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The William & Steven Putterman Memorial Scholarship


Steven Putterman and his father died in a plane crash on September 1, 1999, while vacationing in Tanzania.

Just a month before his death Steve had accepted a position as the Associate Director for the Worcester Family Medicine Residency Program. 

Steve was a bright, energetic and optimistic member of the faculty, a young leader who showed a tremendous potential for the future.  

Upon his death his family established a needs-based tuition scholarship which is awarded annually  to a deserving medical student who exhibits Steve's passion for medicine and desire to serve all.  This is a fitting memorial to the Puttermans, who shared a love of travel and commitment to multi-cultural destinations.


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21st Annual Steven L. Putterman Lecture

Each year the Department organizes a Memorial Lecture in honor of the work Steve was so committed to.  Lecturers spend a day in the Department providing a Grand Rounds focusing on a broad topic that reinforces the interplay between the disciplines of Family Medicine and Community Health, and meeting with faculty and residents on community health related topics. 

The lecture is free and open to the public.   

The 2019 Putterman Lecturer is:

Dolores Acevedo Garcia, PhD
Samuel F. and Rose B. Gingold Professor of Human Development and Social Policy
Director, Institute for Child, Youth and Family Policy
The Heller School for Social Policy and Management
Brandeis University

Lecture: Why neighborhoods matter:
Health equity applications of the Child Opportunity Index

Tuesday, September 10, 2019 * 12:00 noon
UMass Memorial Medical Center
Memorial Campus Amphitheater
119 Belmont Street, Worcester, MA