About Glenda Garvey
Dr. Garvey was born in New York City on Feb. 20, 1943, the daughter of two physicians- family practitioner Lillian Batlin and neurosurgeon Thomas Quincy Garvey Jr. Her grandfather, Thomas Quincy Garvey, was a general practitioner in Lancaster, Pa.
After attending The Brearley School in Manhattan, she went to Wellesley College where she majored in English and American literature and wrote her thesis on physician-poet William Carlos Williams. She graduated Phi Beta Kappa. Although originally planning to write children's books as a career, she ultimately decided to enter medicine and took a post baccalaureate year at Barnard College to prepare for medical school.
Dr. Garvey began her association with the College of Physicians and Surgeons in the fall of 1965 when she entered her first year of medical school. She was elected Alpha Omega Alpha in1968 and graduated the following year. She joined the medical house staff of the Columbia Presbyterian Medical Center (now the New York Presbyterian Hospital) and completed residency training in 1972. She continued with a fellowship in infectious diseases and then joined the Columbia faculty, rising through the ranks to become full professor in 1991.
She served for many years as an attending physician in as well as Director of the hospital's medical intensive care unit. In that role, she instructed every member of the medical house staff for more than twenty years. She was Program Director for the infectious disease fellowship from 1994 until stepping down in 2003 because of illness. She served as interim Chief of the Department of Medicine's infectious diseases division from 1994 to 1999. She directed the third-year medical clerkship program in the College of Physicians & Surgeons for 20 years. In that position, she played a vital role in the education of more than 3,000 medical students.
Dr. Garvey received numerous awards for her teaching and clinical skills. She was given the Distinguished Teacher Award by the graduating classes of 1976, 1985, 1998, and 2003; the Dean's Award for Distinguished Contribution to Teaching in 1988; the Medical House Staff Award for Excellence in Clinical Teaching in 1988-89; the Charles W. Bohmfalk Award for clinical teaching in 1991; the Teacher of the Year Award by the Black and Latino Student Organization in 1994 and 1997; and the Columbia University Presidential Award for Outstanding Teaching in 1998. Dr. Garvey was recognized five times with awards from the American Medical Women's Association. The Columbia-Presbyterian Medical Center Society of Practitioners named her Practitioner of the Year in 1998, and the Society of Alumni of Presbyterian Hospital cited her as Distinguished Alumnus of the Year in 2003.
She died in New York City on March 22, 2004.
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