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[August 3, 2017]

SUNY Downstate President Dr. Wayne J. Riley Named to Board of Trustees of Healthcare Association of New York State (HANYS)


Brooklyn, NY – Wayne J. Riley, MD, MPH, MBA, MACP, president of State University of New York (SUNY) Downstate Medical Center, has been named to the Board of Trustees of the Healthcare Association of New York State (HANYS). Dr. Riley fills a seat for the remainder of 2017, after which he will be eligible for re-nomination to a full three-year term.

Informing Dr. Riley of his selection, HANYS President Bea Grause, RN, JD, said, “I am pleased to have the opportunity to work with you during your term on what promise to be significant public policy issues.”

Dr. Riley responded, “I am deeply honored to serve in this capacity and work with HANYS in safeguarding and enhancing the healthcare delivery system throughout the State of New York.”

Dr. Riley, a distinguished physician, academician, clinician-educator and leader in American medicine, assumed the presidency of SUNY Downstate on April 3, 2017. Since his appointment, Dr. Riley has worked to achieve high levels of excellence across Downstate's multiple enterprises.

Dr. Riley earned his Doctor of Medicine degree from the Morehouse School of Medicine. He also holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in anthropology with a concentration in medical anthropology from Yale University, a Master of Public Health degree in health systems management from the Tulane University School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine, and a Master's in business administration from Rice University's Jesse H. Jones Graduate School of Business. Dr. Riley is president emeritus of the American College of Physicians.

A full biography of Dr. Riley is available here.

HANYS is the only statewide hospital and continuing care association in New York. Located near Albany, HANYS represents 500 not-for-profit and public hospitals, nursing homes, and other healthcare organizations.


SUNY Downstate Medical Center, founded in 1860, was the first medical school in the United States to bring teaching out of the lecture hall and to the patient’s bedside. A center of innovation and excellence in research and clinical service delivery, SUNY Downstate Medical Center comprises a College of Medicine, a College of Nursing, a College of Health Related Professions, a School of Graduate Studies, a School of Public Health, University Hospital of Brooklyn, and a multifaceted biotechnology initiative including the Downstate Biotechnology Incubator and BioBAT for early-stage and more mature companies, respectively.

SUNY Downstate ranks twelfth nationally in the number of alumni who are on the faculty of American medical schools. More physicians practicing in New York City have graduated from SUNY Downstate than from any other medical school. For more information, visit