General Medicine Faculty

Steven Shea, MD, MS, is the Program Director. Dr. Shea is Hamilton Southworth Professor of Medicine and Professor of Epidemiology (in Biomedical Informatics), and Senior Vice Dean at Columbia University's College of Physicians & Surgeons (P&S). Dr. Shea's research interests are in cardiovascular epidemiology, disparities, and prevention, and in use of computers and computing systems to improve health care delivery. He is the principal investigator for the Multi-Ethnic Study of Atherosclerosis (MESA) Columbia University Field Center.

R. Graham Barr, MD, DrPH, is Associate Professor of Medicine and Epidemiology, Director of the Program in Pulmonary Epidemiology and Chief of the Division of General Medicine. Dr. Barr's research focuses primarily on the respiratory epidemiology of asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). He leads studies on the role of endothelial dysfunction and systemic inflammation in obstructive lung disease in the Multi Ethnic Study of Atherosclerosis (MESA), and dietary factors, systemic inflammation and COPD in a cohort of current and former smokers (EMCAP). He has additional interests in the potential of drugs such as over-the-counter analgesics to modulate host responses in obstructive lung disease, air pollution, and clinical epidemiologic methods.

Rita Charon, MD, PhD, is Professor of Clinical Medicine and Director of the Program in Narrative Medicine. Narrative Medicine is an emerging discipline developed at Columbia by Dr. Charon that teaches reflection, self-awareness, and empathy, and which considers illness and its treatment to be illuminated by narrative knowledge and theory. The Program in Narrative Medicine at CUMC has emerged as an internationally respected center for scholarship, research, and teaching for health care professionals, students, scholars, patients and family care-givers. With funding from the NIH and various foundations including a major grant from the Josiah Macy Foundation to support inter-disciplinary training of health care professionals, the Program provides intensive training workshops in close reading and reflective writing. The Program in Narrative Medicine has been closely integrated into both the pre-clinical and clinical years of the medical school curriculum and offers opportunities for fellows interested in related aspects of medical education and practice.

Jose Luchsinger, MD, MPH, is a graduate of the general medicine fellowship program in 1999. He is a Florence Irving Associate Professor of Medicine and Epidemiology. Dr. Luchsinger is the principal investigator for Columbia University's EXPORT (disparities research) center grant as well as for several other grants and has published extensively in the areas of cognitive impairment, dementia, and disparities in aging and cognition. Dr. Luchsinger also has a leading role in cognitive assessments in the landmark Diabetes Prevention Program Outcomes Study and the Finnish Diabetes Prevention Study.

Karina Davidson, PhD, is Professor of Behavioral Medicine (in Medicine and Psychiatry), and the Director of the Center for Behavioral and Cardiovascular Health in the Division of General medicine. She is also the Associate Director of the Clinical & Translational Science Award at Columbia University. Her research focuses on the biopsychosocial mechanisms explaining why behavioral and anger and depression predict worse outcomes for patients with cardiovascular disease. She is the Principle investigator on one set of studies (COPES) examining the etiologies, mechanisms and treatments by which depression confers prognostic risk in acute coronary syndrome patients, and on a program project (PULSE) examining novel depression phenotypes and their pathophysiological and behavioral mechanisms underlying ACS recurrence risk. She has conducted randomized controlled trials of anger management and depression treatment for both hypertensive and post-myocardial infarction patients, examining their impact on clinical outcomes.

Andrew Moran, MD, MPH, is an Assistant Professor in the Division of General Medicine. His primary research interest is in cardiovascular disease and related health policy decisions in developing nations. Dr. Moran's main projects are using a computer-based cardiovascular disease policy model to perform a cost effectiveness analysis of treat-to-target vs. treat by risk level strategies for blood pressure control and to assess various strategies for cardiovascular disease prevention and control in middle income countries including China.

Daniel Rabinowitz, PhD, is Professor of Statistics at Columbia University and served a term as chair of the Department of Statistics. He has been the consulting statistician for the Division of General Medicine and a key collaborator for more than 10 years and serves as the statistical consultant for the fellowship program.

General Pediatrics Faculty

Melissa Stockwell, MD, MPH, is Program Co-Director and Director for the General Pediatrics Fellowship. She is Assistant Professor of Pediatrics and of Population and Family Health. Dr. Stockwell trained in Pediatrics at Massachusetts General Hospital and completed the GP fellowship at CUMC. Dr. Stockwell's research focuses on improving vaccination coverage of disadvantaged pediatric, adolescent and maternal populations through the use of health technology and improving health literacy. She is also the medical director of the NYP Immunization Registry. She actively participates in the Academic Pediatric Association Fellowship Directors' Group.

Jocelyn Brown, MD, is Professor of Clinical Pediatrics, Director of the Child Advocacy Center at the Morgan Stanley Children's Hospital of New York, and Medical Director of the new Manhattan Child Advocacy Center. Dr. Brown's current research focuses on the co-occurrence of child abuse and domestic violence and the effects of child abuse on physical health.

Leslie Davidson, MD, MSc, is Professor of Clinical Epidemiology and Clinical Pediatrics (in GP) and Director of the Doctoral Program in the Department of Epidemiology in the Mailman School of Public Health, where she served on the Diversity Committee and co-chaired the subcommittee on Student Diversity for 6 years . Her research focuses on adolescent partner violence with relevance to gender, violence and reproductive health.

Dodi Meyer, MD, is Associate Clinical Professor of Pediatrics. Her focus in research and education is in the area of health literacy and cultural competency. Dr. Meyer led the re-design of the medical school's cultural competency curriculum. This curriculum uses multiple educational methodologies. At a post graduate level the curriculum uses a service learning approach.  Subsequently, she led a CUMC initiative to adopt a common set of competencies in cross-cultural education across the four health professions schools.

Susan Rosenthal, PhD is Professor of Behavioral Medicine (in Pediatrics and Psychiatry) and Vice Chair for Faculty Development in the Department of Pediatrics. Her research focuses on vaccine acceptability, sexually transmitted infections, and adolescent health.

John Santelli, MD, MPH is the Harriet and Robert H. Heilbrunn Professor and Chair of the Heilbrunn Department of Population and Family Health at the Mailman School of Public Health at Columbia University and a Senior Fellow at the The Guttmacher Institute. Dr. Santelli received his MD from the Buffalo School of Medicine, his MPH degree from Johns Hopkins University, and Adolescent Medicine training at the University of Maryland Hospital. He has worked in local and national public health including 13 years with the CDC. His research has included studies on trends in teen pregnancy in the U.S. and programs to prevent STD/HIV/unintended pregnancy, and HIV/STD risk behaviors in the U.S. and Uganda. He has been a leader in ensuring that adolescents are appropriately included in health research and have access to medically accurate, comprehensive sexuality education. Currently, Dr. Santelli is president for the Society for Adolescent Health and Medicine. He has served on the editorial boards of the Journal of Adolescent Health, Perspectives on Sexual and Reproductive Health, American Journal of Sexuality Education, and AIDS Education and Prevention.

Family Medicine Faculty

Richard Younge, MD, MPH, is Program Co-Director and Director for the Family Medicine Fellowship. He is Director of the Columbia University Center for Family and Community Medicine. Dr. Younge's research focuses on the medical home, quality improvement, integration of behavioral health in primary care practice, and medical education specifically teaching preventive services and population medicine to medical students and residents.

Sylvia Amesty, MD, MPH, is Assistant Professor of Clinical Medicine in the Center for Family and Community Medicine. Her research focuses on Community-Based Participatory Research (CBPR), specifically pharmacy access to syringe exchange, HIV testing, and hepatits B immunization.