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Aviv Bergman, Ph.D.

Aviv Bergman, Ph.D.

Professor and Founding Chair, Systems & Computational Biology

Professor, Pathology

Professor, Dominick P. Purpura Department of Neuroscience

Evolutionary biologySystems biologyBiological modeling

Dr. Bergman combines data from basic and clinical research to create computer models of complex biological systems. As these models evolve, his work could contribute to calculating individualized medical outcomes and guiding treatment for patients based on their personal genetic make-up. Dr. Bergman has teamed with colleagues to study a variety of complex conditions, including aging, cancer and neurodegenerative diseases. read more...

 

Mark H. Einstein, M.D., M.S.

Mark H. Einstein, M.D., M.S.

Professor, Obstetrics & Gynecology and Women's Health

Professor, Epidemiology & Population Health

Director, Clinical Research of Women's Health and Gynecologic Oncology, Einstein and Montefiore Medical Center

Attending Physician, Gynecologic Oncology, Montefiore

Cervical cancerHuman papillomavirus (HPV)HPV vaccine

Gynecologic cancer

Dr. Einstein specializes in preventing and treating gynecologic cancers, particularly cervical cancer.  He has studied vaccines and other ways to prevent human papillomavirus (HPV) infections, which cause nearly all cases of cervical cancer. His expertise has been cited by The New York Times and CNN and he is active in policy-making on cervical cancer prevention with the World Health Organization, American Cancer Society and the Society of Gynecologic Oncologists. read more...

 

Meredith A. Hawkins, M.D.

Meredith A. Hawkins, M.D.

Professor, Medicine (Endocrinology), Einstein

Director, Global Diabetes Institute, Einstein

Attending Physician, Medicine, Montefiore Medical Center

DiabetesGlobal diabetesType 2 diabetes

Malnutrition diabetesGlobal health

Dr. Hawkins specializes in diabetes, with a particular emphasis on the dramatic rise of the disease worldwide. She has traveled the globe investigating diabetes since 1996 and is the founding director of the Global Diabetes Institute (GDI) at Einstein, which conducts diabetes education and training for healthcare workers in South and Central America, Eastern Europe, Africa and Asia. read more...

 

Patricia (Tia) Powell, M.D.

Patricia (Tia) Powell, M.D.

Professor, Clinical Epidemiology & Population Health, Einstein

Professor, Clinical Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences, Einstein

Director, Montefiore Einstein Center for Bioethics

Director, Einstein Cardozo Masters of Science in Bioethics

BioethicsEthics of public health disastersBioethics education

Bioethics in clinical settings

Dr. Powell is a bioethicist who specializes in public health disasters, bioethics consultation in the clinical setting and bioethics education. She directs the Montefiore Einstein Center for Bioethics, which coordinates bioethics consultation, education, and policy development at Albert Einstein College of Medicine and Montefiore Medical Center, as well as a masters degree program in bioethics being offered jointly by Einstein and Benjamin Cardozo School of Law of Yeshiva University. read more...

 

John M. Greally, M.B.,B.Ch., Ph.D.

John M. Greally, M.B.,B.Ch., Ph.D.

Chief, Division of Computational Genetics, Einstein

Director, Center for Epigenomics, Einstein

The Ruth L. and David S. Gottesman Faculty Scholar for Epigenomics, Einstein

Attending Physician, Pediatrics, The Children's Hospital at Montefiore

GeneticsEpigenetics/epigenomics

Dr. Greally began his career as a pediatrician who subspecialized in clinical genetics, seeing patients with genetic syndromes, birth defects and developmental problems. Now, Dr. Greally seeks to understand how genetic disease is caused not by DNA mutations, but due to abnormalities in how genes are switched off and on – a field known as epigenomics.  read more...

 

Sanjeev Gupta, M.D., M.B.,B.S.

Sanjeev Gupta, M.D., M.B.,B.S.

Professor, Medicine (Gastroenterology and Liver Diseases), Einstein

Professor, Pathology, Einstein

The Eleazar and Feige Reicher Chair in Translational Medicine, Einstein

Attending Physician, Medicine, Montefiore Medical Center

Stem cell researchCell therapyGene therapy

Liver diseases

Dr. Gupta is a pioneer in the development of cell therapy – treating disease by introducing healthy cells into the body.  He has discovered various mechanisms for coaxing transplanted cells to attach to host tissue and multiply, paving the way for treating health problems such as  high cholesterol, hemophilia, liver failure, and hepatitis.  read more...

 

Robert D. Burk, M.D.

Robert D. Burk, M.D.

Professor and Vice Chair Translational Research, Department of Pediatrics, Einstein

Professor, Microbiology & Immunology, Einstein

Professor, Epidemiology and Population Health, Einstein

Attending Physician, Pediatrics, The Children's Hospital at Montefiore

Human papillomavirus (HPV)Prostate cancer

Dr. Burk is an authority on the genomics and evolution of human papillomaviruses (HPV), which cause nearly all cases of cervical cancer. His team was the first to report, in the New England Journal of Medicine, that the vast majority of HPV infections in young women are short-lived and don’t require treatment. read more...

