Winter Celebration 2017

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.

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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

 

 

 

 

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SUNY Downstate News: December 2017

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.

Class Notes: December 2017

Class Notes:

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.

In Memoriam:

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

Alumni Appreciation Day 2017

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.


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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.

Class Notes: October 2017

Class Notes:
Paul E. Schwartz, MD’60
Retired from private practice, buy enjoys volunteering at Americares.

Robert M. Weiss, MD’60
Dr. Weiss received the 2017 John W. Duckett, MD Pediatric Urology Research Excellence Award from the Urology Care Foundation.

Allen P. Kaplan, MD’65
Completed 50 years of basic and applied clinical research on the pathogenesis and therapy of bacteria and angioedema.

Paul S. Quentzel, MD’71
I am residing in Pompano Beach, Florida. I have retired 1 year ago from the practice of Gastroenterology. I am volunteering GI at a clinic in Boyton Beach, Florida for indigent patients. I look forward to seeing classmates at the 50th Reunion in 2018.

Ronald S. Green, MD’74
Dr. Green has retired from Clinical Gastroenterology practice and University of Connecticut faculty. He remains on Boston Hospital Board of Directors and Bristol Hospital and CT Hospital Association Quality Improvement Committees. Enjoying travel, grandchildren, outdoor activities and multiple volunteering opportunities.

James J. Hederman, MD’ 80
Dr. Hederman has celebrated his 25th year as a Jesuit.

David H. Berman, MD’82
Became the recipient of the Richard C. Troutman Master in Ophthalmology at the 2017

Lynne J. Goldberg, MD’86
Dr. Goldberg has been honored with an endowed professorship – The Jag Bhawan Professor of Dermatology – at Boston University School of Medicine.

Joy S. Feld, MD’01
Dr. Feld has been an internist in private practice at Cedars-Sinai in Los Angeles since 2004.

Herminio Diaz, MD’ 09
Dr. Diaz is starting at Mid-Hudson Regional Medical Center as a Surgeon in November.
Alumni Award Ceremony.


In Memoriam:

George A. Sirignano, M.D’43
George A. Sirignano, M.D. of Heritage Hills, Somers, NY, died Thursday, June 2, 2011 at the age 92. Dr. Sirignano was born February 18, 1919 in Mount Vernon, NY, to Alfonso and Rosa (Cerbone) Sirignano. He attended Mount Vernon schools and graduated from Columbia College in 1940 and from the Long Island College of Medicine (Downstate Medical) in 1943. He married Helen Neubauer on January 14, 1944. She predeceased him on August 15, 2004. To read the rest of his obituary click here.

David Cugell, MD’47
Dr. David W. Cugell, an esteemed director emeritus of Respiratory Health Association, died December 5, 2016, at the age of 93. Dr. Cugell was a 50+ year volunteer with RHA, continuing his advocacy well after his board service here ended.  Dr. Cugell had a special interest in climate change and lung health, and in recent years had been a key supporter of RHA efforts in this arena. To read the complete obituary click here.

Elizabeth M. MacDonald, MD’54
Dr. MacDonald died peacefully in her new home on May 19, 2017 after a long illness. She was the beloved wife of Leo J. Macdonald Jr. M.D. Loving mother to Leo J. MacDonald III and his wife Nina of Raleigh, NC, Michael J. MacDonald and his wife Berline of Newport, KY, Brian C. MacDonald of Lynnfield, Robert D. MacDonald and his wife Elva of Sagamore Beach, and John A. MacDonald and his wife Dawn of VA Beach, VA, and Nancy Rodig and her husband Scott of Westwood. Sister of Marian Ambrosiano of Long Island, NY and Eleanor Hefferin of Ft. Myers, Florida. Also survived by 10 grandchildren. To read the rest of her obituary click here.

Kenneth Roth, MD’69
Dr. Roth died in 2017. He leaves behind wife Seth-Deborah, and daughter Samantha-Ann.

David A. Goldstein, MD’72
David Aaron Goldstein, M.D., who co-founded the Pacific Center for Health Policy and Ethics in 1990 and served as its Co-Director, died on May 22, 2017, at his home, after a year-long illness, at the age of 71. A leader who contributed enormously to the development of medicine at the Keck School of Medicine and the university’s private and public hospitals, Dr. Goldstein was a beloved physician, teacher, mentor, and colleague. To read the complete obituary click here.


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