Albert Einstein College of Medicine has named alumnus Carl Grunfeld, MD, PhD, a recipient of its 2012 Lifetime Achievement Award. Dr. Grunfeld is Associate Chief of Staff for Research and Chief of the Division of Metabolism and Endocrinology at the San Francisco VA Medical Center, a Professor of Medicine at the University of California, San Francisco, and a member of the Board of Directors of NCIRE – The Veterans Health Research Institute.
The Lifetime Achievement Award recognizes Einstein alumni who have attained distinction in their fields and who have made major contributions to the health and welfare of underserved communities.
Dr. Grunfeld is internationally recognized for his research in the field of metabolic disturbances during infection, working to define physiological changes and their underlying molecular mechanisms as well as consequences to the body. Among the accomplishments of Dr. Grunfeld’s research group are determining the causes of, and developing therapies for, AIDS-wasting syndrome; unraveling the complex issues surrounding metabolic and body composition changes due to HIV infection, antiretroviral therapy, and opportunistic infections, thereby allowing researchers to establish the causes of those changes; and defining the mechanisms by which infection promotes atherosclerosis. Dr. Grunfeld has published more than 260 peer-reviewed papers.
Dr. Grunfeld’s public service goes well beyond his contributions to science, patient care, and teaching. He is President of the Board of Rhoda Goldman Plaza, an assisted living facility; Chair of the Ethical Care Committee, a member of the Educational Loans and Grants Committee, and a past Board member of Jewish and Family Services of San Francisco, the Peninsula, Marin, and Sonoma Counties; and a member of the San Francisco Bioethics Forum. Dr. Grunfeld received his BS from Haverford College, and MD and PhD from Albert Einstein College of Medicine.
Dr. Grunfeld will receive the award at Einstein commencement ceremonies on May 30 in New York City.