Margaret Cuomo

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 nine years.

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.”