Volume IV

About The Cover

The School of Medicine--the first school establised by New York Medical College--owes its founding in 1860 to the vision of a group of civic leaders in New York City who believed that medicine should be practiced with greater sensitivity to patients. The cover represents the growth that has been achieved since 1860. It's a sketch of the Tree of Hippocrates whose roots have a long standing history with New York Medical College. The pictures, representing the leaves of the tree, are of students and faculty currently at New York Medical College.




Scope of the Scope
Benjamin Cox


Broken System
Holly Foote


Writing in Afghanistan
Ali-Reza Force


A Polish Grandmother
Andrei Kreutzberg


Five Years and Counting
Mary B. O'Donnell



Challenges in Stem Cell Therapy: Bench-To-Bedside
Varunkumar G. Pandey and Michael Karsy

Research Article

Poetry and Creative Writing


Sapphire Blew
Charisse Chin


An Uninvited Visitor
Marissa Friedman


Matters of the Heart
Marissa Friedman


Mostly White Coat
Yaakov Liss


Two Diamantes
Jordan Teitelbaum


Tried & Fried
Jordan Teitelbaum

Editors in Chief

  • Linda DeMello
  • Navid Shams
  • Gavin Stern

Managing Editors

  • Amin Esfahani
  • Michael Rahimi

Senior Graphic Designer

  • Allison Navis

Senior Webmaster

  • Calley Levine

Web Communications

  • Kevin Cummings

Executive Faculty Advisor

  • Gladys M. Ayala, MD, MPH

Editorial Board

  • Gladys Ayala, MD, MPH
  • Diana Cunningham, MLS
  • Kenneth Lerea, PhD
  • Stephen Moshman, MD
  • Padmini Murthy, MD
  • Elliott Perla, MD
  • Susan Rachlin, MD
  • Sansar Sharma, PhD
  • Christine Capone
  • Edward Hurley
  • Sean Kivlehan
  • Jenny Lam
  • Annabelle Teng
  • Dennis Toy
  • Linda DeMello
  • Navid Shams
  • Gavin Stern

Staff Editors

  • Loren Francis
  • Janet Nguyen
  • David Maerz
  • Amy Reed
  • Vivek Rajasekhar
  • Yiyi Liu
  • Roopa Chari
  • Matthew Duda
  • Stuart Mackenzie
  • Yin Tong
  • Padraic Gerety
  • Justen Elbayar
  • Humera Ahmed
  • Jonathan Drake
  • Meaghan Roche
  • Marissa Friedman
  • Danielle Masor
  • Alireza Force
  • Audrey Uong
  • Chris Ours
  • Sarah Pozniak
  • Maximilian Klein
  • Joshua Davis

Art Editors

  • Anna Djougarian
  • Jordan Whatley
  • Ramsey Saba

Web Design

  • Jordan Whatley
  • Ramsey Saba