Feinstein Institute Researcher Receives Honorary Doctoral Degree from Ben-Gurion University

MANHASSET, NY – Jesse Roth, M.D., renowned diabetes researcher at the Feinstein Institute for Medical Research, was presented with a prestigious honorary doctoral degree by Ben-Gurion University of the Negev at the 42nd Board of Governors Meeting today in Beer-Sheva, Israel.

Dr. Roth is currently professor of medicine at the Donald and Barbara Zucker School of Medicine at Hofstra/Northwell. He is also a professor at the Elmezzi Graduate School of Molecular Medicine, and an investigator at the Laboratory of Diabetes & Metabolic Disorders, both of which operate in collaboration with the North Shore-LIJ Health System’s Feinstein Institute for Medical Research.

Dr. Roth served for nearly three decades in a leadership capacity at the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK) of the National Institutes of Health (NIH). An expert in diabetes, he has published more than 400 scientific articles.

“Shakespeare tells us about ‘the sweet use of adversity,’” noted Dr. Roth. “The swiftly spreading ravages of obesity and diabetes have energized the research and health care delivery communities at Ben-Gurion University of the Negev and other leading centers in Israel to collaborate more vigorously than ever with one another and with their counterparts at major centers around the world to develop new and effective modes of prevention and treatment. The honor that is now being bestowed upon me is a salute to their heroic efforts and growing achievements.”

Dr. Roth has been serving as the president of the American Friends of D-Cure in Israel, an organization dedicated to promoting collaborations and funding of diabetes research. Among numerous accolades and honors he has received throughout his career, Dr. Roth was elected as an honorary member of the European Association for the Study of Diabetes in 2006. He received the 1993 Albert Renold Award from the American Diabetes Association for outstanding mentoring of young researchers. In 1985, he received the Koch Award, which is the Endocrine Society’s highest award for scientific achievement. Dr Roth’s scientific achievements have led to his election to membership in the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and his selection as a laureate of the Gairdner Foundation.

Dr. Roth is the recipient of the Distinguished Service Medal from the U.S. Public Health Service and the American Diabetes Association’s Banting medal in 1982, the organization’s highest award for scientific achievement. He also served as president for the American Society for Clinical Investigation. In addition, Dr. Roth serves as professor of medicine at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine at Yeshiva University in New York.

Dr. Roth completed his fellowship in 1963 at the Bronx VA Medical Center in New York, under Solomon Berson and Nobel Prize Laureate Roslyn Yallow. He trained in internal medicine at Barnes Hospital, Washington University in St. Louis from 1959 to 1961. Dr. Roth earned his MD in 1959 from Albert Einstein College of Medicine and a B.A. in 1955 from Columbia University.

About The Feinstein Institute for Medical Research

Headquartered in Manhasset, NY, The Feinstein Institute for Medical Research is home to international scientific leaders in Parkinson’s disease, Alzheimer’s disease, diabetes and metabolic disorders, psychiatric disorders, rheumatoid arthritis, lupus, sepsis, inflammatory bowel disease, human genetics, pulmonary hypertension, leukemia, neuroimmunology, and medicinal chemistry. The Feinstein Institute, part of the North Shore-LIJ Health System, ranks in the top 5th percentile of all National Institutes of Health grants awarded to research centers. For more information visit www.FeinsteinInstitute.org.

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