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The Parents’ Room: Billy’s Birthday

BY Michele Cameron

Editor’s Note: A few weeks ago, our founder, Dr. Michael Weiner, received a birthday party invitation that had him near tears. It was from the family of a patient named Billy Cameron, whom he had treated over 35 years ago. “Billy was a great kid with a smile and wonderful attitude,” Dr. Weiner told us, “I’m

A Fellows Graduation Photo Album

BY Jeremy Shatan

Becoming a doctor is a long process – and becoming a specialist takes even longer. After medical school comes internship, residency and then fellowship. As an academic medical center, training the next generation of physicians is an important part of Columbia University Medical Center’s mission. Fellowship to become a pediatric oncologist or hematologist takes three

The Extra Mile

BY Jeremy Shatan

The extra mile is the road always taken by our doctors, nurses, and staff. There is  very little they won’t do to make our patients’ lives easier. Take Dr. Jennifer Levine, one of our oncologists and the Director of the Center for Survivor Wellness. In talking to one of her patient families, she learned that their son

Our Wise And Wonderful Nurses

BY Jeremy Shatan

It’s National Nursing Week so we’d like to take a moment to recognize the extraordinary professionals who take care of children with cancer and blood disorders at Columbia University Medical Center. If you’ve ever met any of our nurses, you probably already  know about their endless dedication and compassion, and their tireless work on behalf

Why We Walk: Team Uma Buma!

BY Jeremy Shatan

Sometime last year, amazing baked goods began appearing in the outpatient clinic. Gourmet doughnuts, cookies from Levain – the most delicious stuff imaginable – and it was there for patients, families and staff to enjoy. We asked around to find out who was making  this happen. Was it the bakeries themselves? Was it a local

What Motivates Me?

BY Kathryn Leiby

When thinking about the question “What motivates me?” for the Hope & Heroes Walk the obvious answer would be my job. As Events & Outreach Manager at Hope & Heroes, I’m the person behind all of our major events and most of our community events.  But, to me, the Walk is so much more than

A Top Team For Research

BY Jeremy Shatan

There’s no question that being a Top Team in the Hope & Heroes Walk requires motivation. Raising $15,000 or more from family, friends and colleagues can be a lot of work. Dr. Julia Glade Bender, in addition to leading our Developmental Therapeutics Program, is captain of Team DVL, a perennial Top Team. Here’s why she walks,

History, Still Being Written

BY Jeremy Shatan

We recently met the family of a newly diagnosed Hodgkin’s lymphoma patient. They told us that when researching where to go for treatment, “all roads” led to Dr. Kara Kelly, the Associate Director of the Division of Pediatric Hematology, Oncology & Stem Cell Transplantation. This didn’t surprise us as we have heard from many patient

The Future of Cancer Research

BY Jeremy Shatan

  Just steps away from our office, some of the great scientific minds of our time are working diligently to investigate cancer in all of its forms. Yesterday morning, several of the those scientists gathered in the Rotunda of the Low Library on Columbia University’s Morningside campus to take part in a panel discussion on

A Patient’s Voice: The Full Potion

BY Zoe Cappella Cooper

Zoe Cappella Cooper is a Seventh Grader at the Salk School of Science in New York City. She’s also a childhood cancer survivor who was treated here at Columbia University Medical Center. She recently won the Scholastic Gold Key Award for Memoir Writing for her piece The Full Potion. The award was richly deserved as

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