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Faculty & Staff Honors

Faculty & Staff Honors

Columbia Professors Named Best Doctors by New York Magazine

Drs. Marina Catallozzi, David Bell, and Dawn Hershman, all faculty members at Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health, were named Best Doctors 2018 by New York Magazine. Administered by Castle Connolly Medical Ltd., results are based on a peer-review survey of physicians who they consider the best in their field in terms of professional qualifications, reputations, and skills in dealing with patients.

Drs. Catallozzi and Bell are adolescent medicine specialists. Dr. Catallozzi, assistant professor of population and family health, was cited for her work in sexually transmitted diseases, adolescent gynecology and her work in HIV/AIDS in adolescents. Dr. Bell, associate professor of population and family health, specializes in male health, sexually transmitted infections, safe sex, and teen pregnancy and reproductive health. Dr. Hershman, a professor of epidemiology and a breast cancer specialist at NewYork-Presbyterian/Columbia University Irving Medical Center, was cited for her work in medical oncology, breast cancer treatment and prevention, cancer survivorship, and late effects of cancer therapy.

Dr. Catallozzi, who is also an assistant professor of pediatrics at the Vagelos College of Physicians & Surgeons, is board certified in both pediatrics and adolescent medicine. She serves as the director of Pediatric Medical Student Education, overseeing Pediatric Medical Student Education throughout the four-year curriculum with a focus on the Pediatric Clerkship as well as the fourth year students applying for Pediatric residencies. At Mailman, Dr. Catallozzi is the director of the General Public Health program, the largest accelerated MPH program in the school, and the co-leader of the Sexuality, Sexual and Reproductive Health Certificate. Dr. Catallozzi has extensive expertise in the field of qualitative research, currently teaching qualitative research methodology in both the core curriculum at Mailman and in a course in the Heilbrunn department of population & family health. She also teaches biological and environmental determinants of health in the core curriculum. Her current research interests include adolescent and young adult access to confidential and clinical preventive services, adolescent relationship violence, adolescent and parent communication and decision-making in clinical trial participation and male involvement in adolescent pregnancy prevention. This past May she was awarded the Mailman School of Public Health 2018 Teaching Excellence Award and the Vagelos College of Physicians and Surgeons 2018 Distinguished Teaching Award. Dr. Catallozzi has an active adolescent medicine practice in Washington Heights and is dedicated to improving the health of the community.

Dr. Bell is the medical director of the Family Planning Program that includes the Young Men’s Clinic, a unique adjunct to New York Presbyterian Hospital’s Family Planning Clinic. In that capacity, he delivers primary care to adolescent and young adults males and is a strong advocate for the right of young men to have access to high quality and respectful services, which includes attention to their sexual and reproductive health. Active locally, nationally, and internationally, Dr. Bell advises and teaches medical students, residents, and public health students, leads workshops nationally on young men’s health issues, and is part of a team from the department of pediatrics fostering improved care for adolescents in Uganda. He served on Mayor Bloomberg’s Young Men’s Initiative Advisory Board, and has been a consultant for the Federal Office of Population Affairs and the Pan American Health Organization.

Dr. Hershman is also a professor of medicine in hematology/oncology at Columbia University Vagelos College of Physicians and Surgeons and an investigator with SWOG, the cancer clinical trials cooperative group supported by the National Cancer Institute. As leader of the Breast Cancer Program of the Herbert Irving Comprehensive Cancer Center, she has restructured and built the program to focus on integrating basic, population and clinical research and integrated the clinical program to enhance quality, innovative, and multidisciplinary care. Dr. Hershman has received research scholar grants from the American Cancer Society, Department of Defense, Susan Komen Foundation, Breast Cancer Research Foundation, AVON Foundation, and the NCI. Her awards include the highly prestigious Advanced Clinical Research Award in Breast Cancer from the American Society of Clinical Oncology, the Ewig Teaching award and the Advanced Medical Achievement Award from the Avon Foundation. Hershman is involved in clinical trials research on a local and national level, fostering collaborations with many leaders in the field including Memorial Sloan Kettering, MD Anderson, Cornell, the Fred Hutchinson Institute, USC, Yale and Roswell Park Cancer Institute.