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Nathan W. Chaikin, M.D., and Frances J. Chaikin Lecture in Gastroenterology



This distinguished lecture series was established in 1969 by Nathan W. Chaikin, M.D., F.A.C.P., F.A.C.C., who personally supported it until his death in 1984. For the next twenty years, the lectures were funded by Dr. Chaikin’s widow, Frances J. Chaikin, in honor of her late husband. Today it is generously underwritten by the Annual Chaikin Lecture Endowed Fund, which was established through a bequest from Mrs. Chaikin’s estate following her death in 2003.

Nathan Wolf Chaikin, M.D. (1895-1984) was an associate professor of clinical medicine at New York Medical College for over thirty years. After emigrating from Russia as a teenager, he studied pharmacology at Columbia University and then earned a medical degree from the University of Buffalo. A noted gastroenterologist with exceptional diagnostic skills, he established a private practice in Manhattan and served as associate visiting physician at Flower-Fifth Avenue Hospital and visiting physician at Metropolitan and Bird S. Coler Memorial Hospitals in New York City. He also hosted a weekly journal club that met to discuss new articles in the professional literature and served as president of the Russian American Medical Society.

Frances J. Chaikin (1904-2003) was a generous and worldly woman who graduated from New York University and then taught high school biology in her native Hartford, Connecticut for many years. She met Dr. Chaikin when they were both in their 40’s. For the next forty years they entertained and traveled widely together, and Mrs. Chaikin actively supported Dr. Chaikin in his practice. Her bequest to the College stands as lasting evidence of her great generosity and her pride in her husband’s career.

“The Annual Chaikin Lecture Endowed Fund allows us to invite nationally and internationally known experts in gastroenterology to speak to the New York Medical College community and to participate in case presentations by our fellows free of any influence from outside funding,” said Edward Lebovics, M.D., professor of medicine and Sarah C. Upham Professor of Gastroenterology.

Past lectures

  April 29, 2009 - “Management of Dyspepsia”
Nicholas J. Talley, M.D., Ph.D.
Professor of Medicine and Epidemiology
Chair of the Department of Internal Medicine
Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville, Florida
  May 28, 2008 - "Celiac Disease: A Hidden Epidemic"
Peter H.R. Green, M.D.
Professor of Clinical Medicine, College of Physicians and Surgeons
Director, The Celiac Disease Center, Columbia University
Attending Physician, The New York Presbyterian Hospital
  May 2006 - "Advances in GI Endoscopic Therapy"
Gregory B. Haber, M.D., F.R.C.P.
Director, Division of Gastroenterology
Director, Center for Advanced Therapeutic Endoscopy
Lenox Hill Hospital
   May 3, 2000 - "Irritable Bowel Syndrome"
Douglas Arnold Drossman, M.D.
Co-Director, UNC Center for Functional GI and Motility Disorders
  March 24, 1982 - "What is Chronic Hepatitis?"
Dr. Hans Popper
Mount Sinai School of Medicine
  March 18, 1976 - "Challenging Biomedical Problems of Inflammatory Bowel Disease"
Dr. Joseph B. Kirsner