2010 Recipients

Dominick P. Purpura Distinguished Alumnus Award Herbert B. Tanowitz, M.D. ‘67

Dr. Herbert B. Tanowitz, Professor of Pathology and of Medicine, is Director of the Global Infectious Disease Training Program at Einstein. In addition, he is Director of the Diagnostic Parasitology Laboratory at Jacobi Medical Center, where he is also the Associate Director of the parasitology clinic. Dr. Tanowitz received his bachelor’s degree from Brooklyn College and then attended Einstein. Following graduation from Einstein, Dr. Tanowitz first returned to the Bronx in 1973, as a fellow in infectious diseases, after completing his residency in internal medicine at the then Einstein-affiliated Lincoln Hospital. That return was short-lived, as military duty in the United States Navy relocated him to Quantico, Virginia, where he served two years in the medical corps at the Naval Hospital. Captain Tanowitz remained a member of the United States Navy Reserve through 2008. In 1975, he returned to Einstein as Assistant Professor of Pathology and of Medicine; at that time he also became an attending physician at both Jacobi Medical Center and Montefiore Medical Center. In 1986, Dr. Tanowtiz was named Professor of Pathology and of Medicine at Einstein and also began serving as a consultant in infectious diseases at Our Lady of Mercy Medical Center. Currently, Dr. Tanowitz is the Senior Associate Editor of the American Journal of Pathology; Managing Editor of Frontiers in Bioscience; and Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Neuroparasitology. He serves on several editorial boards, including the board of reviewers of the Journal of Eukaryotic Microbiology. Dr. Tanowitz is well-known to Einstein students as a frequent lecturer for the Parasitology, General Pathology, and Microbial Pathogenesis courses. He is also Director and Principal Investigator of a Fogarty International Training Grant aimed at training students and postdoctoral fellows from Brazil in research methods in infectious diseases and geographic medicine.


2010 Lynne Meryl Mofenson, M.D., ‘77

Dr. Lynne Mofenson received her medical degree with honors (Alpha Omega Alpha) from Einstein in 1977. She then completed a pediatric residency at Boston Children’s Hospital and finished a pediatric chief residency and joint adult/pediatric infectious disease fellowship at the University of Massachusetts Medical School. An infectious disease specialist, she is chief of the pediatric, Adolescent & Maternal AIDS Branch (PAMAB) at the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD) at the National Institutes of Health (NIH). Prior to the NIH, she served as assistant commissioner for public health in Massachusetts, where she directed the Communicable Disease Program for the Massachusetts Department of Public Health (DPH). Prior to her work in the DPH, she had a private practice in adult and pediatric infectious diseases and in pediatrics in Massachusetts. She arrived at the NIH in 1989 and was named chief of PAMAB in 2001. In her leadership role, Dr. Mofenson is responsible for program planning and for the development and scientific direction of research studies and clinical trials in domestic and international pediatric, adolescent, and maternal HIV infection, disease, and AIDS. She also is project officer for the multi-site NICHD International and Domestic Pediatric and Perinatal NIH Clinical Trials Network that conducts clinical trials in HIV-infected children and pregnant women domestically and around the world. She has published extensively on treatment of HIV infection in children and women, and on prevention of mother-to-child transmission of HIV, and is involved in many national and international policy and guideline groups related to HIV infection in children and women, including serving as a consultant to the World Health Organization on issues related to antiretroviral treatment and care of HIV-infected women and their children. Among her numerous honors, in 2006, Dr. Mofenson received the inaugural NIH AIDS Day Award.


2010 Sten H. Vermund, M.D., ‘77

Dr. Sten Vermund is a member of the Class of 1977. Since graduating from Einstein, he has established himself as a leader in global health research and teaching. As professor of pediatrics and Amos Christie Chair in Global Health at Vanderbilt University School of Medicine, he directs the university-wide Vanderbilt Institute for Global Health. His extensive work in global health includes serving in numerous roles, including principal investigator for the HIV Prevention Trials Network, funded by the NIH, that conducts HIV prevention clinical trials in Africa, Asia, and the Americas; head of the Vanderbilt- Centre for Infectious Disease Research in Zambia (CIDRZ) AIDS International Training and Research Program, through which he works with institutions in Zambia, Mozambique, India, Pakistan, and China in research capacity building; and head of the Fogarty International Clinical Research Scholars and Fellows Support Center at Vanderbilt-AAMC, which sponsors 100 trainees around the world each year from 22 countries for at least 1 year of mentored overseas research. He co-founded the aforementioned CIDRZ in 2000; Friends in Global Health, LLC, in Mozambique and Nigeria in 2006; the Gorgas Course in Clinical Tropical Medicine in Peru in 1996; the Sparkman Center Global Summer Institute when he was at the U. of Alabama at Birmingham in 2000; and a unique south-to-north course in infectious disease control and surveillance at the University of the West Indies in Kingston, Jamaica in 2000. For his service as chief of the Vaccine Trials and Epidemiology Branch in the Division of AIDS at NIAID, he was awarded the Superior Service Award of the U.S. Public Health Service in 1994, its highest civilian award. Over a span of 30 years, his contributions in infectious disease, epidemiology, women's and children's health, and global health are presented in 240 peer reviewed articles and 100 book chapters, reviews, and other contributions. He received his bachelor’s degree at Stanford University, his epidemiology masters at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, and his pediatrics and epidemiology doctoral training at Columbia University. He is married to Pilar Vargas, Ph.D., M.D. '77, whom he met at Einstein in their first-year histology class. Their sons are Julian, an optometrist, and Gabriel, a graduate student.


