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.
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