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 Health in July 2007. NYU Langone comprises more than 200 locations throughout the New York area and 5 inpatient locations, including Tisch Hospital, NYU Langone Orthopedic Hospital, Hassenfeld Children’s Hospital, NYU Langone Hospital—Brooklyn, and Rusk Rehabilitation. Also part of NYU Langone Health is the Laura and Isaac Perlmutter Cancer Center, a National Cancer Institute-designated cancer center, and NYU School of Medicine, which since 1841 has trained thousands of physicians and scientists who have helped to shape the course of medical history.

Early in his tenure, Dr. Grossman launched a major campus transformation that will result in the addition of more than 5 million square feet of clinical, education, and research space once complete, including a 365,000-square-foot Science Building and the 830,000-square-foot Kimmel Pavilion, which are slated to open in 2018.

In collaboration with the Board of Trustees and institutional leadership, Dr. Grossman has increased NYU Langone’s revenue by nearly $4 billion, and has raised more than $2 billion in philanthropy. In addition, NYU Langone’s National Institutes of Health (NIH) 2016 research awards totaled $189 million—an increase of 56 percent since 2007.

Long recognized as one of the best hospitals in the country, NYU Langone has been ranked by U.S. News & World Report as one of the top 15 hospitals nationwide for the past 5 years, as well as No. 2 in New York State and in the New York metro area. In 2016, U.S News & World Report also recognized NYU Langone as having 12 nationally ranked specialties, including 7 specialties in the top 10. Also in 2016, Modern Healthcare’s Top 100 Hospitals annual survey placed NYU Langone No. 7 among the top 15 major teaching hospitals. A New York City hospital has never made the Top 100 before, and it is the first time in 15 years that a New York State hospital has been represented on the list.

For the past four years, NYU Langone has also received top rankings for overall patient safety and quality of care from Vizient, Inc., formerly the University HealthSystem Consortium. In 2016, NYU Langone received two significant awards from Vizient—the Bernard A. Birnbaum, MD, Quality Leadership Award and the Ambulatory Care Quality and Accountability Award for demonstrated excellence in delivering high-quality, patient-centered outpatient care.

Dr. Grossman has also curated a new approach to medical education, called Curriculum for the 21st Century (C21). It emphasizes clinical training from the beginning of medical school and includes a revolutionary three-year MD program for select candidates. On U.S. News & World Report’s 2017 Best Graduate Schools list, NYU School of Medicine ranked No. 11 nationally among research-intensive schools of medicine, and No. 2 in New York, out of 140 medical schools nationwide. 

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.