Who we are IDSNY brings together the
community of infectious diseases specialists of the metropolitan NY area. Our
membership is comprised of physicians, researchers and others with a strong
interest in ID. IDSNY is an independent society, founded in 1993 and recognized as a regional arm of the Infectious
Diseases Society of America.
What we do Each year, we hold an annual symposium, named to
commemorate one of IDSNY's founders, Harold C Neu MD. A scientific session is held in the
afternoon, followed by dinner and a business meeting. Once or twice a year, IDSNY collaborates with Intercity Infectious Disease
Rounds to hold meetings on special topics of interest.
As an organization, we can respond to public health crises with more
capability and authority than as individuals. We are a resource of
information on infectious diseases for local officials; we are able to serve
as a conduit between the NYC Dept of Health and ID
Our future plans include sponsoring a research fellowship and issuing
position statements on current ID topics, such as bio-terrorism and emerging
diseases. For example, the following is a report
published by the American Academy of
Microbiology on the West Nile
A Brief History
In 1992, a group of physicians decided that the metropolitan New York infectious
diseases community needed a local chapter of the Infectious Diseases Society
The founders knew each other from Intercity Rounds, as well
as by reputation. They believed the metropolitan NY ID community could have a
strong voice in shaping public health policy if it were formally organized.
They hoped, also, to strengthen the community of ID specialists, and to
encourage ID education and research.
In the spring of 1993, IDSNY held
its first meeting. Harold C Neu MD was elected President;
Donald Armstrong MD President-Elect; Michael L Tapper MD Vice President; and
Arthur E Brown MD Secretary/Treasurer. The organization was originally the
New York Society of Infectious Diseases; in 2003, the name was modified to
make it closer to IDSA and to use the initials as a
Harold Neu was ill at the time he
assumed the presidency; part of his legacy to the ID community was his
founding of IDSNY. He died in 1998.
To commemorate Dr Neu's
contributions to medicine, infectious diseases, Columbia-Presbyterian Medical
Center, and to IDSNY, the annual scientific
sessions of IDSNY became the Harold C Neu Symposium.
One of the most critical reasons behind the founding of IDSNY was to create an organization which could react to
threats to public health. The World Trade Center attack, bio-terrorism and
emerging diseases such as SARS and West Nile, proved the vision of the
founders, and the relevance of IDSNY. Further history of the IDSNY can be found at History of the IDSNY website.