Presidential Inauguration Ceremony 2017

“If you want to go fast, go alone, if you want to go far, go together.”


This past Friday, 9/15/2017, marked the beginning of a new era in SUNY Downstate history. Dr. Wayne J. Riley was officially inaugurated as the new President of State University of New York Downstate by SUNY Board Chairman Carl H. McCall
and SUNY Chancellor Kristina M. Johnson.

Notable speakers all expressed the a similar sentiment, Dr. Riley will make an outstanding President and his past experiences have provided him with the tools necessary to succeed in his new role.

“Given his unlimited talent and experience, Dr. Riley is the person to lead this transition”- H. Carl McCall on political climate transitions in Washington and the United States.

“You can not get anything better than a great, transparent community builder” – Chancellor Johnson on Dr. Riley’s character.

“Dr.Riley’s countless leadership experiences and skills have prepared him to excel in this new role” – Dr. Louis W. Sullivan

Perfection is not the goal, excellence is the goal, Dr. Wayne J. Riley set the tone for his term during his inaugural address. He exuded great pride in taking on this new role and stated Downstate is “the academic health science center of the American Dream.”

The Alumni Association congratulates President Riley on his inauguration.


Speakers included:

-SUNY Board Chairman Carl H. McCall
-SUNY Chancellor Kristina M. Johnson
-Eric L. Adams, Brooklyn Borough President
-Dr. Samuel L. Stanley, Jr., President Stony Brook University
-Rev. Dr. Calvin O. Butts, President, SUNY Old Westbury
-Dr. Mark G. Stewart, Dean, Downstate School of Graduate Studies
-Dr. Rauno O. Jok, Presiding President, Downstate Faculty and Staff Assembly
-Abhimanyu Amarnani, President Downstate’s University Council
-Dr. Darilyn V. Moyer, President, American College of Physicians
– Dr. Darilyn V. Moyer, Executive Vice President an CEO, American College of Physicians
-The Honorable Dr. Louis W. Sullivan,Former Secretary of U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, and President Emeritus, Morehouse School of Medicine


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Renovations & Updates

The College of Medicine at SUNY Downstate has been hard at work this summer updating and renovating classrooms, common areas, and our Alumni Auditorium.  Crews worked extra hours all week this week to finish the Alumni Auditorium in time for the inauguration of our new President, Dr. Wayne Riley.  In the coming weeks, all of the donors who have named chairs in the Alumni Auditorium will have their chair plaques updated and replaced as well.  Check out the photos of the updates and renovation including the new official names of some of the classrooms.

Additionally, the Alumni Association is happy to have our award case back for the Clarence and Mary Dennis award.  SUNY Downstate borrowed the display case for the 100th anniversary of the Hospital.

If you would like a personal tour of the medical school and/or to see the updated spaces, please contact the alumni office at 718-270-2075 or via email at alumni@downstate.edu.  We would love to show you around.







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SUNY Downstate News September 2017

Presidential Inauguration Ceremony: The Presidential Inauguration Ceremony for Wayne J. Riley, MD, MPH, MBA, MACP is on September 15, 2017 at 10:00 P.M., in the Alumni Auditorium.

White Coat Ceremony: On August 10th, our 23rd Annual White Coat Ceremony was head. The event was sponsored by the Arnold P. Gold Foundation and the Alumni Association. The newly oriented 195 first year medical students recited the Hippocratic Oath for the first time to mark the occasion. To view photos of the event, please visit our Facebook Page.

Robert F. Furchgott Annual Visiting Professor Lecture: Nobel Laureate Dr. Eric Kandel: “Topic: “The Biology of Memory and Age-Related Memory Loss”
Dr. Kandel is University Professor at Columbia; Kavli Professor and Director, Kavli Institute for Brain Science; Co-Director, Mortimer B. Zuckerman Mind Brain Behavior Institute; and an Investigator at the Howard Hughes Medical Institute. To read more on Dr. Kandel visit our Blog.


