Herbert Pardes, MD

Dr. Herbert PardesDr. Herbert Pardes after
serving from January 2000 through September 2011 as President and Chief
Executive Officer of NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital and the New
York-Presbyterian Healthcare System became Executive Vice Chairman of the Board of
Trustees of NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital. 
Under his leadership, NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital escalated to one of
the highest ranked hospitals and comprehensive health care institutions in the United

 Dr. Pardes has been an outspoken proponent for
academic medicine, medical research, children's health education, mental health,
access to care, humanism and empathy in care delivery, Information Technology and

He has chaired three different departments of
psychiatry at Downstate Medical Center, the University of Colorado and Columbia
University.  He served from 1989 to 2000
as the Dean of the Faculty of Medicine at Columbia University College of Physicians
and Surgeons and Vice President for Health Sciences.  A noted psychiatrist, he served as Director
of the National Institute of Mental Health and the United States Assistant
Surgeon General during the Carter and Reagan
Administrations.  He was also President of the American
Psychiatric Association.

He is a member of the Institute of Medicine and
of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and has received the United States
Army Commendation Medal as well as being the recipient of the Sarnat
International Prize for leadership in the field of mental health.

He has served on commissions related to health
policy appointed by Presidents George Bush and Bill Clinton including the
Presidential Advisory Commission on Consumer Protection and Quality in the
Healthcare Industry and the Commission on Systemic Interoperability.  He serves on the NYeC Board Executive
Committee for Information Technology, and is Vice Chairman of the New York
Genome Center.  He is former Chairman of
the Greater New York Hospital Association, the Hospital Association of New York
(which on whose Board he continues to sit), the Association of American Medical
Colleges and the New York Association of Medical Schools.

Without continued support for health research, many of the most promising young scientists, their ideas and a myriad of potentially life-changing scientific breakthroughs will vanish into oblivion.
Paul Marinec, PhD; University of California San Francisco