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Valhalla, NY, December 11, 2012— More than 500 guests of New York Medical College and the Touro College and University System witnessed the installation of Alan Kadish, M.D., as president, and Edward C. Halperin, M.D., M.A., as chancellor for health affairs and chief executive officer, on Sunday, December 9, at an inauguration ceremony at the PepsiCo Theatre, Performing Arts Center in Purchase, N.Y.

The ceremony kicked off just after 1 p.m. with a procession of delegates in academic regalia, hailing from such venerated institutions as Harvard, Penn, Emory and the University of Athens (Greece). The 90-minute program was a blend of academic tradition, inspiring oratory and the uplifting charms of several musical performance by trumpeters, a harpist, a children’s choir and the College’s a cappella group, the Arrhythmias. Among those offering greetings to the honorees were New York State Senator Andrea Stewart-Cousins and Westchester Deputy County Executive Kevin J. Plunkett. Government officials, local business leaders, representatives from community organizations and associations, and students, faculty and alumni made up the audience.

Dr. Mark Hasten, the College’s board chairman, presented both leaders with inaugural medallions inscribed with the seals of NYMC and Touro, a gesture that resulted in a standing ovation.

Dr. Kadish’s inauguration speech described new energy and dedication to the College’s mission. “As New York Medical College unfolds its potential within the Touro College and University System, we will not only enhance our visibility in the medical community, we will strengthen our missions to empower, inspire and lead,” he said. “It is a synergy of devotion and commitment. May our professors educate in the spirit of this devotion, may our physicians heal in the essence of this commitment and may our researchers continue to expand the horizons of health care.” Dr. Kadish has been serving as president of New York Medical College since May 2011, and concurrently serves as president and chief executive officer of the Touro College and University System.

Dr. Halperin gave his inauguration speech using multiple references to the power of storytelling, which he called “the seminal distinction between humans and other animals.”

"[New York Medical College has] a story of opposition to discrimination in education. We have a story of commitment to education. We have a story of service to the poor and the marginalized of society," Dr. Halperin said. "I believe in the value of stories. I believe in the value and honor of our story. I invite you to believe in it too. This college has an honorable past, and an exciting future. There are great days ahead as we write our next story."

Dr. Halperin became chancellor for health affairs and chief executive officer of New York Medical College on May 1, 2012. He also holds the title of provost for biomedical affairs for the Touro College and University System.

For event photos, please visit the inaugural website at

Media Contact:
Donna Moriarty, MPH