Anneliese Sitarz papers, 1950 - 2008

Descriptive Identification

Repository
Augustus C. Long Health Sciences Library,
701 W. 168th Street
HHSC LL1-111
New York, NY 10032
Archives & Special Collections
Extent
4.6 cubic feet
Creator
Sitarz, Anneliese, 1928-
Language
EnglishGerman
Abstract
Personal papers of U.S. pediatrician Annaliese Lotte Sitarz, an alumna (M.D. 1950) and faculty member of the College of Physicians and Surgeons. She had a distinguished career in pediatric oncology with much of her clinical work based at Babies Hospital, later known as New York-Presbyterian Morgan Stanley Children’s Hospital, while also consulting at Overlook and Harlem Hospitals. She was a founding investigator of the Children’s Cancer Study Group, a cooperative group established by the National Institutes of Health to study childhood cancers. She was first appointed to the Department of Pediatrics in the College of Physicians & Surgeons in 1957 and received tenure as Assistant Professor in 1973.

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Anneliese Sitarz Papers, Archives & Special Collections, Columbia University Health Sciences Library.

Processing Information

Processed by Jennifer Ulrich June-July 2017. Files were re-foldered; duplicates discarded.

Acquisition Information

Gift of Anneliese Sitarz in 2006-2007, 2009 (accessions #2006.02.02; 2007.06.13; 2009.9.25).

Access Restriction

Open for research.

Use Restriction

Columbia University records are closed to researchers for 25 years from date of creation.

Biographical/Historical Commentary

Born in 1928 in Medellín, Colombia to Hans Sitarz and Elisabeth (née Knoll), Anneliese Lotte Sitarz moved to the United States as a child and later attended Bryn Mawr College (AB 1950) and Columbia University’s College of Physicians and Surgeons (MD 1954). She interned at Children’s Medical Center in Boston, Massachusetts (1954-1955) and held her residency in pediatrics at Babies Hospital (1955-1957) – later known as New York- Presbyterian Morgan Stanley Children’s Hospital – an affiliate of the Department of Pediatrics at Columbia University’s College of Physicians and Surgeons (P&S). Sitarz had a distinguished career in pediatric oncology with much of her clinical work based at Babies Hospital, while also consulting at Overlook and Harlem Hospitals.

She was a founding investigator of the Children’s Cancer Study Group (CCG or CCSG), a cooperative group established by the National Institutes of Health to study childhood cancers. Sitarz was awarded a Fellowship in pediatric hematology by the NIH (1957-1961) with a focus in childhood leukemia treatments. She was subsequently awarded an Advanced Clinical Fellowship by the American Cancer Society (1962-1965). According to her personal papers, she was an investigator for the CCG for many years (1960-1990s) and was appointed in 1996 to the study committee for the CCG-3005 study, “Minimal therapy of disseminated low and intermediate risk NBL for infants, 12 months.”

On April 25, 1986, Michael Katz, Director of the Pediatric Service and Chairman of the Department of Pediatrics, wrote to Sitarz informing her of changes in her duties as a clinical professor and physician, stripping her of some of her clinical responsibilities. This included her removal as an attending physician and status change to private practitioner of pediatric hematology and oncology – a decision made in consultation with Dr. Sergio Piomelli, Director for the Division of Pediatric Hematology-Oncology, Presbyterian Hospital.

Although Sitarz contested her case internally and via legal action, her status was not reinstated. Regardless, she continued to contribute to the fields of pediatric oncology and hematology and treated patients for the duration of her career. She received tenure as Assistant Professor of Clinical Pediatrics in 1973 and as full professor in 1983.

Sitarz died in Maplewood, New Jersey on October 3, 2015 at the age of 87.

  • References
  • “Changing the Face of Medicine | Anneliese Lotte Sitarz.” U.S. National Library of Medicine. June 03, 2015.
  • “Curriculum vitae,” Anneliese Sitarz papers, Archives & Special Collections, Columbia University Health Sciences Library.
  • “ANNELIESE SITARZ's Obituary on New York Times.” New York Times. Accessed July 06, 2017.
  • “Obituary.” In memory of Dr. Anneliese Sitarz. Accessed July 06, 2017. https://www.bradleyfuneralhomes.com/tribute/dr-anneliese-sitarz-october-03-2015.html?Section=Obituary
  • Sitarz, Annaliese L. 1954 student file, Central Records, Archives & Special Collections, Columbia University Health Sciences Library.
  • Sitarz, Annaliese L. index card, Central Records, Archives & Special Collections, Columbia University Health Sciences Library.

