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Founded in 1955, Albert Einstein College of Medicine is one of the nation's premier institutions for medical learning and biomedical research. It is recognized not only for its vital scientific achievements but also for its humanitarian principles based on the compassionate philosophy of Albert Einstein. The Women’s Division was founded two years prior to the College of Medicine by a group of influential New Yorkers inspired by the dream of a new medical school that would welcome gifted students regardless of race, religion, gender, or creed — a revolutionary concept at the time. This group spearheaded an initial fundraising campaign that played a vital role in making this dream a reality, and through the years has raised over $100 million.

WOMEN FUNDING SCIENCE

The Women’s Division remains one of Einstein’s steadfast supporters, lending its leadership and strength to the College of Medicine’s ongoing efforts to improve the health and quality of life for people in the Bronx and throughout New York City, the nation, and the world.

Montefiore Einstein is dedicated to innovation, as demonstrated in this groundbreaking cancer study.

Women's Division Accomplishments

A sampling of research and projects funded by the Women’s Division

  • A wing for prenatal studies and research in birth defects
  • A clinical research institute for child development
  • A major research program in immunodiagnosis and immunotherapy in cancer
  • The Harry Eagle Chair in Cancer Research
  • An endowment for research in the brain sciences
  • An endowment for a division of molecular cardiology
  • An endowment for diabetes and other metabolic diseases
  • An endowment for cancer research focusing on cancers that affect women
  • An endowment for a program for cancer immunotherapy and vaccine development
  • A floor in the Michael F. Price Center for Genetic and Translational Medicine within the Harold and Muriel Block Research Pavilion
  • A clinical research program at Einstein’s Children’s Evaluation and Rehabilitation Center

About Einstein Women's Division Co-Presidents

Terri Goldberg (right) holds a degree in business from Boston University. Before starting her family she worked for five years on Wall Street as a trader at Shearson Lehman.

Goldberg currently serves as co-president of the Women’s Division, Albert Einstein College of Medicine. She has been active with the Women’s Division for 25 years and was formerly the New Jersey chapter president. She volunteers with pediatric cancer patients at Columbia Presbyterian Hospital and is also active with the UJA-Federation of New York and Northern New Jersey, the American Jewish Committee, Jewish Vocational Services, and St. Barnabas Hospital. When not doing her charitable work, Goldberg travels extensively.

She has three children and resides with her husband in New York and New Jersey.

“Women are making a tremendous difference by funding biomedical research through private philanthropy.” ­

Trudy Schlachter (left) is an award-winning luxury residential market real estate agent in New York City and the Hamptons, with over a decade of experience at Douglas Elliman.

Schlachter currently serves as co-president of the Women’s Division, Albert Einstein College of Medicine. She has previously been active on the boards of the Rudolf Steiner School, the Lenox School, the Cultural Center of Southampton, the Fashion Accessories Benefit Ball, the Accessories Council, and the Fashion Roundtable, and she has served as vice president of the board of LEAP (Learning through an Expanded Arts Program).

An internationally recognized photographer and the author of six books on home and fashion, Schlachter received her master’s degree in speech pathology from Hunter College and holds a degree in interior design from the New York School of Interior Design. Previously, she was a creative director and photographer at Inventive Eye Ltd., her own advertising agency.

She has three married sons and three young grandchildren, and resides with her husband in New York City.

“We’re using our economic power to fund and inspire support for research that improves human health.”

About Einstein's Featured Clinician and Researcher

Chinazo O. Cunningham, M.D., M.S. (left), has been providing care, developing programs, and conducting research since 1998. Her work has focused on marginalized populations, including those who use drugs with HIV-infected people or who are otherwise at risk for HIV. She has collaborated with community-based organizations to develop unique and innovative programs to deliver healthcare to these marginalized populations. Along with program development, her research has focused on improving access to care, use of healthcare services, and health outcomes.

Ana Maria Cuervo, M.D., Ph.D. (right), is co-director of Einstein's Institute for Aging Research and a member of its Liver Research Center and its Cancer Center. She is the Robert and Renée Belfer Chair for the Study of Neurodegenerative Diseases. In 2001 she established her laboratory at Einstein, where she studies the role of protein degradation in aging and age-related disorders, with an emphasis on neurodegeneration and metabolic disorders. Dr. Cuervo’s group is interested in understanding how altered proteins can be eliminated from cells and their components recycled. Her group has linked alterations in lysosomal protein degradation (autophagy) with different neurodegenerative diseases, including Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s, and Huntington’s.

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