Altman, Lawrence K. "Medical Dean at Cornell Quits to Take Texas Job," New York Times, 26
January 1991, p. 29.
G. Tom Shires, dean of Cornell's medical college and surgeon in chief at New York Hospital has
resigned both positions. His resignation comes after a series of legal and professional conflicts
between New York Hospital and Cornell.
Tensions between Cornell and New York Hospital have been intensified by rivalry between
Shires and the president of New York Hospital, David Skinner. The legal issue is the land on
which the hospital is built with Cornell saying that it has some ownership interest in the site. But
that is only the legal basis of the brouhaha: the personal rivalry is what has brought the legal
issue to the forefront.
The president of Cornell has accepted the resignation with great reluctance. Shires will stay on
until successors are found for both positions.
It is a shame that we only get the public side of an fight like this.