Jay Monahan Center for Gastrointestinal Health at NewYork-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Names New Director

Dr. Felice Schnoll-Sussman is a leading gastroenterologist and colorectal cancer researcher

Sep 23, 2013


NewYork-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical Center has appointed Dr. Felice Schnoll-Sussman director of its Jay Monahan Center for Gastrointestinal Health. Dr. Schnoll-Sussman, a leading clinician and researcher in gastrointestinal cancers, has served as the center's director of research since 2007 and acting director since 2012.

The Jay Monahan Center was founded in 2004 in honor of the late husband of journalist and talk-show host Katie Couric. The state-of-the-art, multidisciplinary model of integrated patient care focuses on cancers of the colon, rectum, pancreas, stomach, liver, esophagus, and related gastrointestinal organs. As director, Dr. Schnoll-Sussman will lead a team of physicians, nurses, and staff to provide comprehensive care for patients with or at risk of developing gastrointestinal cancers, including prevention services, screening, diagnostic services, treatment, psychosocial support, and health education, as well as to conduct clinical trials and other research activities.

"We are thrilled that Dr. Schnoll-Sussman will be taking on the role as director of the Jay Monahan Center," said Dr. Steven J. Corwin, CEO of NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital. "Having previously served as co-director of patient care at our Center for Advanced Digestive Care, Dr. Schnoll-Sussman is ideally suited to lead the Jay Monahan Center and its commitment to provide comprehensive, patient-centered care for people with digestive cancers. We continue to be tremendously grateful to Katie Couric, who made the Jay Monahan Center possible. Her personal dedication to this cause has touched the lives of countless patients and their loved ones over the past decade."

"Dr. Schnoll-Sussman embodies Weill Cornell's mission to make leading-edge science clinically meaningful to patients who need it most," said Dr. Laurie H. Glimcher, the Stephen and Suzanne Weiss Dean of Weill Cornell Medical College. "Her special attentiveness to patients at high risk of GI cancers, and commitment to rigorous scientific research to determine the best way to detect their diseases while they are still treatable or delay their development, will guarantee the continued, positive impact of the Jay Monahan Center on our patients."

Dr. Schnoll-Sussman is an associate professor of clinical medicine in the Division of Gastroenterology and Hepatology at Weill Cornell Medical College. The author of numerous scientific publications, she has research interests and expertise in esophageal disorders, including chemoprevention and ablative technologies in Barrett's esophagus, screening and surveillance of colorectal cancer in high-risk patients, capsule endoscopy, novel uses of endoscopic ultrasonography, and the biology and management of pancreatic cystic neoplasms.

She is the former president of the New York Society for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy, the co-director of the New York City Colon Cancer Control Coalition and an active committee member of several national gastroenterology societies including the American College of Gastroenterology, of which she serves as Manhattan governor, American Gastroenterological Association, and the American Society for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy. She is also the recipient of several awards, including the American College of Gastroenterology/Salix Leadership Award, New York Society of Gastrointestinal Endoscopy Florence Lefcourt Research Award, American College of Gastroenterology Governor Service Award, Linda Horowitz Cancer Research Foundation Clinical Scholar Award, and the New York Society for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy David Falkenstein Award.

After receiving her medical degree from Mount Sinai School of Medicine, Dr. Schnoll-Sussman completed residency training in internal medicine at NYU School of Medicine, where she served as chief resident, and a fellowship in gastroenterology at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center.

NewYork-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical Center

NewYork-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical Center, located in New York City, is one of the leading academic medical centers in the world, comprising the teaching hospital NewYork-Presbyterian and Weill Cornell Medical College, the medical school of Cornell University. NewYork-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell provides state-of-the-art inpatient, ambulatory and preventive care in all areas of medicine, and is committed to excellence in patient care, education, research and community service. Weill Cornell physician-scientists have been responsible for many medical advances — including the development of the Pap test for cervical cancer; the synthesis of penicillin; the first successful embryo-biopsy pregnancy and birth in the U.S.; the first clinical trial for gene therapy for Parkinson's disease; the first indication of bone marrow's critical role in tumor growth; and, most recently, the world's first successful use of deep brain stimulation to treat a minimally conscious brain-injured patient. NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital also comprises NewYork-Presbyterian/Columbia University Medical Center, NewYork-Presbyterian/Morgan Stanley Children's Hospital, NewYork-Presbyterian/Westchester Division, NewYork-Presbyterian/The Allen Hospital, and NewYork-Presbyterian/Lower Manhattan Hospital. NewYork-Presbyterian is the #1 hospital in the New York metropolitan area and is consistently ranked among the best academic medical institutions in the nation, according to U.S.News & World Report. Weill Cornell Medical College is the first U.S. medical college to offer a medical degree overseas and maintains a strong global presence in Austria, Brazil, Haiti, Tanzania, Turkey and Qatar. For more information, visit www.nyp.org and weill.cornell.edu.

Gastroenterology at NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital

The Jay Monahan Center for Gastrointestinal Health at NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital/Weill Cornell Medical Center is major component of NewYork-Presbyterian's comprehensive gastroenterology services. The Monahan Center serves as a unique model of coordinated and compassionate care, dedicated to public education and the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of gastrointestinal cancers, including cancers of the colon, rectum, pancreas, esophagus, liver, gallbladder, and small intestine. NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital/Weill Cornell's Center for Advanced Digestive Care, one of the nation's leading multidisciplinary centers for the diagnosis and treatment of digestive diseases, provides care for all aspects of digestive disease by bringing together a full range of specialists, programs, and groundbreaking therapies. Patients with digestive diseases are also served by the Division of Digestive and Liver Diseases at NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital/Columbia University Medical Center. NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital ranks #7 in the country for gastroenterology and GI surgery on U.S.News & World Report's "Best Hospitals."

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