Office of the President

Message from the President

Wayne J. Riley


Since its founding in 1860, Downstate has achieved remarkable success in its mission as a medical university. From our start as a single school of medicine, we have grown to encompass five colleges and schools, a teaching hospital, and a growing research and biotechnology complex with a rich history of commitment to educational access, community service, and student and faculty diversity.

Downstate is privileged to be the center of Brooklyn's medical education hub. We play an important role, nationally and regionally, in the physician and healthcare-professional supply chain, and hold the distinction of being the top producer of physicians in New York State and New York City.

Even more important, I am proud that Downstate serves a distinct and diverse population of students. The majority of our students come from Brooklyn itself and the New York City region, many are from economically and/or educationally disadvantaged backgrounds, and many are immigrants or children of immigrants just getting their start in American society.


Wayne J. Riley, M.D., MPH, MBA, MACP
SUNY Downstate Health Sciences University