In addition to streaming content from the TEDMED conference in Washington D.C., we wanted to take advantage of the amazing things that people in our own community are doing and create a dialogue between Columbia and TEDMED. Here are the innovative individuals who will be joining us for TEDMED Day CUMC.
Dr. Craig D. Blinderman, M.D., is currently the director of the Adult Palliative Medicine Service at Columbia University Medical Center and serves on the advisory board for the New York Zen Center for Contemplative Care. He was previously an attending physician on the Palliative Care Service at the Massachusetts General Hospital and directed the MGH Cancer Pain Clinic. Dr. Binderman received his M.A. in philosophy from Columbia before earning his medical degree from Ben Gurion University in Israel. He completed both a residency in Family Medicine and a fellowship in Hospice and Palliative Medicine at Beth Israel Medical Center in NY. He then went on to complete a medical ethics fellowship at Harvard Medical School. Dr. Blinderman has published articles and chapters on early palliative care in lung cancer patients, medical ethics, existential distress, symptom assessment and quality of life in chronic lung and heart failure patients, as well as pain management in hematology and oncology patients and patients with a history of substance abuse. He is currently the section editor for Case Discussions in the Journal of Palliative Medicine. His academic interests include: decision-making at the end of life, the role of palliative care in public health, medical ethics, and the integration of palliative care in critical care medicine. He also has a strong interest in teaching and developing programs to improve students and residents’ skills in communication and care for the dying.
For over thirty years, Herbert Chase, M.D., M.A., has taught clinical medicine and basic science at the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Columbia University. He is a board certified Internist and Nephrologist who spent the early part of his career as a basic scientist. After shifting his interest from research to education, he participated in, developed, and directed several major medical school courses. In 2000 he was appointed the first Deputy Dean for Education at Yale School of Medicine, where he introduced several major programmatic changes. In 2006, he returned to Columbia to enter the Masters program in Biomedical Informatics as a Post Doctoral Fellow. Dr. Chase has been recognized for his outstanding teaching with many awards, including the Presidential Teaching Award of Columbia University. Dr. Chase is currently a Professor of Clinical Medicine in Biomedical Informatics and is involved in several research projects that explore the development and potential integration of artificial intelligence into the electronic medical record (EHR). These projects include developing automated methods to detect chronic kidney disease in its earliest stages, using machine-learning to predict the future natural history of an illness, implementing strategies for pharmacovigilance operating through the EHR, and automated summarization of a patient’s EHR record. Dr. Chase has served as a medical advisor to the IBM team that developed the medical version of Watson and is currently a member of the Watson Healthcare Advisory Board.
Wendy Chung, M.D., Ph.D. is a clinical and molecular geneticist who directs the clinical genetics program at Columbia University and performs human genetic research. She is the Herbert Irving associate professor of pediatrics and medicine. She received her B.A. in biochemistry and economics from Cornell University, her M.D. from Cornell University Medical College, and her Ph.D. from The Rockefeller University in genetics. Dr. Chung directs NIH funded research programs on the human genetics of obesity, breast cancer, and birth defects including congenital diaphragmatic hernia and congenital heart disease. She was the recipient of the American Academy of Pediatrics Young Investigator Award, the Medical Achievement Award from Bonei Olam, and a career development award from Doris Duke. Dr. Chung is renowned for her teaching and mentoring. She is a member of the Glenda Garvey Teaching Academy and has won many awards for teaching including the Charles W. Bohmfalk Award for Distinguished Contributions to Teaching, American Medical Women’s Association Mentor Award, and Columbia University Presidential Award for Outstanding Teaching. Dr. Chung enjoys the challenges of genetics as a rapidly changing field of medicine and strives to facilitate the integration of genetic medicine into all areas of health care in a medically, scientifically, and ethnically sound, accessible, and cost effective manner.
Robert E. Fullilove, Ed.D. is the Associate Dean for Community and Minority Affairs and Professor of Clinical Sociomedical Sciences at the Mailman School of Public Health of Columbia University. He currently co-directs the Community Research Group at the New York State Psychiatric Institute and Columbia University. He is also the co-director of the MPH degree program, Urbanism and the Built Environment, in the department of Sociomedical Sciences at the Mailman School of Public Health. Dr. Fullilove serves on the editorial boards of the journals Sexually Transmitted Diseases, and the Journal of Public Health Policy. He has twice been awarded the Distinguished Teaching Award from the graduating class at the Mailman School of Public Health, and in May, 2002, he was awarded an honorary doctorate from Bank Street College of Education. In 2012 he was awarded the Allan Rosenfield Award for Public Health and Social Justice.
