North Shore-LIJ Awards Professorships

MANHASSET, NY – The North Shore-LIJ Health System today announced the awarding of three endowed professorships in the School of Medicine that North Shore-LIJ is developing with Hofstra University.

The professorships each have a substantial endowment – funded by trustees of the North Shore-LIJ Health System and other philanthropic donors – that support the research, education and patient-care programs conducted by the recipients:

  • Vincent Bonagura, MD, chief of allergy and immunology at the Steven and Alexandra Cohen Children’s Medical Center of New York, who was endowed as the Jack Hausman Professor of Pediatrics;
  • Peter Davies, PhD, scientific director of the Litwin-Zucker Center for Research on Alzheimer’s Disease at The Feinstein Institute for Medical Research, who was endowed as the Leonard Litwin and Donald Zucker Professor of Geriatric Psychiatry; and
  • Ira Udell, MD, chairman of ophthalmology at the North Shore-LIJ Health System, who was endowed as the Arlene and Arthur Levine Professor of Ophthalmology.

The awards were presented recently during the annual convocation ceremony at The Elmezzi Graduate

School of Molecular Medicine, a highly selective PhD program that trains physicians for careers in research. The physician-scientists are trained at The Feinstein Institute for Medical Research. This year, two physician/scientists completed their course of research and study: Kiyokazu Koga, MD, who studies cardiovascular risk factors, and Chris Tang, MD, who studies brain networks that become progressively abnormal in Parkinson’s disease.

In addition, the Elmezzi Graduate School presented honorary degrees to three outstanding scientists who have worked tirelessly to answer questions in many areas of medicine:

  • William Paul, MD, chief of the Laboratory of Immunology at the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Disease;
  • Masanobu Kawakami, MD, director of The Saitama Medical Center, Japan; and
  • Jules Hirsch, MD, professor emeritus and physician-in-chief emeritus at Rockefeller University in New York.

Among the highlights of the convocation was the singing of “The Star Spangled Banner” by two Broadway stars – Victoria Mallory Lambert and Mark Lambert, who also celebrated with a musical interlude. The couple met in the early 1970s on the stage of the first production of Steven Sondheim’s A Little Night Music. They fell in love and married and had a daughter whom they named Ramona. Two years ago, their daughter was cast in the same role that her mother held three decades ago.