Conference Travel Grant Funding in Action

Michael Levine, a medical student in the Class of 2019, returned from a medical conference, where he represented SUNY Downstate and the Alumni Association, filled with gratitude. Michael and another medical student, Robert Kim, successfully applied for funding to present at the AAMC National Conference this month. Their oral presentation outlined their work and research in the Downstate Mentorship and Wellness Program.

Michael expressed his hopes of positive outcomes from this experience in his application. He stated “We hope to utilize this experience to learn more about how we can improve our program, how to better conduct medical research, about current developments in the realm of medical education, and to network with other professionals who can better our program and educations. Our program’s foundation and our involvement in this conference are both rooted in our desire to improve the Downstate College of Medicine experience for every student who comes to our school.”

Serving in multiple roles here at SUNY Downstate such as COM 2019 Med Council Vice President, Student Liaison Committee Representative, and as a representative of  the Anne Kastor Brooklyn Free Clinic, Michael Levine exemplifies the holistic opportunities College of Medicine students can experience with the aid of the Alumni Association and its generous donors.

 Read Below for Michael Levine’s bried reflection on his experience and additional photographs from the conferences:

“I hope this message finds you in good health… It went really well, people really seemed to like what we had to say!!! It seemed like we were one of only a small number of student presentations, which was cool (and a surprise). We learned a ton of interesting information that we will certainly bring back to the DMC campus for our wellness program and in general. We wouldn’t have been able to do any of this without your (Eric: Executive Director) and the Alumni Association’s assistance, so a million thanks for providing us with this incredible opportunity! Please let me know of anything I can do to return the favor.”

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SUNY Downstate News: November 2017

October 6-12 marked  National Physician Assistant (PA) Week

October 19th was “Wear Purple to Work Day” to raise awareness for Domestic Violence.

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month

On November 11 Veterans Day was observed


SUNY Downstate Announcements:

-Shirley Girouard, Professor and Associate Dean for Research and Innovation at Downstate’s College of Nursing, received the Mary Jane M. Williams Diamond Jubilee Lifetime Achievement Award in Nursing from the Connecticut Nurses Association.

-On October 22 ,2017, a team of residents, medical students, and others participated in the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention’s Community Walk in Manhattan. The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention is at the forefront of research, advocacy, education, and prevention initiatives designed to reduce loss of life resulting from suicide.

-On October 24, 2017, Dr. Dilip Nath, Assistant Vice President and Deputy Chief Information Officer of Information Services, was awarded a Citation of Honor by Queens Borough President, Melina Katz, for his outstanding contribution to civil activism.

-The National Institutes of Health (NIH) awarded Downstate a $10 million grant to form a translational health disparities research program, with a specific focus on recruiting and training underrepresented minority scientists.

-Jeffrey Putman, Vice President for Student Affairs, Dean of Students, was honored by The College Student Personnel Association of New York State for with the “Outstanding Contribution to the Profession” award.

-Downstate had winners in multiple sections at the New York Chapter—American College of Physicians (NYACP) Resident and Medical Student Forum on October 28th .Downstate students/trainees won first and second place in the Medical Student Clinical Vignette Category (Muhammad Yaasen Bhutta and Benjamin Parnes), first place in the Medical Student Research Category (Justina Ray), and third place in the Resident and Fellow Clinical Vignette (Odeth Barrett-Campbell, MD).

-On October 25, Rep. Yvette D. Clarke, the Congressional Caucus on Black Women and Girls, and Black Women’s Health Imperative hosted a briefing entitled, “Black Women’s Health: Where do we go from Here” in Washington, DC.
Alumna, Marcia Edmond-Bucknor, MD’04, Assistant Professor/Medical Director, Dept. of Family Medicine-Family Health Services, presented on how the Affordable Care Act (ACA) has impacted Black women’s access to care from the perspective of the medical community.

– Dr. Richard H. Schwarz, passed on November 9, 2017. Dr. Schwarz has served Downstate as Chairman of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Provost, and finally, Acting President from 1978 to 1994. He also served as Chair of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Methodist Hospital. Downstate honors his life and legacy.


Innovations in Medicine:

Dr. Samuel Márquez, Associate Professor of Cell Biology and Co-Director of Gross Cell Biology in the College of Medicine, co-authored an article in the October issue of The Anatomical Record entitled, “Cranial Indicators Identified for Peak Incidence of Otitis Media.” The article describes reconstruction of the cartilaginous Eustachian tube at different stages of growth.

Class Notes: November 2017

Class Notes:

Jerome G. Porush, MD’55
Dr. Porush states “he is still reading some journals, golfing, traveling, and enjoying his large family.

Sidney Winawer, MD’56
I am enjoying my more relaxed Emeritus status with a combination of research and papers with young faculty while partaking of many music and cultural activities in Manhattan, golf in East Hampton and a bunch of kids and grandkids with my wife Barbara. I’ve taken up jazz piano and still give an occasional lecture. Life and medicine remains joyful.

