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The Alumni Association remains committed to diverse and inclusive practices.

Diverse and Inclusive practices are subjects many organizations often speak about, but seldom practice, however  the Alumni Association – College of Medicine SUNY Downstate, is not one the aforementioned organizations. Staying true to the vision of the State University of New York Downstate Medical Center, the Alumni Association remains committed to serving the broad spectrum of individuals that attend SUNY Downstate’s medical school.

Recognizing differing ideologies based on life experience, culture, language, and ethnic background, leads to profound innovations in medicine.

The Alumni Association is proud support Downstate’s minority students with scholarships every year, funded by our generous donors.

This year we provided over $67,859, to African-American, Latino, and Native-American medical students. Depending on your definition of minority/under represented, if we include Asian-American students we have provided over $220,677 this year.

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SUNY Downstate News May 2017


SUNY Downstate Alumnus Jeffrey Goldstein, MD’90, was elected president of the International society Society for the Advancement of Spine Surgery.” Dr. Goldstein is chief of the Spine Service for Education Program and Director of the Spine Fellowship Program in NYU Langone Medical Center’s department of orthopedics. He has served on the ISASS board of directors since 2011. “We will continue our efforts to advance the science and art of spine surgery and educate practitioners from around the world,” said Dr. Goldstein.” to read more about this SUNY Downstate alumnus here.



Alumni’s Work of Fiction Touches Depression, Recovery

Paul Shalom Rhodes, MD ’75 reads Pink! May 27 in Coney Island

By Dr. Paul Shalom Rhodes, illustrated by Shimra Starr

May 27, 2017
5-8 pm
Coney Island Museum
1208 Surf Ave.
Brooklyn, NY  11224

Pink! is a gently fictionalized family memoir that begins in the early 1930s, as it follows a naive little girl’s fancies and fantasies when she and her mother visit her clinically depressed grandmother at the Blackwell’s Island Hospital in New York’s East River — once the actual site of Nellie Bly’s harrowing account of Ten Days in a Madhouse. The same redemptive love that eventually allays young Claire’s fears is carried through six generations of women … imbuing an aura of hope and resolution.

Pink! is especially engaging for young and adult readers who have encountered clinical depression in themselves or others, and observed the thorny pursuit of recovery.

Books signed by the author and illustrator will be available for purchase after the reading.

Charlotte Sun Features David Klein, MD ’75, Humanitarian

David Klein, MD ’75, interim director of the Virginia B. Andes Volunteer Community Clinic, was featured on the front page of the Charlotte Sun for his humanitarian efforts. Drs. Klein and Mark Asperilla have been an active public health team in Charlotte County, Florida, particularly in the battle against hepatitis C.
“Still going strong after all these years,” said Dr. Klein, a 2005 Babbott Award winner. “Downstate gave me my start.”

Brooklyn Recognizes M. Monica Sweeney, MD, MPH ’75 for AIDS Work


On December 2, 2016, in conjunction with World AIDS Day, Brooklyn Borough President Eric L. Adams recognized Dr. Monica Sweeney, ’75, SUNY Downstate Vice Dean for Global Engagement and Chair of Health Policy & Management in the School of Public Health, for her years of dedication and accomplishments in public health. The ceremony was held at Brooklyn Borough Hall.

Dr. Sweeney dedicated many years to addressing the health challenges in Brooklyn and elsewhere, and to achieving health equity and improving health care access for those who are disadvantaged.

She is the former assistant commissioner for the Bureau of HIV/AIDS Prevention and Control in the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene. Prior to that time, she served as medical director and vice president for medical affairs at the Bedford Stuyvesant Family Health Center in Brooklyn. Dr. Sweeney is the immediate past chair of the SUNY Downstate Council, and served on the Presidential Advisory Council on HIV/AIDS (PACHA), and as president of the Medical Society of the County of Kings. She has been a member of the board of directors of several prominent organizations, and has served as co-chair of the Physician Advisory Council of the New York State Department of Health AIDS Institute, and as president of the Clinical Directors Network.

