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School of Medicine Announces New Chairmen

D. Douglas Miller, M.D., C.M., M.B.A., NYMC dean of the School of Medicine, is pleased to announce three new appointments in the School of Medicine: Augustine Moscatello, M.D., chairman of the NYMC School of Medicine Department of Otolaryngology; Meic H. Schmidt, M.D., M.B.A., chairman of the NYMC School of Medicine Department of Neurosurgery; and John Andrew ‘Jack’ Cooley, M.D., acting chair of the NYMC School of Medicine Department of Anesthesiology. “After competitive national searches, the School of Medicine is very pleased to have recruited such strong academic and clinical leaders. Clinical department chairs have critical roles in academic medicine – fostering the success of their faculty members and bridging key programs with our teaching hospital partners,” said Dr. Miller. “We are fortunate to have these gifted individuals on the School’s leadership team.”


Augustine Moscatello, M.D. headshot     Augustine Moscatello, M.D., professor of clinical otolaryngology, has been named chairman of the NYMC School of Medicine Department of Otolaryngology. He joined the NYMC faculty in 1987 after earning his medical degree from Mount Sinai School of Medicine and completing residencies at that same institution—one in general surgery and one in otolaryngology, where he served as chief resident in his final year. He is board certified in otolaryngology/head and neck surgery and serves as director of the Department of Otolaryngology/Head and Neck Surgery at Westchester Medical Center. Dr. Moscatello’s specialties include major and minor head and neck cancer surgery, balloon sinus surgery, minimally invasive thyroid surgery, and procedures for sleep apnea and snoring. During his tenure at NYMC, Dr. Moscatello has been responsible for the expansion of the ENT Faculty Practice and has consistently been listed as one of America’s, New York’s and Westchester’s Top Doctors. He is a member of Alpha Omega Alpha, the American Academy of Otolaryngology/Head and Neck Surgery, the American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, the New York Head and Neck Society, the American College of Surgeons and other professional societies. Dr. Moscatello is also active in volunteering his medical skills and providing corrective cleft-palate surgery to children worldwide.
Meic h. Schmidt, M.D., M.B.A. (headshot)    

Meic H. Schmidt, M.D., M.B.A., professor of neurosurgery, has been appointed chairman of the NYMC School of Medicine Department of Neurosurgery. A neurosurgeon specializing in neurosurgical spine surgery and neuro-oncology, Dr. Schmidt earned his medical degree from the Medical College of Wisconsin in Milwaukee (with honors), where he also completed a neurosurgical residency. He completed fellowships in neuro-oncology and spinal surgery at the University of California-San Francisco’s Brain Tumor Research Center and Department of Neurological Surgery. Dr. Schmidt also completed an executive M.B.A. at the David Eccles School of Business at the University of Utah. Most recently, Dr. Schmidt served as professor of neurosurgery and orthopedics and vice chair for clinical affairs in the Department of Neurosurgery at the University of Utah in Salt Lake City, where held the Ronald I. Apfelbaum endowed Chair in Spine and Neurological Surgery. Dr. Schmidt also serves as director of neurosurgery at Westchester Medical Center. His surgical expertise includes minimally invasive and endoscopic spine surgery for tumors, trauma and degenerative spine disease; microsurgery for tumors and vascular malformations of the spine; cranial surgery for brain tumors and brain and spine trauma; radiosurgery for brain and spine tumors; and image-guided neurosurgery. He is internationally known for his role in establishing a new thoracoscopic spine surgery technique for tumors and fractures. Dr. Schmidt also has a longstanding basic science and clinical research interest in fluorescence and photodynamic therapy for brain, pituitary and spinal tumors. His scholarly work has resulted in more than 170 peer reviewed manuscripts, chapters and books, and his research has attracted over $1.7 million of funding, including grants from the National Institute of Health.

John Andrew     John Andrew ‘Jack’ Cooley, M.D., assistant professor of anesthesiology, has been appointed acting chair of the NYMC School of Medicine Department of Anesthesiology. Dr. Cooley graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy with a B.S. in chemistry and received a M.S. in inorganic chemistry from Georgetown University. He completed his residency in anesthesiology at the Johns Hopkins Hospital in the Department of Anesthesiology and Critical Care Medicine. Dr. Cooley then went on to serve active duty for seven years, spending the first four at the National Naval Medical Center in Bethesda, Maryland, followed by three years at the U.S. Naval Hospital, Naples, Italy, as the head of the Department of Anesthesia. He completed his service with the United States Navy attaining the rank of Commander. Dr. Cooley joined the NYMC faculty in 2009. He served as the section chief for General Anesthesia and Transplants with North American Partners in Anesthesia for three years at Westchester Medical Center and was appointed director of anesthesia there in 2015. Dr. Cooley’s honors include a Residents’ Teacher of the Year Award from Westchester Medical Center, a Resident Educator of the Year Award from the National Naval Medical Center and Navy and Marine Corps Commendations, among others.