2016 Recipients

Alumni Awards for 2016

Distinguished Alumnus/Clinical Practitioner Award recognizes Einstein alumni who have achieved distinction in their fields and made significant contributions to their local communities as medical practitioners.

Gail Solomon, M.D. '62 is Professor of Clinical Neurology in Pediatrics as well as Professor of Clinical Neurology and of Clinical Neurology in Psychiatry.  She serves as the Director of Electroencephalography and is also an Attending Neurologist, Pediatrician and Neurologist in Psychiatry at NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital. 

After graduating from Einstein Dr. Solomon completed her residency in pediatrics at The Bronx Municipal Hospital Center and The New York Hospital.  At Columbia-Presbyterian Medical Center, Dr. Solomon has held fellowships in neurology, pediatric neurology, and clinical neurophysiology.  She is certified by The American Board of Pediatrics, The American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology (with special competence in child neurology and clinical neurophysiology), and The American Board of Clinical Neurophysiology. Her major subspecialty interest is in epilepsy.

Dominick P. Purpura Distinguished Alumnus Award recognizes outstanding achievements in clinical medicine and/or biomedical research, or a professional career dedicated to humanitarian achievements.

Alfredo Arrigo Sadun, M.D.'78, Ph.D.'78 is The Flora L. Thornton Professor of Vision at UCLA and Professor and Vice-Chair, Department of Ophthalmology at UCLA School of Medicine

Dr. Sadun is a world renowned specialist in neuro-ophthalmology and orbital diseases. Dr. Sadun has developed an international reputation, especially for diseases of the optic nerve such as Leber’s hereditary optic neuropathy, toxic and nutritional optic neuropathies. In 2012, Dr. Sadun was recognized with the highest clinical distinction in neuro-ophthalmology, the Hoyt Award, presented at the American Academy of Ophthalmology in conjunction with the North American Neuro-Ophthalmology Society.

Distinguished Ph.D. Alumnus/a Award recognizes outstanding accomplishments in biomedical science, biotechnology, and/or professional leadership in advancing biomedical research for the benefit of humankind.

Sue Wickner, Ph.D.'74 is a Senior Investigator, Laboratory of Molecular Biology and Head of the DNA Molecular Biology Section at the Center for Cancer Research, National Cancer Institute
Dr. Wickner received her Einstein Medicine where she studied biochemical mechanisms involved in DNA replication with Dr. Jerard Hurwitz. She continued working on DNA replication as a postdoctoral fellow with Dr. Martin Gellert at NIH and then moved to the Laboratory of Molecular Biology in the NCI. She was elected to the National Academy of Sciences in 2004, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 2002, and elected a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science in 2001 for her work on the biochemical mechanisms of multicomponent energy-dependent cellular machines.

Lifetime Achievement Award recognizes Einstein alumni who have attained distinction in their fields and who have made major contributions to the health and welfare of underserved communities.

Neal Flomenbaum, M.D.'73, FACP, FACEP is a Professor of Clinical Medicine, at Weill Cornell Medical College, Cornell University,Emergency Physician-in-Chief at New York Presbyterian Hospital, Weill-Cornell Medical Center, and Medical Director, New York Presbyterian - Emergency Medical Servic.

After graduating from Einstein, Dr. Flomenbaum completed an internal medicine residency at Einstein I Bronx Municipal (Jacobi) Hospital Center (BMHC) and then served as Associate Director of Emergency Services at BMHC and Assistant Professor of Medicine at Einstein until 1979. Dr. Flomenbaum was the first director of medical education for the newly established Einstein I BMHC Emergency Medicine Residency program which was New York State's first and the nation's twelfth emergency medicine residency.  In 1996, Dr. Flomenbaum became the first Emergency Physician-in-Chief at the New York Hospital, Medical Director of NYP - EMS , its emergency medical service, and Professor of Clinical Medicine at Cornell University Medical College.

For more than three and a half decades, Dr. Flomenbaum has dedicated his life and career to insuring the highest quality emergency care for patients; to educating and training students, residents, and attending physicians; and to helping establish and supporting the specialty of Emergency Medicine
Dr. Flomenbaum is a past president of the Alumni Association Board of Governors and served on the board for many years.

Lifetime Service Award acknowledges Einstein alumni who have demonstrated exemplary service and dedication to the Albert Einstein College of Medicine community through his or her volunteer efforts.

Harris Goldstein, M.D. '80 is Associate Dean for Scientific Resources, Professor in the Departments of Pediatrics (Allergy & Immunology) and Microbiology & Immunology, Charles Michael Chair in Autoimmune Diseases and Director, Einstein/MMC Center for AIDS Research at Einstein.

After graduating from Einstein in 1980, Dr. Goldstein trained at Jacobi and returned to Einstein after a four-year stint at the NIH.  In addition to being a great clinician, Dr. Goldstein is one of Einstein's  premier teachers. He’s been recognized for this with graduation teaching awards and has earned the accolades of medical students and graduate students alike. He’s also mentored numerous postdocs. On a trip to Africa, he gave a series of immunology lectures that have been viewed more than 125,000 times on YouTube. As a researcher, he developed a mouse model of HIV disease and does ground breaking work in this area, for years being the Director of Einstein’s Center for AIDS Research.

A devoted Einstein alum, Dr. Goldstein is a  past member of the Alumni Association Board of Governors. Along with Todd Olson he created the Scrubs Ceremony for the first year class, which remains a wonderful Einstein tradition. Dr. Goldstein has chaired the annual Alumni Day on Campus CME program and is regular attendee of the Alumni Association events and programs. Dr. Goldstein is also co-chair of Einstein's admissions committee.

Einstein Honorary Alumnus Award recognizes distinguished members of the faculty who have made a profound positive impact on the College of Medicine, and who exemplify the attributes of caring and humanity, concern for the individual and an abiding commitment to serve the students of the medical school.
Stephen G. Baum, M.D. is Senior Associate Dean for Students and a Professor in the Departments of Medicine (Administration), and Microbiology & Immunology at Einstein. He is also Chairman Emeritus of the Department of Medicine at Beth Israel Medical Center in New York City.

Dr. Baum graduated from New York University School of Medicine and completed his post graduate training at Harvard Medical Service, Boston City Hospital. He was a Research Associate in the Laboratory of Infectious Diseases at the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases of the NIH.

Dr. Baum has been a Professor of Medicine and of Microbiology and Immunology at Einstein since 1994. He has held numerous roles at Einstein including Co-Director, Division of Infectious Diseases, Director, Medical Scientist Training Program (MD/PhD) and Director, Office of Graduate Education. In 1987 he became Chairman of the Department of Medicine at Beth Israel.

In 2007 Dr. Baum became Senior Associate Dean for Students. He was nominated for the Honorary Alumnus Award by a member of the Einstein Class of 2016, who are encouraged to submit nominations for this award. In the letter of nomination Dr. Baum was noted to be a kind, humble, and approachable advisor who works diligently to provide Einstein students with the best opportunities and to improve their overall quality of life.

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