Notable Alumni

Throughout its long history, the NYU Department of Pathology has been fortunate to have been home to a great many illustrious and notable scientists, clinicians, and researchers. Here is a selection of some of our notable alumni associated with the Department. If you have updated information on these alumni, please contact us.

Professors of Pathology and Chairs of the Department

Valentine Mott (1785–1865), Professor of Surgery and Surgical and Pathological Anatomy and member of the founding faculty of the NYU School of Medicine. 
William H. Welch (1850–1934) and Edward G. Janeway (1841–1911), Founders of what is now the NYU Department of Pathology.
Alfred Lebbeus Loomis (1831–1895), Professor of Pathology and Practical Medicine from 1866 to 1895. 
Henry P. Loomis (1859–1907), Professor of Pathology from 1887 to 1895.
Edward Kellogg Dunham (1860–1922), Professor of Pathology from 1898 to 1908.
Richard Mills Pearce (1874–1930) Professor of Pathology from 1908 to 1910.
Douglas Symmers (1879–1952), Professor of Pathology and Chair from 1910 to 1941.
William C. Von Glahn (b. 1889), Chair from 1942 to 1954.
Lewis Thomas (1913–1993), Chair from 1954 to 1958.
Chandler A. Stetson (1921–1977), Chair from 1958 to 1972.
Frederick F. Becker, Acting Chair from 1972 to 1974.
Vittorio Defendi, Chair from 1974 to 2002.
George W. Teebor, Acting Chair from 2002 to 2004.
David B. Roth, Chair from 2004 to 2011.
Joan Cangiarella, Interim Chair since 2011.

Notable Scientists associated with the NYU Department of Pathology

Claudio Basilico
Came from Milan to study with Renato Dulbecco at CalTech and subsequently worked as a postdoctoral fellow in Howard Green’s laboratory. Recruited in 1970 by Chandler Stetson to the faculty of the NYU Pathology Department, Basilico became a viral oncologist of international stature. He is currently Jan T. Vilcek Professor of Molecular Pathogenesis and Chair of the Department of Microbiology at the NYU School of Medicine.

Frederick F. Becker
Honors Program fellow who trained in pathology at NYU and became Director of Laboratories at Bellevue while studying liver regeneration and hepatocarcinogenesis. He became Vice President for Research of the MD Anderson Cancer Center in 1979, where he served with great distinction until his recent retirement. The University of Texas has created an endowed chair in his name.

Baruj Benacerraf (1920 - 2011)
A winner of the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine in 1980 for his studies of immunogenetics and a recipient of the National Medal of Science, Benacerraf joined NYU in 1956 and, in the course of his long and stellar career, served as an exceptional trainer and mentor for many notable immunologists. He became Director of the Laboratory of Immunology of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Disease in Bethesda in 1968 and in 1970 became Chair of Pathology at Harvard Medical School.
External link to New York Times obituary

Herman Biggs (1859 - 1923)
Physician and bacteriologist who was the General Medical Officer for Health for New York City until 1913. A leading international figure in public health, he set up a New York diagnostic laboratory in the fight against tuberculosis and cholera. He was a member of the Medical Advisory Committee of the League of Red Cross Societies in Geneva and its director in the year 1920.

Riccardo Dalla-Favera
As a postdoctoral fellow demonstrated the c-myc translocation associated with Burkitt’s lymphoma. Came to NYU in 1983 and, in conjunction with Daniel Knowles, performed seminal molecular biologicanalysis of B-cell lymphomas. One of the world’s leading cancer geneticists and lymphoma researchers, Dalla-Favera is currently Director of the Institute for Cancer Genetics of Columbia University; Percy and Joanne Uris Professor of Clinical Medicine; Professor of Pathology and Genetics and Development; and the Director of the Herbert Irving Comprehensive Cancer Center (HICCC) at Columbia University Medical Center and NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital. In 2011, he was elected as a member of the Institute of Medicine.

