STONY BROOK, NY, October 31, 2018 – Bettina Fries, MD, Chief of the Division of Infectious Diseases in the Department of Medicine at Stony Brook University School of Medicine, has been named President of the Infectious Diseases Society of New York (IDSNY).
In this capacity, Dr. Fries will work with other leaders at IDSNY and infectious disease specialists across the state to inform public officials and respond to public health crises related to infection concerns. The IDSNY is also a resource of information on infectious diseases, and the society serves as a conduit between the NYC Department of Health and infectious disease specialists.
Dr. Fries, a nationally recognized physician-scientist in the field of microbiology, is also a Professor of Medicine, and Molecular Genetics and Microbiology at Stony Brook. Her term as the IDSNY President lasts two years.
Stony Brook University is going beyond the expectations of what today’s public universities can accomplish. Since its founding in 1957, this young university has grown to become a flagship as one of only four University Center campuses in the State University of New York (SUNY) system with more than 26,000 students and 2,600 faculty members, and 18 NCAA Division I athletic programs. Our faculty have earned numerous prestigious awards, including the Nobel Prize, Pulitzer Prize, Indianapolis Prize for animal conservation, Abel Prize and the inaugural Breakthrough Prize in Mathematics. The University offers students an elite education with an outstanding return on investment: U.S. News & World Report ranks Stony Brook among the top 50 public universities in the nation. Its membership in the Association of American Universities (AAU) places Stony Brook among the top 62 research institutions in North America. As part of the management team of Brookhaven National Laboratory, the University joins a prestigious group of universities that have a role in running federal R&D labs. Stony Brook University is a driving force in the region’s economy, generating nearly 60,000 jobs and an annual economic impact of more than $4.6 billion. Our state, country and world demand ambitious ideas, imaginative solutions and exceptional leadership to forge a better future for all. The students, alumni, researchers and faculty of Stony Brook University are prepared to meet this challenge.