Distinguished Alumnus Award 2014 Michael S. Niederman, MD Class of 1977












Michael Niederman is Professor and Vice-Chair of the Department of Medicine at the State University of New York at Stony Brook, and Chair of the Department of Medicine at Winthrop-University Hospital in Mineola, New York.

After receiving his medical degree from BUSM, he completed his training in internal medicine at Northwestern University School of Medicine, and a pulmonary and critical care fellowship at Yale University School of Medicine.

His interests lie in respiratory tract infections, and include mechanisms of airway colonization, the management of community- and hospital-acquired pneumonia, the role of guidelines for pneumonia, and the impact of antibiotic resistance on the management and outcomes of respiratory tract infections.

He has published more than 350 peer reviewed or review articles, and has lectured widely, both nationally and internationally. Dr. Niederman served as co-chair of the committees that created the American Thoracic Society 1993 and 2001 guidelines for the treatment of community-acquired pneumonia and the 1996 and 2005 committees that wrote guidelines for the treatment of nosocomial pneumonia.

The focus of his recent research is to define the proper approach to the management of healthcare associated pneumonia and to define the role of adjunctive aerosolized antibiotics for patients with ventilator associated pneumonia.

He was a member of the ATS/IDSA committee that published guidelines for community-acquired pneumonia in 2007.  He is also Editor-in-Chief of Clinical Pulmonary Medicine, and has served on the editorial boards of The American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine, Critical Care Medicine, Critical Care, Intensive Care Medicine and Chest.