SUNY Downstate Reunion: Times, Schedule, Registration Brochure

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For more information on SUNY Downstate’s medical reunion weekend May 20-21, 2016, or to register online, visit the Downstate alumni reunion page. To reach us live, call 718-270-2075, Monday through Friday, 9 am to 5 pm, or email

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Downstate’s Cerebral Palsy Information Fair, April 17

SUNY Downstate hosts a free cerebral palsy information fair, open to all, on Sunday, from 1-4 pm Sunday, April 17, 2016

Learn about available resources through workshops and tutorials, for parents and caregivers. Enjoy snacks and win raffle prizes!

For more information, call 718-270-3739.

Downstate Health Science Education Building
395 Lenox Road, Brooklyn, NY, 11203

Sponsored by the Center for Community Health Promotion and Wellness, and organized in part by Downstate Developmental Disabilities, Downstate School of Public Health, and College of Health Related Professions.

“The organizations will provide information to families and caregivers of those with cerebral palsy on resources and services available to them. We envision this fair as an opportunity for the Downstate community to unite in spreading awareness about cerebral palsy and providing much needed support to our attendees.”

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Women’s History Month: Downstate’s Norma J. Goodwin, MD

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Norma J. Goodwin, MD: Breaking Barriers

Dr. Norma J. Goodwin earned a B.S. from Virginia State University and an M.D. from the University of the Medical College of Virginia. She then studied Nephology at the State University of New York under the supervision of Dr. Eli Friedman at the hemodialysis centers at Kings County Hospital and SUNY Downstate, and then at the National Institute of Health.

Dr. Goodwin subsequently served at the Health and Hospitals Corporation as a Senior Vice President for Community Health and Ambulatory Care. She is currently an associate Professor of Preventive Medicine and Community Health at SUNY Downstate and its M.P.H. program.

Dr. Goodwin’s main interest has always been to improve minority health and improve communications to multicultural minorities. In addition she has always concentrated on ways to improve health care to society as a whole.

In 1984 to 2002 she founded AMRON Management Consultants, a national nonprofit organization for minority health. She is founder, CEO and president of Health Power for Minorities which specializes in customized health communications for minority health.  Her mission is to provide, develop and distribute information which is culturally relevant and which also improves services for disease prevention and early detection.

In addition, she has authored more than 60 publications and has appeared on several radio stations including CNN, PBS and WABC. She is known nationally and internationally  as a speaker for improving health care for minorities, as well as society in general, and has been a leader in many organizations including the American Public Health Association, National Medical Association, American Heart Association and the American Red Cross.

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SUNY Downstate AOA Lecture and Banquet 2016

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Annual Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Society lecture and dinner, March 22, 2016, which were funded by the Downstate Alumni Association. The speaker was David H. Abramson, MD, FACS, Chief, Opthalmic Oncology Service, Sloan Kettering, Professor of Ophthalmology at Weill-Cornell Medical.

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Watch Video of SUNY Downstate Match Day 2016

Video provided by SUNY Downstate Biomedical Communications. (Check out more medical lectures and student events on the Downstate communications YouTube channel, here.)

Read more about Match Day 2016 at Downstate, here! Fourth-year med students across the US were matched to residencies at hospital systems nationwide Friday, March 18, via the National Resident Matching Program. (National Match Day 2016 statistics from the Association of American Medical Colleges, here.)

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Alumni fund student travel to present at conferences, the Brooklyn Free Clinic, travel across the globe for the Healthcare in Developing Countries elective and more.



New Hotel Discounts for Downstate Alumni


SUNY Downstate has partnered with HotelStorm to bring exclusive hotel discounts to our alumni community. Simply search the website for your favorite destinations – whether business or leisure – and you’ll save up to over other online travel agencies. Contact or at 718-270-2075 for login details.

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SUNY Downstate Match Day 2016

SUNY Downstate matched 194 fourth-year students Friday, March 28, in Alumni Auditorium. Students accepted their match letters and sat down with friends and family, heart rates increasing, to open their letters at noon.

The ceremony is all part of the celebration, said Carlos N. Pato, MD, Dean of the College of Medicine.

“We have to celebrate when we take on a challenge, and when we achieve it,” Dr. Pato said.

At noon, Jessica Wilson discovered she would complete her three-year residency in family medicine at the University of Minnesota, Minneapolis. It was her first choice, close to her family in Michigan.

“I’m really happy,” she said. Fellow Downstate med students hugged, high-fived and snapped group-selfies in the noisy auditorium around her. “I’m from the Midwest, so I’m going back to my family.”


Fourth-year med students across the US were matched March 18 by the private, not-for-profit National Resident Matching Program (NRPM). The corporation was established in 1952 to provide a uniform date for student appointment to graduate medical education (GME). Students ranked their preferred institutions, and were matched objectively, accurately and fairly, according to the NRPM.

Downstate fourth-year Andre Valentin, from Queens, opened his letter Friday and learned he had matched with his “nextdoor neighbor” North Shore University in Long Island for general surgery, his first choice, too. Andre plans to earn his PhD at North Shore. His match Friday was a shining moment for both himself and his family, which struggled after the 2010 earthquake in Port Au Prince, Haiti.

