Class Notes: Winter/Spring 2022


Jack Katz, M.D. ’60, is now in the private practice of psychiatry after a long career in academic medicine. He has retired from basketball and singles tennis. (His knees are no longer up to it.) He still looks back fondly on his four years at Einstein.

David White, M.D. ’63, lives in Eugene, Ore., with his wife of 56 years, and they continue to enjoy each other’s company. His youngest granddaughter is in college, starting her premed studies.

Rich Hoffman, M.D. ’65, and his wife are fortunate that one of their sons, his wife, and their two children live close by, as does their eldest son, who is less than an hour away. Being a grandfather has been one of Dr. Hoffman’s greatest joys in life.


Doug Drossman, M.D. ’70, is a professor emeritus of medicine and psychiatry, specializing in gastroenterology, and has been developing programs to teach communication skills to optimize the patient-provider relationship. He just released a book that he wrote with his patient Johannah Ruddy called Gut Feelings: Disorders of Gut-Brain Interaction and the Doctor-Patient Relationship.

Stewart Albert, M.D. ’71, is still practicing, teaching, and researching. He also plays senior handball and tennis, and is learning how to cook; his specialty is Stew’s Stew. He hopes to travel again soon.

Arnold Bodner, M.D. ’71, has been volunteering at a COVID-19 vaccine center in Essex County, N.J., and spends time with his wife of 30-plus years, Rosemary.

Roland Einhorn, M.D. ’71, retired in 2012 and has been happily married for 40 years to his wife, Barbara. He reports that their daughter, Lisa, is a pediatric anesthesiologist at Duke University Hospital, and that they have three beautiful grandchildren. He lives in Jupiter, Fla., but also maintains a home in Baltimore.

Hyam Leffert, M.D. ’71, has been in La Jolla, Calif., since graduating and has yet to retire. He wishes his fellow classmates long life, health, and happiness. He says it was a wonderful privilege to study medicine at Einstein, and reminds everyone to stay safe with the COVID-19 variants out there.

Neil Meade, M.D. ’71, has retired and spends time with his two doctor daughters—“continuing the Einstein tradition of promoting women in medicine”—and their two doctor husbands and six grandchildren.

Stephen Senreich, M.D. ’71, now retired, keeps up with journals and playing guitar. He and his wife continue to travel and have fallen in love with Italy. He reports that he has “two wonderful children, who married wonderful spouses, and four wonderful grandchildren.”

Robert Ritch, M.D. ’72, received the Bietti Gold Medal from the International Congress of Ophthalmology and a Doctorate Honoris Causa from the University of Alcala, Spain. With the ongoing pandemic, he believes now is the time to retire. He wants to continue to practice telemedicine, consult from home, and write.

Gary Lotner, M.D. ’73, is enjoying retirement after more than 40 years in the practice of allergy, asthma, and clinical immunology in Atlanta. He has two children and five grandchildren (ages 3 months to 11 years), all within a short drive. His new book, a humorous memoir called Reflections of a Life in Medicine: The Ups, Downs, and All Arounds, is a collection of vignettes about his earlier years in training and as a young physician.

Isaac Gorbaty, M.D. ’74, is alive and wishes everyone well!

Harold Pincus, M.D. ’75, is a professor and the vice chair of psychiatry at Columbia University’s Vagelos College of Physicians and Surgeons and the co-director of Columbia’s Irving Institute for Clinical and Translational Research. The institute recently received a $61.7 million grant—one of the largest ever awarded to the medical school—from the National Institutes of Health to accelerate development of new medical treatments. Dr. Pincus also directs the national Health and Aging Policy Fellowship and is a senior scientist at the RAND Corporation. He is a member of the external advisory board for Einstein’s Harold and Muriel Block Institute for Clinical and Translational Research.

Lewis Rubin, M.D. ’75, is an emeritus professor of medicine and emeritus director of the division of pulmonary and critical-care medicine at the University of California–San Diego School of Medicine. He is also an adjunct professor of medicine at the Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons. He continues to teach, consult, do research, and work as a medical volunteer in developing countries.

Karen Lowenstein Kade, M.D. ’76, retired more than two years ago after selling her dermatology practice in Miami. She and her husband, Paul, moved to the west coast of Florida and are living in the Sarasota area. They have three grandchildren. Both of their daughters and their families live in Philadelphia.

Howard Reinstein, M.D. ’78, was recently named physician of the year by the medical staff at the Providence Cedars-Sinai Tarzana Medical Center in California. He also received the Heart of Gold Award from the Child Development Institute. His daughter, son-in-law, and two of his grandchildren have moved back to Los Angeles after many years in San Francisco.


Lisa Moreno, M.D. ’90, is a professor of emergency medicine at the Louisiana State University–New Orleans. She has been elected president of the American Academy of Emergency Medicine—the first woman ever to hold that post.

Einstein Alumna Named Editor of Journal of Clinical Investigation

Elizabeth McNally, M.D., Ph.D. ’90, has been elected editor of the Journal of Clinical Investigation (JCI), a leading peer-reviewed medical journal aimed at defining disease pathways and treatments. She is the first woman to hold the title of editor in the journal’s nearly 100-year history. Her five-year term began March 1, 2022.

Dr. McNally directs the Center for Genetic Medicine at the Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine in Chicago, where she studies inherited disorders that affect cardiac and skeletal muscle function.

After graduating from Einstein’s Medical Scientist Training Program with both M.D. and Ph.D. degrees, Dr. McNally completed her residency and fellowship in cardiovascular medicine at Brigham and Women’s Hospital and her postdoctoral fellowship in genetics at Boston Children’s Hospital. She was elected to the Association of American Physicians in 2006 and is serving as its 2021–22 president. In 2021 she was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and to the National Academy of Medicine.

Members of the Einstein community have played important roles at JCI in recent years. The current editor, Rexford Ahima, M.D., Ph.D., director of endocrinology, diabetes, and metabolism at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, completed his residency and fellowship in endocrinology at Einstein. The preceding editor was Gordon F. Tomaselli, M.D., Einstein Class of ’82, the Marilyn and Stanley M. Katz Dean at Einstein and the executive vice president and chief academic officer at Montefiore Medicine.


Evan Tamura, M.D. ’16, has been working since 2019 as a primary-care family medicine physician in East Los Angeles with AltaMed Health Services. She recently was given the opportunity to take over leadership of AltaMed’s opioid-use disorder and medication-assisted treatment services initiative, which she is eager to continue expanding. She and her husband live in Long Beach, Calif., with their rescue cat, Bernie.

Pratistha Koirala, M.D., Ph.D. ’18, was recently elected to the board of trustees (resident and fellow seat) of the American Medical Association (AMA). Born in the foothills of Nepal, Dr. Koirala had experiences as an immigrant and in her work with underserved individuals that are reflected in the deep value she places on diversity and equity in medicine. Dr. Koirala joined the AMA as a medical student in the Bronx and has held multiple leadership roles at the state and national levels, including on the executive council of the Medical Society of the State of New York. She is currently the resident and fellow member of the board of directors of the AMA’s independent bipartisan political action committee.


Conor Fowler, M.D. ’20, was engaged to Ingrid Anna Frahm on May 21, 2021. The two met while Dr. Fowler was finishing his third year at Einstein. They purchased their first home together in Boston, where Dr. Fowler is completing his physical medicine and rehabilitation training at Harvard Medical School/Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital and Ms. Frahm continues as the digital art director for Allure and Glamour magazines, based in New York City. They have plans to get married this summer in Mystic, Conn.

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