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A Look at Some of Queens College Alumni:
Where Are They Now?

Alan Beyer, M.D., F.A.C.S. (Queens College ’74)
Orthopedic Surgeon
Newport Orthopedic Institute

Dr. Beyer earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Biology from Queens College (’74) and his Medical Degree from Georgetown University School of Medicine.  His residency at the Hospital for Joint Diseases in New York was followed by a sports medicine fellowship at Kerlan-Jobe Orthopedic Clinic in Los Angeles.  He is a board-certified orthopedic surgeon specializing in sports medicine, arthroscopic surgery of the knee, and total knee replacement.  He is currently involved in cartilage restoration procedures, early intervention, and minimally-invasive surgery for osteoarthritis of the knee. Dr. Beyer is the Executive Medical Director of Hoag Orthopedic Center, on staff at Newport Orthopedic Institute and the current chairman and team physician for the Newport Beach Breakers.  He is the author of numerous papers, has presented at multiple conferences on sports medicine and joint replacement and is known for his volunteerism.

Eric Block, Ph.D. (Queens College ’62)
Carla Rizzo Delray Distinguished Professor
Department of Chemistry, SUNY at Albany

Dr. Block earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Chemistry from Queens College (’62) and his Ph.D. from Harvard University. He has been a Visiting Fellow at Cambridge University (UK) and the Weizmann Institute (Israel).  Dr. Block served as an advisor to the Administration of Queens College in the review of the Queens College Chemistry Department that ultimately led to the construction of the new addition to Remsen Hall.  He is the author of more than 235 publications, has seven patents, and is author or editor of four books.  Dr. Block’s current research deals with olfaction - the sense of smell.  He is an expert on the chemistry of genus Allium plans (garlic, onions, etc.) for which work he received a Guggenheim Fellowship and several national and international awards. 

Samuel J. Daniel, M.D., F.A.C.P., FA.C.G. (Queens College ’74)
Clinical Professor of Medicine, Columbia University
Attending Gastroenterologist, St. Luke’s /Roosevelt Hospital

Dr. Daniel earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Chemistry from Queens College (’74) and his Medical Degree from Columbia University College of Physicians & Surgeons.  He completed his Internship, Residency and Fellowship in Gastroenterology at St. Luke’s Roosevelt Hospital.  During a long career at North General Hospital/Mount Sinai School of Medicine, Dr. Daniel served as an administrator, clinical professor, and practicing physician.  He is a Diplomate of the American Board of Internal Medicine and Gastroenterology and a Fellow of the American College of Gastroenterology, the American College of Physicians, the New York Academy of Medicine, and the American Gastroenterology Association.  Dr. Daniel is the well-respected recipient of numerous awards and holds (or has held) many distinguished board memberships; his area of interest in medical research is the treatment of Chronic Hepatitis C and he was Principal Investigator in several clinical trials studying the disease.  Dr. Daniel is the co-author of Hepatitis C: The Black Person’s Guide.

David F. Fenster, P.G. (Queens College ‘75)
Engineering Geology Supervisor
Bechtel Power Corporation

David Fenster graduated from City College/CUNY with a Bachelor’s Degree in History and from the University of Illinois with a Master’s Degree in History.  His Master’s Degree in Geology was earned at Queens College (’75). Mr. Fenster has presented numerous papers at sectional meetings of the Geological Society of America and annual meetings of the Association of Environmental and Engineering Geologists (AEG) for which he serves as Chairman of several Committees on a volunteer basis.  He has worked for many years as a consulting geologist before joining Bechtel Power Corporation.  His current projects are related to characterizing and licensing sites for the new generation of commercial nuclear power plants.

Barry Gotlinksy, Ph.D. (Queens College '78)
Vice President of the Scientific and Laboratory Services (SLS)
Pall Corporation

Dr. Gotlinsky received a combined BA/MA in Chemistry from Queens College (’78) and his Ph.D. in Chemistry from the CUNY Graduate Center.  He has been involved with contamination control in the semiconductor industry for more than 25 years, publishing numerous papers and presentations.  He is an active contributor to organizations that drive the establishment and promotion of industry standards.  The global SLS group provides technical solutions for application sand processes across Pall’s industrial markets.

