This blog presents ethics and safety concerns at a high profile cancer center (MSKCC), where clinical trial candidates are developed. It is not run by MSKCC. It does not imply that one should not seek appropriate medical attention for an ailment by a reputable physician (at MSKCC or elsewhere).

To: Faculty and Board Members
James Colgrove, Robert Klitzman, Arthur Kuflik, Kristina Orfali,
Columbia University, MS in Bioethics Program;
Courtney Canfield, Aleksandra Chancy, Jaime Daniels, Mike Debiak, Richard E. Gavin, Louis C. Grassi, William Hart, Timothy F. Hegarty, Mysore Nagaraja, Reza Nikain, John Rusk, Joseph (Joe) M. Schwed, John Taylor, Liem Tran, Bob Yardis, Lauren Yarmuth, Michael S. Zetlin, Columbia University, MS in Construction Administration

cc: Presidents Thompson (MSKCC), Bollinger (CU), Tessier-Lavigne (RU)

re: Suggested MS in Bioethics Student, Dr. Sarah Danishefsky
Suggested MS in Construction Administration Student, Ed Mahoney, VP Facilities Management, MSKCC

We’d like to recommend Dr. Sarah Danishefsky and Mr. Ed Mahoney as prospective, eminently qualified and perhaps ideal candidates for admission to Columbia’s respective fledgling MS in Bioethics and Construction Administration Degree Program. Sarah Administers a high profile and prolific albeit intermittently, palpably disingenuous [in variance with its usually high caliber scientific work product] laboratory at MSKCC. Ed Mahoney is MSKCC’s VP, Facilities Management. “Sloan is pursuing a systemic approach to reducing expenses and increasing revenues […] One example of this is discouraging terminally ill patients from seeking initial treatment or second opinions from the cancer center […] the admission of such patients is counterproductive […] to Sloan Kettering.” [paraphrasing salient features, MSKCC, CFO/Chief Financial Officer]; The mission of Sloan Kettering / MSKCC is nonpareil. There are instances of brilliance, selflessness, as well as egregiously unnecessary and inappropriate craven self servitude, shameless self promotion, a completely unnecessary and inappropriate intermittently palpable disingenuousness (whose transgressors ought to be ashamed of themselves considering that they clearly know better), conflicted interests, invocation of the follow the money syndrome, a bizarre confluence of facilities management shortcomings (see OSHA, EPA) that could impeach the credibility of reaction conditions and thus scientific results, curious navigation of the who works for whom (Public Affairs or Facilities for SKI/MSKCC, or its converse) conundrum, a ruse invoked to promote a much needed and ballyhooed replacement research building, thinly veiled attempts to sweep the above (and other curious anomalies) under the rug (by puppets from the Research Resources Management and/or MSK Facilities Management divisions) as well as people who (though they know better) by their actions would steal hope in variance with MSKCC’s mission of steeling hope. Why would a non-clinician attempt to influence enrollment in a clinical trial of a competitor by embargoing information relative to its availability to oft desperate cancer patients (or their proxies)? Why would a non-clinician attempt to leverage a clinician to continue enrollment in a clinical trial in variance with the clinician’s better judgment (might very large milestone royalty payments influence this tack)? Why would MSKCC Facilities build a laboratory building and knowingly not install ductwork controls, install faulty fume evacuation hoods and possibly purified water conduits that can compromise reaction conditions and concomitantly patient safety? Why would an employee ‘deal’ prescription drugs in MSKCC’s basement (its General Stores takes up a large part of the basement, so one must consider how much of the General Stores were compromised and if patients safety was jeopardized); Why would an employee graft over 1 million $ in toner cartridge? For invocation of the Danishefsky Deception [they are green (haute connoisseurs of mucophagy and rhinotillexamania), but at times do not access a moral compass and exhibit some of the most disingenuous behavior [framed and contrasted by a curious amount of bible thumping] witnessed by the author of this essay], we recommend the establishment of the Danishefsky Chair in Bioethics, a toilet seat emblazoned in gold lettering with the citation ‘you’re supposed to care’. In recognition of MSKCC’s bizarre infrastructure shortcomings, we recommend that henceforth its Facilities Management team (Ed Mahoney is its incumbent VP) wear Clown Costumes as a standard issue uniform. MSKCC, we hoped you’d be our hero; MSKCC, minimally, you’re supposed to care. Shame on you MSKCC, you know better. MSKCC, you ought to provide leadership by example, don’t be a weasel. Hopefully, with Professor Thompson’s fledgling tenure as MSKCC’s President will come nulling of its conjuring, synchronizing and squirming invocation of cover stories and adherence to its moral compass(es). Please see https://mskccethicsandsafetyconcerns.wordpress.com and/or http://www.concerns-at-sloankettering.blogspot.com for a summary of these and related concerns.

