Four Medicine Faculty Become Davidoff Society Members
Department of Medicine faculty members Peter Alpert (Infectious Diseases), Peter Barland (Rheumatology), Jill Crandall (Endocrinology), and Shimon Hakshouri (General Internal Medicine) were elected to the Leo M. Davidoff Society in 2011.
Dr. Alpert, Assistant Professor of Medicine, specializes in clinical HIV studies and gives frequent community lectures about care and new treatments for HIV.
Dr. Barland, Professor Emeritus of Medicine and Pathology, focuses on applying diagnostic laboratory tests to autoimmune and chronic inflammatory conditions, as well as promoting health care reform, including the advantages of single payer health care and restructuring the care delivery paradigm for chronic diseases. Dr. Barland received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Arthritis Foundation New York Chapter in 2009.
Dr. Crandall is Director of the Diabetes Clinical Trials Unit and co-director of the DRTC Clinical Research Facilitation Core. She is principal investigator and project leader for numerous diabetes-related investigations, including Heart Risk in Older Adults with Diabetes (HeartROADS), a study evaluating the relationship between typical age-related changes in glucose metabolism and changes in cardiovascular risk markers. Dr. Crandall is active in teaching and directs the Endocrine Systems course for second-year medical students.
Dr. Hakshouri is Assistant Professor of Medicine and a teaching hospitalist in the Weiler Division.
Nominations for membership in the Davidoff Society are solicited in January of each year. Nominees must have faculty appointments at Einstein and demonstrate evidence of excellent teaching of medical students for at least five years. The Davidoff Society honors teachers who have made significant contributions to the education of students at the College of Medicine. Dr. Davidoff was born in Latvia in 1898, immigrated to the U.S. and began his medical training at Harvard. In 1954, he became the first chair of the Department of Surgery, and five years later in 1959, the Chair of Neurological Surgery. It was his work as Associate Dean with responsibility for education, as well as his love of teaching, that cause him to be remembered as the respected and beloved teacher of many who trained at Einstein.
On the occasion of Dr. Davidoff’s death in 1976, his wife, Dr. Ida Davidoff, herself an Einstein faculty member in Psychiatry, established the Leo M. Davidoff Society in his memory. Over 300 Einstein faculty have been honored with membership in the Society.