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Date: Apr 26, 2017

Hofstra Northwell School of Medicine Honors Teachers of the Year Drs. Joanne Willey and Jill Rabin


Hofstra Northwell School of Medicine’s Joanne Willey, PhD, and Jill Maura Rabin, MD, have been voted as “Distinguished Teacher of the Year” for 2016-2017.  Dr. Willey is distinguished teacher for the “First 100 Weeks” and Dr. Rabin for the “Second 100 Weeks” as selected by School of Medicine students.  They will be honored at the 21st Annual Hofstra Gala on May 4, 2017, at Hofstra University and will have their portraits on display within a 2017 Teacher of the Year gallery at The Joan and Donald E. Axinn Library at Hofstra.

Each spring, graduating classes from all schools on Hofstra’s campus choose a faculty member to receive the university’s Distinguished Teacher of the Year award.  Hofstra Northwell earmarks two recognitions for educators because the medical school’s curriculum operates on a first and second 100 weeks academic schedule as opposed to the traditional college calendar year.

Our Teachers of the Year

Dr. Willey (photo left) is currently chair and professor of science education at the School of Medicine. She was involved with the planning and development of the medical school. From 2009-2013, she held a joint appointment between the department of biology in the Hofstra College of Arts and Sciences and the science education department at the School of Medicine. She later joined the department of science education full time, assuming the position of chair in 2014.  In addition to ongoing research and mentoring of students as well as faculty, Dr. Willey serves as lead author of “Prescott's Microbiology,” a textbook for which she has published five editions since 2004 and is currrently translated into five languages. She earned her PhD from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Learn more about Dr. Willey.

Dr. Rabin (photo right) is a professor of obstetrics and gynecology and co-director of the Advanced Clinical Experience (ACE) in obstetrics and gynecology at the School of Medicine. She is also co-chief of the Division of Ambulatory Care, Women’s Health Programs, PCAP Services at Northwell Health and Head of Urogynecology at Long Island Jewish Medical Center. She earned her medical degree from the State University of New York, Downstate Medical Center. A practicing urogynecologist for over 20 years, Dr. Rabin has authored three books on women’s health including, “Mind Over Bladder,” a step-by-step guide to continence, and holds several patents for medical devices designed to increase safety and comfort for patients and their physicians. She is an active researcher, consultant, frequently invited lecturer and media spokesperson. Learn more about Dr. Rabin.

For more information about the 21st Annual Hofstra Gala, please visit the university Events Calendar.