Dr. Matthew Fink, chairman of the Department of Neurology and the Louis and Gertrude Feil Professor of Clinical Neurology at Weill Cornell, has been appointed assistant dean of clinical affairs — a new position at the medical college.
In his new role, Dr. Fink will help lead Weill Cornell's clinical enterprise at NewYork-Presbyterian/Lower Manhattan Hospital, working closely with senior clinical leadership to enhance existing programs and develop strategic planning efforts for the new campus. He will also work with the Weill Cornell Physician Organization to assist in recruiting doctors into the Weill Cornell Physician Network in lower Manhattan and nearby areas such as north Brooklyn. Last summer, NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital merged with the former New York Downtown Hospital to create NewYork-Presbyterian/Lower Manhattan, the hospital's sixth campus.
"I am absolutely delighted that the dean decided to create this position, which is in keeping with the core mission of our medical college." said Dr. Fink, who is also neurologist-in-chief, co-director of the Sackler Brain and Spine Institute and chief of the Division of Stroke and Critical Care Neurology at NewYork-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical Center. "I am energized and excited about my new role, and I can't wait to get started."
"We are excited to have Dr. Fink lead our clinical efforts at NewYork-Presbyterian/Lower Manhattan Hospital," said Dr. Laurie H. Glimcher, the Stephen and Suzanne Weiss Dean at Weill Cornell Medical College. "Dr. Fink, who is keenly familiar with downtown Manhattan, is uniquely qualified as a physician-leader to expand and enhance our clinical enterprise south of 14th Street."
Dr. Fink, a leader in stroke and critical care neurology, was appointed chairman of the Department of Neurology at Weill Cornell in 2012 after leading the department as interim chairman since 2008. Prior to joining the faculty of NewYork-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell, Dr. Fink was president and chief executive officer of Beth Israel Medical Center in lower Manhattan.
He is board certified in internal medicine, neurology, critical care medicine, vascular neurology and neurocritical care. Dr. Fink was a founding member and chairman of the Critical Care Section of the American Academy of Neurology and the Research Section for Neurocritical Care of the World Federation of Neurology. He is a past president of the New York Neurological Society and was recently elected to fellowship in the American Neurological Association, the American Academy of Neurology and the Stroke Council of the American Heart Association.
"We look forward to Dr. Fink working closely with the Dean's Office, the Weill Cornell Physician Organization and NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital to maximize our clinical efforts in this initiative, which is very important to both the medical college and the hospital," said Dr. Michael G. Stewart, vice dean and chairman of the Department of Otolaryngology — Head and Neck Surgery, the E. Darracott Vaughn, Jr. M.D. Senior Associate Dean for Clinical Affairs and professor of otolaryngology and public health at Weill Cornell.