I first joined Einstein in 1982. In 1989, I left, not knowing that I would return after a 14-year hiatus to serve as the Chairman of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology for Einstein Healthcare Network for ten years.
When I came back in 2003, it was my plan to step down as Chairman of OB/GYN when I reached age 65. Well, 65 came and went… but now that we have opened the new hospital in East Norriton and our department has had the best year ever academically and financially, it is time for me to pass the baton over to someone who I know will do a fantastic job.
I am ecstatic to share that the Board has made the great decision to have David Jaspan now assume the position of Chairman of Obstetrics and Gynecology for Einstein.
I know that David will continue to improve the department and build on all the good work to which everyone has contributed.
I have had a long, varied career that is not ending, but only moving into a different phase. I can't think of any other place that I would have liked to have been for my last "leadership" position. The residents, faculty, board and administration have all made my time at Einstein meaningful and pleasurable. This has not been a job. It has been a mission to provide quality care to patients who have no other providers as well as to train the young medical minds of the future. What could be more fulfilling?
I have awakened every morning looking forward to coming to work. I believe that the faculty and our alumni have been integral parts in developing one of the best academic/clinical Departments of OB/GYN in the country. I think the quality of care, and the caring, that we provide to our patients is second to none. I also believe that the residents who complete this program graduate as spectacular physicians because all of our faculty and nursing staff who are devoted to their learning. Our residents have had wonderful role models, and that will stay with them forever.
Yes, I will still be around. This is not retirement (yet). I will continue to work full time until the end of the academic year. I then hope to continue seeing patients, teaching our residents, and influencing great doctors for many years to come. Einstein has been great to me and I hope to continue contributing to its fabric, even if I am not the Chairman. We have all been fortunate to work at an institution whose mission and vision values patients, caring and education. I couldn't have asked to finish my career in a better place.
I am looking forward to having more control of my time and being able to enjoy that with my lovely wife, Marcia, and our family. I also look forward to continuing my connection with many of you through our new Alumni Association. I hope to hear from you in the future.