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Previous Commencement Speakers

Year     Honorary Degree Recipient and/or Commencement Speaker
2020   R. Bruce Donoff, M.D., D.M.D.
Walter C. Guralnick Distinguished Professor of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery
Harvard University Distinguished Service Professor,
Former Dean of the Harvard School of Dental Medicine
2019   George D. Yancopoulos, M.D., Ph.D.
Co-founder, President and Chief Scientific Officer of Regeneron
2018   Jeremy Sugarman, M.D., M.P.H., M.A.
Harvey M. Meyerhoff Professor of Bioethics and Medicine
Professor of medicine, Professor of Health Policy and Management
Deputy Director for Medicine of the Berman Institute of Bioethics at the Johns Hopkins University
2017   Robert M. Califf, M.D.
The Donald F. Fortin M.D. Professor of Cardiology, Duke University School of Medicine
U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Commissioner (2016-2017)
2016   Steven Wartman, M.D., Ph.D.
President and Chief Executive Officer
Association of Academic Health Centers
Association of Academic Health Centers International

2015   Jan K Richardson, Ph.D., PT, OCS, FAPTA
Professor Emeritus
Duke University School of Medicine
2014   Elizabeth Nabel, M.D.
Professor of Medicine
President, Brigham and Women's Health Care

Former Director of the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute
2013       Adewale Troutman, M.D., M.P.H., M.A., C.P.H.
President, American Public Health Association
2012    Edward C. Halperin, M.D., M.A.
Chancellor and Chief Executive Officer, New York Medical College
2011   Darrell G. Kirch, M.D.
President and Chief Executive Officer
Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC).
2010   Peter Frelinghuysen, Esq.
Chairman of the Board of Directors
The New York Eye and Ear Infirmary

John C. McGiff, M.D.
Chairman of the Department of Pharmacology
New York Medical College

Ralph A. O’Connell, M.D.
Provost and Dean of the School of Medicine
2009          Daniel P. Sulmasy, O.F.M., M.D., Ph.D.
Professor of Medicine
Director, Institute for Bioethics, New York Medical College
2008   Susan A. Kline, M.D.
Vice Provost, University Student Affairs,
Executive Vice Dean, Academic Affairs, New York Medical College