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Awards and Honors Across Weill Cornell Medical College - Week of Sept. 12 - Sept. 19

Dr. Rainu Kaushal Chosen for Fellowship at Prestigious Executive Leadership Program

Dr. Rainu Kaushal, chair of the Department of Healthcare Policy and Research and the Frances and John L. Loeb Professor of Medical Informatics, has been selected to be a fellow of the Hedwig van Ameringen Executive Leadership in Academic Medicine program at Drexel University College of Medicine. The competitive, year-long fellowship is the only program in the United States dedicated to preparing women for executive leadership roles in academic science institutions.

Dr. Rainu Kaushal
Photo credit: John Abbott

"The ELAM Fellowship will provide me with the opportunity to meet a great new set of colleagues who have leadership positions in medicine across the country," said Dr. Kaushal, who is also public health physician-in-chief at NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital. "I'm really excited because I very much admire my colleagues who have gone through the program. I think a lot about how women can advance in science, and it's been such a privilege to be at an institution with an outstanding and inspirational female leader, Dean Laurie Glimcher."

Dr. Kaushal is one of 54 senior women faculty from medical, dental and public health schools across the country accepted for this year's ELAM Fellowship. The program teaches fellows financial, management and leadership strategies, and offers coaching, networking and mentoring opportunities. More than 800 women have successfully completed the fellowship since its inception in 1995, including Weill Cornell Medical College faculty Drs. Barbara Hempstead and Susan Pannullo, as well as former faculty member Dr. Madhu Mazumdar.

Additional Awards and Honors

Dr. Marc Cohen, assistant professor of otolaryngology, was awarded the Malcolm Schvey Teaching Award for excellence in clinical teaching. This award is given annually at the Columbia University Department of Otolaryngology Resident's Dinner.

Dr. David P. Hajjar, professor of biochemistry and professor of pathology and laboratory medicine, received a Doctor of Humane Letters honorary degree from the University of New Hampshire during its commencement ceremony on May 17. This honorary degree is given annually to a person who has demonstrated long-term service to the citizens of New Hampshire and shown leadership in public service.

Dr. Jessica Wang, a third-year resident, was awarded "Best poster presentation" at New York Hospital Queens' Resident/Fellows Research Day on May 14 for her poster, "Ketamine Abuse Syndrome: An Emerging Pattern of Hepatobiliary and Urinary Pathology," co-authored by third-year resident Dr. Violetta Kivovich and Laurie Gordon. Dr. Wang received a $1,000 prize to attend a future conference or educational meeting.

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