2 medical doctors, 1 biology professor inducted into Rider’s Science Stairway of Fame

Dr. Claude Scott ’86, Dr. Nicholas Tsarouhas ’85 and Dr. Thomas Mayer honored at 2018 Reunions
Adam Grybowski

Two Rider University alumni who are medical doctors and one emeritus faculty member were inducted into the Science Stairway of Fame on Saturday, June 9, as a part of the Rider Alumni Awards Ceremony at the annual Rider Reunions.

Dr. Claude Scott ’86, Dr. Nicholas Tsarouhas ’85 and Dr. Thomas Mayer were inducted in the Science Stairway of Fame, located in the research wing of the Science and Technology Center. The Science Stairway of Fame honors individuals from Rider University who have achieved significant professional success in their chosen careers, as well as those who are loyal and generous supporters of Rider’s science programs.

A graduate of Drexel University's Hahnemann Medical School, Tsarouhas is an emergency medicine physician at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia and the medical director of the Emergency Transport Team, as well as a professor of clinical pediatrics at the University of Pennsylvania's Perelman School of Medicine. He served on the Rider Science Advisory Board from 2007-17, where he made thoughtful contributions to the direction of the science disciplines.

A leading pediatric orthopedic surgery specialist, Scott practices at New York Presbyterian Hospital/Brooklyn and is chief of orthopedic surgery at Kings County Hospital Center in Brooklyn, the public hospital which treats children on Medicaid and without health insurance. He also embarks on missions to Guyana and Jamaica to provide free corrective surgery to children in poor, under-resourced communities.

Professor Emeritus of Biology from Rider University, Mayer dedicated his career to the sciences at Rider, establishing the biology department and creating the pre-med and the hospital internship programs. He is a developmental biologist with a specialty in developmental genetics and is also an expert in evolutionary biology and comparative anatomy. During his career, Mayer received 25 years of consecutive funding from the National Science Foundation, received a Fulbright to study in Germany and published more than 30 scholarly papers.