Vittorio Defendi
Successor to Chandler Stetson as Chair of the Department in 1974 and a distinguished viral oncologist who has been a member of the Wistar Institute, American Cancer Society Professor, Professor at the University of Pennsylvania and Editor in Chief of the Journal of Cellular Physiology. Defendi was chairman until 2002, presciently pursuing research on the carcinogenic properties of human papilloma virus. He also served as Director of the Cancer Center of New York University School of Medicine for almost two decades. Throughout his career, Defendi was a strong proponent of graduate and medical education, particularly emphasizing the interface between cancer, immunology, and disease pathogenesis. In 2008 the Vittorio Defendi Fellowship in Pathobiology was established in his honor to acknowledge Defendi's lifelong service to science, the Department of Pathology, and graduate education. The annual fellowship is awarded to a Pathobiology training program graduate student in recognition of his or her extraordinary promise and achievement in understanding the pathologic basis of disease.

Frederic S. Dennis (1850 - 1934)
Surgeon and president of the American Surgical Association who pioneered the study of surgical wound healing. He obtained his M.D. at Bellevue Medical College in 1874 and also served as the director of its Carnegie research laboratory, the first laboratory in the United States for the teaching and investigation in pathology.

Milton Finegold
Internationally known pediatric pathologist, who in 1979 succeeded Frederick Becker as Director of Laboratories at Bellevue before becoming head of the Department of Pathology of Texas Children’s Hospital as well as Professor of Pathology and Pediatrics at Baylor College of Medicine.

Gloria R. Gallo (1925 - 2008)
Started in the Department in 1956 as a resident physician and remained as an instructor, rising through the ranks to a professorship. Her early research using immunologic techniques led to pioneer publications describing the immunologic basis of much of renal disease. She played a major role in the education of medical students and in the postgraduate training of young physicians throughout the Medical Center, including the directorship of a large postgraduate program in Pathology. Throughout her career she persistently pushed for equal opportunity, recognition, and advancement of women in medicine and in academic pathology in particular.

Burton Goldberg
A trained pathologist who used the cell culture systems developed by Howard Green to study in vitro collagen biosynthesis, remaining at NYU after Green’s departure in 1970 to become Professor of Pathology until he was invited to become Chair of the Department of Pathology at the University of Wisconsin.

Fred Gorstein
Dr. Fred Gorstein is The Jacob and Sophie Rubin Professor and Chairman, Emeritus, of the Department of Pathology, Anatomy and Cell Biology at the Jefferson Medical College of Thomas Jefferson University.

Dr. Gorstein received his undergraduate education at the University Heights College of New York University and his MD from NYU School of Medicine in 1955. He trained in internal medicine and hematology on the NYU service of Bellevue Hospital in New York City after which he joined the Pathology Department of the same institution as a resident and USPHS postdoctoral fellow in Pathology in the laboratory of Dr. Baruj Benacerraf.

Under the supervision of Dr. Benacerraf and subsequently, Dr. Peter Miescher, Dr. Gorstein investigated the mechanisms of thyroid autoimmune disease, immune red cell and platelet destruction. These studies, conducted almost a decade prior to the discovery of T and B cells, demonstrated the importance of lymphocytes in the induction of (auto) immune damage. Subsequently, Dr Gorstein joined the laboratory of Germ-Free Animal Research (NIAID) at NIH where utilizing a germ-free system, he and his co-worker, Dr.

Bruce Phillips, demonstrated the critical role of a bacterial component in initiating amebic infection in the germ-free animal. In collaboration with Dr. Bertram Gesner, he demonstrated that autoimmune murine thyroiditis could be transferred with lymphocytes. Dr. Gorstein has had a long-time interest in gynecologic pathology and served as the director of the combined NYU-Bellevue Hospital Gynecologic Pathology service for several years. In collaborative studies with Drs. Ann Thor, William Rodgers, and Kevin Osteen, utilizing cultured endometrial cells, they demonstrated the role of epithelial-stromal interaction in the regulation of metalloproteinase expression in normal endometrium and endometriosis. These and other studies have been published in over 85 peer-reviewed publications.