Michael Gottlieb, Ph.D. (Queens College ’65)
Deputy Director of Science
Foundation for the National Institutes of Health

Dr. Gottlieb received his B.A. in Biology from Queens College (’65) and his Ph.D. in Biology from the City University of New York.  He conducted post-doctoral research in Bacterial Physiology at Harvard Medical School and Parasitic Diseases at the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) of the National Institutes of Health.  He has served as a faculty member at Johns Hopkins University School of Hygiene and Public Health, Chief of the Parasitology and International Programs Branch at NIAID, and Coordinator of the Institute’s International Centers for Tropical Disease Research network.  Following his retirement from government service, Dr. Gottlieb joined the Foundation for the National Institutes of Health where he is currently the Deputy Director.  He serves as program officer for awards under the Grand Challenges in Global Health and VCTR initiatives supported by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.  He continues his research as Co-Principal Investigator on the interaction of malnutrition and enteric diseases and their impact on the health and development of young children in the developing world.

George Gubernikoff, M.D. (Queens College ’77)
Attending Cardiologist
Director, Clinical Cardiac Services
Medical Director, Center for Aortic Diseases Winthrop University Hospital

Dr. George Gubernikoff graduated from Queens College in June 1977 with a degree in Sociology and has been contributing an award to the department every year and is a graduate of the Mount Sinai School of Medicine. He has completed training in Anesthesiology, Critical Care Medicine, Internal Medicine, Cardiovascular Disease and Interventional Cardiology. He is presently an Attending Cardiologist at Winthrop University Hospital, and Director of the Cardiology Consult Service and Medical Director of the Aortic Disease Program. Dr. Gubernikoff is a Clinical Associate Professor of Medicine at State University of New York, Stony Brook. His clinical interests include valvular heart disease, aortic diseases, coronary artery disease, and management of the high-risk perioperative cardiovascular patient.

Philip T. Harte, P.G. (Queens College ’82)
U.S. Geological Survey

Philip T. Harte is a Research Hydrologist with the U.S. Geological Survey NH/VT Water Science Center.  He has a Bachelor’s in Geology from Queens College (’82), a Master’s in Hydrology from University of New Hampshire, and has taken advanced Hydrology courses at several other Universities.  Phil has over 25 years of experience in studying groundwater contaminant transport with emphasis on the remediation of recalcitrant anthropogenic compounds.  He has worked on groundwater studies along the East Coast of the U.S., Texas, and Afghanistan.  Author of over 40 papers, he also holds a patent on a unique groundwater sampling tool.  He is active in several professional organizations and has participated on several technical advisory panels for superfund sites in the U.S.  In addition to his U.S. Geological Survey career, he has worked as a U.S. Naval Reservist on several environmental projects in the United States and abroad, and received the U.S. Naval Reserve outstanding achievement award.  Civic duties have included an assignment as the chairman of the Pembroke, New Hampshire Conservation Committee along with many youth coaching duties.  He particularly enjoys coaching football and designing various defensive schemes for his teams.  Phil is an active water enthusiast, boater, and fisherman.  A native of Queens N.Y., he resides with his family in New Hampshire. 

Charles H. Hennekens, M.D., Dr.P.H. (Queens College ’63)
Sir Richard Doll Research Professor of Medicine
Charles E. Schmidt College of Medicine
Florida Atlantic University

Dr. Hennekens earned his Bachelor of Science Degree from Queens College (’63), his M.D from Cornell University and his Doctorate in Public Health from the Harvard School of Public Health.  In addition to his Research Professorship at Florida Atlantic University, he is also a Clinical Professor of Preventive Medicine at Nova Southeastern University and a Voluntary Professor of Family Medicine and Community Health at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine.  He was the first John Snow Professor, first Eugene Braunwald Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School, and the first Chief of Preventive Medicine at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston.  He was the first to demonstrate that aspirin prevents a first myocardial infarction and prevents myocardial infarction, stroke, and cardiovascular death when given during acute myocardial infarction as well as survivors of an occlusive vascular event.  From 1995-2005 Dr. Hennekens was the third most widely cited medical researcher internationally and five of the top twenty were his former fellows and/or trainees.

Gary Hirshfield, M.D. (Queens College ’82)
Opthalmologist/Founder
Hirshfield Eye Associates

Dr. Hirshfield graduated from Queens College (’82) with a Bachelor’s Degree in Chemistry, earned his M.D. from Yale Medical School, and did his residency in ophthalmology at Manhattan Eye, Ear, and Throat Hospital.  He reviews peer reviewed literature for publication in journals and is currently on the Board of the New York State Ophthalmologic Society.  He has participated in developing board examinations and review questions for the American Academy of Ophthalmology board exam review course.  He is a Fellow of the American Academy of Ophthalmology and a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons. He is board certified in ophthalmology and holds a lifetime certificate.  Dr. Hirshfield has spent two years as a resident instructor teaching the new generation of ophthalmologists and teaching is still a big part of his schedule.

