News and Highlights

April 2013

Welcome New Faculty

Daniel M. Stein, MD, PhD, has joined the department as Assistant Professor of Public Health in the Division of Quality and Medical Informatics. Dr. Stein has a BA in Human Biology from Brown University, an MD from Mount Sinai School of Medicine, and an MA and PhD in Biomedical Informatics from Columbia University. His PhD thesis was on “Clinical Informatics Approaches to Analyzing and Supporting Physician Use of Cooperative Checklists for Inpatient Care Transitions.” Before joining Weill Cornell Medical College, he was an Assistant Professor of Clinical Biomedical Informatics at Columbia University. He is currently Assistant Director of Medical Informatics Services at NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital. Dr. Stein is a reviewer for the Journal of General Internal Medicine and Academic Medicine. He is the author of many peer-reviewed articles, proceedings papers, reviews and chapters, and abstracts. He was co-director of the course, Introduction to Biomedical Informatics, for Medical Students at Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons, and he taught other courses as well during his undergraduate, medical school, and graduate school career. He also performed significant university service, including being the founder and president of the Brown University Chapter of Student Pugwash USA for the social and ethical implications of science and technology; serving as co-founder and co-president of the Mount Sinai Humanism in Medicine Group, and co-founding the patient handoff improvement team at Columbia University. Dr. Stein’s work at Weill Cornell will focus mainly on informatics within the Physician’s Organization. He will work closely with Drs. Curtis Cole and Adam Cheriff.

Bruce C. Vladeck, PhD, has been appointed Professor of Public Health (Courtesy) in the Division of Outcomes and Effectiveness Research. Dr. Vladeck is one of the most distinguished health policy experts in the country. In his scholarship and practice, Dr. Vladeck has focused on understanding, delineating, and addressing the root causes of problems and inequities in the U.S. health care system. He has served as a faculty member at Columbia University in both Public Health and Political Science, and at Mount Sinai School of Medicine as Professor of Health Policy, Professor of Geriatrics, Senior Vice President for Policy at Mount Sinai Medical Center, and Director of the Institute for Medicare Practice at Mount Sinai School of Medicine. He has held a series of high level administrative positions in government and private health organizations, including Assistant Commissioner for Health Planning and Resources Development in the New Jersey State Department of Health, Assistant Vice President of The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, President of the United Hospital Fund, and Administrator of the Health Care Financing Administration, now called the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services. He is currently a Senior Advisor at Nexera Incorporated in New York City.

Roger Longman, MA, has been appointed Clinical Instructor in Public Health. Mr. Longman is a member of the Faculty Industry Council led by Dean Laurie Glimcher. He is currently the CEO of Real Endpoints, LLC, in Westport, CT. His previous industry positions include Managing Director of Pharma at Elsevier Business Intelligence in Norwalk, CT, Managing Director of Windover Information (also in Norwalk), and Editor of IN VIVO for the Wilkerson Group in New York City. He has also taught English at the University of Maryland-European Division. Mr. Longman has a BA degree from Cornell University and an MA degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Deborah L. Estrin, PhD, has been appointed Professor of Public Health in the Division of Quality and Medical Informatics. She is the first faculty member of the Computer Science Department at the new Cornell Tech campus. She was previously Professor of Computer Science and Electrical Engineering at UCLA, where she held the Jon Postel Chair in Computer Networks, and was Founding Director of the NSF-funded Center for Embedded Networked Sensing. Dr. Estrin received her PhD in Computer Science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and her BS from U.C. Berkeley.

Dr. Estrin’s early research focused on the design of network and routing protocols for very large, global, networks. Most recently her work focuses on participatory sensing and mobile health systems, leveraging the location, activity, image, and user-contributed data streams increasingly available from mobile phones. She has been a co-PI on many NSF and DARPA funded projects and has been an active participant in numerous government sponsored studies. Dr. Estrin is a fellow of the ACM, AAAS and the IEEE. She was selected as the first ACM-W Athena Lecturer in 2006, was awarded the Anita Borg Institute’s Women of Vision Award for Innovation in 2007, inducted into the WITI hall of fame in 2008, and awarded Doctor Honoris Causa from EPFL in 2008 and Uppsala University in 2011. She was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 2007 and into the National Academy of Engineering in 2009. She was also named as one of the Brilliant 10 in Popular Science magazine, one of Wired Magazine's 2012 50 People Who Will Change the World and one of CNN's 10 Most Powerful Women in Tech.

