First Year Medical Students iPad Giveaway! 2017

After much anticipation, first year Medical Students, MS1, came to the Alumni Association office filled will jubilation to pick up their iPads. The 194 iPads were donated by an anonymous alumnus donor who wanted to provide students with another resource to succeed during their time in Medical School. As expected, students responded with gratitude and a multitude of different reasons why this generous gift meant so much to them.

From financial reasons to differing types of learners, below are testimonials from students on the utility of the donation:

“I thought about purchasing an iPad for the longest time but couldn’t due to financial reasons.” – Hermione Gaw

“I can be slow at learning sometimes and visual aids are very useful to me …I hope you know that you aren’t just donating iPad to a “class,” but to individuals people who have their own unique reasons for cherishing this gift.” – Rebecca Walton

“I am already using this iPad mini to organize myself, make Anki flashcards, and observe anatomical structures with the many amazing apps available.” – Kelila Kahane”

“I can imagine a multitude of ways your gift will aid in our studies, from now as we delve into learning about anatomy, to have a handy reference on our future rotations.” – Swetha Mummini


The connection to SUNY Downstate and its vast Alumni Network has already begun to take root:

“I am also touched by what this gift represents – the continuity of the Downstate College of Medicine and that alumni still feel connected and invested in the college. I will keep that in mind so that one day I too can give back.” – Kelila Kahane

“I hope that you continue to be prosperous in your endeavors, and I promise to take the baton and pass it on at every stage of my learning experience and career.”  – Amarachi Uwaga

“I am proud to be a part of SUNY Downstate, especially knowing that it has a great alumni network and wonderful alumni.” – Johnny Wai Ming Tang


One student even looks forward to what this donation can contribute to in her future medical career:

 “While I know my mind may change, I currently plan to go into Cardiology and contribute to society from that. I hope to one day work in an underserved area and, when financially stable enough, to open my own clinic in order to build stronger bonds with my patients and provide them with greater one to one care. I also want to one day travel to the Dominican Republic and provide free basic healthcare to those families living in the countryside and impoverished areas of the country.” – Ana Maria Lopez

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SUNY Downstate News August 2017

August 1-7
World Breastfeeding Week!


SUNY Downstate Announcement
: Rainer W. G. Gruessner, MD, FACS, FICS, has been named Chair of surgery and Clarence & Mary Dennis Professor of Surgery at SUNY Downstate Medical Center. The announcement was made by Carlos N. Pato, MD, Dean of the College of Medicine at SUNY Downstate. “Dr. Gruessner is a nationally renowned surgeon and clinical innovator, a prolific academic, a committed educator, and a successful and experienced department chair, having most recently served as chair of surgery at the University of Arizona and later as chief of transplantation at SUNY Upstate Medical University.”

SUNY Downstate Health Fair: For health screenings for blood pressure, sugar test, cholesterol, HIV/AIDS, stroke screening, breast education and more. The Health Fair will be held at Family Health Services at 840 Lefferts Avenue from 10:00 A.M to 4:00 P.M on August 19, 2017.

Ribbon Cutting Ceremony: President Wayne J. Riley will participate in a formal ribbon cutting ceremony and reception to mark the opening of the new Bone and Joint Center, which will expand Downstate’s capacity to provide advanced care for common and complex musculoskeletal disorders. The event is August 23, 2017 at 10:00 A.M., at University Orthopedic Associates New Bone and Joint Center, 760 Parkside Avenue.

Innovations in Medicine:
Downstate prides itself on innovations in medicine and healthcare to provide patients with the best care possible. Below is examples of the exceptional and advances Downstate had been making in healthcare:

– Professor of Medicine at SUNY Downstate Medical Center, Dr. Edward Quadros, created the Folate Receptor Antibody Test (FRAT™) to detect folate receptor antibodies. “The development of FRATTM could well turn out to be a seminal work that will improve the lives of many people, especially children and pregnant women,” said Boas Gonen, president and CEO of Iliad Neurosciences. “The test is essential for the diagnosis of cerebral folate deficiency, and is extremely useful in identifying patients with autism spectrum disorders, schizophrenia, and major depression who could benefit from high-dose folinic acid therapy.” To read more of Dr. Quadros’s work click here.

– Fogarty International Center, supporting the National Institutes of Health, has issued seven new awards through its HIV Research Training Program to build HIV research capacity at institutions in low- and middle-income countries. This round of grants, expected to total $8.1 million over five years, will train researchers in Mozambique, the Philippines, Rwanda, South Africa, Ukraine and Zambia. In Ukraine, SUNY Downstate Medical Center, led by Principal Investigator Dr. Jack Dehovitz, will help to train local investigators to conduct implementation science research to identify best practices for managing new HIV infections.

– SUNY Downstate researchers Drs. Stephen L. Macknik and Susana Martinez-Conde received an award from The National Science Foundation to study restoring vision. “With their award, Stephen L. Macknik, PhD, and Susana Martinez-Conde, PhD, both professors of ophthalmology, neurology, and physiology and pharmacology at SUNY Downstate, will seek to restore vision by genetically modifying neurons in the brain and then stimulating them with light, a method called optogenetics.” To read more on their research click here

Class Notes: August 2017

Class Notes:

Irwin Berkowitz, MD’ 72
After 41+ years at Chestnut Ridge Pediatrics, I have called it quits. I have hung up my proverbial cleats. Among my accomplishments, aside from providing attentive, excellent patient care, I have been chosen by Castle-Connelly as a “Top Doc”, elected as chairman of the Department of Pediatrics at the Valley Hospital, Ridgewood, N.J. and published a terrific book “Instructions Not Included, a pediatrician prescription for raising the best kid on the block(available at Amazon). I am living with my wife of 43 years, Kathleen, and plan to do more of the things I enjoy but didn’t have the time or energy to pursue.

