NYU Alumni Connect

January 16, 2015

Photo of Rena Brand

The NYU Alumni Association (NYUAA) is the umbrella organization for all NYU alumni. The diverse and active NYUAA Board of Directors is made up of alumni volunteers who steer the association in their mission to engage alumni. Dr. Rena S. Brand (MED ’83) is currently one of NYUAA Board’s Vice Presidents. 

In addition to this leadership role, Dr. Brand co-chairs the NYUAA Awards Committee, which is responsible for soliciting and reviewing the nominations for the organization’s meritorious service and distinguished alumni awards. She is also a member of the NYUAA By-Laws Committee, and was a member of the NYUAA Recruitment Committee last year. Prior to her NYUAA Board service, she served as the president of the NYU School of Medicine Alumni Association.

Brand is a board certified dermatologist in private practice with her husband, Dr. Philip Orbuch, who is also a dermatologist and a clinical associate professor in the Department of Dermatology at NYU Langone Medical Center. Dr. Brand has offices in Manhattan and Long Island, and is affiliated with NYU Langone Medical Center and Bellevue Hospital Center.

What is your favorite:

  • Food? Heirloom tomatoes
  • Book? To Kill a Mockingbird
  • TV Show? Homeland and Suits
  • Movie? Fried Green Tomatoes
  • Song? “Daniel” by Elton John
  • Way to spend a Saturday? With my grandchildren, Matthew and Rhea
  • Place to Travel? Jamaica
  • Place on NYU’s campus? The outdoor inner courtyard at NYU Langone Medical Center

What is your favorite memory from your time at NYU?

I remember the close camaraderie between the students in my medical school class of 1983. This was from basic sciences through clinical rotations. Every five years I chair my class reunions, where we all catch up with each other. Our class has one of the highest turnouts for reunions. Many alumni travel far distances for our reunions. It is a very special class.

Why do you give back to NYU?

I was a biology graduate from the Central University of Venezuela. I grew up in Caracas and completed college there. NYU Medical School accepted me as a foreign college graduate, which is very rare. I graduated, completed my dermatology residency at NYU, and stayed on as a part-time, voluntary faculty member teaching dermatology residents and medical students at Bellevue Hospital – and have continued to do so every Friday since 1987. NYU Medical School gave me a chance, and supported me through two pregnancies while in medical school. Of course, I did my full share, but the support of the wonderful medical school faculty and staff made me immediately want to start giving back to NYU the moment I graduated.