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Neil W. Schluger, M.D., to Lead Department of Medicine

Neil W. Schluger, M.D., has been appointed as the Barbara and William Rosenthal Chair of the Department of Medicine at New York Medical College (NYMC) School of Medicine and director of medicine at Westchester Medical Center (WMC).

March 30, 2020
Neil W. Schluger, M.D. Headshot
Neil W. Schluger, M.D.

Since 2004, Dr. Schluger has served as chief of the Division of Pulmonary, Allergy and Critical Care Medicine in the Department of Medicine at Columbia University Irving Medical Center (CUIMC). Under his leadership, the division maintained strong programs in basic, translational and clinical research with a highly competitive fellowship training program and grew from 10 faculty with an $8 million operating budget to 50 faculty with an operating budget of $40 million. Most recently, he served as professor of medicine, epidemiology and environmental health sciences, director of the Population and Global Health Track for the Scholars Projects Program and co-director of the Program for Education in Global and Population Health for the Vagelos College of Physicians and Surgeons at Columbia University.

“During his long career, Dr. Schluger has distinguished himself as a clinician, researcher and educator, and I am confident he will serve as an excellent role model to our students and be a great asset to NYMC,” said Jerry L. Nadler, M.D., MACP, FAHA, FACE, dean of the School of Medicine and professor of medicine and pharmacology.

“I am thrilled to assume the role of chair of the Department of Medicine at NYMC and to join Dean Nadler and the leadership team to develop innovative programs in education, research and patient care that will help shape the future of medicine locally, nationally and internationally,” said Dr. Schluger. “My own academic career has focused on public health threats such as tuberculosis, tobacco use and air pollution both here in the U.S. and abroad, and I hope to create opportunities for the Department of Medicine to engage in meeting the great medical and public health challenges of our day.  The values and ethical commitments of NYMC are especially inspiring to me and I look forward to working with everyone to further those great traditions.”

He has been a principal investigator in the Tuberculosis Trials Consortium, an international collaboration sponsored by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) for 25 years and was the chair of the consortium from 2000-2016. He is also co-editor and a co-author of The Tobacco Atlas, the definitive work describing the extent and consequences of the global epidemic of tobacco use, published by Vital Strategies and the American Cancer Society.

Dr. Schluger is a founder and director of the East Africa Training Initiative in Pulmonary Medicine.  Through this program, the first generation of pulmonary physicians in Ethiopia has been trained and an academically-oriented pulmonary division has been established at Ethiopia’s leading public hospital. He also serves as senior advisor for science at Vital Strategies, a global not-for-profit organization devoted to public health issues.

He is the author of more than 170 articles, chapters and books, and his work has been published in The New England Journal of Medicine, The Journal of the American Medical Association, The Lancet and The Lancet Respiratory Medicine, among other leading journals. He is an Associate Editor of The American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Medicine. Dr. Schluger is a past-president of the American Lung Association of New York.

Board certified in pulmonary disease and internal medicine, Dr. Schluger earned his medical degree from the University of Pennsylvania and completed a residency and served as chief resident in internal medicine at St. Luke’s Hospital in New York. He later completed a three-year fellowship in pulmonary and critical care medicine at The New York Hospital/Cornell Medical Center.