On April 24, 2015, Dr. Norman Talal passed away in New York City after a long illness. A special student fellowship endowment has been created in his honor to keep his memory alive for decades to come. Gifts made to the Norman Talal, M.D. Endowed Fellowship in Rheumatology will provide scholarship support to students pursuing a career in Rheumatology.
In 1958, Dr. Talal received his M.D. from the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Columbia University. He began his career at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) as a Research Associate and eventually became a Senior Investigator in the National Institute of Arthritis and Metabolic Diseases.
Dr. Talal in 1971 left NIH to become Professor of Medicine at the University of California at San Francisco and Head of Rheumatology at the Veteran’s Hospital. In 1981, he left San Francisco to become Professor of Medicine and Microbiology and head of the Division of Clinical Immunology at the University of Texas in San Antonio. He returned to New York in 2000, and taught courses on achieving wellness through the arts with his wife, the poet Dr. Marilynn Talal.
During the course of his 40 year career, Dr. Talal trained 80 fellows, including many physicians and scientists from the North and South America, Europe, Japan, Israel, Egypt, and China, who went on to assume leading positions in their own countries.
Dr, Talal was also the recipient of the Philip Hench award from the US Public Health Service in 1975 for his work in Rheumatology, and the William S. Middleton Award, the highest research award bestowed by the Veteran’s Administration, in 1980. In addition, he received awards from the Arthritis Foundation and from the Hong Kong Society of Rheumatology.
Join us in honoring Dr. Talal through a gift to the Norman Talal, M.D. Endowed Fellowship in Rheumatology. We thank you in advance for your gift or pledge to help this fund grow and to honor Dr. Talal’s memory.
If you would like to make a gift by check, please send it to Steven Reese, School of Medicine, 7703 Floyd Curl Drive MC 7835, San Antonio, TX 78229.
If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Steven Reese, School of Medicine Director of Development and Alumni Relations, at (210) 567-2598.