New York (June 14, 2017) - The Board of Trustees of The New York Academy of Medicine is pleased to announce Judith Salerno, MD, MS, as its next President, effective September 5, 2017.  

Dr. Salerno is a physician executive who most recently was President and Chief Executive Officer of the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation. Her prior leadership experience includes serving as the Leonard D. Schaeffer Executive Officer of the Institute of Medicine (now National Academy of Medicine) of the US National Academies, the Deputy Director of the National Institute on Aging at the National Institutes of Health, Chief Consultant for Geriatrics and Extended Care for the US Veterans Health Administration, and Chief of Geriatrics at the Washington DC VA Medical Center. A board-certified physician in internal medicine, Dr. Salerno earned her medical degree from Harvard Medical School and a Master of Science degree in Health Policy and Management from the Harvard School of Public Health.

“As one of our nation’s pre-eminent leaders in health and health care, we are truly excited that she will be leading the Academy as our next President,” said George E. Thibault, MD, chairman of the Academy. “She has the perfect blend of clinical, research, and health policy experience that spans both government and nonprofit sectors.”

“It is an honor for me to join The New York Academy of Medicine,” said Dr. Salerno. “Throughout its history, the Academy has always addressed the most critical health challenges facing cities, and I look forward to continuing to advance its mission to promote the health and well-being of people in New York and cities worldwide.”

As announced last fall, Dr. Jo Ivey Boufford, the current President of the Academy, will complete her 10-year tenure this summer. “We are deeply indebted to Jo’s leadership over the past ten years,” said Dr. Thibault. “She has elevated the stature and importance of this great institution, and its role in advancing the health and well-being of people in cities, particularly in the areas of population health, health disparities and healthy aging.”
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