The annual Duncan W. Clark Lecture is named for former Academy President (1983 to 1984) and Trustee (1985 to 1989) Duncan W. Clark, MD. Dr. Clark, an honored physician, teacher, and mentor, had a distinguished record of achievement in teaching, research, and advocacy to ultimately improve the practice of medicine. Dr. Iago Galdston, a major presence at The New York Academy of Medicine from the 1920s to the 1960s, and a world-renowned medical journalist, established in 1984 this annual lecture to honor Dr. Clark, which is made possible through ongoing support from the International Foundation. 




Michael S. Sparer, JD, PhD
Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health

“The Politics of 'Single-Payer' (and the Quest for an American Version of Universal Health Insurance)”


Herbert Pardes, MD
New York-Presbyterian Hospital and Healthcare System

“Mental Health Reform: A Decisive Moment. Insights Into Moving Forward”


John M. Colmers, MPH
Johns Hopkins Medicine

“The Future of Payment Reform: Perspectives from Maryland”


Thomas H. Lee, MD, M.Sc.
Press Ganey Associates, Inc.

"Engaging Physicians in the Health Care Revolution"


Robert Berenson, MD
Institute Fellow at the Urban Institute

“Provider Consolidation”


John E. McDonough, DPH, MPA
Department of Health Policy and Management at the Harvard School of Public Health

“The Affordable Care Act on the Verge of Final Success ... and a Nervous Breakdown”


Sherry Glied, PhD
Mailman School of Health at Columbia University

“The Affordable Care Act: An Insider’s View”


Donna Shalala, PhD
University of Miami

“The Future of Nursing”

Darlene Curley
The Jonas Center for Nursing Excellence

“New York State: Leading Change, Advancing Health”


Karen Davis
The Commonwealth Fund

“Health Reform and the Empire State: Opportunity for a New Era in Health Care Delivery?”


Benjamin K. Chu, MD, MPH, MACP
Southern California of Kaiser Foundation Health Plan and Hospitals

“Transforming Health Care: Lessons from the West Coast for the East”