Student Accolades

Exemplary NYU School of Medicine Students Recognized by Medical Community

Students from NYU School of Medicine have been recognized by the medical community for their exemplary achievements in research and for academic excellence over the past year.

"We are proud of all of our medical students for their hard work and dedication to medicine, and are thrilled that the medical community has publicly acknowledged several significant contributions they have already made to the field," said Lynn Buckvar-Keltz, MD, associate dean for student affairs.


Listed below are notable accomplishments of students at NYU School of Medicine:

  • Emily Gotschlich (Class of 2013) and Ayaka Iwata (Class of 2013) were named 2012-2013 Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) Research Fellows. Additionally, Patrick Kaszubski (Class of 2015) was named an HHMI Summer Research Fellow. Gotschlich and Kaszubski had the benefit of training with mentors at NYU School of Medicine, Martin Blaser, MD, the Frederick H. King Professor of Internal Medicine, chair of the Department of Medicine, and professor of microbiology; and Michele Pagano, MD,the May Ellen and Gerald Jay Ritter Professor of Oncology in the Department of Pathology, member of the NYU Cancer Institute at NYU Langone Medical Center, and also an HHMI investigator. Iwata had the opportunity to be mentored by Bruce Tempel, MD, Professor of the Departments of Otolaryngology-HNS and Pharmacology at the University of Washington School of Medicine.
  • Darien Sutton-Ramsey (Class of 2014) was recognized by the American Medical Association (AMA) Foundation as a 2012 Minority Scholars Award recipient. As one of only 13 medical students in the country to receive this award, he was given a $10,000 scholarship in recognition of scholastic achievement and commitment to the elimination of health care disparities. 
  • Said Saab, a third-year medical student, was awarded two prestigious, competitive doctoral training program scholarships to study at the University of Cambridge. He received the Gates Cambridge Scholarship from the Gates Cambridge Trust in the United Kingdom (UK) to obtain a Master of Philosophy (MPhil) degree, as well as a scholarship from The National Institutes of Health (NIH) Oxford-Cambridge Scholars Program to complete a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) degree. In October 2012 he will begin studying at the University of Cambridge. Following the completion of the MPhil, Saab will spend an additional year at Cambridge University and then two years at the NIH in Bethesda, MD, performing doctoral research of personal interest.
  • Jennifer Zhu, a second-year medical student, presented her research, Association between Food Insufficiency and Mortality: Joint Effect with Income on All-Cause and Cause-Specific Mortality,” in front of 1,700 people at the opening Plenary Session of the 35th Annual Meeting of the Society of General Internal Meeting (SGIM), the leading meeting for general internal medicine. Zhu won the SGIM’s Mack Lipkin Sr. Associate Member Award for “Outstanding Scientific Presentation by a Student, Resident or Fellow” for her presentation. She conducted her research under the guidance of Sundar Natarajan, MD, MSc, associate professor of medicine in the division of general internal medicine at NYU Langone as part of the NYU Medical Student Honors Program.
  • Nandini Govil (Class of 2013) was awarded an Academic Pediatric Association (APA) Research Award for “Best Abstract by a Student” for her study, “Prenatal Smoke Exposure and Sensorineural Hearing Loss in Adolescents.”
  • A study conducted by David Rosenthal (Class of 2013), Nicole Learned (Class of 2012), and Michael Weitzman, MD, professor, Departments of Environmental Medicine and Pediatrics at NYU Langone, was published February 23, 2012 in the Journal of Maternal and Child Health. Learned will present their study, “Characteristics of Fathers with Depressive Symptoms” this July at the Academic Pediatric Association (APA) leadership meeting.
  • Benjamin Bearnot, a third-year medical student, was awarded a prestigious Fullbright Fellowship to study human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) and Tuberculosis in Durban, South Africa (ZA), in 2012. Gabriel Cohen (Class of 2013) is also studying HIV in Durban, ZA, through the Fogarty International Research Scholars Program, a one-year mentored clinical research training program for doctoral students with a strong potential for a career in global health activities and/or clinical research.
  • Ilena George (Class of 2013) completed the NIH Clinical Research Training program during the 2010-2011 academic year, a 12-month program designed for highly qualified, research-oriented medical or dental students to learn about the principles and practice of clinical and translational investigation. She is now conducting a second year of paid research at the NIH as an intramural research training award fellow studying neuroimaging (MRI) in multiple sclerosis.
  • Alexandra Livanos, a second-year medical student, was awarded a HHMI research fellowship for the current academic year to conduct research in the lab of by Dr. Blaser. Additionally, Livanos was recently accepted into NYU School of Medicine’s MD/PhD program to continue her outstanding investigative work.
  • Two medical students, Guillermo Espinoza, MD, and John Mercuri, MDgraduated from NYU School of Medicine’s dual degree program while maintaining academic excellence. Espinoza, an internationally ranked fencer from El Salvador, graduated with a Doctor of Medicine (MD)/Master of Public Health (MPH). Mercuri graduated with a MD/Masters in Bioethics. He studied, designed, and implemented ethics and professionalism training for residents in the Department of Orthopedics at NYU Langone Medical Center under Joseph Zuckerman, MD, the Walter A. L. Thompson Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery and chair, Department of Orthopaedic Surgery.
  • Third-year medical students Carlos Miranda and Daniel Rogan have been selected to join the National Institutes of Health’s (NIH) inaugural class of the Medical Research Scholars Program (MRSP). The NIH MRSP is a year-long enrichment program that provides mentored training to creative, research-oriented medical, dental, and veterinary students. Miranda will pursue a career in internal medicine, and Rogan is interested in working in an infectious disease lab while at the NIH.
  • Daniel Mazori (Class of 2015) was named a New England Journal of Medicine Scholar for his winning essay, “A ‘Match.com’ For Medicine.” His essay examines how the concept of online dating can be applied to matching patients with mutually compatible clinicians, ultimately improving satisfaction among patients and health professionals alike.
  • Also of note: third-year medical students Rogelio Cruz and Courtney Yuhas, took a one year leave of absence to participate in a full-time paid internship on the Dr. Oz show as researchers, where they worked closely with Dr. Oz and his producers to develop health and wellness content for this daily syndicated program.


Dr. Buckvar-Keltz added, "Each of these students possess a powerful combination of commitment and aptitude, which is demonstrated by the many important recognitions received this past year. Their hard work and training will undoubtedly propel them into promising careers."