Lindenbaum Memorial Lecture Series

John Lindenbaum, MD
John Lindenbaum, MD

Dr. John Lindenbaum was a widely acclaimed hematologist, gifted teacher, great mentor, and an integral part of then Columbia-Presbyterian Medical Center. Dr. Lindenbaum’s contributions as a clinical investigator were many and encompassed a variety of disciplines. His primary interest was focused on abnormalities of vitamin B12 and folic acid metabolism. Other contributions included the first clinical description of halothane-induced hepatic necrosis (which he reported while still a resident), the first analysis of the clinical course of cholera in 769 children, studies of tropical enteropathy in Bangladesh and New York, and much more.

Dr. Lindenbaum's interests went well beyond medicine. He cared deeply about societal inequities and injustices and in medicine in particular. He knew about the history of jazz (and listened to it), as well as classical music, and modern art. He spoke French and Italian well. He was an avid birdwatcher and a passionate mushroom collector.

Just before his death in June 1997, he bestowed a gift to what is now Columbia University Vagelos College of Physicians and Surgeons to establish an annual lecture given by a distinguished diverse scientist. This lecture series has provided the P&S community with the opportunity to host diverse scientists from all over the country, while honoring his commitment to equality and justice in medicine and society at large.

John Lindenbaum remembered by his friend and colleague Gerald E.Thomson, MD.


Upcoming John Lindenbaum Memorial Lectureship:


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Past John Lindenbaum Memorial Lectureships:

October 16, 2019
Roderic I. Pettigrew, PhD, MD
CEO, Engineering Health (EnHealth), Health Science Center and College of Engineering
Robert A. Welch Professor and Executive Dean for Engineering Medicine,
Colleges of Medicine, Engineering and Houston Methodist Hospital,
Texas A&M University
"Transforming Healthcare Through Technological Innovation"

March 28, 2018
Ana Diez-Roux, MD, PhD, MPH
Dean and Distinguished Professor of Epidemiology
Dornsife School of Public Health
Drexel University
"Opportunities and Challenges for Population Health Research"

April 5, 2017
E. Dale Abel, MD, PhD
Chair/Department Executive Officer, Department of Internal Medicine
Director, Division of Endocrinology and Metabolism, Department of Internal Medicine
Director, Fraternal Order of Eagles Diabetes Research Center
Professor of Internal Medicine - Endocrinology and Metabolism
Professor of Biochemistry, Biomedical Engineering
University of Iowa, Carver College of Medicine
"Insulin Resistance and Heart Failure"

April 20, 2016
Kevin Gardner, MD, PhD
Senior Investigator Genetics Branch, DHHS/NIH/NCI/CCR
Acting Scientific Director, DHHS/NIH/NIMHD/DIR
"Exploring Molecular Linkages to Modifiable Risk in Breast Cancer"

April 15, 2015
Mary Bassett, MD, MPH
Commissioner of the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene
Associate Professor of Clinical Epidemiology at the Mailman School of Public Health
"Bringing a Public Health Lens to Health Care Delivery"

March 19, 2014
Gbenga Ogedegbe, MD, MPH, FACP
Director, Center of Healthful Behavior Change and Professor of Medicine and Population Health Department of Population Health
New York University School of Medicine
"Lifestyle Interventions for Management of Hypertension in African Americans: Is Less More?"

May 15, 2013
Michelle A Albert, MD, MPH
Vivian Beaumont Allen Endowed Chair and Professor
Chief, Cardiovascular Medicine
Director of Cardiovascular Research
Howard University
"Chronic Psychological Stress and Cardiovascular Disease: The Biology of Adversity"

Feb 8, 2012
John M Carethers, MD
John G Searle Professor and Chair, Department of Internal Medicine
University of Michigan
"Racial and Ethnic Disparities in Colorectal Cancer"

Feb 9, 2011
Jackson T Wright, MD, PhD, FACP
Director and Professor, Hypertension Research Center
Division of Nephrology and Hypertension
University Hospitals, School of Medicine
Case Western Reserve University
"Racial Differences in Hypertension Management: How Much is Real?"

May 14, 2010
Funmi I Olopade, MD, FACP
Walter L. Palmer Distinguished Service Professor of Medicine and Human Genetics
Associate Dean for Global Health
Director, Center for Clinical Cancer Genetics & Global Health
University of Chicago Medical Center
"Nature, Nurture, and Breast Cancer"

June 3, 2009
Lisa Cooper, MD, MPH
Professor of Medicine, Epidemiology, and Health Policy and Management
Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions
"Eliminating Racial Disparities in Health Outcomes: the Role of Patient-Centered Care"

Mar 19, 2008
Talmadge E King, Jr, MD
Julius R. Krevans Distinguished Professorship in Internal Medicine
Chair, Department of Medicine
University of California San Francisco, CA
"Idiopathic Interstitial Pneumonias: Pathogenesis and Treatment"

Mar 28, 2007
Neil R Powe, MD, MPH, MBA
Professor of Medicine, Epidemiology and Health Policy and Management
Director, Welch Center for Prevention, Epidemiology and Clinical Research
Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions
"Moving Forward to Conquer Health Disparities"

Feb 22, 2006
Lee Riley, MD
Professor, Division of Public Health, Biology, and Epidemiology
University of California, Berkeley
"Latent Tuberculosis Infection: A Balance Act by a Bacterial Immunostat"

Jan 12, 2005
Juanita Merchant, MD, PhD
Associate Professor of Medicine
University of Michigan
"The role of gastric acid secretion in the innate immune system"

Griffin P Rogers, MD
Director, National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Disease
National Institutes of Health

Ivor Benjamin, MD
Associate Professor of Medicine
The University of Texas, Southwestern Medical Center of Dallas

Gary Gibbons, MD
Associate Professor of Medicine
Harvard University