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Three TouroCOM Doctors Honored with Laureate Awards

Date: July 29, 2016
L-R: Associate Professor Conrad Fischer, M.D., Clinical Assistant Professor Christos Paras, DO and Adjunct Assistant Professor Niket Sonpal, M.D.
L-R: Associate Professor Conrad Fischer, M.D., Clinical Assistant Professor Christos Paras, DO and Adjunct Assistant Professor Niket Sonpal, M.D.
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Barbara Franklin 
Director of Communications 
646-565-6530 
Barbara.franklin@touro.edu

New York, N.Y. – Three professors from the Touro College of Osteopathic Medicine (TouroCOM) have received Laureate Awards from the New York Chapter of the American College of Physicians, Inc. (NYACP).

Associate Professor Conrad Fischer, M.D., Clinical Assistant Professor Christos Paras, DO and Adjunct Assistant Professor Niket Sonpal, M.D. have all been honored with awards, which are bestowed upon members of the American College of Physicians who have demonstrated “an abiding commitment of excellence in medical care, education, or research, and in service to their community, their region and the ACP.” 

The three physicians are renowned experts and authors in test preparation who volunteered to provide board review for members of the ACP for upcoming certification examinations.

Dr. Fischer is responsible for the content of TouroCOM’s physiology course, in the first-year curriculum, and is the editor for the content of the clinical systems course, which is a keystone of the second-year curriculum.  He has taught leading medical licensing review courses nationally and internationally for 25 years. His “Master the Boards” series for the United States Medical Licensing Exam (USMLE) and the Comprehensive Osteopathic Medical Licensing Examination of the United States (COMLEX) reaches 40,000 medical students per year and is the leading textbook for USMLE preparation in the world. He is the first author of 10 textbooks in medicine in both the basic sciences and ethics.  Dr. Fisher has received ten “teacher of the year” awards. He also serves as vice-chairman of medicine and residency program director in internal medicine at Brookdale University Hospital and Medical Center in Brooklyn.

Dr. Paras has co-authored sections in many books of the popular Master the Boards series. He is board certified in internal medicine, endocrinology, and clinical hypertension. In addition to his duties at TouroCOM, Dr. Paras is also assistant professor of clinical medicine at New York Medical College, which is part of the Touro College and University System; associate residency program director and clinical dean at Brookdale University Hospital and Medical Center; and on the faculty at Winthrop University Hospital in Mineola and New York Institute of Technology College of Osteopathic Medicine (NYITCOM). Dr. Paras has also taught medical board review programs throughout the U.S. and Canada and was an instructor for Kaplan’s popular live, online review programs.

Dr. Sonpal is also a co‚Äźauthor of the best-selling Master the Boards: USMLE Step 2 CK, Master the Boards Step 3, and Master the Boards: Internal Medicine. He has presented at over 25 national and regional conferences about his research on gastroenterology and social media in medicine; is a regular participant in national courses; and has presented to medical students, graduates, and residents on the match process.  In addition to his faculty duties at TouroCOM and Kingsbrook Jewish Medical Center in Brooklyn, he is completing a fellowship in gastroenterology at Lenox Hill Hospital.

About the Touro College and University System

Touro is a system of non-profit institutions of higher and professional education. Touro College was chartered in 1970 primarily to enrich the Jewish heritage, and to serve the larger American and global community. Approximately 18,000 students are currently enrolled in its various schools and divisions. Touro College has 29 branch campuses, locations and instructional sites in the New York area, as well as branch campuses and programs in Berlin, Jerusalem and Moscow. New York Medical College; Touro University California and its Nevada branch campus; Touro University Worldwide and its Touro College Los Angeles division; as well as Hebrew Theological College in Skokie, Ill. are separately accredited institutions within the Touro College and University System. For further information on Touro College, please go to: www.touro.edu/news