Program for Jewish Genetic Health

About Us

Jews from all different backgrounds and beliefs are faced with specific genetic concerns that may successfully be addressed through the use of new knowledge and technology. Over the past few decades, the realm of Jewish genetic health has expanded beyond Tay-Sachs disease carrier testing. In addition to screening for many more conditions that can affect offspring, the focus has expanded towards diseases such as cancer and adult-onset disorders as well. Significant progress has been made in the realms of diagnosis, prevention, and management of these conditions, with the ultimate goal of identifying treatments and cures.

At every opportunity, the Jewish community has taken responsibility to support health and continuity. The Program for Jewish Genetic Health was established to meet the genetic health needs of the Jewish community, and to adapt and evolve as these needs grow and change.

 

  

 

susan klugmanSusan Klugman, MD
Medical Director 
Albert Einstein College of Medicine
Montefiore Medical Center 

Susan received her medical degree from New York University in 1988 after completing her undergraduate studies in Biometry and Statistics at Cornell University. She then completed a residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine and the Montefiore Medical Center where she continues to practice. In 1993, she founded the Larchmont Women's Center, a faculty practice office. In 2004, she completed a second residency in medical genetics at the same institution and since 2008 has served as the Director of Reproductive and Medical Genetics at Montefiore Medical Center. She is a board–certified obstetrician gynecologist and a board certified geneticist. She is also a Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology and Women's Health at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine and is a member of the Faculty Senate and the Admissions Committee. She has given lectures to many Jewish organizations over the past two decades on various topics pertaining to women's health.

  
 

harry liemanHarry Lieman, MD
Liaison for Fertility and Reproductive Technologies
Montefiore Medical Center 

Harry received his medical degree in 1990 from SUNY- Downstate, Brooklyn. He completed a residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine and Montefiore Medical Center. He then pursued subspecialty training in Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility (REI) at UMDNJ- New Jersey Medical School. Once he completed his fellowship in 1996, he returned to Einstein and Montefiore Medical Center. Dr. Lieman is currently an Associate Professor of Clinical Obstetrics and Gynecology and Women's Health at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine and is the Interim Director of the Division of Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility.  His clinical interests cover the full gamut of the field with particular expertise in Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS) as well as in vitrofertilization (IVF). Dr. Lieman is currently the chairmen of the Reproductive Bioethics Committee that meets monthly at the medical school. He is also serves on the medical advisory board of the PUAH Institute in Jerusalem, Israel. With this background, he has had the opportunity to present at national and international meetings regarding the interface of fertility treatments, ethics and Jewish Law.  His practice is based in Hartsdale, NY. He is the medical director of Montefiore's Institute for Reproductive Medicine and Health which is also the location of the IVF center. 

   
 

The Program for Jewish Genetic Health was founded by Dr.Susan Gross and Dr. Nicole Schreiber-Agus in 2010.

 

Contact Us

Programmatic Inquiries/Questions

Contact: Dr. Susan Klugman
Medical Director
 

Email: JewishGeneticHealth@montefiore.org    

Donor Opportunities

Contact: Alexis Eggleton
Office of Development
 

Tel: 718.920.6786  

 

Medical/Scientific Advisory Committee

Edward R. Burns, MD
Executive Dean 
Professor of Medicine and Pathology
Albert Einstein College of Medicine and Montefiore Medical Center

Siobhan Dolan, MD, MPH
Professor of Clinical Obstetrics & Gynecology and Women's Health
Albert Einstein College of Medicine and Montefiore Medical Center

Tamar Goldwaser, MD, FACMG, FACOG
Assistant Professor of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Women's Health
Albert Einstein College of Medicine and Montefiore Medical Center

Robert W. Marion, MD
Chief, Division of Genetics, Department of Pediatrics
Director, Rose F. Kennedy University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities
Albert Einstein College of Medicine and Children's Hospital at Montefiore

Nadine T. Katz, MD
Medical Director Einstein Campus
Vice President Montefiore Medical Center
Professor of Clinical Ob-Gyn and Women's Health
Albert Einstein College of Medicine and Montefiore Medical Center

Gila Leiter, MD, FACOG
Associate Clinical Professor, Icahn School of Medicine 
Attending Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology, and Reproductive Sciences
Mount Sinai Hospital

Bernice E. Morrow, PhD
Director of Translational Genetics
Professor of Genetics, of Obstetrics & Gynecology and Women's Health and of Pediatrics
Albert Einstein College of Medicine 

Harry Ostrer, MD 

Professor, Department of Pathology and Professor, Department of Pediatrics Montefiore Medical Center and Albert Einstein College of Medicine  

Rabbi Edward Reichman, MD
Professor of Clinical Emergency Medicine
Albert Einstein College of Medicine and Montefiore Medical Center

Rabbi David Shabtai, MD
Straus Center for Torah and Western Thought at Yeshiva University

Gay S. Sachs, MS
Senior Genetic counselor 
Montefiore Medical Center, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology and Women's Health (retired)

Myrna Ben-Yishay, MS
Senior Genetic Counselor
Montefiore Medical Center, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology and Women's Health (retired)

Jan Vijg, PhD
Professor and Chairman Department of Genetics
Albert Einstein College of Medicine 

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