Einstein/Montefiore Department of Medicine

Three Medicine Faculty Awarded Tenure

Drs. Arnsten, Frenette, and Hawkins Awarded Tenure in 2010

Drs. Julia Arnsten (General Internal Medicine), Paul Frenette (Hematology), and Meredith Hawkins (Endocrinology) were among five Einstein faculty members approved for tenure, announced June 15, 2010 by Dean Allen M. Spiegel.

Julia Arnsten, MD

Paul Frenette, MD

Meredith Hawkins, MD

The achievement of tenure recognizes faculty members' exemplary contributions toward expanding Einstein's scientific knowledge and aptitude in translating research findings into applications that can help humankind

Dr. Arnsten is Chief of the Division of General Internal Medicine; Professor of Medicine, Epidemiology & Population Health, and Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences; and Director of the Einstein-Montefiore Center for AIDS Research (CFAR) Clinical Core Facility. A general internist with a longstanding interest in behavioral medicine including adherence with medication-taking, nicotine dependence, and substance abuse, she has established a successful research program focused on HIV infection in drug users. Dr. Arnsten is the recipient of a R25 grant from NIDA for clinical addiction research and education fellowship for physicians, which includes didactic training in clinical research methods, a mentored substance abuse research project, and supervised clinical work with drug users. This grant also supports the development of innovative teaching methods to enhance substance abuse education in the residency training programs at Montefiore Medical Center. Dr. Arnsten is the recipient of a Faculty Mentoring Award presented at Einstein's Davidoff Education Day.

Dr. Frenette is Director of the Ruth L. and David S. Gottesman Institute for Stem Cell and Regenerative Medicine Research and Professor of Medicine and of Cell Biology. Dr. Frenette joined Einstein from Mt. Sinai School of Medicine, where he was professor of medicine, hematology and medical oncology and of gene and cell medicine. He was also a member of the school’s stem cell and immunology institutes and cancer center. The author of groundbreaking studies on the stem cell microenvironment and sickle cell disease, Dr. Frenette is an elected member of the American Society for Clinical Investigation and the Association of American Physicians. He served on the editorial boards of Blood and The Journal of Clinical Investigation, as chair of the scientific committee on thrombosis and vascular biology of the American Society of Hematology, and on multiple panels at the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute of the National Institutes of Health.

Dr. Hawkins is Professor of Medicine and director of Einstein's Global Diabetes Initiative, which aims to build strategic partnerships in medical research and education to combat the burgeoning global diabetes epidemic. Her current research interests include the effects of nutrients on insulin resistance and inflammation, and mechanisms driving the excessive hepatic glucose production in diabetes mellitus. A Beeson Scholar of the American Federation of Aging Research, Dr. Hawkins has received research grants from the National Institutes of Health, the American Diabetes Association, the Juvenile Diabetes Foundation International, and the Diabetes Action Foundation International. She is the recipient of numerous honors and awards including the Outstanding Clinical Associate Physician Award from the National Institutes of Health; the Junior Physician Scientist Award from the American Federation of Medical Research; and the Novartis Young Investigator award in Diabetes Research. Dr. Hawkins' global projects include collaborative research with the prestigious Christian Medical College Vellore in India to examine "malnutrition diabetes", and a medical education partnership with Makerere University in Uganda.

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