Scope and Content

Correspondence, patient records, meeting minutes, grant applications, legal documents, photographs, membership records, flyers, clippings, academic papers and reprints authored by Sitarz and others, along with other material documenting the career of Annaliese Sitarz. The bulk consists of correspondence from her work as a physician in the Department of Pediatrics, Columbia Presbyterian Hospital; Babies Hospital; and the Overlook Hospital. In addition there is much relating to her personnel grievance and legal challenge as tenured Associate Professor of (Clinical) Pediatrics for the Department of Medicine, College of Physicians and Surgeons.

Her work at Babies Hospital is documented in collected printed material, announcements, and other mementos, such as the scripts from the hospital’s Christmas shows (1955-1961). Records from the Babies Hospital Alumni Association reflect Sitarz’s role as Treasurer (2001-2005).

Correspondence labeled “Politics” by Sitarz documents her relationship with the Department of Pediatrics and may overlap in topic with folders arranged under “Personnel complaint.” The latter contains affidavits, legal briefs, patient records, notes, and additional correspondence between Sitarz; her attorneys Vladeck, Waldman, Elias & Engelhard, P.C.; the Department of Pediatrics, College of Physicians and Surgeons; and Presbyterian Hospital. These documents were arranged by Sitarz and directly relate to the grievance filed with administrators at Columbia University.

Letters written by patient’s parents endorsing Sitarz as a physician are arranged chronologically as “correspondence: patients” but some correspondence can be found with patient records and other documents within her “personnel complaint” files, specifically addressing patient cases under scrutiny by Dr. Piomelli and the Pediatrics Division. The bulk of correspondence from patients (or the parents of) are personal in nature, containing greeting and holiday cards, newspaper clippings, family photographs, wedding invitations, funeral announcements, and some handmade cards from children. One folder contains a Bar Mitzvah yarmulke.

Research is documented in grant applications and tumor study reports (1961-1965), academic papers, and the Children’s Cancer Group, referred as the CC Study Group (1957-1969). Flyers, articles, correspondence, minutes and other material document her involvement with Parents Caring for Children with Cancer Group.

Material documenting her role as professor is lacking but for one folder of teaching and studentrelated materials and correspondence relating to her lectures given to the Continuing Medical Education (CME) program at the Columbia Presbyterian Medical Center.

Writings consist primarily of reprints of journal articles authored by Sitarz and others, with some manuscripts and notes. Professional organization files also include abstracts and publications, in addition to membership records.

There is one folder of photographs depicting Sitarz and group portraits. Photographic prints and negatives used for illustrations also accompany some journal articles.

Arrangement

Arranged alphabetically with no series.

Components List

  • Babies Hospital: General, 1963 - 2004

    Box-folder
    1.1
  • Babies Hospital Alumni Association, 2001 - 2002

    Box-folder
    1.2
  • Babies Hospital Alumni Association, 2002 - 2005

    Box-folder
    1.3
  • Babies Hospital announcements, 1990s

    Box-folder
    1.4
  • Babies Hospital Christmas Shows, 1955

    Box-folder
    1.5
  • Babies Hospital Christmas Shows, 1957 - 1961

    Box-folder
    1.6
  • Biographical, 1979 - 2006

    Box-folder
    1.7
  • Berlin-Frankfurt-Münster protocol for B-cell Leukemia protocols, 1981 - 1999

    Box-folder
    1.8
  • Children's Cancer Study Group (CCSG): Criteria revisions and information, 1957 - 1969

    Box-folder
    1.9
  • Children's Cancer Study Group (CCSG), 1966 - 1981

    Box-folder
    2.1
  • CCSG: Psychological factors, 1978

    Box-folder
    2.2
  • Columbia University Medical Center: General, 1982 - 1999

    Box-folder
    2.3
    Box-folder
    12.4
  • Correspondence: General, 1960 - 2004

    Box-folder
    2.4
    Box-folder
    2.5
    Box-folder
    2.6
    Box-folder
    2.7
  • Correspondence: General, 1965 - 1982

    Box-folder
    13.1
  • Correspondence: Appointment letters, 1970 - 1990

    Box-folder
    3.1
  • Correspondence: Appointments and professional memberships, 1972 - 1991

    Box-folder
    3.2
    Box-folder
    3.3
  • Correspondence: Lectures given and Continuing Medical Education (CME), Columbia University, 1963 - 2004

