Matthew J Lurin MD MBA FACEP CPE is currently a practicing emergency medicine physician in New York. He received his undergraduate degree at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, MD, his medical degree from NYU School of Medicine, completed his residency training in Emergency Medicine at Bellevue Hospital in Manhattan, and has been in practice for 20 years. While practicing, he received his MBA in Healthcare Administration from Baruch and currently is the associate director of his department. A longtime season ticket holder for the New York Yankees and Knicks, he is also a whisky aficionado and co-founder of the Whisky Nerds.
Matt's first connection to whisky started at about the time he turned 30. Looking to find a common bond with his stepfather from Edinburgh, the two found a happy medium at Scotch Whisky. After being exposed to several different types of whiskies over the years while with friends, family or at tastings, he found he enjoyed whiskies from many regions and ages. He started collecting a variety of Scotches, and through the years and his travels has now amassed a sizable collection. Sitting at over 1000 bottles, "Enough till I am well past 90", he says, he enjoys hosting events in his garden as an opportunity to share, open, and then later purchase even more.
Matt's stepfather was diagnosed with GIST, a rare cancer, a few years back. He wondered how he could help raise funds and awareness for this disease, and thought of a fundraiser involving whisky, the water of life itself. After debating on different formats, he decided that this event should be unique, and wanted a comfortable environment where folks could both enjoy and learn about what was in their glass. Thus the "Water of Life" was born, and based on the response to year one it's a welcome addition to the New York Whisky landscape.