2013 Faculty Honors

Alwyn Cohall, MD, and the Harlem Health Promotion Center (HHPC) received an award for exceptional work in HIV/AIDS in NYC, presented by Thomas Farley, NYC Department of Health Commissioner, at the 2013 World AIDS Day Breakfast at the New York Academy of Medicine on December 2nd, 2013. 

John Rowe, MD, received the University of New England 2013-14 Humanism in Aging Leadership Award. The annual award recognizes a prominent geriatrician who exemplifies humanism and innovation in his or her approach to improving the lives of older adults.

W. Ian Lipkin, MD, John Snow Professor and Director of the Center for Infection and Immunity, was selected to give the University of Oxford’s 2013 Charles Simonyi Lecture to promote the public understanding of science.

Y. Claire Wang, MD, ScD, has been elected a Fellow of the New York Academy of Medicine. Fellows are an elite group of health leaders that form a distinguished body of knowledge, expertise, and commitment. They are persons of thought, action, and vision who have dedicated their lives and careers to working to improve the health of the public.

Melissa Begg, ScD, has been named the 2013 recipient of the prestigious ASPPH/Pfizer Award for Teaching Excellence, which recognizes a graduate public health faculty member who demonstrates exceptional ability to teach and mentor students in achieving distinction in public health. 

Ana F. Abraido-Lanza, PhD, has been named a Provost Leadership Fellow, a program aimed to develop leadership skills for some of Columbia University's outstanding tenured faculty and provide leadership training opportunities for senior faculty as a key pathway to enhancing academic governance.

Wendy Chavkin, MD, MPH, and Mary Bassett, MD, MPH, were honored by the Public Health Association of New York City (PHANYC) at their 2013 annual awards ceremony on November 19th for making outstanding contributions to improving the health of New Yorkers.

Terry McGovern, JD, was honored by the 20/20 Leading Women’s Society with the 2013 Pandora Singleton Ally award for her 20+years of work in HIV/AIDS.

John S. Santelli, MD, MPH, received the 2013 David P. Rall Award for Advocacy in Public Health from the American Public Health Association. He is receiving this award in recognition of his outstanding contributions to public health through science-based advocacy.

Jeffrey Shaman, PhD, assistant professor of Environmental Health Sciences, has received the 2013 award for Outstanding Research Article in Biosurveillance from the International Society for Disease Surveillance in the category of scientific achievement for his paper, “Forecasting Seasonal Outbreaks of Influenza.”

W. Ian Lipkin, MD, John Snow Professor of Epidemiology and director of the Center for Infection and Immunity, has received the Rush Medical College 2013 Distinguished Alumni Award. Lipkin has earned this honor for his development of molecular methods for microbial surveillance and discovery and his work as an educator, scientist, and public health leader.

Quarraisha Abdool Karim, PhD, associate professor of Clinical Epidemiology, received South Africa’s Order of Mapungubwe bronze award for her outstanding work in the field of HIV/AIDS and tuberculosis research and health policy development. The Order of Mapungubwe, the country’s highest honor, was presented by J.G. Zuma, president of South Africa.

Sherry A. Glied, PhD, has been appointed dean of New York University’s Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service, effective August 1, 2013. Glied joined the faculty of the Mailman School’s Department of Health Policy and Management in 1989 and served as its chair from 1998 through 2009. Her own scholarship places her among the nation’s leading health economists, especially in the fields of health insurance and mental health policy.

Salim S. Abdool Karim, MD, professor of Epidemiology, was named chair of a newly established UNAIDS Scientific Expert Panel that will advise UNAIDS on major new scientific discoveries and strategic needs in AIDS research. Karim is also director of the Centre for the AIDS Programme of Research in South Africa (CAPRISA), a long-standing UNAIDS Collaborating Center.

W. Ian Lipkin, MD, John Snow Professor of Epidemiology and director of the Center for Infection and Immunity, has been awarded the Drexel Medicine Prize in Translational Medicine. He accepted the award and presented a talk on his research at the 2013 International Symposium on Molecular Medicine and Infectious Disease on June 19.

Roger Vaughan, DrPH, professor of Biostatistics and acting chair and vice dean for Academic Advancement, is the winner of the 2013 Outstanding Teaching Award, awarded by the American Statistical Association's Section on Teaching Statistics in the Health Sciences on August 5.

Zena A. Stein, MA, MB, special lecturer and professor emerita of Epidemiology, was awarded an honorary Doctor of Science by Columbia University at the 2013 Commencement. Stein has been a Columbia University faculty member for over 45 years, and her most recent research has included prenatal and perinatal HIV infection and HIV infection in women.

