The Rollin’ Colon Rolled into Montefiore to Help Raise Awareness of Colon Cancer
On Thursday, March 2, 2017, the Rollin’ Colon – a giant pink inflatable walk-through colon - made a pit-stop at Montefiore’s Grand Hall as the Division of Gastroenterology and Liver Diseases kicked off Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month with a free event. GI specialists Lawrence Brandt, MD, emeritus chief, Department of Gastroenterology and Joann Kwah, MD, attending gastroenterologist, as well as a nurse and patient navigators were on-hand to provide information on prevention and screening. Read Dr. Kwah's article Colon Cancer Screening: No Ifs Ands or Butts About It published in US News & World Report on March 1, 2017. Please see the attached calendar of events and activities aimed at raising colon cancer education and prevention in honor of Colon Cancer Awareness Month. See BronxNet’s coverage here
Raman Singhal, MD, Receives 2017 AAIM Innovation Grant to Study Social Determinants of Health
Dr. Raman Singhal, Assistant Professor, Department of Medicine (General Internal Medicine) and Associate Program Director for the Internal Medicine Residency Program at Wakefield, was awarded a $2500 Alliance for Academic Internal Medicine Innovation grant to study how the experiences of international medical graduates (IMGs) in caring for underserved patients in the United States compare to their experiences caring for underserved patients in their native countries.
Communicating to Stop the Spread of Disease
In November 2016, Dr. Steven Safyer, Montefiore’s president and CEO, presented Dr. Belinda Ostrowsky with the President's Award—the highest recognition given to a Montefiore associate, and a testament to her collaborative, self-effacing leadership style.
Transitioning Home: Montefiore Clinic Combats Health Disparities Affecting Former Inmates
Now in its seventh year, Montefiore's Bronx Transitions Clinic (BTC), has treated more than 500 formerly incarcerated patients with chronic health conditions such as substance-use disorders, mental illness and infectious diseases. In October, Dr. Aaron Fox, associate professor of internal medicine and of family and social medicine at Einstein and director of the BTC, accepted the Joan H. Tisch Community Health Prize on behalf of the clinic.
Standing Up for Social Justice
On January 21, teams of Montefiore-Einstein faculty, residents, fellows and students from the departments of Medicine, Family and Social Medicine, and Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences took to the streets for the Women's March on Washington and its sister march in New York City to protest the new administration's plan to repeal the Affordable Care Act, rollback reproductive rights, defund women's healthcare initiatives, and deny immigrant rights.
Study on Preventing Drug-Resistant Tuberculosis Published in NEJM
A study co-authored by James Brust, M.D., attending physician and associate professor of medicine (general internal medicine) and his former colleagues N. Sarita Shah, M.D., Ph.D. (lead author), and Neel R. Gandi, MD (senior author), and published in the January 18 online issue of The New England Journal of Medicine suggests that efforts to halt TB transmission in hospitals and community settings may be a better strategy than improving patient treatment.
Ultra Long-Lasting Capsule May Help Combat Malaria
Researchers have developed a new long-lasting capsule that remains in the stomach for two weeks. In a study described in the November 2016 issue of Science Translational Medicine, one of the study’s authors, Johanna P. Daily, M.D., M.S., Associate Professor in the Departments of Medicine (Infectious Diseases) and of Microbiology & Immunology, highlights that this ultra-long acting gastric residence dosage forms approach could have applications across many clinical conditions to reduce medication dose frequency, improve adherence and maximize outcomes.
Dr. Liise-anne Pirofski Awarded $2M NIH Grant to Prevent Pneumonia
Liise-anne Pirofski, MD, Professor of Medicine (Infectious Diseases) and Microbiology & Immunology; Chief of the Division of Infectious Diseases; and Selma and Dr. Jacques Mitrani Chair in Biomedical Research, has been awarded a five-year, $2 million NIH grant to develop monoclonal antibody therapy for pneumococcal pneumonia.
Call for Applications: Clinical Research Training Program
The application deadline for the Clinical Research Training Program is March 1, 2017. CRTP at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine is a training program funded by the NIH under the Clinical and Translational Science Award (CTSA).
Dr. Michael Ross Named Chief, Division of Nephrology
Dr. Ross was named Chief of the Division of Nephrology, beginning June 1, 2017.
Internal Medicine Residency Program Announces 2018-2019 Chief Residents
The Einstein/Montefiore Internal Medicine Residency Program proudly announces Chief Residents for the 2017-2018 academic year.
In Memoriam: David Hamerman, M.D.
The Montefiore-Einstein community mourns the loss of David Hamerman, MD, former chair of the Department of Medicine, rheumatology researcher and esteemed leader.
Dr. Kathy Anastos Delivers 2016 Sharon Silbiger Memorial Lecture
On Monday, October 31, 2016, Dr. Kathryn Anastos, co-director of Einstein’s Global Health Center, delivered the fourth annual Sharon Silbiger, M.D. Memorial Lecture, titled “Taking the Long View: Medicine as a Vehicle for Social Change.”
Celebrating the Life of Dr. K. Thomas Aldrich
On Thursday, November 17, dozens of colleagues, friends, family and New York City firefighters, gathered at Montefiore’s Grand Hall to celebrate the life of Dr. Thomas K. Aldrich, who died on September 5, 2016, of pancreatic cancer.
Dr. Liise-anne Pirofski Named 2016 AAAS Fellow
Liise-anne Pirofski, MD, chief of the division of infectious diseases, was named 2016 Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS).
Dr. Belinda Ostrowsky Wins 2016 Montefiore President's Award
Belinda Ostrowsky, MD, MPH, Director, Healthcare Epidemiology, Stewardship and Infection Prevention and Associate Professor of Clinical Medicine, Department of Medicine (Infectious Diseases), was named a winner of the 2016 Montefiore President’s Award.
Dr. Jacqueline Achkar Awarded $3.7 Million NIH grant
Jacqueline Achkar, M.D., M.Sc. was awarded a $3.7 million NIH grant to identify biomarkers offering early warning of potentially fatal active Tuberculosis in people with HIV
Dr. Elizabeth Kitsis Appointed Vice Chair for Faculty Affairs & Professionalism
Dr. Elizabeth Kitsis, Associate Professor of Clinical Medicine (Rheumatology) and Clinical Epidemiology & Population Health, has been appointed Vice Chair for Faculty Affairs & Professionalism in the Department of Medicine.
Dr. Dana Lukin to Run 2016 NYC Marathon for Colorectal Cancer Research
On Sunday, November 6, GI specialist Dana Lukin, MD, will run the NYC Marathon to raise funds and awareness for colorectal cancer.
Dr. Eva Metalios Honored for Human Rights Advocacy
Dr. Eva Metalios was honored by HealthRight International for her Human Rights work on behalf of torture survivors seeking asylum in the US.