Health Sciences Educator and Cancer Researcher Named to Head Historic New York Medical College

Date: February 21, 2012
Dr. Edward C. Halperin
Dr. Edward C. Halperin
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Dr. Edward C. Halperin to Become Chancellor of Health Affairs and CEO of 150-Year-Old Health Sciences University Affiliated with Touro College and University System.

Valhalla, N.Y.—The Touro College and University System and New York Medical College (NYMC) today announced the appointment of noted radiation oncologist, medical historian and educator Edward C. Halperin, M.D., M.A., as Chancellor of Health Affairs and Chief Executive Officer of the Westchester County-based health sciences university.

“The appointment of Dr. Halperin as Chancellor and CEO will assure that New York Medical College will continue as a top training ground for future generations of physicians and health sciences professionals,” said Dr. Alan Kadish, president of the Touro College and University System and president of NYMC.

“In Dr. Halperin, New York Medical College will be guided by a renowned educator with an excellent reputation as an administrator,” Dr. Kadish added. ”His appointment also enhances Touro’s reputation of excellence in the field of healthcare education.”

Dr. Halperin, who also will be Provost for Biomedical Affairs at Touro, is stepping down as dean of the University of Louisville School of Medicine. He will assume the role of Chancellor and CEO of NYMC on May 1, 2012.

“New York Medical College has an honorable past and an exciting future,” Dr. Halperin said. “The College has a historical commitment to the generation, conservation, and dissemination of knowledge about the causes, prevention, and treatment of human disease and disability. Going forward the College will set high standards for service to society, innovation, and ethical conduct. We intend to offer our students a world-class learning environment.”

Prior to his position at the University of Louisville, Dr. Halperin—who specializes in radiation therapy for children with cancer—was chairman of Duke University’s Department of Radiation Oncology and vice dean of Duke’s School of Medicine. During his tenure at Louisville, starting in 2006, he helped create new inter-disciplinary programs and an autism center. During his time as Dean, applications to the medical school rose 67 percent, and fundraising nearly tripled.

Dr. Halperin is the senior editor of two textbooks, Pediatric Radiation Oncology and Principles and Practice of Radiation Oncology, both in their fifth editions, and has published 200 articles in the scientific, ethics, and historical peer-reviewed literature.

Dr. Halperin will replace Dr. Karl P. Adler, who is retiring as CEO of NYMC and was its president from 2007 to 2011.

“As the outgoing CEO and as a member of the search committee, I view Dr. Halperin as an outstanding selection with superb academic credentials,” Dr. Adler said. “New York Medical College is very fortunate to have him.”

Dr. Mark Hasten, chairman of the boards of trustees of both Touro and NYMC, said: "Just as Touro's affiliation with New York Medical College represented a historic milestone, so does the appointment of Dr. Halperin, who will build upon the successes of both institutions and lead the college to even greater heights in medical education."

Touro, which has 19,000 students in 32 colleges in the U.S. and abroad, assumed sponsorship of NYMC in May 2011 from the Archdiocese of New York.

Touro's partnership with NYMC has created one of the United States' largest biomedical higher education consortiums under one institutional banner.
NYMC was founded in Manhattan in 1860 by a group of civic leaders, including the famed poet and editor William Cullen Bryant. One of its earliest deans, Dr. Royal S. Copeland, went on to become a New York City Health Commissioner and a U.S. Senator.

NYMC is one of the nation's largest private health sciences universities and enrolls 1,500 students and 1,000 residents and fellows pursuing careers in the medical, health, and science professions. NYMC moved to its current location in Valhalla, New York in 1972. It was affiliated with the New York Archdiocese from 1978 to 2011. NYMC consists of three academic units: The Graduate School of Basic Medical Sciences, The School of Health Sciences and Practice, and The School of Medicine. The College awards the degrees of Doctor of Philosophy, Doctor of Medicine, Doctor of Public Health, Doctor of Physical Therapy, Master of Public Health and Master of Science.