New York Medical College

2005 press releases



VALHALLA, N.Y., May 13, 2005 – What will it take to reform healthcare in our lifetime? The answer may be found at a full-day symposium entitled, "Healthcare Reform: Lessons and Models from a Global Perspective," which will be held on Wednesday, May 25, from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., at New York Medical College’s Nevins Auditorium.

The program features a roster of distinguished speakers who will address the past, present and future of healthcare reform in the United States and worldwide. Arnold S. Relman, M.D., former editor-in-chief of the New England Journal of Medicine, is among the scheduled presenters, along with Jordan J. Cohen, M.D., president and chief executive officer of the Association of American Medical Colleges, and James R. Tallon, Jr., president of the United Hospital Fund of New York and a nationally recognized leader in healthcare policy.

Presentations will explore healthcare models in the U.K. and Europe, as well as the Medicare end stage renal disease program as a possible model for healthcare reform. Two speakers will examine the roles of the academic medical center and medical education in addressing reforms of the current system, and others will discuss political barriers, clinical research, finance and the role of the pharmaceutical industry. The program includes lunch, and is free and open to the public.

Presented by the New York Medical College School of Medicine and School of Public Health in collaboration with The Westchester Artificial Kidney Foundation, Inc., the symposium was developed as a way of honoring a change of leadership of the Department of Nephrology. At the end of this academic year, Alvin I. Goodman, M.D., professor of medicine and holder of the College’s first endowed professorship, will step down, passing the chair to Michael S. Goligorsky, M.D., Ph.D., professor of medicine and pharmacology. The professorship will be known as the Alvin I. Goodman Chair in Nephrology.