Robert I. Grossman, MD

Saul J. Farber Dean and Chief Executive Officer

Robert I. Grossman, MD, was named the Saul J. Farber Dean and chief executive officer of NYU Langone Medical Center in July 2007. He leads both NYU School of Medicine and NYU Langone Health System, the latter comprising Tisch Hospital, the Hospital for Joint Diseases, Hassenfeld Children's Hospital, NYU Lutheran, and Rusk Rehabilitation.

Early in his tenure, Dr. Grossman launched a major campus transformation, resulting in the addition of 3.3 million square feet of clinical and research space, including an 830,000-square-foot hospital pavilion and the new Science Building, both set for completion in 2017. The total footprint for all sites, including major construction projects underway, is 7.1 million square feet. Together with the Board of Trustees and his institutional leadership team, Dr. Grossman has increased NYU Langone’s revenue by more than $3 billion, and, in addition, raised $2 billion in philanthropy. Additionally, NYU Langone’s National Institutes of Health (NIH) research awards total $178 million—an increase of 20 percent compared with the previous year (2014).

In 2015, University HealthSystem Consortium (UHC) ranked NYU Langone No. 1 in the United States for quality and safety among leading academic medical centers for the third year in a row. That same year, NYU Langone also ranked No. 1 on UHC’s inaugural Ambulatory Care Quality and Accountability Leadership Award, recognizing academic medical centers and their affiliated providers who demonstrate excellence in delivering high-quality, patient-centered outpatient care.

Additionally, for the last 4 years in a row, NYU Langone was ranked in the top 15 hospitals nationwide by U.S. News & World Report (and No. 2 in New York State and the New York Metro area); in 2015, NYU Langone was recognized as having 12 nationally ranked specialties, including 5 specialties in the top 10. Most recently, NYU Langone placed No. 7 among the top 15 major teaching hospitals on Modern Healthcare’s Top 100 Hospitals annual survey. No New York City hospital has made the Top 100 before, and it is the first time in 15 years that a New York State hospital is represented on the list.

As dean, Dr. Grossman has curated a new approach to medical education, called Curriculum for the 21st Century (C21). It emphasizes clinical training from the very beginning of medical school and includes a revolutionary, three-year MD program for select candidates. NYU School of Medicine ranked No. 11 on U.S. News & World Report’s 2016 rankings of the Best Medical Schools, up from No. 21 in 2013 and rising from No. 34 just 6 years ago. Admission to NYU School of Medicine is among the most selective in the country.

Dr. Grossman joined NYU Langone in 2001 as the Louis Marx Professor of Radiology, chairman of the Department of Radiology, and professor of neurology, neurosurgery, and physiology and neuroscience. In his previous position at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, he was a professor of radiology, neurosurgery, and neurology; chief of neuroradiology; and associate chairman of radiology.

A prolific and highly respected scientist, Dr. Grossman was awarded the Javits Neuroscience Investigator Award by NIH in 1999 for his work on multiple sclerosis. He was a member (1995–2000) and chairman (1997–2000) of the Diagnostic Radiology Study Section at NIH, was appointed to NIH’s National Advisory Council for Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering (2003–2007), and, in 2004, became the first recipient of the Outstanding Contributions in Research Award, given annually by the Foundation of the American Society of Neuroradiology in recognition of lifelong accomplishment and consistent excellence in clinical neuroscience. In 2010, he received the International Society for Magnetic Resonance in Medicine’s (ISMRM’s) Gold Medal for his pioneering research in magnetic resonance in medicine and biology. In addition, he was named a Distinguished Graduate of the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine and was awarded an honorary doctorate from the University of Bordeaux, France.

In November 2013, Dr. Grossman was named a “Living Landmark” by the New York Landmarks Conservancy for his leadership in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, which caused unprecedented damage to NYU Langone’s facilities and required the safe evacuation of 322 patients.

Dr. Grossman has been a passionate educator and widely published scholar. He has trained more than 100 fellows, many of whom occupy prominent positions worldwide, and has authored 337 publications and 5 books, including Neuroradiology: The Requisites, a best-selling textbook in neuroradiology, with more than 60,000 copies sold.

Dr. Grossman received his BS in biology, Phi Beta Kappa, from Tulane University, and his MD in 1973 from the University of Pennsylvania, where he was elected to Alpha Omega Alpha. He completed his internship at Beth Israel Hospital in Boston in 1974, two years of a neurosurgery residency (1974–1976) at the University of Pennsylvania, a radiology residency at the University of Pennsylvania in 1979, and a two-year fellowship in neuroradiology at Massachusetts General Hospital in 1981. Dr. Grossman is board certified in radiology and neuroradiology.