Charlotte Sun Features David Klein, MD ’75, Humanitarian

David Klein, MD ’75, interim director of the Virginia B. Andes Volunteer Community Clinic, was featured on the front page of the Charlotte Sun for his humanitarian efforts. Drs. Klein and Mark Asperilla have been an active public health team in Charlotte County, Florida, particularly in the battle against hepatitis C.
“Still going strong after all these years,” said Dr. Klein, a 2005 Babbott Award winner. “Downstate gave me my start.”

Class Notes: February 2017

Roger Kallhovd, MD ’67
Dr. Kallhovd was Chief of Psychiatry & Director of the Phelps Memorial Medical Center in Sleepy Hollow, New York, from 1980-1993, and Chief Medical Officer of the Pederson-Krag Mental Health Center on Long Island from 1993-2014. He is currently in private practice in Northport, and his wife, Beverly Hoffman, is a psychotherapist in New York City. Dr. Kallhovd’s daughter Christy lives in Los Angeles with their granddaughter Tess, 7. His son Erik will be living in Westchester County with their 20-month-old twin grandchildren, Emma & Conor. I still love old movies, and Beverly is a passionate Master Gardener.

Arnold Wald, MD ’68
Dr. Wald’s wife Ellen is completing her tenth year as Chair of the Department of Pediatrics, Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health. Arnold is working three days a week in the Division of Gastroenterology and Hepatology where he is Professor of Medicine, and recent recipient of the Graham-Meyer Teaching Award.

In memorium

Leonard Bristol, MD ’44
Leonard J. Bristol M.D. passed away at home Oct. 22, 2016 at the age of 97. Dr. Bristol was born in New York City on April 28, 1919, and grew up in Peekskill, working in his father’s grocery store. He completed his pre-medical education at New York University, and his Doctorate of Medicine from Long Island College of Medicine in 1944. He also married Virginia (Ginny) Gallagher in 1944. In November 2015, they celebrated their 71st anniversary.
Prior to coming to the Adirondacks he was appointed LTJG in the US Navy. Dr. Bristol served as an assistant radiologist at the National Naval Medical Center, USA Navy Hospital at Bethesda, Maryland. He was also a full-time fellow in radiology at The Johns Hopkins University Medical School, Baltimore, Maryland. In 1949, he became the director of the Department of Radiology of the Trudeau Institute Inc. He and his family later lived in Saranac Lake and Rainbow Lake.
In addition to serving at the U.S.A. Navy Hospital, his professional appointments as Radiologist included those at Saranac Lake General Hospital, later known as the Adirondack Medical Center, Will Rogers Memorial Hospital, Saranac Lake; Placid Memorial Hospital, Lake Placid; Alice Hyde Hospital, Malone; Community Hospital, Elizabethtown; and U.S. Air Force Hospital, Plattsburgh. He was director of the Trudeau School, Trudeau Foundation, Saranac Lake. He was a consulting Roentgenologist at the former Sanatorium, Gabriels and Stonywold Sanatorium, Lake Kushaqua. He served as supervising radiologist at the Saranac Lake Rehabilitation Guild X-Ray Training School and as an instructor in radiology at The Johns Hopkins University Medical School. He was appointed special consultant to the Division of Occupational Health, Department of Health, Education and Welfare, Public Health Service, Washington, D.C. in connection with the study of health problems in the asbestos industry and other studies of pulmonary diseases, and was a certified reader of coal workers chest x-rays by the National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health, Public Health Service.
Dr. Bristol was a diplomate of the American Board of Radiology and a Member of the American College of Radiology, American Medical Association, the Radiological Society of America, Eastern Section American Trudeau Society, Franklin County Medical Society (of which he served as president 1965-1966), a life member of the Medical Society of the State of New York, the Saranac Lake Medical Society, associate member of the Baltimore City Medical Society, Baltimore, Maryland (1948-1950), Charter Member of the Northeastern New York Radiological Society and member of the New York State Chapter of American College of Radiology.

