INSTITUTE OF MEDICINE PRESIDENT WILL GIVE COMMENCEMENT ADDRESS TO NEW YORK MEDICAL COLLEGE GRADUATES
VALHALLA, N.Y., May 12, 2004 - Harvey V. Fineberg, M.D., Ph.D., president of the Institute of Medicine of the National Academies of Science, will address graduates of New York Medical College at the university's 145th Commencement, May 27 at 5:00 p.m., in Carnegie Hall, New York City. The university will award 187 doctor of medicine (M.D.) degrees, 54 master of science (M.S.) degrees, 70 master of public health (M.P.H.) degrees and 7 doctor of philosophy (Ph.D.) degrees.
Dr. Fineberg, who will receive an honorary doctor of science degree, is the former provost of Harvard University and served 13 years as dean of the Harvard School of Public Health. He has devoted most of his academic career to health policy, helping to found the Society for Medical Decision Making and serving as one of its first presidents. He has also been advisor and consultant to the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta and the World Health Organization based in Geneva, Switzerland.
Dr. Fineberg graduated magna cum laude from Harvard University with a degree in psychology. He simultaneously earned his medical degree and a master's degree in public policy from Harvard Medical School and Harvard's Kennedy School of Government. After completing a residency in medicine at Beth Israel Hospital in Boston, he went on to practice as a physician at two area health centers for more than a decade. He completed his Ph.D. in public policy at Harvard while serving on the faculty of its School of Public Health and Kennedy School of Government.