NEW YORK (November 9, 2016) — Dr. Stephen Peterson, chairman of the Department of Internal Medicine at New York Methodist Hospital, has been appointed assistant dean of New York Methodist Hospital at Weill Cornell Medicine, effective Sept. 1. In his new role, Dr. Peterson will serve as the primary liaison between New York Methodist and Weill Cornell Medicine, ensuring that clinical, biomedical research and educational activities are aligned at the two institutions.
Dr. Peterson will collaborate with colleagues at Weill Cornell Medicine and NewYork-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical Center to help extend clinical trials and clinical research opportunities offered on the Upper East Side campus to New York Methodist. In addition, he will oversee Weill Cornell Medicine’s medical education and student clinical rotations at the hospital and facilitate faculty appointments.
“It is an honor to be named assistant dean of New York Methodist Hospital at Weill Cornell Medicine,” Dr. Peterson said. “I am committed to working with Weill Cornell Medicine to continue to elevate the best hospital in Brooklyn into an even stronger academic medical center. This is a major opportunity for us to enhance our clinical care, biomedical research and academic programs, and take New York Methodist to the next level of excellence.”
“We are delighted with this appointment. Dr. Peterson is most deserving of the recognition,” said Mark J. Mundy, president and CEO of NYM. “He will be an excellent representative and the Hospital will greatly benefit from his appointment.”
“We are pleased to welcome Dr. Peterson as assistant dean of New York Methodist Hospital at Weill Cornell Medicine,” said Dr. Michael G. Stewart, vice dean of Weill Cornell Medicine, and professor and chairman of the Department of Otolaryngology — Head and Neck Surgery. “It is important that we continue to build bridges between the Upper East Side and Brooklyn to ensure that our medical students have rich clinical experiences, and that New Yorkers have expanded and convenient access to Weill Cornell Medicine physicians.”
A board-certified internist, Dr. Peterson has been a leader in his field throughout his career. He has served as president of the New York Chapter of the American College of Physicians, been honored with more than 100 accolades for his professional accomplishments, and has published nearly 100 peer-reviewed studies.
Under Dr. Peterson’s leadership, the Department of Internal Medicine at New York Methodist joined the National Resident Matching Program in 2015, matching talented new physicians to the Hospital’s internal medicine residency program. His expertise in curriculum design has helped resident physicians to flourish during their time with the Hospital and complete their residencies well prepared for successful careers in medicine.
“When I was a resident physician, the chairman of my department told me that the best medical educators make the careers of their students and interns just as important as their own,” Dr. Peterson said. “A new physician will remember the words and guidance of his or her mentor for decades to come.”
Dr. Peterson received a Bachelor of Science degree from Fairfield University in Connecticut. After graduating from medical school in the Philippines, he returned to the United States to complete his residency training at New York Medical College, and was eventually named administrative chief medical resident. After his residency, he remained on the full-time teaching staff at Metropolitan Hospital Center (an affiliated university hospital of New York Medical College) as the associate program director. He then spent five years as deputy director of the Department of Medicine at Lincoln Medical Center, and also served as director of the training program.
In 1994, Dr. Peterson was named director of the internal medicine training program at Westchester Medical Center and appointed chief of the section of general medicine. He was later selected as executive vice chairman of the Department of Medicine at New York Medical College.
New York Methodist Hospital
New York Methodist Hospital (NYM), a voluntary, acute-care teaching facility located in Brooklyn’s Park Slope, houses 651 inpatient beds (including bassinets) and provides services to about 40,000 inpatients each year. In addition, approximately 500,000 outpatient visits and services are logged annually. The Hospital, founded in 1881, has undergone extensive renovation and modernization over the years. NYM has Institutes in the following areas:Advanced and Minimally Invasive Surgery, Advanced Otolaryngology,Asthma and Lung Disease,Cancer Care,Cardiology and Cardiac Surgery,Diabetes and Other Endocrine Disorders, Digestive and Liver Disorders, Healthy Aging, Neurosciences, Orthopedic Medicine and Surgery, Vascular Medicine and Surgery and Women’s Health. New York Methodist Hospital is affiliated with the Weill Cornell Medical College and is a member of theNewYork-Presbyterian Healthcare System.
Weill Cornell Medicine
Weill Cornell Medicine is committed to excellence in patient care, scientific discovery and the education of future physicians in New York City and around the world. The doctors and scientists of Weill Cornell Medicine—faculty from Weill Cornell Medical College, Weill Cornell Graduate School of Medical Sciences, and Weill Cornell Physician Organization—are engaged in world-class clinical care and cutting-edge research that connect patients to the latest treatment innovations and prevention strategies. Located in the heart of the Upper East Side’s scientific corridor, Weill Cornell Medicine’s powerful network of collaborators extends to its parent university Cornell University; to Qatar, where Weill Cornell Medicine-Qatar offers a Cornell University medical degree; and to programs in Tanzania, Haiti, Brazil, Austria and Turkey. Weill Cornell Medicine faculty provide comprehensive patient care at NewYork-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical Center, NewYork-Presbyterian/Lower Manhattan Hospital and NewYork-Presbyterian/Queens. Weill Cornell Medicine is also affiliated with Houston Methodist. For more information, visit weill.cornell.edu.