News and Highlights

December 2014

Recent Department Faculty Speaking and Panel Engagements

Dr. Madelon Finkel Gives Keynote Address at University of Sydney
Madelon Finkel, PhD Madelon L. Finkel, PhD, Professor of Clinical Healthcare Policy and Research and Director of the Office of Global Health Education, gave the keynote address at the University of Sydney (Australia) sponsored conference, “Coal Seam Gas, Fracking, and Health: Environmental and Health Impacts. The Lessons for Australia from the US,” on Nov 24, 2014, in Sydney. Dr. Finkel’s talk was titled, “The Environmental and Health Impacts of Fracking: Lessons from the US Experience.”

Dr. Finkel Is Invited Speaker at Symposium Hosted by University of Edinburgh
Dr. Finkel was also an invited speaker at a symposium hosted by the University of Edinburgh at the Cornell Club on October 22, 2014. The symposium, “Beyond Task Shifting: Building Resilience Among All Health Workers,” was chaired by Edinburgh’s Vice Principal, International. Also taking part in the symposium were representatives from the United Nations, Pfizer, and Johnson & Johnson.

Dr. Nathaniel Hupert is on International Expert Panel Discussing Ebola Outcomes
Nathaniel Hupert, MD, MPHNathaniel Hupert, MD, MPH, Associate Professor of Healthcare Policy and Research, and of Medicine, participated as an expert panelist on a discussion of the potential social, political and economic outcomes of the Ebola outbreak in West Africa. The event was held November 10, 2014 at the Cornell Institute for African Development and the Mario Einaudi Center for International Studies. Dr. Hupert spoke on issues including how a lack of reliable data can make policy decision making difficult. He said that there is still an urgent need for governments in the US and other countries to make aid decisions, even in the face of insufficient data.

Dr. Hupert Participates in AcademyHealth Webinar on Modeling for Policy
Dr. Hupert also took part in a webinar titled “Effective Use of Simulation to Guide Health Policy,” hosted by AcademyHealth’s Translation and Dissemination Institute and Public Health Systems Research program with support from Kaiser Permanente and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. The event, which took place November 14, 2014, highlighted the value of using models to enhance decision-making in health policy and public health.

Drs. Rainu Kaushal and Lawrence Casalino Speak at Special Symposium on the Future of Healthcare
Rainu Kaushal, MD, MPHRainu Kaushal, MD, MPH, the Frances and John L. Loeb Professor of Medical Informatics and Chairman of the Department of Healthcare Policy and Research, and Lawrence Casalino, MD, PhD, the Livingston Farrand Professor of Public Health and Chief of the Division of Healthcare Policy and Economics in the Department of Healthcare Policy and Research, participated in a special symposium held December 6, 2014 at Weill Cornell Medical College titled “The Future Face of Healthcare and Science: Impact of New Technologies.”
Lawrence P. Casalino, MD, PhD The symposium was moderated by Andrew von Eschenbach, MD, former FDA Commissioner and Director of the National Cancer Institute. Dr. Kaushal spoke about the New York City Clinical Data Research Network in a talk titled “Harnessing the Power of Data across New York City.” Dr. Casalino spoke on “Affordable Care Organizations & Beyond: The Future of Healthcare.”

Dr. Kaushal Is Invited Panelist on Discussion of Privacy in Medical Records
Dr Kaushal also participated as an invited expert on a panel discussion of the sharing of patient data through the electronic medical record and the Statewide Health Information Network for New York. The panelists discussed the benefits to clinical research that can be obtained through such data sharing, provided that patient privacy concerns are addressed. The event was moderated by Dr. Arthur Caplan, Director of Medical Ethics at NYU Langone School of Medicine and was held at on December 2, 2014, NYU Medical Center.

Dr. Art Sedrakyan Is Speaker and Co-Organizer of FDA MDEpiNet Meeting
Art Sedrakyan, MD, PhD, Associate Professor of Healthcare Policy and Research, was a speaker and co-organizer of the annual meeting of MDEpiNet, held October 14-16, 2014, at the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) headquarters in Silver Spring, MD. The Medical Device Epidemiology Network Initiative (MDEpiNet) is part of the Epidemiology Research Program (ERP) at the FDA's Center for Devices and Radiological Health (CDRH). The initiative is a collaborative program through which CDRH and external partners share information and resources to enhance understanding of the safety and effectiveness of medical devices after they are marketed. Dr. Sedrakyan directs the MDEpiNet Infrastructure Center, which is located at Weill Cornell Medical College. The Infrastructure Center provides a strong foundation for collection, analysis and dissemination of medical device data, by leveraging resources to create new registries and improve existing ones.

Dr. Sedrakyan Is Panelist at Meeting on Adoption of the Unique Device Identifier in Health Care
Dr. Sedrakyan was also an expert panelist at a conference titled “Realizing the Benefits of UDI in Health Care” in Washington, DC, on December 9, 2014. The event was jointly sponsored by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology, and the Pew Charitable Trusts. Under new federal regulations, the highest-risk medical devices—such as cardiac valves and artificial hips—now have new identifying codes to more easily track products and detect problems. This conference discussed the benefits and challenges of integrating these codes, called unique device identifiers (UDI), into clinical care, registries, the supply chain, and other facets of health care delivery.

Dr. Tara Bishop Serves as Expert on Weeklong Online Panel
Tara Bishop, MD, MPHTara F. Bishop, MD, MPH, Assistant Professor of Healthcare Policy and Research, and of Medicine, and the Nanette Laitman Clinical Scholar in Clinical Evaluation, participated as an expert for a week-long online panel discussing ambulatory quality and safety, during the week of November 3-7, 2014. The panel was sponsored by Global Health Delivery Online (GHDonline), a product of the Global Health Delivery Project, which is a platform of expert-led communities where health care implementers collaborate to improve the delivery of health care.


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