Thomas Edward Perdue, MD ’51
Dr. Perdue, age 99, passed away peacefully January 11, 2017 at NCH Baker Hospital Downtown in Naples, Florida. He was born on July 21, 1917 in Watervliet, New York. He attended the University of Iowa at Iowa City and the University of Buffalo, and received his medical degree in 1951 from State University of New York Downstate Medical Center in Brooklyn. He interned at University of Buffalo hospitals. He was a much respected and well-loved family physician in Massena, New York from 1954 until his retirement in 1988, and delivered thousands of Massena-area babies spanning multiple generations. After retirement, Dr. Perdue split his time between Massena and Naples, Florida, where his children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren loved to visit and spend time with him.

He served proudly in World War II as an Army Air Corp Navigator/Bombardier on a B-17 in the China-Burma-India theatre. He flew missions over the Himalayas (“the hump”) delivering gasoline to allied forces in China. He married Sarah (Sally) Richards August 9, 1948. They had seven children. Sally died January 4, 1987. Tom and Betty Patterson Spencer married September 24, 1988.

Sylvan H. Sarasohn, MD ’54
Dr. Sylvan “Sy” Henry Sarasohn,  87, of Doral FL, died Dec 29, 2016. Born in Newark, NJ, Dr. Sarasohn attended Weequahic High School. He completed his undergrad, Phi Bete Kappa, at Syracuse University and earned his MD at SUNY Downstate. Dr. Sarasohn was an Air Force captain/flight Surgeon in 1956, and then completed his residency at Columbia Presbyterian in New York. He moved to Florida to co-launch a successful group radiology practice, serving Miami Beach, Northern Miami General Hospital and Parkway General Hospital. He was president of the Florida Radiological Society and a fellow of the American College of Radiology. Sy was predeceased by his adored son Mark Sarasohn and sisters Peggy & Eleanor. He is survived by his beloved soulmate Beverly Grapin and extensive family. Dr. Sarasohn was passionate about people, and maintaining connections with family and friends was his forte during his 45-year radiology career.

Charles Rabiner, MD ’56
Dr. Rabiner, 84, died on January 2, 2017. He was former Chairman of Psychiatry at L.I.J. Hillside Medical Center. In 1987 he became Medical Director of Mesa Vista Hospital in San Diego, CA.

Kenneth Kellner, MD ’71
Dr. Kellner died January 14, 2017 after a battle with cancer, at Haven Hospice in Gainesville, Florida. He was raised on Long Island, New York and began his career with an interest in embryology at Union College, where he was an Eliphalet Nott Scholar. Attending the State University of New York, Downstate Medical Center in the Combined-Degree Program, Dr. Kellner received both a M.D. and Ph.D. degree in 1973 doing research in embryology. This was followed by a residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology at Jackson Memorial Hospital, Miami and a fellowship in Maternal-Fetal Medicine at the University of Florida. He was board certified in both fields and had been on the faculty of the University of Florida since 1977.
Dr. Kellner’s interests were diabetes and pregnancy and psychosocial aspects of obstetrics. He was the Director of the Perinatal Diabetes Program at the University of Florida and founder and Director of the Perinatal Mortality Counseling Program. He was an internationally-recognized expert on perinatal bereavement and perinatal loss, and served as President of the North American Society for Psychosocial Obstetrics and Gynecology.
Dr. Kellner was the Director of the Third Year Clinical Clerkship in Obstetrics and Gynecology for 25 years. The Association of Professors in Obstetrics and Gynecology, the specialty’s national educational organization, recognized the UF Clerkship as the best in the country. During his tenure, the clerkship was recognized by the graduating medical school class with the Golden Apple Award as the best clinical clerkship nine times, more than any other clerkship. He was recognized by the College of Medicine as an exemplary teacher every year and twice by his department with the J. Lee Dockery Teaching Award and APGO Award for teaching excellence. Dr. Kellner served on numerous educational committees and was instrumental in the development of many pioneering courses, clerkships and curriculum designs. In 2012, he was awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award by the College of Medicine Society of Teaching Scholars, only the eighth faculty member so honored.
Since his retirement from clinical practice in 2012, Dr. Kellner continued to be active in student and resident education both at the College and Departmental level. After retiring, he was awarded Professor Emeritus, Division of Maternal-Fetal Medicine.
A dedicated family man, Dr. Kellner is survived by his high school sweetheart and wife of 46 years, Irene. Ken and Irene traveled the world, visiting six of the seven continents. However, their favorite places to visit were Atlanta and Chicago to spend time with their children and grandchildren. In his leisure time he enjoyed Gator sports, photography, creating photo albums, fixing things and tinkering.

