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Federal Grant To Fund NYMC Study Of DNA In Ovarian Aging

February 08, 2017

The National Institute on Aging is granting the New York Medical College in White Plains $71,137 to study DNA repair in ovarian aging. “Reproductive aging is a significant public health issue affecting a major segment of the female population and our lab is leading the research in this area,” said Dr. Kutluk Oktay, the mentor in the search being performed by Gabriela Murphy-Goldberg, Ph.D. candidate in the School of Basic Medical Sciences at New York Medical College and the principal investigator for the project.

Faculty Member: Kutluk Oktay, M.D., professor of obstetrics and gynecology, medicine, and cell biology and anatomy
NYMC Student: Gabriela Murphy-Goldberg, Ph.D. candidate

Brain Differences Hint at Why Autism is More Common in Males

February 08, 2017

Structural differences in the male brain might explain why autism is more common in men than women, a new study suggests. Women were three times more likely to have autism spectrum disorder if their brain anatomy resembled more closely what is typically seen in male brains, the European researchers reported. "Specifically, these females had much thicker than normal cortical areas, a trait generally seen in male brains. This study is certainly not conclusive, but it does propose a reason why autism is found so much more frequently in males," said Dr. Matthew Lorber, who was not involved in the study.

Faculty Member: Matthew Lorber, M.D., M.P.A., clinical assistant professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences


Weather: Warm Wednesday, then Thursday snowstorm: Health advice

February 07, 2017

Some people think drastic changes in weather patterns can cause people to become sick. But Dr. Leanne Forman, Leanne Forman, M.D., associate professor of clinical medicine at NYMC, said that's a myth. “When changes like that happen, you don’t catch things like the cold,” she said. “That’s really just because people are staying inside in the winter and you’re more likely to catch a virus or pick up bacteria.”

Faculty Member: Leanne Forman, M.D., associate professor of clinical medicine

The Journal News

Newly Separated, Conjoined Twins Celebrate First Birthday

February 06, 2017

Conjoined twins Ballenie and Bellanie Camacho had been physically attached to one another their entire life, but today the two little girls were able to celebrate their shared first birthday at the Westchester Medical Center as physically separate human beings. “It’s wonderful to see them doing so well so soon after surgery,” said Dr. Whitney McBride who, along with Dr. Samir Pandya, guided the WMA surgical teams that expertly individualized the girls’ lives during the course of the successful 21-hour separation surgery – the first of its kind performed at Westchester Medical. “They’re recovering very nicely; better than I think we could hope for. They’re both bright-eyed, smiley and happy kids. Their family is really enjoying their time with them, and its been an exciting journey for everyone involved.”

Faculty Members: 
Whitney McBride, M.D., associate professor of clinical surgery
Samir Pandya, M.D.,  assistant professor of surgery

7 February Business Events in the County: Biotech Industry Forum

February 06, 2017

Biotech Industry Forum: BioInc@NYMC, Hudson Valley Economic Development Corp., and The Innovation Alliance will be hosting a forum talking about New York’s biomedical technology industry at New York Medical College in Valhalla on February 17. The event takes place from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Members of New York’s biomedical technology community, policymakers and business leaders will be leading a discussion that is included in the forum. Experts will also talk about how to grow and support innovation in New York.

Westchester Magazine

Childhood Cancer Survivors and Later Sexual Health

February 06, 2017

Treatment received in childhood to help fight cancer can have an impact on sexual health in adulthood, a new report suggests. However, the study also found that most adult survivors of childhood cancer report having satisfying sexual and romantic lives. "As positive as it is to see this, we still should be closely monitoring sexual health in adults who did have cancer treatment as children, especially those needing high-dose neurotoxic [brain-harming] treatments," said Dr. Matthew Lorber, who reviewed the new findings.

Faculty Member: Matthew Lorber, M.D., M.P.A., clinical assistant professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences


Immigrants Heal Us

February 06, 2017

A democratic president concludes his eight years in office. He is the author of several respected books and, as one might expect from an Ivy Leaguer, gives thoughtful speeches.

