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The New York Academy of Medicine Strengthens Commitment to Innovative Research to Improve Health in New York

President Announces Appointment of Dr. David Siscovick as Senior VP for Research

NEW YORK— Jo Ivey Boufford, MD, President of The New York Academy of Medicine (NYAM), announces the appointment of David S. Siscovick, MD, MPH as Senior Vice President for Research. Dr. Siscovick will establish a new interdisciplinary and collaborative approach to research across NYAM’s priority areas of healthy aging, disease prevention and health promotion, and eliminating health disparities.

“Research has always been at the core of NYAM’s mission as a think tank-do tank,” Dr. Boufford said. “The creation of an integrated research platform bringing together researchers across the New York area and beyond to identify the best clinical and community-based interventions to maintain good health will enable The New York Academy of Medicine to serve as a unique resource for researchers, practitioners, and policy makers for promoting health.”

Under Dr. Siscovick’s leadership, NYAM will establish large-scale health-promotion research collaborations in partnership with academic health centers, schools of public health, community-based organizations, health departments, and health practitioners. Dr. Siscovick will focus on developing scalable, multi-institutional, interdisciplinary platforms to address major gaps in knowledge about what works and what doesn’t work in both personal health care and community-based interventions. His primary focus is on maintaining good health and prevention of chronic diseases, such as obesity, diabetes, renal disease, cardiovascular disease, cancer, and chronic pulmonary disease.

“My goal is to help people and policymakers make good decisions about health,” Dr. Siscovick said. “That starts with research to determine what works and what doesn’t to maintain good health across the lifespan and in diverse populations. Research provides the evidence base to help people, policymakers, and institutions make decisions. We are committed to increasing that activity both within NYAM and with partners in New York City, New York State, and around the country and the world.”

As part of this initiative, NYAM will convene and, when appropriate, lead cross-institutional research teams to identify critical and policy-relevant research questions; facilitate cost-effective clinical and community-based research; and translate and disseminate the knowledge generated by the research through policy and advocacy initiatives in New York and beyond.

Dr. Siscovick is Professor Emeritus of Medicine and Epidemiology at the University of Washington in Seattle, Washington, and was formerly the Co-director of the University’s Cardiovascular Health Research Unit and Director of the Cardiovascular Epidemiology Training Program. Dr. Siscovick completed his undergraduate training at the University of Pennsylvania and medical school at the University of Maryland, before doing a residency in Internal Medicine and Preventive Medicine and earning an MPH degree in Epidemiology at the University of Washington. For more than three decades, he has been a practicing general internist who has a commitment to impacting the health of the public, with a focus on bridging clinical medicine and public health.

Dr. Siscovick has a highly successful track record of research related to NYAM’s three research priority areas, with over 550 peer-reviewed publications and multiple grants from the National Institutes of Health. His research has focused broadly on the epidemiology and prevention of cardiovascular disease across the lifespan. He has led interdisciplinary teams and large-scale multi-institutional collaborations, and he has mentored young investigators from multiple institutions. He has been the principal investigator or a co-investigator on multiple NIH grants. He currently is the Vice-Chair of the American Heart Association Council on Epidemiology and Prevention. 

About The New York Academy of Medicine
The New York Academy of Medicine advances the health of people in cities.
An independent organization since 1847, NYAM addresses the health challenges facing the world’s urban populations through interdisciplinary approaches to policy leadership, innovative research, evaluation, education, and community engagement. Drawing on the expertise of diverse partners worldwide and more than 2,000 elected Fellows from across the professions, our current priorities are to create environments in cities that support healthy aging; to strengthen systems that prevent disease and promote the public’s health; to eliminate health disparities; and to preserve and promote the heritage of medicine and public health.

Posted on April 23, 2014

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