Community Leadership Award

Gale Burnstein

GALE BURSTEIN, MD ’90 
As health commissioner for the Erie County Department of Health (ECDOH), Burstein works with the community to address our region's most urgent health issues.

As health commissioner for the Erie County Department of Health (ECDOH), Burstein works with the community to address our region's most urgent health issues. She co-leads the county's opioid task force, spearheads Erie County's childhood lead toxicity prevention programs and administers the community health assessment and health improvement plan for the county. She also is a practicing physician with Endeavor Health Services adolescent substance use treatment program, a clinical professor in the Department of Pediatrics, Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences, and a research professor in UB’s School of Public Health and Health Professions. Through her numerous lectures and mentorships, and participation in workshops and panels, Burstein has exemplified outstanding achievements that make our university and community a better place to live, work and study.

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Gale R. Burstein, Community Leadership Award winner

Community Leadership Award

The Community Leadership Award is presented in recognition of outstanding accomplishments in making our university community a better place to live and work. Anyone who has made either outstanding contributions to the community or a single remarkable contribution is eligible.