Madeline J. Long, Ed.D.

Dr. Long graduated from Queens College with a joint major in Education and English.  She received a Master’s Degree from Harvard and her Doctorate from Columbia University’s Teacher’s College.  She is a consultant to Auburn University’s School of Science and Mathematics and a frequent panelist for the National Science Foundation.  She recently concluded a five-year position as the Executive Director of the Mathematics and Science Partnership in New York City.  She has worked extensively in the field of Mathematics and Science Education at the Education and Human Resource Directorate of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), Urban Systemic Initiatives (USI), and National Science Foundation.  At the Brooklyn Campus of Long Island University, Dr. Long created relationships between the Education and Arts and Science faculties and created programs in mathematics, science, philosophy, bilingual education and school psychology.  She speaks at national and international conferences, has numerous publications and has served as a consultant to school districts and universities.

Allan Z. Loren (Queens College ’60)
Former Chairman & CEO
Dun & Bradstreet

Mr. Loren earned his Bachelor’s Degree with a major in Mathematics from Queens College (’60).  He did graduate work in Mathematics and Statistics at American University and completed the Executive Management Program at Stanford University.  He currently acts as an Executive Coach to chief executive officers for both publicly and privately held companies.  During the course of his extensive corporate career, Mr. Loren has served as Chief Administrative and Information Officer with Cigna, Chief Information Officer and President with Apple Computer USA, President & CEO with Galileo International, Executive Vice President & Chief Information Officer with American Express, and Chairman & Chief Executive Officer with Dun & Bradstreet.  Mr. Loren is a member of the Board of Directors of Iron Mountain Corporation, PHH Corporation, and Queens College Foundation.

Howard R. Moskowitz, Ph.D. (Queens College ’65)
President and CEO
Moskowitz Jacobs Inc.

Dr. Moskowitz is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Queens College (’65) with Bachelor’s Degrees in Mathematics and Psychology.  He earned his Ph.D. in Experimental Psychology from Harvard University.  He is both a well-known experimental psychologist in the field of psychophysics and an inventor of world-class market research technology.  Dr. Moskowitz, the recipient of numerous awards, is widely-published in the scientific press and internationally-known as a leading thinker and creator of advanced research technology in the area of new product and concept development.  He lectures in the United States and abroad, serves on the editorial boards of major journals, and speaks extensively at both scientific and market research conferences. 

Jose Murga (Queens College ’98)
Senior Research Scientist II
Progenics Pharmaceuticals

Mr. Murga graduated from Queens College (’98) with a Bachelor’s Degree in Biology and earned a Master’s Degree from New York Medical College.  Currently he is working as Senior Research Scientist II in various drug discovery programs including fusion inhibitors for HIV (the virus that causes AIDS) and HCV (Hepatitis C Virus), as well as PI3K inhibitors for cancer.

Joseph Nardi (Queens College ’61)

Retired, International Atomic Energy Agency

United Nations

Mr. Nardi majored in Biology/Chemistry during his early years at Queens College and graduated with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Mathematics (’61).  He went on to earn a Master of Science Degree in Applied Mathematics from the State University of New York at Stony Brook.  Mr. Nardi has been affiliated with Microwave Development Labs, Brookhaven National Laboratory, and the US Department of Energy in addition to the International Atomic Energy Agency.  He worked with the research and design of large-scale computer systems responsible for the processing of high energy particle experiments, transmittals of large data volumes, accounting and control of nuclear materials in the civilian sector, and inspection of nuclear facilities to determine that nuclear material was not diverted into non-peaceful uses.  On the occasion of the awarding of the Nobel Peace Prize in 2005,  Mr. Nardi was given a certificate in recognition of his contributions to the work of the International Atomic Energy Agency.

