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Jun 28 2011

NYIT Mourns Loss of Former NYCOM Dean

Old Westbury, N.Y. (June 28, 2011) -- Dr. Stanley Schiowitz, the former dean of the New York College of Osteopathic Medicine of NYIT, who led the university's medical and health programs for 25 years, died Monday.  He was 88.
Born in Brooklyn and inspired as a teenager by a local physician, Schiowitz attended St. John’s University and the Philadelphia College of Osteopathy (now known as the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine).  He practiced in Brooklyn for more than 30 years, and also served at Interboro General Hospital in Brooklyn.
Schiowitz later worked with NYIT leaders Alexander Schure, David G. Salten, and W. Kenneth Riland to launch the medical college in 1977 with the help of U.S. Vice President and New York Governor Nelson Rockefeller.
Throughout his quarter century of service to NYIT, Schiowitz held numerous positions at NYCOM of NYIT, including director of its family practice centers, chair of the Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine (OMM) department, provost for medical affairs, and dean.  He retired in 2002 but remained active as dean emeritus and a part-time consultant for curriculum development.
In addition to numerous journal articles, Schiowitz co-authored the book, “An Osteopathic Approach to Diagnosis and Treatment.”   He also was widely recognized for developing “facilitated positional release” osteopathic treatment techniques.
From 1995 to 2000, he served as the Dean of Allied Health, where he oversaw the development of programs in nursing, physician assistants, occupation therapy, physical therapy, and nutrition; and a masters’ degree in business administration.
During Schiowitz’s tenure with NYCOM, the institution grew from a fledgling college with an inaugural class of 36 to an institution with total enrollment of 1,100-plus students.
In 2007, Schiowitz received the American Academy of Osteopathy’s Distinguished Service Certificate, recognizing his dedication and role in creating NYCOM.
“As an institution, we are much stronger and better for all that he brought to NYIT,” said NYIT President Dr. Edward Guiliano.  “He was a friend to many and one who made a difference in all our lives.”
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New York Institute of Technology (NYIT) offers undergraduate, graduate, and professional degrees in more than 90 fields of study, including architecture and design; arts and sciences; education; engineering and computing sciences; health professions; management; and osteopathic medicine. A non-profit independent, private institution of higher education, NYIT has more than 15,000 students attending campuses on Long Island and Manhattan, online, and at its global campuses. NYIT sponsors 11 NCAA Division II programs and one Division I team.
Led by President Edward Guiliano, NYIT is guided by its mission to provide career-oriented professional education, offer access to opportunity to all qualified students, and support applications-oriented research that benefits the larger world. To date, 89,000 graduates have received degrees from NYIT. For more information, visit
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