Stratos G. Kantounis, MD’58
Dr. Kantounis states he is “finally retired from surgery and is still teaching medical students. His wife Joan is still painting.

Alan M. Lobovits, MD’74
The New England Center for Children® (NECC®), a global leader in education for children with autism, announced today the election of Dr. Alan Lobovits to the Board of Directors. Dr. Lobovits is a pediatrician with Southboro Medical Group and an expert on developmental disabilities in children. To read the complete article click here.

Evan J. Fliegal, MD’83
Dr. Fliegal has been practicing Int. Med for 27 year in Athens, Georgia and has two happily married daughters. He also states “Go #1 Georgia Bulldawgs.”

Michael S. Sinel, MD’85
Dr.Sinel board-certified back pain specialist, will hosted a chess event for homeless youth in his Venice, California home on October 25th. “The chess event for homeless youth is Dr. Sinel’s initiative to contribute to the community. He is hosting the one-day chess session in partnership with Safe Place for Youth, an organization dedicated to addressing the fundamental needs of homeless youth in the area. With aid, assistance and donation from Board Members, donors, volunteers and partner organizations, SPY has remained steadfast in providing food, clothing and socks as primary forms of assistance to the recipients.” To read more about the event and Dr.Sinel click here.

Laura Frado, MD’11 & Steven D. Rosenblatt, MD’11
Drs. Frado and Rosenblatt have been happily married for 3 years and are now both practicing in Manhattan. Laura has joined New York Gastroenterology Associates on the Upper East Side as an adult gastroenterologist. She is also an Assistant Clinical Professor of Medicine at Mount Sinai Hospital. Laura completed her residency in Internal Medicine at Columbia University/New York Presbyterian Hospital and her gastroenterology & hepatology fellowship at the University of Rochester/Strong Memorial Hospital.

Steven is an Assistant Professor of Otolaryngology – Head & Neck Surgery at Weill Cornell Medicine/New York Presbyterian Hospital specializing in Pediatric Otolaryngology – Head & Neck Surgery. He completed his otolaryngology residency at the University of Rochester/Strong Memorial Hospital and his fellowship in Pediatric Otolaryngology at Boston Children’s Hospital/Harvard Medical School. Laura and Steven are excited to be back in NYC and to reconnect with classmates and friends.


In Memoriam:
Robert H. Jaros, MD’68
Robert H. “Dr. Bob” Jaros, 74, of 360 Patten Road, Shelburne died March 26, 2017.

Wilsa Ryder, MD’73
Wilsa Jane Ryder, MD, long of Provincetown, departed this life on Saturday, October 28, in Boston, with her family in attendance. She had experienced declining health in recent times, but succumbed to an acute pneumonia, at the Massachusetts General Hospital. To read an article on Dr. Ryder featured on a local newspaper website click here.

Student Profile – Malcolm Winkle

This month’s SUNY Downstate College of Medicine student profile is of Malcolm Winkle, class of 2018. Malcolm completed his undergraduate education at The Sophie Davis School of Biomedical Education- The City College of NY where he majored in Biomedical Sciences.

What is/will be your specialty? Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation

Who is/was your favorite professor at SUNY Downstate College of Medicine and why?
Dr. John Delury and Dr. Elliot Dehaan (both infectious Disease Doctors); they both take their time when assessing patients, rounding with their respective teams, and allowing students to take advanced roles in caring for patients; they both are excellent listeners and encourage team input and teach to better orient the team to the most important problems that a patient faces.

What is your favorite memory so far of your time studying at SUNY Downstate College of Medicine?
Receiving aid from the Alumni Association to study cancer pain mechanisms at NYU College of Dentistry for 6 months where I decided what my specialty was going to be.

How has the Alumni Association for the College of Medicine at SUNY Downstate helped you?
The Alumni Association has supported me with research stipends, networking opportunities with local physiatrists, and CV editing for the residency match. Pretty much anything career-oriented I can think of that I need help with I feel comfortable speaking to the Alumni Association and am confident that they can provide optimal support.

Is there anything else that you think Alumni would like to know about you?
I plan on assisting the Association in any way that I can in the future. I am grateful for its support.

How has the Alumni Association influenced your experience at SUNY Downstate?
The Alumni Association has served as a one stop shop for career guidance that is flexible to any need that I may have. It has made my time at Downstate more enriching by opening opportunities that I didn’t know were available to me: networking, stipends, resume/CV development and more. Downstate is a large organization and having the Alumni Association makes it easier to find the things you need.

When did you know you wanted to become a doctor?
When I was in high school I had the opportunity to shadow physicians. I enjoyed the patient-doctor relationship that my advisors had with their patients and how much patients trusted their physician’s recommendations and judgement.