BOARD OF TRUSTEES
Sanford Kuvin, MD
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 well-known 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.
Sanford Kuvin passed away February 28, 2015.
Gabrielle Townsend Kuvin, MSW
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 holds a Masters in Social Work from Syracuse University. Gabrielle worked as a medical social worker in Boston and in family therapy in Washington, DC.
Gabrielle Kuvin passed away January 19, 2019.
Michele Kuvin Kupfer, MS
Michele Kuvin Kupfer is a behavioral therapist and educational consultant with certification in special education with children and families in various medical and psychiatric settings. She received her undergraduate degree from Empire State College in education and her Masters of Science in special education from Syracuse University. She has worked at Alyn Rehabilitation Hospital in Jerusalem, Johns Hopkins University, Children Seashore House in Philadelphia, Boston Children’s Hospital and Yale-New Haven Hospital. Michele is the co-founder of DifferenceDiaries.org, a web-based educational platform that serves as an interactive community of young adults with medical disabilities and differences. Michele swam for the Israeli National Swim Team and was the record holder in distance freestyle events.
Jeffrey T. Kuvin, MD
Chief, Cardiovascular Medicine, Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center
Jeffrey T. Kuvin, MD 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 in the 1,500 meter freestyle 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. Dr. Kuvin recently joined Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center as the Chief of Cardiovascular Medicine and is Professor of Medicine at Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth College. Dr. Kuvin's clinical work focuses on preventive cardiology, non-invasive imaging, as well as adult congenital heart disease. His research interests include the clinical assessment of vascular endothelial function and the impact of cardiovascular risk factors on blood vessel function. Dr. Kuvin is Chair for the American College of Cardiology’s Annual Scientific Sessions and is also Chair of the ACC’s Lifelong Learning Oversight Committee.
Jeanette Kuvin Oren, MPH
A graduate of Princeton and Yale Universities, Jeanette Kuvin Oren completed a Masters degree in public health and most of her work toward a PhD in epidemiology before devoting herself full time to commissioned art and graphic design. Since 1984, Jeanette has created installation pieces for more than 350 houses of worship, schools, community centers and camps across the world. She specializes in large installations of glass and mosaic, fiber art, calligraphy, papercutting, and painting. For more than 28 years, Jeanette has worked with architects, professional and volunteer committees, fabricators, families and institutions commissioning her art.
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.