Medicine Faculty Honored at 2011 Graduation
Four Department of Medicine faculty members were recognized with awards at Einstein's medical school graduation on Wednesday, June 1, 2011.
Faculty Teaching Awards
Samuel M. Rosen Outstanding Teacher Award (for excellence in clinical teaching, selected by the students of the College of Medicine)
Michael D. Gitman, MD
Michael D. Gitman, MD
Dr. Michael Gitman is Assistant Professor of Medicine at Einstein and Associate Chair for Academic Affairs and Quality at Northshore-LIJ. His key interests, medical education and quality improvement, are reflected in his numerous roles, which include Associate Program Director for the Internal Medicine Residency Program, LIJ Site Director for the Einstein third-year medicine clerkship, and Associate Chair of the LIJ Hospital Performance Improvement Coordination Group.
Dr. Gitman earned his bachelor's degree at Columbia University and his medical degree from SUNY Health Science Center at Syracuse, and completed his residency, chief residency, and nephrology fellowship at the Mount Sinai School of Medicine. Among other honors, Dr. Gitman has been elected to the Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society and received the House Staff Physician of the Year Award while at Mount Sinai.
Harry Eagle Award for Outstanding Basic Science Teaching
Chaim Putterman, MD
Chaim Putterman, MD
Dr. Chaim Putterman is Professor of Medicine and of Microbiology & Immunology at Einstein, as well as Chief of Rheumatology at Einstein and Montefiore Medical Center. Dr. Putterman arrived at Einstein in 1994, serving as a postdoctoral fellow in the laboratory of Dr. Betty Diamond, and joined the Einstein faculty in 1997. Currently, Dr. Putterman also is the Director of the Rheumatology fellowship program and the Einstein Federation of Clinical Immunology Society's Center of Excellence, and Co-Director of the Musculoskeletal Disease course. His major research interests focus on the field of immunology and autoimmune diseases. He is author of more than 140 articles and book chapters. Additionally, he has served on multiple NIH and international study sections, and is a member of several editorial boards.
Dr. Putterman received his medical degree from the Technion Institute of Technology, Faculty of Medicine, in Haifa, Israel. He did his internship at Rambam Medical Center, and completed his residency and chief residency at Hadassah University Hospital, in Jerusalem. Among other honors, he was the recipient of Einstein's Samuel M. Rosen Outstanding Teacher Award for Pre-Clinical Curriculum in 2006, and was elected to the Leo M. Davidoff Society, in recognition of outstanding achievement in teaching, in 2007. In 2008, he was a faculty inductee to the Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society.
Lifetime Achievement Award for Excellence in Teaching
Michael J. Reichgott, MD
Michael J. Reichgott, MD '65, PhD
Dr. Michael Reichgott is Professor of Medicine at Einstein and Director for Conflict of Interest and Human Subjects Protection at Einstein. A 1965 Einstein graduate, after training in internal medicine at UC San Francisco Medical Center, he completed a fellowship in clinical pharmacology and earned a Ph.D. in pharmacology. He then joined the faculty of the University of Pennsylvania, where he was a founding member of Penn's Section on General Internal Medicine and became Director of Ambulatory Care and Clinical Practice Programs for the Department of Internal Medicine. While in Philadelphia, Dr. Reichgott also was appointed Chief of General Internal Medicine and Associate Chief of Staff for Ambulatory Care at the VA Medical Center.
Dr. Reichgott returned to Einstein as Assistant Dean in 1984, while also serving as Medical Director of Bronx Municipal Hospital Center (now Jacobi Medical Center). He was appointed Associate Dean for Students and Clinical Education in 1989, and transitioned to Associate Dean for Clinical Affairs and Graduate Medical Education in 1999, while continuing to serve as a designated institutional official for Einstein's Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME)-accredited programs. In addition, Dr. Reichgott represents Einstein within the Association of American Medical Colleges, the American Medical Association (AMA) and the Associated Medical Schools of New York (AMSNY), serving numerous leadership roles that include: member of the ACGME's Standing Appeals Panel; Co-Chair of an AMA ad hoc task force established to evaluate the organizational structure and scope of responsibility of the Liaison Committee on Medical Education; Chair of the Medical Education Committee of the AMSNY and Chair of the Planning Committee for the implementation of a state-wide Institute for Faculty Development. Dr. Reichgott earned his bachelor's degree at Gettysburg College.
Alumni Association Awards
Honorary Alumnus Award
Lawrence J. Brandt, MD
Lawrence J. Brandt, MD
Dr. Lawrence J. Brandt is Professor of Medicine (Gastroenterology & Liver Diseases) and Surgery at Einstein, as well as Emeritus Chief of the Division of Gastroenterology at Einstein and Montefiore Medical Center. A member of the Einstein faculty since 1974, Dr. Brandt served as Chief of Gastroenterology for nearly 10 years. Among his many contributions to the field, he performed the first non-operative removal of gastric polyps; he showed that the antibiotic metronidazole can heal perineal Crohn's disease; he categorized ischemic colitis and showed that patients with this condition had a worse prognosis when the ischemia involved only the right side of the colon; and he is a pioneer in innovative ways to treat recurrent C. difficile infection.
The author or editor of more than 350 scientific publications and seven books, Dr. Brandt currently is Associate Editor for the Focal Points section of Gastrointestinal Endoscopy and has served on the editorial boards of numerous other journals. He is a Master of the American College of Gastroenterology and has received many honors, including the Distinguished Educator Award from the American Gastroenterological Association and the American Society for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy, as well as the William Dock M.D. Master Teacher Award in Medicine of SUNY Downstate. Dr. Brandt is a member of Einstein's Leo M. Davidoff Society and was named the Montefiore Staff and Alumni Association's Honoree in 1999. Since 1994, he has been listed annually in Best Doctors in America. He earned his bachelor's degree from the City College of New York and his medical degree from SUNY Downstate College of Medicine.