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Founder's Dinner – Our Annual Fundraising Celebration!

The Founder’s Dinner is our signature, annual fundraising event. Over 300 academic, healthcare, business, and community leaders will gather to celebrate NYMC’s proud history and promising future, and to honor distinguished community leaders for their impactful and transformative achievements. Proceeds directly benefit our students through supporting scholarships and important initiatives.

Funds raised from the 2019 Founder's Dinner will contribute to our success in educating the next generation of physicians and healthcare providers, and conducting life-saving biomedical research. Thank you to all of those who support our efforts!

2019 Honorees


Robert Barish, M.D. '79

Robert Barish MD79Dr. Robert A. Barish, a distinguished physician and academic leader, is vice chancellor for health affairs of the University of Illinois at Chicago.

He oversees the University of Illinois Hospital & Health Sciences System (UI Health), which provides comprehensive care, education, and research to train healthcare leaders and foster healthy communities in Illinois and beyond. A part of the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC), UI Health comprises a clinical enterprise that includes a 465-bed tertiary care hospital, 21 outpatient clinics, and 11 Mile Square Health Center facilities, which are Federally Qualified Health Centers. With campuses in Chicago, Peoria, Quad Cities, Rockford, Springfield, and Urbana, the health system includes the academic and research activities of the seven UIC health sciences colleges: Applied Health Sciences, Dentistry, Medicine, Nursing, Pharmacy, the School of Public Health, and the Jane Addams College of Social Work. UI Health is dedicated to the pursuit of health equity.

Previously, Dr. Barish served as chancellor of the LSU Health Sciences Center at Shreveport from 2009 to 2015, where he provided leadership for the schools of medicine, allied health, and graduate programs, a major academic medical center, and two affiliated hospitals.

Dr. Barish spent 24 years at the University of Maryland School of Medicine. He served as chief of emergency medicine from 1985 to 1996 and built a nationally recognized program. There he was named associate dean for clinical affairs in 1998 and eventually became vice dean for clinical affairs in 2005. 

That same year, following the devastation of Hurricane Katrina on the Gulf Coast, Barish helped lead a medical regiment dispatched by the state of Maryland to deliver emergency care to more than 6,000 hurricane victims in Jefferson Parish.

In addition to his medical duties at Maryland, Dr. Barish earned an MBA from Loyola College in 1995. From 1996 to 1998, he served as the chief executive officer of UniversityCARE, a University of Maryland physician-hospital network of family-oriented health centers located in neighborhoods throughout the Baltimore metropolitan area.

A former lieutenant colonel and flight surgeon in the Maryland Air National Guard, Barish was among a select group invited to become a NASA astronaut candidate in the early 1990s.

After earning his medical degree from New York Medical College in 1979, Dr. Barish interrupted his residency training for one year to provide medical treatment to refugees at camps along the Thai-Cambodian border and in Somalia. He completed an internal medicine residency at New York’s Saint Vincent’s Hospital and Medical Center in 1983 and an emergency medicine residency at Georgetown University Medical Center in 1985. He is a member of Alpha Omega Alpha Medical Honor Society, a fellow of the American College of Emergency Physicians and the American Academy of Emergency Medicine, and is on the Board of Directors for the Association of Academic Health Centers.


Jean M. Giradi-Malecki, M.D. '79, M.P.H.



Ira D. Glick, M.D. '61

Ira D. Glick, M.D. joined the faculty of the Stanford University School of Medicine in July, 1993.  He has been Professor of Psychiatry at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) from 1968 to 1978 and at the Cornell University Medical College  from 1978 – 1993.  During his tenure at Cornell, he was also Senior Science Advisor to the Director of the National Institute of Mental Health (from 1988 – 1990).  Dr. Glick’s research has focused on 1) the effectiveness of psychiatric hospitalization, 2) the current and future treatment of schizophrenia and mood disorders including combining medication and psychotherapy (both individual as well as family therapy) and 3) the diagnosis and treatment of athletes.

A 1961 graduate of New York Medical College, Dr. Glick is a 1)  Distinguished Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association, a founding member of  the American Family Therapy Academy, the International Society  of Sports Psychiatry (ISSP) and founding and long-time member of the Board of Directors of the American Society of Clinical Psychopharmacology (ASCP).  Dr. Glick has been elected to membership of the American College of Neuropsychopharmacology (ACNP) and the American College of Psychiatrists.

He has authored or co-authored over 200 articles published in the scientific literature and wrote or edited ten books on mental/psychiatric illness, psychopharmacology, family therapy, and recently sports psychiatry. He is a long-time editor of the American Society Clinical Psychopharmacology Model Psychopharmacology Curriculums with separate publications for teachers of psychiatric residents and another for both medical students and primary care clinician.

He has received numerous national and international awards for his research and teaching including those from the American Psychiatric Association, American College of Neuropsychopharmacology (ACNP) and the Association of Academic Psychiatry. He received the 2014 Kum Po Soo Award from the American Psychiatric Association - as well as an  “exemplary psychiatrist” award from the National Alliance for Mental Illnesses (NAMI).  In 2017 he received the Dean Award  from the American College of Psychiatrists for his research in Schizophrenia. In 2019 he received the Payne Whitney Clinic Award for Extraordinary Public Service for a distinguished researcher, clinician, and educator, “who has transformed the field with his innovative treatment approaches to schizophrenia and his dedication to the dissemination of knowledge .”

He was appointed Emeritus Professor at Stanford in 2010. He is now (2019), Visiting Professor at three medical schools- Weill Cornell Medical College, New York University and U C San Diego –and has recently rejoined the Adjunct faculty at University California San Francisco.
In 2018, he served on the (ongoing) group for the International Olympic Committee Consensus Committee Meeting focusing on “Mental Health in Elite Athletes.” He was also a commentator in the 20-hour, 2018 ESPN documentary, “Basketball: A Love Story.” 

For more information on these awards and to see our past honorees, please visit the Founder's Dinner Awards page.

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