Herbert Pardes, M.D., Columbia University's vice president for Health Sciences and dean of the Faculty of Medicine, has been named vice chairman, president and chief executive officer of New York Presbyterian Hospital.
"I am pleased to have had the opportunity of working with Herb Pardes at Columbia and look forward to working with him in the future as his appointment to head New York Presbyterian Hospital will provide a wonderful opportunity for new collaborations between New York Presbyterian and the Weil Medical College of Cornell University and the Columbia College of Physicians and Surgeons," said Columbia President George Rupp.
"Herb Pardes is a terrific leader and a wonderful colleague. The Health Sciences at Columbia have moved forward dramatically during the 10 years that Herb has been vice president for Health Sciences and dean of the College of Physicians and Surgeons. He has had a steady view of long-term goals and has pursued them with energy and inventiveness, practical idealism and refreshing humor.
"Herb has provided leadership in the transformation of Washington Heights through constructive interaction with the community, in the development of our Audubon biotechnology incubator, in the formation of diseased-focused investigation and treatment of diabetes, cancer and AIDS, in an enormous expansion of our biomedical research on all fronts, in curricular innovation in the education of our new physicians, in supporting the clinical practice of our physicians, and in the outreach of both our hospital-based and clinical programs.
"I join with Herb's many colleagues, friends and admirers in wishing him great success in his new position."
Rupp said an acting dean would be appointed shortly and an international search would be conducted to find a permanent successor.
Pardes, who is also chairman of the Department of Psychiatry at the College of Physicians & Surgeons, is a national figure in psychiatry and academic medicine. From 1978 to 1984, he was director of the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH), where he strengthened the Institute's research program and emphasized the need to increase research support for psychiatry.
In 1984, he was appointed jointly as director of the New York State Psychiatric Institute (NYSPI) and chairman of the Department of Psychiatry at Columbia, where he has worked to develop a broad clinical, educational, and research agenda.
In 1989, he was named vice president for Health Sciences at Columbia and dean of the Faculty of Medicine, overseeing Columbia's four health sciences schools. In that capacity, he has accomplished major changes in the education of physicians, enhanced clinical and basic science research, and assumed a national role as an advocate for education, health care reimbursement reform, and support of biomedical research.
From 1989 to 1990, Pardes was president of the American Psychiatric Association (APA) and from 1990 to 1994, was chairman of the APA's Council on Research. He has served as chairman of the Council of Deans of the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC), of the AAMC and of the New York Association of Medical Schools (AMS).
He is a member of the Institute of Medicine, president of the Scientific Board of the National Alliance for Research on Schizophrenia and Depression (NARSAD), a charter associate member of the National Depressive and Manic Depressive Association (NDMDA), and a regular advisor to the National Alliance for the Mentally Ill (NAMI), the Anxiety Disorders Association of America, and the Mental Health Association.