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President of troubled NY state medical center is resigning

September 28, 2018

SYRACUSE, N.Y. (AP) — The president of a New York state-run academic medical center roiled by several controversies in recent months is stepping down.

Dr. Danielle Laraque-Arena announced Thursday that she’s resigning as president of the State University of New York’s Upstate Medical University in Syracuse. She says she’ll leave the post in December.

The 63-year-old pediatrician and researcher from New York became president of the medical school in 2016.

Upstate Medical has been shaken by controversies recently.

In May, the senior vice president and chief of staff resigned after it was revealed he lied about his past. The medical center also faces criticism for a secret deal to pay its former hospital CEO $660,000 for an off-campus assignment that involved no work.

On Monday, Upstate Medical’s ex-president pleaded guilty to illegally padding his compensation by nearly $250,000.

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