Apgar Members

Apgar Academy Members

  • Anne Armstrong-Coben, MD

    Dr.  Anne Armstong-Coben is an Assistant Professor of Pediatric at Columba Univeristy in the Department of Pediatrics, Division of Child and Adolescent Health.  She is an Advisory Dean at Columbia College of Physicians and Surgeons and teaches in the Foundations of Clinical Medicine course.  Anne is Associte Director of Community Pediatrics residency training for the Department of Pediatrics at Columbia.

  • Tracey Arnell, M.D.

     Bio to come soon.

  • Jonathan M. Barasch, MD, PhD

    Dr. Barasch is an outstanding teacher who is a section director in the course Science Basic to the Practice of Medicine and Dentistry. Within the context of this course he leads a weekly journal club for first year students to acquire the skills needed to understand experimental design and to critically read the medical scientific literature. Dr. Barasch teaches nephrology in the second year patho-physiology course, in the third year internal medicine clerkship and in the fourth year elective.

  • Beth Barron, MD

    Dr. Beth Barron is an Assistant Clinical Professor of Medicine at the College of Physicians and Surgeons and Associate Program Director of the Internal Medicine Residency. Her clinical role is a director of the Allen Hospitalist Service. She has participated in teaching in many levels of the medical school and residency including acting as instructor in Clinical Practice I, II, and III, and acting as the supervising attending for students and residents on internal medicine rotations.

  • Paulette Bernd, MD, PhD

    Dr. Paulette Bernd joined Columbia’s Department of Pathology and Cell Biology as a Professor in 2008. Her prior appointment was at the State University of New York, Downstate Medical Center, where she was a Distinguished Teaching Professor of Anatomy and Cell Biology. Dr. Bernd earned a BA in Biology from Colgate University and a PhD in Anatomy from Columbia University under the guidance of Dr. Michael Gershon. She then did a postdoctoral fellowship in the laboratory of Dr.

  • Stephen Canfield, MD

    Dr. Canfield is Assistant Professor of Medicine in the Division of Pulmonary, Allergy, and Critical Care Medicine, where he runs a lab investigating the genetic and biochemical origins of asthma and allergic disease. His clinical interests include the diagnosis and treatment of allergies and immunodeficiency. Dr. Canfield directs the Immunology section of the medical student Pathophysiology course, and has served as a small group preceptor and lecturer in that course for 7 years.

  • Beth Sharon Brodsky, PhD

    Beth S. Brodsky, Ph.D. is Associate Clinical Professor of Medical Psychology in Psychiatry at Columbia University, and a research scientist in the Silvio O. Conte Center for the Neurobiology of Mental Disorders, at the New York State Psychiatric Institute, Department of Molecular Imaging and Neuropathology.  She received her doctorate from the Graduate Faculty at the New School for Social Research.

  • Deborah L. Cabaniss, MD

    Deborah L. Cabaniss, M.D. is the Director of the Virginia Apgar Academy of Medical Educators. She is also Director of Psychotherapy Training and Clinical Professor in the Department of Psychiatry. Dr. Cabaniss coordinates all of the teaching and supervision of psychotherapy for the psychiatry residents here at Columbia. She also teaches two year-long courses in psychotherapy for the residents, lectures 2nd year medical students, and offers numerous electives for both residents and medical students.

  • Rita Charon, MD, PhD

    Teaching narrative studies in a medical center lets a teacher spread joy and discovery. Dr. Charon has had the privilege of teaching doctors, nurses, social workers, chaplains, physical therapists, psychoanalysts, and students of all the above about how to get the news from stories—through close reading of novels and memoirs and reflective writing about one’s own practice. These skills, we are learning, make them more effective clinicians. By founding the Program in Narrative Medicine, Dr.

  • Wendy Chung, MD, PhD

    Dr. Chung is an admired teacher who teaches human genetics to medical, dental, nursing, public health, and graduate students at Columbia University Medical College. She created and teaches curriculum for genetics and biochemistry for the first year medical and dental students. She makes molecular genetics and intermediary metabolism come alive by using a video library of her patients telling their stories about their rare conditions, their concerns about knowing their future through their genes, and how they have grappled with decisions about pregnancy termination.

