Thu • Nov

Thursday, November 7, 2019



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
5:45 PM – 7:30 PM
Celebratory Reception
7:30 PM – 9:00 PM


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


Free, advance registration is required.

Please note: online registration for this event is closed, but onsite registration will still be available.

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.

Discourse Speaker

Otis W. Brawley, MD, MACP, FASCO, FACE
Bloomberg Distinguished Professor of Oncology and Epidemiology
Johns Hopkins University
"Cancer Control in the 21st Century"

The science of cancer has evolved over the past half century since President Richard Nixon signed the National Cancer Act.  The talk will provide a status report on the anticancer effort. What populations have benefited, what populations have not? As our understanding of the disease gains focus, our approach to it must also evolve. What are the new scientific questions and issues that must be addressed as we go forward?

View Otis Brawley's Bio

Dr. Brawley is the Bloomberg Distinguished Professor of Oncology and Epidemiology at Johns Hopkins University. He is an authority on cancer screening and prevention and leads a broad interdisciplinary research effort focused on cancer health disparities at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, the Bloomberg School of Public Health and the Sidney Kimmel Comprehensive Cancer Center. He is a member of the National Cancer Institute Board of Scientific Advisors and the National Academy of Medicine.

His work focuses on how to close racial, economic and social inequalities in the prevention, detection and treatment of cancer. It is concentrated on the appropriate practice of evidence-based medicine, efficiency in healthcare and the waste that occurs when there is not orthodox interpretation of science.

Dr. Brawley was chief medical and scientific officer of the American Cancer Society from 2007 to 2018. He oversaw the largest private program funding cancer research in the U.S. From 2001 to 2007, he was director of the Georgia Cancer Center at Grady Memorial Hospital in Atlanta. From 2001 to 2018 he served as professor of hematology, oncology, medicine and epidemiology at Emory University.

Among numerous awards, he was a Georgia Cancer Coalition Scholar and received the Key to St. Bernard Parish and the U.S. Public Health Service (PHS) Meritorious Service Medal for his work as a PHS Commissioned Officer in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. He is also a recipient of the Department of Defense Uniformed Services University Distinguished Service Award for his contributions to military medical education. He is a Fellow of the American Society of Clinical Oncology, a Fellow of the American College of Epidemiology and one of the few physicians to be named a Master of the American College of Physicians.

Dr. Brawley is a graduate of University of Chicago, Pritzker School of Medicine. He completed an internal medicine residency at Case-Western Reserve University and a fellowship in medical oncology at the National Cancer Institute. He is board certified in Internal medicine and medical oncology.


Award Recipients

The Academy Medal for Distinguished Contributions in Biomedical Science
Nancy S. Wexler, PhD
Higgins Professor of Neuropsychology in the Departments of Neurology and Psychiatry
College of Physicians and Surgeons, Columbia University and
President, Hereditary Disease Foundation

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Dr. Wexler is Higgins Professor of Neuropsychology in the Departments of Neurology and Psychiatry of the College of Physicians and Surgeons at Columbia University, as well as the President of the Hereditary Disease Foundation. Involved in public policy, individual counseling, genetic research and federal health administration, she is most widely known for her important scientific contribution on Huntington's disease. Since 1979, Dr. Wexler has led a research study in Venezuela of the world's largest family with Huntington's disease, developing a pedigree of over 18,000 individuals and collecting over 4,000 blood samples that helped lead to the identification of the Huntington's disease gene at the tip of human chromosome 4. These same blood samples have assisted in the mapping of other disease genes, including those responsible for familial Alzheimer's disease, kidney cancer, two kinds of neurofibromatosis, Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS), dwarfism and others. One result of this work was the development of a presymptomatic test which could tell who is carrying the fatal gene prior to the onset of symptoms.

Dr. Wexler received an A.B. from Radcliffe in 1967 and a Ph.D. in clinical psychology from the University of Michigan in 1974. She currently holds or has held numerous public policy positions, including Chair of the Joint NIH/DOE Ethical, Legal and Social Issues Working Group of the National Center for Human Genome Research, Chair of the Human Genome Organization (HUGO) and Member of the Institute of Medicine. Dr. Wexler has served as a member of the board of directors of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and on the Advisory Committee on Research on Women's Health, NIH. She has received numerous honors and awards, including several honorary doctorates.  

Dr. Wexler received the inaugural Hermann J. Muller Award for Contributions to Our Understanding of Genes and Society, University of Indiana Bloomington, in 2016 and the 2007 Benjamin Franklin Medal in Life Science. She is a Council Member of the National Academy of Medicine and serves as a member of the Committee on Science, Engineering, Medicine, and Public Policy (COSEMPUP) of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine. She is also a Member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences; a Fellow at the Royal College of Physicians; a Fellow at the American Association for the Advancement of Science, Section on Neuroscience; a Member of the European Academy of Sciences and Arts; and Councilor, Society for Neuroscience. She is an honorary Fellow of the New York Academy of Sciences and a Member of the National Academy of Medicine. In 1993, she received the Albert Lasker Public Service Award.


