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NYMC’s Vice President of Government Affairs Wins Prestigious National Government Relations Award

Robert W. Amler, M.D., M.B.A., Presented with Council of Advancement and Education and Support of Education (CASE) Crawford Award for Innovation

Date: December 07, 2018
Robert W. Amler M.D., M.B.A.
Robert W. Amler M.D., M.B.A.
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Valhalla, NY, – New York Medical College (NYMC) announced today that Robert W. Amler M.D., M.B.A., dean of NYMC’s School of Health Sciences and Practice and vice president for government affairs, has received the national 2018 Edwin Crawford Award for Innovation. Dr. Amler is being honored for his advocacy and leadership at NYMC and elevating the College’s profile among New York legislators.

“I feel very honored to have my work recognized nationally by such a distinguished body,” said Dr. Amler. “Awards are typically given to individuals but in reality they are earned by teams. My entire team shares this honor and deserves congratulations for all we have achieved for New York Medical College.”

The Edwin Crawford Award recognizes one individual annually who has made extraordinary contribution to the advancement, quality and effectiveness of state relations on behalf of a higher education institution or system.

“Dr. Amler has demonstrated his unwavering commitment to creating an impactful government relations arm at NYMC as he worked to define, create and fill this role that was previously missing,” said Edward C. Halperin, M.D., M.A., chancellor and chief executive officer. “The fact that he took on this voluntary responsibility while maintaining his role as dean of School of Health Sciences and Practice and as a practicing pediatrician shows his passion for his work and community.”

A skilled public policy advocate and health care leader, whose prior experience work as a federal health administrator including a federal post at the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) in Atlanta and serving as regional administrator for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, and  an advisor to the U.S. Surgeon General, Cabinet and White House officials, the American Medical Association, and hospital associations on a broad range of medical, academic, and public health issues, Dr. Amler applied his expertise acquired over the course of his career to his new function in government affairs. His ability to do so set the course for NYMC to become an important partner to New York’s state and regional public officials and agencies around the issues of health care, public health, public safety, and business.

Dr. Amler He has represented NYMC in the New York State capital and district offices, and at more than 30 acute care hospitals wherein he worked to articulate mission, garner support and consensus and translate favorable impressions into tangible measures.

Dean Amler was presented with the award on Thursday December 6 at the Higher Ed Government Relations Conference.

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