The Plaza Hotel
Fifth Avenue at Central Park
New York City

6:00 PM Elaborate Cocktail RECEPTION
7:30 PM AWARD PROGRAM and Dessert


Cocktail Attire
For more information, please contact Allison Hagemann at or (646) 605-8776

The Jacobi Medallion is one of the highest honors that Mount Sinai bestows. The winners of this prestigious award exemplify our commitment to compassionate care and to the advancement of medicine. Each year we come together to celebrate these values and to pay tribute to those men and women who make Mount Sinai the special place it is.
Louis R. DePalo, MD, FACCP, MSH ’85
Sarah and Eric Lane Professor of Pulmonary Medicine
Clinical Director, Mount Sinai-National Jewish Health Respiratory Institute
Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai
As a physician-scientist, Dr. DePalo has extensive research experience in cell and molecular biology, and is highly experienced in implementing computer technologies to varied programs, including medical education, patient care, and the distribution of information throughout the medical community. He has broad expertise in pulmonary, critical care, and sleep medicine. His research interests include the study of human airway smooth muscle cell function, sarcoidosis, and advanced lung diseases. Dr. DePalo is a fellow of the American College of Chest Physicians and belongs to many prominent professional societies, including the American College of Physicians, the Society of Critical Care Medicine, and the American Thoracic Society. He has published important articles in peer-reviewed journals and has received numerous grants, several American Lung Association research awards, and a National Institutes of Health career development award. Dr. DePalo is a graduate of Georgetown University and New York Medical College, and has a graduate degree in Human Physiology.
Celia M. Divino, MD, FACS, MSH ’97
Stanley Edelman, MD Professor of Surgery
Chief, Division of General Surgery
Vice-Chair for Education and Quality
Program Director, General Surgery Training Program
Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai
As a surgical educator and leader, Dr. Celia M. Divino, Chief of the Division of General Surgery, and Stanley Edelman, MD Professor of Surgery, has blended the best of the past and the future in her approach to medical education. Dr. Divino is a proponent of both the traditional value of mentoring, while also keeping abreast of the latest innovations in surgery with her establishment of a Surgical Simulator Center. She has been listed on the 2010 and 2014 roster for the Best Doctors in America and in New York magazine’s Top Doctors since 2014.
In addition to her clinical work, Dr. Divino’s service is further demonstrated by her administrative roles within the department and the Health System at large. She has been charged with oversight of the Quality Assurance, Surgical Education and Performance Improvement Committees, as well as the American College of Surgeons National Surgical Quality Improvement Program at Mount Sinai. Dr. Divino has received research grants from institutions including Susan G. Komen, the Department of Defense, National Institutes of Health, and the Association of Women Surgeons.
Dr. Divino’s accomplishments in the laboratory, classroom, and operating room have been recognized within the Mount Sinai community and nationally. She has also been honored with multiple commendations from various scientific societies and community groups including The American Medical Association’s Janet W. Glasgow Memorial Achievement Award, the Medical Leadership Award from the New York State Assembly, and the 2015 Icahn School of Medicine Faculty Council Award for Academic Excellence.
Ian R. Holzman, MD
Professor of Pediatrics, Division of Newborn Medicine
Jack and Lucy Clark Department of Pediatrics
Professor, Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology, and Reproductive Science
Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai
Dr. Ian R. Holzman received a degree in biology from the University of Rochester and attended the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine. He completed his pediatric training at the Children’s Hospital in Pittsburgh, including one year as chief resident, and spent two years in Denver as a research fellow in neonatology. In 1987 he was recruited to Mount Sinai as a tenured professor of pediatrics with the charge to remake the program in Newborn Medicine. Since then he has been involved in numerous school and departmental committees, including chairing the Hospital ethics committee for more than 20 years.
Dr. Holzman’s research has included studies of fetal intestinal oxygen consumption and the physiological responses to hypoxemia and anemia in both fetal and neonatal lambs. He has published more than 120 scientific articles and more than 36 book chapters. He has lectured nationally and internationally, most recently on various bioethics topics. Dr. Holzman has been awarded the Dean’s Award for Excellence in Clinical Medicine, the Alexander Richman Award for Humanism in Medicine, and multiple attending physician and teaching awards from both physicians and nurses. Under Dr. Holzman’s leadership, the Jo Carole and Ronald S. Lauder Newborn Intensive Care Unit opened in the spring of 2016 following a complete renovation and expansion. Dr. Holzman now serves as the Pediatric Vice Chair for Hospital Operations and Faculty Affairs.
Leslie Dubin Kerr, MD, MSH ’85
Professor of Medicine and Geriatrics, Division of Rheumatology
Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai
