I received my medical degree, with election to Alpha Omega Alpha, from Duke University’s School of Medicine. I respectively pursued my residency in general surgery and thoracic surgery at Bellevue Medical Center of New York University and at Triboro Hospital in Jamaica, New York. While pursuing my postgraduate training, I received a Master’s degree in surgery, as well as a Doctor of Philosophy degree from New York University. I am certified by the American Board of Surgery and the American Board of Thoracic Surgery.
I subsequently held academic appointments at New York University, Baylor Medical School, and Cornell University Medical College. I served in a staff position with the Association of American Medical Colleges from 1970 to 1973 as the Division Director of Curriculum and Instruction. Joining the faculty at George Washington University Medical Center in 1970, I rose through the academic ranks to serve as dean for academic affairs. I later became Vice President for medical affairs and executive dean, Bloedorn professor of administrative medicine, and professor of surgery. I served on several national committees, including: the Board of Regents of the National Library of Medicine which he chaired from 1984-1986; the AAMC Council of Deans which he chaired from 1989-1991, and the Department of Veteran’s Affairs Special Medical Advisory Group (SMAG), which I was Chairman of from 1992-1994.
I’ve had a long association with the National Board of Medical Examiners since my election as a member-at-large on the National Board in 1982. I served on multiple committees and task forces, including chairmanship of the Committee on the Use of NBME Examinations by medical schools in 1982. Subsequently, I served a two-year term as elected member of the Executive Board and became Chairman in 1986, and in 1992, was elected President. I currently serve on Iona’s Board of Directors, and I am happy to support its mission to help all people age and live well, especially older adults who lack the support they need.