SUNY Downstate News October 2017

Thursday, September 21, marked the Jewish New Year, Rosh Hashanah.

National Supply Chain Week is celebrated October 1-7, 2017


-Dr. Sydney Butts, Clarence And Mary Dennis Dedicated Service Award 2017 winner, was featured on a Good Morning America segment on Sleep Apnea in children. Dr. Butts states, “symptoms of sleep apnea in children include snoring, hyperactivity, trouble focusing in school, depression or anger and even bed wetting. Some of these symptoms can often be confused with those of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)”. To read more and watch here segment, click here.

– Brian K. McNeils MD, Downstate Urology Program Director, and Mike Haynes, NFL Hall of Famer, did a press tour for the American Urological Association. They are a part of the Know Your Stats Campaign, designed to increase awareness about prostate cancer.

SUNY Downstate Announcements:

-Dean of the College of Nursing,  Lori Escallier, PhD, RN, CPNP-PC, FAAN presented her work with veterans at the World Congress of Nursing & Nursing Education Conference in Rome, Italy.

– Announcements of the appointment of the members of the Employee Climate/Engagement Survey Steering Committee, chaired by Judith Dorsey, MA—Vice President of Human Resources and Campus Ethics Officer. The individuals serving on this committee are: Bernadette Selby;  Patricia Winston RN, MS; Laura Free, MPA; Pascale Daquin; Devon John, MD; Karen Saunders MA; Allen Lewis PhD, CRC; Lori Escallier PhD, RN, CPNP-PC, FAAN; Seth Langley PhD; Peter Ljutic; Rowena Blackman, MS; and Rose Jackman, MPH.

– Facility Improvements: Work has begun in the basement of the library to temporarily relocate departments who are currently housed in the trailed located on Lenox Road. The team at Facilities Management & Development will be working diligently towards to the goal of have most the departments relocated before the winter weather hits.

– Dr Raavi Gupta, MD,  is the Assistant Professor of Pathology at Downstate and Director of Laboratories at Downstate Bay Ridge. Dr. Gupta has been elected President of the New York Pathological Society.

– Andrew Hasenzahl, SPH/COM Class of 2020, Rev. Dr. Kirkpatrick Cohall, chair of Downstate’s SUNY Campus Council, and Ellen Watson, Assistant Vice President for Institutional Advancement, for attended the 2017 ACT Conference on behalf of SUNY Downstate. The Council is charged with reviewing critical campus plans, impacting structure and serving as advocates for their campuses.

– Dr. Robert Gore was honored at the United Hospital Fund Gala with the Distinguished Community Service Award. “The award recognizes volunteer leadership of a specific project or initiative that significantly improves health and health care in New York City. UHF saluted Dr. Gore’s work with the Kings Against Violence Initiative (KAVI).”

Innovations in Medicine:

– Dr. Todd Sacktor, Neurology Professor for the College of Medicine, participated in a BBC podcast discussing his breathtaking memory research. Dr. Sacktor“believes that memories are stored in the connections – or synapses … and what Todd Sacktor and his colleagues have done is to create a drug called ZIP that disperses PKM Zeta and appears to wipe out memories.” To read more and listen to his interview click here.

– One of the companies at the Downstate Biotechnology Incubator, HemoGenyx, LLC, is going public next week with a listing on the London Stock Exchange. This is the first and only Brooklyn-based company to have achieved this major distinction.


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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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:
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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First Year Medical Students iPad Giveaway! 2017

After much anticipation, first year Medical Students, MS1, came to the Alumni Association office filled will jubilation to pick up their iPads. The 194 iPads were donated by an anonymous alumnus donor who wanted to provide students with another resource to succeed during their time in Medical School. As expected, students responded with gratitude and a multitude of different reasons why this generous gift meant so much to them.

From financial reasons to differing types of learners, below are testimonials from students on the utility of the donation:

“I thought about purchasing an iPad for the longest time but couldn’t due to financial reasons.” – Hermione Gaw

“I can be slow at learning sometimes and visual aids are very useful to me …I hope you know that you aren’t just donating iPad to a “class,” but to individuals people who have their own unique reasons for cherishing this gift.” – Rebecca Walton

“I am already using this iPad mini to organize myself, make Anki flashcards, and observe anatomical structures with the many amazing apps available.” – Kelila Kahane”

“I can imagine a multitude of ways your gift will aid in our studies, from now as we delve into learning about anatomy, to have a handy reference on our future rotations.” – Swetha Mummini

The connection to SUNY Downstate and its vast Alumni Network has already begun to take root:

“I am also touched by what this gift represents – the continuity of the Downstate College of Medicine and that alumni still feel connected and invested in the college. I will keep that in mind so that one day I too can give back.” – Kelila Kahane

“I hope that you continue to be prosperous in your endeavors, and I promise to take the baton and pass it on at every stage of my learning experience and career.”  – Amarachi Uwaga

“I am proud to be a part of SUNY Downstate, especially knowing that it has a great alumni network and wonderful alumni.” – Johnny Wai Ming Tang

One student even looks forward to what this donation can contribute to in her future medical career:

 “While I know my mind may change, I currently plan to go into Cardiology and contribute to society from that. I hope to one day work in an underserved area and, when financially stable enough, to open my own clinic in order to build stronger bonds with my patients and provide them with greater one to one care. I also want to one day travel to the Dominican Republic and provide free basic healthcare to those families living in the countryside and impoverished areas of the country.” – Ana Maria Lopez











SUNY Downstate News August 2017

August 1-7
World Breastfeeding Week!