    Box-folder
    3.4
    Box-folder
    3.5
    Box-folder
    3.6
    Box-folder
    3.7
    Box-folder
    12.5
  • Correspondence: Overlook Hospital, 1975 - 1981

    Box-folder
    4.1
  • Correspondence: Overlook Hospital, 1975 - 2001

    Box-folder
    4.2
  • Correspondence: Parent Support group, 1997

    Box-folder
    13.2
  • Correspondence: Patient-related, 1958 - 2001

    Box-folder
    4.3
    Box-folder
    4.4
    Box-folder
    4.5
  • Correspondence: Patients, undated

    Container
    13.3
  • Correspondence: Patients - Scrapbook, 1950 - 1990

    Box-folder
    13.4
  • Correspondence: Patients, 1957 - 1990

    Box-folder
    13.5
    Box-folder
    13.6
    Box-folder
    13.7
    Box-folder
    13.8
    Box-folder
    13.9
    Box-folder
    13.10
    Box-folder
    13.11
    Box-folder
    13.12
    Box-folder
    13.13
    Box-folder
    13.14
    Box-folder
    13.15
    Box-folder
    13.16
    Box-folder
    13.17
    Box-folder
    13.18
    Box-folder
    13.19
    Box-folder
    13.20
    Box-folder
    13.21
    Box-folder
    13.22
    Box-folder
    13.23
    Box-folder
    13.24
    Box-folder
    13.25
    Box-folder
    13.26
    Box-folder
    13.27
    Box-folder
    13.28
    Box-folder
    13.29
    Box-folder
    13.30
    Box-folder
    13.31
    Box-folder
    13.32
    Box-folder
    13.33
    Box-folder
    13.34
    Box-folder
    13.35
    Box-folder
    13.36
    Box-folder
    13.37
    Box-folder
    13.38
    Box-folder
    13.39
    Box-folder
    13.40
  • Correspondence: Patients, 1984 - 2008

    Box
    14
  • Correspondence: "Politics", 1973 - 1992

    Box
    5
    Box-folder
    6.1
  • Correspondence: Publishers, 1959 - 1990

    Box-folder
    6.2
  • Correspondence: Employment terms, Columbia University, 1975 - 1976

    Box-folder
    6.3
  • Correspondence: Patient endorsements, 1986

    Box-folder
    6.4
  • Correspondence: Tenure, 1975 - 1978

    Box-folder
    6.5
  • Correspondence: "Thank you" letters, 1971 - 2000

    Box-folder
    6.6
  • Grant Applications, 1961 - 1965

    Box-folder
    6.7
  • HIV procedures and forms, 1989 - 1998

    Box-folder
    6.8
  • Lane W. Adams Award, 1992

    Box-folder
    6.9
  • Malpractice suit: Kinloch vs. Sitarz, 1996 - 1999

    Box-folder
    6.10
  • P&S Alumni Fund contributions, Columbia University, 1961 - 2004

    Box-folder
    6.11
  • Parents Caring for Children with Cancer (PCCC) group, 1995 - 2000

    Box-folder
    6.12
    Box-folder
    7.1
  • Personnel complaint correspondence, Department of Pediatrics, College of Physicians & Surgeons, Columbia University, 1975 - 2000

    Box-folder
    7.2
    Box-folder
    7.3
    Box-folder
    7.4
    Box-folder
    7.5
    Box-folder
    7.6
    Box-folder
    7.7
    Box-folder
    8.1
  • Personnel complaint correspondence: patient's parents, 1985 - 1993

    Box-folder
    8.2
  • Personnel complaint: "Chronology of events 1978-2000, 2000

    Box-folder
    8.3
  • Personnel complaint: Affidavit, September 2, 1987

    Box-folder
    8.4
  • Personnel complaint: Appeal brief, July, 1987

    Box-folder
    8.5
  • Personnel complaint: Medical Board hearing transcript, June 16, 1987

    Box-folder
    8.6
  • Personnel complaint: Documents for Medical Board hearing, June, 1987

    Box-folder
    8.7
  • Personnel complaint: Reply brief, August, 1987

    Box-folder
    8.8
  • Personnel complaint: Affidavits, November, 1986

    Box-folder
    8.9
  • Personnel complaint: Patient records, 1972, 1982-1987

    Box-folder
    8.10
  • Personnel complaint: Patient records and other topics, 1986