 

Judith Wylie-Rosett, Ed.D.

Judith Wylie-Rosett, Ed.D.

Professor, Epidemiology & Population Health (Health Promotion and Nutrition Research)

Professor, Medicine (Endocrinology)

Division Head, Health Promotion and Nutritional Research, Department of Epidemiology & Population Health

NutritionObesityWeight management

Behavior modificationType 2 diabetes

Dr. Wylie-Rosett’s research focuses on nutrition’s role in preventing and controlling chronic diseases—particularly diseases such as type 2 diabetes and heart disease in which obesity is an important risk factor.  She is associate editor of the journal Diabetes Care and author of The Complete Weight Loss Workbook. Dr. Wylie-Rosett has helped the American Diabetes Association and American Heart Association develop nutrition-related recommendations and position statements. read more...

 

Ana Maria Cuervo, M.D., Ph.D.

Ana Maria Cuervo, M.D., Ph.D.

Professor, Developmental and Molecular Biology

Professor, Anatomy and Structural Biology

Co-Director, Institute for Aging Research

Robert and Renée Belfer Chair for the Study of Neurodegenerative Diseases

Molecular BiologyAgingAutophagy

Cellular biology

Dr. Wylie-Rosett’s research focuses on nutrition’s role in preventing and controlling chronic diseases—particularly diseases such as type 2 diabetes and heart disease in which obesity is an important risk factor.  She is associate editor of the journal Diabetes Care and author of The Complete Weight Loss Workbook. Dr. Wylie-Rosett has helped the American Diabetes Association and American Heart Association develop nutrition-related recommendations and position statements. read more...

 

Michael H. Alderman, M.D.

Michael H. Alderman, M.D.

Distinguished University Professor Emeritus, Epidemiology & Population Health

Distinguished University Professor Emeritus, Medicine (General Internal Medicine)

Atran Foundation Chair in Social Medicine

HypertensionDietary saltCardiovascular disease

A specialist in hypertension, Dr. Alderman is widely recognized for having questioned public health initiatives to lower the recommended level of dietary salt. His research has focused on understanding the wide variety of cardiovascular outcomes among patients with high blood pressure. Dr. Alderman has been featured by The New York Times, the Associated Press and The Wall Street Journal. read more...

 

Keith T. Ayoob, Ed.D.

Keith T. Ayoob, Ed.D.

Associate Clinical Professor, Pediatrics (Child Development)

Director, Nutrition Clinic, Children's Evaluation and Rehabilitation Center

NutritionObesityDieting

Weight lossFood and nutrition misinformation

Dr. Ayoob is a pediatric nutritionist and registered dietician who works on obesity, heart health, and family dynamics and provides motivational counseling for parents and caregivers. A frequent commentator on dietary and nutritional issues, he is a strong opponent of fad dieting and nutrition fraud and has testified before Congress about fraudulent claims about diet pills. read more...

 

Nir Barzilai, M.D.

Nir Barzilai, M.D.

Professor, Medicine (Endocrinology)

Director, Institute for Aging Research

Director, Nathan Shock Center of Excellence in the Basic Biology of Aging

Ingeborg and Ira Leon Rennert Chair of Aging Research

AgingBiology of agingLongevity genes

Dr. Barzilai discovered the first “longevity gene” in humans. His research established that the gene variant that leads to high HDL, or “good cholesterol,” is linked to healthy aging and extreme longevity. Dr. Barzilai has been profiled by major outlets, including The New York Times and PBS’ “NOVA scienceNow.” read more...

 

Jill P. Crandall, M.D.

Jill P. Crandall, M.D.

Professor, Clinical Medicine (Endocrinology), Einstein

Director, Diabetes Clinical Trials Unit, Einstein

Attending Physician, Endocrinology, Montefiore Medical Center

DiabetesType 2 diabetesDiabetes prevention

Clinical TrialsPrediabetesResveratrol

An expert in diabetes prevention, Dr. Crandall is a principal investigator in the NIH-funded Diabetes Prevention Program Outcomes Study, which showed that sustaining weight loss or taking an anti-diabetic drug can stave off type 2 diabetes in people at high risk for the disease. The American Diabetes Association recently funded Dr. Crandall to study whether the wine ingredient resveratrol can prevent diabetes in patients with prediabetes. read more...

 

Richard G. Gorlick, M.D.

Richard G. Gorlick, M.D.

