DEGREES: B.A. in premed; M.D., Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons; Honorary M.A., University of Pennsylvania and Harvard University
JOB TITLE: Herman Dana Professor of Medicine, Harvard Medical School; director, Harvard-Thorndike Electrophysiology Institute and Arrhythmia Service, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center; chief, Division of Cardiovascular Medicine, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Boston
ACTIVITIES WHILE AT TRINITY: Soccer, indoor track, intramural sports
What originally drew you to Trinity?
My cousin Jeffrey Thomases went there, Class 1964.
Which professor(s) had the most impact on you and why?
J. Wendell Burger and James Van Stone, biology. They gave me the physiology background crucial to medical school.
What was your favorite college course and why?
“Ancient History,” Eugene Davis. He never used a note and always started the day with a “pearl.” A lot of fun.
What did you do after you graduated?
Medical School–Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons, Class 1969
How did you come to the position you hold today?
Residency Mt. Sinai, N.Y., then went to U.S. Public Health Service in Staten Island and was there at the development of electrophysiology, which developed a career for me. I then went to U Penn for cardiology and wound up director of EP in my fellowship, joined the faculty 1975, rose to rank of professor, and became chief of cardiology in 1981. In 1992 moved to the Beth Israel Hospital as director of Harvard-Thorndike Electrophysiology Institute and Arrhythmia Service and professor of medicine. In 2001 became chief of the Cardiovascular Medicine Division of the merged Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and Herman Dana Professor of Medicine.
How did Trinity help guide you in your life?
Helped me build confidence in myself and gave me excellent training in biology/physiology, which helped enormously in medical school.
What has been your involvement in the Jewish community, in the past and currently?
Member of Jewish communities in Philadelphia and Boston; currently a member of Ohabei Shalom
What role do you think Hillel plays on college campuses across the country and at Trinity?
Maintains Jewish identity and gives people a place to feel part of
What do you hope to see from the upcoming generation of Jewish college students?
A sense of pride in who they are and a commitment to Jewish values of education, hard work, and liberalism.