Lawrence Smith

Diversity is dapper as LI med students don white coats

By GREGORY ZELLER // They’ve put them on – and, they’re off! The ninth-ever class at the Donald and Barbara Zucker School of Medicine at Hofstra/Northwell has donned its white coats and embarked on its four-year journey to professional medicine. The members of the Class of 2023 received their ceremonial coats Oct. 11 at Hofstra University’s John Cranford Adams Playhouse, symbolically beginning their medical educations. In reality, the 103 students have already begun their scholastic quests: While…


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…