Columbia Neurosurgeons Surprise Dr. Donald Quest at Alum Award Dinner

Nov. 3, 2014

Columbia Alumni Medalist, Dr. Donald Quest (center), among his Neurosurgery colleagues.
Columbia Alumni Medalist, Dr. Donald Quest (center), among his Neurosurgery colleagues.

Last May, at the Columbia University Commencement ceremony, President Lee Bollinger presented Dr. Donald Quest with an Alumni Medal for distinguished service. Read our post about that here.

Last month, the Columbia Alumni Association had their celebration dinner for the 2014 medalists at Low Memorial Library on the Morningside campus.

Dr. Michael Kaiser and his wife Dr. Michelle Kaiser arranged for a few tables at the event in secret. They surprised Dr. Quest on the night of the awards dinner with the lionshare of the Columbia Neurosurgery department in tow. Dr. Quest’s children were also there.

According to Dr. Sean Lavine, the surprise was a huge success and Dr. Quest was clearly touched by everyone’s support.

“In large measure P&S and Columbia have made me what I am,” says Dr. Quest. “I have been able to fulfill my dream of becoming a doctor, serve my patients, and help lead my department and the medical school in becoming the best that it can be. I am most impressed, even amazed, at the breadth and depth of excellence that makes up the essence of Columbia and am grateful and proud to be a part of it.” 

Learn more about Dr. Quest on his bio page here.

Learn more about Dr. Kaiser on his bio page here.

Learn more about Dr. Lavine on his bio page here.

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