Chancellor Nancy L. Zimpher Appoints Dr. Michael Lucchesi Officer-in-Charge of Downstate Medical Center

July 15, 2016

New York City – The State University of New York Chancellor Nancy L. Zimpher announced the appointment of Dr. Michael Lucchesi as officer-in-charge of SUNY Downstate Medical Center. His appointment is effective July 15, 2016 and will continue through December 31, 2016 or until SUNY’s Board of Trustees takes other action. SUNY continues its search for a permanent president of the campus.

Dr. Lucchesi will continue to receive his current annual salary.

About Dr. Michael Lucchesi

Dr. Lucchesi has served as professor and chairman for the Department of Emergency Medicine at SUNY Downstate Medical Center since 2013. He has spent the majority of his career at SUNY Downstate Medical Center since joining in July 1994, holding positions within the Department of Emergency Medicine and the College of Medicine.

Prior to joining SUNY Downstate Medical Center, Dr. Lucchesi was an instructor for the Department of Emergency Medicine at Robert Wood Johnson Medical School in Piscataway, NJ. His clinical experience began in 1988 as an attending physician at Kings County Hospital Center in Brooklyn, NY.

Dr. Lucchesi earned his bachelor of science, magna cum laude, from Boston College and his doctor of medicine degree from University del Noreste, Tampico, Mexico. Dr. Lucchesi gained his postgraduate education from St. Vincent’s Medical Center, Kings County Hospital Center, and Lincoln Hospital, all within the five boroughs of New York City.

About the State University of New York
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