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Robert Finberg receives distinguished alumnus award from Albert Einstein College of Medicine

UMass Medical School Communications

May 25, 2018
  Robert W. Finberg, MD

Robert W. Finberg, MD

The Albert Einstein College of Medicine recognized Robert W. Finberg, MD, the Richard M. Haidack Professor of Medicine, chair and professor of medicine, as a distinguished alumnus during its 60th commencement exercises held on May 24.

Dr. Finberg, a 1974 graduate of Albert Einstein College of Medicine, received the Dominick P. Purpura Distinguished Alumnus Award for his outstanding achievements in clinical medicine and biomedical research.

Finberg’s research focuses on three principal areas of host defense and microbiology: the mechanism by which viruses infect cells; how certain proteins on the surface of the body’s cells initiate the host response to microbes; and the mechanisms involved in the development of protective immunity.

In the clinic, Finberg is focused on ways to prevent disease and the treatment of infections in immunocompromised patients. His interests also include new approaches to health care delivery and ensuring wellness.

He has published more than 200 peer-reviewed papers and his research has received continuous support from the NIH and other funding agencies for more than 35 years. Finberg is a member of many academic societies, including the American Society for Clinical Investigation and American Association of Physicians, and is an Academy Fellow of the American Society of Microbiology.