“They’re super excited,” Andre said. “I’m the first doctor in the family.”


Downstate Match Day 2016 Statistics
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Students matched: 194
Matched to Downstate: 31
Matched to NYC institutions: 83
Matched to New York State institutions: 121 (61%)

Top specialties (categorical positions: 25%)
Anesthesiology: 21
Pediatrics: 19
Surgical, OBGYN and emergency medicine: 14 (each)

Top geographic locations
New York: 121
California: 16
New Jersey: 14
Pennsylvania: 10

Top medical educational systems
Northwell: 12
Einstein: 13
Icahn: 12
Rutgers: 12
NY Presbyterian, Columbia: 7
NY Presbyterian, Cornell: 6
New York University: 4

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10 Downstate Alumni News Briefs

Jay J. Gold, MD, ’50, deceased
Dr. Gold was an endocrinologist who devoted his career to research, and a private gynecological endocrinology practice in Illinois.

Clifford Reichert, MD, ’52, deceased
Dr. Reichert, 91, died July 30, 2015, after a long illness. He was a retired ophthalmologist who had a private practice in Milford and Framingham, Mass. and was affiliated with the former Milford Hospital and Framingham Union Hospital. He served in the US Army Air Corps in WWII as a ball turret gunner in the European Theater. As a staff sergeant, he earned three Bronze Stars and the Air Medal with a Bronze Oak Leaf Cluster. He and his late wife of 55 years, Patricia (Lenox) Reichart, lived in Massachusetts, Florida and New Mexico.

Paul Schwartz, MD, ‘60
Dr. Schwartz retired from active medical practice in Norwalk, CT, and is now a free clinic volunteer.

Nancy (Smolen) Falk, MD, ‘71
Dr. Falk retired in December 2015 after 40 years in a solo practice in internal medicine.

Roberta Flesh, MD, ’71, deceased
Dr. Flesh, an Albany resident, was the first female board-certified internist in the Capital District to open a private practice. In June 2009 she began her affiliation with the VA Medical Center, specializing in geriatric primary care.

James H. Lewis, MD, ‘75
Dr. Lewis is finishing his 38th year in academic practice in Washington D.C. at Georgetown University in the fields of gastroenterology and hepatology. He is “still enjoying all the challenges of teaching, patient care and EHRs.”

Richard A. Miller, MD, ‘75
Dr. Miller is the CEO and Chairman of Corvus Pharmeceuticals, a biotech company in the Bay Area developing new treatments for cancer. Dr. Miller was the co-founder of IDEC (now Biogen), and Pharmacyclics, companies that developed Rituxan and Imbruvica. He is also an adjunct professor of oncology at Stanford Medical Center.

Richard M. Zweig, MD, ‘76
Dr. Zweig “continues to enjoy practicing medicine in Bristol, Connecticut,” where he is Chief of Medicine and Director of Infectious Disease at Bristol Hospital.

Leonard Berkowitz, MD, ‘77
Dr. Berkowitz and his wife, Joan, have become grandparents to Sidney Max Casden, son of Jodi and Jason. Their daughter also got engaged.

David S. Katz, MD, ‘80
Dr. Katz’s daughter, Abby, is now board chair of Women for Economic and Leadership Development, a national organization promoting women in business. Dr. Katz is still enjoying his practice in occupational medicine as a medical director with US Healthworks medical group in Indianapolis.

Global Health Assembly: Medical Students Without Borders

The SUNY Downstate School of Public Health celebrated the 19 fourth-year medical students Monday, March 14, who will undertake the Global Health in Developing Countries elective in four nations this April.


Downstate medical alumni gave $50,000 this year for travel expenses, an investment in global health. Students study health systems in income- and resource-poor countries, and provide meaningful medical service.

Pascal Imperato, MD, dean and distinguished service professor, School of Public Health, said his colleagues from other schools are amazed by the diversity of the elective’s locations, and the money available for students.

“Most medical schools do not fund their students,” Dr. Imperato said.

Since the program was started in 1980 by the then-titled Department of Preventive Medicine and Community Health, 386 students have participated in 41 countries.

The program is one of the largest and most successful of its kind among US medical schools, according to the Department of Public Health.

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Participating 2015-2016 students and the nation of their study/service:

Olufunke Bakare, Guatemala
Akshay O. Bhatt, India
Emily R. Bokser, India
Danielle Brooks, India
Cynthia Gaw, Taiwan
Rebecca M. Gonsalves, Guatemala
Natalie Rose Howlett, Guatemala
Anne-Sophie Janvier, Guatamala
Christina A. Johnson, Guatemala
Lynchy Lezeau, Guatemala
Deborah Moon, Guatemala
Jennah A. Morgan, Guatemala
Nurah M. Morgan, Guatemala
Disha L. Shastry, India
Kathleen Siapno, Taiwan
Sarah C. Stokes, India
Rose C. Wei, Taiwan
Michelle Xu, Taiwan
Sibgha Zaheer, Thailand


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