  • Janis Cutler, MD

    Dr. Cutler is Director of Medical Student Education in Psychiatry, Course Director of Psychiatric Medicine 1 and 2, and Psychiatry Clerkship Director. She serves as co-chair of the Clinical Faculty Committee. Dr. Cutler enjoys engaging her students with videotaped and case-based clinical material. Her excellent teaching skills have been recognized in her receipt of many teaching awards including the Charles Bohmfalk Award for Distinguished Contributions to Teaching in the Clinical Years. Her on-going scholarly work focuses on medical students’ perceptions of psychiatry. Dr.

  • Michael Devlin, MD

    Dr. Michael Devlin is the founder and director of the innovative Clinical Practice 3 course for medical students in the major clinical year. This course combines the elements of reflective practice, longitudinal integration of clinical clerkships, and individual mentoring, all of which he believes to be of critical importance to the development of effective medical professionals. In his home department of psychiatry, Dr.

  • Marc Dickstein, MD

    Dr. Dickstein has received numerous awards for teaching including the Columbia University Presidential Award for Outstanding Teaching, 2006 and the Charles W. Bohmfalk Memorial Prize for Contributions to Teaching in the Preclinical Sciences, 2002. He has been Director of the first year course, Science Basic to the Practice of Medicine/Dentistry since 2000. He has introduced many innovations including an audience response system during lectures and annotated lectures provided on the course web site.

  • Mitchell Elkind, MD

    Dr. Mitchell S. V. Elkind gained his medical degree in 1992 from Harvard Medical School, and subsequently trained in Internal Medicine at Brigham and Women’s Hospital and in Neurology at Massachusetts General Hospital, both in Boston. He holds a Masters degree in Epidemiology from Columbia University. Currently, Dr. Elkind is a tenured Associate Professor of Neurology and Epidemiology in the Stroke Division at Columbia University, the Fellowships Director for the Neurology Department, and past Neurology Residency Program Director.

  • Mary Johanna Fink, MD

    Dedicated to teaching students and residents in the practice of clinical medicine, Dr Mary Jo Fink is a member of the Center for Family and Community Medicine. As an Assistant Professor of Clinical Medicine at P&S, she is the Associate Director of the FCM Tutorials course for Medical students. Focused on clinical skills acquisition, this course prepares students for the Major Clinical Year. Her interests include components of the clinical method: clinical observation and examination, information synthesis and processing as well as team communication in written and oral formats.

  • Blair Ford, MD

    Dr. Ford is an outstanding clinical teacher. He is currently the Course Director of the Neurology Clerkship and Program Director for the Neurology Residency Program. He has organized the neurology clerkship to provide students with a comprehensive program in neurology at CUMC and at the Harlem Hospital Center. He has done scholarly work in evaluating various mechanisms to assess students' mastery of the neurology core knowledge. Dr. Ford serves as co-chair of the Clinical Committee, which oversees the students' progress through the third and fourth years at P&S.

  • Dennis Fowler, MD

    Dr. Fowler is Gerald and Janet Carrus Professor of Clinical Surgery and Director of the Simulation Center at Columbia University Medical Center and New York Presbyterian Hospital/CU. He is also Director of the Center for Innovation and Outcomes Research in the Department of Surgery. As a clinical surgeon, his work has focused on minimally invasive surgery and surgical education. He is currently focused on the use of simulation for training and assessment in medical education, outcomes research, and technology development to improve healthcare.

  • Thomas Garrett, MD

    Dr. Garrett was the first Director of the Glenda Garvey Teaching Academy. He has a long standing commitment to the educational mission of Columbia University. He is Director of the Pathophysiology Course for second year medical and dental students. His contributions have been recognized by his receipt of the Charles Bohmfalk Award for Excellence in Teaching in the Pre-Clinical Years and the Teacher of the Year Award from the graduating Class of 2004. Dr. Garrett was a colleague and friend of Dr. Garvey for more than thirty years.

  • Elsa-Grace V. Giardina, MD, FACC, FAC.P, FAHA

    Elsa-Grace Giardina, M.D., is Professor of Clinical Medicine and Director of the Center for Women's Health. Her commitment to teaching and mentoring is well recognized in Cardiology where she guides medical students, house staff, fellows, graduate students, and young faculty.

