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Dr. Wayne J. Riley Appointed President of Downstate Medical Center

dr.wayneriley( – The State University of New York Board of Trustees has appointed Dr. Wayne J. Riley as president of SUNY Downstate Medical Center. Dr. Riley is currently a clinical professor of Medicine and adjunct professor of Health Policy at the Vanderbilt University School of Medicine.

In addition to serving as the president of SUNY Downstate, Dr. Riley will hold two faculty appointments – professor of Internal Medicine in the College of Medicine and professor of Health Policy and Management in the School of Public Health – both with tenure. His appointment is effective April 3, 2017.

Dr. Riley is immediate past president and president emeritus of the American College of Physicians. An academic primary care general internist, he has 25 years of progressively increasing senior level management, policy, and leadership experiences in academic medicine, patient care, research administration, academic health center administration, health care management, health policy, biotechnology, the corporate sector, government service, advocacy, and organized medicine. Prior to joining Vanderbilt University, he was the 10th president, chief executive officer, and professor of Medicine at Meharry Medical College.

“Dr. Riley’s impressive credentials in medicine and academia make him ideally suited to serve the needs of Downstate Medical Center, one of the largest employers in Brooklyn and a world-class academic medical center for our future practitioners,” said SUNY Board of Trustees Chairman H. Carl McCall. “We couldn’t be more pleased to welcome him to SUNY, and we look forward to our work together.”

SUNY Chancellor Nancy L. Zimpher said, “Dr. Riley is a respected leader well-versed in healthcare management and policy; he is an experienced educator; and he has vast private and public sector experience – all qualities that will benefit the students, faculty, and staff of Downstate Medical Center…I have every confidence that Dr. Riley is the right person to lead the campus forward.”

Riley says, “I am humbled, honored, and thrilled to have been appointed to serve the students, faculty, staff, and alumni of SUNY Downstate Medical Center and the greater Brooklyn and New York City communities. I look forward with great anticipation to working with the Chancellor, the SUNY Board of Trustees, and the Downstate campus community to grow, enhance and build upon its many successes while also positioning it strategically to meet the many challenges of this unprecedented time of change in healthcare and health professions education. I am most grateful for this opportunity to serve.”

The State University of New York is the largest comprehensive system of higher education in the United States, with 64 college and university campuses located within 30 miles of every home, school and business in the state. In 2015-16, SUNY served nearly 1.3 million students, including nearly 600,000 in credit bearing courses and programs and more than 700,000 through continuing education and community outreach programs. SUNY students and faculty across the state make significant contributions to research and discovery, resulting in nearly $1 billion of externally-sponsored activity each year. There are 3 million SUNY alumni worldwide and one in three New Yorkers with a college degree are SUNY alumni.

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