Children's Hormone Foundation

Dr. Maria New is Professor of Pediatrics, Professor of Genetics and Genomic Sciences, and Director of the Adrenal Steroid Disorders Program at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai in New York City.  She is also currently Adjunct Professor of Genetics at Columbia College of Physicians and Surgeons, and Associate Dean for Research at the Herbert Wertheim College of Medicine at Florida International University.   

In 1964, Dr. New was appointed Chief of Pediatric Endocrinology at Cornell University Medical College, a position she held for 40 years.  In 1980, Dr. New was appointed Chairman of the Department of Pediatrics at Cornell University Medical College and Pediatrician-in-Chief of the Department of Pediatrics at New York-Presbyterian Hospital. She was one of the few women in the country to serve as Chair of a major division of a medical college, and her distinguished tenure lasted for 22 years.


Dr. Maria New earned her undergraduate degree in 1950 from Cornell University, and her M.D. in 1954 from the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania where she was awarded the Distinguished Graduate Award. She completed an internship in medicine at Bellevue Hospital in New York, followed by a residency in pediatrics at the New York Hospital.  From 1957 to 1958 she studied renal functioning under a fellowship from the National Institutes of Health (NIH).  She was a research pediatrician to the Diabetic Study Group of the Comprehensive Care Teaching Program at the New York Hospital-Cornell Medical Center from 1958 to 1961, and had a second NIH fellowship under Ralph E. Peterson from 1961 to 1964, to study specific steroid hormone production during infancy, childhood and adolescence.


Her research, clinical work, and teaching has taken her around the world.  In 2005-2006, she led genetic research expeditions to Siberia in collaboration with the School of MedicineSt. Petersburg UniversityRussia.  


Dr. Maria New has remained in the vanguard of science, pioneering the use of molecular genetic diagnosis, prenatal diagnosis and treatment in adrenal disorders.  To her patients, she is a dedicated and beloved clinical physician.  She is also an outstanding teacher and mentor, training more than 100 physician-scientists who have become leaders in the field of pediatric endocrinology.  

Her career exemplifies the link between clinical and basic science.  She has published more than 640 academic articles in a wide range of prestigious journals and published a genetics book entitled Genetic Steroid Disorders in 2014.  Her contribution is recognized in that she is one of the few pediatricians in the National Academy of Sciences. 


  • IPSEN Award (2014) for her "outstanding work" in pediatric endocrinology and her "fundamental advances"

  • Ceppellini Prize, the Highest Award in Italy for Genetics (2010)

  • Judson J. Van Wyk Prize, Lawson Wilkins Pediatric Endocrine Society (2010)

  • Fred Conrad Koch Award, The Endocrine Society (2003), the highest prize from the American Endocrine Society

  • General Clinical Research Centers Program Eleventh Annual Award for Excellence in Clinical Research (1999)

  • MERIT Award, National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (1998)

  • Rhône-Poulenc Rorer Clinical Investigator Award, The Endocrine Society (1995)

  • Dale Medal, Society for Endocrinology (1995)

  • Robert H. Williams Distinguished Leadership Award, The Endocrine Society (1988), the highest award from the British Endocrine Society

  • Recipient,​ Barnard Centennial Award: "100 Outstanding New York Women" University of Pennsylvania Distinguished Graduate Award Program

  • Director of Pediatric Endocrine Training Program, ACGME

  • St. Geme Lectureship, University of Colorado School of Medicine (2010)

  • President, The Endocrine Society (1992)

  • President, Lawson Wilkins Pediatric Endocrine Society (1985)

  • Honorary Member, Society for Endocrinology (2005)

  • Honorary Member, Italian Endocrine Society

  • Member, President's Council of Cornell Women

  • Alpha Omega Alpha, University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine

  • New York Practitioner's Society, the oldest medical society in the USA (mostly Nobel laureates and members of the National Academy of Sciences)

  • Honorary Degree, Turin School of Medicine

  • Honorary Degree in Medicine (Laurea Honoris Causa), Università degli Studi di Roma