Alumni Books, Articles, & Publications

“Don’t forget – no one else sees the world the way you do, so no one else can tell the stories that you have to tell.” – Charles de Lint

 

Have you or another alumnus/a you know authored a novel? Successfully submitted an article for publication and would like it highlighted in an alumni newsletter? Wrote a piece of poetry that you would like to share? Had a magazine feature you were especially excited about?  If the answer is YES, to any of these questions you should consider informing the Alumni Association!

The Alumni Association is calling out for any publications written by the SUNY Downstate College of Medicine alumni. Your books, article and/or publications will be featured in our office if you submit them. Please mail us two copies when you submit, one copy will be given to the SUNY Downstate library and the other copy will be on display in the Alumni Association. With a growing library of alumni books, we hope to continue this growth with new submissions from the year of 2016-2017.

If you are cognizant of any alumni piece please do not hesitate to call us at 718-270-2075 or email us at alumni@downstate.edu.

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Calling All Class Chairs

As we bring one Reunion to close, preparations for the next Reunion Weekend have hit the ground running. With an official date of May 4th-May 6th and the Brooklyn Marriott booked, we are still lacking one integral component, YOU, alumni.
The Alumni Association needs help recruiting alumni to attend the weekend and this process is heavily aided by the assistance of Class Chairs. A Class Chair is an alumnus/a who directly contacts individuals in their graduating class with the hopes of getting as many members as possible registered for the Reunion weekend.
The following Class Years will be represented at the 2018 Reunion Weekend: 1958, 1963, 1968, 1973, 1978, 1983, 1988, 1993, 1988, 1993, 1998, 2003, 2008, 2013.
     If you would like to be a class chair or know of another individual who would serve as possible Class Chair, please email Kristian Balgobin at kristian.balgobin@downstate.edu. Also, if you know of any alumnus/a who would make an exceptional candidate for an award or scientific session presentation, please provide their contact information and I will reach out accordingly.
 If you agree to be a chair you will be provided will the following documents:
  1. Confidentiality agreement – please sign and return via email, regular mail or fax
  2. Draft letters – please review, make any changes, and send back to me via email, mail or fax
  3. Class Lists – please let us know if you have more up-to-date contact information for fellow alumni
  4. Journal advertising – For those interested in advertising with us. A $1,000 advertisement includes two tickets to the weekend.
  5. Awards – let us know of classmates who are particularly accomplished.  The best award nominations come from you!
  6. An alumni pin – thank you for supporting us in this endeavor.

SUNY Downstate News July 2017

 


 

Tis the Season: “Poison ivy rashes have been getting more severe each season due to global warming and longer growth seasons with stronger urushiol production,” says Jessica Krant, M.D., a clinical assistant professor of dermatology at SUNY Downstate Medical Center in Brooklyn, N.Y., and a member of Consumer Reports’ medical advisory board. For helpful tips.

You May Want To Reconsider Your Favorite Antibacterial Soap:” Dr. Laura Geer of the School of Public Health at SUNY Downstate, states “antimicrobial substances added to common household products can potentially disrupt the human endocrine system and are known to longer in the environment.”  For Dr. Geer’s research findings read more on the Brooklyn Eagle website.

Class Notes: July 2017

 

Class Notes:

Raymond Scalettar, MD’54
Dr. Scalettar states “On May 21, 2017 I was promoted to Clinical Professor of Medicine at George Washington University Medical Center. I closed my DC office for the practice of Rheumatology December 31,2016 As a Medical Expert Consultant for the Social Security Administration, I review cases appealing the ruling on disability. I continue as a Medical Consultant to the Charles E Smith Lifecare Center which is the fifth largest senior center in the USA. I am a healthcare consultant to the American College of Rheumatology.”