The Academy Medal for Distinguished Contributions in Health Policy
Diana J. Mason, PhD, RN, FAAN
Senior Policy Service Professor for the Center for Health Policy and Media Engagement
George Washington University School of Nursing

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Dr. Mason is Senior Policy Service Professor at the Center for Health Policy and Media Engagement at the George Washington University School of Nursing and Professor Emerita at Hunter College, where she held the Rudin Endowed Chair and founded the Center for Health, Media & Policy.

She is a past President of the American Academy of Nursing, former editor-in-chief of the American Journal of Nursing, and producer and moderator of a community radio program on health and health policy since 1985. She has served as the only health professional on the National Advisory Committee for Kaiser Health News since its inception in 2009. Dr. Mason is the lead editor of the book, Policy and Politics in Nursing and Health Care, now in its 7th edition, and blogs on policy for HealthCetera and JAMA News Forum.

She is the principal investigator on a replication of the 1998 Woodhull Study on Nurses and the Media published in 2018 in the Journal of Nursing Scholarship and an additional analysis of journalists’ experiences with using nurses as sources in health news stories, including on policy, published in the American Journal of Nursing. Her other research has focused on nurse practitioners’ engagement with managed care organizations; the representation of health professionals on boards of directors of healthcare organizations in NYC; commonalities of nurse-designed models of care; and the integration of aspects of a culture of health elements into nurse-led models of care in partnership with the RAND Corporation.

Dr. Mason serves as Facilitator for the Eastern Delaware County Coalition on Substance Abuse Prevention and Treatment Steering Committee and as a member of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine Committee on Integrating Social Needs Care into the Delivery of Health Care to Improve the Nation’s Health.

She co-chaired the Josiah Macy Foundation invitational conference and report on Registered Nurses: Partners in Transforming Primary Care. She is a member of the Board of Directors of the Primary Care Development Corporation, a nonprofit Community Development Financial Institution focused on building the nation’s capacity for primary care, and of Public Health Solutions, New York City’s largest public health organization that focuses on improving the health of vulnerable families.

She chairs the National Advisory Board for the Center for Health and Social Care Integration at Rush University Medical Center and is the Deputy Director for the International Council of Nurses’ Global Nursing Leadership Institute that prepares nurse leaders around the world to shape global, regional and national policies to improve the health of populations. She is the recipient of numerous awards for policy, leadership, dissemination of science, writing, education, public health, media and advocacy. Dr. Mason received a BSN from West Virginia University, MSN from St. Louis University, and PhD from New York University, and holds an honorary doctorate of science from West Virginia University and an honorary doctorate of humane letters from Long Island University.


The Stephen Smith Award for Distinguished Contributions in Public Health
Mary T. Bassett, MD, MPH
Director of the François-Xavier Bagnoud (FXB) Center for Health and Human Rights and the FXB Professor of the Practice of Health and Human Rights
Harvard TH Chan School of Public Health

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Dr. Bassett is the Director of the Harvard François-Xavier Bagnoud (FXB) Center for Health and Human Rights and the FXB Professor of the Practice of Health and Human Rights at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health.

With more than 30 years of experience in public health, Dr. Bassett has dedicated her career to advancing health equity. Prior to joining the FXB Center, she served as New York City’s Commissioner of Health from 2014 to 2018.

Originally from New York City, Dr. Bassett lived in Zimbabwe for nearly 20 years, where she served on the medical faculty of the University of Zimbabwe. She also worked as the Program Director for the African Health Initiative and the Child Well-being Program at the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, and as Deputy Commissioner for Health Promotion and Disease Prevention at the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene.

Dr. Bassett’s many awards and honors include the prestigious Frank A. Calderone Prize in Public Health, a Kenneth A. Forde Lifetime Achievement Award from Columbia University, and election to the National Academy of Medicine.

She received her B.A. in History and Science from Harvard University and her M.D. from Columbia University’s College of Physicians and Surgeons. She served her medical residency at Harlem Hospital Center and has a master’s degree in Public Health from the University of Washington, where she was a Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholar.


The John Stearns Medal for Distinguished Contributions in Clinical Practice
Philip A. Pizzo, MD
David and Susan Heckerman Professor and Founding Director of the Stanford Distinguished Careers Institute
Stanford University

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Dr. Pizzo is the David and Susan Heckerman Professor and Founding Director of the Stanford Distinguished Careers Institute. He served as Dean and Carl and Elizabeth Naumann Professor of Pediatrics and of Microbiology and Immunology at the Stanford School of Medicine for 12 years. Dr. Pizzo has devoted much of his medical career to the diagnosis, management, prevention and treatment of childhood cancers and the infectious complications that occur in children whose immune systems are compromised by cancer and AIDS as well as the treatment of childhood cancer. He has also been a leader in academic medicine, championing programs and policies to improve the future of science, education and healthcare in the US and beyond. He has also developed novel programs to transform higher education for intergenerational learning and teaching for individuals in midlife seeking to renew purpose, engagement and wellness through the lifespan.