Vice Chair and Professor, Pediatrics (Hematology & Oncology), Einstein and Montefiore Medical Center

Professor, Molecular Pharmacology , Einstein

Chief, Division of Pediatric Hematology-Oncology, The Children's Hospital at Montefiore

CancerPediatric oncologyPediatric sarcoma

Osteosarcoma

Dr. Gorlick is a pediatric oncologist specializing in sarcoma (a type of cancer that affects connective tissue) and an international leader in research on osteosarcoma, the most common bone cancer in children. Dr. Gorlick was instrumental in initiating the bone-tumor bank of the Children's Oncology Group (COG), the world’s largest childhood cancer research organization, and serves as Vice Chair of its Bone Tumor Disease Committee. read more...

 

Chaim Putterman, M.D.

Chaim Putterman, M.D.

Professor, Medicine (Rheumatology), Einstein

Professor, Microbiology & Immunology, Einstein

Chief, Division of Rheumatology, Department of Medicine, Einstein and Montefiore Medical Center

ArthritisLupusAutoimmune diseases

Rheumatoid arthritis

Dr. Putterman is a clinical rheumatologist who treats arthritis and related musculoskeletal and autoimmune diseases. Dr. Putterman specializes in lupus, an incurable autoimmune disease affecting 1.5 million Americans that causes inflammation, pain and damage to various parts of the body. read more...

 

Laurie G. Jacobs, M.D.

Laurie G. Jacobs, M.D.

Professor, Clinical Medicine (Geriatrics), Einstein

Vice Chair, Clinical and Educational Programs, Montefiore Medical Center

Geriatrics/GerontologyAnticoagulantsElder care/Elder abuse

Clinical care of older adultsEnd-of-life care

Dr. Jacobs is a practicing geriatrician, a physician who specializes in the care of older adults. She is also a nationally recognized educator of medical students, residents and practicing physicians in geriatric medicine, focusing on issues common or unique to the elderly such as falls, medication issues, incontinence, dementia, elder abuse, and end-of-life care.  Dr. Jacobs’ research focuses on evaluating risks and benefits of anticoagulants for prevention of stroke and deep venous thrombosis in the elderly. read more...

 

Marvin P. Fried, M.D.

Marvin P. Fried, M.D.

Professor and Chair, Otorhinolaryngology - Head & Neck Surgery, Einstein and Montefiore Medical Center

CancerOtorhinolaryngology - Head & Neck SurgeryRhinology (nose and sinus)Laryngology (voice)Laser surgery

Dr. Fried is a recognized leader in nasal, sinus and throat disorders. His research has led to improvements in surgical techniques and patient safety. A former president of the American Rhinologic Society and the American Laryngological Association, Dr. Fried is coauthor of The Larynx, the definitive text on vocal restoration and rehabilitation that is used widely in medical schools across the nation. read more...

 

Richard B. Lipton, M.D.

Richard B. Lipton, M.D.

Vice Chair and Professor, Saul R. Korey Department of Neurology, Einstein

Director, Montefiore Headache Center

Director, Einstein Aging Study, Einstein

Edwin S. Lowe Chair in Neurology, Einstein

HeadacheAgingAlzheimer's disease/dementia

MigraineCognitive aging

A noted authority on headaches and migraine, Dr. Lipton is director of the Montefiore Headache Center, recognized internationally for its leadership in the diagnosis, classification and treatment of headache disorders. Dr. Lipton is also director of the Einstein Aging Study, which has been examining both normal brain aging and the special challenges of Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias since 1980.  read more...

 

Paul R. Marantz, M.D., M.P.H.

Paul R. Marantz, M.D., M.P.H.

Professor, Epidemiology & Population Health

Associate Dean, Clinical Research Education

Associate Director, Institute for Clinical and Translational Research

Director, Center for Public Health Sciences

Medical educationClinical research methodsPublic health

Translational medicine

Dr. Marantz is an innovator in developing educational programs in clinical medicine, research methods, and public health for medical students, residents, physicians, and other health professionals.  He is co-principal investigator of Einstein’s Clinical and Translational Science Award program, a national, NIH-funded consortium working to improve patient care by reducing the time it takes for laboratory discoveries to make their way into medical practice. read more...

 

Roy S. Chuck, M.D., Ph.D.

Roy S. Chuck, M.D., Ph.D.

Professor and Chair, Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences, Einstein and Montefiore Medical Center

Professor, Genetics, Einstein

Eye diseaseDry eyeStem cell research

Stem cell treatmentCorneal restorationLaser surgery

Dr. Chuck is a prominent stem cell and dry eye researcher and one of the youngest ophthalmology chairs in the country. He is a cornea specialist with expertise in the field of laser techniques, including LASIK surgery. Dr. Chuck has been featured on ABC’s “Good Morning America” discussing the increased rate of nearsightedness in the United States. read more...

 

Norman Fleischer, M.D.

Norman Fleischer, M.D.

Professor, Medicine (Endocrinology), Einstein

Jacob A. and Jeanne E. Barkey Chair in Medicine, Einstein

Co-Director, Diabetes Research Center, Einstein

Chief, Endocrinology, Department of Medicine, Einstein and Montefiore Medical Center

EndocrinologyType 1 diabetes

Dr. Fleischer is a nationally recognized authority in diabetes treatment and research, with more than four decades of experience in the field. In the 1970s, he founded the NIH-funded Einstein’s Diabetes Research Center, which was among the first NIH-supported diabetes centers in the country. Today, it is one of only two such Centers in New York and one of only a dozen nationwide. read more...

