Edward C. Halperin, W'75

2019 Joseph Wharton Social Impact Award

Edward C. Halperin, M.D., W'75
Chancellor & CEO, New York Medical College 
Provost for Biomedical Affairs, Touro College and University System

Edward C. Halperin, M.D., M.A., chancellor and chief executive officer of New York Medical College (NYMC) and Provost for Biomedical Affairs of the Touro College and University System is a pediatric radiation oncologist, medical historian, and health sciences educator.

Dr. Halperin has supervised a major expansion of NYMC’s footprint with the development of new academic buildings on the main campus, construction and opening of campus housing at an affiliate hospital, and construction of a biotechnology incubator, disaster  medicine training center,  and clinical skills center. Fundraising has risen, the research program has expanded, and in recent years the percentage of under-represented minority students in medicine rose to the highest percentage in the U.S. for a historically white-majority M.D. program and rose 25 percent in the graduate programs. Under his leadership the College launched new academic programs including New York State’s first new dental school in half a century, M.S. in biostatistics, a professional M.S. for the biotechnology industry, M.S. in biomedical ethics, a B.S. in Nursing, a certificate in pediatric dysphasia,  and a M.S. in clinical laboratory sciences.

Prior to joining NYMC in 2012, Dr. Halperin served as dean of the School of Medicine, Ford Foundation Professor of Medical Education, and professor of radiation oncology, pediatrics, and history at the University of Louisville, and in 2011 took on the additional position of university vice provost. He was also on the faculty at Duke University for 23 years, serving as professor and chairman of the Department of Radiation Oncology, vice dean of the School of Medicine and associate vice chancellor.

He received a B.S. in Economics, Summa Cum Laude, from The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, his M.D., Cum Laude, from Yale University, and an M.A. from Duke University. He completed his internship in internal medicine at Stanford University and his residency and chief residency at Harvard Medical School/Massachusetts General Hospital. 

He is the co-author/editor of the first through sixth editions of Pediatric Radiation Oncology, the fourth through seventh editions of Principles and Practice of Radiation Oncology and more than 220 articles in the peer-reviewed scientific, historical, education, and ethics literature.

Dr. Halperin teaches graduate level history and oncology classes and practices medicine at NYC Health + Hospitals/Metropolitan Hospital Medical Center in Harlem NY and Westchester Medical Center Health  in Valhalla NY. He and his wife, Sharon, are the parents of three daughters and the grandparents of four grandchildren.