Dr. Pizzo received his MD degree with Honors and Distinction in Research from the University of Rochester in 1970, a residency at the Boston Children’s Hospital, and fellowship in pediatric oncology at the National Cancer Institute. Dr. Pizzo served as head of the Institute’s infectious disease section, chief of the NCI’s pediatric department, and acting scientific director for NCI’s Division of Clinical Sciences between 1973 and 1996. Before joining Stanford in 2001, he was the physician-in-chief of Children’s Hospital in Boston and Chair of the Department of Pediatrics and the Thomas Morgan Rotch Professor at Harvard Medical School.

Dr. Pizzo is the author of more than 650 scientific articles and 16 books and monographs. He has received numerous awards and honors including the 2012 John Howland Award, the highest honor for lifetime achievement bestowed by the American Pediatric Society.  He has been elected to many prestigious organizations including the National Academy of Medicine in 1997. In 2009 he was elected to the Board of Trustees of the University of Rochester and the Board of Overseers of Koc University in Istanbul, Turkey. In 2014 he was elected to the Board of Directors of the Ludwig Institute for Cancer Research and in 2015 he was elected to the Board of Directors of Global Blood Therapeutics. He also serves as Editor-in-Chief of Current Opinion in Pediatrics.


The Academy Plaque for Exceptional Service to the Academy
George E. Thibault, MD
Immediate Past President, Josiah Macy Jr Foundation
Immediate Past Board Chair, The New York Academy of Medicine

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Dr. Thibault became the seventh president of the Josiah Macy Jr. Foundation in January 2008 and stepped down as President on June 30, 2018. Immediately prior to the Macy Foundation, he served as Vice President of Clinical Affairs at Partners Healthcare System in Boston and Director of the Academy at Harvard Medical School (HMS). He was the first Daniel D. Federman Professor of Medicine and Medical Education at HMS and is now the Federman Professor, Emeritus.

Dr. Thibault previously served as Chief Medical Officer at Brigham and Women’s Hospital and as Chief of Medicine at the Harvard affiliated Brockton/West Roxbury VA Hospital. He was Associate Chief of Medicine and Director of the Internal Medical Residency Program at the Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH). At the MGH he also served as Director of the Medical ICU and the Founding Director of the Medical Practice Evaluation Unit.

For nearly four decades at HMS, Dr. Thibault played leadership roles in many aspects of undergraduate and graduate medical education. He played a central role in the New Pathway Curriculum reform and was a leader in the new Integrated Curriculum reform at HMS. He was the Founding Director of the Academy at HMS, which was created to recognize outstanding teachers and to promote innovations in medical education. Throughout his career he has been recognized for his roles in teaching and mentoring medical students, residents, fellows and junior faculty. In addition to his teaching, his research has focused on the evaluation of practices and outcomes of medical intensive care and variations in the use of cardiac technologies.

Dr. Thibault was Chairman of the Board of the MGH Institute of Health Professions from 2005 to 2018, and, Chairman of the Board of The New York Academy of Medicine from 2014 to 2018 (and continues to serve on its Board). He also serves on the Boards of the Institute on Medicine as a Profession and the Arnold P. Gold Foundation. He served on the President’s White House Fellows Commission during the Obama Administration and for twelve years he chaired the Special Medical Advisory Group for the Department of Veteran’s Affairs. He is past President of the Harvard Medical Alumni Association and Past Chair of Alumni Relations at HMS. He is a member of the National Academy of Medicine.

Dr. Thibault graduated summa cum laude from Georgetown University in 1965 and magna cum laude from Harvard Medical School in 1969.  He completed his internship and residency in Medicine and fellowship in Cardiology at Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH). He also trained in Cardiology at the National Heart and Lung Institute in Bethesda and at Guys Hospital in London and served as Chief Resident in Medicine at MGH.

Dr. Thibault has been the recipient of numerous awards and honors from Georgetown (Ryan Prize in Philosophy, Alumni Prize, and Cohongaroton Speaker) and Harvard (Alpha Omega Alpha, Henry Asbury Christian Award and Society of Fellows). He has been a visiting Scholar both at the Institute of Medicine and Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government and a Visiting Professor of Medicine at numerous medical schools in the U.S. and abroad.  In 2017 he was the recipient of the Abraham Flexner Award for Distinguished Service to Medical Education from the Association of American Medical Colleges and he was made an honorary Fellow of the American Academy of Nursing. In 2018 he received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the National Medical Fellowship and the 2nd Century Award from the Columbia University School of Nursing. He has received honorary doctoral degrees from Georgetown University, Wake Forest University and The Commonwealth Medical College.