In the fight against HIV/AIDS, Dr. Sweeney led the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene’s prevention and control efforts for several years. Her service on the Presidential Advisory Council on HIV/AIDS resulted in new initiatives to control the disease globally.

Dr. Sweeney received her medical degree from SUNY Downstate College of Medicine, and a Master of Public Health degree in health services management from Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health. She completed her residency training in internal medicine at Kings County Hospital Center/Downstate Medical Center, and is boarded in internal medicine.

Dr. Sweeney has served as a member of the faculty of the School of Public Health for several years and, prior to the school’s establishment, as a faculty member of the Department of Preventive Medicine and Community Health. She has also served as a member of the faculty of Downstate’s Department of Medicine.

Dr. Sweeney is the recipient of numerous awards and honors including the Award for Service in Health & Health Education for Black Women of the Congressional Black Caucus, the Public Health Advocate Award from the Public Health Association of New York City, and the Leadership in Urban Medicine Award of the Arthur Ashe Institute for Urban Health.

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Alumnus Article: Portland Public Health Initiative to Prevent Flu Among American Indians

Portland Area Mobilizes to Prevent Seasonal Influenza


By CAPT Thomas Weiser, MD ’95, MPH, Medical Epidemiologist
Portland Area Indian Health Service
November 23, 2016

Thanksgiving is almost upon us. As we prepare to gather together with family and friends, let us be mindful that one guest is not invited–influenza! Influenza has been shown to have a greater impact on American Indians and Alaska Natives and people with chronic medical conditions. The Portland Area IHS and Tribal clinics have been hard at work this year in vaccinating our communities against the flu. One strategy that we focused on last year was to vaccinate as early as possible. Because flu vaccine supplies are sometimes delayed by production or distribution factors outside of our control, we needed to add to this strategy. This year, clinics are focusing on not only vaccinating as early as possible, they are taking it to the streets by vaccinating in multiple sites outside of the clinic’s four walls. Here are some examples of the great efforts our clinical sites are undertaking here in the Pacific Northwest:

  • Yakama Service Unit: The clinic has scheduled weekly flu-shot clinics every afternoon. In addition, they have added one late evening clinic each week. On Thursday mornings, during Administrative Time when the clinic is closed, they are holding “drive-through flu shot clinics” where folks can get their flu shots without even getting out of their car. Flu vaccinations were also given during the Tribal Head Start screening clinic, which had about 50 children.
  • Western Oregon Service Unit (Chemawa): Clinic staff have given about 500 flu shots so far to community members. Among Health Care Providers, 99 percent have received a flu shot this year, according to the new mandatory policy for annual flu vaccinations of Health Care Providers. Angela Zimmerman, Public Health Nurse, is gearing up to vaccinate all 400+ students at the nearby Chemawa Boarding School before they travel home for the Thanksgiving break.
  • Colville Service Unit: The Colville Service Unit has been doing drive-through flu clinics for many years. The first one for this year was held at the main clinic location (Nespelem) on September 21 in which about 100 flu shots were given. A week later, they held another drive-through flu clinic at a smaller satellite clinic in Omak. This was the first time they had done this at Omak and they reported a good turn-out. Both clinics have a policy to vaccinate at all visits and anecdotally they report about 80 percent of those offered accepted the flu vaccine this year. According to Immunization coordinator Sadie Cano, over 90 percent of employees have been vaccinated for flu so far this year.
  • Wellpinit Service Unit: The first ever drive-through flu clinic was held this week reaching 24 patients. CDR Elizabeth Sachse, Public Health Nurse, reports that many of the people she usually sees at home or in elder programs have already gotten their flu shots and observed that the clinic nurses seem to be more active in giving flu shots in clinic because many of the folks she has seen have already gotten their flu shots.
  • Warm Springs Service Unit: Activities at the Warm Springs Health and Wellness Center have focused on making flu shots available at every visit throughout the clinic, including medical clinics, pharmacy and Community Health. In addition, flu shots have been offered at multiple locations and venues outside of clinic. These include many high traffic areas such as the Post Office, Administration Center, Community Center and Family Resource Center. They have also worked to coordinate with many tribal programs such as Corrections, Human Resources, Assisted Living and Children’s Group Home. In each location, flu shots are provided for both clients and tribal staff. Nearly all Warm Springs Health and Wellness Center employees have received their flu shots this year!
  • Fort Hall Service Unit: The Ft. Hall Service Unit worked with Shoshone-Bannock Tribal Health Partners again this year to hold two successful drive-through flu clinics. Last year they gave 38 flu shots in just one hour, this year they gave 50! A second drive-through clinic was smaller (just 23 patients) but the Ft. Hall staff was dedicated, working outside in near freezing temperatures. Dr. Bernadette Corum, Acting Clinical Director, reports they have been increasing their use of media and advertising with messages in the clinic, Facebook and tribal newspaper. So far it has paid off with over 1,000 adults and 99 percent of employees vaccinated against influenza this year.