re: The Elie Wiesel Prize in Ethics; essay title: “The Weasels of Sloan Kettering”

The Elie Wiesel Prize in Ethics
The Elie Wiesel Foundation For Humanity
555 Madison Avenue, 20th Floor
New York, NY 10022
http://www.eliewieselfoundation.org

December 2010

re: The Elie Wiesel Prize in Ethics; essay title: “The Weasels of Sloan Kettering”

“Sloan is pursuing a systemic approach to reducing expenses and increasing revenues […] One example of this is discouraging terminally ill patients from seeking initial treatment or second opinions from the cancer center […] the admission of such patients is counterproductive […] to Sloan Kettering.” [paraphrasing salient features, MSKCC, CFO/Chief Financial Officer]; The mission of Sloan Kettering / MSKCC is nonpareil. There are instances of brilliance, selflessness, as well as egregiously unnecessary and inappropriate craven self servitude, shameless self promotion, a completely unnecessary and inappropriate intermittently palpable disingenuousness (whose transgressors ought to be ashamed of themselves considering that they clearly know better), conflicted interests, invocation of the follow the money syndrome, a bizarre confluence of facilities management shortcomings (see OSHA, EPA) that could impeach the credibility of reaction conditions and thus scientific results, curious navigation of the who works for whom (Public Affairs or Facilities for SKI/MSKCC, or its converse) conundrum, a ruse invoked to promote a much needed and ballyhooed replacement research building, thinly veiled attempts to sweep the above (and other curious anomalies) under the rug (by puppets from the Research Resources Management and/or MSK Facilities Management divisions) as well as people who (though they know better) by their actions would steal hope in variance with MSKCC’s mission of steeling hope. Why would a non-clinician attempt to influence enrollment in a clinical trial of a competitor by embargoing information relative to its availability to oft desperate cancer patients (or their proxies)? Why would a non-clinician attempt to leverage a clinician to continue enrollment in a clinical trial in variance with the clinician’s better judgment (might very large milestone royalty payments influence this tack)? Why would MSKCC Facilities build a laboratory building and knowingly not install ductwork controls, install faulty fume evacuation hoods and possibly purified water conduits that can compromise reaction conditions and concomitantly patient safety? Why would an employee ‘deal’ prescription drugs in MSKCC’s basement (its General Stores takes up a large part of the basement, so one must consider how much of the General Stores were compromised and if patients safety was jeopardized); Why would an employee graft over 1 million $ in toner cartridge? For invocation of the Danishefsky Deception [they are green (haute connoisseurs of mucophagy and rhinotillexamania), but at times do not access a moral compass and exhibit some of the most disingenuous behavior [framed and contrasted by a curious amount of bible thumping] witnessed by the author of this essay], we recommend the establishment of the Danishefsky Chair in Bioethics, a toilet seat emblazoned in gold lettering with the citation ‘you’re supposed to care’. In recognition of MSKCC’s bizarre infrastructure shortcomings, we recommend that henceforth its Facilities Management team (Ed Mahoney is its incumbent VP) wear Clown Costumes as a standard issue uniform. MSKCC, we hoped you’d be our hero; MSKCC, minimally, you’re supposed to care. Shame on you MSKCC, you know better. MSKCC, you ought to provide leadership by example, don’t be a weasel. Hopefully, with Professor Thompson’s fledgling tenure as MSKCC’s President will come nulling of its conjuring, synchronizing and squirming invocation of cover stories and adherence to its moral compass(es). Please see https://mskccethicsandsafetyconcerns.wordpress.com and/or www.concerns-at-sloankettering.blogspot.com for a summary of these and related concerns.

This blog presents ethics and safety concerns at a high profile cancer center (MSKCC), where clinical trial candidates are developed. It is not run by MSKCC. It does not imply that one should not seek appropriate medical attention for an ailment by a reputable physician (at MSKCC or elsewhere).

Advertisements

Leave a comment

Filed under Uncategorized

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s