David Klein, MD’75
Dr. Klein has been awarded the Harold S. Strasser, M.D., Good Samaritan Award. “The 1983 House of Delegates established this award to be given annually from nominations submitted by county medical societies, FMA recognized specialty groups and hospital medical staff.  Individual physicians and/or groups of physicians qualify for the Harold S. Strasser, M.D., Good Samaritan Award.  The recipient of this award demonstrates love and compassion for their fellow man, and displays outstanding leadership.” He will be recognized at the 2017 Annual Meeting, held August 4-6, 2017 at the Loew Sapphire Halls Resort in Orlando, FL.

Kristina Wittig, MD’08
Listen to Alumna Kristina Wittig, MD’ 08,  reflecting on her journey to becoming surgeon she is today.”Now a urologic surgeon and assistant clinical professor of surgery at City of Hope Santa Clarita and Antelope Valley, Wittig noted she loves that her specialty allows her to cultivate personal relationships with her patients while still acting as their surgeon.”

In Memoriam:
Christopher Lopresto, MD’90 – Passed away earlier this year.


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Building Brooklyn’s Future on the Waterfront

 

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Inside the workspace of one of BioBAT’s anchor tenants, the International AIDS Vaccine Initiative (IAVI) 

 

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“When I visited the BioBat incubator in March, I saw future of our economy unfolding. Tomorrow’s jobs and opportunities depend on technological innovation, and BioBat provides the space and support needed to ignite that spark. Through this kind of partnership between government, the private sector and academia, we will foster the next generation of entrepreneurs and industry leaders.”​-New York Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul

SUNY Downstate Medical Center’s commitment to research and education goes beyond the Downstate campus, including all the way to the Brooklyn harbor, where its venture BioBAT at the Brooklyn Army Terminal is working to strengthen the city’s scientific community.

Space is always a pressing concern for NYC’s researchers. Prior to BioBAT, finding affordable locations within easy reach of the city’s academic and financial centers was a challenge. Through the creation of affordable wet lab and office space at the Brooklyn Army Terminal, BioBAT has expanded the options for scientific firms seeking to operate in the city.

BioBAT stands six miles from the Downstate campus and Downstate’s Biotechnology Incubator, where two of BioBAT’s anchor tenants got their start. BioBAT tenants can take advantage of the partnership with SUNY Downstate, granting access to the school’s library, research personnel, and other resources.

An educated workforce and a culture of entrepreneurship benefit not just the city’s researchers, but New York as a whole. SUNY Downstate, Brooklyn’s only academic medical center, appreciates the importance of workforce development. The school has fielded initiatives such as biotechnology job-training programs in collaboration with Hunter College, and entrepreneurship programs for startup founders.

Downstate’s Dr. Eva Cramer, BioBAT and the incubator’s founder, has been a leading force in these workforce development efforts. BioBAT has launched its own initiative to create a STEM career pipeline and develop a 21st century working waterfront in Brooklyn. Among the initiative’s cornerstones is a series of extracurricular STEM educational programs which will inspire and engage students of all ages. The center is seeking sponsors and volunteers, and has enlisted SUNY Downstate’s support. Volunteer graduate students from SUNY Downstate’s School of Graduate Studies are guiding elementary through high school students in a fun-filled science summer program.

Since their inception, these ventures have received government support. SUNY Downstate President Dr. Wayne J. Riley said, “When I came to Downstate in April, I met with Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams and shared my appreciation for his strong support of our biotechnology initiatives, including the Biotech Incubator and BioBAT facilities, and for our pipeline programs.”

These ventures are helping to transform Brooklyn and the city as a whole into a global science and technology hub. Thanks to Downstate’s and BioBAT’s initiatives, researchers from every corner of the world will be able to find space, resources, personnel, and a thriving startup community at their fingertips. Under Dr. Riley’s leadership the borough can become as much of a magnet for scientific and commercial talent as SUNY Downstate is for outstanding students. SUNY Downstate’s students come from all over the world, and its alumni go just as far afield. But the best place to take part in the future of innovation may be back in Brooklyn.

Visit BioBAT and the Biotechnology Incubator on the web at http://biobat.nyc/ and http://research.downstate.edu/biotech/abi.htm

 

Alumni Membership Benefits

Bookstore Coupon

In hopes of increasing alumni engagement and everlasting connection with SUNY Downstate,the University Bookstore is offering an Alumni discount coupon. The coupon is just one of the many alumni promotions featured on the Alumni Member Benefits website. Promotions range from discounted flights and hotels to markdowns on clothing from Brooks Brothers.

More Benefits of Alumni Membership:
– Support to our current medical students
– Monthly e-mail newsletter with the latest news
– An annual Alumni Today magazine delivered to your home
-An annual scientific session, awards ceremony, and dinner dance for all alumni
-An office of friendly staff to help you connect or reconnect with your classmates

To access to the member benefits page please go to the link below. A username and password is necessary to view the benefits. Contact the Alumni Association to get the login information. Email: alumni@downstate.edu OR Call: (718) 270-2075

The following link is to the Alumni member benefits website:
https://www.downstate,edu/alumni/member-benefits/

— Interested in becoming a member of the Alumni Association? Click here —