Leonard Rosenfeld, PhD
Chair of Medical Education and Research Committee
Born in Philadelphia, PA, Leonard M. Rosenfeld was educated in its public schools. Following graduation from Simon Gratz High School, he attended the University of Pennsylvania on a full scholarship. Graduating from Penn with an A.B. in Zoology, he did two years of graduate study in Cellular Biology at Temple University. He subsequently earned a PhD in Physiology from Jefferson Medical College of Philadelphia. His thesis topic was to study the effects of ionizing radiation on the gastrointestinal tract. Accepting a faculty appointment at Jefferson, he spent the next four decades teaching and coordinating courses in physiology to medical, graduate, nursing and physical therapy students at Jefferson. Research in gastrointestinal pathophysiology and medical education resulted in the publications of more than three dozen manuscripts. Dr. Rosenfeld served as President of Jefferson’s Sigma Xi (National Research Honor Society), Chairman of the Committee on Animal Resources and supporting Facilities (8 years) and member of the medical college’s Committee on Admissions (15 years) ten years as Secretary of the Committee. For fifteen years, Dr. Rosenfeld directed a highly successful summer program at Jefferson, introducing careers in medicine, science and nursing to high school students in the School District of Philadelphia. In addition, Dr. Rosenfeld served for eight years as Assistant Dean in Jefferson’s College of Graduate Studies. Dr. Rosenfeld was named the 2011 Distinguished Alumnus Award winner from the Jefferson College of Graduate Studies Alumni Association.
Dr. Rosenfeld served a two-year term as President of the PA Academy of Science and five years as Chairman of the Academy’s External Advisory Council (linking academia, the corporate community and leaders in public policy to the scientific community of the Commonwealth). He co-edited four books for the Academy (Science Education, Global Climate Change, Medicine in the 21st Century and Science, Technology in National Security).
Dr. Rosenfeld has been invited to join the prestigious Committee on Science and the Arts at the Franklin Institute of Philadelphia. Since 1824, the Committee has conducted the Institute’s Awards Program in science (America’s Nobel Prizes). He has served a two-year term as Chairman of the Committee, has completed fifteen years of service and is currently responsible for increasing the international visibility of the Awards and maximizing collaboration. Internationally, Dr. Rosenfeld has been invited to South Africa to help found the African Regional Educational Network and served on its’ inaugural International Governing Council. In addition he has addressed international conferences in Canada and Finland.
Dr. Rosenfeld was elected to the Board of Trustees of the Glaucoma Services Foundation at Wills Eye Institute and currently serves as Chairman of the Foundation’s Nominating Committee and Chairman of the Committee on Medical Education and Research. He was elected board Vice President in 2014.
Civically, Dr. Rosenfeld has been selected as Chief Presiding Officer for several fraternal organizations and has been elected to 3 four-year terms on the Board of School Directors (Abington, PA). The Board elected him to a term as President of the Board. Dr. Rosenfeld was married to the late Sallie J. (Cole) Rosenfeld and has three children: