HEMPSTEAD, NY –Hofstra University President Stuart Rabinowitz and Hofstra North Shore-LIJ School of Medicine Dean Lawrence G. Smith, MD today announced the creation of the Dr. Leo A. Guthart Endowed Chair at the Hofstra North Shore-LIJ School of Medicine, which was awarded to Dr. Veronica M. Catanese, professor of medicine and a founding member of the School of Medicine. Dr. Catanese currently serves as the school’s vice dean and the dean for academic affairs.
“I am grateful and honored to receive this distinction,” Dr. Catanese said. “All of us at the School of Medicine understand that by endowing a chaired professorship in Leo’s honor, the donor also invests in our capacity to create an environment that sustains and grows passion for and commitment to the science and art of medicine, so that we and those we train leave the world a measure better than we found it,” Dr. Catanese said during her installation. “We recognize the investment this represents, the faith this endowment places, in our School’s ability to weave the work of the mind and the work of the heart tightly together in a program of medical education. We pledge to be worthy stewards of this trust, and to transmit – from person to person and from generation to generation - a strong sense of the power of intellectual accomplishment when intertwined with enduring humanism.”
“From the beginning, Dr. Catanese has been an integral part of our school’s success and her selection as the school’s first endowed chair is a wise choice that will continue to benefit our students for years to come,” said Dr. Smith
“Dr. Catanese has been a driving force behind the success of the School of Medicine,” added Dr. Guthart, for whom the endowed chair was named.
“Dr. Catanese’s installation as the Dr. Leo A. Guthart Endowed Chair marks another milestone in the extraordinary history of the Hofstra North Shore-LIJ School of Medicine,” said President Rabinowitz. “Both Dr. Catanese and Dr. Guthart embody the pioneering spirit of Hofstra University and of the medical school.”
A graduate of Wellesley College, Dr. Catanese received her medical education at the New York University School of Medicine, where she was elected to membership in Alpha Omega Alpha. After completing her residency and chief residency in Internal Medicine, as well as a clinical fellowship in Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism at NYU Medical Center, Dr. Catanese pursued a research fellowship at the Joslin Diabetes Center of Harvard Medical School before returning to the NYU School of Medicine as a junior faculty member.
While at NYU, Dr. Catanese studied the molecular mechanisms by which insulin-like growth factors promote diabetic nephropathy and participate in the hypertrophic response to pressure overload in the heart. Parallel with pursuing her research interests and training fellows, house staff and medical students in the laboratory, Dr. Catanese directed both the Fellowship Training Program in Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism and the cross-disciplinary second year medical school course in the Pathophysiologic Basis of Medicine. Over the past decade, she has served as the Senior Associate Dean for Education and Student Affairs, Firm Chief and Director of Resident Research in the Department of Medicine, and a tenured Associate Professor in the Departments of Medicine and Cell Biology at the NYU School of Medicine.
Throughout her professional career, Dr. Catanese has participated actively in the greater community of academic medicine. She has served as a national councilor, Public Policy chair, President and Foundation President of the American Federal for Medical Research, and as Editor-in-Chief of that organization's translational medicine journal, The Journal of Investigative Medicine. Dr. Catanese was selected as a member of the Institute of Medicine's Clinical Research Roundtable and as co-chair of the training subcommittee of the NIH Director's Clinical Research Roadmap working group. Chair of an NIH translational medicine/technology transfer study section, she earned an M. B. A. from the NYU Stern School of Business in 2007.
About Hofstra North Shore-LIJ School of Medicine
The Hofstra North Shore-LIJ School of Medicine, established in 2008, is a partnership between Hofstra University North Shore-LIJ Health System, making it the first allopathic medical school in Nassau County and the first new medical school in the New York metropolitan area in more than 35 years. The School of Medicine is built upon the strong clinical and graduate medical education programs of the Health System and the robust research and academic programs of Hofstra University and the Feinstein Institute for Medical Research at North Shore-LIJ Health System. In August 2011, the School of Medicine welcomed its inaugural class. In 2013 the school will break ground on a 65,000-square-foot expansion of its medical education center, doubling the size of its facility on the University campus