Tribal clinics in the area are also joining in the effort. One clinic reports starting to give flu shots earlier this year than before while another reports that they have vaccinated over 400 people so far. They held a flu clinic at the Elder’s Center over lunch two different days and even brought their Clinical Director, Dr. Allison Spencer, to discuss the differences between regular adult and high dose flu vaccines. As a result of these activities, 55 elders were vaccinated. Two of our Tribal clinics have also adopted mandatory employee flu shot policies to help protect staff and patients from influenza.

Across the Pacific Northwest, clinical providers employ a number of “best practices” to get people vaccinated. These include:

  • Using Electronic Health Record reminders to help remind staff of who needs a flu shot.
  • Checking for and offering a flu shot at every clinic visit, including eye clinic, dental clinic and the pharmacy refill window.
  • Providing flu shots at out-of-clinic venues: elder meetings, day care and Head Start facilities, and drive-through flu clinics like the one pictured below at Ft. Hall Service Unit.
  • Making flu shots available at special walk-in flu clinics staffed by nurses.
  • Adopting extended-hour clinics on weekends and evenings specifically for providing flu shots.
  • Utilizing pharmacists who are authorized in most states to provide a variety of immunizations, including flu shots.
  • Providing community outreach through radio, newspaper and social media outlets to educate the community about the importance of getting a flu shot each year.

The Portland Area Office is extremely proud of the efforts being made by everyone across our three states. We believe that these efforts are important to prevent influenza morbidity and mortality among the patients that we serve. Learn more about influenza vaccination, prevention and disease surveillance.

CAPT Thomas Weiser, MD, MPH is the Medical Epidemiologist for the IHS Portland Area Office and is assigned to the NW Tribal Epidemiology Center at the Northwest Portland Area Indian Health Board.

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SUNY Downstate Class Notes, Nov. 16, 2016


David Schneider, MD `53
Dr. Schneider writes from West Orange, New Jersey, that he’s “still okay, working four days a week.”

Harold Chafkin, MD `54
Dr. Chafkin writes from Middletown, New Jersey, that he has “finally retired after 51 years.”

Gerald I. Shugoll, MD `54
Dr. Shugoll, in North Bethesda, Maryland, became a great-grandfather in June 2016.

Leonard Levine, MD `55
Dr. Levine in Alexandria, Virginia, is “retired, but still volunteering.”

Michael Sulman, MD `57
Dr. Sulman writes from Rancho Palos Verdes, CA, “My wife and I continue to enjoy our retirement. Fortunately, our health remains good and we’re able to indulge our love to travel. Our children and grandchildren are close enough for weekend visits.”