Lynn Beinfield, MD ’76
Dr. Beinfield was born in Brooklyn, New York on Feb. 8, 1949. Her family moved to Westport in 1951 where Lynn graduated from Staples High School in 1967. She graduated from Antioch College and SUNY Downstate College of Medicine, where her father and her grandfathers, Henry Beinfield and Harry Koster, attended before her. She practiced psychiatry in Newtown before moving to Colorado Springs, Colorado. She died Jan. 1, 2017, at Baylor Hospital in Dallas while undergoing treatment for leukemia. She was 67.

Alumni Association Endowments


One of our alumni called to ask about endowing a scholarship with the Alumni Fund. I was very excited to hear about his interest. He asked me a number of questions about our endowments, the returns, and how they worked. This information may be of interest to more than just him.

The Alumni Association for the College of Medicine at SUNY Downstate has three separate endowments. Two of these endowments were established by the Engel Family upon their passing (more on that in a future newsletter). Those two endowments are managed by the Bank of New York Melon’s investment group per the terms of the trust that established them. Because of that, BNY Melon also manages the main endowment for the Alumni Association.

The Engel Alumni Association Endowment provides operating support for the Alumni Association. As of our last report in January, this endowment has $1,240,132 and provides approximately $62,000 dollars to support the Alumni Association.

The Engel Scholarship Fund Endowment provides scholarships for medical students with identified financial need. As of our last report in January, this endowment has $4,493,885 and should provide $224,694 in scholarship dollars at the end of 2017. 

The Alumni Fund Endowment is the main endowment for the Alumni Association. This endowment holds each of the smaller endowed funds set up by our alumni and friends to support scholarships, the Brooklyn Free Clinic, Global Health, Student Research, and Student programs. As of our January report, this fund has $9,895,450 and should provide $494,773 to support Alumni Fund programs at the end of 2017.

In our endowments, the money donated is invested in the stock market. In order to preserve the principal, or original amount, we invest very conservatively which has worked well for us. Ideally, none of the original donated money is spent. The organization should only be spending the returns on the investments each year. The goal of the Alumni Fund is to only spend 5% of the annual returns. Any money earned in investments beyond that is reinvested. The bank that does our investing also takes a small amount in fees each quarter to cover their costs. We have negotiated very low fees. Our main endowment has a fee of 30 basis points and the Engel Trusts (which we do not control) have a fee of 40 basis points. The average is 32 basis points between the two. The fees go down as our endowment grows.

If you are interested in learning more about endowments or setting up your own endowed fund, please contact us at 718-270-2075 or

If you have a question that you would like answered, please reach out to us. Email us at




SUNY Downstate News: February 2017


SUNY trustees have appointed Wayne J. Riley, MD, MPH, MBA, MACP, as president of SUNY Downstate Medical Center. Dr. Riley is currently a clinical professor of medicine and adjunct professor of health policy at the Vanderbilt University School of Medicine. Read more about the new SUNY Downstate president here.

Oklahoma City’s Surgical Superstar Melds Contrasting Personalities.” The Oklahoman’s feature story on Nazih Zuhdi, MD, touches on his medical partnership at Downstate with fellow medical superstar Clarence Dennis, MD ’90H. Read more on Zuhdi, Dennis and Downstate’s heart-lung machine, here.


Nancy L. Zimpher, Chancellor of the State University of New York, received Downstate Medical Center’s 2017 Martin Luther King, Jr. Leadership Award. Read more about Nancy Zimpher’s SUNY Downstate award here.


Programs Help Minority Students Fulfill Dreams Of Becoming Doctors.” Downstate graduate and current ER resident Maurice Selby, MD ’14, is featured in this video on pipeline programs. Watch how Dr. Selby started to prepare for the medical profession in high school, here.

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