“Infusing Humanism into your Academic Medical Center”

Wednesday, Oct. 30 | 11:30-12:15 a.m. | Executive Track

Wayne J. Riley, MD, MPH, MBA, President, State University of New York (SUNY), Downstate Health Science University

Lawrence G. Smith, MD, Dean, Donald and Barbara Zucker School of Medicine at Hofstra/Northwell; Executive Vice President and Physician-in-Chief, Northwell Health

Wayne J. Riley, M.D., MPH, MBA, MACP, was appointed President of The State University of New York (SUNY) Board of Trustees as the 17th president of SUNY Downstate Medical Center in January of 2017. Downstate is the only academic medical center in Brooklyn and one of four academic health centers in SUNY’s 64-campus system.

Before Dr. Riley’s appointment at Downstate, he served as clinical professor of Medicine and adjunct professor of Health Policy at the Vanderbilt University School of Medicine. Prior to Vanderbilt, Dr. Riley served as the 10th president, chief executive officer, and professor of Medicine at Meharry Medical College in Nashville, Tennessee.

Dr. Riley is an academic primary care general internist with more than 25 years of progressive senior executive level management, policy, and leadership experiences in academic medicine, patient care, research administration, academic health center administration, health care management, health policy, biotechnology, the corporate sector, government service, advocacy, and organized medicine.

Dr. Riley earned his Doctor of Medicine degree from the Morehouse School of Medicine, a Bachelor of Arts degree in anthropology with a concentration in Medical Anthropology from Yale University, and a Master of Public Health degree in health systems management from the Tulane University School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine. He also earned a Master’s in Business Administration from Rice University’s Jesse H. Jones Graduate School of Business. Dr. Riley completed his residency training in internal medicine at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, Texas where he rose from instructor of medicine to vice president and vice dean for Health Affairs and Governmental Relations. He also held an associate professorship of Internal Medicine.

Dr. Riley is immediate past president and president emeritus of the American College of Physicians (ACP). He has served as chair of the prestigious National Academy of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences as an elected member of the Administration of Health Services, Education, and Research, and is recognized as a master of ACP. Dr. Riley also served as a member and secretary treasurer of the Society of Medical Administrators, a member of the American Clinical and Climatological Association, and as a member of the Sullivan Alliance to Diversify the Health Professions.

Dr. Riley is the recipient of numerous awards and honors including election to Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society, the Arnold P. Gold Medical Humanism Honor Society, and the Delta Omega Public Health Honor Society. He also received the SUNY Downstate Ailanthous Award for Outstanding Public Health Leadership, a Doctorate of Humane Letters (D.H.L.) honorary degree from SUNY Downstate Medical Center and a Doctorate of Science honorary degree from Tuskegee University.

A Brooklyn resident, Dr. Riley currently serves on the boards of the Bedford Stuyvesant Restoration Corporation, the YMCA of Greater New York, and the Arnold P. Gold Foundation.


As physician-in-chief, Lawrence Smith, MD, MACP, is Northwell Health’s senior physician on all clinical issues. He previously served as Northwell’s chief medical officer. Dr. Smith is the founding dean of the Zucker School of Medicine, which received full accreditation by the Liaison Committee on Medical Education and whose first class graduated in May 2015.

Dr. Smith joined Northwell in May 2005 as chief academic officer and senior vice president of academic affairs. In this capacity, Dr. Smith strengthened Northwell’s graduate medical education programs and expanded medical school affiliations, significantly enhancing Northwell’s ability to recruit medical students and residents. In addition, Dr. Smith was responsible for overseeing Northwell’s medical student education programs and academic faculty appointments. He was also accountable for establishing close relationships with doctors and hospitals throughout Northwell that enhanced its partnerships with staff and community-based physicians and improved physician recruitment efforts.

Before joining Northwell, Dr. Smith was at the Mount Sinai School of Medicine in Manhattan, where he served as dean and chair of the Department of Medical Education, founder and director of the school’s Institute for Medical Education, professor of medicine and an attending physician. He joined the faculty of the Mount Sinai School of Medicine in 1994 as vice chair of the Department of Medicine and residency program director. Prior to his career at the Mount Sinai School of Medicine, Dr. Smith practiced general medicine at Stony Brook University Hospital, where he became a full-time faculty member, director of education and program director of the hospital’s residency program in internal medicine. He began his career practicing general internal medicine in Huntington.

Dr. Smith has held senior leadership positions in national societies for medical education and residency training, authored numerous peer-reviewed publications in the area of medical education and has received many awards and honors from national and international organizations. He is a member of the Board of Visitors of Fordham College. In 2011, he was elected to Mastership of the American College of Physicians. Dr. Smith was inducted into the Gold Humanism Honor Society in 2014, invited to join the Arnold P. Gold Foundation Board of Trustees in 2017 and made chair of the Gold Foundation’s Program Committee in 2018. Dr. Smith serves on the Executive Committee and as treasurer for the Associated Medical Schools of New York. He serves as chair of the National Academy of Sciences Roundtable on Health Literacy and is a member of the NYS Board of Education Advisory Committee on Long-Term Clinical Clerkships and on the University of Rochester’s Board of Trustees Advisory Council. He is a former regent of the American College of Physicians, former member-at-large of the National Board of Medical Examiners and a former member of the board of directors of the American Board of Internal Medicine.

Dr. Smith is the first recipient of the Lawrence Scherr, MD, Professorship of Medicine at the Donald and Barbara Zucker School of Medicine at Hofstra/Northwell. He was the recipient of the Solomon A. Berson Alumni Achievement Award in Health Science by New York University School of Medicine.

Dr. Smith earned a Bachelor of Science in physics from Fordham University and a medical degree from New York University School of Medicine. His residency in internal medicine at Strong Memorial Hospital was followed by military service as a captain in the Army Medical Corps at Fitzsimmons Army Medical Center in Denver.

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