Amazing Things are Happening Here

 NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital
  14th-Jun-2008

New York: Its where many of the worlds prolific dreamers have come to unleash the power of those dreams. Some of the most amazing discoveries of the modern era have been born here. So its only natural New York would serve as home to a place like NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital. Today, many of the worlds most brilliant and talented professionals have come together here to unlock the ultimate potential of the human body, mind and spirit.

As the teaching hospital for two Ivy League medical schools, Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons and Weill Cornell Medical College, we are pairing the most visionary members of current and future generations, to help advance medicine. Amazing things are happening here.

We'd like to share some of them with you.

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Recent studies have shown that pets can have measurable, positive effects on health, such as lowering blood pressure, and relieving depression and fear. Dogs have even displayed an ability to provide early cancer detection through scent. At NewYork-Presbyterian, we attract brilliant researchers and doctors from around the world to join us here, which brings many divergent schools of thought together. By embracing them all, we make sure that we stay at the leading edge of innovation, so that we can treat each case uniquely and explore every possibility.

Learn about the Angel on a Leash Program
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It was the infamous Black Sunday fire. Fireman Eugene Stolowski was trapped on the fourth floor with one way out: the window. He jumped. Amazingly, he didn't die on impact. But he literally separated his spine from his skull. In most places, he wouldn't have survived. But over the next two weeks, teams including some of the world's leading neurosurgeons and orthopedists performed nine astonishing procedures to reconnect his spinal column. And while his duties will be less intense, the now legendary Eugene, and his equally legendary skills in the kitchen, have returned to the firehouse.

Read the New York Magazine article
Learn about Neuroscience at NewYork-Presbyterian


Kerry O'Connor has always loved to read. Suddenly, just after her 21st birthday, she couldn't. She was going blind. Type 1 diabetes had caused blood vessels to grow on her retinas and scar tissue to form. Both retinas had detached.

Until very recently, this would have been irreversible. In most places, it still is. But dramatic new micro-instruments and innovative surgical techniques at NewYork-Presbyterian allowed our world-class ophthalmological team to remove the scar tissue and reattach her retinas. Incredibly, Kerry's not only reading again, but she's working on a master's degree in nursing.

Read the New York Magazine article
Learn about Ophthalmological Surgery at NewYork-Presbyterian


The Starlight Diner is known for its amazing pancakes. But it's also known for the amazing conversations you'll overhear. That's because the Starlight is down the street from Weill Cornell Medical College. So day or night, you'll find the next generation of world-altering physicians and researchers studying there. Along with "pass the syrup," you might hear about an enzyme that may stop Alzheimer's in its tracks, or how amphibian cell research could cure paralysis. Together with Columbia University uptown, it makes New York the only city with two Ivy League medical schools. And as the university teaching hospital for both, we have to stay at the leading edge of medicine just to answer these visionary students' questions. It's a mutually beneficial relationship that keeps raising the bar of medical possibilities, not to mention pancake sales.

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Read about medical training at NewYork-Presbyterian


The Deathstalker Scorpion. It possesses one of the most potent venoms of any scorpion on earth. Yet someday, we may have to rename it the Lifegiver Scorpion. Research has shown that the venom of the Deathstalker contains chlorotoxin which attaches to specific brain cancer cells, while leaving healthy cells alone. If chlorotoxin can be used to carry radioactive atoms along with it to the cancer cells, those cells may be singled out and destroyed.

What's more, chlorotoxin appears to keep cancer cells from shrinking and moving, so the cancer can't spread. At NewYork-Presbyterian, a recently completed Phase II clinical trial may bring this treatment to reality. So, when it comes to the Deathstalker, the adage, "What doesn't kill you makes you stronger," could soon have a whole new meaning.

Learn about our Neuro-Oncology services
Read about the NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital studies (PDF)


To watch 7-year-old Dorothy McCollum, she certainly doesn't seem halfhearted. But in fact, she was born that way. One of her two ventricles was undersized and ineffective, so her blood was getting very little oxygen. She had, essentially, half a heart.

Dorothy was only five days old when surgeons performed the first of three challenging operations to literally reinvent her heart. Today, Dorothy is a typical kid. Like many little girls, she loves gymnastics, and now she's putting her whole heart into it.

Learn about Cardiology at Morgan Stanley Children's Hospital of NewYork-Presbyterian



David Hume Kennerly
Wherever history has happened for over 40 years, David Hume Kennerly has been there to document it with a vision and eye for capturing the most poignant moments in a way that is almost uncanny.

David spent two years in Vietnam literally in the line of fire, recording some of the most emotional and controversial events this country has ever experienced. His work there garnered a Pulitzer Prize.

Upon returning home, he and his camera were present from the student protests to the assassination of Bobby Kennedy; from Nixon's rise and fall to the healing years of Ford and Carter; from the first attempts at Middle East diplomacy to the advent of Reaganism and the crumbling of the Soviet Union; from the Clinton and Bush dynasties to an exploration of life in America during the year after 9/11; all the way to the most important events of the past few years.

Along the way, David served as President Ford's personal White House photographer and has stayed close with the family and continued to document their life since.

It seemed only natural that he was the ideal person to capture the amazing stories that are unfolding at NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital. Stories that, in their own way, are poignant and significant in the evolution of the human saga. David had never done a project like this before. We asked. Fortunately, he said yes.

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