Alumnus Serves as Model Benefactor and Committed Physician
As a 17-year-old, Lee Eisenberg, M.D. ’67C wasn’t certain what he would do in life, but he knew what he liked—athletics. He did not see himself as a player, but sought another meaningful role off the playing field. With persistence and patience, Lee became a student manager and eventually a student athletic trainer under the tutelage of such legends as Lou Carnesecca, Jack Kaiser, and Doc Gimmler.
“I wasn’t the greatest athlete, but I loved being involved in sports and had great opportunities and terrific guidance at St. Johns,” he said.
While athletics was a love of Eisenberg’s, medicine became a calling, leading to an extraordinary professional career that continues to this day.
Eisenberg graduated from SUNY Downstate Medical Center in 1971. He completed his residency in otolaryngology, head and neck surgery, at the University of California in 1977. While enjoying a successful medical practice in both New York and New Jersey, Lee has dedicated himself to serving those in need, mostly through a group known as Healing the Children® New Jersey, Inc. (HTCNJ), which provides medical support to children both locally and internationally. Two to four times a year, doctors travel to countries, including the Dominican Republic, Ecuador, and Peru, to provide medical services to children who otherwise would not have access to them. At the same time, youngsters from other nations travel to the United States for surgical procedures they could not have in their own countries.
“Without our help,” Eisenberg said, “these children would have no other medical alternatives.” He has received the Distinguished Service Award from the Board of Governors of the American Academy of Otolaryngology–Head and Neck Surgery (AAO–HNS) and has been named numerous times in New York magazine as one of the best doctors in New York.
“I am blessed to have a wonderful family and a successful career,” he said. “For me, St. John’s provided grounding for my future and I will always give back what I can to provide similar opportunities for other young men and women who would otherwise not have them.”