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Ruth Crohn Dickler

Ruth Dickler is Burrill B. Crohn's oldest child and only daughter. When she was young, she often accompanied her father on house calls and to the hospital and meetings. After raising three daughters, she worked for many years as the librarian and newsletter editor at Citizens Housing and Planning Council of New York City, where she was also a member of the board. A philanthropist, she supports preschool education in the City, where she was born, as well as cultural institutions. She is president of the Burrill B. Crohn Research Foundation. She and her late husband, Gerald, an attorney, established the Ruth and Gerald Dickler Faculty Scholar in Inflammatory Bowel Disease at The Mount Sinai Medical Center.


David B. Sachar, M.D.
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David Sachar was the first Dr. Burrill B. Crohn Professor of Medicine at The Mount Sinai School of Medicine from 1992-1999, when he also held the positions of vice chairman of the Department of Medicine (1991-99) and Director of the Dr. Henry D. Janowitz Division of Gastroenterology at The Mount Sinai Medical Center (1983-99). He is now Director Emeritus of the GI Division and in 2005 he was granted a three-year Arnold P. Gold Foundation Professorship.

Dr. Sachar was an honors graduate of Harvard College and Harvard Medical School. While working as a research associate with the U.S. Public Health Service in Bangladesh, Dr. Sachar played a role in the development of oral rehydration therapy for cholera and other diarrheal diseases, an advance credited with saving millions of lives each year, and one which in 2004 The Lancet referred to as “probably the greatest medical innovation of the 20th century.”

After completing his medical residency at Boston's Beth Israel Hospital and his GI Fellowship at The Mount Sinai Hospital, he went on to become a specialist in inflammatory bowel disease, a field in which he has over 240 publications.

As the first chairman of the American Gastroenterological Association's Clinical Teaching Project, he developed new resources and set new standards for clinical teaching nationwide.

The Mount Sinai Medical Center has recognized Dr. Sachar’s many years of service to the institution and the profession by permanently endowing an annual “Joanna and David B. Sachar, M.D., International Award and Visiting Professorship in Inflammatory Bowel Disease” in his honor.


Frank T. Crohn
Founding President

Frank T. Crohn is the nephew of Dr. Burrill B. Crohn and Founding President of The Burrill. B. Crohn Research Foundation. Although his initial degree was in Agriculture, he has spent almost his entire career in the Financial Services business primarily founding and developing publicly owned Life Insurance companies. Currently a Director for several Mutual Funds of the Franklin Templeton group, Frank is married and lives in Dutchess County, New York.

William K. Joseph
Pamela S. Pantzer
Abby D. Pratt

Abby D. Pratt is Burrill B. Crohn's oldest grandchild. A former reporter for The Berkshire Eagle, Abby is now engaged in helping to support several small nonprofit organizations in Bolivia, Burma, Ecuador, Malawi, and South Africa.

Roberta M. Smith
Thomas Stern

Thomas D. Stern is a Managing Director and principal of Chieftain Capital Management, Inc., a New York City-based investment advisory firm. Mr. Stern serves as Chairman of the National Board of Directors of the Diabetes Research Institute, a Trustee of the Horace Mann School in New York City, a Trustee of The Washington Institute for Near East Policy, and a member of the Investment Committee for Milton Academy in Milton, Massachusetts. Mr. Stern received a B.A. degree from Dartmouth College and an M.B.A. from Columbia Business School. Mr. Stern is married with two children.



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