Distinguished Alumnus, 2009

Arnold Moses, MD

Arnold M. Moses, MD
Class of 1954

Arnold M. Moses, MD is the Distinguished Service Professor of Medicine at SUNY Upstate Medical University.  He serves as Director of the Clinical Research Unit at the Institute for Human Performance and Director of the Metabolic Bone Disease Center.  Following his graduation cum laude in 1954 he was a resident in internal medicine at Montefiore and Mt. Sinai Hospitals in NYC and remained at Mt. Sinai for a year of endocrine fellowship.  He returned to Syracuse for an additional two years of endocrine fellowship under the mentorship of Dr. Charles Lloyd, and joined the Department of Medicine faculty in 1960.  At that time he organized a research laboratory which he maintained for 31 years with continuous federal funding from VA, NIH and NSF.  In this laboratory and in the clinics, he trained many students, residents, and fellows to become successful clinicians, teachers, and investigators.  His laboratory utilized various animal models and patients with abnormalities of water and electrolyte metabolism to define many aspects of normal and abnormal neurohypophyseal function including vasopressin (AVP) release and action.  His research group was among the first to develop a radioimmunoassay for AVP and the first to describe the osmotic threshold for AVP release and the factors which alter its release.  His group also described the mechanism of the renal resistance to AVP and PTH in patients with congenital nephrogenic diabetes insipidus and pseudohypoparathyroidism.  In recent years his clinical and research efforts have changed in an effort to further understand and treat patients with metabolic bone diseases.  Dr. Moses has collaborated with his trainees in publishing over 90 peer-reviewed manuscripts, and his trainees have presented over 70 papers at national medical and scientific meetings.  During this time he has continued as Attending Physician at University Hospital and its outpatient endocrine clinics. 

For the past 10 years, Dr. Moses has been Regional Director of the NYS Osteoporosis Prevention and Education Program (NYSOPEP) of the Department of Health which provides professional and community education programs in many venues including health fairs at local industries, at middle/high school health education programs, and for osteoporosis support groups in central and northern New York.  During this time he has served on the Advisory Council on Osteoporosis for the NYS Department of Health. 

Dr. Moses has attained membership in the American Society for Clinical Investigation, the American Physiological Society, the Endocrine Society, the American Society for Bone and Mineral Research, the New York Academy of Science and others.

In 1995 Dr. Moses received the President's award for Excellence and Leadership in Research and in 2003 he received the Chancellor's award in Recognition of Exemplary Contributions to Research and Scholarship.  In 2004, Dr. Moses received the American College of Endocrinology's annual Distinction in Clinical Endocrinology award and in 2007 he was named SUNY Distinguished Service Professor.