Hackensack University Medical Center Leader Elected President of the NY Medical & Surgical Society

Hackensack Meridian Health Hackensack University Medical Center announced that Ihor S. Sawczuk, M.D., FACS, president of Hackensack University Medical Center, has been elected president of the New York Medical & Surgical Society (NYMSS) for the 2018-19 academic year.

The announcement was formalized at the NYMSS meeting in New York City on January 18, 2018. Dr. Sawczuk previously served as vice president of the NYMSS.

An esteemed physician and sought-after educator, Dr. Sawczuk has been the recipient of numerous awards from prestigious academic and medical associations. He was the recipient of the Russell W. Lavengood Distinguished Service Award from the New York Section of the American Urological Association and was presented the prestigious Russell and Mary Hugh Scott Education Award by the American Foundation of Urologic Disease.  In 1996, the office of the First Lady, Hillary Rodham Clinton recognized him for his Chernobyl humanitarian efforts.

Dr. Sawczuk was recognized by Becker’s Hospital Review as one of the nation’s physician leaders of hospitals and health systems to know two years in a row. He was honored by the National Ethics Collection of Organizations as a recipient of the 2017 Ellis Island Medal of Honor.  An avid clinician, researcher and executive leader, he has authored/co-authored more than 250 abstracts, articles and book chapters.

He has held various leadership positions including chair of urology, executive vice president and chief medical officer. In 2016, Dr. Sawczuk became the first physician president of Hackensack University Medical Center and serves as Assistant Dean of Clinical Integration at The Seton Hall Hackensack Meridian School of Medicine.

Founded in 1836, the NYMSS was created to “to promote a spirit of useful inquiry and to advance the interests of Medical Science.” According to the NYMSS, from its earliest days, the Society was made up of some of the most prominent physicians in New York and in the nation.

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