2016 Distinguished Leadership Award Recipient

Daniel Z. Aronzon, MD FAAP 
CEO (Retired), Vassar Brothers Medical Center at Health Quest, Inc. 
Longtime United Way Volunteer and Community Leader

Daniel Z. Aronzon, MD, FAAP is a Cum Laude graduate of Union College, where he majored in French Literature. He received his medical degree at New York Medical College and completed his Pediatric Residency including a 4th year Chief Residency at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine – Jacobi Hospital Center.

He then joined the faculty of the New York University School of Medicine as an Assistant Professor and Director of the Pediatric Emergency Service at Bellevue Hospital Center, one of the largest services of its kind in the country, and Associate Director of Pediatric Ambulatory Care. At the medical school, he was recognized by the class of 1979 as its “Distinguished Teacher.”

Dr. Aronzon joined a private pediatric practice in Poughkeepsie, New York, and practiced general pediatrics for 22 years. The practice grew into The Children’s Medical Group, one of the largest and most recognized practices in the Northeast encompassing 7 offices, 23 pediatricians and over 110,000 patient visits a year. Dr. Aronzon was one of CMG’s founding partners and its first Medical Director.

Dr. Aronzon joined the medical staff of Vassar Brothers Medical Center in 1979 and over the years became involved in Medical Staff Governance at Vassar serving as chairman of the By Laws, Credentials, and Quality Improvement Committees, and finally was elected to multiple terms as President of the Medical and Dental Staff.

He is the co-author of a comprehensive multidisciplinary text in Pediatric Medicine entitled Primary Care Pediatrics, published in 2001 by Lippincott, Williams and Wilkins.

Dr. Aronzon previously served as Senior Vice President for Medical Affairs at Vassar Brothers Medical Center, a 365 bed acute care facility and the regional referral center for the Mid Hudson Valley, and concurrently as Chief Medical Officer for Health Quest its parent system.

In 2004 he became President and CEO of Vassar Brothers Medical Center, a position he held through 2011. As CEO he led the medical center through a period of unprecedented facility, market share and revenue growth and under his stewardship Vassar earned national recognition and awards in the areas of clinical excellence and patient safety. In recognition for his contributions the Medical Center's Board of Trustees named its new surgery center the Daniel Z. Aronzon MD Center for Ambulatory Surgery.

He is a fellow of the New York Academy of Medicine, the American Academy of Pediatrics, and a member of the American College of Physician Executives.

In the community Dr. Aronzon has been a long standing member of the Poughkeepsie Rotary Club, where he organized a countywide childhood immunization effort that achieved statewide recognition. He has served as a member of the Board at the Mid Hudson Chapter of the March of Dimes, and the Board of Rehabilitation Programs Inc., where he developed the region’s first infant screening program for high-risk graduates of neonatal intensive care units. He is also a past Board member for the local chapters of the American Cancer Society and the American Heart Association as well as Pattern for Progress and SPARC. He is the past Chair of the Board of Governors of the United Way of Dutchess County, and a past trustee of the United Way of the Dutchess and Orange Region and Miles of Hope, a breast cancer support organization. On a national level, he has served on the Pediatric Advisory Council for the Anne E. Dyson Initiative, a collaborative venture between the American Academy of Pediatrics and the Dyson Foundation. He currently chairs Marist College’s Pre-Health Advisory Board and the Medical Advisory Board of the Vassar College Haiti Project. He also serves on the Board of Walkway Over the Hudson.

Dr. Aronzon was the 2009 inaugural recipient of the Bernard Handel Community Service Award, given by Dutchess Community College to foster leadership in the not- for-profit arena and has been honored with numerous other service awards from organizations such as the Center for the Prevention of Child Abuse, Mill Street Loft, the Jewish Community Center, the Children’s Dream Foundation, the Juvenile Diabetes Foundation, Heal the Children, Community Foundations of the Hudson Valley and the Red Cross of the Mid Hudson Valley. The American College of Health Care Executives honored him with its Regent’s Award for excellence in health care management. In 2014, Pattern for Progress honored him with its Lifetime Achievement Award. Vassar Brothers Medical Center honored him as a Diamond Gala Honoree in 2015.

Dr. Aronzon has also participated in numerous medical missions to Colombia, South America with Heal the Children.