2015 Recipients


Joseph D. Bloom, M.D. ’62

Dr. Joseph D. Bloom is dean emeritus of the Oregon Health & Science University (OHSU) School of Medicine, as well as professor and chair emeritus of psychiatry. His career has focused on research on forensic mental health services, especially legal issues involving individuals with severe mental illness. The author of 165 papers, Dr. Bloom is widely regarded as an expert on topics such as civil commitment, the insanity defense, deinstitutionalization and the “criminalization” of the mentally ill. He served as series editor of issues in psychiatry for the American Psychiatric Press, and also took part in numerous journal review panels and review boards. And he was a member, from 1982 to 1986, of the National Institutes of Health Study Section on Crime and Violent Behavior. In the 1960s, he was the first psychiatrist employed by the federal Indian Health Service in Alaska. In that role, he led the development of a mental health program serving the Native American (Indian and Eskimo) population living in the northern and western parts of the state. In 1993, he began his leadership as dean of the OHSU School of Medicine, a position he held for eight years. His distinctions include receiving the 2010 Golden Apple Award from the American Academy of Psychiatry and the Law, the group’s most prestigious honor for leadership in the field of forensic psychiatry. He also is a former president of the academy. The Oregon Medical Association recognized his many contributions to the state’s medical community with its Resolution of Commendation. After receiving his medical degree from Einstein in 1962, Dr. Bloom completed psychiatric training at the Massachusetts Mental Health Center and held a fellowship in community psychiatry at Harvard Medical School. He earned his undergraduate degree from Columbia University.


Toby Tucker Hecht, Ph.D. ’73

Dr. Toby Tucker Hecht is the associate director of the Translational Research Program at the Division of Cancer Treatment and Diagnosis of the National Cancer Institute (NCI). Over the past 25 years at the NCI, Dr. Hecht has led the development and testing of biological agents—many of which have undergone first-in-human trials, some of which have been licensed and a few of which have become the standard of care for cancer treatment. Leading teams of scientists and other professionals, Dr. Hecht has been responsible for the bench-to-bedside development of numerous agents such as dinutuximab, a monoclonal antibody that is now an effective new treatment for children with high-risk neuroblastoma, the most common form of cancer in infants. For this work, she received an Award of Merit from the National Institutes of Health (NIH). Dinutuximab received approval from the Food and Drug Administration in March 2015. For the past seven years, Dr. Hecht has led the NCI’s SPORES (Specialized Programs of Research Excellence) initiative. Under her leadership, this program has evolved in the era of genomics and now facilitates organ-site-based, multidisciplinary translational research at 51 sites among 27 institutions across the country. Through her efforts, the program places greater emphasis on team science and collaboration, allowing for a seamless flow of research from laboratory discoveries to preclinical development to testing promising concepts in the clinic for the benefit of patients. Dr. Hecht’s additional accomplishments include serving as co-inventor on an NCI patent and providing technical advice for the recovery of research reagents from Tulane University during hurricanes Katrina and Rita. For that work, she received a special commendation from the Federal Emergency Management Agency. She also has played an instrumental role in the NCI Provocative Question Initiative, developing and implementing a program to formulate important cancer-related questions that have not been addressed or have been difficult to address. This initiative has created unique funding opportunities for the research community. The NIH recognized Dr. Hecht’s leadership role in administering the initiative by presenting her with another Award of Merit. After receiving her Ph.D. in microbiology & immunology from Einstein in 1973, Dr. Hecht completed postgraduate work in human genetics at Yale University. She earned her undergraduate degree at Cornell University. Her husband, Barry Hecht, is a member of Einstein’s Class of 1970.


