Hackensack Meridian Health's Dr. Ihor Sawczuk named to a 30-year Distinguished Fellowship by the New York Academy of Medicine

Hackensack Meridian Health’s Dr. Ihor Sawczuk named to a 30-year Distinguished Fellowship by the New York Academy of Medicine

Newswise – November 18, 2022, Nutley, NJ – Ihor Sawczuk, MD, FACS, Hackensack Meridian Health President of Academics, Research and Innovation, has achieved an impressive milestone: he has been a Fellow of the New York Academy of Medicine for 30 years.

Sawczuk, also associate dean of clinical integration and professor and chair emeritus of urology at Hackensack Meridian School of Medicine, was honored by NYAM at a Nov. 16 event. Sawczuk was invited to join NYAM Chairman of the Board, Dr. Wayne Riley, on stage to provide guidance to the new class of NYAM Fellows and Fellows. Sawczuk received congratulations from supporters at the event, as well as from Hackensack Meridian Health.

“It’s an incredible accolade for a one-of-a-kind leader,” said Robert C. Garrett, FACHE, CEO of Hackensack Meridian. Health. “Over his career, Dr. Sawczuk has been integral to growing our healthcare system – and improving the lives of thousands of patients in New Jersey and New York. His new role has only increased his positive impact on our healthcare network.

Dr. Sawczuk, who grew up in New York, has longstanding ties to the Big Apple. He completed his urology training at the Squier Urological Clinic at New York-Presbyterian Hospital, and his urological oncology training as a member of the National Cancer Institute in the Departments of Urology and Human Genetics at Columbia University where he reached professorship at the Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons. He attended the Medical College of Pennsylvania and received his Bachelor of Arts from New York University.

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

In 2001, Dr. Sawczuk became chair of urology at Hackensack University Medical Center. He has held various management positions, including Director of Studies and Medical Director. In 2016, Dr. Sawczuk became the first physician president of Hackensack University Medical Center. Currently, he is the Chair of Academics, Research and Innovation at Hackensack Meridian Health and Associate Dean of Clinical Integration at Hackensack Meridian School of Medicine.


Meridian Hackensack Health is a leading nonprofit health care organization that is New Jersey’s largest, most comprehensive, and most truly integrated health care network, providing a full range of medical services, innovative research, and life-enhancing care. The network has 17 hospitals and more than 500 patient care centers, which include ambulatory care centers, surgical centers, home health services, long-term care and assisted living communities, nursing services. ambulance, life-saving air medical transport, rehabilitation centers, urgent care centers, physician practice locations, and a fitness and wellness center. With over 35,000 team members and 7,000 physicians, Hackensack Meridian Health is a distinguished leader in health care philanthropy and is committed to the health and well-being of New Jersey communities.

Notable accolades from the network include having more American News-ranked hospitals than any other health system in New Jersey, ranked by US News and World Report, 2022-23. Hackensack University Medical Center is nationally ranked by US News and World Report in four specialties, more than any other hospital in New Jersey. Joseph M. Sanzari Children’s Hospital at Hackensack University Medical Center and K. Hovnanian Children’s Hospital at Jersey Shore University Medical Center are ranked #1 in the state and among the top 20 first in the mid-Atlantic region by US News and World Report‘s 2022-23 Best Children’s Hospital Report. Additionally, their combined nephrology program ranks in the top 50 in the United States. To learn more, visit www.hackensackmeridianhealth.org.

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