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Weill Cornell Names Its Department of Medicine for Joan and Sanford I. Weill & Two New Endowed Chairs Established

Joan and Stanford I Weill

Weill Cornell Medical College has named its department of medicine the Joan and Sanford I. Weill Department of Medicine. The naming is in recognition of the Weills’ recent $100 million gift – which also established the Joan and Sanford I. Weill Center for Metabolic Health – and honors the couple’s longstanding dedication to the medical college. Additionally, two new endowed chairs have been established: Dr. Augustine M.K. Choi has been named the Sanford I. Weill Chairman of the Department of Medicine and Dr. Louis Aronne has been named the Sanford I. Weill Professor of Metabolic Research. Click for Weill Cornell Press Release

Dr. Wolk Interviewed on Appropriate Use of Tests for Stable Coronary Artery Disease

Dr. Andrew I. Schafer

Dr. Michael J. Wolk, Clinical Professor of Medicine, was interviewed on the appropriate use of advanced medical imaging and intervention on the detection and treatment of patients with stable coronary artery disease, which was published February 4th in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology. Read More | Click for Paper in Journal of the American College of Cardiology Read More | Click for paper in Journal of the American College of Cardiology

Rise of Minimally Invasive Endoscopic Surgery in Gastroenterology: Focus on Achalasia

Michel Kahaleh, M.D.

Since Dr. Michel Kahaleh joined the department, there has been a 175% increase in advanced endoscopic interventional procedures in gastroenterology as well as the launch of the first pancreatic program at NYP/Weill Cornell. Under his direction, there has also been a rise in the number of minimally invasive endoscopic techniques that are highly effective, safe, and spare patients from major surgeries. Read More

Dr. Simon Publishes Paper in Transfusion on Tick-Borne Blood Infection Babesia

Matthew Simon, M.D.

Matthew S. Simon, MD, MS, Assistant Professor of Medicine (Division of Hospital Medicine), and colleagues, have published a research study on the cost-effectiveness of novel screening strategies for preventing transfusion-transmitted babesiosis, the most common red blood cell transfusion-transmitted infection in the United States. Read More | Click for Paper in Transfusion

Basic Genetics CME Course Coming in February 2014

Dr. Martinez

The Department of Medicine is pleased to support the upcoming course on Basic Genetics scheduled for the month of February 2014 as a part of the Department of Medicine's Continuing Medical Education offerings. Director of the course is Dr. Howard Goldin, Division of Gastroenterology and Hepatology.
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Dr. Schafer Appointed to Director of the Richard T. Silver, MD, Myeloproliferative Neoplasm Center

Dr. Andrew I. Schafer

Dr. Andrew I. Schafer, Professor of Medicine and former Chair of the department, has been named as Director of the Richard T. Silver, MD, Myeloproliferative Neoplasm Center. A ceremony was held in February to dedicate the new center, which will further translational research and treatments in the field of myeloproliferative neoplasms (MPNs). Read More

Dr. Furman Publishes Landmark Paper in NEJM: Pill Melts Away CLL

Dr. Furman

Dr. Richard Furman, Division of Hematology & Medical Oncology, and co-authors have published a landmark paper in the New England Journal of Medicine. Their results utilizing the drug, Idelalisib, in a randomized, double-blinded study (5 countries) suggests that a common form of leukemia may be treated without toxic chemotherapy.
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DoM Hosts Second Annual QIPS Poster Session Held in Griffis Faculty Club

Dr. Martinez

On January 28th, 2014, the Department of Medicine hosted the second annual QIPS Poster Session to share results of the many exciting projects conceived and led by DoM faculty and residents in the training program. Read More and View QIPS Photos

Dr. Fernando J. Martinez Appointed to Executive Vice Chair of Medicine

Dr. Martinez

Dr. Martinez has been named the Executive Vice Chair of Medicine at Weill Cornell Medical College, and NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital/Weill Cornell Medical Center. He will work closely with the department and divisional leadership, as well as with all faculty members of the DOM to provide the highest quality patient care, best education and training of our medical students, residents and fellows. Read More

Employee Recognition Program: Three Superstars Announced


The Employee Recognition Review Committee (R3) of the Joan and Sanford I. Weill Department of Medicine completed its bimonthly review of all nominees and three superstar winners were announced: Deanna Joa, Senior Medical Secretary (Hospital Medicine-Lower Manhattan), Anna Quinones, Senior Medical Secretary (Gastroenterology & Hepatology), and Susan Daniel, Clinical Technician (Pulmonary & Critical Care Medicine). Read More

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