Older Adults with Diabetes. Judy Zhong, PhD, associate professor in the Department of Population Health and the Department of Environmental Medicine, is co-PI on the project. The overall goal of the proposed research is to provide evidence for individualizing care for older adults with prediabetes (PD) and diabetes (DM) by investigating their risks and development of CVD and disability. Older adults with PD and DM suffer disproportionality from diabetes morbidity, particularly CVD and also disability, an outcome that really matters to patients. The study will use longitudinal data to observe CVD and disability development in PD/DM patients over time. These analyses will lead to practical population-based methods to stratify people with DM for their individual risks of CVD and disability, helping to individualize care.

Drs. Caroline Blaum and Joshua Chodosh were awarded an NIH/NIA R21, Enhanced Quality In Primary Care for Elders with Diabetes-ADRD (EQUIPED-ADRD). The goal of this research is to develop and test a quality improvement program for older patients with DM-ADRD, using a pragmatic randomized controlled trial and mixed methods in a large, diverse healthcare system. Using the R21/R33 mechanism, the R21 in the first year will develop key resources needed for the pragmatic trial, such as provider decisional guidance based on current evidence, trial design and evaluation methodology, appropriate healthcare system administrative / EHR support, and will test intervention feasibility. The R33 will implement the larger pragmatic trial in a large healthcare system with ~60 providers and over 600 patients with diagnosed DM and ADRD. It will test hypotheses about whether care based on explicit standards for DM medical management for people with ADRD will: H1) Improve patient symptoms and quality of life while maintaining expected clinical outcomes; H2) decrease patient/caregiver management burden and improve care based on patient/caregiver preferences; H3) (secondary) decrease specialty, ED and hospital utilization.

Joshua Chodosh, MD, was awarded an NIH/NIA R01, Program of Intensive Support in Emergency Departments for Care Partners of Cognitively Impaired Patients (POISED-CPCIP). The goal of this study is to test whether a novel care management program for family caregivers of patients with dementia can reduce recurrent emergency department use and increase caregiver activation, while improving their symptoms of depressed mood and anxiety.

Dr. Chodosh was also awarded an NIH/NIA R01, Improving Sleep Using Mentored Behavioral and Environmental Restructuring (SLUMBER). The goal of this study is to test a program designed to teach nursing facility staff to improve common sleep-related symptoms among residents. This study will test whether the SLUMBER intervention improves nighttime sleep quality, resident reported symptoms of poor sleep, depressed mood, anxiety and pain, and whether the intervention improves cognitive and physical function.

DOM in Photos

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The NYU hepatology team enjoys Sunday dinner at the 2017 American Association for the Study of Liver Diseases (AASLD): The Liver Meeting in Washington, DC.

NYU Langone's IBD Center faculty, fellows, nurses, nutritionists, and administrators on the ground at the 2017 national Advances in Inflammatory Bowel Diseases conference in Orlando.

Actors Bill Camp, Reg E. Cathey, and Marjolaine Goldsmith perform at "End of Life," a performance brought to NYU Langone by the Division of Medical Humanities, Master Scholars Program in Humanistic Medicine, and Gold Humanism Honor Society. Learn more.

Learn more about NYU Langone Health’s first 'Big Read,' a novel approach to sparking connection and conversation.

In honor of its 10th Anniversary, Clinical Correlations is presenting a four-part series of life as a house officer at Bellevue Hospital in the '60s, '70s, '80s and '90s. Former resident Olivia Begasse de Dhaem conducted extensive interviews with our faculty who worked at Bellevue in each of these decades. In the second part—"Residency During the Transition from the Old to the New Hospital"—she talks with Drs. Loren Greene, Jeffrey Greene, and Nate Link. [Continue reading]

NYU at World Congress of Gastroenterology at ACG-2017

The Division of Gastroenterology & Hepatology at NYU Langone shared their expertise at the World Congress of Gastroenterology at the American College of Gastroenterology-2017 in Orlando. Division faculty and fellows participated in more than 50 oral and poster presentations, including plenary presentations, hands-on workshops, video demonstrations, and poster sessions. Seth A. Gross, MD, (shown at right with Abraham Khan, MD) served as a conference course director. Several division faculty are now recognized by the ACG with national leadership appointments. These include:

  • Sophie M. Balzora, MD, assistant professor of medicine, has been named chair of the Public Relations Committee, American College of Gastroenterology.
  • Brian P. Bosworth, MD, professor of medicine, has been named Governor for Manhattan, American College of Gastroenterology.
  • Seth A. Gross, MD, associate professor of medicine, is chair of the Educational Affairs Committee, American College of Gastroenterology and will be the incoming president of the New York Society for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy in 2018.
  • Mark B. Pochapin, MD, Sholtz-Leeds professor of gastroenterology, was named vice president of the American College of Gastroenterology.
  • Renee L. Williams, MD, assistant professor of medicine, is chair of the Minority Affairs and Cultural Diversity Committee, American College of Gastroenterology.

Photo above: Mark B. Pochapin, MD, hosts ACG leaders on Doctor Radio at the international conference in Orlando.

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