News Briefs

Grand Rounds

“To our institution’s great credit, we have gone beyond discussions and created a tangible product, demonstrating our commitment to actual change.”

Dr. Monika Safford (M.D. ’86), chief of the Division of General Internal Medicine and founding co-director of the Cornell Center for Health Equity, which has launched a racial allyship training course, providing anyone who wants to learn to be a better ally with essential skills and tools they can use in their personal and professional lives. The self-directed course is free online; it consists of four modules, which take about five hours to complete.

X-ray of human jaw, head and neck.New Site Chief of Otolaryngology

Dr. Natalya Chernichenko, a leading otolaryngologist who specializes in tumors of the head and neck, has been named site chief of otolaryngology at NewYork-Presbyterian Brooklyn Methodist Hospital. Dr. Chernichenko is an assistant professor of clinical otolaryngology and a vice chair in the Department of Otolaryngology–Head and Neck Surgery.

Dr. Chernichenko will lead a skilled team of specialists and surgeons providing comprehensive otolaryngology care and further develop the hospital’s head and neck surgical oncology program. She will also oversee clinical leadership across NewYork-Presbyterian Brooklyn Methodist’s ambulatory care locations and serve as the director of otolaryngology patient safety.

Numeral twoNew Division Chiefs

Pediatric nephrologist Dr. Natalie Uy has been named chief of the Division of Pediatric Nephrology in the Department of Pediatrics at Weill Cornell Medicine and NewYork-Presbyterian Komansky Children’s Hospital. An assistant professor of pediatrics and assistant attending pediatrician, she previously served as director of the pediatric nephrology fellowship program and residency elective at NewYork-Presbyterian Morgan Stanley Children’s Hospital and NewYork-Presbyterian/Columbia University Irving Medical Center.

Physician-scientist Dr. Jonathan Weinsaft, the Antonio M. Gotto Jr., M.D. Professor in Atherosclerosis and Lipid Research who focuses on clinical research and cardiovascular imaging, was appointed chief of the Maurice R. and Corrine P. Greenberg Division of Cardiology at Weill Cornell Medicine and NewYork-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical Center. Housed within the Weill Department of Medicine, the division is dedicated to diagnosing and treating patients with disorders of the heart and blood vessels that comprise the cardiovascular system.

Microscope transposed over heart.$30 Million Funding For Cardiothoracic Research

A multi-institutional team of scientists led by Dr. Mario Gaudino, the Stephen and Suzanne Weiss Professor in Cardiothoracic Surgery II, professor of cardiothoracic surgery and assistant dean for clinical trials, has been approved for a nearly $30 million funding award from the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI).

The award will fund the first study among women and Black and Hispanic patients comparing the effectiveness of two revascularization options used to treat coronary artery disease: coronary artery bypass surgery (CABG) or percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI).

Over half of patients facing a decision on PCI or CABG are women or racial groups that have been underrepresented in past clinical trials, notes Dr. Gaudino, who is also an attending cardiothoracic surgeon at NewYork-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical Center. “Prior studies have enrolled mostly non-Hispanic white men,” he says, “leaving other patients with little guidance for making an informed decision.

Fall 2023 Front to Back

  • From the Dean

    Message from the Dean

    New Dean Robert A. Harrington, M.D. reflects on Weill Cornell Medicine’s tripartite mission — to care, to discover and teach — and ways to deepen and advance these goals.
  • Features

    Cancer Vaccines’ Promise

    Patients are closer than ever to benefiting from a new treatment approach, thanks to strides in immunotherapy and COVID-19 vaccine technology.
  • Features

    Silent Partners

    How the brain’s less celebrated cells may drive Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias.
  • Features

    Future Forward

    Dean Robert A. Harrington, M.D., shares his vision for Weill Cornell Medicine in a wide-ranging Q&A.
  • Notable

    A New Residence for Graduate and Medical Students

    A modern new residence on the Upper East Side campus will enhance the student experience.
  • Notable


    Dr. Jyoti Mathad’s research could transform maternal health in under-resourced countries.
  • Notable


    Weill Cornell Medicine faculty members are leading the conversation about important health issues across the country and around the world.
  • Notable

    News Briefs

    Notable faculty appointments, honors, awards and more — from around campus and beyond.
  • Grand Rounds

    Playing With Heart

    A transplant serves up a new beginning.
  • Grand Rounds

    An End to Suffering in Silence

    Weill Cornell Medicine’s Center for Female Pelvic Health is committed to treating women with dignity.
  • Grand Rounds

    News Briefs

    The latest on teaching, learning and patient-centered care.
  • Grand Rounds

    3 Questions

    During the COVID-19 pandemic, Weill Cornell Medicine adapted medical education. It wasn’t the first time the institution responded to historic public health events.
  • Discovery

    Making a Male “Pill”

    A new “on-demand” method in development could offer men another choice for contraception.
  • Discovery

    Scientists Target Human Stomach Cells for Diabetes Therapy

    Stem cells from the human stomach offer a promising approach to treating diabetes.
  • Discovery


    The latest advances in faculty research, published in the world’s leading journals.
  • Discovery

    3 Questions

    Dr. Gunisha Kaur and the team at the Weill Cornell Medicine Human Rights Impact Lab are finding ways to improve refugee health.
  • Alumni


    From serving vulnerable communities to forging critical connections to move research from the bench to the bedside, our alumni are making an impact.
  • Alumni


    What’s new with you? Keep your classmates up to date on all your latest achievements with an Alumni Note.
  • Alumni

    In Memoriam

    Marking the passing of our faculty and alumni.
  • Alumni


    Marking celebratory events in the lives of our students, including the White Coat Ceremony and receptions for new students.
  • Second Opinion

    AI in RX

    How can chatbots be used in medicine?
  • Exchange

    Diversifying Medicine

    Two physicians discuss the unique experiences of Latino men in medicine and the crucial need for diversity.
  • Muse

    Writing to Make Meaning

    Dr. Rachel Kowalsky is a pediatric emergency physician and an award-winning author.
  • Spotlight

    At the Forefront of Immunometabolism

    Dr. Ke “Dave” Xu (Ph.D. ’21) and Dr. Anjin Xianyu (Ph.D. ’20), the founders of META Pharmaceuticals, are developing treatments for autoimmune diseases.