William Wertheim, MD, FACP, will be appointed Interim Dean of Stony Brook University’s Renaissance School of Medicine effective February 1, announced Stony Brook University President Maurie McInnis.
Wertheim, who currently serves as vice dean for graduate medical education and designated institutional official, will have primary responsibility for the school’s academic and educational mission.
A graduate of Harvard University and New York University School of Medicine, Wertheim completed his internal medicine residency at University of Michigan Hospitals, where he also served as chief resident. He worked as a clinical faculty member at the University of Michigan’s Veteran’s Administration Hospital, then moved to New York, where he worked at The Brooklyn Hospital Center.
Wertheim came to Stony Brook in 1996, where he began by leading the Medical Consult Service. He later served as associate program director and director of the primary care track of the Internal Medicine residency, then Internal Medicine residency program director, followed by executive vice chair of the Department of Medicine and associate dean for clinical outreach. He assumed his current vice dean role in 2016. He has also served as president of the medical staff of Stony Brook University Hospital.
“Dr. Wertheim is widely regarded as a compassionate physician who provides outstanding care to his patients,” President McInnis said. “His commitment to medical education, and his advocacy for residents in Stony Brook Medicine residency and fellowship programs in particular, has contributed significantly to the success and national reputation of these programs. He is considered accessible and thoughtful, and a person of great integrity.”
President McInnis said Wertheim has agreed to serve as interim dean until a permanent dean is identified, at which time he will return to his current vice dean position. A search for a new dean will commence after the national search for the senior vice president of Stony Brook Medicine, soon to be underway, has been completed.