Each Summer [since 1974] the Board Members of the Melvyn H. Motolinsky Research Foundation carefully selects a recipient to receive the Distinguished Service Award, honoring his/her work in Hematology and related fields of medicine. The honoree is acknowledged at an Annual Dinner in New Brunswick.


2015 Honoree – Roger Strair, MD, PhD.
(Cancer Institute of New Jersey)

Last Monday October 26th, 2015, the Melvyn H Motolinsky gathered at The Frog and the Peach in New Brunswick, where we proudly honored Roger Strair, MD, PhD —  Cancer Institute of New Jersey — as the recipient of the 2015 Distinguished Service Award. Dr. Strair gave a wonderful presentation on the amazing and vital advances that have been made in the search for a cure for blood disorders, in particular AML (acute myelogenous leukemia).

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About the honoree:
Roger Strair, MD, PhD is the chief of Hematologic Malignancies/Hematopoietic Stem Cell Transplantation at Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey, as well as a professor of medicine at Robert Wood Johnson Medical School.

Dr. Roger Strair has been a physician and researcher at the Cancer Institute of New Jersey for 18 years. For all of this time he has focused his efforts on the care of patients with hematologic (blood-derived) malignancies such as leukemia, lymphoma, multiple myeloma, myelodysplasia and related disorders. He has also been a founding member of the Cancer Institute’s Hematopoietic/Bone Marrow Transplant Program. Dr. Strair works with a specialized group of medical oncologists, nurse practitioners, bone marrow transplant coordinators, nurse clinicians and laboratory research scientists, who are engaged in novel research. Supported by the Institute, individual research grants, and funds donated by fund raising activities such as the Century for the Cure bicycle ride and the Two Guys Golf Event, early phase laboratory and clinical studies designed to ease the burden of cancer are underway. [Full Bio].


Past Recipients of the Distinguished Service Award


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Robert S. DiPaola, MD Director – Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey

2014 Honoree – Robert S. DiPaola, MD

November 3rd, 2014 the MHM Foundation honored Robert S. DiPaola, MD — Director of the Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey — as the recipient of the 2014 Distinguished Service Award.

As Cancer Center Director, Dr. DiPaola is responsible for research activities and administrative oversight of a National Cancer Institute (NCI)-designated Comprehensive Cancer Center, and led the successful renewal of NCI designation in 2011. Dr. DiPaola has held multiple local and national positions including the founding Director and Program leader of the Prostate Cancer Center at the Cancer Institute of New Jersey (1996-2008); National Chairman of the Genitourinary Committee of the Eastern Oncology Cooperative Group (2004-2011); Chief of Medical Oncology at Robert Wood Johnson Medical School (2006-Current); and was appointed as Director of the Cancer Institute of New Jersey in 2008, after a national search. [Full Bio].


Rabson and Borrus

In 2013 the Foundation honored Arnold B. Rabson, MD. (pictured left): Professor of Molecular Genetics, Microbiology and Immunology, Pathology and Laboratory Medicine and Pediatrics at Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School; Director of the Rutgers Child Health Institute of New Jersey.


2015 Roger Strair, MD, PhD Chief of Hematologic Malignancies/Hematopoietic Stem Cell Transplantation, Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey
2014 Robert S. Dipaola, MD Director of the Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey
2013 Arnold B. Rabson, MD Professor of Molecular Genetics, Microbiology and Immunology, Pathology and Laboratory Medicine and Pediatrics at Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School; Director of the Rutgers Child Health Institute of New Jersey
2012 Norman Reitman, MD Cardiologist; Former President, Melvyn H Motolinsky Research Foundation
2011 Stephen K. Jones President and CEO of Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital and Robert Wood Johnson Health System
2010 Michael J. Nissenblatt, MD Central Jersey Oncology Center
2009 Parvin Saidi, MD In Memory of Dr. Parvin Saidi
2008 Senator Joe Vitale New Jersey State Senate
2007 Wise Young, MD, PhD Professor of Neuroscience, Founding Director, W.M. Keck Center for Collaborative Neuroscience, Rutgers
2006 Richard McCormick, MD President, Rutgers University
2005 John L. Colaizzi, PhD President of the Rutgers University Foundation; Dean of the School of Pharmacy
2004 Yetta B. Motolinsky Co-Founder of the Melvyn H. Motolinsky Research Foundation (Melvyn’s Mother)
2003 Risa Lavizzo-Mourey, MD President, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
2002 Clifton Lacy, MD Commissioner, New Jersey State Department of Health and Senior Services
2001 Jack Borrus Officer and Director of the Melvyn H. Motolinsky Research Foundation and Director, Child Health Institute of UMDNJ
2000 Parvin Saidi, MD Professor of Medicine and Chief, Division of Hematology
1999 William N. Hait, MD, PhD Director, The Cancer Institute of New Jersey
1998 Harold L. Paz, MD Dean, UMDNJ- Robert Wood Johnson Medical School
1997 Robert E. Campbell Vice Chairman, Board of Directors, Johnson & Johnson
1996 Alan J. Spotnitz, MD Professor of Clinical Surgery and Chief, Cardiac Surgery, Robert Wood Johnson Medical School
1995 Rabbi Yacov R. Hisenrath Rabbi Emeritus – Highland Park Conservative Temple; President, Roosevelt Hospital, Middlesex
1994 Harvey A. Holzberg President, Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital
1993 Norman Edelman, MD Dean, UMDNJ- Robert Wood Johnson Medical School
1992 John B. Kostis, MD Chair, Department of Medicine, Robert Wood Johnson Medical School
1991 Roger Clair Duvoisin William Dow Lovett Professor of Neurology, UMDNJ-Robert Wood Johnson Medical School
1990 Richard E. Reynolds Executive VP, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
1989 William R. Walsh, Jr. Vice President and Treasurer, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
1988 Victor Parsonnet, MD Director of Surgery, Beth Israel Medical Center
1987 David Mechanic, MD Director, Institute for Health, Health Care Policy & Aging Research
1986 David E. Rogers, MD President, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
1985 Ralph W. Voorhees Senior Vice President, Paine Weber, Jackson & Curtis Investment Company
1984 Arno Penzias, MD Vice President of Research, AT&T Bell Labs
1983 Willet F. Whitmore, Jr., MD Chief of Urologic Service, Memorial Hospital and Professor of Surgery (Urology), Cornell Medical College
1982 Denton Cooley, MD Surgeon in Chief, Texas Health Institute; Clinical Professor of Surgery, University of Texas Medical School in Houston
1981 Norman Reitman, MD President, Melvyn H. Motolinsky Research Foundation
1980 Gustav O. Lienhard Chairman of the Board of Trustees of Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
1979 Stanley Bergen, Jr., MD President of the College of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey
1978 Robert A. Good, MD President and Director of Sloan Kettering Institute
1977 Parin Saidi, MD Chief, Division of Hematology and Oncology, Robert Wood Johnson Medical School
1976 Martin Kosmin, MD Associate Professor, Division of Hematology, Robert Wood Johnson Medical School
1975 Philip Levine, MD Director Emeritus of Research, Ortho Pharmaceutical Corp.
1974 J. Oliver Lampen, MD Director of the Waksman Institute of Microbiology