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2017 Founder's Dinner Awardees

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The 2017 New York Medical College Founder's Dinner Awardees are:

ALFRED B. DELBELLO DISTINGUISHED SERVICE AWARD

Dr. Mark Hasten 
is chairman of the Board of Trustees of New York Medical College (NYMC), and Touro College and University System. Under his dynamic leadership, both have grown and prospered. During Dr. Hasten’s remarkable life, he served in the Polish Brigade of the Red Army during World War II, and after the war moved to Israel, serving in the fledgling Israel Defense Forces.  During his career at General Mills, Dr. Hasten engineered the bendable straw, Cheerios, Pringles and Bugles snacks. Hasten experienced additional career success in real estate and banking, as well as a lifelong commitment to philanthropy.

GOLDEN FACULTY SERVICE AWARD

Robert G. Lerner, M.D.
 celebrated his 50th anniversary as a full-time member of the NYMC faculty. His outstanding service helped smooth transitions for three separate school administrations, and he currently serves as professor of medicine and pathology, vice chairman of Department of Medicine and chief of hematology at Westchester Medical Center. Dr. Lerner is known to be an outstanding clinician, and a well-respected mentor and teacher.

WILLIAM CULLEN BRYANT AWARD

Robert J. Lifton, M.D. ’48
, is a NYMC School of Medicine alumnus.  He is a leading expert in the study of the psychological causes and effects of war and political violence, as well as mind control and the theory of thought reform. His career spans nearly 70 years as a world-renowned psychiatrist and author, featured in countless documentaries and media appearances. Dr. Lifton is the recipient of many awards and honorary degrees, including the prestigious Gandhi Peace Award.

JACKSON E. SPEARS COMMUNITY SERVICE AWARD

Ira Schwartz, Ph.D. 
came to New York Medical College in 1980 and has served with distinction as professor and chairman in the Department of Microbiology and Immunology since 2002. His laboratory research focuses on emerging tick-borne infectious diseases (primarily Lyme disease). Dr. Schwartz has been an active NYMC leader, serving on many key committees. As chair, he has led the department to a position of excellence at NYMC as one of the most highly regarded research-funded programs for competitive federal and foundation grants.