Paul Fine ’57, ’61M (MD), ’66M (Res)
Dr. Paul Fine is a professor emeritus in the Department of Medicine at the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry. A lifelong Rochesterian, Dr. Fine has proudly and humbly served the University, the School of Medicine and Dentistry, and the community for over half a century.
Dr. Fine received his bachelor’s degree with high honors in History and English from the University of Rochester in 1957. He earned his doctorate degree from the School of Medicine and Dentistry in 1961. After completing two years as a medical resident, he entered the U.S. Air Force, serving his country as a captain. He returned to Rochester in 1966 for two more years as a fellow in Rheumatology and Immunology.
In 1967, he began a private practice in Internal Medicine, the Olsan Medical Group, and it evolved into one of the community’s largest private practice groups. In 1999, the practice moved to the University of Rochester Primary Care Practice Group. Dr. Fine served as President of the Genesee Hospital medical staff from 1976 to 1977. He retired from active practice in 2008, but not before teaching countless future physicians and clinicians as clinical associate professor and clinical professor at the School of Medicine and Dentistry.
A gifted educator, Dr. Fine has received many teaching awards and honors. He was a Lawrence A. Kohn Senior Teaching Fellow from 1984 to 1990. Dr. Fine received the Clinical Faculty Teaching Award from the Primary Care Program in Internal Medicine in 1988. While at Genesee Hospital, he earned the Frederick Anderson Teaching Award that same year. Dr. Fine received the Upstate Physician Recognition Award from the New York State Chapter of the American College of Physician in 1989. In 2002, he was honored with the Jones Stewart Clinical Teaching Award. In 2008, he received the Alumni Service Award from the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry Alumni Council.
Dr. Fine’s impact on health care in Rochester goes well beyond the clinic. He and his family have contributed to the establishment of three University professorships. The Julius, Helen and Robert Fine Professorship supports Alzheimer’s disease care and research in memory of Dr. Fine’s extended family. The Helen Aresty Fine and Irving Fine Professorship in Neurology is named for his sister-in-law and brother. The Paul H. Fine Professorship in Medicine was established by the Chester F. and Dorris Carlson Charitable Trust in recognition of Dr. Fine’s exemplary skills and distinguished career as a physician. Dr. Fine and his late wife, Rochelle, also started the Paul and Rochelle Fine SMD Merit Scholarship Fund for current medical students.
In addition, Dr. Fine is a member of the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry Alumni Council and has served on the Medical Center Trustees Council. He was on the founding Board of both Preferred Care and ViaHealth, the Board of the Jewish Home of Rochester, and was president of the Rochester Society of Internal Medicine.
Dr. Fine currently resides in Brighton, New York and enjoys Keuka Lake, and spending time with his two children, Steven and Elizabeth, four grandchildren, Jordan, Quinn, Jenna, and Chance, and great granddaughter Lucia.