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Thursday, November 1, 2018



Annual Meeting of the Voting Fellows and Induction Ceremony
4:30 PM – 5:30 PM
Anniversary Discourse and Awards and Honoring the Academy’s 30-Year Fellows
5:30 PM – 7:00 PM
Celebratory Reception for All Guests
7:00 PM – 8:30 PM


The New York Academy of Medicine, 1216 Fifth Avenue at 103rd Street, New York, NY 10029


Free, advance registration required

Plan to join us as we congratulate our newest Fellows and Members at the induction ceremony, honor our 30-Year Fellows and pay special tribute to individuals with distinguished accomplishments in health policy, public health, clinical practice, biomedical research, and service to the Academy.

James McCune SmithWe are pleased to announce this year’s award winners listed below as well as that we will present a special posthumous award of Academy Fellowship to James McCune Smith, MD, MA (1813-1865), a highly accomplished physician, medical director, and pharmacy owner in New York City, and a prominent abolitionist. 


Award Recipients

The Academy Medal for Distinguished Contributions in Biomedical Science
Wendy K. Chung, MD, PhD
Director, Clinical Research of Simons Foundation Autism Research Initiative (SFARI)
Director, Clinical Genetics Program at Columbia University, Kennedy Family Professor of Pediatrics and Medicine, Columbia University

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Wendy Chung, MD, PhD is a clinical and molecular geneticist and the Kennedy Family Professor of Pediatrics and Medicine and the Director of Clinical Research of SFARI at the Simons Foundation. She received her B.A. in biochemistry and economics from Cornell University, her M.D. from Cornell University Medical College, and her Ph.D. from The Rockefeller University in genetics. Dr. Chung directs NIH funded research programs in human genetics of autism, neurodevelopmental disorders, birth defects including congenital diaphragmatic hernia, esophageal atresia, and congenital heart disease, pulmonary hypertension, cardiomyopathy, and breast cancer. A world leader in the diagnosis and treatment of rare diseases, Dr. Chung has identified more than 41 new genes for human diseases. She is experienced in both the molecular and clinical characterization of the disorders associated with these gene mutations, as well as the integration of these discoveries into clinical practice through the development and implementation of clinical genetic testing in medical care. She leads the Precision Medicine Resource in the Irving Institute at Columbia University and serves on the Genomics and Pediatrics Advisory Committees for the All of Us Precision Medicine Initiative and Council for the National Human Genome Research Institute.

Her studies to develop and implement inexpensive newborn screening for spinal muscular atrophy have been instrumental in changing the policy to screen every newborn in the US for this genetic condition to ensure presymptomatic access to treatment with gene therapy and oligonucleotide therapy. She was the original plaintiff in the Supreme Court case that overturned the ability to patent genes and the Institute of Medicine Committee on Genetic Testing.

Dr. Chung was the recipient of the American Academy of Pediatrics Young Investigator Award and the Medical Achievement Award from Bonei Olam. She is renowned for her teaching and mentoring and received Columbia University’s highest teaching award, the Presidential Award for Outstanding Teaching. She is well known for her TED talks with millions of views. Dr. Chung enjoys the challenges of genetics as a rapidly changing field of medicine and strives to facilitate the integration of genetic medicine into all areas of health care in a medically, scientifically, and ethically sound, accessible, and cost-effective manner.


The Academy Medal for Distinguished Contributions in Health Policy
Freeman A. Hrabowski, III, PhD
President of The University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC)


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Dr. Freeman A. Hrabowski, President of UMBC (University of Maryland, Baltimore County) since 1992, is a consultant on science and math education to national agencies, universities, and school systems. He was named by President Obama to chair the President’s Advisory Commission on Educational Excellence for African Americans. He also chaired the National Academies’ committee that produced the report, Expanding Underrepresented Minority Participation: America’s Science and Technology Talent at the Crossroads (2011). His 2013 TED talk highlights the “Four Pillars of College Success in Science.”

Named one of the 100 Most Influential People in the World by TIME (2012) and one of America’s Best Leaders by U.S. News & World Report (2008), he also received TIAA-CREF’s Theodore M. Hesburgh Award for Leadership Excellence (2011), the Carnegie Corporation’s Academic Leadership Award (2011), and the Heinz Award (2012) for contributions to improving the “Human Condition.” UMBC has been recognized as a model for inclusive excellence by such publications as U.S. News, which the past eight years has recognized UMBC as a national leader in academic innovation and undergraduate teaching. Dr. Hrabowski’s most recent book, Holding Fast to Dreams: Empowering Youth from the Civil Rights Crusade to STEM Achievement, describes the events and experiences that played a central role in his development as an educator and leader.


The Stephen Smith Award for Distinguished Contributions in Public Health
Wafaa El-Sadr HeadshotWafaa El-Sadr, MD, MPH, MPA
University Professor of Epidemiology and Medicine and Dr. Mathilde Krim-amFAR Chair in Global Health, Columbia University
Global Director of ICAP, Columbia University
Director of the Global Health Initiative, Mailman School of Public Health

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Wafaa El-Sadr, MD, MPH, MPA is a University Professor of Epidemiology and Medicine at Columbia University, global director of ICAP at Columbia University, and director of the Global Health Initiative at the Mailman School of Public Health. 

Founded by Dr. El-Sadr in 2003, ICAP is a global leader in HIV, other global health threats, and health systems strengthening that provides technical assistance, implementation support, and conducts research in partnership with governmental and non-governmental organizations in more than 30 countries. In this role, she leads the design, implementation, scale-up, and evaluation of large-scale HIV, tuberculosis (TB) and maternal-child health programs in sub-Saharan Africa and Asia that provide care to more than 2.4 million people and collect data from more than 5,750 health facilities.

