Dr. Aaron Shatkin, right, accepting the Honorary Alumni Award for his work in advancing scientific research and mentoring.

CABM congratulates University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey Scholarship Gala honoree Dr. Aaron Shatkin

CABM Director and University of Medicine and Dentistry (UMDNJ) Professor Dr. Aaron Shatkin was recognized at the inaugural Scholarship Gala with the Honorary Alumni Award. The Scholarship Gala, hosted by UMDNJ-Robert Wood Johnson Medical School and the Foundation of UMDNJ, helped raised approximately $195,000 in support of medical student scholarships. More than 250 alumni, faculty, staff and students joined in the celebration held April 2 at the Heldrich Hotel, in addition to leadership from 11 of the medical school’s hospital affiliates from throughout New Jersey.

Dr. Shatkin, a Molecular Genetics, Microbiology & Immunology researcher at UMDNJ-Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, was honored for his work in advancing scientific research and mentoring. Two other exemplary individuals were honored at the Gala for their dedication to promoting medical and scientific education, research, philanthropy, patient care and community health. Roger S. Fine, Esq., retired vice president and general counsel for Johnson & Johnson, and chair of the Foundation of the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey, received the Meritorious Service Award for his philanthropic efforts on behalf of the medical school. Neil Calman, MMS ’73, MD, ABFP, FAAFP, president and CEO of the Institute for Family Health, and a clinical professor of Family Medicine and Community Health at Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University, New York City, received the Distinguished Alumni Award for his vast accomplishments in community health.

“All proceeds from the event will support our medical students who are being challenged by increasing tuition rates as they enter medical school on the way to becoming physicians,” said Peter S. Amenta, MD, PhD, dean of Robert Wood Johnson Medical School and the emcee for the evening. “The Scholarship Gala allowed alumni, together with faculty and friends of the medical school, to give back by providing financial assistance to this next generation of physicians.” “In an age of increasing tuition costs in medical schools across the country, it is more important now than ever to support physicians of the future,” said George F. Heinrich, MD, vice chair and CEO of the Foundation of UMDNJ. “This gala provided us with a wonderful opportunity to show these future doctors that we encourage their efforts as they work toward realizing their own dreams of helping those in need.” The evening was topped off with a superb Silent Auction, which featured donated items and services from community neighbors, faculty and staff members. UMDNJ-Robert Wood Johnson Medical School is extremely grateful to everyone who contributed to the evening in order to provide more scholarship support for medical students.