Living Out a Legacy of Excellence

The Lawrence Scherr Scholarly Activity Award is one of many ways that the Department of Medicine lives out its commitment to the role of excellence in training and education in academic medicine.


Dr. Scherr, who died in September 2012, was fully committed to breaking new ground in all 3 missions of academic medicine. Dr. Scherr was the founding chair of the Department of Medicine and is often considered the father of North Shore University Hospital. Dr. Scherr was an outstanding leader, educator, and colleague and touched the lives of countless trainees and patients over the many years he led our department. He established our residency training program and many of our fellowship programs. He retired in 2010 as the Health System's official historian and Betsey Cushing Whitney Academic Dean Emeritus. The tone he set, the discipline and ethics he brought, his academic and clinical vision – all paved the way for a new medical school and a world-class research enterprise, now indispensable parts of the System.

The awards named for him carry on his tradition of academic excellence as they honor up-and-coming trainees with extraordinary academic accomplishments.

This year, winners of the Scherr award included these Department of Medicine members:

Name Division/ Dept. Category Award
Arunan Vamadevan, MDGastroenterologyFellowFirst Place, Abstract
Yakov Kandov, MDGeriatricsFellowHon. Mention, Abstract
Agatha Marszalek-Litauska, MDGeriatricsFellowHon. Mention, Paper
Alex Rimar, MDGeriatricsFellowHon. Mention, Abstract
Daniel O. Griffin, MDInfectious DiseaseFellowFirst Place, Paper
Janaki Parameswaran, MDInternal MedicineResidentFirst Place, Abstract
Jossef Amirian, MDInternal MedicineResidentHon. Mention, Abstract
Chun Kit Hung, MDInternal MedicineResidentHon. Mention, Case Report
Chimney Patel, MDNephrologyFellowFirst Place, Case Report
Ali Sadoughi, MDPulmonary, Critical Care, & Sleep MedFellowHon. Mention, Paper
Janice Wang, MDPulmonary, Critical Care, & Sleep MedFellowHon. Mention, Case Report

Congratulations to all! The next Scherr Awards will be held on Thursday, May 21, 2015 at 8:00am in the Rust Auditorium at North Shore University Hospital. For information on the Awards, please contact Elizabeth Forde at or 516-562-2944. For information on participating in the next Academic Day competition, please contact Barbara Sacks: 718-470-7070, or