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Dean and Hospital Director Named

May 9, 2022 – Albany , NY

Longtime Neurosurgeon Dr. Alan Boulos, ’94, Named 18th Dean of Albany Medical College
Dr. Peter Paige Named Hospital General Director

Dr. Boulos, of Glenmont, was approved as the college’s new dean by the Albany Med Health System Board of Directors on May 4. He succeeds Vincent P. Verdile, MD, ’84, the second-longest tenured dean of an American medical college, who received the honorary title of dean emeritus at the end of 2021. Dr. Boulos began serving as interim dean in January 2022.

“Dr. Boulos is a consummate leader who is highly regarded among our faculty, students, staff, and constituents,” said Dennis P. McKenna, MD, president and CEO of the Albany Med Health System. “He has consistently demonstrated his dedication to his patients, trainees, and staff, as well as his alma mater. I am confident that the Medical College’s tradition of excellence will flourish under his seasoned leadership and look forward to working with him as he advances our educational missions.”

Dr. Boulos, who has worked at Albany Med since 2002, was named chief of the Division of Neurosurgery in 2009 and was named the inaugural chair of the Department of Neurosurgery in 2013. He is also the Herman and Sunny Stall Chair of Endovascular Surgery, founding director of neurovascular surgery, and professor of neurosurgery and radiology.

“It is a great privilege to follow in the footsteps of Dean Emeritus Verdile and to continue his legacy on the strong foundation he has built,” said Dr. Boulos. “Patient care, clinical education and biomedical research are now more important than ever, and I look forward to leading this fine institution into its next chapter.”

Dr. Boulos has served as a resource to the physicians and patients of our region, performing some of the most advanced neurosurgical and minimally invasive procedures available. He specializes in the surgical and endovascular management of cerebrovascular disorders of the brain and spine including stroke, cerebral aneurysm, carotid and intracranial vessel stenosis, and arteriovenous malformation (AVM), as well as complex skull-base surgery for brain tumors.

It was during Dr. Boulos’s oversight that the former Division of Neurosurgery was granted departmental status in response to its continued growth and strength of its clinical, academic and research pursuits. Dr. Boulos will continue to oversee the Department of Neurosurgery.

Dr. Boulos comes from a line of neurosurgeons: His grandfather, Samuel Boctor, MD, is credited with bringing modern neurosurgery to Egypt. Dr. Boulos’s father, Magdy Boulos, MD, followed in his father-in-law’s footsteps, specializing in neurosurgery, and ultimately moving his family to the United States.

Dr. Boulos grew up in Rochester, N.Y., and Delaware. He is a graduate of the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and Albany Medical College physician-scientist joint degree program. He completed his neurosurgery residency at Albany Medical Center before completing a fellowship in neuroendovascular surgery at Millard Fillmore Hospital in Buffalo.

He is the author of numerous publications and is a member of several professional societies, including the American College of Surgeons, the American Heart Association, the American Association of Neurological Surgeons, the Congress of Neurological Surgeons, the Cerebrovascular Section of the AANS and CNS, and the Society of Neurointerventional Surgery.

Dr. Boulos and his wife, Maria Boulos, MD ’94, who has practiced at the Bernard & Millie Duker Children’s Hospital at Albany Med, have three sons.

As dean, Dr. Boulos will oversee the work of more than 2,000 staff members, including biomedical scientists in four interdisciplinary research centers and more than 500 faculty physicians. Nearly 840 medical and graduate students are enrolled at the College, which was founded in 1839 and is one of the oldest private medical colleges in the United States.

Dr. Boulos will officially be installed as dean at a ceremony later this spring.

Dr. Peter Paige Named Albany Medical Center Hospital General Director

Peter G. Paige, MD, has been named executive vice president and hospital general director of Albany Medical Center.

Trained as an emergency medicine physician, Dr. Paige most recently served as executive vice president, chief physician executive and chief clinical officer for Jackson Health System in Miami, where he oversaw the chief medical officers of each hospital within the system. He had also served as chief medical officer for Miami-Dade County, responsible for helping to lead its Covid-19 response and recovery since November 2020.

“Throughout his career, Dr. Paige has shown an exemplary commitment to patient safety, quality of care, operational improvement and financial accountability,” said Dr. McKenna. “His steady, team-minded leadership and his passion for the advancement of academic medicine seamlessly align with our missions in patient care, education and research.”

As hospital general director, Dr. Paige will oversee medical and regulatory affairs, nursing, ambulatory services, hospital ancillary services and emergency management.

Prior to moving to south Florida, Dr. Paige served in several roles at UMass Memorial Medical Center in Worcester, Mass., including as interim chief medical officer, associate chief operating officer, and vice chairman of the Department of Emergency Medicine.

“I’ve long admired Albany Med, but the passion and vision of its people is what has impressed me most,” said Dr. Paige. “I’m excited to return to New York and look forward to working with the team here to develop innovative solutions to critical, industry-wide issues, including staff recruitment, retention, and wellness.”

Originally from upstate New York, Dr. Paige earned his medical degree from Upstate Medical University and his undergraduate degree from Le Moyne College, both in Syracuse. He earned a Master of Medical Management degree from Carnegie Mellon University.

Dr. Paige succeeds Ferdinand J. Venditti, MD, who retired in March 2022.

Albany Med, northeastern New York’s only academic health sciences center, is one of the largest private employers in the Capital Region. It incorporates the 766-bed Albany Medical Center Hospital, which offers the widest range of medical and surgical services in the region, and Albany Medical College, which trains the next generation of doctors, scientists, and other healthcare professionals. It also includes the region’s largest physicians’ practice with 500 doctors. Albany Med works with dozens of community partners to improve the region’s health and quality of life. Albany Med is an affiliate of the Albany Med Health System, which also includes Columbia Memorial Health, Glens Falls Hospital, Saratoga Hospital, and the VNA of Albany. The region’s largest locally governed health system, it has 1,520 beds, more than 800 physicians and 125 outpatient locations throughout the Capital Region.

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