Ronald E. Drusin

Ronald E. Drusin, MD was Vice Dean for Education and the Rolf H. Scholdager Professor of Medicine at Columbia University Medical Center, Vagelos College of Physicians and Surgeons. After receiving an undergraduate degree from Union College he came to P&S as a medical student in 1962. He received his MD degree in 1966 from Columbia University. His postgraduate training in Internal Medicine and Cardiology has been within Columbia affiliated hospitals, Bellevue Hospital Center (1966–1967), Internal Medicine residency at the Presbyterian Hospital (1967–1969), and Cardiology fellowship at the Presbyterian Hospital (1971–1973).

Dr. Drusin served two years with the U.S. Public Health Service assigned to the CDC where he worked in clinical research related to sexually transmitted diseases and tuberculosis. He completed his cardiology fellowship in 1973 and joined the P&S faculty as Assistant Professor of Clinical Medicine. In 1977 he became the founding cardiologist of the Heart Transplant Program at Columbia and divided his clinical responsibilities between his cardiology practice and heart transplantation. He served as the medical director of the Heart Transplant program until 1991.      

For many years he was director of the cardiology section of the second year course in pathophysiology. He chaired the VP&S Curriculum Committee from 1985 until his retirement in 2019. In 1992 he joined the Dean’s Office as Associate Dean for Curricular Affairs to Implement a new curriculum which was supported by a grant from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. In August 2008 he was appointed Vice Dean for Education at VP&S, which he held until retiring in 2019.

Following his retirement he was appointed the Rolf H. Scholdager Professor Emeritus of Medicine at CUMC and Special Lecturer In the Department of Medicine at VP&S.

Last updated November 28, 2022