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NYU Grossman School of Medicine Alumni Reunion 2019

Saturday, May 4, 2019

2019 Alumni Reunion Weekend Welcomes Hundreds Back to Campus

Violet pride was on full display the first weekend of May, as nearly 250 NYU Grossman School of Medicine alumni, family members, and faculty celebrated the 2019 Alumni Reunion.

From the Science Building welcome reception to Alumni Day activities and fabulous Alumni Ball at the Wagner at the Battery, graduates reconnected and reminisced while learning about today’s NYU Grossman School of Medicine experience, including full-tuition scholarships for all MD degree students.
Ariel Ostad ’91, Alumni Day emcee and president of the Alumni Association, recognized members of the class of 1969 on the occasion of their 50th anniversary. The School also honored two distinguished graduates with Alumni Achievement Awards:
  • John I. Hwang ’12, recipient of the Julia Zelmanovich Young Alumni Award
  • Alan F. Schatzberg ’68, recipient of the Solomon A. Berson Medical Alumni Achievement Award
Other highlights from Reunion weekend:
  • Update on institution-wide advancements from Dean and CEO Robert I. Grossman, MD
  • Faculty presentations on innovations in medical education and the intersection of artificial intelligence and medical imaging
  • Student-led campus tours of new state-of-the-art spaces for teaching and learning, including stops at Bellevue Hospital and Sid and Ruth Lapidus Health Sciences Library
Capped off with dinner and dancing at the Alumni Ball, the 2019 Alumni Reunion showcased the camaraderie and kinship that make graduates proud to be part of the NYU Grossman School of Medicine family.

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Alan F. Schatzberg ’68

Alan F. Schatzberg ’68

Kenneth T. Norris, Jr. Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Stanford School of Medicine

The Solomon A. Berson Medical Alumni Achievement Award

Alan F. Schatzberg, MD, received his medical degree from NYU School of Medicine in 1968. He completed his psychiatric residency at the Massachusetts Mental Health Center and a clinical fellowship in psychiatry at Harvard Medical School. After serving in the United States Air Force, he joined the staff at McLean Hospital and served in several leadership positions there. He became clinical director of the Massachusetts Mental Health Center and professor of psychiatry at Harvard Medical School, while continuing his research program at McLean Hospital on the biology and treatment of depression. In 1991, Dr. Schatzberg became the Kenneth T. Norris, Jr. Professor and chairman of the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Stanford University, where he served as chair until 2010. He now directs the Stanford Mood Disorders Center. Dr. Schatzberg has been an active investigator in the biology and psychopharmacology of depressive disorders. He has authored over 700 publications and abstracts, co-edited the Textbook of Psychopharmacology, and is co-editor-in-chief of the Journal of Psychiatric Research. He has been president of the American Psychiatric Association (APA), the American College of Neuropsychopharmacology (ACNP), and the Society of Biological Psychiatry (SOBP). He has been recognized with awards for excellence and leadership from the APA, ACNP, SOBP, Max Planck Psychiatric Institute, Brain and Behavior Foundation, Anna Monika Foundation, University of Pennsylvania, Weill Cornell Medical College, and more. Dr. Schatzberg has received three honorary doctorates and been elected to the National Academy of Medicine.

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John Inou Hwang ’12

John Inou Hwang ’12

Assistant Professor, Department of Medicine

Julia Zelmanovich Young Alumni Award

John Inou Hwang, MD, graduated cum laude as an Isidor Isaac Rabi Scholar from Columbia University in 2008. After receiving his MD from NYU School of Medicine in 2012, he stayed to complete his postgraduate training in internal medicine and was twice named Resident of the Year by his fellow trainees. Since joining NYU’s faculty in 2015, Dr. Hwang has served as a full-time attending physician on the inpatient medical service at Bellevue Hospital. He has earned recognition for his teaching, having been named Distinguished Teacher in the Clinical Sciences in 2017 and the internal medicine residency’s Teacher of the Year in 2018. Dr. Hwang’s major academic interests include free open-access medical education (FOAMed) and its use to explore clinical reasoning. He currently serves on the editorial board of the Human Diagnosis Project’s Global Morning Report, and is also a member of the CoreIM podcasting collaboration, working as a producer and writer for its case-based discussion series Hoofbeats.

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