Honoring Dr. Gregory L. Eastwoodby Representative John Katko
Posted on 2015-12-08
of new york
in the house of representatives
Tuesday, December 8, 2015
Mr. KATKO. Mr. Speaker, I rise today to honor the retirement of Dr.
Gregory L. Eastwood who served as President of the State University of
New York Upstate Medical University from January 1, 1993 until June 2,
2006. At the time, Dr. Eastwood's tenure was noted as one of the
longest in the history of the institution and the longest of all
sitting presidents of the State University of New York State Operated
campuses. Dr. Eastwood kindly answered the call to return to the
President's seat in October 2013 when the campus was in need of
experienced and capable leadership. Dr. Eastwood will now say farewell
to the presidency of Upstate Medical University as he retires this
Dr. Eastwood currently serves on the SUNY Upstate Medical University Foundation Board of Directors. Dr. Eastwood teaches the Ethical, Legal, and Social Issues in Medicine course and the Clinical Bioethics course in the College of Medicine at SUNY Upstate. Dr. Eastwood also teaches ethics courses for the College of Graduate Studies, College of Nursing, and College of Health Professions. Dr. Eastwood has authored over 130 articles and book chapters and has written and edited several books. Dr. Eastwood has served the Central New York community for years with distinction, holding leadership roles and partnering with many different organizations in the region.
During Dr. Eastwood's first tenure as President he advanced an aggressive vision for the Upstate Medical University Campus which has fostered the growth of the clinical enterprise through the establishment of the University Health Care Center, the Joslin Diabetes Center, and an expansion that included the Golisano Children's Hospital. He also supported the educational mission of the campus by supporting a new College of Medicine curriculum, the establishment of the Center for Bioethics and Humanities, and many other projects that supported the educational mission of the campus. During Dr. Eastwood's second tenure he revamped SUNY Upstate Medical University's relationship with SUNY Central Administration and undertook all projects with the explicit goal of leaving the institution in a better place for the next President.
Dr. Gregory L. Eastwood has had a remarkable career, serving at multiple prominent medical schools and influencing the medical community with his participation on countless organizations' boards and committees. Dr. Eastwood has served the SUNY Upstate community and the medical community honorably and he will be missed greatly. On behalf of the entire Central New York community, I would like to thank Dr. Eastwood for his passion and dedication to a community that greatly respects him and is stronger now because of his work.