Columbia University Health Sciences Selects New Senior Associate Dean For Clinical Affairs

Jan 14, 2003

New York, NY

Columbia University Health Sciences has named Joseph Tenenbaum, M.D., to the position of senior associate dean for clinical affairs. Dr. Tenenbaum, Edgar Leifer Professor Clinical of Medicine at the College of Physicians & Surgeons, most recently served as acting chairman of the Department of Medicine. His new position is effective in March.

Dr. Tenenbaum's selection reflects his commitment and contribution to patient care and clinical research, says Gerald Fischbach, M.D., executive vice president for health and biomedical sciences and dean of the faculty of medicine at Columbia University. Current and future Columbia clinicians, students, and patients will benefit from his advocacy and guidance.

Dr. Fischbach adds that the selection of Dr. Tenenbaum is a significant step in implementing the Health Sciences Division's Strategic Plan, a report on the current status and future direction of research, education, and patient care.

I am honored and excited to take on this role, says Dr. Tenenbaum. It is an opportunity for me to continue to impart my long-held belief that the commitment we have as physicians is to the patient to bring the best of modern medicine with the finest art of the classical caring of medicine to heal those who are sick, to provide remedy for suffering, and to promote health.

Dr. Tenenbaum received his M.D. from Harvard Medical School in 1974. In 1979, he joined Columbia University as assistant professor of clinical medicine. Dr. Tenenbaum also has been a clinical cardiologist in office- and hospital-based practices. He was named the Edgar Leifer Professor of Clinical Medicine at P&S in 1996. Dr. Tenenbaum has been recognized by the Arnold P. Gold Foundation with its humanism award in medicine. He also has been awarded the Department of Medicine's senior residents teaching award from NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital in 1992 and in 2002. Dr. Tenenbaum is a member of several prominent professional organizations and has published in notable journals, including the New England Journal of Medicine.