Lisa J Kalik

Graduating class of 1995

Beginning with her years at Central, it was quite evident that Dr. Lisa J. Kalik would become a vital force in the world community. As Editor of the national award-winning newspaper The Little Green, Lisa both investigated and editorialized on a myriad of timely issues, always respectful but never intimidated by authority. Yet she always knew her passion: medicine. From Central, she went on to receive a BS in Psychology, cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa, from Duke University and then to New York University, earning her Doctor of Medicine degree in 2004. Since then, Dr. Kalik has devoted her time and considerable talent to teaching and advancing health and wellness. She has served as physician mentor to high school students as well as first year medical students. As an Internal Medicine resident, she worked in clinics for the underserved and immigrant populations throughout New York City. Recognizing that the need for proper medical care is not confined to her locality, Dr. Kalik joined Doctors Without Borders, traveling to Nigeria to work on emergency meningitis and measles outbreaks. Subsequently, she worked as a field doctor in South Sudan, specifically on Human African Trypanosomiasis, but also helping to educate medical assistants and nurses in a variety of procedures. Returning to the United States, Dr. Kalik began providing clinical care to Navajo Indians in Arizona. Currently, Dr. Kalik lends her considerable expertise to NYU's Faculty Group Practice in Internal Medicine, both as an instructor and a practicing physician. In addition, she also spends time in the Emergency Department of the Manhattan Veterans Affairs Hospital. It is not surprising that she is also the recipient of the prestigious Julia Zelmanovich Young Alumni Award from NYU. Although Dr. Kalik's exceptional career has taken her around the world, she still finds time to return to her native Manchester to visit with family as well as to share her experience with students of her alma mater. For her continued commitment to the medical well-being of her greater community, the Central High School Hall of Fame recognizes Dr. Lisa Kalik.