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NYAM Hosts 166th Anniversary Discourse and Awards Featuring Commonwealth Fund President David Blumenthal

(L-R) Jo Ivey Boufford, MD; David Williams, PhD, MPH: Carolyn Clancy, MD; Claire Fagin, RN, PhD; Rudolf Jaenisch, MD; Daniel Federman, MD; Thomas Q. Morris, MD.

On November 7, 2013, The New York Academy of Medicine (NYAM) hosted its 166th Anniversary Discourse and Awards, which paid special tribute to individuals with distinguished accomplishments in health policy, public health, medicine, scientific research, and service to the Academy. The event featured special guest speaker David Blumenthal, MD, MPP, President of the Commonwealth Fund and former National Coordinator for Health Information Technology.

“This event is always a special one for us here at NYAM as we renew our Fellowship and members with new inductees in the Class of 2013 and we honor the distinguished contributions of remarkable individuals who have truly contributed to the health of millions through their work,” said Dr. Jo Ivey Boufford, NYAM President.

Dr. Blumenthal delivered the 166th Anniversary Discourse on “Birth Pangs of the ACA in Perspective.” In his talk, he shared the history of the act, explained the range of challenges faced in implementing it, and highlighted the standards by which we should judge this piece of landmark social legislation. View the video of Dr. Blumenthal's full talk here.

“We’ll judge the law according to a couple of very simple criteria: has it substantially reduced the numbers of uninsured Americans? Has it substantially reduced the numbers of underinsured Americans? Will it maintain the quality of care that Americans receive? And will it control the rate of growth of health care costs? The president has almost 3.5 years to root this law in the American fabric. I think there’s a better than even chance that it will work out, and history will be the judge of whether he was successful,” Dr. Blumenthal said.

The 2013 Academy Distinguished Awards were then presented to five pioneers in their respective fields: Rudolf Jaenisch, MD received the Academy Medal for Distinguished Contributions in Biomedical Science; Daniel D. Federman, MD received the John Stearns Medal for Distinguished Contributions in Clinical Practice; Carolyn M. Clancy, MD received the Academy Medal for Distinguished Contributions in Health Policy; David R. Williams, PhD, MPH received the Stephen Smith Medal for Distinguished Contributions in Public Health; and Claire M. Fagin, PhD, RN, FAAN received the Academy Plaque for Exceptional Service to the Academy.

The event also honored twenty-one 30-year Fellows of the Academy. Earlier in the evening, at the Annual Meeting of the Fellows, NYAM inducted 52 new Fellows, six Members, 44 Associate Members, 21 Student Members, and four Honorary Fellows.

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Posted on November 11, 2013

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