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April 10, 2001
Darryl Geddes 315 464-4828

Michael Roizen, M.D., named dean of the College of Medicine at State University of New York Upstate Medical University

Michael F. Roizen, M.D., professor and chair of the Department of Anesthesia and Critical Care at the Pritzker School of Medicine at the University of Chicago, has been named dean of the College of Medicine and vice president for biomedical sciences at the State University of New York Upstate Medical University. The appointment, effective July 1, was announced by SUNY Upstate President Gregory L. Eastwood, M.D.

Roizen succeeds Eastwood, who has served as dean since 1995. Roizen will report to Eastwood who continues as president of SUNY Upstate. Roizen becomes the 19th dean of the College of Medicine since its establishment in 1834 as Geneva Medical College, and the 9th dean since the College of Medicine joined the State University of New York in 1950.

“We are extremely pleased that Dr. Michael Roizen will be joining us,” Eastwood said. “His combination of outstanding scholarship, patient care, leadership and unyielding enthusiasm for the medical profession make him an exciting choice for us.”

Roizen was elated with his appointment. “I’m excited to get started on the challenges that lie ahead,” he said. “Upstate is a dynamic institution with a giant array of possibilities, a hard working faculty, outstanding students, as well as a willing and committed administration. I look forward to joining the faculty, students and staff as we continue to strengthen Upstate’s stature in the field of academic medicine.”

As dean and vice president of biomedical sciences, Roizen will oversee a college with more than 600 students and 480 faculty, representing 18 clinical departments.

Roizen comes to SUNY Upstate with more than 25 years of experience in academic medicine. He joined the University of Chicago in 1985 after eight years with the University of California, San Francisco. In addition to his academic post and his clinical practice at the University of Chicago, Roizen served on numerous committees and panels overseeing a variety of issues from nurse retention and recruitment to the institutional role of teaching and fundraising.

In 1999 he developed a health measurement test, known as RealAge. In reviewing more than 25,000 clinical studies, Roizen and his colleagues developed data that showed what hindered or helped one’s chances of living a longer, healthier life. He published his findings in “RealAge: Are You As Young As You Can Be?” (Harper Collins/ Cliff Street, 1999). The New York Times bestseller quizzes readers on 100 health-related elements, such as alcohol and tobacco use, parents’ health, prescription and over-the-counter drug use, even pet ownership to determine one’s ‘real age.’ Roizen then suggests ways individuals can reduce their ‘real age.’

In the forthcoming follow-up to “RealAge,” “RealAge Diet: Make Yourself Younger With What You Eat” (Harper Collins/Cliff Street, 2001), Roizen suggests how one’s food choices can make one feel younger or older.

Roizen is also author of the medical text “Essence of Anesthesia Practice (W. Saunders, 1997), which was the best-selling text book in anesthesiology in 1997 and 1998, and has been translated into seven languages. In addition to his books, Roizen has published more than 150 peer-reviewed scientific papers, 100 textbook chapters and 30 editorials.

He is past chair of a Food and Drug Administration advisory committee, an editor or associate editor for six medical journals, and was an editor for the University of Chicago’s Better Health newsletter.

Roizen is a member of numerous professional societies, including the American Society of Anesthesiologists and the Society for Ambulatory Anesthesia; he also has served as past president of the Society of Cardiovascular Anesthesiologists. Perennially named as one of the “Best Doctors in America,” Roizen is medical director of the Chicago Program for Executive Health.

Roizen has been awarded nine U.S. patents, helped start three companies, has delivered more than 20 named lectureships on six continents, and has served as a visiting professor at more than 100 medical institutions. He writes a lay column on health syndicated to 40 newspapers, and the RealAge “Tip of the Day” is subscribed to by 1.5 million people.

He earned a bachelor’s degree in chemistry in 1967 from Williams College, where he was elected to Phi Beta Kappa, and his medical degree in 1971 from the University of California, San Francisco Medical School. He performed his residencies in internal medicine at Harvard’s Beth Israel Hospital in Boston, and anesthesia at the University of California, San Francisco. He completed a tour of duty in the Public Health Service at The National Institutes of Health in the laboratory of Irv Kopin and Nobel Prize Winner Julius Axelrod and is certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine and the American Board of Anesthesiology.

When not attending to medical issues, Roizen is an active squash player, having won over 75 Class A tournaments. He chaired the U. S. Squash Racquets Medical Advisory committee for eight years, and was instrumental in making squash the first racquet sport to mandate lensed eyeware for tournament play.

Roizen’s wife, Nancy J. Roizen, M.D., associate professor of pediatrics and psychiatry and section chief of developmental and behavioral pediatrics at the Pritzker School of Medicine at the University of Chicago, will join the faculty of Department of Pediatrics at SUNY Upstate. They have two children: Jeff a freshman M.D. and Ph.D. student at Washington University Medical School in St. Louis, and Jennifer, a sophomore at Williams College.

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