NYMC Leadership: Edward C. Halperin, M.D., M.A., chancellor and chief executive officer


UB University Business

Twins Separated in Marathon 21-Hour Surgery Last Month Celebrate Their First Birthday

February 06, 2017

These previously conjoined twins are celebrating their first birthday in another huge milestone after their 21-hour separation surgery in January. “They are recovering very nicely. Better than I think we could hope for,” Pediatric surgeon, Whitney McBride told “They are both bright eyes, smiley and happy kids.”

Faculty Member: Whitney McBride, M.D., associate professor of clinical surgery


21 Medical Pioneers to Celebrate This Black History Month

February 03, 2017

Jane Cooke Wright, M.D. ’45, first woman elected president of the New York Cancer Society, was a pioneering cancer researcher and accomplished surgeon. Her work is largely responsible for elevating chemotherapy from a last-ditch effort at treating cancer patients to a viable treatment option. She completed her residency at Harlem (N.Y.) Hospital, where she later served as chief resident. In 1964, working as part of a team at New York University School of Medicine, Dr. Wright developed a nonsurgical method using a catheter system to deliver heavy doses of anticancer drugs to previously hard-to-reach tumor areas in the kidneys, spleen and elsewhere. Dr. Wright served as associate dean and head of cancer chemotherapy department at New York Medical College in New York City in 1967 to 1975.

NYMC Alumni: Jane Cooke Wright, M.D. ’45. She served as associate dean at NYMC from 1967 to 1975.

Becker's Hospital Review

Ari Markenson Joins Winston & Strawn

February 02, 2017

Winston & Strawn LLP is pleased to announce that Ari J. Markenson has joined the firm as a partner in the Health Care Practice of the New York office.

Faculty Member: Ari J. Markenson, J.D., M.P.H., lecturer in the Department of Health Policy and Management


Artist Archie Rand Speaks at the JCC

February 01, 2017

Photography talks: The fifth edition of the PGH Photo Fair is featuring David Kronn, M.D., associate professor of pediatrics. Afree public talk will be given at 6:30 p.m. in the Ace Hotel Ballroom, 120 S. Whitfield St., East Liberty. April 5: Dr. David Kronn. a Dublin-born collector, is also an amateur photographer and chief of medical genetics at Westchester Medical Center and associate professor of pathology and pediatrics at New York Medical College, Valhalla, N.Y. His collection is a promised gift to the Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin.

Faculty Member:
David Kronn, M.D., associate professor of pediatrics

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Murphy Calls For State To Invest In Hudson Valley Biotech Boom

February 01, 2017

In 2014 BioInc@NYMC was launched at the Valhalla campus of New York Medical College.  Philips’ IntelliSpace Genomics, a healthcare software company that delivers real-time diagnostic information, moved onto campus at the end of 2016.  Regeneron Pharmaceuticals, located just down the road of the College, has been in existence for more than 25 years growing to more than 5,000 employees. Dr. Robert Amler, Vice President for Government Affairs and Dean of the School of Health Sciences and Practice said, “In just two years BioInc – the biotechnology incubator at New York Medical College has become a productive asset, advancing scientific discoveries and attracting investments from outside the region.  The initial investments from Empire State Development’s REDC process, as well as federal, private and university resources, have already delivered successful outcomes and the prospect of greater advances in disaster medicine, genomic-engineered drugs, and other tools to prevent and treat disease.”

NYMC Leadership: Robert W. Amler, M.D., M.B.A., dean of the School of Health Sciences and Practice and vice president for government affairs

Terrence Murphy

Immigrants Heal Us, Medical College Chancellor Says

February 01, 2017

A large proportion of American winners of the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine were immigrants or the children of recent immigrants. We can thank these immigrants and their children for antibiotics, the polio vaccine, vascular surgery, and much of our progress in the war against disease and disability. Progress in medicine is fostered by the free movement of human ideas and the free movement of human talent — freedoms we deeply value.

