The Donald and Barbara Zucker School of Medicine at Hofstra/Northwell has voted Zeinab Nassrallah, PhD, and Edward S. Wind, MD, as “Distinguished Teachers of the Year” for 2017-2018. Dr. Nassrallah is the distinguished teacher for the “First 100 Weeks” and Dr. Wind for the “Second 100 Weeks” as selected by School of Medicine students.
Drs. Nassrallah and Wind were recently honored at the 22nd Annual Hofstra Gala on May 3, 2018, at Hofstra University.
Each spring, graduating classes from all schools on Hofstra’s campus choose a faculty member to receive the university’s Distinguished Teacher of the Year award. The Zucker School of Medicine earmarks two recognitions for educators to highlight academic contributions from both the classroom and clinical settings.
About our Teachers of the Year
Dr. Nassrallah is an assistant professor of science education at the Zucker School of Medicine. Born in Detroit and raised in Dearborn, Michigan, she is a first-generation Lebanese American. Dr. Nassrallah earned her PhD in human anatomy from the Pennsylvania State College of Medicine. She is a member of the American Association of Anatomists and has presented her educational innovations at its national meetings. Since 2016, Dr. Nassrallah has been a member of the Zucker School of Medicine Structure team where she teaches human anatomy, neuroanatomy, embryology, and histology during the first two years of medical education. Dedicated to her students’ learning, Dr. Nassrallah finds that the most rewarding part of teaching anatomy is helping students to master complex concepts in a fun, engaging, and interactive ways. She also organizes the annual regional Long Island Brain Bee, which is part of a national competition designed to expose interested high school students to the brain and neuroscience. She is an active participant in many outreach activities and academic workshops designed to enhance the practice of excellent medical education in both the clinical and basic sciences. A fan of Halloween, Dr. Nassrallah is happy to celebrate the holiday all year long as students (faculty and staff) have become quite fond of her perpetual “trick-or-treat” office hours and enjoy an assortment of candy.
Dr. Wind is a professor of radiology at the Zucker School of Medicine to which he brings over 50 years of professional experience. A native of Long Island, he decided to become a physician as a young boy “after multiple visits by the family physician to give him a penicillin shot.” His desire to be the one who gave the injection led him to study medicine at SUNY Downstate Medical School from 1961-1965. Despite a deep love of children, Dr. Wind jokingly said that he realized that he might not be “cut out” for pediatrics because he is “colorblind, was worried he may miss key diagnoses and might harm someone rather than help.” Soon after that, he was exposed to radiology and quickly knew this was the path for him. He initially practiced pediatric radiology but now focuses on general radiology. When not teaching medical students, he can be found at home in West Hills, New York (which boasts an actual wigwam) with his wife, Valerie, and catching up with his three children: Kenneth, Kelley, and Daniel.
Faculty at the Zucker School of Medicine consists of more than 3,000 nationally and internationally recognized medical educators, clinicians and scientists who represent a vast number of diverse specialties and wide range of interests. For more information, visit medicine.hofstra.edu/faculty.