Welcome Note

A Message From the Board Chair

Ruth L. Gottesman, Ed.D.

A Message From the Board Chair

The year has been off to a wonderful start at the College of Medicine. In January we learned of a major new gift from Evelyn Gruss Lipper, M.D. ’71, to create Einstein’s Integrated Imaging Program for Cancer Research. This funding will help investigators translate their laboratory findings into clinical tools for diagnosing and treating life-threatening metastatic cancers.

This funding will help investigators translate their laboratory findings into clinical tools for diagnosing and treating life-threatening cancers.
— Ruth Gottesman, Ed.D.

Over the past two decades, Dr. Lipper’s gifts have helped make Einstein a leader in using advanced imaging to study how complex diseases begin and progress in the human body. You can read more about the valuable work she supports here.  

Another important aspect of scientific investigation is highlighted in our article about mentorship, which is essential for developing the next generation of researchers. It describes the collaborations among five groups of mentors and mentees across the educational spectrum at Einstein, and how their work is benefiting both the scientists and their trainees. 

In this issue of Einstein magazine, you’ll also learn about the recent work of our Board of Trustees, including:

  • The addition of Trustee Raja Flores, M.D. ’92, who has established an endowed need-based scholarship for medical students, in part because he was inspired by a matching-grant program.
  • The launching of a recognition society to honor any donors who have included the College of Medicine in their estate plans. The Albert Einstein Legacy Society will be an important cultivation and engagement vehicle for alumni, parents, friends, and trustees, and I hope you will join me in becoming a member in the coming months.

On a sadder note, the magazine pays tribute to my dear longtime friend and fellow Einstein Trustee Emily Fisher Landau, whom we lost at the end of March. She funded the establishment of the Fisher Landau Center for the Treatment of Learning Disabilities at Einstein in 1997, and I was proud to become its founding director. She and I developed a lasting friendship over the years, in part because of our shared passion for helping people with learning difficulties. She was one of the most extraordinary individuals I’ve ever met. You can learn more about her remarkable life here

Finally, I’d like to recognize Dean Gordon Tomaselli, M.D. ’82, who has served the College of Medicine with many transformative accomplishments over these past five years. Some of the highlights of the dean’s tenure can be found here. As he enters the next phase of his career, I know he will remain committed to Einstein, and I thank him for the exemplary job he has done at the College of Medicine.

Ruth L. Gottesman, Ed.D.
Chair, Albert Einstein College of Medicine Board of Trustees
Albert Einstein College of Medicine
Einstein Professor Emerita of Pediatrics

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