Mentoring and Faculty Development

The Paul Peter Rosen, MD Clinical Service Award

Dr. Paul Peter Rosen rendered distinguished and meritorious service to the Weill Cornell Medical College and also to the New York-Presbyterian Hospital during his 45-year career in Pathology.  Dr. Rosen’s long association with Weill Cornell Medical College and New York Presbyterian Hospital began with his residency training at Columbia in 1964. He subsequently trained at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center and held his first academic appointment at that institution. While at MSKCC, he was appointed to the faculty at Cornell Medical College as an Assistant Professor of Pathology and over the years was sequentially promoted ultimately to the rank of Professor. He became a full-time faculty member at Cornell Medical College in 1998 and served as the Chief of Breast Pathology until his retirement.

Dr. Rosen is a world-renowned breast pathologist who was universally called upon for his expert opinion. His clinical service was exemplary, and he always placed patient care at the top of his list of priorities; this was evidenced by the many years of high quality service. Throughout his long career, he was the recipient of numerous awards and served on numerous scientific committees. He authored over 300 publications and wrote the definitive book on breast pathology entitled Rosen’s Breast Pathology, which continues to be highly valued within the pathology community. In addition, he had been a valuable and highly respected physician and teacher. He spent countless hours teaching residents and fellows in Pathology as well as Weill Cornell medical students.  His clinical service and teaching efforts were performed with love and respect for the institution in which he has labored.

This award is given annually for outstanding achievement in either Anatomic or Clinical Pathology as exhibited by: 

  • Excellence in medical knowledge and diagnostic acumen
  • Promoting a culture of collaboration with colleagues, clinical teams, laboratory staff, trainees, and students
  • Serving as a role model to trainees and junior faculty
  • Professionalism
  • Quality improvement achievements
  • Contributions towards achieving the future of pathology practice


The Janet Mouradian, MD Mentoring Award

Dr. Janet Mouradian was born on September 20, 1938, in Mosul, Iraq. She started her career in pathology as a resident at The New York Hospital (now NewYork-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical Center) in 1964, specializing in surgical pathology. She rose through the ranks, eventually attaining the rank of professor in 1984 at Cornell University Medical College (now Weill Cornell Medicine). During her 36-year tenure at Cornell, Janet was a highly respected professor, where she trained some of the best pathologists in the country and catapulted the careers of many trainees and junior faculty with her warm support and high standards. Dr. Mouradian was an enthusiastic and imaginative teacher and mentor, especially gifted at transferring her enthusiasm to her students and mentees.  Her dedication to mentoring is remembered by all those who had the opportunity to work with her and is an inspiration to those who have followed her.

 This award is given annually to a faculty member who exhibits excellence in mentoring evidenced by:

  • Serving as a role model with high standards of academic excellence and professionalism.
  • Being generous with their time and offering valuable advice to mentees and other departmental members
  • Advocating for academic career development of junior faculty members in the department
  • Encouraging and including mentees and junior faculty in networking, research, and other professional activities
  • Participation in the official mentoring program of the department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine within the past five years will be given special consideration.
  • The nomination should include specific examples of the nominee’s impact as a mentor including accomplishments of select current and past mentees.


The David P. Hajjar, PhD Distinguished Research Award

Dr. Hajjar joined the Cornell University Medical College faculty in 1981, was granted tenure in 1986, and promoted to professor in 1989, one of the youngest to receive tenure in the history of the Medical College. His research focused on the role of herpes virus infection in atherogenesis, and delineating the role of nitric oxide in inflammation and cholesterol trafficking. Dr. Hajjar served with distinction as Dean of the Cornell University Graduate School of Medical Sciences from 1997 to 2013; and University Distinguished Professor, and Professor of Biochemistry and Pathology. From 2000 to 2007, he served as Vice Provost of the Faculty; and from 2003 to 2013, he served as Executive Vice Dean and Executive Vice Provost at the Medical College. In 2011, the Fulbright Commission, through the U.S. State Department, named Dr. Hajjar to the Fulbright Scholars Program. In 2013, he became a senior fellow at the Belfer Center at the Harvard-Kennedy School of Government. In 2014, the National Academies selected him to be a Jefferson Science Fellow in the U.S. State Department to work in the Bureau of Global Health to continue his work on science diplomacy and policy issues as they relate to human health and disease in the Near East. In 2016, he became a senior fellow at the Brookings Institute focusing on educational science policy issues as they relate to human health and disease, and he was elected to be a member of the Council on Foreign Relations for the U.S. government. In 2016, Dr. Hajjar was also elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

This award is given for outstanding achievement in investigative pathology evidenced by:

  • Having made significant contributions to their discipline
  • A consistent record of funded research at Weill Cornell
  • Evidence of mentorship in investigative pathology
  • National or international reputation measured by high impact publications, funding, and professional awards



Award recipients may be of any academic rank, but must have been faculty members of Weill Cornell Medicine for at least 3 years at the time the award is given.  Awardees are ineligible for consideration for 5 years following receipt of the award.  Any faculty member or trainee may nominate a faculty member for these awards. Nominations should be sent via email by May 15 to Nalini Scarpa ( 


The M. Desmond Burke Teaching Award 

Michael Desmond (Des) Burke, MD was born in Ireland and received his MD from the National University of Ireland medical school in Galway in 1959. He trained in anatomic pathology at the Cambridge City Hospital and the Mallory Institute of Pathology in Boston. Dr. Burke was a captain in the US Army before pursuing additional training at Memorial Sloan Kettering and the University of Minnesota. After serving on the faculties of the University of Minnesota, Mount Sinai Hospital in Minneapolis, and the State University of New York at Stony Brook, he became Professor and Vice Chair in the Department of Pathology at Weill Cornell Medicine in 1995. In his time at Weill Cornell, Dr. Burke reshaped the clinical laboratory system, recruiting new laboratory directors and expanding the test menu. Importantly, he reorganized the clinical pathology residency training program which led to a marked improvement in the overall quality of resident education and training.  In 2002 he was selected by the medical students of Weill Cornell to receive an Award for Teaching Excellence.  Upon retirement from the regular faculty at Cornell in 2005, he was awarded professor emeritus status. Dr Burke was president of the American Society for Clinical Pathology from 1995-1996. He was also a trustee of the American Board of Pathology (ABP) and president of the ABP in 2005 and was awarded Life Trustee status in 2010. For these achievements, he was widely considered one of the leading clinical pathologists in the United States and has often been referred to as the “Dean of Laboratory Medicine.”

This award is given by the residents on behalf of the Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine and recognizes a faculty member who makes outstanding contributions to the educational mission of the department. It is intended to acknowledge exemplary skill, leadership, creativity, accessibility and selflessness exhibited by a faculty member in the past academic year. Recipients should be on faculty for a minimum of 3 years at the time of receipt of the award and are ineligible for 5 years following receipt. The awardee is selected by vote of the residents.


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