BUSM Professor Receives the Jerome Klein Award for Physician Excellence

Edward Alexander, MD, a professor of medicine and physiology at Boston University School of Medicine (BUSM) and a nephrologist at Boston Medical Center (BMC), has been named the 2013 recipient of the Jerome Klein Award for Physician Excellence. Selected by a senior committee of BMC and BUSM physicians, the award was presented at the Medical Executive Committee meeting on Dec. 13by Ravin Davidoff, MD, Chief Medical Officer of BMC.

“I am very honored to receive this award,” said Alexander. “I have been blessed to work at an institution I cherish and with colleagues, residents and students who have continually challenged me and demanded my best,” he added.

Edward Alexander, MD, (right) receives the Jerome Klein Award for Physician Excellence from Dr. Ravin Davidoff, Chief Medical Officer (left) at BMC.Edward Alexander, MD, (right) receives the Jerome Klein Award for Physician Excellence from Dr. Ravin Davidoff, Chief Medical Officer (left) at BMC.

The Jerome Klein Award was established in 2010 to commemorate Klein’s 50 years of service to BMC/BUSM and is presented annually to a physician who shares his attributes. Alexander, who has served the BMC/BUSM community for more than 40 years, received this recognition for his clinical and research excellence, leadership and dedicated commitment to education and mentoring.

“Ed is a wonderful role model. He deserves this award, not only for longevity, but for his unfailing commitment to excellence and his selfless devotion to the former Boston City Hospital, BMC and BUSM,” said David Salant, MD, Chief of Nephrology at BMC and Professor of Medicine at BUSM.

Serving as chief of nephrology for 25 years at the former Boston City Hospital, now BMC, Alexander is a member of the American Society of Nephrology, the International Society of Nephrology, the American Society of Clinical Investigation and is a fellow of the American College of Physicians. He is the recipient of an Outstanding Teaching Award and the Evans Outstanding Clinician Award from BUSM’s Department of Medicine.

He has authored several book chapters in clinical nephrology and published extensively in several areas of research including renal acidification mechanisms, electrolyte excretion, the relation of the adrenal and the kidney to hypertension and the effects of aging and of pregnancy on renal function.

Alexander earned his bachelor’s degree in biological sciences from Rutgers University and his medical degree from Northwestern University Medical School. He completed his internship and junior residency at Kings County Hospital in Brooklyn and then served as Captain in the U.S. Army Medical Corps.  His senior residency was at Boston City Hospital followed by a nephrology fellowship at BMC and a physiology fellowship at Yale Medical School.