  • Julie Glickstein, M.D.

    Julie Glickstein is a Professor of Pediatrics at Columbia University Medical Center. She completed her residency and fellowship in Pediatrics and Pediatric Cardiology at NYU Medic al Center. In 2001, she came to Columbia University Medical Center and joined the Department of Pediatrics in the Division of Pediatric Cardiology. Her clinical interests are in Fetal and Pediatric Echocardiography. Dr.

  • Deepthiman Gowda, MD, MPH

    Deepthiman Gowda, M.D., M.P.H. is an Assistant Clinical Professor of Medicine and the Course Director of Foundations of Clinical Medicine at the College of Physicians and Surgeons. The course introduces medical students to the physical examination, the medical interview, and clinical reasoning. As Course Director, Dr. Gowda is interested in encouraging a hypothesis-based approach to history taking and physical examination. Within the course, he seeks to create an educational culture of curiosity, teamwork, and student leadership. Dr.

  • Rachel Gordon, MD

    Dr. Gordon has a joint appointment in the Department of Medicine, Division of Infectious Diseases, and in the Department of Epidemiology. Her primary research interests are in the molecular epidemiology and pathogenesis of staphylococcal disease and healthcare-associated infections.

  • Evelyn Granieri, MD, MPH, MSEd

    Evelyn C. Granieri, M.D, MPH, MSEd, is the Chief of the Division of Geriatric Medicine and Aging. Dr. Granieri has spent the past 23 years, after completing her internal medicine training and fellowship in Geriatric Medicine at Northwestern University, focusing her career on medical education, She received her MPH at the University of Pittsburgh and her MSEd at USC, at which she taught medical education.

  • Rebecca T. Hahn, MD

    Dr. Hahn is the Director of Interventional Echocardiography. She has been the program director for a national echo review course for the last 12 years and was recognized by the American Society of Echocardiography for her dedication to teaching as the recipient of the 2009 Richard Popp Excellence in Teaching Award.   She currently serves on the Board of Directors for the American Society of Echocardiography and is CME Co-editor for the Journal of the American Society of Echocardiography.

  • Deborah Pollard Jones, MD

    Dr. Jones received her MD degree from Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons and completed her residency in internal medicine and fellowship in general internal medicine at Columbia University Medical Center. She joined the faculty in the Division of General Medicine in 2006. Her professional activities have included training and supervision of medicine residents during their ambulatory care rotations, home care of mentally ill elders in Washington Heights/Inwood, and direct patient care in the Associates in Internal Medicine Clinic.

  • M. Christine Krause, MD

    Dr. Krause is a Baylor trained general pediatrician who works as a clinical educator in the Department of Pediatrics, Division of Child and Adolescent Health. She is devoted to teaching primary care pediatrics to medical students and residents while maintaining her own practice at the Rangel Clinic in the Ambulatory Care Network of New York Presbyterian Hospital. She is the codirector of the Daniel Noyes Brown Primary Care Scholars Program for CUMC which offers students a longitudinal instructional and mentored experience with primary care faculty during their 4 years of medical school.

  • Jay Lefkowitch, MD

    Dr. Lefkowitch is one of the consummate teachers in the second year at P&S. He directs all instruction in pathology for our students. He goes well beyond the standard and offers an elective for students in the early morning to present a clinical case with the tissue from a recent post mortem exam that relates to the disease patho-physiology being discussed in the course. He has been the recipient of a Columbia University Presidential Teaching Award and has been chosen numerous times as the outstanding teacher by the second year class. In addition to his teaching activities, Dr.

  • Danielle Ludwin, MD

    Dr. Danielle B. Ludwin is an Assistant Professor of Anesthesiology in the Division of Orthopedic and Regional Anesthesia and the Associate Fellowship Director for Regional Anesthesia. She is a charter member of the Arnold P. Gold Humanism in Medicine Society. Dr. Ludwin has led large and small group workshops teaching ultrasound and sonoanatomy. These include a clinical correlations section in the Columbia Medical School Clinical Gross Anatomy course, cadaveric anatomy for anesthesia residents and fellows, as well as presenting at numerous local, national and international meetings.

