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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

LifeMinute.tv

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

Zocdoc

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.

HVNN.com

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

MidHudsonNews.com

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

Maria Fareri Doctors Successfully Separate Conjoined Twins

January 25, 2017

NYMC School of Medicine assistant professor neurosurgery Michael Tobias, M.D.; associate professor of clinical surgery Whitney McBride, M.D.; assistant professor of surgery Samir Pandya, M.D.; and professor of pediatrics, vice chairman of the Department of Pediatrics and physician-in-chief of Maria Fareri Children’s Hospital Michael Gewitz, M.D. were just part of a team of physicians who helped conjoined twins separated in surgery at WMCHealth/Maria Fareri Children's Hospital, a member of the WMCHealth Network at Westchester Medical Center.

Faculty Member:
Samir Pandya M.D.,  assistant professor of surgery
Whitney McBride, M.D., associate professor of clinical surgery
Michael Gewitz, M.D., professor of pediatrics, vice chairman of the Department of Pediatrics and physician-in-chief of Maria Fareri Children’s Hospital
Paul Zelkovic, M.D., clinical assistant professor urology
Damon Delbello, M.D., assistant professor of clinical orthopaedic surgery

The Examiner

Forum at BioInc@NYMC to discuss New York’s biomedical technology industry

January 25, 2017

BioInc@NYMC, Hudson Valley Economic Development Corp. and The Innovation Alliance will host a forum on New York’s biomedical technology industry on Feb. 17 at New York Medical College.

The Business Journal

Double Your Energy With This Simple Fatigue Busting Makeover

January 25, 2017

"By slowing your breathing from the usual 12 to 20 breaths per minute to 5 or 6, you bring more energy-boosting oxygen to your cells," says NYMC School of Medicine clinical assistant professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences Patricia Gerbarg, M.D.

Faculty Member: Patricia Gerbarg, M.D., clinical assistant professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences

Prevention

Phyllis Harrison-Ross, Mental Health Pioneer, Dies at 80

January 25, 2017

Mental health pioneer Phyllis Harrison-Ross, M.D., professor emeritus of psychiatry and behavioral health services at NYMC School of Medicine, passes away at the age of 80. Dr. Harrison-Ross was a ubiquitous presence in the mental health field in New York and nationally for more than 35 years. She was an early leader in designing rehabilitation and therapy for children with a combination of severe developmental, emotional and physical disabilities.

Faculty Emeritus: Phyllis Harrison-Ross, M.D., professor emeritus of psychiatry and behavioral sciences

The New York Times

Dr. Nora O'Brien Named New Head of Willow Gardens Memory Care

January 25, 2017

Nora O'Brien, D.P.T., clinical instructor of physical therapy, is named new head of Willow Gardens Memory Care, Westchester County's premier assisted living facility dedicated to caring for those with Alzheimer's and dementia.

Faculty Member: Nora O'Brien, D.P.T., clinical instructor of physical therapy

Patch.com

Conjoined Twins Separated in Westchester Surgery

January 24, 2017

"Once their wounds are healed... they would be moving forward to the next step," said NYMC School of Medicine associate professor of clinical surgery Whitney McBride, M.D., part of the surgery team at WMCHealth/Maria Fareri Children's Hospital, a member of the WMCHealth Network at Westchester Medical Center.

Faculty member:
Michael Tobias, M.D., assistant professor neurosurgery
Whitney McBride, M.D., associate professor of clinical surgery
Samir Pandya, M.D.,  assistant professor of surgery
Michael Gewitz, M.D., professor of pediatrics, vice chairman of the Department of Pediatrics and physician-in-chief of Maria Fareri Children’s Hospital

The Journal News

Screen Time May Not Be So Bad for Teens After All

January 20, 2017

And according to Matthew Lorber, M.D., M.P.A., clinical assistant professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences, while a teen's self-esteem may benefit from making new friends online, he or she may not be learning how to deal with real-world interactions.

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

HealthDay

10 Things Dermatologists Are Dying to Tell You About Your Skin

January 18, 2017

Dendy Engelman, M.D., clinical assistant professor of dermatology‌, discusses the usage of magnifying mirrors and skin care in Marie Claire's "10 Things Dermatologists Are Dying To Tell You About Your Skin." “Those 20x magnifying makeup mirrors just kill me. All you can see in them are flaws! Nobody should look at you that closely except dermatologists, since that’s our job. To the untrained eye, seeing your skin magnified that much encourages picking at otherwise imperceptible blemishes. Plus, it contributes to a poor sense of self because it literally magnifies your imperfections. My mother is in love with them; her excuse is ‘I can’t see to put my makeup on.’ She won’t listen to me! I tell everyone I know that if they really can’t apply makeup without glasses, find a mirror with magnification of just 5x to 8x that only corrects for nearsightedness," said Dr. Engelman.

Faculty Member: Dendy Engelman, M.D., clinical assistant professor of dermatology‌

 

Marie Claire

Rx For Trivia: Cardiologist On President's Health

January 18, 2017

On Jan. 20, 70-year-old Donald Trump will be the oldest man to ever take the presidential oath of office, older than Ronald Reagan by 8 months. That has people thinking about presidential health, a topic Dr. William Frishman has never stopped thinking about. William H. Frishman, M.D., the Barbara and William Rosenthal professor and chairman of the Department of Medicine, and professor of pharmacology, has total recall for presidential trivia, able to rattle off presidential heights and weights at the drop of a hat — and even when no hat is dropped.

Faculty Member: William H. Frishman, M.D., the Barbara and William Rosenthal professor and chairman of the Department of Medicine, and professor of pharmacology

The Journal News

Haggerty: Marisa's Memory Fuels Race, Cancer Research

January 18, 2017

Almost every cent will go directly toward the pediatric cancer fight and toward making the lives of ill kids and their families better. A central figure in the research is Marisa Fund board member, Dr. Mitchell Cairo, professor of pediatrics, medicine, pathology, microbiology and immunology, and cell biology and anatomy at New York Medical College, said “Without it, many lives might not have been saved.” Cairo said new medications “unleash the brake on immune cells” that fight the disease. New immune-based therapies also provide a targeted approach to attacking Hodgkin‘s cells. And cells are being genetically engineered to attack Hodgkin’s cells.

Faculty Member: Mitchell S. Cairo, M.D., professor of pediatrics, medicine, pathology, microbiology and immunology, and cell biology and anatomy

The Journal News

High Prices For Orphan Drugs Strain Families And Insurers

January 17, 2017

A pale boy with enormous eyes, Luke frequently ran high fevers, tired easily and was skinny all over, except his belly stuck out like a bowling ball. David Kronn, M.D., associate professor of pediatrics, said Luke's condition was "quite severe" and he needed help fast. Luke immediately began treatment, but the family said it spent months uncertain whether its health insurer, Oxford Health Plans, which is owned by UnitedHealthcare, would cover the drug. The drug is made by Sanofi Genzyme and costs $6,356.69 for each treatment, the Whitbecks' paperwork shows.

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

NPR