 

Betsy Herold, M.D.

Betsy Herold, M.D.

Professor, Pediatrics (Infectious Diseases), Einstein

Professor, Microbiology & Immunology, Einstein

Professor, Obstetrics & Gynecology and Women, Einstein

Attending Physician, Pediatrics, The Children's Hospital at Montefiore

Infectious diseasesHIV/AIDSMicrobicides

Human papillomavirus (HPV)Sexually transmitted infections (STI)

Dr. Herold is developing safe and effective topical microbicides for preventing HIV, genital herpes and other sexually transmitted infections.  She is currently conducting NIH-funded studies to develop microbicide-releasing vaginal rings to prevent HIV transmission. read more...

 

Norman Todd Ilowite, M.D.

Norman Todd Ilowite, M.D.

Professor, Pediatrics (Rheumatology), Einstein

Chief, Pediatric Rheumatology, The Children's Hospital at Montefiore

ArthritisJuvenile arthritisLupus

Pediatric rheumatology

Dr. Ilowite is an expert in pediatric rheumatology. He is working on new treatments for children with chronic arthritis and on strategies for preventing plaque buildup (atherosclerosis) in the arteries of children who have the autoimmune disorder lupus. Dr. Ilowite is also developing ways that children with rheumatic disorders can control their pain without the need for drugs.  read more...

 

William R. Jacobs, Jr., Ph.D.

William R. Jacobs, Jr., Ph.D.

Professor, Microbiology & Immunology, Einstein

Professor, Genetics, Einstein

Investigator, Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI)

Infectious diseasesTuberculosis (TB)Vaccines

Molecular genetics

Dr. Jacobs is pioneering the use of molecular genetics to control tuberculosis (TB), which kills nearly two million people a year. His research is identifying the genes that make Mycobacterium  tuberculosis (MTB) - the bacteria that causes TB -  virulent, identifying new drug targets and engineering weakened strains that can be used as live vaccines. Dr. Jacobs was the first scientist to introduce foreign DNA into MTB, a technique now regularly used by TB investigators around the world. read more...

 

Sylvia Wassertheil-Smoller, Ph.D.

Sylvia Wassertheil-Smoller, Ph.D.

Professor, Epidemiology & Population Health

Dorothy and William Manealoff Foundation & Molly Rosen Chair in Social Medicine

Head, Division of Epidemiology, Department of Epidemiology & Population Health

Epidemiology & population healthHypertensionWomen's health

An authority in epidemiology, Dr. Smoller has made important research contributions in several areas including hormone therapy and cardiovascular disease, depression and antidepressant use as risk factors for cardiovascular disease and stroke, and biomarkers and prediction models of stroke risk. She has had a major role in studies that have helped to change medical practice in the U.S., including the NIH’s Women’s Health Initiative, a long-term study of postmenopausal women, for which she is Einstein’s principal investigator. read more...

 

T. Byram Karasu, M.D.

T. Byram Karasu, M.D.

Professor and Chair, Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Einstein

Dorothy and Marty Silverman Chair in Psychiatry, Einstein

Psychiatrist-in-Chief, Montefiore Medical Center

Mental healthDepressionPersonality disorders

Dr. Karasu is a psychiatrist, educator and psychotherapist with extensive experience treating depression and personality disorders. He chaired the American Psychiatric Association’s (APA) national task force on the treatment of psychiatric disorders, which produced a seminal, four-volume report describing the therapy for each disorder. He also chaired the APA’s work group on major depressive disorders, whose findings were published in the Practice Guideline for Major Depressive Disorder in Adults. read more...

 

Joe Verghese, M.B.,B.S.

Joe Verghese, M.B.,B.S.

Professor, Saul R. Korey Department of Neurology, Einstein

Murray D. Gross Memorial Faculty Scholar in Gerontology, Einstein

Director, Division of Cognitive & Motor Aging, Department of Neurology, Einstein

Attending Physician, Department of Neurology, Montefiore Medical Center

Chief, Division of Geriatrics, Montefiore Medical Center

Alzheimer's disease/dementiaGait/mobilityAging

Dr. Verghese is an expert on aging who assesses how diseases and aging affect cognitive ability and mobility in older adults. Among his current projects, he is studying whether brain stimulating activities can reduce the risk of dementia. He is also studying if divided attention tasks, such as walking while talking, can predict outcomes such as disability and cognitive decline. read more...

 

Steven K. Libutti, M.D.

Steven K. Libutti, M.D.

