SOURCE: International Association of Who's Who

March 21, 2016 11:00 ET

Simon S. Rabinowitz, M.D. Is Named Professional of the Year by the International Assoc. of Who's Who

Simon S. Rabinowitz, Ph.D., M.D. of New York, New York, Recognized by the International Assoc. of Who's Who for Exemplary Achievements in the Field of Medicine

NEW YORK, NY--(Marketwired - Mar 21, 2016) - Simon S. Rabinowitz, M.D. is the Vice Chairman of Pediatrics at SUNY Downstate Medical Center, Brooklyn, New York and is also a Visiting Professor at the Medical Center. Dr. Rabinowitz is recognized in medical circles for his outstanding work with inner city and disadvantaged children, including those with developmental diseases, HIV, congenital anomalies, and acquired digestive diseases.

Dr. Rabinowitz earned his Medical Degree from the University of Miami School of Medicine in Miami, Florida (1983). He continued on to complete his residency in Pediatrics and a Pediatric Gastroenterology Fellowship at Mt. Sinai School of Medicine. Prior to attending medical school, he attended Vassar College, earning an undergraduate degree in Chemistry and subsequently was awarded a Ph.D. in Physiological Chemistry from the University of Wisconsin.

Early on, Simon Rabinowitz showed the qualities of a hardworking young man. Growing up in a modest Brooklyn neighborhood, he worked his way through college as a high school janitor, a Coney Island Parks Department worker, a dish and window washer, a busboy and a door to door and pantyhose salesman. Never succumbing to adversity, he was able to finance his education and ultimately fulfilled his dream by returning to New York.

After completing his training, Dr. Rabinowitz became the director of Pediatric Gastroenterology at SUNY Downstate Medical Center in the borough in which he grew up. SUNY Downstate is the only medical center in Brooklyn combining research, health education and patient services. Dr Rabinowitz established a regional center that provided gastrointestinal and nutritional care for children with AIDS. He presented his work in international meetings and published his observations. Dr Rabinowitz organized the first clinical study that involved cooperation between different neonatal intensive care units within Brooklyn. The collaboration demonstrated the role of an inflammatory marker in necrotizing enterocolitis which was published in the Journal of Pediatrics.

In 2003 he became the chairman of Pediatrics at St Vincent Hospital, Staten Island and the program director of their Pediatric training program. He created a new emphasis on resident education that dramatically improved their Pediatric board passing rate. His revision of departmental protocols earned the hospital the Health Grades Pediatric Safety Excellence Award, a distinction awarded to the top 5% of the hospitals in the nation. Dr Rabinowitz refocused the well-established infant development research program and the group was able to determine patterns in infancy that could permit an earlier diagnosis of autism. This work was presented in national meetings and published in Pediatrics. After weathering two successive bankruptcies in the hospital, he returned to Downstate in 2011 as the Vice Chairman of Pediatrics. At the medical school, he analyzed endoscopic data and found that the most common bacterial infection in humans, Helicobacter Pylori, the cause of most duodenal ulcers and many cases of gastric cancer, appears to also protect children from obesity. His research was published in Helicobacter and validated previous observations in Italian and Chinese children. Dr Rabinowitz's hypothesis that the bacteria causes disturbances in a hormone made in the stomach which influences the satiety center in the brain was recently "selected to be featured in… World Biomedical Frontiers, because of its innovation and potential for significant impact."

During his career, he has been a peer reviewer for Pediatrics, the Journal of Pediatric Gastroenterology Hepatology and Nutrition, the Journal of Pediatric Surgery, and several other publications. He has presented more than 35 posters at international and national medical conferences and authored nearly 40 published articles and book chapters, including several articles to the online medical encyclopedia eMedicine/Medscape, dealing with "abdominal examination" and "failure to thrive". He has additionally produced a number of educational videos for children and their parents. Dr. Rabinowitz is a frequent lecturer for a variety of medical audiences including community Pediatricians, fellows, residents and students.

Dr. Simon Rabinowitz is certified by the American Board of Pediatrics and Pediatric Gastroenterology and has served as the Chairperson of the Nutrition Committee at Kings County Hospital. In that role, more than 20 years ago he introduced a program to disseminate food and drug interaction handouts he had created and had translated from English to Spanish and Creole, to all patients who came in to pick up their medications at the hospital pharmacy. Additionally, as Pediatric Residency Program Director at St. Vincent Hospital, Staten Island and Richmond University Medical Center, he introduced several forward-thinking advances in resident education that were utilized throughout the hospital. Because of an unanticipated illness in the committee's chairman, he was drafted to revamp and present the hospital's Continuing Medical Education program for credentialing when their accreditation was due; he was able to secure maximum certification. He has been included in every published edition of Castle and Connolly's Metropolitan New York City's Top Doctors, and has received many awards recognizing his clinical work in Pediatric Gastroenterology, Hepatology, and Nutrition.

Dr. Rabinowitz's outstanding work ethic and appreciation of education was evident early on. As he continues to give his all to the medical field and to his community, his commitment has only grown stronger, making him a one of a kind individual and mentor. When not involved in his many medical endeavors, Dr. Simon S. Rabinowitz enjoys karate (currently he holds a black belt), yoga, bicycling, gardening and photography. Dr. Rabinowitz is married to Ms. Lynne Heckman, MS genetic counsellor, and they have three sons, Brandon (25 years) and their twins (Jesse and Jake, 22 years). 

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