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The Chaikin Legacy of Lectures


Dr. and Mrs. ChaikinOn April 29, 2009, Nicholas J. Talley, M.D., Ph.D., professor of medicine and epidemiology and chair of the Department of Internal Medicine at the Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville, Florida, spoke on “Management of Dyspepsia” at the 38th Annual Nathan W. Chaikin Lecture in Gastroenterology under the sponsorship of the Sarah C. Upham Division of Gastroenterology at New York Medical College.

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.