Dr. Estrin will speak on the topic “What happens when each patient becomes their own "universe" of unique medical data?” at the TEDMED Future of Medicine, Healthcare and Technology conference in Washington, DC, April 16-19, 2013. She also presented a Research Methodology Conference on January 25th, 2013, at the Weill Greenberg Center, and she outlined her vision for "mobile health" in the presentation "Transforming Health Care Through Mobile Platforms," part of the symposium Smart Phones, Smart Devices, Social Networks, and Smart Health Care on February 16 at the 2013 Annual Meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science in Boston. Her AAAS talk was covered in the Cornell Chronicle.

John-Paul Mead, MD, FACP, has been appointed Clinical Instructor in Public Health in the Division of Quality and Medical Informatics. Dr. Mead is an attending physician at Cayuga Medical Center in Ithaca, NY, a position he has held since 2001. He is currently Chair of Cayuga’s Performance Improvement Committee and Medical Director of Primary Care in Cayuga Medical Associates, as well as a member of the Statewide Health Information Network for New York (SHIN-NY) Policy Committee. Since 2010 he has also been a Clinical Instructor in Medicine at Weill Cornell Medical College. He received his BA degree from the University of Colorado at Boulder and his MD from New York University School of Medicine, and then completed an internship and residency in Medicine at the Cambridge Hospital in Cambridge, MA, as well as an externship in Medical Informatics at the National Library of Medicine of the NIH in Bethesda, MD. Dr. Mead is board certified in Internal Medicine and is a Fellow of the American College of Physicians (ACP). He is currently a member of Health Information Technology Committee and the Health and Public Policy Committee of New York – ACP, as well as a member of the American Medical Informatics Association. Dr. Mead teaches in the medical student community medicine rotation at Weill Cornell Medical College and in the resident primary care rotation. He is currently the Principal Investigator on a project with the Operations Research division of the Cornell University Department of Engineering titled “Automated Detection of Significant Findings in Free Text Radiology Reports.”

Francesca Gany, MD, MS, has been appointed Professor of Public Health. Dr. Gany has been a Member and Attending Physician (Service Chief) of Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center since January 2011. Her primary appointment is in the Department of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences, and her secondary appointment is in the Department of Medicine at Memorial Hospital for Cancer and Allied Diseases. Dr. Gany is Chief of MSKCC’s Immigrant Health and Cancer Disparities Service. She was recruited to lead the development of this new center, which focuses on striving for equity in cancer care and immigrant health. She is currently building a collaborative and community oriented research agenda to advance MSKCC’s program in population and cancer control. She also serves as a director of the community-based participatory South Asian Health Initiative, now based at Memorial Sloan-Kettering. Before joining MSKCC, Dr. Gany was based at NYU Medical Center, where she established the NYU Center for Immigrant Health and directed it for more than 20 years.

Patricia A. Cassano, PhD, MPH, has been appointed Associate Professor of Public Health in the Division of Biostatistics and Epidemiology. Dr. Cassano is based at Cornell University in Ithaca, where she is an Associate Professor in the Division of Nutritional Sciences of the College of Human Ecology and Director of Graduate Studies in Epidemiology. Dr. Cassano received an AB in Biological Sciences from Mt. Holyoke College, an MPH in Epidemiology from Columbia University, and a PhD in Epidemiology from the University of Washington. Dr. Cassano is an epidemiologist with interests in nutrition and genetics, with specialized expertise in the etiology of respiratory diseases. She has methodological expertise in the design, conduct and analysis of analytical epidemiological studies, in particular long-term prospective cohort studies including studies incorporating biological markers of nutrition and metabolism and molecular markers of genetic variation. She leads the EnHANCE Pilot Study, a study investigating the transition from home to college environment and effects on body habitus, metabolism, and pre-disease biological markers. She also leads the Respiratory Ancillary Study to the Selenium and Vitamin E Cancer Prevention Trial (SELECT), which addresses whether supplementation with vitamin E and/or selenium attenuates decline in lung function and/or reduces the risk of COPD.

Richard K. Lee, MD, has been appointedAssistant Professor of Public Health. Dr. Lee’s primary faculty appointment is as Assistant Professor of Urology at Weill Cornell Medical College. He is also an Assistant Attending Physician at NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital/Weill Cornell Medical Center, where he practices within the Iris Cantor Men’s Health Center. Dr. Lee received his BS degree from Duke University, an MBA from Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, and his MD from the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine. He completed a residency and fellowship at NYPH, during which time he was awarded the Society for Male Reproduction and Urology Traveling Scholar Award, the Society for the Study of Male Reproduction Men's Health Traveling Fellowship, the Empire Clinical Research Investigator Program Grant, the New York Weill Cornell Medical Center Alumni Council Distinguished Housestaff Award, and the Doctors of the World Health and Human Rights Leadership Award.