Dr. Leslie Dubin Kerr is Professor of Geriatric and Palliative Medicine at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai. A native New Yorker, Dr. Kerr is a graduate of the Bronx High School of Science, Princeton University, and Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons, where she was nominated to AOA. Upon completing her internship and residency at Mount Sinai, she received the Association of the Attending Staff Bella Trachtenberg Award for outstanding house officer and completed her rheumatology fellowship under the mentorship of Dr. Harry Spiera. She was subsequently recruited to the fulltime faculty of the Department of Medicine, followed by a secondary appointment to the Department of Geriatrics. In this capacity, she has led the clinical and educational programs in rheumatology for both departments.
Perceiving unmet needs in the rheumatologic care of the elderly, Dr. Kerr developed the Coffey Geriatric Practice, a program unique to Mount Sinai, in her subspecialty in Geriatric Rheumatology. Dr. Kerr has been involved in numerous scholarly activities, which include initially serving as Assistant Director of the Rheumatology Program Fellowship, and subsequently as Program Director for 18 years until 2015.
Alice C. Levine, MD, MSH ’86
Professor of Medicine, Division of Endocrinology, Diabetes, and Bone Diseases
Professor, Department of Oncological Sciences
Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai
Dr. Alice C. Levine is Professor of Medicine and Oncological Sciences at the Icahn School of Medicine. Consistently cited as a Castle Connolly America’s Top Doctors and New York Super Doctors in the field of Endocrinology, she has received numerous awards—most notably the prestigious Cullman Family Award for Excellence in Physician Communication and the Excellence in Teaching Award from the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai.
Her career has intertwined clinical excellence with scientific research, and she has been able to excel in three major areas: clinical, research, and education. Her clinical practice focuses on patients with diseases of the adrenal, pituitary, and reproductive glands. She is co-director of a translational prostate cancer research lab, which has received grant awards from the Department of Defense, Martell Foundation, Prostate Cancer Foundation, and Prostate Action, Inc. She has published extensively in peer-reviewed journals and is a highly sought-after speaker in the field of prostatic and adrenal diseases. Dr. Levine’s equal commitments to academic research and clinical expertise have made her one of Mount Sinai’s most respected teachers and in 2011 received an Excellence in Teaching Award from the Institute for Medical Education at the Icahn School of Medicine.
Eric J. Nestler, MD, PHD
Dean for Academic and Scientific Affairs
Director, The Friedman Brain Institute
Nash Family Professor of Neuroscience
Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai
Dr. Eric J. Nestler is the Nash Family Professor of Neuroscience, Dean for Academic and Scientific Affairs, and Director of the Friedman Brain Institute at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai. He received his BA, PhD, and MD degrees from, and psychiatry residency training at Yale University. From 1987-2000, he served on Yale’s faculty and became the Elizabeth Mears and House Jameson Professor of Psychiatry and Neurobiology and Director of the Division of Molecular Psychiatry. He moved to Dallas in 2000 where he served as the Lou and Ellen McGinley Distinguished Professor and Chair of the Department of Psychiatry at The University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center until moving to New York in 2008. Dr. Nestler is a member of the National Academy of Medicine (formerly Institute of Medicine) and a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. He is a past President of the American College of Neuropsychopharmacology and current President of the Society for Neuroscience. The goal of Dr. Nestler’s research is to better understand the molecular mechanisms of addiction and depression based on work in animal models, and to use this information to develop improved treatments of these disorders.
Jonathan S. Stamler, MD, MSSM ’85
President, Harrington Discovery Institute
Robert S. and Sylvia K. Reitman Family Foundation
Distinguished Chair in Cardiovascular Innovation
Professor of Medicine and of Biochemistry
Director, Institute for Transformative Molecular Medicine
Case Western Reserve University
University Hospitals Cleveland Medical Center
Dr. Jonathan S. Stamler is recognized for discovering protein S-nitrosylation, a fundamental mechanism for controlling protein function, and for advancing the understanding of cellular signaling by small gaseous messengers, thereby broadly influencing the biological sciences. He attended Brandeis University, received an MD from Mount Sinai School of Medicine, and completed his internship, residency and fellowships in both Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Medicine at Harvard Medical School and Brigham and Women’s Hospital. Dr. Stamler joined the faculty at Harvard University, and subsequently at Duke University and the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, before moving to Case Western Reserve University and University Hospitals, where he now holds the Robert and Sylvia Reitman Family Distinguished Chair of Cardiovascular Innovation. He also serves as Professor of Medicine and of Biochemistry, as well as Director of the Institute for Transformative Molecular Medicine and President of the Harrington Discovery Institute. Dr. Stamler has published more than 300 scientific papers and chapters, edited two books, authored more than 125 patents and patent applications, and co-founded multiple companies.