C. Ronald MacKenzie, MD

Dr. C. Ronald MacKenzie is an Attending Physician at The Hospital for Special Surgery and Professor of Clinical Medicine and Medical Ethics at Weill Medical College of Cornell University.  Recently named The C. Ronald MacKenzie Chair in Ethics and Medicine at the Hospital for Special Surgery, he has practiced rheumatology, general internal medicine and has provided perioperative care at this institution and New York Presbyterian Hospital for the last 30 years.

Originally from Canada, he received his Bachelor of Science at the University of Western Ontario, his medical degree from the University of Calgary and subsequently trained in Winnipeg and New York at the New York Presbyterian Hospital (Cornell) and the Hospital for Special Surgery. He subsequently joined the medical staff of these institutions later adding an appointment at the Memorial Sloan Kettering Hospital where he is a consulting physician (Rheumatology). With his selection as faculty scholar in the Ethics Division at the New York Presbyterian Hospital (02-04), he began his formal training in medical ethics, an interest culminating in the above mentioned Chair as well as his appointment to the Ethics and Conflict of Interest Committee of the American College of Rheumatology his primary professional association, chairing the committee from 2010-2013. 

Dr. MacKenzie’s interest in the intersection between medicine and the humanities is demonstrated through a number of activities. He is a member of the American Osler Society, an organization devoted to the history of medicine with particular reference to life and enduring contributions of William Osler as well as the Charaka Club, an organization founded in 1898 by physicians with a shared interest in the historical and literary aspects of medicine. In addition he is serves on the Editorial Board of The Pharos, the journal of the Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society, an organization whose focus is the promotion of humanism through gifted teaching, leadership development and service to others. 

In addition to these professional responsibilities Dr. MacKenzie has served on the Board of the Health Care Chaplaincy of New York, an organization devoted to the spiritual support of people coping with the distress and suffering of severe illness. He is a long-standing member of the Board of Trustees of The Osborn, a senior living facility in Rye, NY where he lives with his wife with whom he has raised four children. In 2014 he joined the Board of the Newport Festival Foundation, a non-profit organization devoted to the promotion of America’s music and the famed Newport Jazz and Folk Festivals. He was also appointed to the medical staff of the New York Rangers of the National Hockey League. In his spare time Dr. MacKenzie is a musician (clarinetist), a member of the Westchester Symphonic Winds. In his nearly 25 year association with this organization he has performed at Avery Fisher Hall and the Caramoor Music Festival. He holds dual citizenship in the United States and Canada.

Dr. MacKenzie regularly lectures on matters pertaining to the rheumatic diseases, medical ethics and medicine in general. He has published numerous peer reviewed articles, abstracts, and book chapters. His book, entitled The Perioperative Care of the Orthopedic Patient, was published in 2014.

Appointments

Attending Physician, Hospital for Special Surgery
Professor of Clinical Medicine, Weill Cornell Medical College
Professor of Clinical Public Health, Weill Cornell Medical College
Co-Medical Director, Center for Brachial Plexus and Traumatic Nerve Injury
Non-Operative Director, Spine Care Institute

Specialty

Rheumatology
General Internal Medicine
Perioperative Medicine
Medical Ethics

Affiliations

Fellow, Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada, 1981-present
Fellow, American College of Rheumatology, 1991-present
Fellow, American College of Physicians, 1992-present
Fellow, New York Academy of Medicine, 2003-present
Member, American Olser Society, 2014-present

Non-Institutional Affiliations

Board of Trustees, The Osborn Home, 1999-present
Board of Directors, Sterline Home Care, Inc., 2000-present
Board of Trustees, The Health Care Chaplaincy, 2008-2010
Newport Festival Foundation, 2014-present

Insurances Accepted

Aetna
Blue Cross HMO POS
Blue Cross PPO
Medicare
Oxford
United Healthcare

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Education

MD, University of Calgary, Calgary, Alberta, Canada 1977

Residency

Family Medicine, Calgary General Hospital, Alberta, Canada
Internal Medicine, University of Manitoba Affiliated Hospitals, Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada

Fellowship

  • Fellow, Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada
  • Fellow, American College of Rheumatology
  • Fellow, New York Academy of Medicine

Certification

Rheumatology
Internal Medicine

State Licensure

New York

C. Ronald MacKenzie, MD has contributed to the following articles on HSS.edu:

Editorial Appointments

Deputy Editor, HSS Journal, 2005-2012
Editorial Board, The Pharos of Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society, 2015

Selected Publications

MacKenzie CR, Kitsis EA, Meltzer M, Mancuso CA. Ethical Challenges in Rheumatology: A Survey of the American College of Rheumatology Membership. Arthritis & Rheum 2013

Mackenzie CR and I de Melo-Martin. Ethical Considerations in Chronic Disease. In: Ethical Challenges in Musculoskeletal Medicine. Ed: MacKenzie CR and I de Melo-Martin. 2015.

MacKenzie CR. Gout and Hyperuricemia: A Historical Perspective. Current Treatment Options in Rheumatology. 2015

For more publications, please see the PubMed listing.

Selected Books/Chapters

MacKenzie CR and S Paget. Perioperative Care of the Rheumatic Disease Patient. In Rheumatology, Hochberg MC, Silman AJ, Smolen JS, Weinblatt ME,and M HWeisman (Eds), 2010, 2013 (In press) Elsevier.

MacKenzie CR and S Paget. Ethics in Clinical Trials. In Rheumatology. Hochberg MC, Silman AJ, Smolen JS, Weinblatt ME and MH Weisman (Eds), 2010, 2013 (In press) Elsevier.  

MacKenzie CR and M Urban. Perioperative Cardiac Evaluation of the Patient Connective Tissue Disease. In: Mandell B. Perioperative Management of the Patient with Rheumatic Disease. 2012 Springer.

MacKenzie CR. Perioperative Care in the Patient with Rheumatic Disease. In: Lubin M and N. Winawer. Medical Management of the Surgical Patient. Cambridge University Press 2013.

Perioperative Care of the Orthopedic Patient. MacKenzie CR, Cornell C and Memtsoudis Eds. 2014.

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Dr. C. Ronald MacKenzie, Rheumatologist, Internist

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New York, NY 10021

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