Honorary Alumnus Award - 2010 Howard M. Steinman, Ph.D.

Dr. Howard Steinman is assistant dean for biomedical science education and chair of the basic science course leaders working group at Einstein, as well as professor of biochemistry. Among his leadership roles, he coordinates and integrates teaching of content, skills and professionalism in the four-year medical school curriculum, is course leader of the first-year Molecular and Cellular Foundations of Medicine course, and teaches in other medical school and graduate school courses at the College of Medicine, while also contributing to resources for USMLE Step 1 preparation. In addition, Dr. Steinman strives to increase the number and enhance the roles of women in biological and biomedical research careers at the undergraduate college, postdoctoral and junior faculty levels. A member of the Einstein faculty since 1976, his research focuses on the environmental origins of Legionnaires’ disease. Before coming to Einstein, he was a postdoctoral fellow and a Research Assistant Professor in Biochemistry at Duke University. He received his bachelor’s degree from Amherst College and his doctoral degree from Yale University, both in biophysics.


Lifetime Service Award (for a Non Alumnus) - 2010 Noreen Kerrigan, M.P.A.

Noreen Kerrigan, associate dean for admissions, is well-known to more than two-thirds of Einstein students and alumni. Her name is the first they see upon applying to the College of Medicine and her friendly face is the last one they see from the admissions department before they are introduced to the office of student affairs. Ms. Kerrigan arrived at Einstein in 1977, working in the Institute of Emergency Medicine at Jacobi Medical Center. A year later, she joined the dean’s office and, in 1996, became assistant dean for student admissions. She earned her bachelor’s degree from Iona College and her master’s degree from New York University. A native New Yorker – third generation Manhattanite – she considers the Bronx her second home.


Alumni Association Lifetime Service Award - Robert Bernstein, M.D. ‘60

Dr. Robert Bernstein is a member of Einstein’s second graduating class. Following graduation from the College of Medicine, he interned at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania and then completed his residency in radiology at The New York Hospital, where he was chief resident. He then served in the U.S. Army as chief of radiology – and the only radiologist -- at the “Fighting” 33rd State Hospital, in Bremerhaven, Germany. In 1966, upon returning to the States, he also returned to the Bronx, joining the radiology department at the newly opened Hospital of the Albert Einstein College of Medicine. He was named chief of radiology in 1969 and served in that role until his retirement in January 2002. In 1983, he was elected as a Fellow of the American College of Radiology. Despite the title of professor emeritus, Dr. Bernstein returned to work that same August, to read the plain “film” images and continue his teaching responsibilities. His son Steven followed in his footsteps, graduating from Einstein in 1989, and is now an interventional radiologist in Norwalk, CT.


Alumni Association Lifetime Service Award - Mervyn Goldstein, M.D. ‘60

Dr. Mervyn "Bud" Goldstein is a member of Einstein’s second graduating class and a past president and director of the Einstein Alumni Association. He is associate clinical professor of medicine (hematology) at Einstein, where he has participated in the College of Medicine’s Clinical Pathology/Hematology course as a lecturer and lab instructor. Since 1966, he has run a weekly session in hematologic morphology at Montefiore Medical Center, educating countless hematology fellows, medical and pathology residents, and Einstein medical students who select this elective. Dr. Goldstein is an attending physician emeritus at Montefiore, where he was formerly director of education in hematology. Among his memorable accomplishments was his treatment, in 1968, of a then 12-year-old girl with acute leukemia -- who today is a grandmother. His numerous honors include the President’s Award for Patient Care at Montefiore, voted on by non-physicians; the Montefiore Staff and Alumni Award, recognizing excellence as a consultant and teacher; and the Scarsdale/Edgemont Family Open Door Award, given for community service. Dr. Goldstein received his bachelor’s degree, summa cum laude, from New York University.


Alumni Association Lifetime Service Award - Henry A. Pritzker, M.D. ‘60

Dr. Henry Pritzker is a member of Einstein’s second graduating class, and is retired as associate professor of radiology and of pediatrics at Einstein. Prior to entering the Class of 1960, Dr. Pritzker served in the U.S. Army, stationed in West Berlin, Germany as a member of a symphonic and marching band. While in Germany, he met and married Margaret, the woman who would be his wife of 54 years. Their son, Daniel, was born at Jacobi Hospital during medical school. Following a rotating internship after graduation, Dr. Pritzker returned to West Berlin as part of three additional years of required military service. While there, he served as a pediatrician at the U.S. Army Hospital, working with two board-certified pediatricians. His daughter, Debra, was born there. Following discharge from the military, he trained in general radiology at Montefiore Medical Center. During that time, a section devoted to pediatric radiology was established and, following a two-year fellowship at the Columbia Presbyterian Babies Hospital, Dr. Pritzker returned to Montefiore to head that section – a role he held until his retirement in 2001. In 2002, he returned to the role part-time, for 16 months, and also continued to hold teaching conferences. Throughout his career, he lectured at monthly meetings of the New York Roentgen Society, also serving as its president for one year. He is a Fellow of the American College of Radiology of the American Academy of Pediatrics. His beloved wife Margaret passed away in March of 2010.

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