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Robert I. Grossman, MD

Chief Executive Officer and Dean

Dean Robert Grossman

Robert I. Grossman, MD, is chief executive officer of NYU Langone Health and dean of NYU Grossman School of Medicine. Nationally recognized as a top healthcare executive, he leads one of the largest health systems in the Northeast—employing more than 49,000 people, including over 12,000 clinicians, stretching across 6 inpatient facilities and over 300 locations throughout the New York City region and in Florida. His visionary leadership has transformed NYU Langone into one of the best academic medical centers in the United States, as evaluated annually by independent organizations such as Vizient, Inc., the Leapfrog Group, U.S. News & World Report (Best Hospitals and Best Medical Schools), and the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services. Vizient recognized NYU Langone Health as No. 1 in the nation for quality and patient safety.

Innovation has been a hallmark of Dr. Grossman’s leadership of NYU Langone and NYU Grossman School of Medicine since his tenure began in 2007. This includes establishing an accelerated three-year MD pathway for select medical students—making NYU Grossman School of Medicine the first nationally ranked medical school to enable medical students to graduate in three years—and implementing full-tuition scholarships for medical students. For his achievements as dean, the school was named after him in 2019.

Most recently, Dr. Grossman was the driving force behind the creation of NYU Grossman Long Island School of Medicine—a partnership between NYU and NYU Langone—the only medical school in the U.S. that offers a three-year MD degree focused on primary care and full-tuition scholarships. In July 2023, the school was renamed in honor of Dr. Grossman’s leadership.

Each of these groundbreaking initiatives was fueled by Dr. Grossman’s collaborations with the Board of Trustees and institutional leadership to increase NYU Langone’s revenue from $2 billion in 2007 to more than $12 billion in 2023, including more than $4.9 billion in philanthropy since 2007. NYU Langone’s research awards from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) have grown from $129 million to $815 million over the past 14 years.

Dr. Grossman has been at the forefront of applying a data-driven approach to healthcare, with the aim of improving patient outcomes, streamlining clinical workflows, and enhancing medical decision-making. The institution uses a signature dashboard that tracks over 800 metrics, bringing transparency and accountability to everyone, so that providers can achieve better outcomes for patients and for the health system overall. NYU Langone operates with one playbook and one standard of care at every location.

Early in his tenure, Dr. Grossman launched a decade-long Campus Transformation Plan, an infrastructure modernization program that has expanded NYU Langone’s footprint to more than 14 million square feet of clinical, educational, and research space across its campuses throughout Manhattan, Brooklyn, and Long Island. Among its capstone projects were the Science Building, NYU Langone’s largest research facility; Helen L. and Martin S. Kimmel Pavilion, the only inpatient facility in New York City with exclusively private rooms; Hassenfeld Children’s Hospital at NYU Langone, the city’s first new children’s hospital in many years; and an Energy Building that meets 70 percent of the power needs of NYU Langone’s midtown campus.

Under Dr. Grossman’s leadership, Perlmutter Cancer Center achieved the status of a Comprehensive Cancer Center from the National Cancer Institute, part of the NIH. He also propelled NYU Langone’s unprecedented growth into Brooklyn and Long Island, forging hospital affiliations that created NYU Langone Hospital—Brooklyn and NYU Langone Hospital—Long Island, now two of the highest rated hospitals for quality and safety in the nation. Most recently, NYU Langone affiliated with Long Island Community Hospital, creating a clinically integrated healthcare network between the two organizations.

In 2018, Dr. Grossman—together with Kenneth G. Langone, chairman of NYU Langone’s Board of Trustees—was named to Time magazine’s inaugural Health Care 50 list of the 50 most influential healthcare leaders who changed the state of healthcare in America. Dr. Grossman’s transformative leadership, including his steely piloting of the institution as it recovered from the devastation of Superstorm Sandy, was chronicled in William A. Haseltine’s book World Class: A Story of Adversity, Transformation, and Success at NYU Langone Health.

A prolific and highly respected scientist, Dean Grossman was awarded the Javits Neuroscience Investigator Award by the 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 the NIH, was appointed to the 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, Dean Grossman received the International Society for Magnetic Resonance in Medicine’s Gold Medal for his pioneering research in magnetic resonance in medicine and biology. In addition, he received the Lifetime Achievement of the Emeritus Class from Tulane University (2019), was named a Distinguished Graduate of the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine (2010) and was awarded an honorary doctorate from the University of Bordeaux, France (2010). Most recently, Dean Grossman received the American Society of Neuroradiology Gold Medal for his contributions to the field of neuroradiology (2021) and was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences for excellence and leadership (2022).

Dean Grossman is a passionate educator and widely published scholar. He has trained more than 100 fellows, many of whom occupy prominent positions worldwide, and has authored 340 publications and 5 books, including Neuroradiology: The Requisites.

Dean Grossman received his bachelor’s degree in biology from Tulane University and his medical degree from the University of Pennsylvania, where he was elected to Alpha Omega Alpha. He completed his internship at Beth Israel Hospital in Boston, two years of a neurosurgery residency at the University of Pennsylvania, a radiology residency at the University of Pennsylvania, and a two-year fellowship in neuroradiology at Massachusetts General Hospital. Dr. Grossman is board-certified in radiology and neuroradiology.

Dean Grossman joined NYU Langone in 2001 as the Louis Marx Professor of Radiology; chair 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.