Dean's Advisory Council: Charles N. Aswad


Dr. Charles N. Aswad, MD

Executive Vice President Emeritus, Medical Society of NYS
Director, Healthcare Division Transnational Business Solutions

Charles Aswad is a graduate of the State University of New York at Binghamton and New York Medical College. He is a charter fellow of both the American Academy of Family Physicians and the American College of Emergency Physicians.

Aswad is the emeritus executive vice president and CEO of the Medical Society of the State of New York (MSSNY). He served as president of the MSSNY, speaker of the American Academy of Family Physicians; chairman of the American Medical Association's Task Force on the Medical Workforce and was a member of the American Medical Association's Council on Long Range Planning and Development. In addition, Aswad served as a member of the AMA's Health Policy Agenda for the American People and was an AMA New York State Delegate.

Aswad was appointed by the New York State Commissioner of Health to the Council on Graduate Medical Education (COGME) where he was chairman of the subcommittee on Minority Participation in COGME. He was appointed to serve on the Commission for a Healthy New York and the New York State Tobacco Control Partnership.

Aswad has been a consultant and advisor in both medical and dental fields, as well as to major corporations. He developed the smoking cessation program for MSSNY which included training programs for physicians and patients. He was consultant to major pharmaceutical companies in the areas of: clinical trials; communication to professions in the areas of AIDS, Hepatitis C, influenza, diabetes, cancer, childhood and adult obesity; physician involvement in anti-terrorism efforts; and developed a program for treatment of biological warfare agents, post 9/11. He collaborated with multiple health agencies in state and federal government, as well as NGOs, including the American Heart Association, the American Cancer Society, the American Lung Association and others in developing communication programs.

Aswad served as chairman of the editorial board of a major continuing medical education and communication company. He has personally worked with both the heads of the FDA and the U.S. Surgeon General's Office and their predecessors.

Aswad served as medical director of the New York State Professional Standards Review Organization. He has provided nominations to the U.S. Pharmacopeia. He is a charter founder and director of the Medical Liability Mutual Insurance Company, the largest physician owned company in the U.S. Aswad was chairman of the New York State Continuing Medical Education affiliate of the American Council on CME, which certified most CME programs in New York state. As CEO of the MSSNY, Aswad supervised all its communication efforts, including its "News of NY" newspaper, as well as all fax and email communications and educational programs.

Aswad is the recipient of numerous honors including distinguished alumnus honors from both Binghamton University and New York Medical College.