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Ihor Sawczuk, M.D., FACS

President of Academics, Research and Innovation

Updated: November 18, 2022

Ihor Sawczuk, M.D., FACS, Hackensack Meridian Health’s president of Academics, Research and Innovation, has reached an impressive milestone: he is a 30-Year Fellow of the New York Academy of Medicine. 

Sawczuk, also associate dean of Clinical Integration and professor and chair emeritus of Urology at the Hackensack Meridian School of Medicine, was honored by the NYAM at an event on November 16. Sawczuk was asked to join the NYAM Board Chair, Dr. Wayne Riley, on stage to provide his advice to the NYAM’s newest class of Fellows and Members. Sawczuk received congratulations from well-wishers at the event, and also from Hackensack Meridian Health

Dr. Sawczuk, who grew up in New York City, has lifelong ties to the Big Apple. He completed his urologic training at the Squier Urological Clinic of the New York-Presbyterian Hospital, and his urologic oncologic training as a fellow of the National Cancer Institute in the Departments of Urology and Human Genetics of Columbia University where he attained the level of Professor at the Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons. He attended the Medical College of Pennsylvania, and received his Bachelor of Arts degree from New York University. 

He has been the recipient of numerous awards and grants from prestigious academic and medical associations. He was the recipient of the Russell W. Lavengood Distinguished Service Award from the New York Section of the American Urological Association, was named a Ferdinand C. Valentine Fellow of the New York Academy of Medicine, a Burroughs Wellcome Scholar of the American Urological Association and an E.R. Squibb and Sons National Kidney Foundation Young Investigator. Besides the New York Academy of Medicine, the American Academy of Pediatrics, American Heart Association, Society of Basic Urologic Research, National Kidney Foundation, and the Kidney Cancer Association have also recognized his academic achievements. He was presented the prestigious Russell and Mary Hugh Scott Education Award by the American Foundation of Urologic Disease, and in 1996, the office of the First Lady Hillary Rodham Clinton recognized him for his humanitarian efforts in regards to his Chernobyl relief work.  He was honored by the National Ethics Collection of Organizations as a recipient of the 2017 Ellis Island Medal of Honor. He has authored/co-authored more than 350 abstracts, articles, book chapters and was the recipient of an NIH First Award. 

In 2001 Dr. Sawczuk became Chair of Urology at Hackensack University Medical Center. He has held various leadership positions including Chief Academic Officer and Chief Medical Officer and in 2016, Dr. Sawczuk became the first physician president of Hackensack University Medical Center. Currently, he serves as the President of Academics, Research & Innovation at Hackensack Meridian Health and Associate Dean of Clinical Integration at Hackensack Meridian School of Medicine.