Hackensack Meridian Health physician honored with 30-year fellowship distinction by New York Academy of Medicine

Dr. Ihor Sawczuk, 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 recently honored by the NYAM. 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.

“This is an incredible distinction for a one-of-a-kind leader,” Robert Garrett, the CEO of Hackensack Meridian Health, said. “Over his career, Dr. Sawczuk has been an integral part of the growth of our health network — and the improvement of the lives of thousands of patients in New Jersey and New York. His newest role has only increased his positive impact at our health network.”

Sawczuk 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 Welcome 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.

Sawczuk was presented the prestigious Russell and Mary Hugh Scott Education Award by the American Foundation of Urologic Disease, and, in 1996, the office of first lady Hillary Rodham Clinton recognized him for his humanitarian efforts in regard 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.