Featured Speaker

Agustine M.K. Choi


Professor of Medicine
Division of Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine
Weill Cornell Medicine

Senior Vice President
Senior Advisor to CEO/President of NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital

Former Dean, Weill Cornell Medicine
Former Provost of Medical Affairs, Cornell University

Dr. Augustine M.K. Choi served as the Stephen and Suzanne Weiss Dean of Weill Cornell Medicine and Provost for Medical Affairs of Cornell University from 2017-2022. Prior to his appointment as dean, he served as the Sanford I. Weill Chairman and Professor of Medicine in the Joan and Sanford I. Weill Department of Medicine at Weill Cornell Medicine and as physician-in-chief of NewYork-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical Center. Before joining NYP/WCM, Dr. Choi was the Parker B. Francis Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School and Chief of Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine at the Brigham and Women’s Hospital.

Dr. Choi received his MD from the University of Louisville and completed his Internal Medicine residency at Duke University Medical Center. He then pursued his Pulmonary/Critical Care Medicine fellowship at Johns Hopkins and was a faculty member at Johns Hopkins and at Yale. Dr. Choi served as Chief, Division of Pulmonary, Allergy and Critical Care Medicine at the University of Pittsburgh and Harvard Medical School and Brigham and Women’s Hospital. He has a longstanding commitment to the training of physician-scientists. His research interest has focused on the regulation and function of stress response genes in response to oxidative stress. He has translated the two decades of basic discoveries made in the signaling pathway and function of HO/CO to human patients with lung and vascular diseases. His research team has recently completed 2 NIH supported Phase II clinical trials, in the treatment for human sepsis and lung fibrosis. Dr. Choi also has interest in genomic approaches in identifying candidate genes important in the pathogenesis of lung diseases. He has authored more than 365 peer-reviewed manuscripts and is currently the Principal Investigator of multiple NIH RO1’s and NIH/NHLBI Program Project grant.

Dr. Choi is a member of the American Society of Clinical Investigation (ASCI) and the Association of American Physicians (AAP). He is a recipient of the American Thoracic Society (ATS) Recognition Award for Scientific Accomplishments and Amberson Lecture, the top research award in the international ATS community, and the 2011 Ho-Am Prize for Medicine. Dr. Choi is an elected member of the National Academy of Medicine.