The Institute Names Two Longtime Leaders as Presidents
In November, Institute CEO Dr. Neil Calman, MD, announced the promotion of two dedicated senior leaders who will each assume expanded direction and vision of major Institute programs. Dr. Eric Gayle, MD, chief medical officer, has been named president of health care services and Dr. Robert “Red” Schiller, MD, chief academic officer, has been named president of academic affairs. Dr. Calman will continue in his role as chief executive officer, with a stronger focus on policy development and advocacy at the state and federal level.
In his new role, Dr. Gayle will manage the Institute’s clinical programs and collaborate with senior leadership to oversee the administrative functions of the organization. Dr. Gayle has been a part of the Institute since he was a medical student. After serving as chief resident in the Institute’s Beth Israel Residency in Urban Family Practice, he went on to serve as the medical director of the Parkchester Family Practice Center in 2000. In subsequent years, he was promoted to serve as the Institute’s regional medical director for the Bronx, regional medical director for New York City, and finally to chief medical officer. In addition to stewarding the Institute’s clinical programs, he also served on the Clinical Quality Board of a major health plan, championed the IMPACT Collaborative Care model, and chaired the St. Barnabas’ DSRIP Clinical Initiatives. He has also served as a role model and mentor to numerous health professional students and trainees. Throughout, he has continued to see patients in the Bronx, currently practicing at the Stevenson Family Health Center.
In his new role, Dr. Schiller will manage all relationships and contracts with the Institute’s academic and hospital partners, as well as continuing to oversee all of our residency and student programs. Dr. Schiller has been with the Institute since 1987, joining after completing his residency in the Social Medicine Program at Montefiore Medical Center. He helped start the Sidney Hillman Family Practice at 16th Street, as well as the Institute’s Care for the Homeless and School Based Health Center programs. Dr. Schiller was the founding chair of the Alfred and Gail Engelberg Department of Family Medicine at the Beth Israel Medical Center in 1993, started the family medicine residency there in 1994, and later played a critical role in the development of the Institute’s portfolio of family medicine residencies. He currently serves as the Institute’s chief academic officer and designated institutional official for graduate medical education, and as vice chairman of the Department of Family Medicine and Community Health at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai.
In his announcement, Dr. Calman said, “Throughout our organization’s history, the Institute has benefited from dedicated staff and leaders, many of whom have remained with our organization for decades. This stability is a tremendous asset and has allowed us to grow and successfully adapt to changes when they come.”
The Institute for Family Health is a federally qualified health center network in New York State serving 100,000 patients annually. Services are available to people of all ages, regardless of ability to pay.