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Touro Appoints Alan Kadish, M.D., Senior Provost and Chief Operating Officer
Date:9/16/2009

NEW YORK, Sept. 16 /PRNewswire/ -- Dr. Mark Hasten, chairman of the Touro College Board of Trustees, today announced the appointment of Alan Kadish, M.D., as senior provost and chief operating officer for Touro College.

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Touro is the largest Jewish-sponsored educational institution in the United States. The college was founded by Dr. Bernard Lander in 1970, originally as a men's college with 35 students. During his 39-year tenure as president, Dr. Lander has overseen Touro's expansion to an institution educating approximately 17,500 students at 29 schools and colleges in four states and overseas.

Dr. Kadish was selected as senior provost after an extensive nationwide search. In his new role, he will have overall administrative responsibility for the Touro system, which includes colleges and universities throughout the world, including Touro University California and Touro University Nevada.

Dr. Kadish will report to Dr. Lander and Touro's Board of Trustees. In the future, Dr. Lander plans to transition his overall leadership role to become Chancellor, with Dr. Kadish succeeding him as president and continuing to report to him.

"I am delighted to welcome someone of Dr. Kadish's caliber to Touro," said Dr. Hasten. "A gifted scholar and an intellectual, he is an individual of tremendous integrity, renowned in his field, who possesses a steadfast enthusiasm for education."

Dr. Lander said: "The appointment of Dr. Kadish is a wonderful event for Touro. He brings to this significant position extraordinary academic and administrative experience, coupled with outstanding leadership skills, all of which will assist Touro in carrying forth its mission to deliver quality education that meets the needs of both the Jewish and secular communities."

A prominent cardiologist on the national stage, Dr. Kadish comes to Touro from Northwestern University, where he served on the faculty and as an administrator for the past 19 years.

Dr. Kadish has worked as a teacher, research scholar and scientist, administrator, and clinician. He has held numerous senior level administrative positions at Northwestern, and also at the University of Michigan, where he held various appointments prior to joining the faculty at Northwestern. A prolific researcher and writer, he has written extensively in his field, authoring over 300 peer-reviewed papers and contributing to several textbooks.

Dr. Kadish expressed his excitement about the opportunity to work with Dr. Lander, whom he described as "a tremendous leader and innovator in higher education."

"I am very fortunate and proud to be joining Touro College and working with Dr. Lander, a pioneer in Jewish and secular education who has built an institution that responds in innovative ways to the educational needs of so many diverse communities," said Dr. Kadish. "I look forward to working with the entire Touro community in continuing the advancements of Touro's hard-working faculty, staff and administration. It is through their leadership that Touro has been able to deliver quality, accessible education to such a large and varied student population throughout the country and around the globe."

Dr. Kadish said he hopes to ensure that all students enter the workforce prepared to meet the challenges of an increasingly competitive economic climate, armed with the skills and resources of a Touro education. He looks to assist Dr. Lander in providing an even higher level of education and continuing to fulfill Touro's mission of serving the community.

Dr. Kadish said Touro has become "an important school for the study of health sciences" and that he hopes to use his experience in medicine to propel Touro's geographically distinct medical programs to leadership roles in American medicine. Currently, Touro operates two colleges of pharmacy, three colleges of osteopathic medicine, and several graduate schools and colleges in health sciences in several states, including California, Nevada and New York. Dr. Kadish noted that Touro's Jacob D. Fuchsberg Law Center and Graduate School of Education are first-class institutions that he hopes to develop further and involve in interdisciplinary research throughout Touro.

At Northwestern, Dr. Kadish served most recently as senior associate chief of the cardiology division, the Chester and Deborah Cooley Professor of Medicine, and director of the cardiovascular clinical trials unit. He also served on the finance and investment committees of the Northwestern clinical practice plan. Nationally, he serves as chairman of the Clinical Cardiology Program Committee of the American Heart Association, and has been elected to prestigious scientific research and education societies including the American Association of Professors, the American Society for Clinical Investigation, and the American Society of Physicians.

He received his M.D. degree from the Albert Einstein College of Medicine at Yeshiva University and his postdoctoral medical training at the Brigham and Women's Hospital, an affiliate of Harvard Medical School, and at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, where he was a fellow in cardiology. He is board certified in internal medicine, cardiovascular disease and cardiac electrophysiology.

Dr. Kadish has been the recipient of numerous research grants including from the National Institutes of Health, where he also has served extensively on review panels, and the National Science Foundation, as well as other not-for-profit organizations. Dr. Kadish has also mentored many researchers and guided them to becoming successful independent scientists and teachers. He has also served on the board of directors of several educational, philanthropic and religious institutions in Chicago.

Dr. Kadish, who was born in Brooklyn and raised in Queens, is married with four children.

Touro College has experienced phenomenal growth since its founding in 1971, and is currently educating approximately 17,500 students at locations in New York, California, Florida, Nevada, Jerusalem, Moscow, Berlin and Paris. Touro College continues to have a profound impact on the lives of its students and on the Jewish and general communities. For further information on Touro College, please go to: http://www.touro.edu/media/ .

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