Message from the Chair

Dear Colleagues,

Steven B. Abramson, MD, Chair, NYU Department of Medicine

Steven B. Abramson, MD
Chair, Department of Medicine

I write to let you know how great a privilege it is to assume the position as Chairman of this outstanding Department of Medicine. I came to NYU as a resident in 1974 and served as chief resident, rheumatology fellow and member of the faculty since 1980. As a former Firm Chief and Director of Rheumatology, I have had the good fortune to serve with outstanding NYU physicians, teachers and scientists and benefit from the mentorship of two icons of American medicine and science, Saul Farber and Gerry Weissmann.

I thank Marty Blaser for all that he has done to restore the academic stature of the department and to nurture the careers of so many young physicians. As his successor, it is now my goal to work with the faculty to build upon the strengths and traditions of the NYU School of Medicine and our affiliated institutions, NYU Langone Medical Center, Bellevue Hospital Center and the Manhattan VA Hospital. Through our collective efforts we can achieve even greater successes in this challenging healthcare and research environment.

During the past several months, we established three Task Force Committees, ably chaired by Drs. Mark Pochapin, Glenn Fishman and Fritz Francois, in the mission areas of patient care, research, and education. Over sixty faculty members and staff engaged in a strategic planning process that will help form a roadmap for the direction of the department over the next several years.

What is evident from the Task Force reports is the far-reaching talent of the members of this faculty and the vigor of our institutions. As an academic medical center, we are uniquely positioned to find synergies across our campuses that will make NYU unrivaled at a national level as a leader in modern health care, research and education. There are clearly challenges ahead that will require change, but any change will be designed to build on the culture of excellence that is embedded in the DNA of this department.

In the meantime, let me say again how honored I am to serve as chair and I thank each of you for your present and future contributions to the department.

Sincerely,

Steven B. Abramson, M.D.
Chairman, Department of Medicine
Senior Vice President and Vice Dean for Education,
Faculty and Academic Affairs