Dowling College’s 51st Commencement Ceremony
Saturday, May 18, 2013
Margaret I. Cuomo, M.D.
Honorary Degree Recipient
Dowling College is honored to confer an Honorary Degree of Doctor of Science to Margaret I. Cuomo, M.D. at
Dowling College’s 51st Commencement Ceremony to be held on Saturday, May 18, 2013, at the Brookhaven Campus in Shirley.
Trustee Dr. Myrka A. Gonzalez will confer the degree during the undergraduate commencement ceremony.
Margaret I. Cuomo, M.D. is a board certified radiologist,
teaching professional, and national advocate for the
prevention of cancer, heart disease and diabetes.
Her recent book, A World Without Cancer: The Making of
a New World and the Real Promise of Prevention, presents
a provocative and surprising look into the ways that profit,
personalities, and politics obstruct real progress in the war
on cancer. This groundbreaking book, based on her own
first-hand experience with cancer patients, has been
described as "urgent and powerful," "an eye-opening look
at the way we fight cancer," and a "call for bold leadership
to transform our system from treatment to prevention."
Dr. Cuomo graduated summa cum laude from St. John’s
University and received an M.D. degree from Downstate
Medical Center in Brooklyn. She served as an attending
physician in diagnostic radiology at North Shore University
Hospital in Manhasset, specializing in diagnostic radiology,
and dedicating much of her time and energy to the
diagnosis of cancer and AIDS, using state-of-the art CT
scans, ultrasound examinations, and MRI. Dr. Cuomo also
provided academic instruction to medical students at New
York University Hospital and Cornell University Medical
College, and has published numerous articles in medical
journals. She is a contributor and member of the
Medical Review Board of The Huffington Post, is a regular
contributor to WebMD, and has been featured in many
TV interviews, magazines and newspapers.
The Cuomo family’s commitment to public service is
evident. Dr. Cuomo’s father is former New York State
Governor Mario Cuomo, and her brother is our current
New York State Governor, Andrew Cuomo. In addition,
her mother, Matilda Raffa Cuomo, is the founder of the
New York State Mentoring Program, and her brother is
CNN anchor Chris Cuomo. Dr. Cuomo is married to Howard
Maier, who served as Chairman of the Long Island Holocaust
Memorial and Tolerance Center of Nassau County for
In addition to her work as a physician and public health
advocate, Dr. Cuomo is also active in the educational
promotion of the Italian language, serving as co-founder
and president of the Italian Language Foundation, a
nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting
Italian language education in the United States.
Dr. Cuomo’s affiliations include the American Association
of Women Radiologists, American College of Radiology,
Long Island Radiological Society, Nassau County Medical
Society, New York State Radiological Society, New York
State Medical Society, and Radiological Society of North
America. She is an Honoree of Association of Italian
American Educators (2003, 2005), and an Honoree of
National Organization of Italian American Women (2004).
In 2011, Dr. Cuomo was awarded the "Commendatore
dell’Ordine della Stella della Solidarieta Italiana" (2011),
the "Commendation of the Order of the Star" conferred
by the President and Prime Minister of Italy.
Few people understand the modern healthcare system
designed to study, diagnose and treat cancer better
than Dr. Margaret Cuomo. According to Dr. Cuomo,
"With leadership at the federal, state, and local levels of
government and a commitment from American people
from every walk of life and every part of our nation, we
can begin to create a world without cancer."