NYU Long Island School of Medicine has announced that Steven P. Shelov, MD, dean and professor in the Department of Pediatrics, is retiring on January 2, 2023. Dr. Shelov became founding dean of NYU Long Island School of Medicine in 2017.
After the merging of Winthrop University Hospital and NYU Langone, Dr. Shelov took on the challenge of creating a new, independent medical school under the oversight of NYU and NYU Langone leadership, focused on the training of primary care physicians. Additionally, he helped lead the Liaison Committee on Medical Education’s (LCME) approval of NYU Long Island School of Medicine’s provisional accreditation status, which is expected to be completed in 2023 with the LCME’s granting of full accreditation.
“We thank Dr. Shelov for his service to NYU Long Island School of Medicine, to medical education, and to the discipline of pediatrics,” says Robert I. Grossman, MD, dean of NYU Grossman School of Medicine and CEO of NYU Langone Health. “He helped build the school from the ground up into the world-class beacon for primary care physician education it is today.”
With Dr. Shelov’s retirement, Gladys M. Ayala, MD, vice dean and professor in the Department of Medicine at NYU Long Island School of Medicine, has accepted the role as dean of the school. Her position becomes effective after Dr. Shelov’s retirement on January 2, 2023. Dr. Ayala joined NYU Long Island School of Medicine in 2018 as the senior associate dean for medical education, and has lead curriculum development and assessment for the new school. Before that, Dr. Ayala was the interim vice dean at New York Medical College’s School of Medicine in Valhalla, New York. She received her doctorate in medicine from the Mount Sinai School of Medicine in 1986.
Dr. Ayala has taught medical students about the principles of primary care, history, and clinical skills since 1994 and has also developed and taught a curriculum on cultural humility and awareness for senior medical students. She is passionate about the impact that primary care doctors who are trained in cultural competency can have on the health and wellness of underserved communities. As Dr. Ayala put it in her address this year at NYU Long Island School of Medicine’s White Coat Ceremony, “As physicians we have the potential to make a difference in not only taking care of the ‘one,’ the patient, but of the community we serve.”
“Dr. Ayala was instrumental in creating the groundbreaking three-year, primary care–focused curriculum that differentiates NYU Long Island School of Medicine, and we have every confidence that she will continue her streak of exceptionalism as dean,” Dr. Grossman says.