Over a period of more than 28 years Dr. Gorstein served as the associate editor (1978-1985) and editor-in-chief of Human Pathology until 2005. During this time more than 7500 original research studies were published in the Journal. The Journal was established based on the vision of Dr. Stanley Robbins and several of his colleagues. It was their concept that clinical pathologic correlation and translational research was the keystone of our understanding of the pathogenesis, diagnosis and treatment of disease. The Journal has attempted to be true to these ideals. Monthly editorials, commentaries and open forums provided a voice for the expression of wide-ranging opinions on many topics of contemporary interest to pathologist and physicians in other specialties.

Dr. Gorstein has had a long-term continuing interest in undergraduate and graduate education. He has served as the director of Residency Training at two institutions and has been a strong advocate for a competency-based structure for residency programs for more than a decade. Dr. Gorstein has participated in the training of more than 250 residents and clinical fellows in pathology over the past 40 years. Prior to moving to Philadelphia in 1994, he served as the Chairman of the Department of Pathology at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee and more recently as chair of Thomas Jefferson University Department of Pathology until October 2008. He has participated in intramural and national organizations concerned with health policy issues and medical administration. As the chair of the College of American Pathologists Education Committee, he was instrumental in establishing the CAP Foundation Scholars program. He served as the president of UAREP (Universities Associated with Research and Education in Pathology), was an officer of many boards of numerous organizations including the American Registry of Pathology and the Council of the Association of Pathology Chairs. He has been the recipient of distinguished service awards from Vanderbilt University and the Association of Pathology Chairs.

Howard Green
Faculty member of the Department until 1970 who joined as immunologist, then changed to cell biology and became a pioneer in the use of cell lines in culture for the definition of the in vitro properties of malignant cells. Green became Professor of Cell Biology at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and then went to Harvard Medical School in 1980 as Chairman of the Department of Cellular and Molecular Physiology until 1993. Since then he has been the George Higginson Professor in the Department of Cell Biology. Green developed the use of keratinocytes for the regeneration of epidermis on burn patients, the first therapeutic use of cultured cells. He is a member of the National Academy of Sciences and a Chevalier de la Légion d’Honneur, Republic of France.

Michael Heidelberger (1888 - 1991)
The highly regarded "father of immunochemistry" joined the NYU Department of Pathology in 1964 after his retirement from the Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons in 1954 and from his subsequent work at the Institute of Microbiology at Rutgers University. Heidelberger remained remarkably productive throughout his long life, winning the National Medal of Science in 1967 and his second Lasker Award in 1978, and continued his work on polysaccharides in the Department until his death at age 103.

Avram Hershko
A winner of the Nobel Prize in Chemistry in 2004 and co-winner of the Lasker Award in 2000, Hershko was the first researcher to describe the ubiquitin system, which is responsible for the regulated degradation of proteins within the cell. This discovery represented a breakthrough in research on cancer, degenerative diseases in the brain and many other disorders. A Foreign Associate of the National Academy of Sciences, Hershko visits and works regularly in the laboratory of Pathology Department member Michele Pagano. He is currently Distinguished Professor in the Department of Biochemistry at Technion-Israel Institute of Technology in Haifa and has been an Adjunct Professor of Pathology at the NYU School of Medicine since 2002.

Christian A. Herter& (1865 - 1910)
A notable student of William Welch at Johns Hopkins and a pioneer in the study of gastrointestinal diseases, Herter served as Professor of Pathological Chemistry at Bellevue Hospital Medical College from 1897 to 1903. His prior interests in neurology led him to publish the 1892 work "The Diagnosis of Diseases of the Nervous System." According to an appreciation in the 1931 issue of the student publication Bellevue Violet, Herter was greatly respected for his studies on “glycosuria, anemia, and intestinal putrefaction.” Herter was also the co-founder of the prestigious Journal of Biological Chemistry in 1905.

