Lewis M Drusin   Professor of Clinical Population Health Sciences

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Dr. Drusin earned his undergraduate degree at Union College and received his medical degree from Cornell University Medical College. He also holds an M.P.H. from the Columbia University School of Public Health. In 2004 Dr. Drusin stepped down as Program Director of the General Preventive Medicine Residency, a position he held for 17 years, to assume the role of Director of a new student faculty mentoring program under the direction of Dr. Carol Storey-Johnson, Senior Associate Dean for Academic Affairs. He was also formerly director of the Division of Epidemiology at NewYork-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell. He has been the hospital epidemiologist for 39 years. Since 2007, he has been chairman of the infection committee at Weill Cornell.

Dr. Drusin has made outstanding contributions to the prevention and study of nosocomial infections and sexually transmitted diseases, publishing more than 50 papers and book chapters. At Weill Cornell, he directs a program placing Public Health and Community Medicine clerkship students in field locations, and has helped establish an endowment that offers international rotations to medical students. He served as president of the American Venereal Disease Association (now the American STD Association), and he has held prominent roles in many international scientific congresses and study groups relating to sexually transmitted diseases. From 1986 to 1995, he was Regional Director for North America for the International Union Against Venereal Diseases and Treponematoses. Since 1995, he has served as the main representative of the International Union Against Sexually Transmitted Infections to the Economic and Social Council of the United Nations. He is a fellow of the American College of Physicians, a fellow of the Royal College of Physicians of London and one of only two American honorary life members of the British Association for Sexual Health and HIV.

Dr. Drusin was elected the 2008 recipient of the prestigious James D. Bruce Memorial Award from the American College of Physicians for his distinguished contributions in preventive medicine. He was also inducted into Delta Omega, the national honorary public health society. He was inducted as a member of the Beta Iota Chapter of the State University of New York, Downstate Medical Center, Graduate Program in Public Health. Membership in Delta Omega reflects the dedication of an individual to the promotion of the health of all people and the advancement of public health. From 1990 to 1992, he was President of the Weill Cornell Medical College’s alumni association. He received the 2001 Frank H.T. Rhodes Exemplary Alumni Service Award from Cornell University.


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