Offering a Double Gift: Empathy and Philanthropy
If you like helping people, join us!
After 40 years of practicing medicine in a traditional environment, Dr. David Isralowitz was looking for a change. He found it at BVMI, where he devotes a day each week as a primary care provider – plus he’s a BVMI donor! A senior attending physician at Hackensack University Medical Center (HUMC), Dr. Isralowitz also teaches at Hackensack Meridian School of Medicine. He’s had a long history of involvement with Rutgers Medical School as well. His specialties are Internal and Geriatric Medicine, along with compassion for every patient. He tells his colleagues, “If you like helping people, join us. We need your expertise.” That makes him a volunteer recruiter, too!
“Shortly after ‘retiring,’ I realized that I wasn’t tired of practicing medicine,” said Dr. Isralowitz. “I was just tired of navigating the complex structure that can be involved in traditional medical settings. I heard about BVMI from much-respected colleagues, including Drs. Charlotte Sokol, Alex Ackad, and the late Peter Gross. And I agreed with the philosophy of BVMI’s founder, Dr. Sam Cassell – that we should reach the medically underserved wherever there’s a need – and that includes our own communities. So here I am after four and a half years at BVMI, still feeling good about what I can do for the patients we serve here in Bergen County.”
Dr. Isralowitz has received numerous awards for his service to the medical community and to the people and organizations in his hometown of Rutherford. Organizations have honored him for his support to education, emergency services, older adults and more.
To potential BVMI donors, Dr. Isralowitz stresses, “The people who come to BVMI really have no other alternative. We care about them, and for them. Volunteers offer their time so that monies raised can cover basic costs involved in running a successful clinic – and broader services and programs that should go along with that. Too many people work hard but still don’t receive medical insurance. We can’t let them slip through the cracks.”