New Assistant Professorships for Neurological Research and Medicine
The Alvina and Willis Murphy Assistant Professorship was made possible through funds raised by the Department of Neurological Surgery and a generous bequest from the estate of Alvina Murphy to endow an assistant professorship in the Department of Neurological Surgery in memory of Mrs. Murphy and her late husband, Willis Murphy. The award, which extends to only those years during which the holder is an assistant professor, is presented to a faculty member who has shown exceptional promise in the field of neurological surgery.
Recipient of the Alvina and Willis Murphy Assistant Professorship is Dr. John Boockvar, assistant professor of neurological surgery. Dr. Boockvar received his M.D. from SUNY Downstate summa cum laude with distinction in research in 1997. After completing his residency at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, Dr. Boockvar joined Weill Cornell Medical College in 2004. Earlier this year, Dr. Boockvar performed the first surgery in the tri-state metropolitan area using the newly FDA-approved artificial disc for the spine.
The David S. Blumenthal Professorship was created with gifts from the Scientific Components Corporation and the Harvey and Gloria Kaylie Foundation in honor of Dr. David Blumenthal, clinical professor of medicine at Weill Cornell. It is awarded to an assistant professor who has demonstrated remarkable potential and commitment in the field of cardiology.
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