The board of trustees of the State University of New York has appointed Wayne J. Riley as president of the SUNY Downstate Medical Center in Brooklyn, effective April 3. He will also serve as a professor of internal medicine in the College of Medicine and a professor of health policy and management in the School of Public Health.
Dr. Riley has been serving as a clinical professor of medicine at the Vanderbilt University School of Medicine. He is the immediate past president of the American College of Physicians. Earlier in his career, Dr. Riley was president, CEO, and professor at Meharry Medical College in Nashville, Tennessee.
“I am humbled, honored, and thrilled to have been appointed to serve the students, faculty, staff, and alumni of SUNY Downstate Medical Center and the greater Brooklyn and New York City communities,” said Dr. Riley. “I look forward with great anticipation to working with the Chancellor, the SUNY Board of Trustees, and the Downstate campus community to grow, enhance and build upon its many successes while also positioning it strategically to meet the many challenges of this unprecedented time of change in healthcare and health professions education. I am most grateful for this opportunity to serve.”
Dr. Riley is a graduate of Yale University, where he majored in anthropology. He holds a master of public health degree in health systems management from the Tulane University School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine. He also holds an MBA from Rice University and a medical doctorate from the Morehouse School of Medicine in Atlanta.