Maimonides Evening of Research is a celebration of the important research work that is conducted by our staff. Please join us in this important and joyful event.
Dr. Schlecker was an integral part of the Maimonides Medical Center’s research infrastructure and of the overall research productivity for many decades.
He established the Austin A. Schlecker Academic Achievement Award in 2014, which is given annually at the Maimonides Evening of Research. He was instrumental in ensuring that research activities were educational, innovative and interesting. He participated in mentoring residents, fellows and colleagues for as long as possible and maintained his status as an abstract reviewer for this event since its inception.
A further testament to his absolute dedication to research activities was his title of Chair of the Maimonides Day Scientific Session – which he held for approximately 20 years – and which was the forerunner for the Maimonides Evening of Research.
While research was very important to Dr. Schlecker, he also worked tirelessly in the administrative component of the hospital chairing the Medical Staff Ethics and Review Committee for some 30 years; receiving the Aron Award; receiving the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Medical Staff; and remaining an active member of the Medical Staff Executive Committee for over 50 years.
Dr. Schlecker practiced in Brooklyn as an internist for over 65 years. He left his mark on the residents and attendings with whom he worked clinically as a role model and with those he mentored on research projects. His constant striving to create research-oriented programs has resulted in the continued excellence we currently experience at Maimonides Medical Center.
The Lifetime Academic Achievement Award is given to the person who best embodies the ideals of research, what research stands for, and who has helped strengthen and foster outstanding scholarly works.
This award is given to Dr. Schlecker posthumously; for all that he gave to this institution and to the field of research in general. Dr. Schlecker is greatly missed by all of us who were lucky enough to have known him and will ever be in our hearts and minds.
This year the award is presented to Dr. Sergey Motov in recognition of his outstanding and continuing contributions to the field of research; specifically in the field of non-opioid pain management and his development of the foundations for the nascent Maimonides Research Institute.
Dr. Motov attended medical school in Riga, Latvia and commenced residency training at Montefiore Medical Center as a general surgical resident for two years before deciding to switch his specialty. He completed emergency medicine residency training at Maimonides Medical Center in 2006. He has been an emergency medicine attending at Maimonides since 2006; and currently holds the titles of Assistant Program Director/Emergency Medicine/ MMC; Professor of Emergency Medicine/SUNY Downstate Medical Center; the Research Director/Emergency Medicine/MMC.
Dr. Motov is known nationally and internationally for his work on ketamine for pain management. He has spearheaded numerous research projects during his time at MMC, receiving grant awards from the Maimonides Research and Development Foundation, industry, state and the federal government , with the most recent notable awards being the Federal Grant Award from Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration for Alternative to Opioid Program in the ED in the amount of $1.3 million for a duration of three (3) years; and the 2019 and 2022 NY State Department of Health ECRIP Grant award totaling over $1 million with the scope to train future physician researchers.
In 2020, Dr. Motov was appointed as the Chair of the Maimonides Institutional Review Board. He has expanded the IRB membership; helped to increase the quality and quantity of research studies, and has worked to provide the educational tools for new and seasoned researchers.
Dr. Motov embodies the best qualities of a researcher, a physician, and a human being, with compassion, an inquisitive nature, and strong knowledge base.
Congratulations on winning this prestigious award.