Edward G. Janeway (1841 - 1911)
Cofounder and director, with William H. Welch, of the first pathological research laboratory or “Carnegie Laboratory” at Bellevue Medical College for teaching the use of the microscope. An instructor and curator at Bellevue since 1866, he was appointed professor of pathological anatomy and histology, diseases of the nervous system, and clinical medicine in 1872. He simultaneously held the position of health commissioner of the city of New York until 1882. In 1898 he became Dean of University and Bellevue Hospital Medical College. In his obituary, Welch praised Janeway's "almost superhuman detective power in ferreting out the hidden cause of disease."

Daniel M. Knowles
A distinguished hematopathologist who, in conjunction with Riccardo Dalla-Favera, performed seminal molecular biologic analysis of B-cell lymphomas. Knowles received his MD from the University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine, completed residency in pathology at the Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons, and received scientific training at the Rockefeller University. Knowles was Chief of Surgical Pathology at the Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons until 1994 and subsequently became the David D. Thompson Professor and Chairman of Pathology of the Weill Cornell Medical College. In 2005 he was appointed the Chief Medical Officer of the Weill Cornell Physician Organization.

Marvin Kuschner (1919 - 2002)
Head of Bellevue laboratories who received his medical degree from NYU in 1943 and similarly trained in pathology at Bellevue. He served as a pathologist in the War Crimes Branch of the 7th Army, where autopsies of concentration camp prisoners were among his responsibilities. Kuschner was one of the first researchers to study the effects of environmental pollutants on the lungs. He held a joint appointment as professor of environmental medicine and was intensely interested in chemical carcinogenesis. He left NYU in 1970 to become chairperson of the Department of Pathology at SUNY Stony Brook Health Sciences Center and subsequently became Dean of the Stony Brook School of Medicine.

Michael Lamm
A trainee of Baruj Benacerraf, he became Professor of Pathology in 1964 and worked at NYU until 1981. He conducted significant studies in the field of mucosal immunity and IgA antibodies. Lamm was elected President of the American Society of Investigative Pathology in 1991 and served as the Chair of Pathology at Case Western Reserve University Medical School until 2001.

Robert McCluskey (1923 - 2006)
Graduate of the NYU School of Medicine with a residency at Bellevue Hospital. McCluskey became Director of Laboratories of the newly established New York University Hospital in 1963. He was a pioneer in the study of the mechanisms of inflammation and use of immunofluorescence as an investigative tool in delineating the nature of glomerular diseases and as an aid in the differential diagnosis of renal disorders in the late 1960s. McCluskey left NYU to become chairperson of the Department of Pathology at the State University of New York at Buffalo. Shortly thereafter he was appointed Chairman of Pathology at Children’s Hospital in Boston. In 1974 he became the Benjamin Castleman Professor and Chief of Pathology at the Massachusetts General Hospital, a position he held until his retirement in 1991.

Frederick Miller
Pathobiology fellow who worked with Baruj Benacerraf and then with Henry Metzger at NIH, with whom he described the pentameric structure of IgM. A specialist in immunopathology and immunochemistry, Miller became Chair of the Pathology Department at SUNY Stony Brook, where he is now the Associate Director of Laboratories and the Marvin Kuschner Professor of Pathology.

Zoltan Ovary (1907 - 2005)
Zoltan Ovary, a legendary immunologist who established some of the fundamental principles of allergies such as the "carrier effect" and the discovery of IgE as mediator of anaphylaxis, was born in Kolozsvár, the historical capital of Transylvania, in 1907. His interest in scientific research started as a medical student at the University of Paris, from which he received his MD in 1935. After taking a Master's Course in Sciences at the Sorbonne, he took a position as a researcher at the Pasteur Institute. When he suddenly developed an allergy to cats, Ovary became interested in hypersensitivity and conducted research on himself with cat hairs—an abiding interest that would later lead to his groundbreaking research in antibodies and anaphylaxis. He returned to Transylvania to establish a clinical practice and served as a medical officer in the Hungarian Army. The end of the World War saw Ovary as a stateless person in Paris.

