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April 2005 News Flashes


Dr. Marshal Glesby
Marshall Glesby MD, PhD has been promoted to Associate Professor of Medicine and Public Health. Dr. Glesby has been a member of the Department of Public Health since 2002. A native of Canada, Dr. Glesby received his PhD in Clinical Investigation from Johns Hopkins University School of Hygiene and Public Health and his MD from the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. In his role as Co-Director of the Cornell Clinical Trials Unit and Medical Director of the Chelsea subunit, will continue his collaboration with Dr. Bruce Schackman on an NIH AIDS Clinical Trials Group grant

Jan Blustein, MD, PhD has been appointed Adjunct Associate Professor of Public Health. A specialist in health policy, Dr. Blustein is Associate Professor of Health Policy at the Wagner Graduate School at New York University. During the 2003-2004 academic year Dr. Blustein was a Visiting Fellow in the Department. She will collaborate across our divisions in research and will be participating in all facets of the department’s academic activities.


Dr. Ashutosh K. Tewari
Ash Tewari, MD, Associate Professor of Public Health and Urology and Director of the Institute of Robotic Urologic Surgery has been receiving media attention for his innovative work in robotic prostatectomy. Segments of Dr. Tewari’s work were featured on CBS News Up to the Minute and BET (Black Entertainment Television).

Dr. Joseph Fins
Joseph Fins, MD, Chief of the Division of Medical Ethics, was featured in Scientific American on the history and ethics of brain implants; in US News & World Report on brain awareness and the unconscious; and on NY1 Noticias and regarding his study on the pact between patients and health-care proxies published in the Journal of Pain and Symptom Management.

Dr. Fins and Dr. Nicholas Schiff
were also featured in The New York Times and and regarding advanced neuro-imaging technology.


Dr. Finkel & Dr. Fein to Present at Education Conference


Dr. Madelon L. Finkel

Dr. Oliver T. Fein

Dr. Madelon Finkel, Professor of Clinical Public Health and Director of the Office of International Medical Education and Dr. Oliver Fein, Associate Dean (affiliations) and Professor of Clinical Public Health presented a workshop on Weill Cornell’s United States-European Union Medical Education Exchange Program at the 14 th Annual Conference of the International Health Medical Education Consortium (IHMEC) in San Francisco. IHMEC represents over 70 medical schools in North America active in promoting international medical education opportunities for their medical students. Weill Cornell is recognized as one of the leading medical schools in the field of international medical education. Three Weill Cornell medical students were also selected to make poster presentations at the conference on their studies “Awareness of Learning and Behavior Disorders among Primary School Teachers in New Delhi India” and “HIV’AID Care and Prevention in the Cuban Health Care System".

Dr. Carrillo Appointed Vice President of Community Health Development

Dr. Emilo J. Carrillo

Emilio J. Carrillo, MD, MPH, Associate Professor of Clinical Public Health and Medicine has been named Vice President of Community Health Development at NewYork Presbyterian Hospital. Dr. Carrillo, a leading healthcare administrator and expert in community health, will be responsible for developing and implementing a strategic hospital program for community health developments. The program will address health disparities and the special health needs of minority and immigrant communities and partner with local health care providers, community-based organization, government agencies, foundations and philanthropic entities. (Press release)

Dr. Mushlin Presents to TMH Board of Trustees

Dr. Alvin I. Mushlin

Dr. Mushlin presented the plans for a Department of Public Health at the Methodist Hospital Houston to the Board of Trustees of Methodist Hospital.

Prevention Institute Hosts Conference

On Monday, March 28, 2005 Dr. Gilbert Botvin of the Institute for Prevention Research hosted his annual Cornell Prevention conference Advances in Prevention Science and Practice: Recent Developments and Emerging Issues in Snowbird, Utah. The meeting was attended by well known experts and practitioners in the field of prevention and focused on the critical issues in prevention science and practice.  The one-day event was attended by 10 speakers and 7 invited guests.  The presentations focused on new developments in prevention science and/or issues related to the dissemination, implementation, and institutionalization of evidence-based prevention.


Dr. Tracy Nichols

Dr. Tracy Nichols, Assistant Professor of Public Health, Division of Prevention and Health Behavior has been awarded a seed grant from the Institute for the Social Sciences at Cornell University Ithaca. The one year grant “Adolescent Health and Community Service:Building
Bridges and Planting Seeds “ was one of only 5 proposals funded out of 24 submitted by the Institute and will enable the Division and Department the opportunity to form exciting new collaborations with the College of Human Ecology.


PRESENTATIONS: Unless otherwise noted, all presentations take place in the Public Health conference room located on the 3rd floor of Kips Bay, 411 East 69th Street.

Tuesday, April 12, 1 – 2 pm
Research in Progress Seminar Series
Quality of Care Research in an era of "Pay for Performance"
Alvin I. Mushlin, MD, ScM – Chairman, Department of Public Health

Thursday, April 14, 3 – 5 pm
The Historical Origins of Medical Ethics Seminar Series
“The Birth of Bioethics”
Al Jonsen, PhD; Co-Director, Program in Medicine and Human Values
California Pacific Medical Center, San Francisco, CA

Tuesday, April 19, 1 – 2 pm
Research/Academic Conference Series (CME activity)
“Viral Hepatitis Screening in Methadone Maintained Subjects”
Gavin Bart , MD ; Adjunct Assistant Professor of Public Health/WMC
Director of Clinical Research; Laboratory of the Biology of Addictive Disease, Rockefeller University

Friday, April 22, 4 – 5 pm NOTE LOCATION: A-126, 1300 York Avenue
“Ethical and Clinical Issues in Disorders of Consciousness: A Cuban Perspective”
Calixto Machado, MD, PhD; President
Instituto de Neuologia y Neurocirugia, Havana Cuba

Tuesday, April 26, 1 – 2 pm
Research in Progress Seminar Series
Topic: TBA
Bruce Schackman, PhD – Assistant Professor of Public Health

Tuesday, April 26, 4 - 5 pm
Journal Club (CME activity)
“Large Scale Data Sets”
Kamiar Khajavi , MD , JD, Instructor in Public Health

Wednesday, April 27, 11 am – 12:30 pm NOTE LOCATION: Uris Auditorium, 1300 York Avenue
Department of Psychiatry Grand Rounds: Co-sponsored by the Division of Medical Ethics
“The History of Military Medical Ethics and Current Events in Guantanamo and Abu Ghraib”
Stephen N. Xenakis, MD, Brigadier General, Retired, US Army; Clinical Professor of Psychiatry, Uniformed Services University of Health Sciences, Bethesda, MD


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