May 26, 2016—(BRONX, NY)—Yesterday, Albert Einstein College of Medicine celebrated its 57th commencement at David Geffen Hall at Lincoln Center. During the ceremony, 182 M.D. and 56 Ph.D. degrees were conferred on the Einstein graduates. In addition, 16 graduates of Einstein’s Medical Scientist Training Program received both an M.D. and a Ph.D. degree.
Susan Band Horwitz, Ph.D., distinguished professor of molecular pharmacology and the Rose C. Falkenstein Chair in Cancer Research at Einstein, delivered the keynote speech. She addressed the assembled graduates, families and friends about what Einstein’s motto – Science at the heart of medicine – means to her and the importance of remaining curious and thinking creatively in order to assimilate and contribute new knowledge.
During the event, six individuals were honored with awards from Einstein’s Alumni Association:
Dominick P. Purpura Distinguished Alumnus Award: Alfredo A. Sadun, M.D. ’78, Ph.D. ’76, The Flora L. Thornton Chair of Vision, Doheny Eye Institute; and professor and vice-chair, ophthalmology, UCLA School of Medicine
Distinguished Ph.D. Alumnus/a Award: Sue Wickner, Ph.D. ’74, NIH distinguished investigator, laboratory of molecular biology, and head, DNA molecular biology section, Center for Cancer Research, National Cancer Institute
M.D. Class of 2016 (Click here to enlarge)Distinguished Alumnus/Clinical Practitioner Award: Gail Solomon, M.D. ’62, professor emerita, clinical neurology and psychiatry, Weill Cornell Medical College; director emerita, electroencephalography laboratory, New York-Presbyterian-Weill Cornell Medical College; and attending physician, neurology and pediatrics, New York-Presbyterian
Lifetime Achievement Award: Neil Flomenbaum, M.D. ’73, professor, clinical medicine and emergency physician-in-chief, New York-Presbyterian- Weill Cornell Medical College; chief, division of emergency medicine, department of medicine, Weill Cornell; and medical director, Emergency Medical Service, New York-Presbyterian
Lifetime Service Award: Harris Goldstein, M.D. ’80, associate dean for scientific resources; Charles Michael Chair in Autoimmune Diseases; and professor of pediatrics and of microbiology & immunology, Einstein; director, Einstein Montefiore Center for AIDS Research; attending physician, Children’s Hospital at Montefiore (CHAM).
Honorary Alumnus Award: Stephen G. Baum, M.D., senior associate dean for students, professor of medicine and of microbiology & immunology, Einstein
The graduation ceremony also honored seven Einstein faculty members for teaching or research excellence:
Samuel M. Rosen Award for Outstanding Teaching–Basic Science (selected by the students): Irene Blanco, M.D ’04, M.S. ’10, associate professor of clinical medicine (rheumatology), associate dean for the office of diversity enhancement, Einstein; attending physician, Montefiore
Samuel M. Rosen Award for Outstanding Teaching–Clinical (selected by the students): Mimoza Meholli, M.D., professor of medicine (hospital medicine), Einstein
Harry Eagle Award for Outstanding Basic Science Teaching: Joshua D. Nosanchuk, M.D., professor of medicine (infectious diseases) and of microbiology & immunology, assistant dean for student affairs, Einstein; attending physician, Montefiore
Harry H. Gordon Award for Outstanding Clinical Teaching: Lawrence J. Brandt, M.D., professor of medicine (gastroenterology & liver diseases) and of surgery, Einstein; attending physician, Montefiore
Lifetime Achievement Award for Excellence in Teaching: Robert W. Marion, M.D. ’79, professor of pediatrics and of obstetrics and gynecology & women’s health, Einstein; attending physician, Montefiore
LaDonne H. Schulman Award for Excellence in Teaching: Dianne Cox, Ph.D., professor of anatomy & structural biology and of developmental & molecular biology, Einstein
Saul R. Korey Award in Translational Science and Medicine: Richard Gorlick, M.D., vice chair and chief, division of pediatric hematology-oncology, department of pediatrics, Einstein and CHAM
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