Stanley Gulotta, MD `58
Dr. Gulotta writes from Greenwich, Connecticut, “I’m still standing! Enjoying retirement!”

Stratos G. Kantounis, MD `58
Dr. Kantounis, in Rockville Center, New York,  is “still assisting in OR and teaching, and Joan is still painting.”

John Michael Aversa, MD `67
Dr. Aversa in Woodbridge, Connecticut, writes, “The year 2016 will be not only the 50th anniversary of my medical school graduation, but also my and Ellen’s 50th wedding anniversary. This year, we welcomed our eighth grandchild, and there is another on the way. I have been blessed with four wonderful children, John Jr., a colorectal surgeon, Kristen, an OB/GYN, David, a psychiatrist, and Monica, with an MBA. God is good.”

Robert D. Argand, MD `69
Dr. Argand has retired after 44 years as an ED physician.

John J. O’Brien, MD `68
Dr. O’Brien retired from private practice of orthopedic surgery in 2013, and has worked part-time as Director of Orthopedic Clinics at Hartford Hospital in Hartford, Connecticut, since 2014.

Herbert Diamond, MD `62
Dr. Diamond is a volunteer for Volunteers in Medicine Berkshires in Massachusetts.

Joel M. Ingegno, MD `62
Dr. Ingegno writes that he recently moved to Florida, but still misses New York City.

Frank “Burt” Dibble, MD `66
Dr. Dibble writes that he’s “almost retired – doing a little long-term care. Living on the New Hampshire seacoast and loving it.” His partner is still happily practicing law, and they’re active in non-profits, civic affairs and travel in their light plane.

Rica G. Arnon-Rabinowitzm, MD `67
Dr. Arnon-Rabinowitz is “still enjoying being a full-time pediatric cardiologist.”

David A. Abraham, MD `70
Dr. Abraham “retired back to Long Island in June 30, 2016, after nearly 14 years of ENT practice in northern Minnesota.”

Steven Polansky, MD `71
Dr. Polansky will be Chief of Staff, Mercy San Juan Medical Center, from January 1, 2016 to December 31, 2017.

Neil J. Principe, MD `71
Dr. Principe writes that he’s now “mostly retired, but doesn’t have to move to Florida, because he’s already there.”

Peter Verril, MD `73
Dr. Verrill is “happily retiring from my Florida OB/GYN practice in January.”

Uri Vaisman, MD `74
Dr. Vaisman writes that he is, “Still alive and still practicing radiology full time” in Appleton, WI.

Henry W. Lim, MD `75
Dr. Lim was honored in September 2016 with the Whitehouse Distinguished Career Award, Henry Ford Medical Group, Detroit Michigan. He also received the Asian Pacific American Chamber of Commerce Salute to Excellence Award, Detroit.

Linda Susan Marcus, MD `75
Dr. Marcus is on the Board of Directors of Women’s Dermatological Society.

Leland Deane, MD `78
Dr. Deane has completed two terms on the Department of Health Board Office of Professional Medical Conduct.

David S. Katz, MD `80
Dr. Katz, based in Indianapolis, has now practiced occupational medicine for 33 years. His daughter, Abby, is a vice president in commercial banking at PNC Bank, Columbus, OH.

Aaron Saul Greenberg, MD `82
Dr. Greenberg writes that he is “proud to have my daughter, Jill Greenberg, as a third-year student in the SUNY Downstate Class of 2018.”

Michael Zenilman, MD `84
Dr. Zenilman is the new chair of surgery at New York Methodist Hospital. Click here to read more.

Edward Chapnick, MD `85
Dr. Chapnick is Senior Vice Chair of Medicine and Director of Infectious Diseases at Maimonides Medical Center in Brooklyn, and Professor of Clinical Medicine at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine in the Bronx.

Jonathan Tarrash, MD `87
Dr. Tarrash writes from Boca Raton, FL, that he is “proud to report our two sons are pursuing careers in law, and our daughter started medical school.”

