It’s a visual that has been passed down from generation to generation, from the time you were a child to now as a parent: the classic collage hanging in the reception area of any pediatrician’s or obstetrician’s office. The framed faces of children for whom the physician has cared – oftentimes spanning the patient’s entire adolescent life – captures fragments of time, ranging from the first moment a baby enters the world to a professional shot of that same child graduating high school.
A recent donation to Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons will fund a new professorship named for Hillary Rodham Clinton in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology. Dr. Lynn L. Simpson, chief of the Division of Maternal Fetal Medicine and professor of obstetrics and gynecology, was selected as the first holder of this appointment. This marks the fourth endowed chair to be added to the Department since 2011.