Lectureships

The Department of Medicine has six named lectures each year. All are conducted within the venue of the weekly Medical Grand Rounds so that students, house staff, fellows, and faculty can all benefit from the outstanding speakers who participate.

 

The Arthur C. Fox Lecture

Sponsored by the Division of Cardiology, the Arthur Fox Visiting Professorship was established in 2002 to honor Dr. Arthur Fox, who led the NYU School of Medicine Division of Cardiology for over 30 years.

 

The John McClement Lecture

The John McClement Lecture was founded in 1988 in honor of Dr. John McClement, Director of the Bellevue Hospital Chest Service from 1955 to 1983 and an exceptional teacher, clinician, and leader. The annual lecture is delivered by some of the most important scholars and orators in Pulmonary Medicine.

 

The Max Trubek Lecture

Named in honor of one of the greatest bedside teaching clinicians in the history of the Department of Medicine, the Max Trubek Lectureship was established in 2002 by a generous contribution from the Bellevue Hospital Alumni Association.

Dr. Max Trubek received his undergraduate degree from Johns Hopkins University in 1922 and his M.D. degree from the University of Maryland School of Medicine in 1926. He completed his residency training in Medicine at Bellevue Hospital, followed by a fellowship in Pathology at Newark City Hospital under Dr. Harrison Martland, the eminent pathologist who established the link between radium painting of watch dials and malignancy.

In the early 1930s Dr. Trubek joined the faculty of NYU School of Medicine, where he became Professor of Clinical Medicine. He maintained his private practice in Manhattan until well into his 90s, bringing his thoughtful, scholarly approach to the bedside of many patients, and teaching nearly three generations of medical students and house officers.

Before there were CT scans, and even after they became available, the most effective technique for "visualizing" internal pathology was a consultation with Dr. Trubek. His incomparable eyes, ears, hands, and brain were combined with a humanistic attention to his patients' comprehensive needs. A master clinician in the truest sense, Dr. Trubek lives on in the many lives he touched- his patients, their families, and his students, residents, and colleagues.

 

The Herbert Chasis Lecture

The Herbert Chasis Lecture was founded in 2000 to honor Dr. Herbert Chasis, an exceptional teacher, clinician, and pioneer in applying quantitative methods to the study of renal diseases.

 

The Melvin C. Gluck Lecture

The Melvin C. Gluck Lecture was established in 2004 in honor of Dr. Melvin Gluck, who was an exceptional teacher, clinician, and beloved physician.

 

The Belsky Memorial Lecture

Anne Belsky Moranis was the daughter of Marvin Belsky and sister of Paul Belsky, both faculty members in the Department of Medicine. A gifted artist and mother of two children, Anne Belsky Moranis developed breast cancer and after extensive treatment succumbed to her disease at the age of 35. In her honor, the Anne Belsky Moranis Fund was established to endow an annual visiting professorship/lecture.

Since 1992 some of the world's most renowned leaders and researchers in the field of breast cancer have delivered the Belsky Memorial Lecture.

 

The Simon Karpatkin Memorial Lecture

Simon Karpatkin was born in 1933 in Brooklyn where his parents owned a small clothing store. He graduated magna cum laude from Brooklyn College and obtained his MD from New York University Medical School. After Residency at Bellevue Hospital and Albert Einstein he went to Washington University in St Louis for training in Hematology. There his mentors were William Harrington, a pioneer in platelet research, and the Nobel Laureate Carl Cori. Upon the completion of his training he returned to NYU, where he remained as faculty member for almost 50 years until his death in 2009. Together he and his wife, Dr. Margaret Karpatkin, a pediatric hematologist, became the faces of academic hematology at NYU.

Dr Karpatkin was a prolific and innovative Physician-Scientist who published over 200 articles, many of which focused on blood platelets. In work published in the early 1970s he demonstrated that assessing the size of circulating platelets provided insight into their function and associated disease states. In the 1980s his group was the first to recognize an epidemic of the Kaposi Sarcoma tumor in immunosupressed patients at Bellevue Hospital, and thus provided one of the earliest insights into the AIDS epidemic. He later demonstrated that some patients with AIDS develop low platelets due to immune deregulation, and that this condition could be effectively treated with anti-viral therapy. In the five years preceding his death he described a novel mechanism by which antibodies from HIV patients destroy platelets, and demonstrated that part of the platelet is structurally similar to components of the HIV and hepatitis C virus, thus documenting a role for “molecular mimicry” in the generation of these antibodies. Additional work, for which he was also internationally renowned, included experiments showing that a central component of the blood coagulation pathway, thrombin, can promote tumor growth and metastasis, and demonstrating in animal models that tumor growth and metastasis can be suppressed with the use of thrombin inhibitors which are in current clinical use.

As leader of a Research Laboratory and Director of the Hematology Division, Dr Karpatkin was mentor to generations of young physicians. He trained dozens of Hematologists who have become well respected clinicians or physician scientists like himself and have been recognized as leaders in their fields. He was noted for his intellectual excitement and curiosity, his honesty and his unwavering and generous support of his trainees and younger colleagues. In addition to publishing hundreds of scientific papers, reviews and book chapters, he received numerous honors and awards and memberships in distinguished societies, including the American Society of Clinical Investigation.

Dr Karpatkin’s focus on rigorous scientific analysis and thought set a standard that many in the scientific community continue to strive to achieve. The Karpatkin Memorial Lectureship, established in 2011, recognizes a Physician/Scientist chosen on the basis of his/her published work in the field of Hematology which have a lasting impact on Hematologic science and clinical practice.