Founded in 1980
Meet Our Executive Team
The Executive Team is in charge of the major professional and administrative activities of the MHSNJ.
President: Robert Lahita, M.D., Ph.D.
Robert George Lahita is an American physician, internist, and rheumatologist, best known for his research into systemic lupus erythematosus and other autoimmune diseases. Doctor Lahita is Clinical Professor of Medicine at Rutgers New Jersey Medical School, Professor of Medicine at Hackensack Meridian School of Medicine, and the Director of the Institute for Autoimmune and Rheumatic Diseases at St. Joseph Healthcare System.
Vice-President: Dennis Cornfield, M.D.
Dennis Cornfield, M.D. earned his B.A. and M.D. degrees at the University of Pennsylvania. After practicing Hematology and Medical Oncology in Philadelphia for 19 years, he trained in Pathology and practiced Hematopathology at the Lehigh Valley Health Network in Allentown, PA for 22 years. Dr. Cornfield has authored numerous publications in hematology and in the history of medicine.
Treasurer: Robert Vietrogoski, M.L.S.
Robert Vietrogoski, M.L.S. is the Head of Special Collections – History of Medicine, Rutgers University Libraries, George F. Smith Library of the Health Sciences. Bob is the Editor in Chief for the MHSNJ weekly Newsletter. He is also Co-Chair for the Program Committee.
Acting Secretary: Emily Schiller
Emily Schiller is a fourth-year medical student at Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School. She majored in history at the University of Michigan, which first sparked her interest in the history of medicine.
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Program Chair Emerita: Sandra Moss, MD, MA (History)
Dr. Sandra Moss attended Rutgers Medical School (1969) and the Mt. Sinai School of Medicine (1971), then practiced and taught Internal Medicine in New Brunswick, N.J. until her retirement in 2000. In 2005, she completed a master’s degree in the history of medicine, technology and the environment. She has lectured and written extensively (including 5 books) on topics in the history of medicine, particularly in New Jersey. Dr. Moss is past president of the MHSNJ and the American Osler Society.
Program Chair and Book Review Editor: Alan J. Lippman, M.D.Dr. Alan Lippman is a graduate of Hahnemann Medical College (1965). After practicing medical oncology for 47 years, he retired in 2019. He is a past president of the MHSNJ. Having a particular interest in medical journalism, Dr. Lippman has served as Editor-in-Chief of The Journal of the Newark Beth Israel Medical Center and Deputy Senior Editor of New Jersey Medicine; he currently serves on the Editorial Board of MDAdvisor.
Original Articles Editor: Vincent J. Cirillo, PhDVincent J. Cirillo, Ph.D. (medical history) is co-founder and past President of the MHSNJ. He has held every office and served on every committee in the organization.
Webmaster: Nina Mansfield
Nina Mansfield is a Senior at the Bronx High School of Science in New York City. She recently completed a summer virology internship at the Moscona lab at Columbia University, and next year she will be attending the University of Pennsylvania where she plans on majoring in Math.