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David Elkowitz, DO

David Elkowitz, DO


Associate Dean & Director of Academy of Medical Educators
Associate Professor, Science Education and Pathology/Laboratory Medicine

DO, New York College of Osteopathic Medicine, 1997

Research and Interests:

Dr. Elkowitz currently is the Associate Dean and Director of the Academy of Medical Educators and Director of Undergraduate Medical Education for the Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine as well as Co-Director for the Structure Lab and Associate Director of the PEARLS program (case-based curriculum) at the Hofstra Northwell School of Medicine. Dr. Elkowitz has a dual appointment as an Associate Professor in the Departments of Science Education and Pathology/Laboratory Medicine and is a full time facilitator in the case-based component of the curriculum (PEARLS), lecturer, and lab preceptor.

Previously, Dr. Elkowitz directed the problem-based learning curriculum and the Office of Academic Medicine Fellowship at the New York College of Osteopathic Medicine in Old Westbury, NY. He served on the Dean's council, admissions committee, and curriculum committee, as well as the academic senate, serving as president in 2003-2004. Dr. Elkowitz has published over 40 articles, book chapters, and abstracts and has been an invited speaker at schools and meetings across the country talking about medical education topics including curricular reform, content integration, and the student centered approach.

Dr. Elkowitz was awarded Mentor of the Year at the New York College of Osteopathic Medicine in 2004 and was a finalist for American Osteopathic Association Educator of the Year in 2004. Dr. Elkowitz received many teaching awards including Professor of the Year in 2006, and 2008, NYCOM's Standard of Excellence Award in 2006 and Hofstra Northwell School of Medicine's Distinguished Teacher of the Year Award in 2013.

Dr. Elkowitz received his Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine degree from the New York College of Osteopathic Medicine in 1997. He graduated from Norwich University/ Military College of Vermont in 1989 with a Bachelor of Arts and a minor in health studies. He completed a four-year combined residency in anatomic and clinical pathology at North Shore University Hospital in Manhasset, New York, in 2000. He also served as chief resident during the last two years of his residency. Dr. Elkowitz then went on to complete a surgical pathology fellowship at North Shore University Hospital in 2001. He was an attending pathologist and director of autopsy service at North Shore University Hospital in Manhasset, New York, where he also served on the graduate medical education committee. He then went on to complete the American Osteopathic Association's Health Policy Fellowship in 2006.