    Box-folder
    9.1
  • Photographs: Sitarz and group portraits, 1963, 1981, 1996

    Box-folder
    9.2
  • Professional organizations: American Association for Cancer Research, Inc., 1964 - 1994

    Box-folder
    9.3
  • Professional organizations: American Board of Pediatrics, Inc., Sub-board in Pediatric Hematology-Oncology, undated

    Box-folder
    9.4
  • Professional organizations: American Board of Pediatrics, review of exam questions, 1992 - 1994

    Box-folder
    9.5
  • Professional organizations: American Society of Clinical Oncology, 1976 - 1986

    Box-folder
    9.6
  • Professional organizations: American Society of Hematology, 1961 - 2001

    Box-folder
    9.7
  • Professional organizations: International Society of Hematology, 1967 - 1996

    Box-folder
    9.9
  • Professional organizations: Leukemia Society of America, Inc., 1976, 1982

    Box-folder
    9.10
  • Professional organizations: Medical Society of the County of New York, 1965 - 1991

    Box-folder
    9.11
  • Professional organizations: New York Academy of Sciences, 1960, 1996

    Box-folder
    9.12
  • Professional organizations: Society for Pediatric Research, 1962 - 1974

    Box-folder
    9.13
  • Research files: Anemia, 1980 - 2001

    Box-folder
    9.14
  • Society of Practitioners of the Columbia Presbyetrian Medical Center, 1978 - 1988

    Box-folder
    9.15
    Box-folder
    9.16
  • Staff honors and memorials, 1963 - 2000

    Box-folder
    9.17
  • Security-related, Staff committees, Columbia-Presbyterian Medical Center, 1973 - 1980

    Box-folder
    9.18
  • Security-related, Staff committees, Columbia-Presbyterian Medical Center, 1973 - 1980

    Box-folder
    10.1
    Box-folder
    10.2
  • Teaching and student related materials, 1959 - 1978

    Box-folder
    10.3
  • Tenure and faculty status: Female professors, 1975 - 1990

    Box-folder
    10.4
    Box-folder
    10.5
  • Tumor study: Triple therapy pilot study protocol and reports, 1961 - 1965

    Box-folder
    10.6
  • Wolff, James A.: regarding, 1984 - 1996

    Box-folder
    10.7
  • Who's Who in Medicine and Healthcare applications, circa 1984-2005

    Box-folder
    10.8
    Box-folder
    10.9
  • Writings: General, 1982 - 1991

    Container
    11.1
  • Writings: Babies Hospital affiliated authors, 1933 - 1969

    Box-folder
    11.2
    Box-folder
    11.3
    Box-folder
    11.4
  • Writings: Children Cancer Study Group articles, 1964-1976, 1996

    Box-folder
    11.5
  • Writings: Regarding "Lead poinsoning in 6 months old infant", 1974

    Box-folder
    11.6
  • Writings: "Acute lymphocytic leukemia masquerading as acute osteomyelitis: a report of two cases," manuscript, 1979

    Box-folder
    11.7
  • Writings: Therapy for acute lymphobiastic leukemia, 1980 - 1982

    Box-folder
    11.8
  • Writings: "Children's Cancer Study Group (CCSG) study of venous access devices: an analysis of insertions and causes for removal," article, 1990 - 1991

    Box-folder
    11.9
  • Writings: "Management of Isoimmune neonatal thrombocytopenia," article, 1974 - 1976

    Box-folder
    11.10
  • Writings: "Foreign body of the palate: a case report," Pediatrics v.38.2 (August 1966), 1955 - 1966

    Box-folder
    11.11
  • Writings: "Complete maturation of neuroblastoma with bonemetastases in documented stages," Journal of Pediatric Surgery, v.10.4 (August 1975), 1974 - 1975

    Box-folder
    11.12
  • Writings: "Incidence of CNS Leukemia in children with all or AUL receiving cytoxan of dibromadulcitol for remission maintenance", 1973-1974, 1992

    Container
    11.13
  • Writings: Triple drug therapy in children articles, 1965 - 1966

    Box-folder
    11.14
  • Writings: Academic papers and articles by Sitarz, 1959 - 1974

    Container
    11.15
  • Writings: Articles and reprints authored by Sitarz, 1960 - 1996

    Box-folder
    12.1
  • Writings: Articles authored by Sitarz, 1976 - 1992

    Box-folder
    12.2
  • Writings: Articles and reprints authored by others, 1956 - 1997

    Box-folder
    12.3
  • Professional organizations: The Harvey Society, 1969 - 2001

    Box-folder
    9.8