Gerald W. Deas, MD’63
Dr. Deas is being featured on Health Center talk show featured on networks like Bronxnet and Brooklyn Community Access Television(BCAT). His feature will air on June 25th 11:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. and July 2nd 11:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Wilsa Ryder, MD’73 & Brian O’Malley, MD’ 74
In an article by Wellfleet.wickedlocal.com, “Brian O’Malley and Wilsa Ryder talk about the bittersweet decision to close the doors of Provincetown Medical Group,  which the couple has run since the early 1980s.” To read more about their story go to the following link: http://bit.ly/2siiQrC

Brent Schillinger, MD’79
An interview with Dr. Schillinger is featured on blogtalkradio.com, titled “A Lesson on Medical Ethics.” He has served on the Board of Governors of the Florida Medical Association, where he chaired the Council of Ethical and Judicial Affairs. To read more  on Dr. Schillinger’s expansive career and listen to his interview on ethics.

Daniel W. Wilen, MD’89
Dr. Wilen, an Orthopedic Surgeon at the University Physicians of Brooklyn, has been named a 2017 Top Doctor in Brooklyn, New York. He graduated from SUNY Downstate Medical Center College of Medicine in 1989.

Douglas R. Lazzaro, MD’90
Dr. Lazarro, a longtime borough physician and resident leads efforts to expand Ophthalmology Services with NYU Langone. They have launched two comprehensive eye care practices in Brooklyn. Dr. Lazzaro is taking a lead role in helping NYU Langone identify opportunities for continued expansion. Chief of ophthalmology at NYU Lutheran Medical Center since 2003, he recently took on additional responsibilities for NYU Langone as vice chair of clinical affairs and business development for the Department of Ophthalmology and physician director for the health system’s network development in Brooklyn.

Kristina Wittig, MD’08
Kyle Jellings, talk show host on KHTS AM 1220, sits down with Dr. Kristina Wittig, a urologic surgeon and an assistant clinical professor of surgery at local City of Hope facilities. Topics both professional, like what signs people should be on the look out for and treatment options, and personal, like her childhood in Russia and her earlier desires to become an environmental scientist are discussed.

In Memoriam: *The Alumni Association recognizes in the “In Memoriam” section, not all alumni listed are recently deceased. As we become aware of the passing of our alumni we recognize them to provide their class mates with an update. *

Robin Goldman, MD’82
Dr. Goldman died in January of 2016.  We were just notified of her passing.


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Student Profile – Zaki Azam

This month’s SUNY Downstate College of Medicine student profile is of Zaki Azam, class of 2019. Zaki completed his undergraduate education right here in our borough at Brooklyn College, where got his Bachelors in Science in Psychology. He is still unsure about his future specialty in Medicine but has had some remarkable experiences here at Downstate.

Who is/was your favorite professor at SUNY Downstate College of Medicine and why?

“My favorite professor is Dr. Eisner, because she always pushes her students to achieve even more than they think is possible.”

What is your favorite memory so far of your time studying at SUNY Downstate College of Medicine?

“My favorite memory is attending the AAMC Conference in Seattle with the faculty and Dean of the College of Medicine. I got to know them personally while presenting on the importance of student and faculty wellness.”

How has the Alumni Association for the College of Medicine at SUNY Downstate helped you (scholarships, clubs, events, white-coat ceremony, senior week, research, summer research, technology, healthcare in developing countries elective or other)?

“The Alumni Association has helped me realize great strengths through projects I would otherwise not have had an opportunity to pursue. Given the funding to present at a national conference has not only encouraged me but also gave me the confidence to continue formulating new ideas and present in such settings in the future. I look forward to the next time I can count on the Alumni Association for assistance whether it be for research, presentations or more.”

Alumni Throwback Thursdays

Every Thursday on the Alumni Association Facebook page and Facebook group a throwback photo will be featured. Photos will be taken from the yearbooks, with the goal that each year of SUNY Downstate College of Medicine graduates is represented.

If you have a photo you would like to share and be featured, please send it to alumni@downstate.edu

Be on the look out for a new post every single Thursday. If you see someone you recognize, do not hesitate to let them know they are featured and comment with their name.

The link to the Facebook page is: https://www.facebook.com/alumniassociationsunydownstate/

The link to the Facebook Group is: https://www.facebook.com/groups/SUNYCOMALUMNI/?ref=bookmarks