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Front Line Report: HM Alumni Physicians on COVID-19

On Thursday, May 14th, Josh Einiger ’96 moderated an informative panel with five fellow alumni on topics related to the Covid-19 pandemic.  Many thanks to all of our participants – you continue to make HM proud

Alumni Moderator:

Josh Einiger '96, joined WABC-TV as a reporter in September 2009 and covers the Tri-state's biggest stories on the station's top-rated Eyewitness News at 11. Josh has won Emmy awards for his role covering a terror attack on a Manhattan bike path and the fatal crash of a helicopter in the East River and has been covering the affects of Covid-19 on NYC for the past two months.  He is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania, where he majored in political science and history.

Alumni Panelists:

Dr. Jennifer Ashton '87, MD, MS, is ABC News Chief Medical Correspondent for Good Morning America and World News Tonight. Dr. Ashton is Board-certified in OBGYN and Obesity Medicine and holds a Master's degree in human nutrition. During the COVID-19 crisis, she has met with Dr. Anthony Fauci, NIAID Director, at the NIH vaccine development lab, as well as Vice President Mike Pence and Dr. Deborah Birx, Coronavirus Response Coordinator in the Office of the Vice President; interviewed Dr. Robert Redfield, virologist and Director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention; and been in direct communication with Dr. Stephen Hahn, Food and Drug Commissioner, and Dr. Jerome Adams, Surgeon General.

Douglas Ewing '87, MD, is Assistant Professor of Surgery at Hackensack Meridian School of Medicine at Seton Hall University, Division Chief of Minimally Invasive Surgery at Hackensack Medical Center, and Program Director of the Minimally Invasive/Bariatric Surgery Fellowship at Hackensack Meridian School of Medicine/Seton Hall University. Dr. Ewing holds a BA from Harvard University and an MD from Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons.

Robert Grossberg '88, MD, is Associate Professor of Medicine in the Division of Infectious Diseases at Albert Einstein College of Medicine, and Medical Director of the Center for Positive Living/ID Clinic at Montefiore Medical Center in the Bronx, NY. He was a co-investigator in the NIH study of remdesivir, the only FDA authorized drug to treat COVID-19. Dr. Grossberg received his BA and MD from Brown University.

Jeffrey Klausner '82, MD, MPH, is a Professor of Medicine and Public Health at UCLA. He currently directs a clinical research lab and serves as the principal investigator on several NIH-funded clinical research studies on STI testing and prevention globally. He earned his MD from the Weill Medical College of Cornell University and his MPH at the Harvard School of Public Health.

Alexi Nazem '00, MD, MBA, is the co-founder and CEO of Nomad Health. He also serves as Assistant Professor of Medicine at Weill Cornell Medicine, and is an attending physician at New York Presbyterian Hospital. Dr. Nazem received his BS and MD from Yale University and earned his MBA at Harvard University.

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