Lawrence Smith

Northwell taps MSK veteran to head cancer programs

By GREGORY ZELLER // After a three-decade career at the Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, an internationally renowned surgeon will take the reins of Northwell Health’s vast network of cancer services and research. Following a national search and recruitment effort, the New Hyde Park-based health system has appointed Richard Barakat physician-in-chief and director of the Northwell Health Cancer Institute and senior vice president of Northwell’s Cancer Service Line. Barakat, who also becomes a professor of…


Real-life drama paces new Hofstra/Northwell podcast

By GREGORY ZELLER // It’s “Real World” meets “Grey’s Anatomy” in a new Zucker School of Medicine podcast, which dives deep into the lives of first-year medical students. Providing a “rare and intimate look into the daunting first year of medical school,” the 10-episode podcast “Making an MD: Year One” follows four students during their earliest days at the Donald and Barbara Zucker School of Medicine at Hofstra/Northwell. The free-subscription series is produced and narrated…


Northwell/CSHL cancer center draws an ace

An internationally renowned cancer expert will help lead Northwell Health and Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory’s joint cancer-research initiative. Oncologist Robert Maki, known primarily as a leading sarcoma physician and researcher, will direct the Center for New Cancer Therapies at the Northwell Health Cancer Institute. The institute is a strategic affiliation between the New Hyde Park-based health system and CSHL, established in 2015 to accelerate cancer research and the development of new therapies. As director, Maki…