Medicine Announces 2010 Davidoff Society Members
Five members of the Einstein/Montefiore Department of Medicine faculty were elected to the Leo M. Davidoff Society this year in recognition of their excellence in teaching of medical students. Faculty members represented four divisions:
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 Leo M. Davidoff Society honors teachers who have made significant contributions to the education of students at the Einstein 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 at Einstein, 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 caused 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. As of today, nearly 300 Einstein faculty members have been honored with membership in the Society.