Golf & Tennis Outing Supports New Drug Discovery at Einstein

The Einstein Professional & Leadership (P&L) Division hosted its 2015 Golf & Tennis Tournament and Dinner on June 23 at Sleepy Hollow Country Club in Scarborough, NY. New York real estate developer Peter S. Duncan was the honoree of the event, which benefited Einstein’s Center for Experimental Therapeutics. The center provides resources to help Einstein investigators advance promising research projects aimed at finding innovative treatments for cancer, diabetes, cardiovascular disease and other medical conditions.

Mr. Duncan is president and CEO of George Comfort & Sons, Inc., a major New York–based real estate investment and management company. He has been a member of the Professional & Leadership Division since 2006.

After a busy—and intermittently rainy—day on the golf course and tennis courts, Martin Luskin, P&L Division chair, welcomed division members and guests to the dinner program.  Dean Allen M. Spiegel, M.D., then spoke to them about the “new Einstein” and the Center for Experimental Therapeutics, and thanked them for supporting the College of Medicine’s drug discovery enterprise.

“True Friend” to the College of Medicine

Neil Clark, a past P&L Division chair and a longtime executive committee member, presented Mr. Duncan with the 2015 Albert Einstein Humanitarian Award. “Peter is a dedicated philanthropist who believes passionately in the importance of giving back to his community,” said Mr. Clark. “He’s been a loyal member of the P&L Division and a true friend to Einstein.”

In his acceptance remarks, Mr. Duncan recounted a conversation he had with his father, a pediatrician and noted genetics researcher, nearly ten years ago about whether he should join the P&L Division and support Einstein biomedical research. He recalled his father referring to Einstein researchers as “the real rocket scientists” who “do great work.” Mr. Duncan added, “As it turns out, my father’s observations about Einstein were spot on.”

Teaming Up to Advance Einstein’s Mission 

“This event is about camaraderie and friendly competition,” said Mr. Luskin, “and, most importantly, it’s about working together as proud members of the Einstein team.”

Peter Bernstein and Andrew M. Weinberg co-chaired the event. Mr. Clark, Mr. Luskin, division vice chair Greg Gonzalez, Jeffrey A. Fiedler and Raymond S. Cohen served as journal co-chairs; Marc Altheim, Jack M. Somer and Greg Williamson were the tennis chairs; Marlon Bustos and Peter E. Zinman, division treasurer, served as auction co-chairs.

The Golf & Tennis Tournament and Dinner is the P&L Division’s major annual fundraiser. It celebrates a 50-year tradition of philanthropic leadership and collaboration among a group of business leaders united in their passion to advance Einstein’s mission to improve human health.

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Einstein’s Professional & Leadership Division

Since 1961, the Professional & Leadership Division of Albert Einstein College of Medicine (formerly known as the Men’s Division) has provided volunteer leadership to encourage the growth and development of the College of Medicine.
To learn more about the Einstein Professional & Leadership Division and upcoming events, please contact Eve Marsan at 718.430.4178 or eve.marsan@einstein.yu.edu.