  • John Markowitz, MD

    John Markowitz, M.D. is a Research Psychiatrist at the New York State Psychiatric Institute, Professor of Clinical Psychiatry at the Columbia University College of Physicians & Surgeons, and Adjunct Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at the Weill Medical College of Cornell University in New York City. Dr. Markowitz received his medical degree from Columbia in 1982 and completed psychiatric residency training at the New York Hospital-Payne Whitney Clinic in 1986.

  • Lisa Mellman, MD

    Lisa A. Mellman, M.D. is Clinical Professor of Psychiatry and Senior Associate Dean for Student Affairs at Columbia University College of Physicians & Surgeons.

    She received her undergraduate degree from the University of Colorado, her medical degree from Case Western Reserve University and completed her psychiatry residency at Columbia Presbyterian Medical Center/New York State Psychiatric Institute where she was Chief Resident. Dr. Mellman completed her psychoanalytic training at the Columbia University Center for Psychoanalytic Training and Research.

  • Sumit Mohan, MD, MPH

    Sumit Mohan is an Assistant Professor of Clinical Medicine with the Division of Nephrology in Department of Medicine. His clinical and research interests include improving clinical outcomes with renal replacement therapy, renal transplantation, organ allocation/utilization as well as in reducing disparities in the care of patients with kidney disease. He was a member of the New York State Governor’s Chronic Kidney Disease Detection, Control and Prevention Task Force and the chair of the data committee for the Fistula First Breakthrough Initiative for CMS.

  • Vivek Moitra, MD

    Vivek Moitra, MD is an Assistant Professor of Anesthesiology in the Division of Critical Care and the Assistant Medical Director of the Surgical Intensive Care Unit. His clinical and research interests include intraoperative resuscitation and the long-term outcomes of the chronically critically ill. Dr. Moitra is a member of the Critical Care Fellowship Clinical Competence Committee and the Associate Director of Perioperative Medical Education. In addition, he is an editor for the American Board of Anesthesiologists annual examination.

  • Ellen Morrison, MD

    Dr. Morrison was the program director for the Nicholas A. Rango HIV Scholar's program, a postgraduate training program in ambulatory HIV care, at New York–Presbyterian Hospital for more than 10 years. She is the medical director of the HIV Counseling and Testing Service at New York–Presbyterian Hospital and is Chair of the Quality Improvement and Patient Safety committee for the Comprehensive HIV Program at New York-Presbyterian Hospital.

  • Andrew Mutnick, MD

    Andrew Mutnick, M.D. is Assistant Clinical Professor of Pediatrics and serves as Director of Pediatric Medical Student Education within his home department. In addition to directing the third-year clinical clerkship in pediatrics, Dr. Mutnick works with first- and second-year medical students as small-group preceptor for the Clinical Practice I and II courses. He is keenly focused on learning climates and uses a variety of methods to create activated and collaborative learner-centered environments geared for clinical teaching.

  • Katherine G. Nickerson, MD

    Dr. Nickerson is Vice Chair of Medical Service Operations and Education in the Department of Medicine. She was Course Director for the Clinical Practice Course from 1995-2001 and in 2003 became Course Director for the Third Year Clerkship in Medicine. In addition to third year students, she teaches medical students in the Pathophysiology and Clinical Practice courses, residents in the Internal Medicine Residency, and fellows in Rheumatology and also serves as a key faculty advisor to internal medicine residents.

  • James Noble, MD, MS

    Since July 2008, Dr. Noble has been an Assistant Professor of Clinical Neurology in the Department of Neurology and the Taub Institute for Alzheimer’s Disease and the Aging Brain at Columbia University. His academic and research training has included internal medicine, neurology residency (including neurology chief resident), and fellowship training in behavioral neurology and neuropsychiatry within the Department of Neurology at CUMC. He received a master’s degree in epidemiology from the Mailman School of Public Health at Columbia University, for which he also received the Anna C.

