Daniel Liebowitz Prize for Student Writing


The Bellevue Literary Review and the Division of Medical Humanities are proud to announce the new Daniel Liebowitz Prize for Student Writing. Generously supported by Drs. Ruth Oratz and Albert B. Knapp, the annual Liebowitz prize will recognize one outstanding work from the Medicine Clerkship at NYU School of Medicine.

Students on the Medicine Clerkship are asked to write a personal reflection, exploring meaningful patient encounters, dilemmas in healthcare, and issues in medical humanism and science. The firm chiefs who guide the students select five noteworthy submissions from each rotation during the calendar year. The Liebowitz winner will be selected from these by the editorial staff of the Bellevue Literary Review. The winning piece will be published in the BLR, and the winner will receive $1,000.

Please note: This is not an open-call contest. Winners are chosen from among NYUSOM students, as described above.


About Daniel Liebowitz, MD

Daniel Liebowitz, MD, was born in 1921 in New York City to David Liebovitz and Emily Gresser. He attended the Lincoln School and then went on to Columbia College, graduating in 1942. Daniel is an alumnus of New York University School of Medicine (Class of 1946) and stayed on at Bellevue for his internship in medicine. Dr. Liebowitz served in the US Army Medical Corps in post-WWII Germany and was present at the Nuremberg trials. He returned to complete his training on the Bellevue/NYU Service. Dr. Liebowitz specialized in the nascent field of Gastroenterology at the Cleveland Clinic. He then moved to California and was at UCSF as a young academic in Gastroenterology. In the early 1960s Dr. Liebowitz switched his affiliation to Stanford University Medical School, where he became Professor of Medicine.

Daniel Liebowitz was a scholar, a fine physician, a gentleman, and an artist. He wrote fiction, nonfiction, and children’s books. He loved science and the arts, practicing in many ways, and was a dedicated teacher until his last days. He was delighted to know the Bellevue Literary Review and would be honored to have this prize named in his memory.

Daniel Liebowitz, MD, is the maternal uncle of Albert B. Knapp, MD, FACP, AGAF. Daniel was a role model as a physician-scholar to Albert and also influenced his choice of Gastroenterology and Hepatology as a specialization.