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Valhalla, N.Y., October 12, 2012 – John Tomkowiak, M.D., M.O.L., has been appointed vice dean for medical education at New York Medical College and director for interprofessional education development of Touro College and University. He will start his new position on October 12.

Most recently, Dr. Tomkowiak was the associate dean of medical affairs at Chicago Medical School at Rosalind Franklin University in Chicago. He held a faculty appointment as associate professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, where he served as vice chair for undergraduate medical education. For more than five years he served as the associate dean for curriculum, and was acting dean of the medical school during 2010-2011. Prior to his tenure at Rosalind Franklin, he served on the faculty of Florida State University College of Medicine, where he was associate professor of psychiatry and behavioral science.

Edward C. Halperin, M.D., M.A., chancellor for health affairs and chief executive officer, said: “Dr. Gladys Ayala did a masterful job chairing this search committee and I am grateful to her and the entire committee for conducting a national search and identifying outstanding candidates. Clearly, NYMC can compete nationally for the best and brightest to join our team. Dr. Tomkowiak has outstanding credentials, outstanding references, and a vision for the future of medical and interprofessional education that will move this institution forward. His appointment reinforces our organizational commitment to our students.”

Dr. Tomkowiak received his B.S. from the University of Illinois, and completed his M.D. and residency training at Southern Illinois University School of Medicine. He is board certified in general psychiatry. In addition, he received his Masters of Organization Leadership from Gonzaga University in Spokane, WA.

He has won numerous awards including the Nancy C.A. Roeske, M.D. Award for Excellence in Medical Student Education; U.S. Department of Justice Award for Public Service; and the Illinois FBI National Academy Associates Citizen of the Year Award. He is a member of the Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society.

Dr. Tomkowiak and his wife Sherri, who is also a psychiatrist, have four children: Andrew, 20, Jake, 16, Luke, 12, and Alexa, 10.

Contact: Donna Moriarty
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New York Medical College, a member of the Touro College and University System, is one of the nation’s largest private health sciences universities with more than 1,400 students and 850 residents and fellows and nearly 3,000 faculty members. The leading academic biomedical research institution between New York City and Albany, the university manages more than $34.5 million in research and other sponsored programs, notably in the areas of cardiovascular disease, cancer, kidney disease, the neurosciences and infectious diseases.