After visiting clinical and research appointments in Rome, São Paulo, and Paris, Zoltan Ovary came to the United States as a Research Fellow in the lab of the microbiologist Manfred Mayer at Johns Hopkins in 1954. Recruited to the NYU Department of Pathology in 1959 and spending the remainder of his distinguished career there as a world-renowned immunologist, Ovary belonged to a group of immunologists at the NYU School of Medicine, including Nobel laureate Baruj Benacerraf, Lewis Thomas, Edward Franklin, and Michael Heidelberger, who were dedicated to fostering the arts. He initiated the School's Artist-in-Residence program in 1965. He published over 300 papers and a 1999 memoir, Souvenirs: Around the World in Ninety Years.

William E. Paul
Known for the discovery of IL-4 and demonstrating that IL-4 is the central regulator of allergic inflammation as well as the delineation of mechanisms of differentiation of Th2 cells. Paul came from the National Cancer Institute to join Baruj Benacerraf’s laboratory as a PHS Special Fellow in 1964 to study the specificity of cellular immune responses. In 1968 he left NYU for the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, where he has served as Chief of the Laboratory since 1970. From 1994 to 1997 he was also Associate NIH Director for AIDS Research and Director of the NIH Office of AIDS Research.

Walker Percy (1916 - 1990)
American existentialist novelist and chronicler of the new South. Percy received an MD from Columbia University with interests in pathology and psychiatry. In 1942, while working as a pathologist at Bellevue Hospital, he contracted tuberculosis during an autopsy. Confined to a sanatorium for several years, Percy began to focus on literary and philosophical readings and declared that he would study the pathology of the soul rather than that of the body. Percy wrote six novels and many works of non-fiction, among them numerous articles for philosophical, literary, and psychiatric journals. His award-winning first novel, The Moviegoer, was published in 1961.
Portrait of Walker Percy, © 1989 by Curt Richter.

Robert Pollack
Exceptional scholar and Guggenheim Fellow who studies the junction of science and religion. After a postdoctoral fellowship in Howard Green’s laboratory, he was a professor at NYU Pathology from 1968 until 1970 when he left for the Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory. Among his many responsibilities, Pollack is currently Professor of Biological Sciences and Director of the Center for the Study of Science and Religion at Columbia, where he was Dean of the College from 1982 to 1989.

David Roth
David Roth, M.D., Ph.D., joined the Department in 2002 and was the Irene Diamond Professor of Immunology and Chair of the Department of Pathology from 2004 to 2011. He became Chair of the University of Pennsylvania's Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine in 2011.

During his tenure as Chair, Dr. Roth achieved a number of significant accomplishments for the Department. Among these are:

Restructuring the basic sciences into three broadly defined research programs (experimental pathology, immunology, and molecular oncology); overhauling the residency program, which has since reached new heights of recruitment and placement success; hiring over two dozen clinical and basic-science faculty, including six basic scientists (Drs. Aifantis, Erlebacher, Feske, Hernando, Koralov and Skok) and one physician-scientist (Dr. Durbin); revamping the graduate and medical courses in immunology; establishing a new core service in histopathology; and creating a new translational graduate program in pathobiology and molecular medicine.

Under Dr. Roth's leadership, the Department considerably increased its extramural funding to more than $20 million and was ranked among the top 10 pathology departments by NIH awards in 2010.

Dr. Roth's teaching has garnered many teaching awards, including the Distinguished Teacher in the Basic Sciences Award from the NYU School of Medicine 2008 graduating class. A frequent recipient of support from the National Institutes of Health, Dr. Roth's research and clinical interests include DNA repair and the mechanisms of programmed gene rearrangements during lymphocyte differentiation.

In addition to serving as one of the editors of Immunology, 7th edition, and participating on the editorial boards of Nucleic Acids Research and Mobile DNA, Dr. Roth is a reviewer for numerous scientific journals, including Cell, Science, Nature, and Nature Genetics. He has been a site reviewer for the National Cancer Institute and organized the First International Symposium on DNA Enzymes. He was elected to the American Association of University Pathologists (The Pluto Society) and the Association of American Physicians.

