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The Order of the Rising Sun, Gold Rays with Neck Ribbon

Robert G. Newman, M.D., MPH
President Emeritus, Continuum Health Partners, Inc.
[ General History ]
New York University (Washington Square College), B.A.
University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry, M.D. (Honors)
University of California at Berkeley, School of Public Health, M.P.H.
Assistant Commissioner, Addiction Programs, New York City Department of Health
Associate General Director for Operations, Beth Israel Medical Center
President and Chief Executive Officer, Beth Israel Medical Center
Professor, Department of Community Medicine, Mount Sinai School of Medicine
Professor, Department of Epidemiology and Population Health, and Professor, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Albert Einstein College of Medicine
President and Chief Executive Officer, Continuum Health Partners, Inc., a corporation that controls Beth Israel Medical Center, St. Luke's-Roosevelt Hospital Center, The Long Island College Hospital and The New York Eye and Ear Infirmary
President Emeritus, Continuum Health Partners, Inc.
[ Overview of Achievements ]
Dr. Newman graduated from the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry and was awarded the degree Doctor of Medicine. He spent a year as Fellow in Pathology at the University of Melbourne, Australia, and subsequently obtained a Master of Public Health degree at the University of California, Berkeley. He has been interested in a variety of fields in medicine but ultimately specialized in drug addiction treatment, in which he gained an international reputation. He was involved in various international programs that expanded drug addiction treatment. His caring and commitment were recognized and lead to his employment at Beth Israel Medical Center as its Vice President in 1976. Two years later, he became President. His major focus has always been to serve the community, and he believed pursuing this mission would ensure benefits for the community and success for the hospital. One of the many initiatives that reflect this philosophy has been aimed at serving the Japanese community, by the establishment in 1990 of a medical facility specially designed for Japanese. He also started an extensive education training program to invite physicians from Japan to apply for medical house officer training at Beth Israel Medical Center, one of the top teaching hospitals in the New York area. In 1997, his and three other major hospitals in New York joined together to form a major health care group called Continuum Health Partners. Dr. Newman was appointed the first President for this health care system, which included over 3,000 beds. He was also involved in medical education as a professor at the Mount Sinai Medical School and the Albert Einstein College of Medicine. He has contributed greatly to medical research, medical education, and hospital management.
>> Contributions to Japan <<
[ 1 ] Medical Education of Japanese Physicians
Since 1991, several Japanese physicians have been welcomed every year to participate in the clinical training programs at Beth Israel Medical Center. Opportunities for Japanese physicians to take part in clinical training in the U.S. are infrequent and highly valued. Training opportunities were expanded to several other hospitals after Dr. Newman became the President of Continuum Health Partners. Approximately 150 Japanese physicians have so far completed the program over the last 23 years. Alumni of the program both in Japan and in the U.S. today hold leading positions at various academic institutions and major teaching hospitals. American medicine and its wisdom are now being taught widely throughout Japan by graduates of this program.

[ 2 ] Providing health care to the Japanese community in New York
Jointly with Tokyo Marine Insurance Company, Robert Newman opened a medical facility for the Japanese community in the New York area, and promoted the health of Japanese in the area.

[ 3 ] Contribution to Academic Medicine in Japan
Dr. Newman visited medical schools in Japan many times to give lectures on public health issues such as disaster medicine, drug addiction, HIV and medical economics. He has had a significant impact on Japanese investigators, researchers and specialists in advancing academic activities in Japan.
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