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Outstanding Alumni Awards

Gene ResnickDr. Gene D. Resnick ’70, MD ’74 is Chief Medical Officer and Executive Vice President of Averion International Corporation, a leading international clinical research organization (CRO) specializing in oncology, cardiovascular diseases, and medical devices. With corporate headquarters in Southborough, Mass., and with 400 staff engaged in operations all over the world, Averion is a global CRO with proven expertise in supporting clinical trials for pharmaceutical, biotechnology, and medical device companies. Resnick directs pharmacovigilance reporting and medical monitoring with extensive interaction with the FDA and international regulatory agencies and has established clinical research centers in Asia and Europe. Resnick was the Founder of Millennix, Inc., a clinical research organization focusing on oncology research, which formed one of the component companies of Averion International.

Prior to joining Averion, Resnick was Vice President of clinical research-oncology at the Schering-Plough Research Institute (1992-1997), where he was responsible for all domestic and international Phase I-III clinical research projects in oncology. In addition, he was vice president, medical affairs at In Vivo, Inc., (1989-1992), where he was instrumental in expanding company activities from Phase IV into pivotal Phase I-III clinical trials. Resnick also acted as liaison to pharmaceutical/biotech sponsors’ clinical, scientific, and medical-marketing staff.

After receiving his undergraduate degree from CALS in 1970 and his medical degree from Weill Cornell Medical College in 1974, Resnick served as an assistant attending physician from 1979 to 1989, providing medical care to 2,000 patients at New York Hospital-Cornell Medical Center, and fulfilled teaching and research duties at Weill Cornell Medical College.

Resnick is a model Cornellian – contributing to the University in so many ways. He has served on the Cornell University Council from 1991, serving in several leadership positions on various committees; and served on the Dean’s Advisory Council from 2001-2008. Resnick is a member of the Life Sciences Advisory Board where his leadership and involvement were instrumental in moving Cornell’s Life Sciences Initiative forward in establishing Cornell University as a center for life sciences education, research, and extension. In addition, Resnick was vice president of the Cornell Alumni Federation from 1997-1999 and has long been an active member of the Weill Cornell Medical College (WCMC) Alumni Association, of which he is Immediate Past President. His other Cornell involvements have included service as a CACO representative (Cornell Association of Class Officers) for WCMC from 2002-2006; board member of the Cornell Medical Alumni Association since 1982; and Cornell Daily Sun Alumni board member in 2001. As an undergraduate, Resnick was a member of Phi Epsilon Pi, Pi Delta Epsilon, and assistant managing editor of The Cornell Daily Sun.

As a proud and dedicated alumnus, Resnick is deeply committed to working on behalf of Cornell, CALS, and WCMC. He actively seeks opportunities to engage and involve others in the life of Cornell, whether in Ithaca, at Weill Cornell Medical College or elsewhere.

As a highly respected physician, scientist, executive, and advisor, Resnick is a member of many organizations and makes time to volunteer in his community. He is a member of the American College of Physicians, the American Society of Clinical Oncology, the Drug Information Association, served as a coach and director of Scarsdale Youth Hockey (1988-1994). Most recently, he served as chairperson of the Jewish Home & Hospital Lifecare (2006-2008), one of the nation’s largest and most respected providers of services to the elderly.

Resnick lives in White Plains, NY, with his wife, Susan Goldman Resnick. They have two sons: Bradley Resnick ’06 and Matthew Resnick ’01, both graduates of CALS.


Outstanding Alumni Awards