When I joined Einstein this fall, my motivation for taking on the new vice president of development position was the opportunity to enhance and support those who make this school one of the nation’s top educational and research-intensive institutions. My introduction to the community was the Class of 2025’s White Coat ceremony, where alumni, family, and friends gathered to welcome the next generation of committed physicians and hear them passionately recite an oath that commits them to compassionate and equitable care.
I visited our labs and met many of our esteemed scientists, students in our Medical Scientist Training Program, postdocs, and others who make up this community. I also felt your presence—our extended Einstein family—and the contributions that you have made to the Einstein story. And I was inspired by Einstein’s powerful affiliation with Montefiore, and the extraordinary collaboration among all who make this institution stand out among its peers in education, biomedical research, and patient care.
It is in that spirit that I introduce this issue of Motivations, in which you will learn about people at Einstein and Montefiore who illustrate our culture in action. They include Stanley Wainapel, M.D., a blind rehabilitation medicine physician; members of our Montefiore Einstein Center for Transplantation; and our neonatology teams, who all play a role in supplying bench-to-bedside innovation as they, together with you, forge a healthier future.
As you read these inspiring stories, I ask you to join with me in thinking about how all of us can be partners in this work—and how we can accelerate it to expand the institution’s impact and influence. If we’re successful, we will help prepare the next generation of diverse, compassionate physicians and drive biomedical research that will improve patient care. And that is the very best motivation of all.