Professor and Vice-Chair, Surgery, Einstein and Montefiore Medical Center

Professor, Genetics, Einstein

Director, Montefiore Einstein Center for Cancer Care

Associate Director, Clinical Services, Albert Einstein Cancer Center

Cancer surgeryEndocrine surgeryGene therapy

Dr. Libutti is an expert in surgical oncology and endocrine surgery and a pioneer in tumor targeted gene therapy.  His laboratory studies tumors – particularly those of the pancreas, thyroid and adrenal glands – that trigger the formation of new blood vessels that allow tumors to grow and spread.  A holder of five U.S. patents, he is developing novel cancer therapies by studying the complex interactions that occur within the tumor microenvironment.  read more...

 

Eric E. Bouhassira, Ph.D.

Eric E. Bouhassira, Ph.D.

Professor, Medicine (Hematology)

Professor, Cell Biology

Ingeborg and Ira Leon Rennert Professor of Stem Cell Biology and Regenerative Medicine

Director, Einstein Center for Human Embryonic Stem Cell Research

Stem cell researchBlood-forming stem cellsCell therapy

Dr. Bouhassira’s work focuses on prompting human embryonic stem cells to develop into hematopoietic (blood-forming) stem cells. This work could potentially help patients needing transfusions and save lives by expanding the production of customized cells that could be transplanted without risk of rejection. read more...

 

Milan Kinkhabwala, M.D.

Milan Kinkhabwala, M.D.

Professor, Surgery, Einstein

Chief, Transplantation, Montefiore Einstein Center for Transplantation

Director, Hepatobiliary Cancer, Montefiore Einstein Center for Cancer Care

Liver diseasesTransplantationStem cell research

Liver cancer

Dr. Kinkhabwala is an active member of Einstein’s NIH-funded Marion Bessin Liver Research Center, where he is working to develop new treatments derived from stem cells for liver diseases, including liver cancer. An expert in complex liver surgery, including liver transplantation, he helped establish the Montefiore Einstein Center for Transplantation, where physicians, surgeons, nurses and other clinicians work with scientists to deliver integrated care for patients with organ failure.   read more...

 

Robert W. Marion, M.D.

Robert W. Marion, M.D.

Professor, Pediatrics (Genetics), Einstein

Chief, Genetics and Developmental Medicine, Department of Pediatrics, Einstein and Montefiore Medical Center

Director, Children's Evaluation and Rehabilitation Center (CERC)

Ruth L. Gottesman Professor of Developmental Pediatrics, Einstein

Genetic diseasesAutismSudden infant death syndrome (SIDS)Developmental disabilitiesDown syndromeBirth defects

Dr. Marion is an internationally recognized pediatric geneticist who specializes in diagnosing and treating children with autism spectrum disorders and genetic diseases. His work with the Aguirre brothers, twins who were joined at the head and then separated, made national news in 2004. He played a key role in establishing the CardioGenetics center of Einstein and Montefiore, which provides care for families of individuals who have suffered sudden unexpected cardiac death. He also treats children with neurofibromatosis, autism spectrum disorder and spina bifida. read more...

 

Harry Shamoon, M.D.

Harry Shamoon, M.D.

Associate Dean, Clinical and Translational Research, Einstein

Director, Einstein-Montefiore Institute for Clinical & Translational Research

Professor, Medicine (Endocrinology), Einstein

Attending Physician, Medicine, Montefiore Medical Center

Translational researchClinical researchDiabetes

Dr. Shamoon represents Einstein and Montefiore Medical Center in the NIH’s Clinical and Translational Science Award Consortium, an elite group of 60 medical research institutions working to improve health outcomes by facilitating the translation of scientific discoveries into medical practice. Dr. Shamoon’s research focus is diabetes, and he has directed two landmark NIH studies, the Diabetes Control and Complications Trial and the Diabetes Prevention Program. read more...

 

Ruth Freeman, M.D.

Ruth Freeman, M.D.

Professor, Obstetrics & Gynecology and Women's Health (Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility), Einstein

Professor, Medicine (Endocrinology), Einstein

Director, Menopause Research and Treatment Center, Montefiore Medical Center

Director, Bone Density Unit, Montefiore

EndocrinologyOsteoporosis Menopause

Hormone replacement therapyVitamin D deficiency

Dr. Freeman is a widely recognized authority on menopause, hormone replacement therapy, osteoporosis, and vitamin D deficiency. She is currently director of the Menopause Research and Treatment Center of the Bone Densitometry Unit at the Institute for Women’s Health at Montefiore Medical Center. She also serves on the editorial board of the journal Menopause. read more...

 

Vern L. Schramm, Ph.D.

Vern L. Schramm, Ph.D.

Professor and Chair, Biochemistry

Ruth Merns Chair in Biochemistry

BiochemistryEnzymesTranslational medicine

RicinAutoimmune diseases

Dr. Schramm is a member of the National Academy of Sciences and associate editor of the Journal of the American Chemical Society.  His pioneering work in biochemistry has resulted in powerful new strategies for treating cancer, antibiotic resistance and autoimmune diseases. read more...

