Faculty Hofstra Northwell School of Medicine

Chair and Professor of Science Education Receives High Honor

Left to right: Drs. Lawrence G. Smith, dean, Leo Guthart, and Joanne Willey.

Chair and professor of science education, Joanne Willey, PhD, was recently named as the Dr. Leo A. Guthart Endowed Chair at Hofstra Northwell School of Medicine. The School of Medicine commemorated the occasion with a reception held on Friday, July 14, attended by academic leadership, faculty, staff, and Leo Guthart, PhD—the chair’s namesake.

The endowed chair professorship in honor of Dr. Guthart—an entrepreneur, co-chair of the School of Medicine Steering Committee and a member of the Joint Board of Overseers—invests in the institution’s capacity to create an environment that sustains passion for and commitment to the science and art of medicine. Dr. Willey is the second professor to hold the chair at the School of Medicine.

“It is such an honor to receive the endowed chair that bears Dr. Guthart’s name. All members of the department of science education are committed to delivering innovative medical education and this recognition is shared by all who work so hard to make Hofstra Northwell School of Medicine such a special place,” said Dr. Willey. “As chair of the department, and with this new honor, I look forward to continuing to support the efforts of our talented faculty.”

Dr. Willey has been an integral part of Hofstra Northwell’s success and represents the pioneering spirit of the endowed chair’s legacy.  She was involved with the initial planning and development of the School of Medicine. From 2009-2013, she held a joint appointment between the department of biology in the Hofstra College of Arts and Sciences and the science education department at the School of Medicine. She later joined the department of science education full time, assuming the position of chair in 2014.

In addition to ongoing research and mentoring of students as well as faculty, Dr. Willey serves as lead author of “Prescott’s Microbiology,” a textbook for which she has published five editions since 2004 and is currently translated into five languages. She earned her PhD from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Learn more about Dr. Willey.

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