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165th Anniversary Discourse & Awards; Annual Meeting of the Voting Fellows

Date: November 8, 2012
Time: 5:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Annual Meeting of the Voting Fellows and Induction of New Fellows 5:00 p.m., Discourse and Awards 6:00 p.m., Reception 7:30 p.m.

Location: The New York Academy of Medicine, 1216 Fifth Avenue at 103rd Street, New York, NY 10029


Every year NYAM hosts its Anniversary Discourse and Awards to pay special tribute to individuals with distinguished accomplishments health policy, public health, medicine, and scientific research. This commemorative evening is a part of NYAM's heritage and it has become the centerpiece event presented by the Office of Trustee & Fellowship Affairs each fall.

The Anniversary Discourse is open to the public.

165th Anniversary Discourse:
“Why We Can End Health Disparities!”
Marc H. Morial
President
National Urban League



Awards:

The Academy Medal for Distinguished Contributions in Biomedical Science   

ELAINE FUCHS, PHD
REBECCA C. LANCEFIELD PROFESSOR IN MAMMALIAN CELL BIOLOGY AND DEVELOPMENT
ROCKEFELLER UNIVERSITY
INVESTIGATOR
HOWARD HUGHES MEDICAL INSTITUTE


The John Stearns Medal for Distinguished Contributions in Clinical Practice   
ANTONIO M. GOTTO, JR., MD, DPHIL
DEAN EMERITUS AND CO-CHAIRMAN OF THE BOARD OF OVERSEERS
WEILL CORNELL MEDICAL COLLEGE



The Stephen Smith Medal for Distinguished Contributions in Public Health   
HONORABLE MICHAEL R. BLOOMBERG
MAYOR OF THE CITY OF NEW YORK





The Annual Academy Medal for Distinguished Contributions in Health Policy   
KAREN DAVIS, PHD
PRESIDENT
THE COMMONWEALTH FUND




The Academy Plaque for Exceptional Service to the Academy   
GERALD E. THOMSON, MD
SAMUEL LAMBERT PROFESSOR EMERITUS OF MEDICINE
COLUMBIA UNIVERSITY



About the Speaker(s)

As President of the National Urban League since 2003, Marc H. Morial has been the primary catalyst for an era of change--a transformation for the century-old civil rights organization. His energetic and skilled leadership has expanded the League’s work around an Empowerment agenda, which is redefining civil rights in the 21st century with a renewed emphasis on closing the economic gaps between Whites and Blacks as well as rich and poor Americans. Under his stewardship the League has had record fundraising success, and he has established the NUL as a leading national nonprofit. Morial was elected Mayor of New Orleans in 1994, serving two terms, and left office with a 70% approval rating.

Michael R. Bloomberg was elected the 108th Mayor of the City of New York in 2001. In 1981, he began Bloomberg LP, a start-up financial news and information company that now has more than 15,000 employees around the world. As Mayor, Bloomberg has cut crime by more than 30 percent, revitalized the waterfront, implemented ambitious public health strategies, including the successful ban on smoking in restaurants and bars, and expanded support for arts and culture. His education reforms have driven graduation rates up by more than 40 percent since 2005; his economic policies have helped NYC avoid the level of job losses that many other cities experienced during the national recession; and since October 2009, NY added as many private sector jobs as the next ten largest U.S. cities combined.

Karen Davis is president of The Commonwealth Fund, a national foundation engaged in independent research on health and social policy issues. Dr. Davis is a nationally recognized economist, with a distinguished career in public policy and research. She served as chairman of the Department of Health Policy and Management at The Johns Hopkins School of Public Health. Her books include Health Care Cost Containment, Medicare Policy, and Health and the War on Poverty.

Elaine Fuchs is the Rebecca C. Lancefield Professor in Mammalian Cell Biology and Development at The Rockefeller University and an Investigator at the Howard Hughes Medical Institute. Fuchs has published more than 280 papers and is internationally known for her research in skin biology, its stem cells, and its associated human genetic disorders, which include skin cancers. For more than three decades, she has continued to devise and employ innovative and imaginative approaches to the highest caliber of biomedical research.

Antonio M. Gotto, Jr. is Dean Emeritus and Co-Chairman of the Board of Overseers of Weill Cornell Medical College, where he is also the Lewis Thomas University Professor. Dr. Gotto is also VP and Provost for Medical Affairs Emeritus of Cornell University. He has played a leading role in several landmark clinical trials demonstrating that cholesterol-lowering drug treatment can reduce the risk for heart disease. A past National President of the American Heart Association, he has authored more than 500 scholarly articles and books.

Gerald E. Thomson is the Lambert and Sonneborn Professor of Medicine Emeritus and former Senior Associate Dean at Columbia University. He was previously Director of Medicine at Harlem Hospital; Executive Vice President for Professional Affairs and Chief of Staff at the Columbia-Presbyterian Medical Center; President of the Society of Urban Physicians, advocates for NYC public hospitals; cofounder of the NY Society of Nephrology; a member of numerous NIH committees on hypertension; Chairman of an Institute of Medicine Committee on the NIH Strategic Plan on Health Disparities; a member of a panel on the treatment of post 9/11 military detainees; and a former Chairman of the American Board of Internal Medicine and President of the American College of Physicians.

 

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