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Coronavirus: Myths and Realities Symposium

Saturday, April 25, 2020 at 11 a.m.

A panel of healthcare economics professionals discussing
the impact of the current COVID-19 pandemic

Symposium Poster (PDF)

The talk will be delivered remotely using WebEx Events, sponsored by Ramapo College’s Sabrin Center for Free Enterprise.
The link to join the discussion is
Meeting number is: 612 521 959 || Password is: qpZ7ksCmp64
Attendees will be able to ask questions via chat access.


Professor of Finance at Ramapo College of New Jersey

Murray Sabrin joined the faculty of Ramapo College of New Jersey in 1985 and is currently Professor of Finance in the Anisfield School of Business, where he teaches Financial History of the US among other courses. In 2007 Murray and his wife, Florence, made a $250,000 gift to Ramapo College to establish the Sabrin Center for Free Enterprise in the Anisfield School of Business (

Sabrin’s articles have appeared in The Record, Star Ledger, Trenton Times, and the Asbury Park Press. His essays have also appeared in Commerce Magazine, Mid-Atlantic Journal of Business, and Privatization Review among other scholarly and popular publications.

He is currently writing a book on how to create a universal health/medical care system. Sabrin is the author of Tax Free 2000: The Rebirth of American Liberty, a blueprint on how to create a tax-free America in the 21st century, and the recently published Why the Federal Reserve Sucks: It Causes, Inflation, Recessions, Bubbles and Enriches the One Percent, which is available on Amazon. He recently signed contracts to write two books for a major business publisher after he retires on July 1, 2020.


Alieta EckALIETA ECK, M.D.

Alieta Eck, M.D. Dr. Eck graduated from the Rutgers College of Pharmacy and the St. Louis University School of Medicine in St. Louis, MO. She studied Internal Medicine at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital in New Brunswick, N.J. and has been in private practice with her husband, Dr. John Eck, M.D. in Piscataway, N.J. since 1988. In 2003, Dr. Eck and her husband founded the Zarephath Health Center, a nongovernment free clinic for the poor and uninsured that currently cares for about 300 patients per month utilizing the donated services of volunteer physicians and nurses. Dr. Eck was the 2012 President of the Association of American Physicians and Surgeons and serves on the board of Christian Care Medi-Share, a faith-based medical cost-sharing ministry. She has testified in Congress before the Joint Economic Committee of the U.S. Congress in 2004 about better ways to deliver medical care in the United States. In 2011, she testified before a Senate Health Committee chaired by Senators Bernie Sanders and Rand Paul– about ways to avoid non-urgent visits to the emergency rooms.

Todd EdelsonTODD A. EDELSON, PT, DPT, Dip. MDT

Montclair Physical Therapy

Physical therapist Todd Edelson, a leader in the clinical use and teaching of the ‘McKenzie Method®’ of physical therapy in the United States, has been licensed to practice in New York and New Jersey since 1982. He holds undergraduate and graduate degrees in the biological sciences from Ohio Wesleyan University and Montclair State College, respectively; earned his post-graduate certification in physical therapy at the University of Pennsylvania; completed a Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) degree at Massachusetts General’s Institute for Health Professions, and completed the McKenzie Institute Diploma in Mechanical Diagnosis and Therapy (Dip. MDT) in 1994. He has been on the faculty of the McKenzie Institute (a healthcare research and education institute based in New Zealand) since 1999, and has provided the McKenzie Diploma clinical residency program to more than 25 physical therapists who now practice around the globe. He has treated more than 15,000 patients over the course of his career.

Edelson’s physical therapy practices in New York and New Jersey are the metro region’s only Certified McKenzie Clinics. The McKenzie Method® is a system of healthcare that, through a distinctive evaluation, treatment and education process, empowers patients suffering with spine and other musculoskeletal pain to heal themselves and manage or prevent future episodes of pain.

DR. GLENN B. GERO,DR. GLENN B. GERO, N.D., D.Sc., M.Sc., R.H. (AHG), M.E.S., C.L.C.

Dr. Gero is a board-certified naturopathic doctor with a doctorate in nutrition, an MBA and a master’s degree in botanical medicine. He possesses seven nationally recognized fitness certifications, including that as a medical and post-rehabilitative exercise specialist and has certifications as a mind-body, lifestyle medicine and biofeedback specialist and is a certified holistic life and wellness coach. He has completed extensive post-doctoral training at Harvard Medical School including training at the Joslin Diabetes Center, the Institute of Lifestyle Medicine and the Herbert Benson Institute of Mind Body Medicine. He is a professional member of the Harvard Medical School Post-Graduate Association and has been in practice for more than 20 years at the Holistic Naturopathic Center, which is located in Clifton, N.J.


Associate Professor of Economics, Ramapo College of New Jersey

Professor Olbrecht teaches the health economics curriculum and is also the Executive Director of the Eastern Economic Association based at Ramapo College. A labor economist by training, he mainly writes sports economics and economic education literature. His research has appeared in The Journal of Human Resources, Contemporary Economic Policy, Economics of Education Review, The Eastern Economic Journal, the Journal of Student Financial Aid, and Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector Quarterly. His column predicting the performance of drafted quarterbacks has been a mainstay on for the last few years. Professor Olbrecht’s appointments include serving on the downtown re-zoning steering committee for the City of Yonkers and he has also served as Treasurer of the Yonkers, N.Y. Public Library System.


Robert Wenzel is editor & publisher of and of Target Liberty, and editor of EPJ Daily alert, an investment and economic advisory service. A frequent guest on radio talk shows, he has been quoted in The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, Forbes, Bloomberg,,, and many other media outlets. He is author of The Fed Flunks: My Speech at the New York Federal Reserve Bank and Dear Fellow Health Club Member, Please Leave Me the Hell Alone: An economic analysis of the water “shortage”. His book, “Foundations of Private Property Society Theory” was released in March 2018. In March 2018 Wenzel spoke at Ramapo College delivering an overview of President Trump’s economic policies, “The Good, The Bad and The Ugly.”