Dr. Allen Hyman has had a long career in medicine. Currently Professor Emeritus of Anesthesiology at the College of Physicians and Surgeons, he was previously Senior Physician and Special Advisor to the CEO at The New York- Presbyterian Hospital, where he was also Chief Medical Officer, Medical Director and the hospital’s first chief of staff.
Hyman began his career as a resident in pediatrics and anesthesiology in 1960, having been influenced by C. Everett Koop, former U.S. surgeon-general, and E.M. Papper, Chairman of Anesthesiology at Columbia University. Hyman’s research on premature infants led to his introducing new clinical methods of ventilating very small babies. In 1980, Hyman’s focus shifted from children to adults, and he was appointed co-director of the Surgery Intensive care Unit. In 1987, he was awarded Robert Wood Johnson Health Policy Fellowship and was appointed health-aide to Senator Robert Dole. In 1996, Hyman was appointed by Governor George Pataki to serve on his Ad Hoc Task Force on New York’s Prospective Hospital Reimbursement Methodology. The final report led to the passage of the Health Care Reform Act. In 2000, Hyman was appointed to a four-year term at the Council of Graduate Medical Education (COGME).
Hyman is a member of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the New York Academy of Medicine, New York Academy of Sciences, and is a Fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics. He was also listed in the published volume of The Best Doctors in America.
He is a life member of the Council on Foreign Relations. Hyman recently endowed a professorship at Columbia, the Allen I. Hyman, M.D. Professorship of Critical Care in Anesthesiology and two Columbia lectureships: in the History of Anesthesia/Medicine and Critical Care/ Anesthesiology. Valerie and Allen have two sons and eight grandchildren. Joshua is Professor of Orthopedics at VP&S. Zoe, attends Columbia College.
Last Updated: February 19, 2020