The Jay Monahan Center Celebrates 10 Years of Excellence in
Gastrointestinal Health Research and Care
The center, a collaboration between NewYork-Presbyterian
Hospital and Weill Cornell Medical College, offers
educational outreach and cutting-edge treatments for
NewYork-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical Center celebrated
the 10th anniversary
of the opening of The Jay Monahan Center for
Gastrointestinal Health at an event held on Tuesday,
September 9. Founded in memory of Jay Monahan, late husband
of Yahoo News’ Global Anchor and New
York Times’ best-selling
Couric, the center is one of only a few comprehensive
cancer and wellness centers dedicated to gastrointestinal
Ms. Couric was joined by Dr.
Steven J. Corwin, CEO of NewYork-Presbyterian, who
hosted the event, along with Dr.
Felice Schnoll-Sussman, director of the Monahan Center,
to mark the occasion.
Other notable attendees included Dr.
Herbert Pardes, executive vice chair, Board of Trustees,
NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital; Dr.
Laura Forese, group senior vice president and chief
operating officer, NewYork-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell and
president of the NewYork-Presbyterian Healthcare System; Dr.
Cam Patterson, senior vice president and chief operating
officer, NewYork-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell; Dr.
Laurie H. Glimcher, dean, Weill Cornell Medical College; Dr.
Fabrizio Michelassi, chair, Department of Surgery,
NewYork-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell; Dr.
Michael Lieberman, director of surgical oncology,
NewYork-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell; Kathleen
Lobb, senior vice president of communications,
Entertainment Industry Foundation and co-founder of Stand-Up
to Cancer; Heidi
and Richard Horowitz; Jill
Libshutz; and Dr.
Mark Pochapin, former director of the Monahan Center.
The Monahan Center was established in 2004 with support from
The Entertainment Industry Foundation's National Colorectal
Cancer Research Alliance (EIF's NCCRA), which Couric
co-founded. After Monahan’s death, she joined forces with
NewYork-Presbyterian and Weill Cornell Medical College to
establish a place where patients would have access to the
latest services, treatments, education and experts in all
necessary specialties under one roof. The center takes a
unique, multidisciplinary approach to patient care that
allows for seamless coordination of all necessary health and
support services. Providers from subspecialties including
gastroenterology, surgery, oncology, pain management and
radiology work collaboratively in teams to treat patients.
“When Jay was diagnosed with advanced colon cancer, I got a
crash course in cancer treatment. While he received
exceptional care, it became clear that one place that could
coordinate care and provide a myriad of services would be a
godsend to families dealing with the trauma and challenges
of gastrointestinal cancers. I'm thrilled that the Monahan
Center has provided thousands of patients and their loved
ones with compassionate, comprehensive care as well as
critical information about prevention, screening and
treatment,” said Couric.
“The Monahan Center is consistently at the forefront of
innovative patient-centered care,” said Dr. Corwin. “We are
extremely grateful to Ms. Couric, the Entertainment Industry
Foundation and the NCCRA, as well as the leadership and
staff of the Monahan Center, for their continued support in
providing state-of-the-art care and education to our
The Monahan Center has led the way in advancing the
treatment and prevention of gastrointestinal illnesses. In
recent years, two state-of-the-art esophageal function labs
were opened, which complement the multidisciplinary
esophageal program and offer a full spectrum of diagnostic
testing for patients with benign and malignant esophageal
diseases. The center also significantly expanded its genetic
and nutrition counseling services. Additionally, physicians
at the center serve on the faculty of Weill Cornell Medical
College, a leading research institution for gastrointestinal
health. Thus, patients have access to clinical trials and
the latest equipment and treatments.
“The Monahan Center grew out of a burning desire to advance
treatment options and improve the daily lives of patients
with gastrointestinal malignancies. What an honor it has
been to play a role in its successful growth over the past
10 years. This has been made possible by both the
exceptional team of physicians and professionals at the
Monahan Center who care for our patients on a daily basis
and the generosity of our benefactors,” said Dr. Felice
Schnoll-Sussman, director of the Monahan Center.
In addition to its clinical efforts, the Monahan Center
provides educational information on gastrointestinal cancers
and wellness for patients and their families. Patients can
access the latest data on disease prevention and clinical
trials as they wait for their appointments. The center
continues to collaborate with professional societies,
outreach organizations, patient advocacy groups and others
to reduce the burden of gastrointestinal cancer, a major
killer in the United States and around the globe. In 2011,
the center initiated the “Make That Call” campaign, which
encourages those 50 and older to schedule colon cancer
Jay Monahan Center for Gastrointestinal Health
The Jay Monahan Center for Gastrointestinal Health at
NewYork-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical Center is a
world-class gastrointestinal cancer and wellness center.
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. The
Monahan Center at NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital/Weill
Cornell is located at the corner of 70th Street and York
Avenue inNew York City.
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. The hospital is also closely affiliated with
NewYork-Presbyterian/Lawrence Hospital in Bronxville.
NewYork-Presbyterian is the #1 hospital in the New York
metropolitan area, according to U.S.
News & World Report, and consistently named to the
magazine’s Honor Roll of best hospitals in the nation. Weill
Cornell Medical College is the first U.S. medical college to
offer a medical degree overseas and maintains a strong
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