The Outstanding Recent Alumni Award

Patricia Schnabel Ruppert, '15

Patricia Schnabel Ruppert, DO, MPH, CPE, DABFM, FAAFP , serves as the Commissioner of Health and the Commissioner of Hospitals of Rockland County, New York. Dr. Ruppert is currently an Assistant Professor of Medicine at Columbia University Medical Center, a Distinguished Lecturer in Epidemiology and Community Medicine at New York Medical College and a Fellows Ambassador of the NY Academy of Medicine. She serves on the Board of Directors of the NYS Public Health Association and the Jan and Niles Davies Learning Center, and on the Professional Advisory Boards of Dominican College and the Rockland County Licensed Home Care Services Agency. Previously, Dr. Ruppert served as the President of the Medical Staff and Medical Director of Employee Health Services at Helen Hayes Hospital, under the New York State Department of Health. She is a Fellow in the American Academy of Family Physicians and maintains her Diplomate status in the American Board of Family Medicine. She received her Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine degree from NYIT/NYCOM and graduated Mailman's Executive MPH program.

Dr. Ruppert has been an active alumni board member since 2016.  While on the board, Patricia has been involved in student engagement.  She is also the Commissioner of the Rockland County Health Department.  In this position, she has spearheaded the handling of the recent measles outbreak and done an outstanding job in ensuring it was contained 6 days before the US would have lost measles elimination status and continues in her leadership during the Covid-19 pandemic.  

Learn more about our awards here.

Recipients of the Outstanding Recent Alumni Award:

2019: Cynthia Cox, MPH '11

2018: James M. Noble, MD, MS 08

2017: Benjamin Mason Meier, JD, LLM, PhD (M.Phil.’06 and Ph.D. ’09)

2016: Carlos A. Cuevas, MPA ’12, MPH ’12