During his entire and unprecedented career in health care, Dr. Pardes has been an outspoken proponent for academic medicine, medical research, children’s health education, mental health, access to care, humanism and empathy in care delivery, Information Technology and medicine.
He has chaired three different departments of psychiatry at Downstate Medical Center, the University of Colorado and Columbia University. He served from 1989 to 2000 as the Dean of the Faculty of Medicine at Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons and Vice President for Health Sciences. A noted psychiatrist, he served as Director of the National Institute of Mental Health and the United States Assistant Surgeon General during the Carter and Reagan Administrations. He was also President of the American Psychiatric Association.
Dr. Pardes is a member of the Institute of Medicine and of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and has received the United States Army Commendation Medal as well as being the recipient of the Sarnat International Prize for leadership in the field of mental health.
He has served on commissions related to health policy appointed by Presidents George Bush and Bill Clinton including the Presidential Advisory Commission on Consumer Protection and Quality in the Healthcare Industry and the Commission on Systemic Interoperability. He serves on the NYeC Board Executive Committee for Information Technology, and is Vice Chairman of the New York Genome Center. He is former Chairman of the Greater New York Hospital Association, the Hospital Association of New York (which on whose Board he continues to sit), the Association of American Medical Colleges and the New York Association of Medical Schools.
After serving from January 2000 through September 2011 as President and Chief Executive Officer of New York-Presbyterian Hospital and the New York-Presbyterian Healthcare System, he became Executive Vice Chairman of the Board of Trustees of New York-Presbyterian Hospital. Under his leadership, New York-Presbyterian Hospital escalated to one of the highest ranked hospitals and comprehensive health care institutions in the United States.
In the following video Dr. Pardes explains his career philosophy.