This award is named for Dr. Jonathan J. Beitler to acknowledge his lifelong commitment to the military profession and to combating social inequality. Dr. Beitler hopes the award will further the Academy’s mission to educate and train cadets by inspiring them to think rigorously about the professional military ethic. Dr. Beitler earned his B.A. from Lehigh University, his M.D. from the Medical College of Pennsylvania, and his M.B.A. from Columbia University. After a teaching at the University of Maryland and at the Montefiore Medical Center, Dr. Beitler joined the faculty at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine. Since 2003, he has been a Professor of Clinical Radiation Oncology and Clinical Otolarynology at the Einstein. He is on the editorial board of two of the leading journals in his field and as authored or contributed to nearly 100 articles, protocols, or reviews.
While at Lehigh University, Dr. Beitler joined the Army ROTC program and won an Army Health Professions Scholarship. Commissioned as a First Lieutenant, he began his medical career as a General Surgery resident. As a reservist, he has been deployed throughout Europe and North America, earning special recognition for his work with Army burn victims. He has trained in a variety of specialties, including flight surgery and advanced trauma life support. Most recently, he did reserve service at Fort Rucker. He holds the rank of Colonel.