Theodor Kaufman, MD `93
Dr. Kaufman is Program Director for General Surgery at Bassett Medical Center, Cooperstown, NY.

Maya Moorley, MD `01
Dr. Moorley is still in private practice in Internal Medicine at Mount Sinai Doctors Long Island-Huntington, since 2004. She’s been married 13 years, and has two children, Ajay, 10, and Avani, 4. She’s “still friends with many classmates, including Steven Brunner (pediatrician, ’01), Paula Lester (geriatrician, ’01) and Izchak Kohen (geriatric psychiatrist, ’01).”

In Memoriam

Robert Bertero, MD `56
Dr. Bertero died May 19, 2016. He was born in 1931 in Brooklyn and grew up playing on the monkey bars in Prospect Park with his best friend Charlie, browsing the Brooklyn Museum, and enjoying the Brooklyn Botanical Gardens. He attended Stuyvesant High School, Columbia University and SUNY Downstate Medical School, and was a primary care physician specializing in internal medicine for nearly forty-five years serving the Manhattan community affiliated with St. Vincent’s Hospital, Greenwich Village. He was one of the last physicians who regularly made house calls to patients too ill to come to his office. George had a great sense of humor and was a wonderful storyteller. He was a brilliant man who could discuss virtually any subject. Source: Thomas F. Dalton Funeral Homes.

John F. Mullane MD `63, PHD, JD
Dr. Mullane was born in Brooklyn, NY, and died Aug 13, 2016 at 79. He received an MD from SUNY in 1963, a PHD in 1968 and a JD from Fordham University in 1977. Dr. Mullane was an associate medical director at Ayers Labs, a division of American Home Products in Wilmington DE 1973-75, director clinical research from 1975-76, became VP of Clinical in 1977, VP Science 1978-82, executive VP 1983-88, and President of Mullane Health Care Cons in 1989. He was also director of drug development at DuPont Med. Products in 1990, and Senior VP from 1991-94. He also served as a Lt. Col. In the US Army from 1970-73. He received the Upjohn Achievement award in 1970, and was named a NY Heart Assoc. Crawford-Maynard fellow 1966-68. His achievements included the development of major drugs including Inderal, Premarin, Lodine, Coumadin and Cozaar. From the obituary of John F. Mullane, MD, Sarasota, Florida, Herald-Tribune.

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Michael Zenilman, MD `84, New Chair of Surgery at New York Methodist


Michael Zenilman, MD `84, has joined New York Methodist Hospital as chair of the Department of Surgery. He will also serve on the Weill Cornell Medicine faculty, recruited as a professor of surgery.

A specialist in gastrointestinal surgery and expert in geriatric surgery, Dr. Zenilman is a graduate of the College of Medicine at SUNY Downstate. He went on to complete a residency at Barnes-Jewish Hospital at Washington University in St. Louis before becoming professor of surgery at Albert Einstein College of Medicine, where he was vice chairman and program director of the surgical residency program at Montefiore Medical Center. He then returned to SUNY Downstate as chairman of surgery and program director. He most recently served as vice chair and regional director of surgery at Johns Hopkins.

While at Johns Hopkins, Dr. Zenilman was tasked with developing a healthcare system in the D.C. metro area that integrated community surgeons and hospitals into the Hopkins healthcare system. That background puts him in a unique position to navigate the changes coming to NYM. “Healthcare is moving towards comprehensive disease management,” he said. “That’s something we can bring to New York Methodist Hospital because all the pieces are here.

“I’m extremely impressed with the quality of faculty we have here, the dedication of the staff and – most importantly – the way in which everyone interacts,” Dr. Zenilman continued. “There’s a wonderful culture of camaraderie that’s pretty unique.”

