Health Commissioner Visits Saint John’s Episcopal Hospital
The Commissioner of the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, Thomas Farley, MD, MPH, gave the lecture at Internal Medicine Grand Rounds at St. John’s Episcopal Hospital on Wednesday, January 5. Dr. Farley discussed the value of public health campaigns and cited recent initiatives undertaken by the Department of Health, including efforts to reduce consumption of soft drinks and salt, mandate fast food restaurants to post nutritional content of food, and increasing exercise through architectural design. It was Dr. Farley’s first visit to the Rockaways.
Dr. Farley was appointed Commissioner in May, 2009. Before joining the agency, he was chair of the Department of Community Health Sciences at Tulane University School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine. He received his MD and Master of Public Health degrees from Tulane University. He served in the Centers for Disease Control’s Epidemic Intelligence Service and worked for the CDC and the Louisiana Public Health Service from 1989 to 2000. He served as Senior Advisor to New York City Health Commissioner Thomas Frieden in 2007 and 2008.
The Grand Rounds are educational lectures for attending physicians and residents. St. John’s Episcopal Hospital has a large teaching program. Osteopathic Programs offer dermatology, family practice, obstetrics/gynecology, ophthalmology, osteopathic manipulative medicine, and surgery. SJEH is affiliated with Touro College of Osteopathic Medicine. Allopathic programs offered include internal medicine, psychiatry, and physical medicine and rehabilitation. Also offered is a residency program in podiatry with a fellowship in wound care.