Dr. Herbert B. Tanowitz Honorary Lecture Fund

Dr. Herbert B. Tanowitz Honorary Lecture Fund for Parasitology and Tropical Medicine

Herbert B. Tanowitz, MD '67
1941 - 2018
Pioneering Physician-Scientist, Outstanding Clinician, Inspirational Teacher

Dr. Herbert B. Tanowitz Honorary Lecture Fund for Parasitology and Tropical Medicine was created by the Department of Pathology to support an annual lecture in honor of Dr. Herbert B. Tanowitz. The lecture will focus on parasitology and tropical medicine, the driving research interests of Dr. Tanowitz’ long and distinguished career as a faculty member, his years as an Einstein medical student and resident, and during his military service as a captain in the US Navy. The inaugural lecture will be a full-day symposium on the pathogenesis of Chagas Disease, including research on the role of adipose tissue in this chronic infection.

About Dr. Tanowitz:

A world-class physician-scientist, Dr. Herbert B. Tanowitz was renowned for his pioneering research on the pathogenesis of Chagas Disease, a tropical parasitic infection caused by Trypanosoma cruzi. He embodied the role of the academic physician and was beloved by his patients, fellows, and students alike. After graduating from Albert Einstein College of Medicine in 1967 and completing his residency in internal medicine at Lincoln Hospital, he joined the Einstein faculty in 1975 and served as an attending physician at Jacobi and Montefiore Medical Centers. He went on to serve as Director of the Diagnostic Parasitology Laboratory and Associate Director of the Parasitology Clinic at Jacobi. A frequent lecturer at the medical school, he served as Director and Principal Investigator of a Fogarty International Training Grant to train students and postdoctoral fellows from Brazil in research methods in infectious diseases and geographic medicine. He was senior associate editor, the American Journal of Pathology; managing editor, Frontier Bioscience; and founding co-editor-in-chief, Journal of Neuroparasitology. Dr. Tanowitz also served as a captain in the United States Navy Reserve through 2008. He received numerous awards for his contributions to the field of medicine, including Einstein's Dominick P. Purpura Distinguished Alumnus Award and the Brazilian Society of Protozoology's Walter Colli Award, and was elected to the Brazilian Academy of Sciences.

Herb was a rare and unusual person and spirit. We will never forget his laugh and his passion and all the ways made us better. His joie de vivre will continue to guide us and provide a model for the role of an engaged scholar.

To make a donation to the Dr. Herbert B. Tanowitz Honorary Lecture Fund for Parasitology and Tropical Medicine, please use the online form below or contact Nora Campbell Wood at 718-430-4170 or nwood@montefiore.org.

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