William J. Cromie, MD, MBA received the Distinguished Public Service Award from the School of Public Health at the John E. Burton Lecture held Thursday, September 20th, 2012. The Burton Lecture Series honors John E. Burton, who served as New York State’s director of the budget from 1943-1950 under Governor Thomas E. Dewey. Modernizing the budget process and advancing the notion of professionalism in government are two of his many contributions to New York State public Services.
William J. Cromie was recognized by the School of Public Health because of his contributions both inside and outside of medicine. An internationally recognized Pediatric Urologist whose career centered on clinical, research and education activities in pediatric urology, Dr. Cromie has worked to improving the health of children and families in the Capital Region and beyond. He served as the Capital Region's first and only pediatric urologist for 15 years. As one of the founders of CDPHP, Dr. Cromie served as President and CEO of the organization for 7 years.
Locally, Dr. Cromie has been the main driver in creating a charitable fund to support research on urologic conditions in children. He has been a real friend to the School of Public Health through his service on the Dean’s Advisory Committee and through his efforts to connect faculty at the school with university/business opportunities. Upon giving Dr. Cromie the award, Dean Nasca commented "On a personal note, I would have to say that Bill is one of the most ebullient people I know – a person who lights up the room with his liveliness and enthusiasm."
It is a great honor and reward to distinguish Dr. William J. Cromie for his contributions and accomplishments to the healthcare field.