Jeremiah A. Barondess is President Emeritus of the New York Academy of Medicine and Professor Emeritus of Clinical Medicine, and Professor Clinical Public Health at the Weill-Cornell University Medical College. Dr. Barondess received his MD from Johns Hopkins, where he was elected to Alpha Omega Alpha and Phi Beta Kappa. His training was in the Department of Medicine at the Johns Hopkins Hospital, the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, and the New York Hospital-Cornell Medical Center. He remained at Cornell until June of 1990, rising through the ranks to hold the William T. Foley Distinguished Professorship in Clinical Medicine. Dr. Barondess' particular clinical interests have been in diagnosis and the diagnostic process. He has written extensively on clinical matters in internal medicine, on medical education, clinical ethics, the training of internists and health disparities in urban populations. He is President Emeritus of the American College of Physicians, and Past President of Alpha Omega Alpha, the American Osler Society and the American Clinical and Climatological Association. He is an emeritus member of the Board of Trustees of the Johns Hopkins University, and chaired the Advisory Council for the School of Medicine from its founding in 1978 until 1992. He is a member of the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences and a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. During Dr. Barondess' Presidency the New York Academy of Medicine directed its programmatic activities primarily to urban health, recruiting to the health professions, medical education, the medicine/science/society interface and the health of the biomedical enterprise itself.