Nathan Kase, MD, Receives The 2012 Alexander Richman Award for Humanism and Ethics in Medicine

The award will be presented during the 2012 Alexander Richman Commemorative Lecture on March 22, at 11:00 am at Mount Sinai.

New York
 – March 16, 2012 /Press Release/  –– 

Nathan Kase, MD, Dean Emeritus, Professor of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Science, has been named the 2012 recipient of the Mount Sinai School of Medicine’s Alexander Richman Award for Humanism and Ethics in Medicine. The award will be presented during the 2012 Alexander Richman Commemorative Lecture on Thursday, March 22, at 11:00 am in the Hatch Auditorium at 1468 Madison Avenue.

The Alexander Richman Lecture and Award for Humanism in Medicine is one of the most prestigious at Mount Sinai School of Medicine and is supported by a generous endowment made by the family of the late Alexander Richman, MD.  Recipients are selected by the nominating committee, comprised of former award recipients and other Mount Sinai faculty, based on their humanistic and compassionate approach to patient care, characteristics that the late Dr. Richman and his family cherish.

In 1981, Dr. Kase was named Chairman of the Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Science. In addition to an exceptional commitment to patient care, he has always embodied Mount Sinai’s mission of excellence in education. From 1985 until 1998, Dr. Kase served as Dean of Mount Sinai School of Medicine. From 2001 until 2003, he was Interim President and CEO of The Mount Sinai Medical Center and Interim Dean of Mount Sinai School of Medicine.

This year’s commemorative lecture, titled "Deadly Medicine in the Nazi Era: What Turned Physician Healers into Killers," will be presented by Patricia Herbrer, PhD, Historian at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, and Matthew Wynia, MD, Director of the Institute of Ethics at the American Medical Association. The presentation – a cooperative effort of the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum and the American Medical Association – examines the historical context and legacy of Nazi Medicine.

"Dr. Richman epitomized the humanistic physician and over his lifetime developed a reputation as a master clinician with broad and deep interests in bioethics, philosophy, religion, literature, music, and the visual arts," said David Muller, MD, Marietta and Charles C. Morchand Chair in Medical Education and Dean for Medical Education, Mount Sinai School of Medicine.  "He was part of the Mount Sinai faculty for nearly forty years and over his lifetime developed a reputation as a master clinician with broad and deep interests in bioethics, philosophy, and religion.

Recipients of this award mirror the late Dr. Richman’s characteristics by continuing the practice of humanistic medicine at Mount Sinai. The first award was presented to Dr. Arthur Aufses Jr. in 1992, and since then, recipients include Diane Meier, MD, Angela Diaz, MD, David Muller, MD, and Rosamond Rhodes, MD.

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The Mount Sinai Hospital, founded in 1852, is a 1,171-bed tertiary- and quaternary-care teaching facility and one of the nation’s oldest, largest and most-respected voluntary hospitals. In 2011, US News and World Report ranked The Mount Sinai Hospital 16th on its elite Honor Roll of the nation’s top hospitals based on reputation, safety, and other patient-care factors. Of the top 20 hospitals in the United States, Mount Sinai is one of 12 integrated academic medical centers whose medical school ranks among the top 20 in NIH funding and US News and World Report and whose hospital is on the US News and World Report Honor Roll.  Nearly 60,000 people were treated at Mount Sinai as inpatients last year, and approximately 560,000 outpatient visits took place. 

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