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Dr. Richard Leinhardt Recognized by Mayor for Post-9/11 Health Work

NYAM Fellow R. Richard Leinhardt, MD, FACS was recently recognized by New York City Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg for his work as part of the World Trade Center Medical Working Group. The mayor convened the group in 2007 to review the latest medical research on potential health effects of the WTC attacks. The Group also reviews the adequacy of health and mental health services available to WTC-exposed persons, and advises city government on approaches to communicating health risk information.

“For the past five years, you have helped New York City and the nation better understand the health effects of the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001,” Mayor Bloomberg wrote in a thank-you letter. “We used your annual review of the scientific literature to advocate for passage of the James Zadroga 9/11 Health & Compensation Act in Congress, which both ensures that those affected received the treatment they deserve and supports research at many institutions. Together, we can also look forward to guiding future policy decisions at the federal level as well.”

Dr. Leinhardt is a board certified otorhinolaryngologist, facial plastic and reconstructive surgeon. He has specialty board certification from the American Board of Otolaryngology 
and is a member of the American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery. Dr. Leinhardt received his Medical Degree from University of Brussels, Belgium. He was Chief ENT Facial Plastic Surgery at Manhattan Eye, Ear, & Throat Hospital in New York; more cosmetic surgery procedures are performed each year at Manhattan Eye and Ear Hospital than any other institution in the world.

He also served as Director of the Department of Otolaryngology at Lincoln Hospital-New York Medical College. Dr. Leinhardt is an Associate Clinical Professor Emeritus of Otolaryngology at New York Medical College. He served as Chief Surgeon for the New York City Transit Police Department, and Hon. Chief Surgeon for the NYPD. He also serves as Surgeon for the Drug Enforcement Administration New York Field Division, and Chief Surgeon/Chief Medical Officer of the New York Department of Corrections. Dr. Leinhardt was appointed to the Medical Malpractice Panel of the Supreme Court of the State of New York and is also on Mayor Bloomberg’s September 11th Health and Advisory Panel. Dr. Leinhardt helps survivors and NYC rescue workers of September 11th with respiratory and breathing problems.

Dr. Leinhardt was a first responder at the World Trade Center on 9/11. He received the 1st NY POST Liberty Medal for Lifetime Achievement in 2002 presented by Mayor Bloomberg at Gracie Mansion for his efforts. Dr. Leinhardt has been continually named as one of the top plastic surgeons in the country by a myriad of publications.

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Posted on August 7, 2012

Gina Ravosa
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