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The Jay L. Goldstein MD Memorial Faculty Award for Exceptional Mentorship


The Jay L. Goldstein MD Memorial Faculty Award for Exceptional Mentorship celebrates the remarkable life and enduring legacy of Dr. Jay Goldstein.

Dr. Goldstein dedicated himself to the mentoring, nurturing, and guidance of his students, residents, and fellows. His impact on every student he encountered was profound, elevating both their professional practice and personal growth.

With the Jay L. Goldstein MD Memorial Faculty Award for Exceptional Mentorship, we aim to inspire and uplift, fostering a culture of excellence and innovation within the Department of Medicine, while honoring the life of an extraordinary man, physician, and mentor.

To contribute to the fund that supports this award, click here.

Award Details Heading link

Dr. Goldstein with students

At the end of each academic year, the Department of Medicine at the University of Illinois College of Medicine will announce and present the Jay L. Goldstein MD Memorial Faculty Award for Exceptional Mentorship to a faculty member who has exemplified an unwavering commitment to mentoring and supporting learners.

The distinguished recipient of this award will be honored with a biography detailing Dr. Goldstein’s legacy, as well as a monetary award representing 4% of the Jay L. Goldstein Award Fund. The award can be used for a one-time salary bonus or to support the awardee’s academic activities.

In addition, the name of the award recipient and year of the award will be displayed in the Department of Medicine on a special plaque honoring Dr. Goldstein and his mentorship.

Nomination and Selection Process Heading link

The Division Chief of Gastroenterology and Hepatology will bi-annually nominate a faculty member (MD or PhD) within the Division who best represents the qualities of mentorship exemplified by Dr. Jay L. Goldstein.

On the alternate year, the other Division Chiefs will each nominate a mentor for the award from their division.

In each case, the Head of the Department of Medicine will review the recommendation(s) and make the final selection. All recipients of this prestigious award must be outstanding, knowledgeable faculty members who leverage their experience to support mentees in reaching their goals by fostering effective communication.

About Dr. Goldstein Heading link

Jay Lawrence Goldstein, MD, was a widely respected gastroenterologist known not only for his academic and clinical excellence but also for his mentorship, unconditional friendship, and selfless giving to others.

He graduated from the University of Illinois College of Medicine in 1978, receiving his MD with honors. He went on to complete his residency, chief residency, and gastroenterology fellowship with the College, and then served as Professor of Medicine and Vice Head of Department of Medicine until his retirement in 2012. He then became the Division Head in Gastroenterology and Vice Chair of Medicine at NorthShore University Health System.

During his time at the College of Medicine, Dr. Goldstein devoted himself to serving as a primary mentor and advisor to over 150 medical students, over 100 internal medicine residents, and over 50 fellows in gastroenterology. Many of these relationships became lifelong friendships. He had the dedication and knack to stay in touch with his mentees throughout their careers, celebrating their achievements and providing guidance as needed.

In 2019, Dr. Goldstein was honored with the UIC Distinguished Alumnus award. During the presentation, Dr. Mrinalini Rao and Dr. Thomas Layden described him as a quadruple threat “who embraced and practiced the best of what this institution has to offer in building a career dedicated to patient care, research, education, and service.” He was truly an inspiration to many.

How to Donate Heading link

The Jay L. Goldstein MD Memorial Faculty Award for Exceptional Mentorship is supported by contributions made in Dr. Goldstein’s memory. To make a tax-deductible gift to the Jay L. Goldstein Award Fund, please click the button below.

Or, mail your check to the following address. Be sure to write “Goldstein Award Fund” on the memo line.

University of Illinois College of Medicine
c/o University of Illinois Foundation
P.O. Box 734500
Chicago, IL 60673-4500

Jay L. Goldstein MD Memorial Faculty Award for Exceptional Mentorship Fund