  • Constance Park, MD, PhD

    Dr Park is the initiator and director of Clinical Practice IV for 4th year students. In CPIV, students and faculty together consider the mission of medicine and the concept of service in the context of discussing major challenges facing medicine today. To aid the transition to residency, CPIV fosters patterns of creative, collegial problem solving. The final student project (written, visual, or musical), encourages reflection integrating current aspirations with medical school experiences and with the unique motivations that brought each student to the profession.

  • Martin V. Pusic, MD

    Dr. Pusic is an experienced medical educator who has received awards for teaching excellence at academic centers in Canada and the United States. He has focused on the development and evaluation of educational learning interventions in ambulatory clinical settings. He has helped introduce evidence based medicine principles into the pediatric residency program. Dr. Pusic has developed computer based teaching tutorials for medical students and novice residents in the pediatric emergency room. He is currently a PhD candidate at Teachers College.

  • Donald Quest, MD

    Donald O. Quest graduated from the University of Illinois with honors in mathematics in 1961. He served on active duty with the United States Navy as a naval aviator aboard the U.S.S. Kittyhawk in the Vietnam conflict between 1961 and 1966. He then attended Columbia University’s College of Physicians and Surgeons and was awarded the M. D. degree in 1970. He was elected to Alpha Omega Alpha and received the Winchester prize for overall excellence in his graduating medical school class.

  • Jai Radhakrishnan MD, MS, MRCP, FACC, FASN

    Jai Radhakrishnan MD, MS, MRCP, FACC, FASN is an Associate Professor of Clinical Medicine and the Director of the Nephrology Fellowship Training Program at Columbia University. His clinical and research interests are in the therapy of glomerular diseases and intensive care nephrology. Dr. Radhakrishnan directs/co-directs two prestigious CME courses at Columbia: “The Annual Update and Intensive Review of Internal Medicine” and “Renal Biopsy in Medical Diseases of the Kidneys” .

  • Rini Ratan, MD

    Dr. Ratan is actively involved in teaching medical students and residents in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology. Her teaching philosophy is to encourage students to have fun while actively engaging in learning, and she has developed many innovative and interactive educational tools to this end. Third year medical students look forward to the Jeopardy!" style shelf review that Dr. Ratan hosts at the end of each clerkship, and residents enjoy competing in her ongoing Quiz Show series, culminating in an end-of-the-year Faculty v. Resident "Family Feud". Dr.

  • Robert N. Sladen, MD

    Dr. Robert Sladen is Professor and Vice-Chair of Anesthesiology, and Chief of the Division of Critical Care at Columbia University. He has been a member of SCA for thirty years and has served the society in several capacities. He has lectured at many SCA Annual Meetings and CPB Meetings, and served as a member of the Scientific Program Committee for six years. As Chair of the SCA International Committee, Dr Sladen co-chaired the successful 2008 ICCVA meeting in Berlin, and helped lay the groundwork for the 2010 ICCVA in Beijing.

  • Patrice Spitalnik, MD

    Dr. Patrice Spitalnik is an Assistant Professor of Clinical Pathology and the Assistant Director of the MD-PhD program at the College of Physicians and Surgeons. She is section director for histology in the Science Basic to the Practice of Medicine course and a lecturer and lab leader in the Pathophysiology course. Dr. Spitalnik runs a weekly surgical pathology seminar during the surgery clerkship as well. She is the Associate Director of the Intersession course in the major clinical year of the new curriculum which is under development now.

  • Delphine Taylor, MD

    Delphine Taylor, M.D., earned a history degree from Columbia College (Class of 1987) and worked as a journalist before attending P&S (Class of 1997). After residency in Internal Medicine/Primary Care at CUMC, she stayed on as faculty and was director of the Primary Care Track of the Internal Medicine residency until July, 2005, when she became Course Director of Clinical Practice I and II. She is now co-course director of Foundations of Clinical Medicine. In 2007, she was awarded the Charles W. Bohmfalk award for Excellence in Teaching in the Pre-Clinical Years at P&S.

  • Olajide Williams, MD, MS

    Dr Olajide Williams is a clinician and educator with research interest in community-based educational interventions to reduce the disproportionate burden of stroke among minority populations. He is a member of the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke External Review Group for the Clinical Research Collaboration, charged with connecting American communities to National Institute of Health research, and is the recipient of numerous awards for outstanding teaching, humanism, and community service.

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