Dr. Steven Silber, senior vice president for medical affairs, added that Dr. Zenilman is the right person to build upon that legacy. “We are thrilled to welcome Dr. Zenilman as our new chair of surgery,” said Dr. Silber. “He is not only a star surgeon, but a skilled and energetic administrator. There is no one better suited to guide New York Methodist’s surgery department through this time of change.”
“I am very pleased to welcome Dr. Zenilman, a remarkable surgeon, teacher and national leader to New York Methodist Hospital and Weill Cornell Medicine,” said Dr. Fabrizio Michelassi, chairman of the Department of Surgery and the Lewis Atterbury Stimson Professor of Surgery at Weill Cornell Medicine, and surgeon-in-chief at NewYork-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical Center. “In this exciting new chapter for New York Methodist’s Department of Surgery, his leadership will be essential in helping us succeed and ultimately expand our vision for new levels of excellence in healthcare.”

New York Methodist Hospital (NYM), a voluntary, acute-care teaching facility located in Brooklyn’s Park Slope, houses 651 inpatient beds (including bassinets) and provides services to about 42,000 inpatients each year. In addition, approximately 500,000 outpatient visits and services are logged annually. The Hospital, founded in 1881, has undergone extensive renovation and modernization over the years. NYM has Institutes in the following areas: Advanced and Minimally Invasive Surgery, Advanced Otolaryngology, Asthma and Lung Disease, Cancer Care, Cardiology and Cardiac SurgeryDiabetes and Other Endocrine Disorders, Digestive and Liver Disorders, Healthy Aging, Neurosciences, Orthopedic Medicine and Surgery, Vascular Medicine and Surgery and Women’s Health. New York Methodist Hospital is affiliated with the Weill Cornell Medical College and is a member of the NewYork-Presbyterian Healthcare System.

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Munish Khaneja MD `97 joins Altruista Health as Chief Medical Officer


Munish Khaneja, MD will oversee clinical strategy and regulatory innovation across all products and services, and will work directly with Altruista Health clients to translate those innovations into clinical, operational and financial improvements, according to Altuista.

Most recently, Dr. Khaneja served as Vice President of Clinical Effectiveness and Pharmacy at EmblemHealth, a large regional health plan serving more than 2.4 million members in New York and Connecticut. At EmblemHealth, Khaneja was responsible for Medical Management, Pharmacy and Behavioral Health divisions and was the corporate Clinical Lead for Population Health/Value Based Purchasing. His achievements at EmblemHealth included an extensive reorganization of Medical Management into an integrated care management model, leading a successful RFP of the PBM services that produced a large net savings for the plan, and strengthening the clinical behavioral health and clinical delegation oversight functions to provide members with a highly coordinated and patient-centric care environment.

Prior to EmblemHealth, Dr. Khaneja served as the SVP and Chief Medical Officer of Affinity Health Plan, a regional health plan in the New York City area serving Medicaid, Medicare and Health Exchange populations. At Affinity, he managed Medical Management, Pharmacy Management and Quality Management, where he strengthened the Medical Management UM review process, established the pharmacy benefit coverage as a part of the state carve-in with over $250 million in annual spend and led the quality management team that brought the health plan into the top half of New York State’s quality rating.

In addition to his experience as a health plan executive, Dr. Khaneja has held numerous clinical and academic roles. He served as Lead Hospitalist at Kings County Health Center in Brooklyn, New York and Chief Medical Officer of the Greater Hudson Valley Health Center, a non-profit Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC).

Dr. Khaneja graduated from Brooklyn College Summa Cum Laude with a degree in Chemistry and completed his MD from the SUNY Downstate College of Medicine. He is a Board-certified internist and also is certified in Medical/Healthcare Informatics from the Oregon Health Sciences University. He completed his Masters in Public Health from the Mailman School of Public Health at Columbia University and is a Fellow of the American College of Physicians.