Dr. Lee is an active participant in translational research and is currently involved in several protocols as either primary or co-investigator that includes NIH, non-profit foundation, and industry support. He takes part in the peer review process of other's research as a journal reviewer for European Urology, Journal of Urology, British Journal of Urology International, and Advances in Urology. He has also published over 60 peer-reviewed articles and co-authored chapters in several urologic texts. His current research interests include BPH, female urology, health outcomes, cost effectiveness analysis, pelvic reconstruction, bioengineering, nanoparticle therapy, and male pelvic health.

Jennifer C.F. Leng, MD, MPH, has been appointed Assistant Professor of Public Health. Dr. Leng is based at Memorial-Sloan Kettering Cancer Center (MSKCC), where she is a member of the research faculty of the Immigrant Health and Cancer Disparities laboratory. Her research interests include developing and testing support and survivorship interventions for Chinese cancer patients; targeting social and economic barriers to cancer care, and studying interventions to address food insecurity among immigrant and minority cancer patients; and community-based cardiovascular disease and cancer risk screening for underserved populations. Before joining MSKCC she was Director of Research at the Center for Immigrant Health at NYU School of Medicine, where she served as an investigator in several research studies addressing health disparities for immigrant and minority patients. Dr. Leng is a board-certified internist, with a focus on serving the needs of the Chinese immigrant community in New York City. She holds an MD degree and an MPH degree from Tufts University School of Medicine and completed her residency training in Internal Medicine at NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital/Columbia University Medical Center. She previously was an attending physician at Charles B. Wang Community Health Center.

Hye-Young (Arian) Jung, PhD, has been appointed Assistant Professor of Public Health in the Division of Quality and Medical Informatics. Dr. Jung completed her BA in Economics from the University of California at Santa Cruz, where she received the highest honors in economics. She earned her PhD in Health Services Research, with a concentration in Health Economics, at Brown University. She received the AHRQ Health Services Research Dissertation Grant Award for her dissertation, “The Impact of Coordinating Medicare and Medicaid Benefits for the Dually-Eligible: Evaluating Senior Care Options in Massachusetts.” She was also honored with a several other awards during her undergraduate and graduate studies, including the Kimbo Foundation Academic Scholarship, the American Association of University Women Scholarship, the Plantronics Annual Economics Award, the Karl S. Pister Leadership Opportunity Award, the National Institute on Aging Traineeship, the RAND Summer Institute Traineeship, and the Brown University International Travel Grant. Dr. Jung has a growing list of peer-reviewed publications and book chapters, and she has presented her research at a number of international and national conferences. She has also taught classes to medical students and undergraduates in the Department of Community Health at Brown University.

Helen H. Lee, MD, MPH, has been appointed Assistant Professor of Medicine in Public Health. Her primary appointment is in the Department of Medicine. She is also an Assistant Attending Physician at NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital. Dr. Lee received her BA from Yale University, her MD from Drexel University College of Medicine, and her MPH from Yale University. She completed a residency in Internal Medicine at Yale New Haven Hospital, and a fellowship in Occupational and Environmental Medicine at Yale School of Medicine, where she then served as an attending physician at Yale New Haven Hospital. Before joining Weill Cornell Medical College, Dr. Lee was a faculty member in the Preventive Medicine Department of Mount Sinai School of Medicine, first as a Clinical Instructor and then as Assistant Professor and Occupational and Environmental Medicine Residency Program Director. She was also an attending physician at Mount Sinai’s Irving J. Selikoff Center for Occupational and Environmental Medicine and the World Trade Center Health Program of Mount Sinai School of Medicine. She is certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine, the American Board of Preventive Medicine: Occupational Medicine, and the Worker’s Compensation Board of the State of New York. She was the course director of Clinical Occupational and Environmental Medicine, and the co-course director of Introduction to Occupational and Environmental Medicine, both at Mount Sinai School of Public Health.

Jessica Jalbert, PhD, has been appointed Assistant Professor of Public Health (Courtesy). She is working in the department with Dr. Art Sedrakyan. Dr. Jalbert received her BSc from McGill University and her MA and PhD from Brown University. She was a Pre-Doctoral Fellow at Pfizer in both their departments of Safety and Risk Management (Epidemiology) and Outcomes Research. She was a Post-Doctoral Research Fellow at Brigham and Women’s Hospital/Harvard Medical School, where she worked on a study funded by AHRQ titled “Real-world Effectiveness of Carotid Artery Stenting in Medicare Patients” (PI: Dr. Soko Setoguchi). She has published 6 articles in peer-reviewed journals (5 as first author), several of which focus on medical effects of prescription drug and alcohol use in older adults. Dr. Jalbert is employed by LA-SER Analytica in New York City. She is currently a member of the International Society for Pharmacoepidemiology (ISPE).


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