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Dr. Charney and Dr. Post

Dr. Ranjit Sachdev, her daughter Dr. Ulka Sachdev and Dr. Charney, the Sachdev Lecturer

On Wednesday, June 1, the Department held its annual Research Day, featuring two endowed lectures and a series of talks by Mount Sinai faculty, residents and research staff. The Jeannette and Bernard S. Post, MD, endowed lecturer was John A. Jane, MD, Professor and Chair of the Department of Neurosurgery at the University of Virginia and the Editor-in- Chief of the Journal of Neurosurgery. In his talk, “Bloody Crossroads,” Dr. Jane emphasized the often close collaboration in the operating room between Neurosurgery and other specialties, espe- cially Plastic Surgery, Ophthalmology and Otolaryngology. Dr. Dennis Charney, MD, Dean of Research and Professor of

Psychiatry and Neuroscience at Mount Sinai, presented the Ved. P. Sachdev, MD, Endowed Lecture entitled “The Psychobiology of Human Resilience to Extreme Stress.” In his fascinating talk, Dr. Charney played excerpts of interviews with former prisoners of war, held in jail in Vietnam, often in solitary confinement, from three to as long as eight years. Relating how they coped and survived extreme stress, he explained that some people are genetically more predisposed to endure stress, but that we can all learn techniques to help us in stressful situations and that some stress can have benefits for healthy living.

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He built his own neurophysiological labora- tory in which he studied the physiological basis of classical conditioning. In the late 1980s, Dr. Yang was recognized as one of the four top neuroscientists in China. He and his wife, Mei-pu, immigrated in 1989 to the United States where Dr. Yang joined Dr. Weisz at the University of Pittsburgh. Throughout the tribute to his dear friend, Dr. Weisz described Dr. Yang’s many endearing personal qualities, well-known to everyone who worked with him: his engaging personal- ity, and cheerfulness in the face of hardship.

After a gracious thank-you speech in which he expressed his appreciation for the gift and his sadness at leaving, Dr. Yang mesmerized his audience with tales of his experiences in China and his first impressions of the United States. Displaying his skills as a raconteur, Dr. Yang elicited laughter and tears as he took his listeners on a journey from a sobering time in Chinese history through his many experiences in this country. Dr. Yang with his new camera

So typical of Dr. Yang’s character and consis- tent with his Chinese heritage was his gift to the gathering of a beautiful and tasty cake. “Xi Bei,” the two Chinese characters on the cake, translate as “sad to say goodbye.” They were extracted from a Chinese poem: “I cherish the time spent with you, I feel sad when I say goodbye to you. I will keep you dear to my heart. We will meet again in my dreams.”

Knowing Dr. Yang has greatly enriched many of our lives. He will be sorely missed. Friends can contact him by email at his new location in Texas: by_yang@yahoo.com.

Special thanks to Karen Fung for her contri- butions to this article.

Research Day

Dr. Jane and some of the morning Research Day speakers (l-r) Alexander Beylin, PhD, Leonid Groysman, MD, John A. Jane, MD, Grzegorz Miekisiak, MD, Fatima Sehba, PhD, and Mahmud Uzzaman, MD, PhD

Dr. Jane, the Post Lecturer, with Dr. Post


Hollin Lecture

On November 3rd, 2003, Dr. Ralph G. Dacey presented the Sidney A. Hollin, MD, Endowed Memorial Lecture. Dr. Dacey, Henry G. and Edith R. Schwartz Professor and Chairman of Neurological Surgery at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, joined a list of distinguished neurosurgeons who have spoken about cere- brovascular disease for the Hollin Lecture. The title of Dr. Dacey’s talk was Controversies in Cerebral Aneurysm Management: Clips, Coils, Volume and Outcome.

Resident Graduation

Drs. Bederson and Post with the recent graduates, Drs. Chen and Betchen

On the evening of June 14, faculty, residents and staff gathered at Tavern on the Green to celebrate the grad- uation of Simone Betchen and Chun Siang Chen. Dr. Betchen’s husband and parents joined the festivities, and Dr. Chen’s sister, an obstetrician/gynecologist at Mount Sinai, represented his family. Dr. Betchen came to Mount Sinai following undergraduate education at the University of Pennsylvania and medical school at Johns Hopkins. Dr. Chen’s journey here was more un- conventional: he had finished neurosurgery training in Brazil in 1983 and had lectured extensively throughout the world. In 1992 he came to Mount Sinai where he worked as an Assistant Research Professor in the labo- ratory of Dr.Chandranath Sen, completing a book he started in Brazil. He began an additional neurosurgery residency at Sinai in 1999. Both graduates will stay in New York for fellowships: Dr. Betchen will join Phil Gutin, MD, for a Neurooncology Fellowship at Memorial Sloan Kettering Institute, and Dr. Chen will work with Chandranath Sen, MD, as a Cranial Fellow at St. Luke’s/Roosevelt Hospital in New York.

Drs. Post, Dacey and Bederson

Dr. Dacey and residents

Welcome New Residents

Leonid Groysman earned his MD in the Republic of Moldova at the N. Testemitanu State Medical and Pharmaceutical University in 1995 and completed an internship at that University. Escaping the politi- cal instability in Moldova, he immigrated to the United States to obtain further training, and was eventually joined by his wife, also a physician, parents and brother. Dr. Groysman worked in the laboratory with Keith Black in Los Angeles at the Maxine Dunitz Neurosurgical Institute from 2001- 2003 when he moved to Mount Sinai to join Dr. Winn’s laboratory. He sees his future career combining clinical work with research activi- ties. He became a citizen of the United States in July.

Gisela Murray graduated Magna cum Laude from the University of Puerto Rico in May 2001 and received an MD from that institution’s school of medicine in 2005. During medical school she won many awards for academic excellence and was recognized in her third year with election into Alpha Omega Alpha. One of her personal interests is chess which she pursued competitively for 13 years; she is a former Women’s Puerto Rico Chess Champion and has represented Puerto Rico in several international chess competitions in Venezuela, Brazil, Moscow, Armenia, Yugoslavia, Poland and Germany. Her fluency in Spanish has already helped her communicate with patients at Elmhurst!


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