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Herbert Pardes, MD

President and CEO of NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital

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Oustanding Alumnus Award

Dr. Herbert Pardes has been president and CEO of NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital and NewYork-Presbyterian Healthcare System since 1999. Nationally recognized for his broad expertise in education, research, clinical care and health policy, Dr. Pardes is an ardent advocate of support for academic medical centers, humanistic care and the power of technology and innovation to transform 21st-century medicine.

A noted psychiatrist, Dr. Pardes served as director of the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) and U.S. Assistant Surgeon General during the Carter and Reagan Administrations. He was also president of the American Psychiatric Association. In 1984, he was named chairman of the Department of Psychiatry at Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons, and in 1989, was appointed Vice President for Health Sciences for Columbia University and Dean of the Faculty of Medicine at Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons.

In 1999, Dr. Pardes was chosen to lead NewYork-Presbyterian. Since that time, the Hospital has received numerous honors and recognition, including its current sixth place position on the U.S.News & World Report "America's Best Hospitals" Honor Roll and first place position on the New York magazine "Best Hospitals" survey. He has been appointed to serve on commissions related to health policy by Presidents Bush and Clinton and negotiated and conducted international collaborations with a variety of countries including India, China and the former Soviet Union. Dr. Pardes has earned numerous awards and accolades, including election to the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences, the Sarnat International Prize in Mental Health and the U.S. Army Commendation Medal.