Spotlight on Dr. Lynn Buckvar-Keltz,
associate chair for professional development
January 2018

Trust and Aspire

A message from the chair, Dr. Steve Abramson

On day one of residency, my covering resident, EK (you know who you are), gave me prescient survival tips for a new intern: foremost, he said, “Trust no one.” I knew immediately what he meant: trust yourself, do the best for your patient, and be wary of others’ motivations or competencies. The words stuck, but over the years I’ve also learned that his advice, though well-intended for a struggling intern, was misguided: building trust is the foundational principle that allows us to fulfill common goals and aspirations. Relationships between physicians and patients, teachers and learners, colleagues and peers must be based on trust. Trust should be the glue of our department, earned through integrity, honesty, and the pursuit of noble aspirations. Indeed, in preparation for a coming ACGME accreditation visit, David Stern, Patrick Cocks, Lou Miller, and others have developed the acronym, TRUST, to epitomize our shared missions of care, research and education:

Teaching for 21st century practice
Research, discovery, and academic inquiry
Uniform standards for high quality education, research, and clinical care
Service to patients across the full spectrum of disease and context
Technology and innovation for the enhancement of education, research, and patient care

During this challenging historical period, it is important to affirm our common values based on trust. For our department, this is particularly true as the institution grows, extending beyond the “Superblock” to Brooklyn, Queens, and Long Island. With this month’s Newsletter, as part of this effort we unveil our new “One Faculty” logo, highlighting two words “Trust” and “Aspire,” which we hope will characterize our common purpose as physicians, scientists, and staff.

While I remain grateful to EK for his intern survival tips, I look to a future where such advice will have become a historical relic of the department experience.

Spotlight on Lynn Buckvar-Keltz, MD

In this Spotlight video interview, Dr. Lynn Buckvar-Keltz, associate chair for professional development in the Department of Medicine and director of the Violet Society Program (advising program for medical students), talks about her remarkable generational ties to the medical school, the challenges of her new position, and the evolution of mentorship at NYU School of Medicine.

Watch the video


In Memoriam: Steven P. Sedlis, MD

The faculty and staff of the Department of Medicine and Division of Cardiology mourn the passing of our esteemed colleague Steven P. Sedlis, MD.

Steve graduated from the Bronx High School of Science, received his undergraduate degree from St. John’s College in Annapolis, and his MD from NYU School of Medicine. He remained at NYU Langone for his internship and residency in internal medicine, and then moved to Barnes Hospital/Washington University School of Medicine to complete research and clinical fellowships in cardiology. Steve then joined the faculty at SUNY Downstate Medical Center as an assistant professor of medicine, where he served in numerous leadership positions including chief of the Catheterization Lab and chief of the Critical Care Unit. Steve was recruited to NYU Langone and the Manhattan VA in 1986 as head of the cardiac catheterization laboratory, and in 1996 was named chief of the Cardiology Section.

Through his many years of service at the Manhattan VA, Steve’s commitment to our veterans was extraordinary. As chief of cardiology, he nurtured and developed the Cardiology Section into the vibrant, highly productive group it is today. Under Steve’s leadership, the program became a recognized hub of education for our students, residents, and fellows. His passion for education was evident in his rounds, lectures, and even his curbside consults. Most important to Steve was the value he placed on mentorship. He was a tireless mentor to so many of the VA faculty, not only in cardiology but throughout the School of Medicine. Steve played a major role, for example, as director of the Atherosclerosis Pillar, which threads through the four years of the curriculum, and as director of the highly sought after clinical cardiology elective. Steve clearly had a hand in each of the accomplishments of his highly productive Cardiology Section at the Manhattan VA.

As a clinician-investigator, Steve authored numerous primary articles, reviews, and book chapters, including a recent first-authored publication in the New England Journal of Medicine describing the long-term outcomes of the COURAGE trial. However, what Steve taught most was the importance of perseverance and integrity. Steve always remained a passionate advocate for what he believed was right, while engendering close relationships with whomever he touched. Steve was an inspiration and role model for all of us. He will be greatly missed.

In This Issue


The International Study of Comparative Health Effectiveness with Medical and Invasive Approaches (ISCHEMIA) trial has now recruited over 5000 patients – a critical milestone that has taken six years to achieve. ISCHEMIA, headed up by Judith Hochman, MD, is an international comparative effectiveness study that aims to determine the best way to manage stable ischemic heart disease in those with an abnormal stress test. NYU Langone Health serves as the Clinical Coordinating Center for the network of approximately 350 participating sites located around the globe. ISCHEMIA is funded by NIH’s National Heart Lung and Blood Institute, and remains NYU Langone’s largest grant.



Jeffrey Berger, MD, takes us inside his research investigating the role of platelets in disease states, including cardiovascular disease and inflammatory diseases.



History Quiz: Who Pays?
David Oshinsky, PhD, looks at the escalating cost of prescription drugs, including a single-dose treatment for a retinal condition that costs $850,000, or $425,000 per eye.

Patiromer for Tortola
David Goldfarb, MD, shares how dialysis patients on the British Virgin Island of Tortola were quickly helped in the aftermath of Hurricanes Harvey and Irma.

Student Essay: A Difficult Problem
"Goodbye, goodbye," she spoke over me. "I've had enough of you. Go away now." Framed by a personal encounter with a patient, Brit Trogen discusses the common trope of the "difficult patient," and how medical providers might attempt to mediate these encounters.

Clinical Correlations: "The '80s: Residency in a NYC Public Hospital at the Heart of the HIV Epidemic "
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 third part, she talks with Drs. Nate Link and Ann Marie Schmidt.

DOM in Photos

Let’s take a walk down memory lane (and through the Bellevue garden...) with a photo featuring the class of 1989-1990 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!

Send your comments and guesses to

Annual Promotions & Appointments Recognition Reception

On January 25th, the Department of Medicine held its annual recognition reception for faculty members appointed or promoted during the prior calendar year. We offer a warm welcome to the new members of the faculty, and congratulations to those talented individuals promoted over the last year.

View the reception photo gallery (password: elsa)

The Department of Medicine's annual Winterfest is an evening of both recognition and celebration. This year, we honored the 2017 Teacher of the Year award recipients: Drs. Ann Garment, Kevin Hauck, Steven R. Liu, and Neil M. Shapiro (shown above, receiving his award from chief resident Amar Parikh).

So You Think You Can Dance... The evening then becomes a lively celebration on the dance floor, as residents and faculty show off their moves. See all of the photos (password: elsa)

Dr. Timothy Niewold speaks at the third annual Advances in Autoimmunity Symposium, sponsored by The Judith and Stewart Colton Center for Autoimmunity. See photos [password: jen]

Dr. Jose Scher presents at the third annual Advanced Seminar in Psoriasis and Psoriatic Arthritis. See photos [password: samantha]

Faculty gather at the third annual One Faculty Hospitalist Retreat.

The Education for Educators (E4E) program—a newly implemented faculty development program—recently held its first certificate ceremony.

Events & Opportunities


Medicine Grand Rounds

"Therapeutics for Alzheimer's Disease and Related Dementias: What Should We Do While We Wait for Godot?" - Joshua Chodosh, MD

7:45 am, Schwartz Lecture Hall E


PrMEIR Innovation Grants

2018-2019 Call for Submissions
Theme: "Transitions in Medical Education: Improving Transitions along the UME, GME, or CME Continuum"
Letter of intent deadline: 2/23/18

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