 

Robert E. Michler, M.D.

Robert E. Michler, M.D.

Professor and Chair, Surgery, Einstein and Montefiore Medical Center

Professor and Chair, Cardiovascular and Thoracic Surgery, Einstein and Montefiore

Co-Director, Montefiore Einstein Center for Heart and Vascular Care

Surgeon-in-Chief, Montefiore

Cardiac surgeryMitral repair surgeryAortic valve surgery Minimally invasive heart surgeryHeart transplantation

Dr. Michler is a heart surgeon who specializes in complex aortic and mitral valve repair surgery. He is an NIH-funded investigator whose interest in repairing the injured heart has led to clinical trials in cardiac stem cell transplantation. Dr. Michler and his teams have advanced minimally invasive cardiothoracic surgery procedures and surgical robotics. This work led to FDA approval for selective cardiac robotic procedures including mitral valve repair and coronary bypass surgery. read more...

 

Craig A. Branch, Ph.D.

Craig A. Branch, Ph.D.

Associate Professor, Radiology

Associate Professor, Physiology & Biophysics

Director, Gruss Magnetic Resonance Research Center

Biomedical technologiesMagnetic resonance imaging (MRI)Concussion Brain function

Dr. Branch directs Einstein’s Gruss Magnetic Resonance Research Center, which supports a wide variety of MRI studies of brain injury and disease, liver disease, cancer and other disorders. Dr. Branch specializes in the use of MRI to study both animal and human diseases. He was also one of the first to use MRI to measure blood flow in the brain and employs the technology to assess brain function and structure in a wide variety of disorders, including stroke, concussion and schizophrenia. read more...

 

Irwin R. Merkatz, M.D.

Irwin R. Merkatz, M.D.

Professor and Chair, Obstetrics & Gynecology and Women's Health, Einstein and Montefiore Medical Center

Chella & Moise Safra Professor in Obstetrics & Gynecology and Women's Health, Einstein

Co-Director, Maternal & Fetal Medicine, Department of Obstetrics & Gynecology and Women's Health, Einstein and Montefiore

High-risk pregnancyPrenatal testing

An expert in high-risk pregnancies, Dr. Merkatz is recognized for his landmark discovery of the link between low alpha-fetoprotein (AFP) levels and Down syndrome, which revolutionized prenatal testing.  The longest serving department chair in obstetrics and gynecology in the U.S., he established community programs to prevent preterm birth and eliminate racial and gender disparities in health outcomes. read more...

 

Jeffrey E. Pessin, Ph.D.

Jeffrey E. Pessin, Ph.D.

Professor, Medicine (Endocrinology)

Professor, Molecular Pharmacology

Director, Diabetes Research Center

Judy R. and Alfred A. Rosenberg Professorial Chair in Diabetes Research

DiabetesType 1 diabetesMetabolism

Dr. Pessin directs Einstein’s Diabetes Research Center, one of only sixteen NIH-funded diabetes centers of its kind in the country. He guides the research of more than 90 scientists investigating type 1 (formerly juvenile) and type 2 (formerly adult-onset) diabetes. The center also includes training programs and community-based activities in the Bronx. Dr. Pessin’s own research focuses on insulin signaling and the mechanisms contributing to the onset of type 1 diabetes. read more...

 

Liise-Anne Pirofski, M.D.

Liise-Anne Pirofski, M.D.

Professor, Medicine (Infectious Diseases), Einstein

Professor, Microbiology & Immunology, Einstein

Selma and Jacques Mitrani Professor of Biomedical Research, Einstein

Chief, Infectious Diseases, Department of Medicine, Einstein and Montefiore Medical Center

Infectious diseasesPneumoniaImmunology

Bacterial infectionsFungal infectionsVaccines

Dr. Pirofski studies innate and vaccine-induced immunity to disease-causing microbes, including Cryptococcus (the leading cause of fungal meningitis globally) and Pneumococcus (the leading cause of pneumonia in the United States and globally). She has described novel ways by which antibodies protect against bacterial pneumonia and sepsis and her work has improved understanding of how Cryptococcus and Pneumococcus cause disease. read more...

 

Simon D. Spivack, M.D., M.P.H.

Simon D. Spivack, M.D., M.P.H.

Professor, Medicine (Pulmonary Medicine), Einstein

Professor, Epidemiology & Population Health, Einstein

Professor, Genetics, Einstein

Chief, Pulmonary Medicine, Department of Medicine, Einstein and Montefiore Medical Center

Lung diseasesLung cancerEarly lung cancer detection

A researcher and clinician, Dr. Spivack is developing tests for detecting lung cancer at the earliest possible stage—before it becomes fatal by spreading to other parts of the body. In one of several NIH-funded studies, his laboratory is working on a noninvasive, early-diagnosis test for lung cancer that detects particular genetic elements and chemicals in exhaled breath. read more...

