From the Chair of the Einstein Board of Trustees, Roger W. Einiger, Doctor of Humane Letters, Albert Einstein College of Medicine
When my parents, Glory and Jack, made their first gift to a young, groundbreaking medical school in the 1950s, they sought to make the world a better place—for their children, for aspiring doctors and researchers from all cultures and backgrounds, and for the Bronx and beyond. During their long history as philanthropists and founding leaders of Einstein, they helped build the medical school into the research powerhouse, top-ranking academic destination, and force for social good that it is today. I am honored to continue their legacy.
Similar enduring commitments from countless supporters have propelled our mission from my parents’ time to now—and we’re seeing those investments pay off at never-before-seen speed. Discoveries that scientists began to unearth years ago are informing current COVID-19 treatments. The previous generation’s physicians are mentoring the newest interns. And we’re saving lives through exceptional science.
Einstein students, alumni, researchers, and donors share the passion and foresight of those who came before us to work together toward a healthier, stronger tomorrow. The inspiring individuals showcased in this issue of Motivations embody that purposeful spirit.
One striking example is Emanuel Phillips, M.D. ’59. Through a $2 million endowed scholarship, Dr. Phillips is paying forward the generosity of donors who made an investment in our medical training program six decades ago. In a similar spirit, Montefiore Health System trustee Justice Felice Shea has dedicated her life to shaping social-justice initiatives for all. And the lifelong work of Norman Fleischer, M.D., lives on through transformational contributions to the Fleischer Institute for Diabetes and Metabolism.
What we accomplish today is in large part a product of caring partners throughout Einstein’s history. Our connections are strong and sustained—and will only grow with each new stride we take.
Together, our Montefiore and Einstein community drives action that will affect health for generations to come. My parents looked toward the future with hope; I do the same, knowing we can and will shape it for the better. Thank you for standing with me and with Einstein.