                                            SUNY Downstate Announcements:

– Dr. Anika Daniels-Osaze named a recipient of Insight Into Diversity magazine’s 2017 Inspiring Leaders in STEM Award. Dr. Daniels-Osaze is the Director of Diversity Education and Research at SUNY Downstate.

 

– Lorraine A. Sanassi, DHSc, PA-C, named Physician Assistant Educator of the Year by the New York State Society of Physician Assistants. Dr. Sanassi was recognized as a Presidential Honoree by the Society and as an exemplary educator, advisor, and mentor for PA students. She is an Assistant Professor of the PA program here at Downstate. She also serves as the PA Coordinator at the Special Treatment and Research (STAR) Program.

– Downstate Hosts community Health Fair at the Family Health Center at Lefferts. Alumna Dr. Marcia Edmond- Bucknor and The staff at Lefferts provided screenings to community members. Our Downstate colleagues staffed a table to educate the community on maternal, infant health, and breast health

– Judith H. LaRosa, PhD, RN, succeeds Pascal J. Imperato, MD, MPH&TM, MACP, as the Interim Dean of the School of Public Health (SPH). Dr. Imperato assumes a new role as Senior Vice President of Academic Affairs.


SUNY Downstate Job Postings:

APEX Therapeutic Services are hiring for the Upcoming School Year (2017-2018). Apex Therapeutic services is seeking full-time and part-time Occupational Therapist (OTRL) to work for The Department of Education. If you are interested or would like more information, please contact Micaella Flores (Healthcare Recruitment Manager). Office (516)472-7002, Mobile (917)363-3853, or Email: Mflores@apexcare.net
Salary: $70.00 to $76 /hour

 

Class Notes: September 2017

Class Notes:

Lionel G. Deutsch, MD’60
Dr. Deutsch states “retired finally (last years of practice was as the Psychiatrist of Woodstock, NY in November 2016. He has recently moved to Ohio to be grandpa to his youngest son’s first child.

Richard Phillips, MD’78
Dr. Phillips is happily retired after 27 years as Director of Hepatology at Mount Sinai Medical center, Miami, FL and Associate Professor of Medicine Division of GI, MSMC and University of Miami Miller school of medicine. He hopes all of his friends from class of ’78 are well.

In Memoriam:
Maureen K. Molly, MD’57
Dr. Maureen Molloy died 3/18/2017.

Donald M. Zarou. MD’61
Dr. Donald M. Zarou passed away at NYU Lutheran Medical Center on May 20, 2017. Born and raised in Brooklyn, New York, he was a graduate of Poly Prep Country Day School, where later he served as Chairman of the Board of the Trustees. He earned his Bachelor of Science Degree from the University of Vermont and later graduated from SUNY Downstate Medical School with the Doctor of Medicine Degree. To read the complete Obituary click here.

John J. LoCascio Jr., MD’77
Dr. LoCascio passed away on Friday, August 18, 2017, after a short battle with cancer. He was a physician and partner at Mount David Clinical Associates in Lewiston until 1990. He then left his internal medicine practice to work as a medical director in leading global disability insurance companies. To read the complete obituary click here.

 


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Robert F. Furchgott Annual Visiting Professor Lecture: Nobel Laureate Dr. Eric Kandel

On Wednesday, September 6 at 3:00 p.m. in BSB Lecture Hall 6, the Robert F. Furchgott Annual Visiting Professor Lecture featured  Dr. Eric Kandel, 2000 Nobel Laureate and Professor at Columbia University. A packed auditorium coupled with Dr. Kandel’s jovial and engaging lecture style produced an exceptional event.

“Dr. Kandel’s research has been concerned with the molecular mechanisms of memory storage. He has been recognized with the Albert Lasker Award, the Heineken Award of the Netherlands, the Gairdner Award of Canada, the Harvey Prize and the Wolf Prize of Israel, the National Medal of Science USA and the Nobel Prize for Physiology or Medicine in 2000”

Dr. Kandel is currently a University Professor and the Director of Columbia’s Kavli Institute for Brain Science. Additionally, he is the Co-Director, Mortimer B. Zuckerman Mind Brain Behavior Institute, and an Investigator at the Howard Hughes Medical Institute.