David Russell
Professor and Chair of the Department of Microbiology and Immunology at the College of Veterinary Medicine of Cornell University, who has pursued significant research into microbial pathogens, was a Professor of Pathology at NYU from 1987 to 1990.

Albert B. Sabin (1906 - 1993)
A groundbreaking researcher on viruses and viral diseases, Albert Sabin developed the oral live-virus vaccine against polio, an acute viral infection that can cause death or paralysis. His immunization vaccine eliminated the worldwide epidemic threats of poliomyelitis and effectively helped to eradicate this infectious disease. Sabin attended NYU and received his M.D. degree from New York University Medical School in 1931. He trained in pathology, surgery, and internal medicine at Bellevue Hospital until 1933.

Charles J. Sherr
Charles J. Sherr, M.D., Ph.D., is the Herrick Foundation Chair in the Department of Genetics and Tumor Cell Biology at St. Jude Children's Research Hospital in Memphis, Tenn. He received his M.D. degree from New York University School of Medicine and his Ph.D. degree in Immunology from New York University, working in the immunology lab of Jonathan Uhr. After a pathology residency at Bellevue Hospital, Sherr completed postdoctoral training and led a research group at the National Cancer Institute, where he first began to study retroviral oncogenes. He is a Howard Hughes Medical Institute Investigator and a member of the National Academy of Sciences and the Institute of Medicine.

Gurdip D. Sidhu
Began his work at NYU Pathology in 1972. In the first efforts in search of the causes of AIDS, his extraordinary diagnostic acumen and astute observation using an electron microscope to study a tissue sample enabled him to recognize signs of retroviral infection in early 1981. As co-author of two Science papers he defined HIV as the cause of AIDS. He retired in 2005 as Adjunct Professor of Pathology.

Chandler A. Stetson (1921 - 1977)
Succeeded Lewis Thomas as Chair of the Department and served in this capacity from 1958 to 1972. Stetson was interested in end toxin and the Schwartzman reaction, autoimmunity and transplantation. Stetson maintained and enlarged the research orientation of the Department and recruited several additional faculty. He was recruited by the University of Florida to become Dean of the Medical School and later became its Vice President for Health Affairs.

Douglas Symmers (1879 - 1952)
Chair and member of the Department from 1910 to 1941. Specialist in hematopathology who is identified with Brill-Symmers disease, a condition now included among the non-Hodgkins B cell lymphomas as giant follicular lymphoma. Symmers contributed to the characterization of Moschowitz’ disease, also known as thrombotic thrombocytopenic purpura.

Lewis Thomas (1913 - 1993)
Thomas was Chair from 1954 to 1958 and, in this short time, broadened the role of the Department from academic morphologic pathology to experimental pathology with a strong emphasis on immunology and inflammation, turning NYU Pathology into one of the preeminent pathology departments in the country. Until his departure from NYU in 1969, he also served as Chair of Medicine at Bellevue Hospital and Dean of the NYU School of Medicine. Among his many interests were infectious diseases, post streptococcal rheumatic fever and glomerulonephritis. He was a gifted teacher, noted author of The Lives of a Cell, and founder of the School of Medicine Honors Program and an experimental pathology training program, both supported with NIH funding. Thomas recruited many significant faculty members and profoundly shaped the leadership role of the Department. His extraordinary work provided the basis for genuine interdisciplinary and collaborative research at NYU. Frequently hailed as the "father of experimental pathology," Thomas was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 1961 and the National Academy of Science in 1972.

G. Jeanette Thorbecke (1929 - 2001)
Was recruited from the Netherlands in 1957 and remained at NYU throughout her career. Thorbecke pursued seminal research in tumor immunology, autoimmunity and T and B cell development and was elected President of the American Association of Immunologists in 1989.

