Class Notes

1960s

  • Evan Charney, M.D. ’60, writes: “Hello, fellow alumni of ’60. I am happily retired with my wife, Jane, in Falmouth, MA, and enjoying life as a printmaker (evansart.smugmug.com). If you find yourself on Cape Cod, please get in contact!”
  • David Shultz, M.D. ’63, recently celebrated his 55th anniversary with his wife, Monique. They have two children, Mitchell and Charles, and five grandchildren. Dr. Schultz, an ophthalmologist, practiced in Northridge, CA, and taught at the Jules Stein Eye Institute. He had a heart transplant in 2013 and retired in June 2015. His practice passed to his son Mitchell, who has been developing a national reputation in ophthalmology. Charles is a tax attorney who advises high-income Citibank private clients. Dr. Schultz’ eldest granddaughter, Shaina, spent a year in Israel and is now attending Washington University. Her sister Nicole is now in Israel and will attend the University of Michigan.

1970s

  • Alan Rockoff, M.D. ’72, reports that his second book, Act Like a Doctor, Think Like a Patient: Teaching Patient-Focused Medicine, has just been published by Medical Education Press. The book is based on his experiences teaching senior medical students at the Tufts University School of Medicine in Boston for 35 years. It focuses on the need for medical providers to know not just how to diagnose and treat disease, but how to personalize medicine by understanding illness and treatment through the eyes of their patients. His book is available online through Amazon and Barnes and Noble.
  • Joan Heller-Brown, Ph.D. ’74, is the 2017 recipient of the Otto Krayer Award in Pharmacology, given by the American Society for Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics. This award commemorates the enduring legacy of Dr. Krayer’s ethical behavior, commitment to teaching, high standards of scientific scholarship, promotion of interdisciplinary research to reveal the actions of chemicals and support of younger scientists. The award recognizes Dr. Heller-Brown’s studies of G-protein-coupled receptors and her scientific scholarship and strong commitment to teaching and mentoring younger scientists.
  • Jeff Gilbert, M.D. ’75, retired from Montefiore in October 2013. He was the founder of the STD Center for Excellence and served as its medical director for 21 years. He spent most of his 38 years in practice in the Bronx, 33 in the field of sexually transmitted diseases. He held appointments at Einstein in the departments of medicine and ob-gyn. Dr. Gilbert enjoyed more than three decades of teaching medical students, residents, fellows, nurse practitioners, physician assistants and attendings at the STD Center. Since leaving Montefiore, he has been the medical director of sexually transmitted infections (STIs) at BioReference Laboratories, an Opko Health Company. He is currently involved with a major STI project in the Dominican Republic directed by staff members at the Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons. He is also the author of a popular children’s book, Milton’s Moment (www.miltonsmoment.com), and is a recognized Hudson River driftwood artist (www.driftymaster.com).
  • Ann Landowne, M.D. ’75, writes: “After practicing psychiatry for 20 years, I took a break and attended rabbinical school at Hebrew Union College–Jewish Institute of Religion, graduating in 2011. I’m currently serving as the rabbi at Temple Beth-El in Geneva, NY, and working as a child psychiatrist at Hillside Children’s Center, a residential treatment center near Rochester, NY. My husband, Geoffrey Stein, died suddenly while jogging in 2012. My four children and I miss him very much. I just had the honor of officiating at my son Joseph’s wedding to Fiamma Varoli, in Sovicille, Italy.”
  • William Breitbart, M.D. ’78, is the Jimmie C. Holland Chair in Psychiatric Oncology and chief of the psychiatry service in the department of psychiatry and behavioral sciences at the Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in New York. He received the 2017 American Cancer Society Trish Greene Quality of Life Research Award. Dr. Breitbart is a past president of the Academy of Psychosomatic Medicine and of the International Psycho-oncology Society. He has edited or written 12 textbooks, including Psycho-oncology (first, second and third editions); the treatment manuals for Meaning-Centered Group Psychotherapy in Advanced Cancer Patients and Individual Meaning-Centered Psychotherapy for Advanced Cancer Patients; and his newest textbook, Meaning-Centered Psychotherapy in the Cancer Setting (Oxford University Press). Dr. Breitbart is editor-in-chief of Cambridge University Press’ international palliative-care journal, Palliative & Supportive Care. He and his wife, Rachel, recently celebrated their 30th wedding anniversary and live on the Upper East Side of Manhattan. Their son Sam, 25, graduated from Yeshiva University’s Cardozo Law School and is an associate at the Sherman Sterling law firm. Dr. Breitbart’s e-mail is breitbaw@mskcc.org, and he is eager to hear from his fellow classmates and Einstein alumni.

