Dr. Wayne Riley ’77 Awarded the National Humanism in Medicine Medal

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"The Arnold P. Gold Foundation is delighted to announce that it will be awarding its National Humanism in Medicine Medal to extraordinary leaders at its 2021 Gala:

  • Dr. Wayne Riley '7717th President of SUNY Downstate Health Sciences University and Chair of the Board of Trustees of the New York Academy of Medicine, for his exceptional and steadying leadership as the COVID-19 pandemic struck New York City and his unrelenting advocacy for health equity and anti-racism in medicine. He is a Gold Humanism Honor Society member and a Trustee and Secretary of the Gold Foundation.

All three leaders will be accepting the medal at the Gold Foundation’s Annual Gala on June 10, 2021, a virtual gathering of the Gold community of clinicians, students, healthcare leaders, patients, deans, CEOs, and supporters of the human connection in healthcare

About Wayne Riley, MD, MPH, MBA

“Throughout his inestimable career, Dr. Riley has galvanized physicians, students, and healthcare professionals, as the President of SUNY Downstate, as the Chair of the New York Academy of Medicine, as past President of the American College of Physicians, and as past President and CEO of Meharry Medical College,” said Dr. Levin. “His courage and conviction epitomize humanism in medicine. As a Gold Trustee and national leader, he has brought both exceptional medical and business expertise and heartfelt testimony that have bent organizational and personal trajectories toward health equity and social justice.”

Dr. Riley leads the only academic medical center in Brooklyn, New York, a borough of more than 2.5 million people. SUNY Downstate includes the University Hospital of Brooklyn, College of Medicine, College of Nursing, College of Health Related Professions, a School of Graduate Studies, a School of Public Health, and a multifaceted biotechnology initiative. Dr. Riley is also Professor of Medicine, College of Medicine and Professor of Health Policy & Management, School of Public Health.

In 2020, he was named the Chairman of the New York Academy of Medicine, the first African American to lead the Board of Trustees in the institution’s 173-year history. As a Board member, Dr. Riley significantly impacted the academy’s strategic plans, including its new Action Agenda for Health Equity, and helped guide the institution to respond with vigor to the public health crisis of COVID-19 and social justice issues. Also in 2020, he was appointed to the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission (MedPAC), which is a nonpartisan Congressional agency that provides the U.S. Congress with analysis and policy advice on the Medicare program.

Dr. Riley previously served as the 10th president, Chief Executive Officer and Professor of Medicine at Meharry Medical College, the nation’s largest, private, independent, historically black academic health center dedicated to educating health professionals."

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