Distinguished Alumnus Award/2013 Recipients
Stanley Epstein, MD ’58, FACP, FACC
An expert in geriatric cardiology, Dr. Stanley Epstein has practiced medicine for more than 55 years. A cum laude graduate of Brooklyn College with honors in biology, after earning his medical degree from the Chicago Medical School, he underwent residency training in internal medicine at the Jewish Hospital of Brooklyn, the University of California Medical Service of the San Francisco General Hospital and Montefiore Hospital in the Bronx, NY.
Licensed to practice in both New York state, where he resides, and California, Dr. Epstein, a native of Brooklyn, is board certified in internal medicine and cardiovascular disease. He serves as attending physician at Presbyterian Hospital in New York City and Lawrenceville Hospital in Bronxville and associate attending at Montefiore Medical Center in the Bronx, NY. In 1962 he founded Westchester Cardiology Associates P.C. in Scarsdale, NY, where he served as president until 2008.
Dr. Epstein is clinical professor of medicine in the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Columbia University, New York, NY and associate clinical professor of medicine at Albert Einstein College of Medicine in the Bronx. He earned his first academic appointment in 1967. In 1996, he was recognized by the American College of Physicians with the Preceptorship Award for outstanding teaching in the field of internal medicine.
A fellow of the American College of Physicians, the American College of Cardiology, the American Heart Association Council on Clinical Cardiology, the Society of Geriatric Cardiology and the New York Cardiological Society, Dr. Epstein has authored 34 scientific publications and 42 published abstracts. His research has appeared in the American Journal of Cardiology, the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society, and the American Journal of Geriatric Cardiology.
Dr. Epstein is a member of the American Heart Association, American Medical Association and Westchester County Medical Society. He has received numerous awards and recognitions for both medicine and teaching in the field of internal medicine. He has long been rated a Castle Connolly Top Doctor for the New York Metro Area.
Involved in many other professional activities, Dr. Epstein has served since 1984 on the board of directors of the Brookdale Foundation, which works to advance the fields of geriatrics and gerontology and to improve the lives of senior citizens in New York City and across the country. He is a trustee for the Schuyler Center for Analysis and Advocacy and a member of the board of directors for the Westhampton Beach Performing Arts Center.
Married for 55 years to Sylvia Epstein, he is the father of Susie, Joel and Debbie, and grandfather of nine grandchildren.
Stephanie Whyte, MD ’96, MBA, FAAP
Dr. Stephanie A. Whyte was awarded the Illinois Department of Public Health Scholarship while a student at Chicago Medical School. She earned a BA in biology from Illinois Wesleyan University, Bloomington and in 1999 completed a residency in general pediatrics at Louisiana State University Medical Center, New Orleans. In 2009, she earned a master of business administration in public and non-profit management from St. Xavier University, Chicago, where she was a recipient of the Academic Achievement Award and Philip H. Sheridan, Sr., MD, Service Award.
Board certified in pediatrics, Dr. Whyte spent several years in private practice before joining the Mobile C.A.R.E. Foundation, working for more than a decade aboard a mobile clinic to diagnose and treat children with asthma. She served as medical director of the foundation from 2007 to 2012.
Appointed the first-ever chief health officer of Chicago Public Schools in 2012, Dr. Whyte has developed a strategic plan to integrate and promote health and wellness services in the district with the goal of preventing and addressing those health conditions that directly impede learning.
Dr. Whyte is a clinical assistant professor of pediatrics at Chicago Medical School, where she was recently featured in the Alumni Seminar Speaker Series. She also served on the faculty at the Osler Institute, Chicago and as a lecturer on pediatric asthma and allergies and public health at hospitals and conferences around Chicago and Illinois. She has met with state and U.S. lawmakers to advocate for legislation and funding to fight asthma. She served as spokesperson for the Asthma Education Campaign targeting African-American communities, sponsored by the Respiratory Health Association of Metropolitan Chicago. Also for that group, Dr. White made a televised public service announcement, “Could it be asthma?” which was aired citywide in 2007 and 2008. She served as medical task force chair of the Merck Childhood Asthma Network Addressing Asthma in Englewood Project from 2006 to 2012.
Papers co-authored by Dr. Whyte have appeared in the Journal of School Health, Annals of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology and the Journal of Asthma. She is a member of numerous associations, leadership teams and professional groups including the American Academy of Pediatrics, American College of Physician Executives, Chicago Asthma Consortium and Respiratory Health Association of Metropolitan Chicago.
Dr. Whyte is married to Mark E. Williams, MD ’96 and they are the proud parents of two children.