NYMC Leadership: Edward C. Halperin, M.D., M.A., chancellor and chief executive officer

The Journal News

Renovated Rooms to Help Foster Kids Come to a Happier Place

January 31, 2017

At any time, several hundred children in the county are in the foster care system, requiring critical services provided by the Westchester Institute for Human Development (WIHD) on the New York Medical College and Westchester Medical Center campus. "The renovations are a message to the children that we serve that they are important and that there are many people out there who truly care about them,” said Susan W. Fox, Ph.D.

Faculty Member: Susan W. Fox, Ph.D., director of the Center on Disability and Health in the School of Health Sciences and Practice and associate professor of health policy and management (appointment pending).

The Examiner

How to Get and Stay Heart Healthy

January 31, 2017

The experts weigh in on keeping your number one organ functioning at its best. “We’re working together with Novartis and Good Housekeeping to educate the American population about heart failure,” says Dr. Alan Gass, associate professor of medicine. Heart failure is a condition on where there heart, which is a muscle, can no longer pump blood efficiently around the body. That translates into the most common symptoms of heart failure:  Shortness of breath, swelling of the ankles, easy fatigability or sometimes it's a subtle as not being able to do what you used to do whether it's a day, a week, or a year before.

Faculty Member: Alan Gass, M.D., associate professor of medicine

How Technology Helps, and Hurts Healthcare

January 30, 2017

Robert was the picture of health. He had run eight marathons and finished countless 5K and 10K races. He tracked everything from sleep to food intake, logging his exercise parameters religiously. A seven minute mile was a routine workout for Robert. But over the course of a few days, he noticed that he felt more winded during his run. One morning, when he awoke and checked his heart rate variability (HRV), it revealed a unusual drop. His VO2 max had also fallen considerably. So Robert sent an email to his physician, sharing his data and concerns. His doctor was also a runner, and loved when his patients armed him with data that enabled him to treat them.

NYMC Faculty: Howard J. Luks, M.D., assistant professor of orthopaedic surgery and assistant professor of medicine


State Renews iCANny as Certified Business Incubator

January 28, 2017

In addition to its designation as a NYS Certified Business Incubator, iCANny is also a partner with the BioInc incubator at New York Medical College in Valhalla, NY as the Mid-Hudson Valley region’s Innovation Hot Spot.

Westchester Medical Center To Use Philips’ Genomics For Personalized Care

January 27, 2017

Philips became the anchor tenant at the college’s biotech incubator, BioInc@NYMC. The company, which has 16 employees at the incubator, said it will use the 1,300-square-foot space for genomics research. “We know from genomic studies, we can trace in real time where they came from and we can do something about it,” said John T. Fallon III, M.D., Ph.D., professor and chairman of the Department of Pathology. “Either close down the room, do better cleaning or certain other things to prevent that infection from going to another patient.”

Faculty Member: John T. Fallon III, M.D., Ph.D., professor and chairman of the Department of Pathology

The Business Journal

Team of Doctors Separate Conjoined Babies at Westchester Medical Center

January 25, 2017

"The rare surgery, the first of its kind performed at the Valhalla medical facility, went like clockwork," said Samir Pandya M.D., assistant professor of surgery, who said they had rehearsed the procedures before the operation to anticipate any potential issues. Damon Delbello, M.D., assistant professor of clinical orthopaedic surgery, separated the children at the sacrum. A dozen doctors from five pediatric specialties and more than 50 medical professionals took part in the complex procedure. "Each child had their own spine and fully developed pelvis, giving the girls a bright future for recovery," said DelBello.

Faculty Members:
Samir Pandya, M.D., assistant professor of surgery
Damon Delbello, M.D., assistant professor of clinical orthopaedic surgery

NJOP Celebration Features Ambassador Danny Danon And Honors Jewish Community Leaders

January 25, 2017

NYMC School of Medicine's assistant professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences Leonard Davidman, Ph.D., receives the Leslie Nelkin Special Service Award.

Faculty Member: 
Leonard Davidman, Ph.D., assistant professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences

Seattle Pi