 

Jan Vijg, Ph.D.

Jan Vijg, Ph.D.

Professor and Chair, Genetics

Professor, Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences

Lola and Saul Kramer Chair in Molecular Genetics

GeneticsGenomic instabilityAging

Cancer

Dr. Vijg studies the molecular genetic changes associated with aging. Instability of genome and epigenome – the entire set of an organism’s genes and the switches that control their activity –  has long been implicated as the main cause of cancer and of the loss of organ and tissue function associated with aging. read more...

 

John S. Condeelis, Ph.D.

John S. Condeelis, Ph.D.

Professor and Co-Chair, Anatomy and Structural Biology

Judith and Burton P. Resnick Chair in Translational Research

Co-Director, Gruss Lipper Biophotonics Center

Scientific Director, Analytical Imaging Facility

Biomedical technologiesIntravital imagingTumor microenvironmentBreast cancerMetastasis

Dr. Condeelis is a pioneer in developing microscope techniques for use in “intravital imaging” – observing the behavior of cells in living animals. His work has led to a clinical test of biopsy tissue to determine whether a woman’s breast cancer will spread (metastasize), which could help determine treatment. Because of the test’s success, Dr. Condeelis and colleagues have licensed the patent rights to a biotech firm, which is developing the tissue test into a commercial product. read more...

 

Lisa H. Shulman, M.D.

Lisa H. Shulman, M.D.

Associate Professor, Clinical Pediatrics

Director, Infant and Toddler Services, Children's Evaluation and Rehabilitation Center (CERC)

Director, Rehabilitation, Evaluation and Learning for Autistic Infants and Toddlers at Einstein Program (RELATE), CERC

Attending Physician, Pediatrics, The Children's Hospital at Montefiore

Autism early diagnosis/identificationLearning disordersAutism management/interventionDevelopmental delays

Dr. Shulman is a developmental pediatrician with special expertise in autism spectrum disorders (ASD) and learning disabilities. Her research interests include early identification of autism, healthcare disparity in autism diagnosis and management, and complementary and alternative medicine usage in autism. read more...

 

Jeffrey E. Segall, Ph.D.

Jeffrey E. Segall, Ph.D.

Professor, Anatomy and Structural Biology

Betty and Sheldon Feinberg Senior Faculty Scholar in Cancer Research

Biomedical technologiesImagingTumor cell imaging

Dr. Segall studies how tumor cells invade tissues and spread through the body. He has developed sophisticated imaging methods for following individual tumor cells moving in living animals. For example, one of his techniques involves a tiny glass window implanted in the skin of a mouse that allows scientists to track individual cancer cells as they spread a tumor site and attack other parts of the body. This technique could one day be used for assessing the effectiveness of specific drugs in preventing cancer from metastasizing. read more...

 

Joseph A. Sparano, M.D.

Joseph A. Sparano, M.D.

Professor, Medicine (Oncology)

Professor, Obstetrics & Gynecology and Women's Health

Associate Director, Clinical Research, Albert Einstein Cancer Center

Associate Chairman, Medical Oncology, Montefiore Einstein Center for Cancer Care

Breast cancerClinical TrialsHIV-associated cancers

Dr. Sparano is a clinical researcher who develops and evaluates new treatment approaches for  breast cancer, lymphoma, and other cancers, including cancers associated with HIV infection. He also identifies genes that can be used to determine breast cancer prognosis and predict response to treatment – and that may be targeted in cancer as a treatment. He was involved in developing the Oncotype DCIS test, which provides patients with ductal carcinoma in situ of the breast a score that predicts the likelihood of recurrence after surgery, allowing the treatment program to be individualized. read more...

 

Mario J. Garcia, M.D.

Mario J. Garcia, M.D.

Co-Director, Montefiore Einstein Center for Heart and Vascular Care

Chief, Cardiology, Department of Medicine, Einstein and Montefiore Medical Center

Professor, Medicine (Cardiology), Einstein

Pauline A. Levitt Chair in Medicine, Einstein

Heart DiseaseCardiologyCardiac imaging

Cardiovascular disease

Dr. Sparano is a clinical researcher who develops and evaluates new treatment approaches for  breast cancer, lymphoma, and other cancers, including cancers associated with HIV infection. He also identifies genes that can be used to determine breast cancer prognosis and predict response to treatment – and that may be targeted in cancer as a treatment. He was involved in developing the Oncotype DCIS test, which provides patients with ductal carcinoma in situ of the breast a score that predicts the likelihood of recurrence after surgery, allowing the treatment program to be individualized. read more...

 

Charles B. Hall, Ph.D.

Charles B. Hall, Ph.D.

