About the Kaplan Award

Murrel H. Kaplan, M.D. was the Chief of Internal Medicine at Touro Infirmary from 1957-1962 and served his patients and the hospital with distinction as a member of the medical staff for 50 years, from 1937-1986.

The Compassionate Physician Award bearing his name was generously endowed by his family and friends in December 1986 and was originally given to a graduating medical student.

Today, the award recognizes a Touro physician who demonstrates compassion, empathy, respect for the patient as a whole person, and genuine care for the patient’s welfare for which Dr. Kaplan was so highly esteemed.

Past Kaplan Award Recipients

  • 1987 - Stephanie Ruth Brown, M.D.
  • 1987 - Robert Allen Shankerman, M.D.
  • 1988 – Jonathan Boraski, M.D.
  • 1989 – Phillip Y. Roland, M.D.
  • 1990 – Jaculeen A. Dano, M.D.
  • 1991 – Bretley Todd Sitzman, M.D.
  • 1992 – William Fox Moore, M.D.
  • 1993 – Darin D. Signorelli, M.D.
  • 1994 – Charles R. Parsiola, M.D.
  • 1995 – Arnold Alper, Jr., M.D.
  • 1996 – D. Patrick Martin, M.D.
  • 1997 – Paul R. Hlandon, M.D.
  • 1998 – Jeremy Clyde Johnson, M.D.
  • 1999 – Heidi L. Berkheimer, M.D.
  • 2000 – Barry K. Young, M.D.
  • 2001 – Suzanne Buckley, M.D.
  • 2002 – Mark Skains, M.D.
  • 2012 – Salvador Caputto, M.D.
  • 2013 – Jack Jacob, M.D.
  • 2014 – Nathan Wexler, M.D.
  • 2015 – Frank Wilklow, M.D.
  • 2016 – Rebecca U. Perret, M.D.
  • 2017 – Daniel Rupley, M.D.
  • 2018 – Alfred John Colfry III, M.D.