Kenneth Pickar, Ph.D. (Queens College ’61)
Visiting Professor of Mechanical Engineering
California Institute of Technology

Dr. Pickar graduated from Queens College (’61) with a dual major in Physics and Math and earned the Ph.D. degree in Low Temperature Physics at the University of Pennsylvania.  He has had affiliations with Bell Laboratories, Technion-Israel Institute of Technology, GE Corporate Research and Development, AlliedSignal Corporation (now Honeywell).  He worked in the areas of Electron Beam Technology, and did research on semiconductor materials, large medical imaging systems such as MRI and digital X-ray, lighting, radar and aerospace technology.  Dr. Pickar has served on a number of University Advisory Committees including Stanford, Berkeley, Cornell and Illinois.  He was on the Board of Directors of Semiconductor Research Corporation and a Director of the Albany Medical Center.  He is presently on the Boards of the Los Angeles Regional Foodbank and the South Coast Botanical Garden.  He also currently teaches Entrepreneurship, the Engineering Design of Products for the Developing World and the Management of Technology. 

Philip Schaenman (Queens College ’61)
President and Founder
TriData

Mr. Schaenman earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Physics from Queens College (’61), a Bachelor of Electrical Engineering from Columbia, a Master of Science in Electrical Engineering from Stanford University, and a Professional Degree of Electrical Engineer from Columbia University.  Mr. Schaenman began his career as an engineer on the manned space program and in corporate performance measures for the Bell System.  At the Urban Institute he developed effectiveness measures of local government services including fire protection and was Associate Administrator of the U.S. Fire Administration in FEMA.  TriData specializes in research and consulting on public safety issues including fire, police, emergency medical services and emergency management.  Mr. Schaenman is an internationally-known expert in fire prevention, public safety education, fire department analyses, and performance measurement.  He has led over fifty investigations of major emergencies including the Virginia Tech shootings and the World Trade Center bombing.

Penny Stern, MD, MPH, FACPM, FACOEM (Queens College ’77)
Director of Preventive Medicine
Department of Population Health
North Shore-LIJ Health System

Dr. Stern earned her BA in history (summa cum laude) from Queens College (’77).  She received an MD (with distinction in research) from the Albert Einstein College of Medicine and an MPH at the Columbia (now Mailman) School of Public Health.  She is also an Assistant Professor in the newly-established Hofstra North Shore-LIJ School of Medicine, a Clinical Assistant in the Department of Preventive Medicine at Mount Sinai and a Clinical Assistant Professor of Public Health at the Weill-Cornell Medical College Department of Public Health.  Dr. Stern is a Fellow of both the American College of Preventive Medicine (ACPM) and the American College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine (ACOEM) and is also New York State-certified in medical acupuncture.  She is a member of the Alpha Omega Alpha National Honor Medical Society.  Dr. Stern has been affiliated with Pfizer and the WTC Medical Monitoring and Treatment Program at Mt. Sinai and is an experienced medical journalist and editor, having worked at Lifetime Medical Television, Medical News Network and ReutersHealth.com.  Her most recent project was as editor of JFK: History Maker - A Fifty Year Retrospective, published this year.  Dr. Stern’s fields of expertise in the occupational health setting include safety and environmental health; medical surveillance; disability management; wellness; and the use of acupuncture and other complementary modalities in the workplace.

Paul Zachos, Ph.D. (Queens College ’66)
Director
Association for the Cooperative Advancement of Science and Education (ACASE)

Dr. Zachos holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Physics from Queens College (’66), a Master’s of Science in Curriculum and Instruction and a Ph.D. in Educational Psychology and Statistics from the University at Albany.  He has been a teacher in elementary, junior high and high school classrooms and a researcher and planner for the New York State Education Department.  As an independent researcher and educational product developer, he has provided services and courses to schools, school districts, professional organizations and educators in the areas of assessment, evaluation, and the teaching of scientific research methods with a specialization in developing scientific creativity and alternatives to destructive testing practices.  Dr. Zachos is widely-published and presents at state, national, and international forums and numerous regional and local conferences.

Barry Zaret, M.D. (Queens College ’62)
Robert Berliner Professor Emeritus of Medicine
Professor of Diagnostic Radiology
Yale University School of Medicine

Dr. Zaret earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Chemistry from Queens College (’62), and his Medical Degree from New York University School of Medicine.  He completed his internship and residency at Bellevue Hospital in New York and a Cardiology Fellowship at Johns Hopkins in Baltimore.  Dr. Zaret’s medical work has involved research, teaching, patient care and administration.  He has authored or co-authored six books and over 300 scientific papers involving several areas of cardiology, particularly in nuclear cardiology.

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