Richard N. Fine, MD, Former Dean of the Stony Brook University School of Medicine, Honored with Portrait


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    Stony Brook University honored the service of Richard N. Fine, MD, former Dean of the Stony Brook University School of Medicine, with a portrait unveiling on Wednesday, April 17, in the Health Sciences Library on the campus of Stony Brook University Hospital.

    Dr. Fine served as the Dean of the School of Medicine from 2005 to 2010. A renowned pediatric nephrologist, he is internationally recognized for his expertise in the management of children requiring renal transplantation. He has lectured worldwide and is known for his clinical expertise in helping to advance pediatric nephrology by his pioneering efforts to adopt dialysis and renal transplantation for pediatric patients; for establishing peritoneal dialysis as an alternative for children with end-stage renal disease (ESRD); and for using recombinant human growth hormone to treat chronic renal insufficiency and ESRD and to improve growth retardation in renal allograft recipients. 

    Dr. Fine joined Stony Brook in 1991 as Chair of Department of Pediatrics. Prior to his appointment at Stony Brook, he was Professor of Pediatrics at the University of Southern California and the University of California Center for Health Sciences. Earlier in his career, Dr. Fine established the division of pediatric nephrology at UCLA. In 1967, Dr. Fine initiated the dialysis and transplant program at Children’s Hospital in Los Angeles.

    During his tenure as Dean of the School of Medicine, Dr. Fine recruited nationally recognized leaders in medicine to key positions and named seven new department chairs, said Stony Brook University President Samuel L. Stanley Jr. The number of faculty increased from 600 to 671.

    “During Dr. Fine’s tenure, programs that mean so much to our patients and their families in providing world-class medical care emerged, with the vision and groundwork laid for our current advances,” Dr. Stanley said.

    Kenneth Kaushansky, MD, Senior Vice President of the Health Sciences and current Dean of the School of Medicine, praised Dr. Fine for his distinguished service to the institution. “Under Dr. Fine’s watch,” the School of Medicine grew, and it continues to advance educational opportunities and clinical and research programs,” he said.

    Dr. Fine cited his most notable achievements as laying the groundwork for establishment of Stony Brook Long Island Children’s Hospital in 2010, as well as expanding the number of medical students accepted annually at Stony Brook from 100 to 124. He continues to serve as a valued member of the Stony Brook faculty as a Distinguished Service Professor in the Department of Pediatrics.