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A Message from the Dean

As 2019 came to a close, we learned that Einstein researchers had secured $178 million in grants from the National Institutes of Health (NIH)—our largest annual total ever. The grants included funds to study the Ebola virus and HIV, to continue research on neuroscience and genetics, and to improve health among minority groups.

The year’s end also brought news that Philip O. Ozuah, M.D., Ph.D., has become the new chief executive officer of Montefiore Medicine, the umbrella organization for Montefiore Health System and Einstein. Dr. Ozuah has decades of experience in leadership positions at Montefiore and a strong commitment to research and medical education. He replaces Steven M. Safyer, M.D., who retired after 40 years of service to Einstein and Montefiore.

Moving medicine forward is the focus of our top feature story. The article describes a talented group of Einstein and Montefiore faculty scholars who epitomize what a learning health system can do: influence complex health systems to adapt and change behavior thanks to evidence obtained from rigorous research and data collection. The scholars are members of a new center of excellence established with a $3.3 million NIH grant. It is one of only 11 such centers in the nation and the only one in New York State.   

Another example of outstanding research can be found in the work of Einstein scientist Scott Emmons, Ph.D., who has been mapping the nervous system of the worm C. elegans for the better part of two decades. His success in completing the first wiring diagram of an animal’s entire nervous system marks a major milestone in biology.

For the past 20 years, Einstein’s Clinical Research Training Program has trained dozens of physicians in a variety of specialties. Five of those scholars talk about their research.  

New funding, new leadership, and new research add up to bright days ahead at Einstein. I’m looking forward to them.

Gordon F. Tomaselli, M.D.
The Marilyn and Stanley M. Katz Dean
Albert Einstein College of Medicine
Executive Vice President, Chief Academic Officer
Montefiore Medicine

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