Note from the Executive Director, Eric T. Shoen-Ukre:
Our 2017 Alumni Today magazine is arriving in mailboxes as we speak. We are grateful for the hard work that our editor, Constance Shames, MD ’63 puts into making this magazine a reality. She volunteers her time to do the majority of the work on the magazine and single-handedly makes all of the editorial decisions for the contents. You can click here to read an electronic copy of the 2017 issue of our magazine: http://www.downstate.edu/alumni/alumni_today.html and to see links to some of our previous issues.
Please continue to email any class notes to firstname.lastname@example.org, or to mail them to our office so they can be included in our email newsletter and printed in the next (2018) issue of Alumni Today.
On December 6, 2017 the Alumni Association hosted a Winter Celebration for the College of Medicine Alumni and the current medical students who they have supported. Alumni and students alike expressed jubilation throughout the evening.
Over light hors d’oeuvres and wine, groups of students and alumni formed, conversing on topics of experience in medical school and possible future career options.
A special sentiment of gratitude was expressed to Dr. Constance Shames, Class of 1963, for her spectacular work on the Alumni Today magazine. (Pictured above).
If you you would like to view the entire album from the Alumni Association Winter Celebration 2017, please visit the following link: http://bit.ly/2BmKUiL
December 1 is World AIDS Day
December 12 – 20 Hanukkah is celebrated
December 25 Christmas Day
SUNY Downstate Announcements:
- SUNY Downstate’s Center for Community Health Promotion and Wellness hosted an educational seminar on “Asthma Control and Prevention” for the local community.
- Jelanie DeShong is the new Director of Government Relations. Jelanie brings great experience from local city government to New York State government. Before joining Downstate, Mr. DeShong served as Director of Community Engagement and Confidential Assistant in the Office of NYS Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul, where he was senior advisor to the Chief of Staff for operations, strategy, and work.
- Downstate’s Students for Social Responsibility and the Chinese American Medical Society have offered free flu shots in various Brooklyn communities since 2002 and 2007, respectively. With support from the student clubs and University Hospital of Brooklyn, students were trained how to administer the flu vaccine.
- The American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP) Foundation endowed the Brooklyn Free Clinic (BFC) with the Family Medicine Cares USA “existing” clinic award of $9,050.
- Brahim Chaqour, PhD, Professor of Cell Biology and Ophthalmology at Downstate, received two awards to support research related to treatment of incurable vision-threatening diseases. The new awards, totaling $2,008,973, are from the National Eye Institute of the National Institutes of Health
- On December 1st the Arthur Ashe Institute for Urban Health (AAIUH) held their 25th Anniversary.
- Leslie Schechter, MA, has been appointed Assistant Vice President of Operations in the Office of Academic Affairs reporting to the Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs, Dr. Pascal James Imperato.
Innovations in Medicine:
- Chair of Surgery Dr. Rainer W. G. Grussner, and his team performed a total removal of the pancreas from a patient who had long suffered disabling abdominal pain from a history of pancreatitis. This procedure marks the beginning of a new program for the treatment of chronic pancreatitis at Downstate that includes cutting-edge islet transplantation to help patients avoid the onset of Diabetes mellitus following complete removal of a diseased pancreas. Downstate surgeons implanted a patient’s own insulin-producing pancreatic cells (“islets”) after the total removal of pancreas.
- At Neuroscience 2017, the annual meeting of the Society for Neuroscience, Downstate researchers presented their work with novice military pilots. Our researchers’ work suggests that novice military pilots can improve their visual responses to a simulated emergency procedure by observing the eye movements of expert pilots
- Downstate is the First in New York State to Deploy ORLocate Sponge System. ORLocate Sponge is a noninvasive counting/reconciliation system that uses radio frequency identification to eliminate the risk of retained sponges during surgical procedures.
Irwin Berkowitz, MD’72
Dr. Berkowitz has retired from the practice of Pediatrics after 41 years at Chestnut Ridge Pediatrics. Kathleen, my wife of 43 years is trying to adjust.
Jeffrey M. Karp, MD’75
Dr. Karp has retired from his neurology practice of 37 years in Clearwater, FL. He, and his wife of 43 years, has relocated to Juno Beach, FL to enjoy the good life with his 3 granddaughters.
Albert A. Meyer, MD’75
Dr. Meyer is a retired Family Physician. After his residency at Duke, he went into private practice for 13 years. Later went on to teach in Family Medicine Residencies at Duke and the University of North Carolina for 26 years. He has recently retired from full time practice and works part time in our local Hospice Unit.
Miriam T. Vincent, MD’85
Dr. Vincent is Executive Director of DSRiP at SUNY Downstate.
Kate Waldeck, MD’10
Dr. Waldeck has been named an assistant professors at the Marshall University Joan D. Edwards School of Medicine. To read more on Dr. Waldeck click here.
Steven W. Piecuch, MD ’79
Steven W. Piecuch, MD, passed away on November 25, 2017. He was a pediatrician who subspecialized in neonatology and pediatric critical care, and practiced at Kings County and SUNY Downstate. He took pride in caring for infants and children in the ICU, and enjoyed teaching residents and medical students. He also liked to participate in medical missions, including to Hospital Albert Schweitzer in Haiti and Angkor Hospital for Children in Cambodia. He was active in the SUNY Downstate College of Medicine Alumni Association, and served as president in 2008-2009. He is survived by his beloved wife of 35 years, Ramona; sons Michael (Class of 2012), Martin, and Jerrold; grandson Henry; mother Doris; sister Catherine; and brother Thomas. The complete obituary can be found at: http://obits.silive.com/obituaries/siadvance/obituary.aspx?n=steven-piecuch&pid=187487580
Tuesday, November 28, 2018, was Alumni Appreciation Day here at the College of Medicine SUNY Downstate. College of Medicine Graduates who currently work at SUNY Downstate were celebrated with a small token of appreciation from the Alumni Association.
With over 30 plus alumni attendees for Alumni Appreciation Day and the influx of many online and check donations, we hope to continue recognizing on campus alumni in a plethora of ways and foster lasting relationships.
If you are an alumnus/alumna and were unable to attend, do not hesitate to come to the Alumni Association Office to pick up your free gift between 9:00 A.M. – 5:00 P.M on Monday to Friday. The Alumni Association Office is located the Basic Sciences Building, Room BSB 1-6.