“Dr. Khaneja has devoted his career to supporting safety net populations and the organizations that serve them in almost every clinical and executive capacity imaginable,” said Ashish Kachru, CEO of Altruista Health. “He possesses a deep, holistic understanding of the payer, provider and health information technology aspects of care management. Coupled with the fact that he has also been a customer of Altruista Health at Affinity Health Plan, the addition of Dr. Khaneja to our executive team will bring tremendous value to our clients.”

“In this era of value-based care, health plans, healthcare delivery systems and individual clinicians are taking on new responsibilities and serving patients in new capacities,” said Khaneja. “As the lines between these three blur, Altruista Health is positioned at the vanguard of this evolution, as our care management and care coordination solutions are highly adaptable to emerging payer-provider business models. We have an opportunity to help vulnerable populations lead healthier lives, and I’m excited to work closely with our clients to deliver on that promise.”

About Altruista Health
Altruista Health delivers population health management solutions that support value-based and person-centered care models. Our GuidingCare technology platform integrates care management, care coordination and quality improvement programs through a suite of sophisticated yet easy-to-use web applications. Founded in 2007 and headquartered in the Washington, D.C. area, Altruista Health has grown into a recognized industry leader, culminating in a spot on Deloitte’s 2015 Technology Fast 500. Health plans and healthcare providers in more than 35 states use GuidingCare to transform their processes, reduce avoidable expenses and improve patient health outcomes.

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Richard Allen Williams, MD `62, Named 117th President of National Medical Association


Dr. Richard Allen Williams, the newly installed 117th President of the National Medical Association, is currently Clinical Professor of Medicine at the UCLA School of Medicine and President/CEO of the Minority Health Institute, Inc. in Los Angeles, California. He was born and raised in Wilmington, Delaware. Upon graduating from Howard High School at the top of his class, he was awarded a full scholarship to Harvard University and graduated with honors as the first African American student at Harvard from Delaware. He received the M.D. degree from the State University of New York Downstate Medical Center, performed his internship at the University of California San Francisco Medical Center, Internal Medicine residency at the Los Angeles County-USC Medical Center, and Cardiology fellowship at Harvard Medical School, Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston.

Dr. Williams has numerous publications and awards to his credit and is the author of The Textbook of Black-related Diseases published in 1975, which detailed medical conditions peculiar to African Americans; no other book of its kind has been written before or since, and it is widely considered the classic seminal work on the medical status of blacks. Dr. Williams founded the Association of Black Cardiologists (ABC) in 1974 and served as its president for 10 years. Recently, he served as President of the Charles R. Drew Medical Society in Los Angeles, and is an internationally-recognized authority on hypertension and sudden cardiac death, and his new book contains a foreward written by the President of the AHA. Dr. Williams was recently selected as one of the 15 African American “Pioneers in Cardiology” (along with Dr. Charles R. Drew, Dr. Daniel Hale Williams and others. Currently, Dr. Williams is promoting his new concept called “Humane Medicine” which is designed to restructure the way in which medicine is taught and practiced in the United States. This concept is a forerunner of cultural competence. He was chosen by the National Medical Association (NMA) to receive the prestigious Dr. John Beauregard Johnson Award and was honored with a testimonial dinner by the Association of Black Cardiologists in August, 2000 in recognition of his lifetime accomplishments and was also presented with the Scroll of Merit, the highest award given by the NMA. He received the National Leadership Award from the Consortium on Southeastern Hypertension Control (COSEHC) and was named as one of the 100 best doctors in America by Black Enterprise Magazine. He was presented with Harvard’s Lifetime Achievement Award and was given the International Achievement Award by the LINKS, Inc., and selected to matriculate at the Oxford Round Table, University of Oxford, England.

Dr. Doris Browne, was elected President-Elect of the National Medical Association (NMA) at its 114th Annual Convention and Scientific Assembly in Los Angeles, California and will take the helm as the 118th President of the NMA on August 1, 2017 in Philadelphia, PA at its Annual Convention and Scientific Assembly.



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