Anette Wu Fortgang, MPH’ 08, Events; Membership (P&S)

Dr. Anette Wu (Fortgang) is a 2008 graduate of the Mailman School of Public Health (Healthpolicy and Healthcare Management) at Columbia University. She joined the Mailman Alumni Association Board in 2013 and has been chairing the Special Events Committee since then. Under her leadership Mailman Alumni event participation has increased several folds along with the introduction of a new format for the annual Alumni Summit event, new annual breakfast events, inter- school events, set up of local chapters in Boston, Washington, San Francisco and Atlanta and outreach to Asian Columbia Clubs. She is actively involved with student mentoring, student networking and is on the Editorial Board for the Mailman Alumni Newsletter – the ”E-Mailman”.

Since July 2016 she is a member of the CAA Board representing the Mailman School of Public Health and joined the Programs Committee focusing on the “Health and Wellness” event series.

Anette is also an organizing member of the International Academy of Life Sciences, Berlin, Germany and is actively involved in student exchange programs for senior medical students.

Anette is a physician-surgeon and scientist by training. She received training in Transplantation Surgery and General Surgery in Hannover, Germany and at the Massachusetts General Hospital/Harvard Medical School in Boston, MA and completed her fellowship in Transplantation Immunology at the same institution. She received several research awards and published in a number of scientific journals. She is an elected member of the American Society of Transplantation, The Transplantation Society and the International Association of Xenotransplantation.

She is an Anatomy professor in the Department of Pathology and Cell Biology at the College of Physicians and Surgeons (P&S) at Columbia University Medical Center. She has been teaching Clinical Anatomy to first year medical students for 10 years. She initiated and is conducting educational research in internationalization of medical education at P&S and is an elected member of the American Association of Anatomists.

Her second role at Columbia University is in the Department of Medicine where she set up and oversees the operations a large translational research center (15 laboratories, 7 satellite core units).

Anette is of Taiwanese descent, born in Germany and attended graduate schools and trained in Hannover, Germany; Rochester, MN; Boston, MA, and New York, NY. 

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