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[November 15, 2012]

Lupus Foundation Presents Top Honor to SUNY Downstate Researcher: 

Dr. Ellen M. Ginzler Receives Hess Award for Advancing Lupus Research and Treatment

Ellen M. Ginzler, MD, MPH, distinguished teaching professor and chief of rheumatology at SUNY Downstate Medical Center, has been awarded the Lupus Foundation of America’s prestigious Evelyn V. Hess Award. The award is presented annually to a clinical or basic researcher whose body of work has advanced the understanding of the pathophysiology, etiology, epidemiology, diagnosis, or treatment of lupus.

Dr. Ginzler is internationally known as an expert on lupus nephritis, an inflammation of the kidneys that affects many people suffering from lupus. As principal investigator of an FDA Orphan Products Program grant to assess the efficacy and tolerability of two drug treatments for lupus nephritis, she headed the largest multicenter, investigator-initiated trial of its time for the disease. The results, published as the lead article in the New England Journal of Medicine in 2005, have changed the paradigm for treating lupus nephritis.

Dr. Ginzler is a master of the American College of Rheumatology and a fellow of the American College of Physicians, and was a long-time member of the Board of Governors of the New York Chapter of the Arthritis Foundation. She has been an active participant in the Systemic Lupus International Collaborating Clinics and the Lupus Clinical Trials Consortium, both organizations devoted to studying outcomes in systemic lupus erythematosus and promoting new therapies for managing the disease.

The Evelyn V. Hess Award was established in 2005 by the Lupus Foundation of America to honor Dr. Hess for outstanding contributions to lupus research over the course of her long career. The Lupus Foundation is the foremost national nonprofit health organization dedicated to finding the causes and cure for lupus. It also provides a wide array of support services for people affected by lupus.  

SUNY Downstate Medical Center, founded in 1860, was the first medical school in the United States to bring teaching out of the lecture hall and to the patient’s bedside. A center of innovation and excellence in research and clinical service delivery, SUNY Downstate comprises a College of Medicine, Colleges of Nursing and Health Related Professions, a School of Graduate Studies, a School of Public Health, University Hospital of Brooklyn, and an Advanced Biotechnology Park and Biotechnology Incubator.
SUNY Downstate ranks eighth nationally in the number of alumni who are on the faculty of American medical schools. More physicians practicing in New York City have graduated from SUNY Downstate than from any other medical school.