SUNY Board Chairman Tisch, the Board of Trustees, and Chancellor Malatras Statement on The Arnold P. Gold Foundation Recognition of SUNY Downstate Health and Sciences University President Riley

June 10, 2021

"At SUNY we pride ourselves on the caliber of outstanding leaders, doctors, and faculty who come to our campuses with the same goal of providing a stellar education and service to our communities. Tonight, the Arnold P. Gold Foundation recognizes SUNY Downstate President Dr. Wayne J. Riley, alongside Dr. Anthony Fauci and Dr. Eric Topol as this year’s National Humanism in Medicine Medal recipients. This is a momentous honor for Dr. Riley who is a mentor across SUNY on issues of public health and higher education. We value his leadership, his expertise, and his kindness for the patients of Brooklyn—his professionalism and his service to others is an inspiration for our students and to us all."

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