The Emil Steinberger, M.D. Memorial Lecture

The Emil Steinberger, Emil Steinberger, M.D. Memorial Lecture fund was created in memory of the first President of the American Society of Andrology and one of its founding members, Dr. Emil Steinberger (1928-2008). The Emil Steinberger, M.D. Memorial Lecture Fund honors Dr. Steinberger’s life by providing support to bring investigators in the field of Andrology to the American Society of Andrology Annual Meetings to present state of the art lectures in all areas of andrology research to educate basic and clinical researchers and their trainees in the newest advances in the field.

The Emil Steinberger, M.D. Memorial Lecture Fund is only possible through the generous donations by individuals, as well the through contributions by organizations and other businesses. Your donation, regardless of whether it is large or small, will be critical for the overall success of this fund.

The American Society of Andrology is recognized by the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) as a charitable organization under section 501(c)3 of the IRS code. Accordingly, all contributions to this American Society of Andrology fund are considered to be tax-deductible by the donors as provided in section 170 of the IRS code. Please consult your tax advisor regarding the total deductibility of your gift. No goods or services are provided for this donation.

Emil Steinberger, M.D.

Emil Steinberger, M.D. was one of the founders of the American Society of Andrology and served as the first president of the society from 1975-1977. He attended Medical School in Germany before moving to the United States where he graduated from the University of Iowa College of Medicine in 1955. He moved to Wayne State University Medical School for specialty training and after a position as a senior medical research officer for the National Naval Medical Center. After serving as Chairman of the Department of Endocrinology and Human Reproduction at Albert Einstein Medical Center, he moved to Houston in 1971 where he began a new Department of Reproductive Medicine and Biology at the University of Texas School of Medicine at Houston. He was honored with the Ashbel Smith Professorship in 1983. In later years he established the Texas Institute of Reproductive Medicine and Endocrinology.

From the mid 1950’s when he worked together with Dr. Warren O. Nelson and throughout his career his research focused on the hormonal control of spermatogenesis. He performed pioneering work in many aspects of sperm function, fertility preservation, physical and chemical gonadotoxic agents, as well as in the endocrine treatment of women with ovulatory dysfunction. In his personal life he was a sailor, world traveler and a writer. He often commented that he was most famous for writing two books on his life before, during and after the Holocaust, which told of his experiences growing up as a young boy during the Second World War.

He is survived by his wife, Anna Steinberger, Ph.D. (also a past-president of the American Society of Andrology) and daughters, Pauline Solnik and Inette Brown; his grand son Matthew Solnik and his sister Stella Beck. Emil Steinberger was passionate about andrology and medicine. He worked hard and demanded excellence and innovation in his own research and he served as a role model for trainees throughout the world. He accomplished many achievements during his lifetime, including serving as the first President of the American Society of Andrology. It is fitting that he be honored with this named lecture.

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