George Todaro
A 1963 Graduate of the NYU School of Medicine Honors Program, Todaro developed the 3T3 cell line in the laboratory of Howard Green and was later co-formulator of the oncogene hypothesis. Active with many notable achievements in the research of cell growth regulation and in the field of biotechnology, Todaro is a Professor of Pathobiology at the University of Washington. He also served as a Laboratory Chief at the National Cancer Institute of the National Institutes of Health and was elected to the National Academy of Sciences.

Mark Tykocinski
Graduate of the NYU School of Medicine in 1978 and of the NYU Anatomic Pathology residency program. Tykocinski’s research is focused on the design of novel recombinant proteins with immunotherapeutic potential and the development of antigen-presenting cell-centered immunotherapeutics. He was the Simon Flexner Professor and Chair of the Department of Pathology & Laboratory Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania before being named Dean of Jefferson Medical College and Senior Vice President of Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia in 2008.

William C. Von Glahn
Born in 1889, was successor to Douglas Symmers as Chair of the Department from 1942 to 1954 and a specialist in cardiac and hematopathology. In 1954 he moved to the Department of Pathology at the Louisiana State University of Medicine in New Orleans.

William H. Welch (1850 - 1934)
Called the “pioneer of 20th century medicine,” Welch completed an internship at Bellevue Medical College, followed by postdoctoral training in the great laboratories at the universities of Strasbourg, Leipzig, Breslau, Vienna, and Berlin. In 1878 he was appointed the first full-time Professor of Pathologic Anatomy and General Pathology at Bellevue and, together with Edward Janeway, founded the first pathological research laboratory there. He left to become the first Dean of the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine and served as the first president of the Board of Scientific Directors of the Rockefeller Institute for Medical Research. He was the president of the National Academy of Sciences and the founder of the Journal of Experimental Medicine.

Herman Yee (1959 - 2010)
Herman Yee was born 1959 in El Paso, Texas. In 1981 he completed his undergraduate degree in Chemistry at the University of Southern California, from which he also received his Ph.D. in Physical Chemistry in 1988. In 1990 he received his Doctor of Medicine and Master of Surgery from McGill University in Montreal. Following postdoctoral training in Anatomic Pathology with Dr. Daniel Knowles at Columbia University/Presbyterian Hospital and in Hematopathology with Dr. Giorgio Inghirami at NYU School of Medicine, he joined the NYU Department of Pathology as Assistant Professor in 1996. He was promoted to Associate Professor of Pathology at NYU in 2008. In February of 2009 he was appointed Director of Pathology at Lincoln Hospital in the Department of Pathology and Director of Immunohistochemistry and Flow Cytometry Laboratories at Bellevue Hospital for New York University School of Medicine. He was scheduled to begin his tenure as Chief of Service at Lincoln Hospital in November 2010.

Dr. Yee was deeply committed to medical-student and resident-physician teaching and a true advocate of clinical and translational collaborations. Beloved among his colleagues for his generosity, his sense of humor, his abiding passion for teaching and research, and especially his big smile, Herman was a devoted, kindhearted, compassionate teacher and a genuine collaborator on research projects resulting in more than 140 publications. His multi-faceted contributions to the educational, research, and service missions of the School of Medicine have set an example for the entire faculty and his accomplishments in translational and evidence-based clinical studies have set a lasting standard of quantitative laboratory techniques with high diagnostic and prognostic value. Read more about Herman Yee's life.

Marjorie Zucker (1919 - 2006)
Marjorie B. Zucker received her PhD in Physiology from Columbia University and moved to the Sloan-Kettering Cancer Institute in 1955. In 1963 she joined the NYU Department of Pathology, where she became Professor of Pathology in 1971. A world-renowned platelet physiologist, her research identified a key effect of aspirin in platelet aggregation, which contributed greatly to the clinical use of aspirin for patients with cardiovascular and cerebrovascular disease. Zucker was the president of the Society of Experimental Biology and Medicine from 1983 to 1985. In 1992 she became Professor Emeritus of Pathology. With an abiding interest in medical ethics, she served on the board of directors for the Right to Die Society and was co-editor of the Cambridge University Press volume Medical Futility and the Evaluation of Life-Sustaining Interventions.