Spencer Foreman, MD
May 28, 2013 - BRONX, NY - Dr. Spencer ("Spike") Foreman, Professor of Medicine and former president of Montefiore Medical Center, died after a long illness.
A hospital and health systems chief executive for more than 30 years, Dr. Foreman was president of Sinai Hospital of Baltimore (Maryland) and director of the U.S. Public Health Service Hospital in Baltimore before coming to Montefiore in 1986. He graduated from Ursinus College in Collegeville, PA and the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine and was certified in Internal Medicine and Pulmonary Disease. He was a fellow of the American College of Physicians and a member of the National Academy of Science's Institute of Medicine.
When Dr. Foreman assumed the position of President in 1986, Montefiore was facing significant challenges. Under Dr. Foreman's innovative direction, the hospital expanded its primary care network, invested in information technology, and integrated its delivery system, transforming it into a thriving academic medical center that continues to serve the 1.4 million people of the Bronx, as well as across the region, the nation, and the world. Dr. Foreman established innovative social programs to combat HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis, child abuse and neglect, and child lead poisoning. The Children's Hospital at Montefiore (CHAM), opened in 2001, is now recognized as one of the most technologically advanced hospitals for children in the world. As a result of Dr. Foreman's stewardship, Montefiore gained top ranking among all U.S. hospitals based on its investments in medical innovation and cutting-edge technology.
The eight-story Spencer Foreman, M.D. Pavilion, including a redesigned entranceway and lobby area and encompasses Montefiore's surgical suites, patient rooms, laboratories and the hospital's Cherkasky Auditorium and medical library, opened in 2006. The dedication of this Pavilion to Dr. Foreman as he continued in his role as president was an unprecedented honor.
Dr. Foreman retired from Montefiore in 2007; the Board of Trustees named him President Emeritus the following year.
Dr. Foreman served as chairman of the Association of American Medical Colleges and a member of its executive council, a member of the Liaison Committee on Medical Education and the
Accreditation Council on Graduate Medical Education, a member of the boards of trustees of the American Hospital Association and the Hospital Association of New York State, a member and past chairman of the Board of Governors of the Greater New York Hospital Association and the Board of Directors of the League of Voluntary Hospitals, chairman of the board of the Biomedical Research Alliance of New York, a member of the U.S. Prospective Payment Assessment Commission, a member of the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee, and Chairman of the Board of Ursinus College.
"I personally owe Spike a debt of gratitude for mentoring me in my first few years as Chair," said Dr. Victor Schuster, Chairman of the Department of Medicine. "I learned much from his analytical approaches, from his humor, and from his wisdom and heart."
"Many of us who worked closely with Spike during his tenure knew his daily dedication to all things Montefiore," said Dr. Steven Safyer, President and Chief Executive Officer of Montefiore. "Though he will be missed, his contributions to Montefiore will endure."
Dr. Foreman's Obituary (NY Times, May 29, 2013)