1980s

  • Vickie Mabry-Height, M.D. ’81, recently published White Coat Secrets, in which “Dr. Vickie, M.D.,” shares an extraordinarily personal account of her career spanning more than 30 years in medicine. She grew up in the Jim Crow cotton fields of North Carolina, survived the inner-city ghettos of Brooklyn, NY, and persevered to rise in the medical field as both a practitioner and an entrepreneur. In the book she explores the issues of racism, sexism, health disparities and injustices that still plague the medical field today. She also details her passion for giving back to the community and helping improve care for patients around the globe. Told from the perspective of a female doctor of color, her story is meant to empower aspiring healthcare practitioners. Dr. Mabry-Height is board-certified in internal medicine. She received a master’s in public health with an emphasis in environmental and occupational toxicology from the University of California at Los Angeles, followed by a Leadership Fellowship in healthcare at the University of California at San Francisco. She is a fellow of the American College of Physicians and received a congressional award for community service.
  • Joel Cohen, M.D. ’83, tells us that after 29 years as an Einstein faculty member in the department of neurology, he has left Einstein to join the staff of Shaare Zedek Medical Center in Jerusalem to help develop its new stroke service. “My wife, Pearl, and our four children—Tova, Natan, Meir and Sara—joined me in moving to Israel in September 2016,” he writes. “The 37 years I spent at Einstein since becoming a medical student in 1979 have been filled with a multitude of wonderful personal and professional experiences, which I will always treasure.”

2000s

  • Andrew Chertoff, M.D. ’05, was promoted to associate residency director of the department of emergency medicine for Einstein at Jacobi and Montefiore Medical Centers. Previously, he was a residency site director and assistant residency director within the department.
    He graduated from the Jacobi/Montefiore emergency medicine residency program.
  • Stanley K. Frencher, M.D. ’06, received the Herbert W. Nickens Faculty Fellowship at the 2016 Association of American Medical Colleges’ annual meeting in Seattle. The award recognizes an outstanding junior faculty member who demonstrates leadership potential in resolving inequity in medical education and healthcare; is working to address the educational, societal and healthcare needs of racial and ethnic minorities in the United States; and is committed to a career in academic medicine. The honoree receives a $15,000 grant that funds a project to support racial and ethnic minorities.
  • Michael Jones, M.D. ’08, was promoted to residency director of the department of emergency medicine for Einstein at Jacobi and Montefiore Medical Centers, effective July 1, 2017. Dr. Jones, a graduate of the Jacobi/Montefiore residency program, has served as the department of emergency medicine’s associate residency director for the past five years.
  • Jeremy Mazurek, M.D. ’08, tells us that, after completing fellowship training in cardiovascular diseases, advanced heart failure/cardiac transplantation and pulmonary hypertension at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania in June 2016, he joined the faculty of that university as an assistant professor of clinical medicine in the advanced heart failure/transplant and pulmonary hypertension programs. 

In Memoriam

We acknowledge with sadness the passing of the following Einstein alumni. We honor their memories and extend our deepest condolences to their families and friends.

  • Michael E. Goldstein, M.D. ’59
  • Kurt Link, M.D. ’61
  • Anne Elayne Bernstein, M.D. ’62
  • Herman Bruch, M.D. ’62
  • Donald Goldmacher, M.D. ’67
  • Leora Bella Sachs, M.D. ’76

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