Dr. Herbert Pardes Honored by New York Academy of Sciences

"Science & The City" Award Recognizes His Many Contributions to Making NYC a Center of Scientific Excellence

Nov 20, 2008


Dr. Herbert Pardes, president and CEO of NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital, was honored by the New York Academy of Sciences (NYAS) for his leadership in making New York City a center of scientific excellence.

The "Science & The City Award for Outstanding Accomplishments in New York City" was presented at the Academy's 5th annual "Science & the City" gala on Nov. 17 in New York.

"The Academy is thrilled to honor Dr. Pardes, who has long been one of the great leaders in the worlds of science and medicine," said NYAS President Ellis Rubinstein. "He has devoted his tenure as president of NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital to bringing together the best in scientific research and medical practice to conquer disease and improve health. His achievements should make all New Yorkers proud."

"I am delighted to receive this honor. I am tremendously proud of the many medical research initiatives by NewYork-Presbyterian and our academic partners—Columbia University Medical Center and Weill Cornell Medical College — that have led to treatment breakthroughs in areas as diverse as heart disease, cancer and Parkinson's disease. By supporting science, we are investing in our future, finding new ways to fight disease and remain healthy and active into old age," said Dr. Pardes.

Also receiving a "NYAS Science & the City Award for Outstanding Accomplishments in New York City" was Sir Paul Nurse, president of The Rockefeller University.

In addition, the gala event named five outstanding faculty and postdoctoral fellows with the second annual New York Academy of Sciences Blavatnik Awards for Young Scientists, recognizing the achievements of young scientists and engineers from New York, New Jersey and Connecticut who have contributed significantly to interdisciplinary research in the life sciences, physical sciences and engineering. The Academy also presented NYAS Innovation in Industry Awards, celebrating the excellence of young scientists and engineers in industry, recognizing their contributions to "high impact" research, development and innovation.

Dr. Herbert Pardes

Dr. Herbert Pardes is nationally recognized for his broad expertise in education, research, clinical care, mental health and health policy. Prior to joining the Hospital in 1999, Dr. Pardes served as vice president for health sciences at Columbia University and dean of the faculty of medicine at Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons. He served as director of the National Institute of Mental Health and U.S. assistant surgeon general during the Carter and Reagan administrations, and was also president of the American Psychiatric Association. Dr. Pardes has been appointed to serve on health policy commissions by Presidents George W. Bush and Bill Clinton, including the Presidential Advisory Commission on Consumer Protection and Quality in the Healthcare Industry, and the Commission on Systemic Interoperability. He is the former chairman of the Greater New York Hospital Association, the Association of American Medical Colleges and the New York Association of Medical Schools. Dr. Pardes is an elected member of the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences and the American Academy of Arts & Sciences, and earned the Sarnat International Prize in Mental Health from the Institute of Medicine.

NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital

NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital, based in New York City, is the nation's largest not-for-profit, non-sectarian hospital, with 2,242 beds. The Hospital has nearly 2 million inpatient and outpatient visits in a year, including more than 230,000 visits to its emergency departments — more than any other area hospital. NewYork-Presbyterian provides state-of-the-art inpatient, ambulatory and preventive care in all areas of medicine at five major centers: NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital/Weill Cornell Medical Center, NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital/Columbia University Medical Center, Morgan Stanley Children's Hospital of NewYork-Presbyterian, NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital/Allen Pavilion and NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital/Westchester Division. One of the largest and most comprehensive health-care institutions in the world, the Hospital is committed to excellence in patient care, research, education and community service. It ranks sixth in U.S.News & World Report's guide to "America's Best Hospitals," ranks first on New York magazine's "Best Hospitals" survey, has the greatest number of physicians listed in New York magazine's "Best Doctors" issue, and is included among Solucient's top 15 major teaching hospitals. The Hospital's mortality rates are among the lowest for heart attack and heart failure in the country, according to a 2007 U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) report card. The Hospital has academic affiliations with two of the nation's leading medical colleges: Weill Cornell Medical College and Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons.

The New York Academy of Sciences

Founded in 1817, the New York Academy of Sciences (NYAS) is an independent, nonprofit organization committed to advancing science, technology and society worldwide. With about 25,000 members in 140 countries, NYAS is creating a global community of science for the benefit of humanity. NYAS' core mission is to advance scientific knowledge, positively impact the major global challenges of society with science-based solutions, and increase the number of scientifically informed individuals in society at large.

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