Title: John H. Keating Professor Emeritus
Company: Columbia University
Location: New York City, New York, United States
Gerard Turino, John H. Keating Professor Emeritus at Columbia University, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Doctors for dedication, achievements, and leadership in pulmonary medicine, research and academia.
With an impressive professional history dating back more than 50 years, Dr. Turino’s career was always centered on the value of people. Under his care, Dr. Turino’s patients received the utmost top quality health care services. Throughout his career, he was never just focused on treating his patients; he was also dedicated to researching and discovering new treatments to improve care. This emphasis on all sides of health problems is reflected in one of his career achievements. Dr. Turino’s work on the disease Alpha 1 anticrypson deficiency enhanced research on COPD and was a critical factor in understanding lung injuries which can be applied to COPD. That was a rather defining moment in this field and is another example of Dr. Turino’s dedication to going the extra mile for patients. Since 2016, he has been professor emeritus at Columbia University. He currently is a professor of pulmonary diseases and internal medicine at the ICAHN School of Medicine at Mt. Sinai Hospital.
Instilled with a nature to help others at an early age, Dr. Turino pursued medicine early on in his academic pursuits, first receiving an AB from Princeton University in 1945 and an MD from Columbia University in 1948. He continued refining his medical skills with an internship and residency at Bellevue Hospital, and then with a residency at New Haven Hospital. Early in his career, he fulfilled the roles of chief resident in medicine at Columbia University, senior fellow at the New York Heart Association, and assistant professor of medicine at Columbia. In 1960, he joined the staff at Presbyterian Hospital, and committed his skills and compassion at the institution until 1983. During this time, Dr. Turino also contributed in the roles of career investigator with the Health Research Council for the City of New York, as an associate and later full professor at Columbia University. In 1983, he was selected as the John H. Keating Professor of Medicine at Columbia University and held this position until his retirement in 2016. Prior to his retirement, Dr. Turino also worked as the director of medical services and of the James P. Mara Center at St. Luke’s-Roosevelt Hospital.
Dr. Turino has received a number of awards and accolades throughout his career that serve as a testament to the incredible contributions he has made to the field. Some of these recognitions include the First Visionary Award from the COPD Foundation, the Breathing for Life Award from the American Thoracic Society, the Edward Livingston Trudeau Award from the American Lung Association and various alumni commendations from Columbia University. Since 2004, he has served on the board of directors the COPD Foundation. He has also maintained professional affiliation with the New York Medical-Surgical Society, the New York Heart Association, the American Society of Clinical Investigation, the Princeton Club, the American Association for the Advancement of Science and the Association of American Physicians among other organizations. Furthermore, Dr. Turino served to the rank of captain in the US Air Force from 1951 to 1953.
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