Robert L. Klitzman, professor of Clinical Sociomedical Sciences, received a Guggenheim Fellowship to conduct research and write a book about the ethical, legal, and social implications of assisted reproductive technologies. Klitzman is one of 175 fellows selected for 2013 in the United States and Canada from a group of almost 3,000 applicants, and the only awardee in the category of Medicine and Health.

Wafaa El-Sadr, professor of Epidemiology and Medicine and director of ICAP, was named by the Huffington Post as one of "50 Women Who Shaped America's Health," acknowledging her pioneering of a family-focused approach to AIDS and tuberculosis treatment, care, and prevention in Harlem and around the world. Based on the success of her approach, today, ICAP provides care to more than one million individuals in sub-Saharan Africa and lifesaving antiretroviral access to more than 800,000 people.

Virginia Rauh, ScD, professor of Population and Family Health, has received the 2012 Environmental Health Perspectives (EHP) Paper of the Year Award which recognizes the most highly cited work published during the preceding year, for her paper "Seven-Year Neurodevelopmental Scores and Prenatal Exposure to Chlorpyrifos, a Common Agricultural Pesticide."

Andrew R. Davidson, professor of Population and Family Health and vice provost for Academic Planning at Columbia University, was elected to the Provost’s Advisory Council for the Enhancement of Faculty Diversity.

Heather Greenlee, assistant professor of Epidemiology, has been elected to serve as president of the Society for Integrative Oncology for a term beginning in October 2013. The society is a multidisciplinary organization committed to the study and application of complementary therapies and botanicals for cancer patients.

Dale C. Hesdorffer, associate professor of Clinical Epidemiology, has received the Ambassador for Epilepsy Award 2013 by a joint executive committee of the International Bureau for Epilepsy and the International League Against Epilepsy for demonstrating outstanding achievement in the international struggle against epilepsy.

Mitchell Elkind, associate professor of Neurology and Epidemiology, and Rachel Gordon, assistant professor of Clinical Medicine and Clinical Epidemiology, were chosen to be members of the Virginia Apgar Academy of Medical Educators, an active community of educators at the College of Physicians & Surgeons dedicated to promoting, rewarding, and supporting outstanding education for medical students, residents, fellows, and faculty.

Tomás R. Guilarte, Leon Hess Professor and chair of Environmental Health Sciences, was appointed to the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences Council (NAEHSC) on March 15, 2013. The NAEHSC is a congressionally mandated body that advises government organizations in health sciences on the direction of research, research support, training, and career development.

Richard Mayeux, the Gertrude H. Sergievsky Professor of Neurology, Psychiatry, and Epidemiology, has been named a fellow by the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS). Fellows are honored for their efforts to advance scientific applications that are deemed especially promising or socially distinguished.

Zhezhen Jin, associate professor of Biostatistics, was elected as the executive director of the International Chinese Statistician Association (ICSA) for 2014-2016. The ICSA is a non-profit organization dedicated to advancing educational, charitable, and scientific causes through the uses of statistics.

Prakash Gorroochurn, assistant professor of Clinical Biostatistics, won the 2012 PROSE Award in mathematics for his book Classic Problems of Probability, on February 7, 2013. Each year the American Publishers Awards recognizes the best publications for professional and scholarly excellence in various academic disciplines with its PROSE Awards.

Diana Hernandez, PhD, and Shakira Suglia, ScD, received grants as part of the first competition for the Provost's Grant Program for junior faculty who contribute to the diversity goals of the university. The new program offers grants to support new or ongoing research and scholarship, seed funding for innovative research for which external funding would be difficult to obtain, and support for curricular development projects.

Patrick Kinney, ScD, has been appointed to the New York City Panel on Climate Change (NPCC), a body of physical and social scientists and risk management professionals that identify climate risks facing the city and advise the Mayor’s Office of Long-Term Planning and Sustainability. Its first meeting was held on January 18th, 2013.

In a Harvard Business Review ranking of approximately 2,000 best performing CEOs in the world, John (Jack) Wallis Rowe, professor of Health Policy and Management and former chairman and CEO of Aetna, was listed at number 40. He also ranked first in the world of health care services and the health care finance arena in the magazine's January/February 2013 issue. Rowe also previously served as president and CEO of Mount Sinai NYU Health.

Two articles by faculty were among the top 10 most-read articles in the journal Health Affairs for 2012. “Differences In Life Expectancy Due To Race And Educational Differences Are Widening, And Many May Not Catch Up” by John (Jack) Wallis Rowe, professor of Health Policy and Management, and Dean Linda P. Fried ranked at number seven. “A Penny-Per-Ounce Tax On Sugar-Sweetened Beverages" by Y. Claire Wang, assistant professor of Health Policy and Management, ranked number ten.