Mark D. Hurwitz, M.D., Takes on the Role of Chair of the Department of Radiation Medicine in the School of Medicine
The widely recognized leader in the fields of thermal medicine and genitourinary oncology will lead the Department of Radiation Medicine.
Mark D. Hurwitz, M.D., has been named the chair of the Department of Radiation Medicine in the New York Medical College (NYMC) School of Medicine (SOM) as well as director of radiation medicine at Westchester Medical Center (WMC). He will assume both roles on July 1. He joins NYMC and WMC from the Sidney Kimmel Medical College at Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, where he served as enterprise quality and safety officer for the Sidney Kimmel Cancer Center - Jefferson Health, professor and vice chair for quality, safety and performance excellence for the Department of Radiation Oncology, director of thermal medicine and medical residency program director.
Dr. Hurwitz also previously served as director of Regional Program Development for the Department of Radiation Oncology at the Dana-Farber/Brigham and Women's Cancer Center at Harvard Medical School. He played a central role in the development of the first national radiation oncology patient safety organization and has directed efforts on advancing the translation of biology and technology into clinical practice both nationally and internationally. He has led several groundbreaking trials for National Cancer Institute-sponsored cooperative research groups including Cancer and Leukemia Group B, Radiation Therapy Oncology Group and Neuregulin Oncology.
He has published more than 100 research journal publications, books and chapters and speaks around the globe. He currently serves as associate editor of the International Journal of Hyperthermia and the American Journal of Medical Quality. He is a fellow of the American Society for Radiation Oncology as well as the American College of Radiation Oncology and previously served as the 24th president of the Society for Thermal Medicine.
Dr. Hurwitz will continue to advance the mission and vision of the Department of Radiation Medicine to improve oncology care through education, research and service to patients, their families and the community. His leadership, extensive clinical expertise and background in research and quality of care will advance the care and treatment for patients throughout the entire region.
“Given Dr. Hurwitz’s accomplished career, I am confident that he will be a great asset to NYMC as an administrator and a role model as a clinician, educator and researcher,” says Jerry L. Nadler, M.D., MACP, FAHA, FACE, dean of the SOM and professor of medicine and pharmacology.
Board-certified in radiation oncology, Dr. Hurwitz earned his medical degree from the Pennsylvania State University College of Medicine and served as resident and chief resident in radiation oncology at The Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore, Maryland.