Dr. Galea is a physician and an epidemiologist. He is the Anna Cheskis Gelman and Murray Charles Gelman Professor and Chair of the Department of Epidemiology at the Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health. Dr. Galea’s research program seeks to uncover how determinants at multiple levels—including policies, features of the social environment, molecular, and genetic factors—jointly influence the health of urban populations. His work also explores innovative methodological approaches to population health questions. His work has documented the mental health consequences of mass trauma and conflict worldwide, including as a result of the September 11 attacks, Hurricane Katrina, conflicts in sub-Saharan Africa, and the American wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. Dr. Galea has published more than 400 scientific journal articles, 50 chapters and commentaries, and 7 books. Dr. Galea serves as chair of the Community Services Board of the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene and on the New York City Health Board. He is also president of the Society for Epidemiologic Research and a member of the Institute of Medicine of the National Academies of Science.
Joy Hirsch is a Neuroscientist who has made pioneering breakthroughs in understanding the workings of the human brain. She was one of the early developers of functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI), which enables the visualization of the individual brain structures that are engaged during specific tasks such as language, as well as specific perceptions such as vision and hearing, and specific emotions. She is currently a Professor at Columbia University where she is the Director and founder of the university-wide Functional MRI Research Center, and has been recently recruited to Yale University to head a new Brain Function Laboratory. Her research has focused on understanding the relationships between the mind, brain, and behavior, and the translation of these advances to medical applications. With her students and colleagues, she has developed an imaging diagnostic for autism, and discovered neural mechanisms associated with over-eating behaviors, anxiety disorders, and addictions. In addition to these clinical applications, her basic research has made fundamental contributions to understanding the neural basis for learning a second language, and how emotion-sensitive systems in the brain influence cognitive and executive systems during decision-making. Professor Hirsch has published over 120 peer-reviewed scientific papers and chapters, is a popular world-wide lecturer on the brain, and served as a curator for the 2010-2011 Brain Exhibit at the American Museum of Natural History. She was awarded the prestigious Gamow Science prize in 2009 for her accomplishments in science and was one of the five women scientists featured in the 2011 World Science Festival.
Do the Ends Justify the Means?
Jeremiah Johnson is currently a second-year Masters student in the Department of Sociomedical Sciences at the Mailman School of Public Health. His primary interest is in the effects of HIV-related stigma on people living with HIV and those most at risk for transmission. Diagnosed with HIV in 2008, Jeremiah has experienced consequences from stigma and discrimination firsthand. Serving as a Peace Corps Volunteer at the time of his diagnosis, the Peace Corps dismissed Jeremiah when he tested positive. With the help of the American Civil Liberties Union, he later changed Peace Corps’ policy to allow positive volunteers to continue their service. Since then, Jeremiah has continued to raise awareness around issues and policies that contribute to the spread of HIV and negatively impact the lives of those living with the virus. For two years, he worked as a case manager and prevention specialist at the Northern Colorado AIDS Project. There, he learned that there is still much work to be done to improve the quality of life for all people living with HIV. Most recently, Jeremiah completed his practicum at the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS where he worked on a nationwide study to quantify and describe HIV-related stigma and discrimination in the US.
The role of hip hop music.
Dr. Olajide Williams graduated from the University of Lagos Medical School in Nigeria and the Mailman School of Public Health at Columbia University. He completed his residency training in Neurology at Columbia University Medical Center, and a Fellowship in Neuromuscular disease. He is currently Chief of Staff/Chief Medical Officer of Neurology, Associate Professor of Neurology at Columbia University, and Director of Acute Stroke Services at New York Presbyterian Hospital. Dr. Williams is the founder of Hip Hop Public Health, which focuses on innovative multimedia solutions for health education and behavior change in high-risk communities. He is a Principal Investigator and co-director of one of four NIH/NINDS Centers for Stroke Disparities Interventions in America. He is a recipient of several state and national honors, including a New State Proclamation, a National Humanism in Medicine award from the Association of American Medical Colleges, and a Distinguished Teacher Award from Columbia University. Dr. Williams is a national media spokesperson for the American Stroke Association and National Stroke Association. Recently, in 2012, he was featured on the FAST COMPANY list of the most innovative people in business and The ROOT's 100 most influential Blacks in America. Dr. Williams has authored numerous original articles in peer-reviewed medical journals, has been a participant on White House business roundtables on health and currently works with the Partnership for a Healthier America, whose chair is First Lady Michele Obama, on their childhood obesity campaign.