Dr. El-Sadr is a prominent researcher and has led numerous epidemiological, clinical, behavioral, and implementation science research studies that have furthered the understanding of the prevention and management of HIV, TB, and non-communicable diseases. She is a principal investigator of the NIH-funded HIV Prevention Trials Network (HPTN), which seeks to prevent HIV transmission globally. 

Dr. El-Sadr is a member of the NIH Fogarty International Center Advisory Board. In 2008, she was named a John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation Fellow, and in 2009, she was appointed to the National Academy of Medicine. In 2013, she was appointed University Professor, Columbia's highest academic honor. She also holds the Dr. Mathilde Krim-amfAR Chair in Global Health.


The John Stearns Medal for Distinguished Contributions in Clinical Practice
Patricia Bath, MD
Widely celebrated inventor, scientist and ophthalmologist and laser pioneer for her invention of laserphaco cataract surgery


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Patricia Bath, MD is a widely celebrated inventor, scientist and ophthalmologist. Her career is gilded by many firsts beginning with her residency at NYU (1970-1973) and fellowship at Columbia P&S (1969-1970) becoming the first African American woman ophthalmologist to train at both institutions.

Credentialed with excellence by both NYU and Columbia Dr. Bath began her academic career at UCLA Jules Stein Eye Institute where she became the first woman ophthalmologist in the Department of ophthalmology in 1974. With her joint appointment at Drew University Dr. Bath was Chair of the ophthalmology residency program thus becoming the first woman Chair of a ophthalmology residency program in the USA (1983).

Based on her nascent(seminal) research and observations while at Columbia and NYU Dr. Bath focused her work on blindness prevention. She had discovered that glaucoma and preventable blindness was rampant among the poor and minority communities in Harlem. She is credited with the discovery that blacks had twice the prevalence of blindness and eight times the prevalence of blindness due to glaucoma in the USA. This health care disparity finding led to the establishment of the Ophthalmic Assistant Training Program at UCLA, founding of the American Institute for the Prevention of Blindness and a new discipline of medicine called Community Ophthalmology.

Her passion and zeal for research led her to conduct research studies not only at UCLA and Drew University but wherever the newest and best labs existed. As a Visiting Professor at the Paris Rothschild Eye Institute, University of Free Berlin, Loughborough Institute of technology and UC Los Alamos, Professor Bath researched questions in clinical ophthalmology with the tools of laser photonics. The Optical Society of American includes her as a laser pioneer for her invention of laserphaco cataract surgery and Howard University College of medicine lists her as a medical pioneer in academic medicine. She received several patents in the USA and Europe for her innovations in cataract surgery. In recognition of her achievements in ophthalmology Dr. Bath was inducted into the Museum of Vision of the American Academy of Ophthalmology in 2011. Dr. Bath has served as expert consultant to governmental agencies under the Carter, Reagan and Obama administrations.

In 1999 the Smithsonian honored Dr. Bath by including her in the INNOVATIVE Lives Program of the LEMELSON Center. The American Medical Women’s Association induced Dr. Bath into the International Hall of Fame in 2001. She currently serves as President of the American Institute for the Prevention of Blindness and on the Boards of national and local groups advocating for STEM, Community Service and Women’s Rights.


The Academy Plaque for Exceptional Service to the Academy
Jo Ivey Boufford, MD
Clinical Professor of Global Health, NYU College of Global Public Health
Immediate Past President, The New York Academy of Medicine

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With extensive experience in medicine, international affairs, health policy, and public administration, Dr. Jo Ivey Boufford is an expert in urban health, healthy aging, disease prevention, and health promotion and health disparities.

Since college, Dr. Boufford has integrated activism and social justice in her education and practice by advocating for patient-driven care and more engagement with the community and the underserved. In 1985, she became the first woman to be elected President of New York City Health and Hospitals Corporation, the largest municipal system in the United States. She then entered federal government, serving as Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for health in the US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). While at HHS, she was the U.S. representative on the Executive Board of the World Health Organization. With the Gates Foundation and with a focus on Africa, she developed a new global health leadership initiative through teacher trainings.

Dr. Boufford is a member and has also served in the leadership of numerous public health, national education, and medical organizations, including: the New York State Public Health and Health Planning Council, the United Hospital Fund, the Primary Care Development Corporation and Public Health Solutions, the Village Center for Care, the International Women's Health Coalition, the Council and Chair of its Public Health Committee, the Regional Plan Association, the Health Effects Institute, the National Association of Schools of Public Affairs and Administration, the National Academy of Medicine, the National Academy of Public Administration, and the New York Academy of Medicine, the National Council on Graduate Medical Education, the National Advisory Council for the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, and the Commonwealth Fund.

At NYU, Dr. Boufford has been a Professor of Public Administration and Dean of the Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service, as well as a Clinical Professor of Pediatrics at the NYU Medical School.

Immediately prior to Dr. Boufford’s position at NYU School of Global Health, she served as President of The New York Academy of Medicine.

Dr. Boufford’s commitment to the Academy dates back 30 years to when she became a Fellow. She served as a Trustee from to 2004 to 2007 before being elected as the second President of the Academy in 2007.

Dr. Boufford currently serves as the President of the International Society for Urban Health (ISUH). ISUH was founded at the Academy in 2002 and is the pioneer global organization bringing together experts from across academia, government, NGOs and business to improve the health of cities and is primarily concerned with building the field of urban health through its annual scientific meeting, the International Conference of Urban Health (ICUH).


Event series:
Talking Health
The Academy is pleased to offer a new and exciting lineup of fall events this year. Our “Talking Health” series brings together leading experts and influencers for important conversations about critical health issues. Join us for lively discussion and insights into the past, present, and future of health.