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July 19, 2007


NEW YORK, July 19, 2007 – City College alumnus and New York City native Jeffrey S. Flier, M.D., has been named Dean of Harvard Medical School.  Dr. Flier received a B.S. in Biology from The City College of New York (CCNY) in 1968.

“Dr. Flier’s appointment as Dean of Harvard Medical School puts him on a growing list of City College alumni who have climbed to the pinnacle of their fields,” noted CCNY President Dr. Gregory H. Williams.  “The undergraduate education he received here provided him with a foundation for achieving excellence.  We congratulate him on this noteworthy achievement and wish him continued success.”

Other notable graduates of The City College include: Gen. Colin L. Powell, USA (ret.), ’58, former Secretary of State and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff; Andrew S. Grove, ’60, co-founder and former Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Intel Corp., and Dr. Jonas S. Salk, ’34, who discovered the first polio vaccine.  In addition, The City College of New York has produced nine Nobel laureates, the most of any public college or university in the United States.

Dr. Flier joined the Harvard Medical School faculty in 1978 after spending four years as a clinical associate with the National Institutes of Health.  Prior to being appointed Dean, he served as Harvard Medical School Faculty Dean for Academic Programs and Chief Academic Officer for Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (BIDMC), a Harvard teaching affiliate.  He received his M.D. from Mount Sinai School of Medicine in 1972.

One of the country’s leading investigators in obesity and diabetes, Dr. Flier’s research has produced major insights into the molecular mechanism of insulin action, the molecular mechanisms of insulin resistance in human disease and the molecular pathophysiology of obesity.  He has authored over 200 scholarly papers and reviews and has held many editorial positions, including Associate Editor of the Journal of Clinical Investigation.

Dr. Flier is an elected member of the Institute of Medicine and a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.  His honors also include the Eli Lilly Award of the American Diabetes Association, the Berson Lecture of the American Physiological Society and an Honorary Doctorate from the University of Athens. 

About The City College of New York

For 160 years, The City College of New York has provided low-cost, high-quality education for New Yorkers in a wide variety of disciplines.  Over 13,000 students pursue undergraduate and graduate degrees in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, the School of Architecture, the School of Education, the Grove School of Engineering, the Center for Worker Education and the Sophie Davis School of Biomedical Education.