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Doctor of Distinction—During Westfair Business Journal’s annual Doctors of Distinction ceremony, Diego Camacho, M.D., received the “No Land Too Far” Award, recognizing his time and efforts offering care abroad, in developing nations with large populations needing medical assistance. Dr. Camacho is associate professor of surgery at Einstein. He is also director of minimally invasive and laparoscopic general surgery and director of the surgery fellowship program at Montefiore.

Thursday, September 12, 2019
 

Excellence in Geriatric Guidance— Einstein and Montefiore’s leadership in geriatric care received multiple honors from the Methodist Home for Nursing & Rehabilitation. to Thiruvinvamalai Dharmarajan, M.D., received the home’s Lifetime Achievement Award for his work aimed at bettering the lives of geriatric patients in the Bronx through clinical, academic, and research-based endeavors. The Montefiore Wakefield Division of Geriatrics, which he supervises, was presented the Leadership Impact Award for its efforts in serving the local elderly population. Dr. Dharmarajan is professor of medicine at Einstein, and vice chair of medicine, clinical director of geriatrics, and program director of the geriatric medicine fellowship program at Montefiore.

Wednesday, September 11, 2019
 

Chair's Choice—Lucas Sjulson, M.D., Ph.D., has received the Chair’s Choice Award from the Society of Biological Psychiatry. Founded in 1945, the society promotes the study of underlying causes and treatments of neuropsychiatric disorders. The Sjulson lab aims to develop tools to treat drug addiction through clinical neuromodulation. Dr. Sjulson is assistant professor of neuroscience, and of psychiatry and behavioral sciences.

Tuesday, September 10, 2019
 

Distinguished Fellow —At its May 2019 annual meeting, the American Psychiatric Association (APA) recognized Eric Hollander, M.D., as a Distinguished Life Fellow in recognition of his research and achievements. The APA is the largest psychiatric association in the world and the Fellowship is its highest membership honor, awarded to outstanding psychiatrists who have made a significant contribution to their profession and to patient welfare. Dr. Hollander’s research focuses on identifying the root causes and treatment of obsessive-compulsive disorder, impulsive/aggressive personality disorders, pathological gambling, and autism. Throughout his career, he has spearheaded numerous clinical trials and currently is leading a $1.3 million study funded by the Department of Defense for a first-of-its-kind clinical trial in the U.S. to test the effectiveness of a compound found in marijuana on certain behaviors in children with autism spectrum disorder. Dr. Hollander is professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences and director of the Autism and Obsessive Compulsive Spectrum Program at Einstein and Montefiore.

Wednesday, August 28, 2019
 

Honor of Distinction—The American Headache Society has elected Elizabeth Seng, Ph.D., as a recipient of its 2019 Early Career Lecture Award. The honor recognizes her contributions in the field of headache disorders connected to her paper, “Does Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy for Migraine Reduce Migraine-Related Disability?” The article describes an innovative study in which 60 patients with severe headaches used complementary approaches, such as relaxation techniques or biofeedback, to augment medical treatment for migraine. The results showed that these additional techniques were much more effective for people with episodic rather than chronic conditions, a finding that Dr. Seng did not anticipate. The Society considered the conclusions of her paper to be “the best on headache, head or face pain. Dr. Seng is research assistant professor in the Saul R. Korey Department of Neurology at Einstein and assistant professor of psychology at Ferkauf Graduate School of Psychology.

Tuesday, August 27, 2019
 

Most Distinguished Physician Award—The American Association of Physicians of Indian Origin (AAPI) has awarded Sanjeev Gupta, M.D. its "Most Distinguished Physician Award" for his work in regenerative medicine, fostering the next generation of physicians, and contributing internationally to scientific missions. Founded in 1982, the AAPI represents a conglomeration of more than 80,000 practicing physicians in the United States, and serves as a platform for more than 40,000 medical students, residents, and fellows of Indian origin in the country. Dr. Gupta received the award in July 2019 at the association’s annual convention in Atlanta. “I am honored to receive this recognition from AAPI on behalf of all the contributors, from Einstein and elsewhere, whose work over the years has culminated in this award,” he said. Dr. Gupta is professor of medicine and of pathology, and holds the Eleazar and Feige Reicher Chair in Translational Medicine at Einstein. He also is an attending physician in medicine and a hepatologist at Montefiore.

Monday, August 26, 2019
 

Novel Approach to Liver Disease Research—Eva Billerbeck, Ph.D., has received a 2019 Pinnacle Research Award from the American Association for the Study of Liver Diseases (AASLD). Through AASLD funding, the honor supports those who demonstrate exceptional aptitude and deep interest in liver disease research and treatment. Dr. Billerbeck and her team will use a hepacivirus mouse model that they developed to gain insights into both the protective and harmful mechanisms of the liver’s immune system in instances of inflammatory liver disease. This model may offer a novel method of studying liver disease since access to human liver tissue is extremely limited, particularly during acute viral infections. Dr. Billerbeck is assistant professor of medicine and of microbiology & immunology.

Wednesday, July 10, 2019
 

Esteemed Recogntion—Ulrich Jorde, M.D., was recently elected to the board of directors of the International Society for Heart and Lung Transplantation (ISHLT), which is the world’s largest organization committed to gaining a fuller understanding of heart and lung failure. Prior to his election to the board, Dr. Jorde served as chair of ISHLT’s mechanical circulatory support council. The Jorde lab takes a translational approach to managing advanced heart failure by focusing on patient-derived data to improve outcomes for those with cardiac transplants and mechanical circulatory support devices.  Dr. Jorde is professor of medicine at Einstein, and section head of heart failure, cardiac transplantation and mechanical circulatory support in the cardiology division at Montefiore.

Tuesday, June 25, 2019
 

Honor for Montefiore Doctors—The National Hispanic Medical Association honored Juan Robles, M.D., and Jesus Anampa, M.D., at its annual meeting in Arlington, VA this April. Dr. Robles was awarded Physician of the Year for his exceptional work as an attending physician at Montefiore. A native of Honduras and raised in the Bronx, Dr. Robles has a special interest in serving marginalized populations, and co-founded Bronx Community Health Leaders, a program encouraging disadvantaged students to pursue careers in healthcare. Dr. Anampa received the Young Physician of the Year award for his outstanding work as a physician at Montefiore, where he specializes in breast cancer research and treatment. A native of Peru, Dr. Anampa came to New York to complete his residency and currently works with Einstein’s tumor microenvironment program. In addition to their roles at Montefiore, Dr. Robles is assistant professor of family and social medicine and Dr. Anampa is assistant professor of medicine at Einstein.

Tuesday, April 30, 2019
 

Honoring Outstanding Research—Ana Maria Cuervo, M.D., Ph.D., has received the 2019 C. Ronald Kahn Distinguished Lectureship in recognition of her exceptional contributions demonstrating the role of autophagy dysfunction to age-related diseases. The lectureship was established to honor Dr. Kahn and his groundbreaking work on insulin signaling and diabetes. Since its inauguration in 2016, the lectureship has annually highlighted the research of outstanding scientists. Dr. Cuervo is professor of developmental and molecular biology, of anatomy and structural biology, and of medicine. She also is co-director of the Einstein Institute for Aging Research and holds the Robert and Renée Belfer Chair for the Study of Neurodegenerative Diseases.

Tuesday, April 30, 2019
 
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