Greenberg Prize Awarded to Dr. Isadore Rosenfeld

26th Annual Award Honors Pre-Eminent Physician and Medical Spokesperson

May 3, 2006


One of the country's pre-eminent physicians and a distinguished and well-known spokesperson in the medical media, Dr. Isadore Rosenfeld has been named the recipient of the 26th Annual Maurice R. Greenberg Distinguished Service Award, the highest honor bestowed by NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital/Weill Cornell Medical Center on a member of its professional staff.

The award, which recognizes Dr. Rosenfeld's many years of outstanding service to NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital and Weill Cornell Medical College, consists of a $50,000 grant made possible through an endowment from Maurice R. Greenberg. The award presentation will be made at a gala dinner on Thursday, May 4, at the Pierre Hotel.

Dr. Rosenfeld is the Ida and Theo Rossi Distinguished Professor of Clinical Medicine at Weill Cornell Medical College and attending physician at NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital/Weill Cornell Medical Center.

"I am delighted to present Isadore Rosenfeld with this year's Greenberg Award. It's his unique gift to educate and inform the lay public on health issues – done with trademark clarity and panache," says Dr. Herbert Pardes, president and CEO of NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital.

The health editor of Parade magazine and host of the weekly internationally televised Sunday House Calls on Fox News, Dr. Rosenfeld is the best-selling author of 14 books for the lay public, including Symptoms; Live Now, Age Later; The Best Treatment; and Dr. Rosenfeld's Guide to Alternative Medicine. He has authored more than 50 peer-reviewed articles in the medical literature and co-authored a textbook on cardiology.

"This award also recognizes Dr. Rosenfeld's career-long efforts to advance cardiovascular medicine," says Dr. Antonio M. Gotto Jr., dean of Weill Medical College of Cornell University.

"I'm proud to receive this award as it bears the name of one of America's great philanthropists, Maurice Greenberg," says Dr. Rosenfeld.

Dr. Rosenfeld also served as a consultant to the National Institutes of Health (NIH) on such task forces as arteriosclerosis, sudden death and hypertension, and, in 2005, he received a presidential appointment as member of the Advisory Council to the White House Conference on Aging. He is the recipient of the first award for achievement in cardiovascular medicine and science by the New York affiliate of the American Heart Association.

Dr. Rosenfeld is the founder and president of the Rosenfeld Heart Foundation, which, for more 30 years, has supported research in cardiovascular disease at Weill Cornell and other institutions throughout the world.

Dr. Rosenfeld is a member of numerous academic and medical societies. He serves as an overseer of Weill Cornell Medical College; a member of the Board of Visitors at U.C. Davis School of Medicine; a governor of Tel Aviv University; and honorary fellow of the Cornell Graduate Society. He was president of the New York County Medical Society and a member of The Practicing Physicians Advisory Council for the Secretary of Health and Human Services. In 1999, he was presented with the United Nation's Citizen of the World Award.

Dr. Rosenfeld earned his medical degree and an Honorary Doctor of Science from McGill University, Quebec; he received an Honorary Doctor of Philosophy from Tel Aviv University, Israel. He is a member of the full-time faculty at Weill Cornell, and maintains a consulting practice specializing in cardiovascular disease in New York City.

The Maurice R. Greenberg Distinguished Service Award

Since 1981, the Maurice R. Greenberg Distinguished Service Award has been presented annually to a senior member of NewYork-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell's medical staff for exceptional and longstanding service. The Award was established in 1980 by one of the Medical Center's most generous benefactors, Maurice R. Greenberg, chairman emeritus of the Board of Trustees of NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital and a member of Weill Medical College of Cornell University's Board of Overseers, and by Peter Guida, M.D., associate professor of surgery and associate attending surgeon, who has been affiliated with the Medical Center for more than 50 years. Based on the notion that the greatness of an institution is derived from the people behind it, the Greenberg Award was conceived as a way to identify and celebrate in perpetuity those individuals who make NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital and Weill Cornell Medical College cornerstones of academic medicine in New York City and beyond.

NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital/Weill Cornell Medical Center

NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital/Weill Cornell Medical Center, located in New York City, is one of the leading academic medical centers in the world, comprising the teaching hospital NewYork-Presbyterian and its academic partner, Weill Medical College of Cornell University. NewYork-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell provides state-of-the-art inpatient, ambulatory and preventive care in all areas of medicine, and is committed to excellence in patient care, research, education and community service. NewYork-Presbyterian, which is among U.S.News & World Report's top 10 hospitals nationally, also comprises NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital/Columbia University Medical Center, whose academic affiliate is Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons.

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