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VALHALLA, N.Y., May 18, 2010– New York Medical College will award 192 doctor of medicine (M.D.) degrees, 22 doctor of physical therapy (D.P.T.) degrees, 8 doctor of philosophy (Ph.D.) degrees, 75 master of science (M.S.) degrees, 83 master of public health (M.P.H.) degrees and 3 doctor of public health (Dr.P.H.) degrees to the Class of 2010 at the university’s 151st Commencement, May 26 at 5:00 p.m. in Carnegie Hall, New York City. Ralph A. O’Connell, M.D., provost and dean of the School of Medicine, will give the Commencement address.

Dr. O’Connell, who will receive an honorary doctor of science degree, has been provost and dean since 1996 and a member of the faculty since 1980. Previously he served as vice chairman of the Department of Psychiatry and clinical director of psychiatry at Saint Vincent’s Hospital and Medical Center in New York City. He received his M.D. degree from Cornell in 1963 and did his residency in psychiatry at St. Vincent’s. During the Vietnam War, he served in the U.S. Army as chief of neuropsychiatry at Ireland Army Hospital in Fort Knox, Kentucky.

John C. McGiff, M.D., professor and chairman of the Department of Pharmacology, and Peter Frelinghuysen, Esq., partner at the law firm of Morris and McVeigh LLP and Chairman of the Board of Directors of The New York Eye and Ear Infirmary, a College affiliate, will also receive honorary Doctor of Science degrees for their distinguished service to the College.

Dr. McGiff is a world-renowned figure whose 30-year reputation is built on innovative cardiovascular research. He received his B.S. degree from Georgetown University, his M.D. degree from Columbia University, College of Physicians and Surgeons, and he began his residency in medicine at the University of Virginia. He attended the U.S. Naval School of Aviation Medicine in Pensacola, Fla., and served in Korea and Japan with Marine Air Groups 11 and 12 as Senior Medical Officer and Flight Surgeon. He joined the New York Medical College faculty in 1979.

Mr. Frelinghuysen is actively engaged in all aspects of supporting the Infirmary’s rich heritage and its mission to provide high quality patient care, graduate and continuing medical education and scientific research. He earned an A.B. degree from Princeton College and an LL.B. degree from Yale Law School.