The Robert F. Furchgott Annual Visiting Professor Lecture highlighted some of his current research ““The Biology of Memory and Age-Related Memory Loss.” Dr. Kandel’s research uncovered increased bone density, higher osteocalcin hormone levels and increased RbAp48 protein in the Dentate Gyrus produces significant results in decreasing age-related memory loss.

“Get more exercise and drink more red wine, to decrease age-related memory loss.” -Dr. Eric Kandel


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Your Independent Alumni Association

This past week, one of our residents came into the Alumni Association office to discuss setting up an endowed scholarship in memory of a resident who passed away unexpectedly this past May. This resident is also a graduate of the College of Medicine from SUNY Downstate.

As we discussed her desire to set up this scholarship, she talked about how important it was for her to have this scholarship benefit students and not have the funds spent on supporting the school or the hospital. In my three years as your Executive Director, this sentiment has been repeated on a regular basis. It was a wonderful reminder of why the Alumni Association for the College of Medicine at SUNY Downstate was incorporated.

In the 1880’s, long before there was a SUNY System, the graduates of the medical school in Brooklyn wanted to establish an Association that specifically supported students and student needs without the influence of the medical school or the medical school administration. These physicians banded together to form the Alumni Association for the College of Medicine at SUNY Downstate. They each paid dues to create a pool of money to operate the organization and on top of that, made some donations to fund student needs.

In 2017, our Association, and the Alumni Fund continue to be separate legal entities from SUNY Downstate. Although our contract with the SUNY system dictates that all of our projects and programs must benefit SUNY Downstate, EVERY one of our funding decisions is made by our Board of Managers and Board of Trustees. These two boards have one seat for the President of SUNY Downstate, but every other seat is held by a graduate of the College of Medicine. These alumni dedicate their time and energy to make sure that every dollar that we grant out from your generous donations and dues payments goes directly to support students.

Our Board of Managers is an elected body of College of Medicine graduates who organize and manage the annual Homecoming and Reunion (May 4-6. 2018 at the Marriot Brooklyn Bridge), the Alumni Today Magazine (Editor Constance Shames MD ’63), Alumni Events, our email newsletters, and our social media. The Board of Trustees consists of alumni of the College of Medicine who have served at least one term on the Board of Managers. They are the voting body that determines any and all grants that are given to our medical students including scholarships, travel grants, event and club support, research support, and other requests to support student needs.

Thank you for your continued donations and dues payments. They allow us to provide hundreds of thousands of dollars in scholarships each year to our medical students, fund summer and full year student research projects, reimburse student travel to conferences where they are presenting papers, and purchase white coats and a senior class gift for each of our medical students.

This continuing legal separation (137 years ago) from SUNY Downstate allows us to do what you would do as an alumnus/a with the donations instead of being influenced by the needs of the hospital or medical school. Students first and students always. That is why we are here as an alumni association.

First Year Student Profile – Ana Maria Lopez

This month’s special edition student profile is of first year medical student Ana Maria Lopez, class of 2021. In this profile she included her dog, Pancake Lopez, who is accompanying her on her journey to becoming a doctor. Ana Maria completed her undergraduate education The City College of New York.

Hometown: Valley Stream, Long Island and Buffalo, NY

 Potential specialty: Cardiology ❤

What inspired you to study medicine? I have an extreme love for the biological sciences. I also desire to help and potentially inspire people through my profession. What could be a better choice?

How is your family handling the fact that you’re in med school now? They are overly thrilled and amazingly supportive. Pancake: Grandma takes care of me when Mommy has it super busy.

How did you choose Downstate? I did a few summer programs at Downstate during my undergraduate career and fell in love with the school.  Pancake: I was born in Brooklyn, so I figured I’d return.

How does it feel to actually start med school? It feels like a huge weight has been lifted while simultaneously a larger weight has been added! But seriously, I feel so super blessed and excited to finally be here. Pancake: I don’t know what Mom is stressed about. I am having a wonderfully stress free time. I’m happy I get to see so many people on my walks. Also, I get to sleep when we study!