Office of the President

Message from the President

Wayne J. Riley


Since its founding in 1860, SUNY Downstate Health Sciences University (Downstate) has achieved remarkable success in living out its mission as a medical university. It started as a single school of medicine. We have now 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 at the center of Brooklyn's medical education hub. We play an important role regionally and nationally in the physician and healthcare-professional supply chain. We are 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. Most of our students come from Brooklyn and the New York City region, and many are from economically or educationally disadvantaged backgrounds. 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