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:

  • Class of 2017 students Franklin Yao, Jeffrey Huang, Jenny Chen, Josh Phelps and Ryan Grattan were awarded the $75,000 Technology Venture Prize for Skinesiology. They engineered fitness tights with a resistance-generating system that increases muscle activity and helps regular people burn more calories during both work-outs and daily activities.  Skinesiology is one of three groups awarded the Communications Award from Stern's Management Communications Department. The Technology Venture Prize is part of NYU Stern’s $200K Entrepreneurs Challenge, which provides start-up funds and support for promising new business concepts.  More than 200 teams comprising over 500 entrants from 14 schools at NYU competed in this year’s three challenges:  Technology, Social, and New Ventures. Specifically, the Technology Venture Competition serves as a catalyst for the creation of new and the acceleration of existing early stage businesses based on technologies developed by NYU students, faculty, and researchers. 

  • Darien Sutton-Ramsey (Class of 2015) 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.
  • 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.
  • Said Saab (Class of 2014) 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.
  • Class of 2014 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.
  • Alexandra Livanos (Class of 2014) 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.
  • Jennifer Zhu, (Class of 2014) 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.

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."