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Bernard Lanter, MD

Professor of Surgery, Director of Clinical Rotations, Director of the Alumni Association

Dr. Lanter has a long and illustrious career in Medical Education spanning more than 50 years.

Dr. Lanter served for three years in the Air Force before embarking on his formal education. A Phi Beta Kappa graduate from Columbia University, he then attended the New York University School of Medicine. He served his internship and surgical residency at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine Program at Jacoby Hospital in New York. He then served two years of residency as Chief Surgical Resident at Brookdale Hospital (Beth El) New York. Dr. Lanter then went on to become a Rupert Turnbull Fellow at Cleveland Clinic. After completing his training he returned to Brookdale as the Associate Director of the Surgical Residency program and Attending-in-charge of Trauma Surgery. In these capacities he was responsible for supervising the education of the Residents and students along with his surgical duties. He then became the Director of Surgery at Peninsula Medical. He also functioned as the Director of Medical Education and the Emergency Department in the process of converting Peninsula Hospital into a teaching center. In 1976 he took on the role of Clinical Associate Professor of Surgery at Stony Brook University and created an affiliated Surgical Residency Program.

In 1985, after teaming with Dr. Sheldon Sirota, he created and developed third year clinical rotations with NYCOM; built an Osteopathic Rotating Internship and Residency Programs in Primary Care, Surgery and in Orthopedics.

Dr. Lanter’s accomplishments include innovations and the establishment of medical education opportunities to the International Community in order to address healthcare needs beyond the borders of New York State. He served as Trauma and Surgical Consultant to what has become Homeland Security and was responsible for disaster response teams for the Port Authority of New York.

His greatest success is his ability to nurture students and impart principles of humanity and empathy to the students within his charge. It is for the reasons given, that Dr. Bernard Lanter was the recipient of the Sheldon Sirota Medal in 2014.