Marc Wais, New York University’s Vice President for Student Affairs, today announced the appointment of Henry Chung, MD to the position of Assistant Vice President for Student Health/Executive Director of the Student Health Center. Dr. Chung, who is the senior director for research and strategic management at the Charles B. Wang Community Health Center and a clinical associate professor of psychiatry at the NYU School of Medicine, will assume the new post August 1, 2005.

As the University’s chief student health officer, Dr. Chung will oversee the University Health Center, the University Counseling Service, the Moses Center for Students with Disabilities, the 9999 Wellness Exchange Hotline Service, and the Counselor in Residence Program. He will also work closely with the Student Resource Center, Residential Education, Office of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Student Services, the Department of Athletics, and NYU’s academic schools and Medical Center to promote student health and wellness. The University Health Center last year experienced over 77,000 student patient visits, the University Counseling Service handles over 18,000 student visits per year, and the Wellness Exchange Hotline Service has received over 3,000 inquiries since it was established last August.

Marc Wais said, “Henry Chung brings an outstanding mix of experience and personal qualifications to this post, which we created as part of our ongoing efforts to improve the student experience at NYU. As someone deeply involved in community health and primary care, he is a natural fit for our approach to student health: a model that emphasizes overall wellness within the context of an academic community. As someone who has been a medical director in both public and private settings, he brings the requisite skills for overseeing the numerous programs that will report to him. And as a life-long New Yorker and clinical faculty member at our medical school, he brings a well developed understanding of the issues unique to a large, urban research university. We’re very pleased that Dr. Chung has agreed to take this appointment. I know I speak for the entire campus in welcoming him to the Washington Square campus.”

Prior to accepting this appointment at NYU, Dr. Chung was the senior director of research and strategic management at the Charles B. Wang Community Health Center in Manhattan, a position he has held since 2004; in that position, he oversees all research related activities in three primary care facilities and he leads and implements strategic planning. Prior to that, from 2000 – 2003 he was the medical director of the depression and anxiety disease management team at Pfizer, Inc. Neuroscience, where he led clinical and research initiatives in depression and anxiety disease management. He was the medical director of Charles B. Wang Community Health Center from 1996 to 2000. Prior to that, he was the deputy director of psychiatry at Gouverneur Hospital, the director of psychiatry consultation – liaison services at NYU Downtown Hospital, and the chief psychiatric resident at New York Hospital-Cornell.

Among his many awards and honors, Dr. Chung received the “Models that Worked” National Award from the Bureau of Primary Health Care in the Department of Health and Human Services, the Beth Israel Medical Center/Continuum Health Partners Inc. Community Medical Service Award, the Chinese American Medical Society Community Service Award, and the Okura Foundation Mental Health Leadership Award. He has been the principal investigator in clinical trials, and is the author and co-author of numerous articles.

Dr. Chung received his BA in 1984 from Cornell University’s College of Arts and Sciences; he received his M.D. degree from the State University of New York at Buffalo School of Medicine in 1989.

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