Newswise — New York University School of Medicine will hold its 168th annual graduation ceremony on May 13, 2010, at 10 a.m. at Avery Fisher Hall at Lincoln Center in Manhattan. Maria Bartiromo, host of CNBC's “Closing Bell,” host and managing editor of the nationally syndicated “Wall Street Journal Report with Maria Bartiromo” an alumna and trustee of New York University will address the class of 2010 .

About the Class of 2010The class of 2010 is comprised of 176 medical students consisting of 91 men and 85 women. The students, their personal stories and backgrounds are diverse. There is a set of identical twins, a former Olympic-qualifying ice dancer, a part-time journalist and a former computer analyst from Wall Street. At least one couple became engaged during medical school and another had two children. One student received a diagnosis of cancer, received treatment and never missed a day of school or work. Their average age is 28 and they hail from 25 states with most from either New York or New Jersey. Eighty-three percent will be going to the top 50 residency programs in the country. Thirty graduates will be doing their residencies at NYU School of Medicine/NYU Langone Medical Center and its affiliated hospitals.

The CeremonyFollowing the procession, which starts at 10 a.m., Robert I. Grossman, MD, the Saul Farber Dean and CEO of NYU Langone Medical Center, will address the men and women of the class of 2010 who are about to embark on what Dr. Grossman has referred to as “an ancient and eternally noble calling.” Dr. Grossman will then introduce Ms. Bartiromo, who will deliver the keynote address. The conferring of diplomas and brunch reception will take place directly after the class president speaks.

Continuing a tradition at School of Medicine graduations, family-alumni and faculty will participate in the conferring of their family member’s diplomas. They are as follows: Dr. Neal Lewin, the Druckenmiller Clinical Professor of Emergency Medicine and clinical professor of medicine and the recipient of the Volunteer Clinical Faculty Award of AOA for 2010, to his son, Dr. Jesse Miller Lewin; Dr. Austin Schlecker, class of 1950, to his grandson, Dr. Matthew Henry Vorsanger; Dr. David Zagzag, associate professor of pathology (neuropathology) who was named a Distinguished Teacher by New York University at Commencement yesterday, to his son, Dr. Jonathan Zagzag; Dr. Harold Weinberg, clinical professor of neurology, to his daughter, Dr. Caroline Kirby Weinberg; Dr. David Levine, professor and interim chair of neurology, to his son Dr. Charles M. Levine; Dr. Richard Merkler, class of 1975, adjunct assistant professor of pediatrics, to his son, Dr. Alexander Eliot Merkler; Dr. Perry Branson, class of 1978, clinical assistant professor of psychiatry, to his daughter, Dr. Brittany R. Branson; Dr. Joan Facelle, class of 1980, to her son, Dr. Thomas Michael Facelle; Dr. Mitchell Reuben, class of 1980, to his daughter, Dr. Claudia Martha Reuben; Dr. Joseph Fetto, clinical associate professor of orthopaedic surgery, to his nephew and godson, Dr. Christian Joseph Zaino; Dr. Lawrence Rosman, class of 1975, clinical assistant professor of medicine, to his daughter-in-law, Dr. Elana Rachel Rosman; Dr. Parag Shah, class of 1998, to her cousin, Dr. Mansi R. Shah; Dr. Joseph Carey, class of 2006, to his brother, Dr. David Francis Carey; Dr. Shirley Bassiri, class of 2002, and Dr. Omid Rahmani, class of 1995, to their brother and brother-in-law, Dr. Daniel Bassiri-Tehrani, and Dr. Michael Alaia, class of 2007, resident in orthopaedic surgery, to his fiancé, Dr. Erin Frances FitzGerald.

The faculty of the School of Medicine will be joined by distinguished participants including Martin Lipton, chairman of New York University’s board of trustees; Kenneth Langone, chair of the board of trustees at NYU Langone Medical Center; John Sexton, president of New York University; Robert Berne, senior vice president for health of New York University, and Anthony Grieco, MD, associate dean for alumni relations and academic events, NYU School of Medicine.

About NYU Langone Medical Center:NYU Langone Medical Center is one of the nation's premier centers of excellence in healthcare, biomedical research, and medical education. For over 168 years, NYU physicians and researchers have made countless contributions to the practice and science of health care. Today the Medical Center consists of NYU School of Medicine, including the Smilow Research Center, the Skirball Institute of Biomolecular Medicine, and the Sackler Institute of Graduate Biomedical Sciences; and the NYU Hospitals Center, including Tisch Hospital, a 705-bed acute-care general hospital, Rusk Institute of Rehabilitation Medicine, the first and largest facility of its kind, and NYU Hospital for Joint Diseases, a leader in musculoskeletal care, a Clinical Cancer Center and numerous ambulatory sites.