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Lectureships

Dr. Louis A. Izenstein Visiting Professorship and Lectures in Diabetes, Obesity and Metabolism

Started by the Dr. Louis Izenstein’s family, upon his death in 1996, these lectures were developed by the Division of Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism to honor the memory of Dr. Izenstein.   Dr. Izenstein was a pioneer and visionary, a native of Springfield that returned to the area upon finishing his training to develop an Academic Department of Medicine with the special focus on the development of high level faculty and to bring the state-of-the-art to the management of Diabetes. 

A dedicated and highly regarded physician in the then Springfield Hospital, he devoted most of his clinical activities to provide comprehensive care to patients of all ages with diabetes.  The Izenstein Fund is to bring an expert in the field of diabetes, metabolism or obesity, a nationally and internationally renowned figure to Baystate Medical Center.  The award intends to recognize an investigator whose research has or will significantly advance the prevention or treatment of such disorders.

Dr. Burritt L. Haag Visiting Professorship and Lectures in Thyroid Disease and Physiology

Commencing in 2007, Genzyme Corporation has funded these lectures that recognize an investigator's contributions to the understanding of the physiology, pathophysiology and diseases of the thyroid gland that have or will improve the prevention or treatment of disorders of the thyroid gland and its hormones. 

The lecture has been named after Dr. Burritt L. Haag for his lifelong commitment to improve the management of the thyroid gland disorders, and having the vision and the courage to bringing the state-of-the-art in methods and techniques to Baystate Medical Center and the region, oftentimes before they were established in greater centers and thus putting Baystate in the lead in these regards.