Professor, Epidemiology & Population Health

Professor, Saul R. Korey Department of Neurology

Alzheimer's disease/dementiaAgingCognition

EpidemiologyBiostatistics

Dr. Hall is a biostatistician recognized for leading important long-term studies of aging and dementia. His research has shown, for example, that brain-stimulating activities delay the onset of dementia. He is the longtime director of the statistical core of the Einstein Aging Study, one of the longest-running prospective studies of aging in the country. He is also the lead statistician for the data coordinating center of the federally funded World Trade Center (WTC) Medical Monitoring & Treatment Program, which provides free health monitoring and treatment for workers and volunteers involved in the rescue, recovery and clean-up activities at the WTC site in New York City. read more...

 

Ruth Macklin, Ph.D.

Ruth Macklin, Ph.D.

Professor, Epidemiology & Population Health

Dr. Shoshanah Trachtenberg Frackman Faculty Scholar in Biomedical Ethics

BioethicsMultinational researchEthics in reproductive healthBioethics of research involving human subjects

Dr. Macklin is considered one of the founders of the field of bioethics. In a career dating to the early seventies, Dr. Macklin has lectured and published widely on a variety of medical ethics topics, including research using human subjects, global health, stem cell research, reproductive health, public health ethics, end-of-life issues and HIV/AIDS. She is a past president of the International Association of Bioethics and currently serves on its board of directors. read more...

 

Felise B. Milan, M.D.

Felise B. Milan, M.D.

Professor, Clinical Medicine (General Internal Medicine), Einstein

Director, Ruth L. Gottesman Clinical Skills Center, Einstein

Faculty Attending Physician, Internal Medicine, Montefiore Medical Center

Medical educationClinical trainingClinical skills

Clinical simulationsIntegrative medicine

Dr. Milan specializes in the education of medical students, including teaching and assessing communication and interpersonal skills in a clinical setting. She has participated in research to define and develop ways of assessing medical student competency. In addition, Dr. Milan has made important contributions to using feedback in medical education, integrating complementary and alternative medicine into modern clinical practice, and applying behavioral and psychiatric knowledge to the practice of primary care medicine. read more...

 

Solomon L. Moshe, M.D.

Solomon L. Moshe, M.D.

Professor, Neurology, Einstein

Charles Frost Chair in Neurosurgery & Neurology, Einstein

Vice-Chair & Director, Pediatric Neurology & Clinical Neurophysiology, Department of Neurology, Einstein

Chief, Pediatric Neurology, The Children's Hospital at Montefiore

EpilepsyPediatric epilepsyNeurophysiology

Translational research

Dr. Moshé is an authority on the mechanisms that underlie the development of epilepsy and on the consequences of the disease in infants and children. He is actively involved in several large, multicenter studies examining the outcomes of prolonged febrile seizures and absence epilepsy  to identify predictive biomarkers of the course of these conditions and response to treatment. read more...

 

Elyse S. Sussman, Ph.D.

Elyse S. Sussman, Ph.D.

Professor, Dominick P. Purpura Department of Neuroscience

Professor, Otorhinolaryngology - Head & Neck Surgery

Director, Cognitive Neurophysiology Laboratory, Rose F. Kennedy University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities Education, Research and Service

Autism/learning disabilitiesAttention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD)Language development/language impairmentHearing

Dr. Sussman studies auditory scene perception, a crucial hearing skill that allows us to follow a single voice in a crowded room. Her research focuses on understanding how auditory cognition changes across the lifespan from infancy to old age and how it breaks down in individuals with developmental disorders (such as autism, language impairments and ADHD) and hearing impairments.  read more...

 

Elizabeth A. Walker, Ph.D.

Elizabeth A. Walker, Ph.D.

Professor, Medicine (Endocrinology)

Professor, Epidemiology & Population Health

Associate Director, Einstein Diabetes Research Center

Director of the Einstein Diabetes Prevention & Control Core

Diabetes Self-Management (behavior change)Type 2 diabetesBehavioral interventionPublic health

Dr. Walker is a nurse scientist, diabetes nurse specialist and certified diabetes educator who specializes in studying how to help people with diabetes better manage their disease by adhering to their medication regimen, eating a healthy diet, exercising, and getting regular screening for complications. She is recognized for leading large NIH-funded behavioral intervention studies in minority diabetes populations—and has a program of research studies showing that regular phone calls to people with diabetes can be successful in helping them self-manage their disease and improve their diabetes control.  read more...

 

Joel Zonszein, M.D.

Joel Zonszein, M.D.

Professor, Clinical Medicine (Endocrinology), Einstein

Director, Clinical Diabetes Center, Montefiore Medical Center

Diabetes (clinical)Type 1 diabetesType 2 diabetes

Diabetes preventionCardiovascular disease

Dr. Zonszein is an experienced clinician and researcher who focuses on preventing and treating types 1 and 2 diabetes. He has participated in landmark NIH studies, including the Diabetes Control and Complications Trial and the Diabetes Prevention Program. He has a special interest in understanding cardiovascular disease in people with diabetes and serves as the principal investigator of an ongoing NIH-sponsored study to find the best way to manage coronary artery disease in patients with type 2 diabetes.  read more...