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Board of Trustees


Lisa Kuvin Schreier, MPH

Executive Director, Kuvin Foundation

​Lisa graduated from the University of Pennsylvania with a degree in Near Eastern Studies and Arabic, and received a Masters Degree in Epidemiology and Public Health (MPH) from Yale University. While at Yale, Lisa received the Wilbur Downs Fellowship and traveled to Saroka Hospital at Ben Gurion University in Beer Sheva, Israel. She did her masters degree thesis pilot study to re-encourage Bedouin women to breast-feed. For 20 years, Lisa worked in the field of maternal and child health. In 2008, Lisa changed professions and earned her Certificate in Personal Financial Planning from UCLA Extension. Lisa now draws on her health care and financial expertise in her role as Executive Director of The Kuvin Foundation.

Jeffrey T. Kuvin, MD

Professor and Chair, Department of Cardiology, Zucker School of Medicine at Hofstra/Northwell; Chair, Department of Cardiology, North Shore University Hospital and Long Island Jewish Medical Center

​Jeffrey received his Bachelor’s degree in Near East & North African Studies from the University of Michigan. As an undergraduate, he swam for Michigan and won a silver medal at the 1985 World Maccabiah Games. Dr. Kuvin graduated from Emory University School of Medicine and completed his internal medicine and cardiovascular training at Tufts-New England Medical Center in Boston. As an attending physician, Dr. Kuvin rose in the academic ranks at Tufts Medical Center to become the Associate Chief of Cardiology, the hospital’s Associate Chief Medical Officer for Graduate Medical Education, and Professor of Medicine at the medical school. In 2016, Dr. Kuvin joined Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center as the Chief of Cardiovascular Medicine and Professor of Medicine at Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth College. Dr. Kuvin was recruited to New York’s Northwell Health in 2020 to lead cardiology across the largest health care system in the region. Dr. Kuvin is an active clinician and has published and lectured extensively on a variety of topics in cardiovascular medicine. He has received several awards, including Tufts School of Medicine’s Excellence in Teaching Award, Tufts Medical Center’s Career Award for Teaching Excellence, Castle Connolly’s Best Doctors in America, Boston Magazine’s Top Doctors, and Geisel Academy of Master Educators at Dartmouth’s Geisel School of Medicine. Dr. Kuvin is a trustee of the American College of Cardiology and is Chair of the International Advisory Committee of the Kuvin Center for the Study of Infectious and Tropical Diseases, Hebrew University of Jerusalem.


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Michele Kuvin Kupfer, MS

Executive Producer, Parting the Waters

​Documentary filmmaker, behavioral therapist, and educational consultant. Michele was a member of the Israeli National Swim Team, and participated in many international competitions, most meaningfully the 1981 Maccabiah Games. Michele has worked at various hospitals in the US and Israel. She is the co-founder of Difference Diaries, a documentary short film series focused on adolescents and young adults with chronic illness. Michele is working on a documentary about the Maccabiah Games:


Jeanette Kuvin Oren, MPH


A graduate of Princeton and Yale Universities, Jeanette completed a Masters degree in public health and most of her work toward a PhD in epidemiology before devoting herself full time to commissioned Judaic art. Since 1984, Jeanette has created commissioned art for more than 400 synagogues, schools, community centers and camps across the world. Jeanette designed the USPS Hanukkah Stamp 2022.

Sanford Kuvin, MD  z"l

​Founder, Kuvin Foundation; Kuvin Center for the Study of the Infectious and Tropical Diseases

Sanford Kuvin, MD, MSc, DTM&H, was the former Vice Chairman of the National Foundation for Infectious Diseases, and was Founder and Chairman of the International Board of the Sanford F. Kuvin Center for the Study of Infectious and Tropical Diseases at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. He held academic appointments at the University of Miami School of Medicine and the Uniformed Services University in Bethesda, Maryland, and was formerly Professor of Medicine and Chief of Tropical Medicine at Seton Hall University Graduate School of Medicine in Newark, New Jersey. Dr. Kuvin graduated from the University of Pennsylvania, and received his medical degree with First Class Honors from Cambridge University in England. He also had a Masters degree in Medical Microbiology from the University of Pennsylvania, and a Diploma in Tropical Medicine and Hygiene from the London School of Tropical Medicine.


Dr. Kuvin was recognized internationally for his research on malaria and other infectious tropical diseases. Dr. Kuvin, in association with his colleagues, was the first to demonstrate the use of the indirect fluorescent antibody test for malaria in 1962 at the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases. In 1986, Dr. Kuvin was appointed to the advisory board of the Fogarty International Center at the NIH. In addition to being a visiting professor at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Dr. Kuvin has been involved in malaria and infectious-tropical disease studies in Ghana, Egypt, Israel, the Panama Canal Zone, Thailand, Kenya, China, and Taiwan. Dr. Kuvin served as a member of the Legislative Task Force and Committee on Public Affairs and Political Action of the American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene, as Vice Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the National Foundation for Infectious Diseases, and as Chairman of the Hepatitis B Action Group of the National Coalition on Adult Immunization. Dr. Kuvin was also on the advisory board of the Americans for a Sound HIV/AIDS Policy in the early 1970's and was an outspoken advocate to protect health care workers and patients alike against the threat of blood borne diseases including HIV/AIDS and hepatitis B. He called for the universal reporting of HIV and routine HIV testing for all high-risk groups, including pregnant women.


Gabrielle Townsend Kuvin, MSW  z"l

Founder, Kuvin Foundation

Gabrielle Kuvin was born in Berlin, Germany, in 1939. She and her parents and brother escaped the Nazi regime and fled to the United States in 1939. Gabrielle graduated from William Smith College and earned a Masters in Social Work from Syracuse University. Gabrielle worked as a medical social worker in Boston and in family therapy in Washington, DC before devoting herself to being a full time mother and partner to her beloved Sandy.


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