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Affiliation Creates One of the Largest Medical and Health Science Educational Institutions in the Nation

New York, N.Y., May 25, 2011 – New York Medical College (NYMC), one of the nation’s oldest private health sciences universities, officially became part of the Touro College and University System today, creating one of the largest affiliations of medical and health education and biological studies programs under one institutional banner. The Touro College and University System, now including NYMC, will educate approximately 5,300 students in medicine, health, and the biological sciences.

A gathering was held this morning to announce the completion of the substitution of the sole membership interest in NYMC from the Archdiocese of New York to Touro College.  A new board of directors was officially seated today as part of the transfer.

The historic occasion was announced at the Bryant Park Grill, overlooking Bryant Park, symbolically significant because it is named for William Cullen Bryant, the 19th century poet and newspaper editor who helped found NYMC in New York City in 1860. Leaders of both institutions saw the event as a bridge between the past and the future as NYMC, which recently celebrated its 150th anniversary, continues to strengthen its legacy by entering the next exciting chapter in its history.

“Touro’s goal is to help assure that the illustrious legacy, heritage, and accomplishments of NYMC are secured and that its momentum continues,” said Touro President and CEO Alan Kadish, M.D. “We look forward to a synergy that fuses two of the largest medical institutions in the country and creates one of the broadest arrays of health science education programs available anywhere. Together we will serve as a provider of biomedical education, research and education for the allied health professions, both regionally and nationally.”

“This affiliation will enhance the training of tomorrow’s medical and health care leaders, and offer them exposure to the benefits of other professional study programs in law, pharmacy, allied health and the humanities,” said Karl P. Adler, M.D., NYMC’s chief executive officer. “This kind of integration exemplifies how medicine and healthcare will be taught and practiced in the future. Joining these two institutions, and harnessing their respective strengths, is how we plan to address the future needs of healthcare delivery.”

“Today we celebrate the 150-year-old legacy of NYMC, as well as the culmination of a long-held dream of Touro’s Founding President, Dr. Bernard Lander, who passed away in 2010,” said Dr. Mark Hasten, chairman of Touro’s board of trustees. “Dr. Lander, my cherished partner and friend, set the foundation, vision and philosophy upon which this affiliation agreement rests.  His quest to add an outstanding medical research institution to the Touro family began with Touro’s very inception and was unrelenting. Today we celebrate a historic milestone and a realization and triumph of a great visionary leader.”

Chartered in 1970 and headquartered in New York City, Touro is America’s largest, not-for-profit, independent institution of higher and professional education under Jewish auspices, now with approximately 19,000 students studying at 32 locations in New York, California, Nevada, and other states, as well as campuses abroad. In addition to a law school, graduate schools in several other disciplines, and an array of undergraduate schools, Touro operates three colleges of osteopathic medicine and two colleges of pharmacy, and offers programs around the country that train students to work in a variety of allied health professions such as physical therapy, occupational therapy, speech-language pathology, nursing, physician assistantship, public health, and other areas.

NYMC, now located in Valhalla, N.Y., is an independent non-profit institution in suburban Westchester County, 20 miles north of New York City, which enrolls approximately 1,500 students studying for careers in the medical, science and health professions. The university comprises The School of Medicine, conferring the M.D. degree, and two graduate schools—the Graduate School of Basic Medical Sciences and the School of Health Sciences and Practice—which offer degrees or certificates in 39 disciplines. More than 3,000 full-time, part-time and voluntary faculty members enjoy international reputations for their academic, clinical and scientific accomplishments.

For further information on Touro College, please go to:

Touro College
43 West 23rd Street
New York, N.Y. 10010
Contact: Barbara Franklin, 646-942-8411

For further information on New York Medical College, please go to:

New York Medical College
40 Sunshine Cottage Road
Valhalla, N.Y., 10595
Contact: Donna Moriarty, 914-439-5989