Ruth E. K. Stein, M.D. ’66

Dr. Ruth E. K. Stein is professor of pediatrics at Einstein, and was awarded tenure in 1993. She serves as both associate director and director of research training for the Developmental-Behavioral Pediatrics Training Program at Einstein and its University Hospital, Montefiore Medical Center. She also is director of academic affairs for the Children’s Evaluation and Rehabilitation Center at Einstein/Montefiore and of the department of pediatrics’ division of developmental medicine. For over 40 years, she has worked to improve the country’s model of healthcare delivery for children with serious, chronic conditions. She has sought to provide medical “homes” for these patients and has studied the effectiveness of models of care. Dr. Stein aims to ensure that mental healthcare and treatment of developmental problems are fully considered alongside physical health, as these needs are now the major health obstacles faced by children with and without chronic physical conditions. Since joining the Einstein faculty in 1970, Dr. Stein has held a variety of leadership roles. For the past 45 years, she has participated in training medical students, residents, fellows and junior faculty. She served for over 20 years as division director of ambulatory/general pediatrics, 10 years as vice chair of pediatrics and five years as director of academic affairs for Einstein’s department of pediatrics. Dr. Stein has written extensively, publishing approximately 140 peer-reviewed articles, one of which was cited in a U.S. Supreme Court decision, resulting in a dramatic increase in the number of poor children eligible for Supplemental Security Income disability benefits. She also has edited four books and more than 75 chapters and other publications, and served as a reviewer for more than 20 journals. Her leadership has extended to her participation in professional organizations, including serving as president and on the board of directors of the Academic Pediatric Association, and chairing several task forces as a member of the Board of Children, Youth and Families of the National Research Council and the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences. Dr. Stein’s many contributions have been widely recognized, with honors including the 2013 C. Anderson Aldrich Award from the American Academy of Pediatrics and the Douglas Richardson Award for Outstanding Lifetime Achievement in Perinatal and Pediatric Research from the Society of Pediatric Research. She earned her medical degree at Einstein in 1966, after receiving an undergraduate degree from Barnard College. Dr. Stein then completed her internship and residency at Jacobi Medical Center, followed by a fellowship in comprehensive care at the Children’s Hospital of the District of Columbia. Dr. Stein is married to her Einstein classmate Dr. H. David Stein.


Michael J. Reichgott, M.D. ’65, Ph.D.

Dr. Michael J. Reichgott is professor of medicine at Einstein, and since 2010 has served as chair of the Conflict of Interest Committee and the Institutional Review Board. His decades of service in the dean’s office began in 1989, when he became associate dean for student affairs and Einstein’s first associate dean for graduate medical education. He was appointed associate dean for clinical affairs in 1999. Dr. Reichgott participates nationally as an expert on medical education, representing Einstein within the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC), the American Medical Association (AMA) and the Associated Medical Schools of New York (AMSNY). He had a leadership role in restructuring the standards for accreditation of undergraduate medical education programs evaluated by the Liaison Committee on Medical Education (LCME), and in the development of New York State’s approach to evaluating offshore medical schools. He also chaired AMSNY’s medical education committee, focusing on statewide faculty development and improved support for undergraduate medical education. His roles within the AAMC have included membership in the governing council of the group on educational affairs and founding membership of the section on resident education and the group on resident affairs. Dr. Reichgott is past chair of the governing council of the AMA’s section on medical schools, and an AMA appointee to the LCME, serving as chair in 2009–10. He was appointed in 2011 as co-chair of an ad hoc task force to evaluate the organizational structure and scope of responsibility of the LCME. This resulted in formation of the LCME Council, on which Dr. Reichgott continues to serve, and which functions as the governing board for this national undergraduate medical education accreditation committee. Dr. Reichgott earned his bachelor’s degree at Gettysburg College and his medical degree at Einstein. He trained in internal medicine at the University of California San Francisco (UCSF) Medical Center and, after military service in Vietnam, completed a fellowship in clinical pharmacology and earned a Ph.D. in pharmacology at UCSF. Dr. Reichgott joined the faculty of the University of Pennsylvania in 1972, conducting clinical research on hypertension and pharmacology. He was a founding member of Penn’s section on general internal medicine, and served as director of ambulatory care and clinical practice programs for internal medicine. After holding similar leadership roles at the Philadelphia Veterans Administration Medical Center, Dr. Reichgott returned to Einstein in 1984, serving as medical director of Jacobi Medical Center. His dedication to students and education has been recognized with honors including Einstein’s 2011 Lifetime Achievement Award for Excellence in Teaching and the 2014 Distinguished Service Award from the LCME.


Joshua D. Nosanchuk, M.D.

Dr. Joshua D. Nosanchuk joined the Einstein faculty in 1998. He wears a variety of hats at Einstein, including assistant dean for student affairs, professor of medicine, clinical infectious diseases physician, educator and basic scientist. In his role as assistant dean in the office of student affairs, Dr. Nosanchuk supports Einstein students in navigating their scientific and clinical experiences, and advises them as they chart their future medical careers. In his role as educator, he directs the course on microbiology and infectious diseases for second-year medical students. His passion for education has led to his appointment to leadership positions at the National Board of Medical Examiners. In the laboratory, Dr. Nosanchuk is studying why fungi can be damaging to health and how host responses can be better harnessed to combat fungi during infection. His study of wound healing, undertaken in collaboration with other Einstein investigators, may lead to development of novel therapeutics to enhance cell migration, improve tissue resilience and prevent infections. He has published more than 185 peer-reviewed articles and nearly a dozen book chapters, and holds two patents pertaining to discoveries made in his laboratory. Dr. Nosanchuk is an attending physician in the infectious diseases teaching service at Weiler Hospital, Montefiore Medical Center’s Einstein campus. Following his residency at New York Hospital, he completed a clinical fellowship at Montefiore as well as a research fellowship at Einstein. He earned both his medical and undergraduate degrees at Cornell University.

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