Boston University News Release

15th November, 2001

BU School Of Medicine Professor Recently Honored

Boston, Mass. Benjamin Kaminer, former professor and chairman of the department of physiology at Boston University School of Medicine (BUSM), was recently honored at a symposium held in his name at BUSM. The honor was in recognition of Kaminer's outstanding contributions to medical education and research at BUSM.

During the opening ceremonies of the symposium, BUSM Dean Aram Chobanian read from a proclamation by Boston Mayor Thomas M. Menino citing Kaminer's 30 years in academic leadership and advancement in biomedical research. The mayor ended the proclamation by declaring Nov. 6, 2001, Dr. Benjamin Kaminer Day in the City of Boston.

Kaminer received his medical degree in 1946 from the University of Witwatersrand in Johannesburg, South Africa, and his degree in Child Health from the Royal College of Physicians & Surgeons, England. After graduation, he was a research associate at the University of London and a lecturer and dean of the University of Witwatersrand. In 1959, he received the Rockefeller Foundation Fellowship and began his work at the Marine Biology Laboratory in Woods Hole.

BU previously recognized Kaminer's dedication to education and research when he received the 1998 University Scholar/Teacher of the Year Award. Prior to that honor, Kaminer was awarded the School of Medicine's Stanley L. Robbins Award for Excellence in Teaching-a prize whose recipient is determined by students. Kaminer began teaching at BUSM in 1970 and is currently professor emeritus. He has taught over 5,000 medical, dental and graduate students.

Established in 1873, Boston University School of Medicine is a leading academic and research institution, with an enrollment of nearly 630 students and more than 1,100 full and part-time faculty members. It is known for its programs in arthritis, cardiovascular disease, cancer, human genetics, pulmonary disease and dermatology, among others, and is one of the major biomedical research institutions in the United States. The School is affiliated with Boston Medical Center, its principal teaching hospital, and Boston Veterans Administration Medical Center. Along with Boston Medical Center and 15 community health centers, the School of Medicine is a partner in Boston HealthNet.

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