Who We Are


The Sinai Medical Staff Foundation was founded by physicians from Sinai Hospital in Detroit, Michigan. Throughout Sinai’s history, about fifteen percent of its patients were indigent. The doctors decided early on that they would not keep the monies paid to them by the government for the care of these patients. Instead, they donated the money to the Sinai Hospital Education Corporation, which used the money to educate interns and residents, and for medical research. When Sinai was sold to the Detroit Medical Center in 1997, the Education Corporation disassociated itself from the hospital and became an independent corporation.

In June of 2000, the organization became the Sinai Medical Staff Foundation. In the past twenty years, we have provided over three million dollars in grants to medical institutions, scholarship funds, and patient-support programs, primarily in southeastern Michigan. Individual grant amounts range from $5000 to $250,000.

The Sinai Medical Staff Foundation has twelve board members, most of whom were physicians at Sinai Hospital in Detroit before it closed in 1999. The board meets at least four times per year to discuss grant proposals and Foundation business.

Read more about the history of Sinai Hospital.
Read more about our board.

What We Fund

Medical Education
Medical Education

The Sinai Medical Staff Foundation believes it’s important to help the best and brightest students become the next generation of doctors and physician researchers. To that end, we fund scholarship programs at Michigan’s four major medical schools:

Michigan State University College of Human Medicine
Michigan State University College of Osteopathic Medicine
University of Michigan Medical School
Wayne State University School of Medicine

We have also funded these interest-free loan programs:

The Jewish Educational Loan Fund
The Hebrew Free Loan Fund

Read about our medical education grantees.

Medical Research


Since 2000, the Sinai Medical Staff Foundation has provided grants for over ____ medical research studies and programs. Recipients include:

The University of Michigan Department of Neurology
Florida Atlantic University Charles E. Schmidt College of Science
Detroit Medical Center Department of Sleep Medicine
Institute for Ultrafast Spectroscopy and Lasers at CUNY

Read about our medical research grantees.

Medical Facilities

Medical Facilities

The Sinai Medical Staff Foundation has funded equipment and programs for many medical and patient-support facilities. Recipients include:

Detroit Medical Center Rehabilitation Institute of Michigan
Henry Ford Health System Center for Stimulation, Education and Research
Henry Ford Health System Mobile Medical Clinic

Read about our facilities grantees.

Patient Support Programs


The Sinai Medical Staff Foundation funds programs that support patients and their families, as well as support programs for people in the wider community who have special needs. Past recipients include:

Gilda’s Club of Metro Detroit
Jewish Hospice and Chaplancy
The Greater Michigan Chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association
AIDS Partnership America

Read about our patient-support programs grantees.

Public Resources

Public Resources

It’s important for health care providers to learn from each other, and it’s important for the public to receive factual, evidence-based information and advice. The Sinai Medical Staff Foundation funds training programs, lecture series, and public outreach initiatives. Past recipients include:

The Karmanos Cancer Institute Grand Rounds Speakers Program
The Alzheimer’s Association of Greater Michigan Caregiver Video Series
The Sinai-Grace Hospital Radiology Training Program

Read about our public resources grantees.

Our Board of Directors


Robert Michaels, M.D.
President
Marty Levinson, M.D.
1st Vice President
Teresa Thompson, Ph.D
2nd Vice President
Gaylord Alexander, M.D.
Treasurer and Secretary
Leon Hochman, M.D.
Assistant Treasurer

Foundation manager: Robert Karbel, PLLC

Morris Brown, M.D.
Lewis Clayman, D.M.D., M.D.
Marc Feldman, M.D.
Jay Levinson, M.D.
Eduardo Phillips, M.D.
Melvyn Rubenfire, M.D.
Susan Silk, Ph.D.
Harold Willens, M.D.