One of the greatest joys of my position as president of the Alumni Association Board of Governors is helping foster remarkable partnerships among alumni, current students, donors, physician-researchers, volunteers, staff, and our community.
Motivations is a fitting venue to showcase some of these inspiring partnerships and how they ultimately affect social change, scientific investigation, medical education, and clinical care. In this section we introduce you to Dr. Jose Ortiz, ’92, an alumnus who exemplifies a commitment to student success; the Ronald M. Burde, M.D., Surgical Simulation Laboratory’s philanthropy-fueled, innovative approach to state-of-the-art teaching and care; and the Center for Immunotherapeutics’ pioneering progress in cancer research.
Whatever the level of your own involvement, we value and rely on your input. Motivations debuted earlier in 2018 to great success. Fundraising and volunteerism rose, alumni told us they felt more engaged with the institution, and our community experienced continued growth.
But we know we can always improve. What do you enjoy about Motivations? What would you like to see featured? How can we serve you best? My goal is for you to donate, to volunteer, to feel more engaged, and to continue developing and connecting.
A new academic year allows me to reflect on my time at Einstein as a student more than 40 years ago. I was drawn here for the academic rigor, a commitment to compassionate medicine, outstanding teaching faculty, and a strong focus on social justice. The moment I stepped on campus, one thing was clear: I knew I was in the right place. Reading through Motivations, I know I still am. And I’m glad you’re here with me.
With warm wishes,
Janina R. Galler, M.D.