SUNY Downstate Announcement
: Rainer W. G. Gruessner, MD, FACS, FICS, has been named Chair of surgery and Clarence & Mary Dennis Professor of Surgery at SUNY Downstate Medical Center. The announcement was made by Carlos N. Pato, MD, Dean of the College of Medicine at SUNY Downstate. “Dr. Gruessner is a nationally renowned surgeon and clinical innovator, a prolific academic, a committed educator, and a successful and experienced department chair, having most recently served as chair of surgery at the University of Arizona and later as chief of transplantation at SUNY Upstate Medical University.”

SUNY Downstate Health Fair: For health screenings for blood pressure, sugar test, cholesterol, HIV/AIDS, stroke screening, breast education and more. The Health Fair will be held at Family Health Services at 840 Lefferts Avenue from 10:00 A.M to 4:00 P.M on August 19, 2017.

Ribbon Cutting Ceremony: President Wayne J. Riley will participate in a formal ribbon cutting ceremony and reception to mark the opening of the new Bone and Joint Center, which will expand Downstate’s capacity to provide advanced care for common and complex musculoskeletal disorders. The event is August 23, 2017 at 10:00 A.M., at University Orthopedic Associates New Bone and Joint Center, 760 Parkside Avenue.

Innovations in Medicine:
Downstate prides itself on innovations in medicine and healthcare to provide patients with the best care possible. Below is examples of the exceptional and advances Downstate had been making in healthcare:

– Professor of Medicine at SUNY Downstate Medical Center, Dr. Edward Quadros, created the Folate Receptor Antibody Test (FRAT™) to detect folate receptor antibodies. “The development of FRATTM could well turn out to be a seminal work that will improve the lives of many people, especially children and pregnant women,” said Boas Gonen, president and CEO of Iliad Neurosciences. “The test is essential for the diagnosis of cerebral folate deficiency, and is extremely useful in identifying patients with autism spectrum disorders, schizophrenia, and major depression who could benefit from high-dose folinic acid therapy.” To read more of Dr. Quadros’s work click here.

– Fogarty International Center, supporting the National Institutes of Health, has issued seven new awards through its HIV Research Training Program to build HIV research capacity at institutions in low- and middle-income countries. This round of grants, expected to total $8.1 million over five years, will train researchers in Mozambique, the Philippines, Rwanda, South Africa, Ukraine and Zambia. In Ukraine, SUNY Downstate Medical Center, led by Principal Investigator Dr. Jack Dehovitz, will help to train local investigators to conduct implementation science research to identify best practices for managing new HIV infections.

– SUNY Downstate researchers Drs. Stephen L. Macknik and Susana Martinez-Conde received an award from The National Science Foundation to study restoring vision. “With their award, Stephen L. Macknik, PhD, and Susana Martinez-Conde, PhD, both professors of ophthalmology, neurology, and physiology and pharmacology at SUNY Downstate, will seek to restore vision by genetically modifying neurons in the brain and then stimulating them with light, a method called optogenetics.” To read more on their research click here


Class Notes: June 2017

Harvey M. Cohen, MD’61
Dr. Cohen is retired from Kaiser Permanente  and the Army, Mid-Atlantic Region. He states he works part time as an orthopedist, at the Baltimore VA Hospital and teaches anatomy at University Services, University of Health Science.

Edward Kersh, MD’69
I have retired from clinical practice and am now medical Director of Telehealth for Sutter Care at Home. This is a part time position which allows me to call myself semi-retired. I also volunteer at the Chabot Space +  Science Center in Oakland.

Philip Greenberg, MD’71
FLX Bio, Inc., a biopharmaceutical company focused on the discovery and development of oral small-molecule drugs to activate the immune system, today announced the appointment of SUNY Downstate alumnus Philip Greenberg, M.D’71,  to its scientific advisory board (SAB). Dr. Greenberg serves as the head of the Program in Immunology at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center as well as professor in both the Oncology and Immunology divisions of the University of Washington, Department of Medicine. He received his B.S. degree in Biology from Washington University and his M.D. summa cum laude from the State University of New York, Downstate Medical Center. Read more about Dr.Greenberg here:

Niki Arif Silverstein,  MD ‘77
Dr. Silverstein wrote that she missed the reunion, so she reaching out to the Class of 77. I was at 30th but I guess I have to wait until the 50th now! I am an ophthalmologist in a very busy practice in Chester, NJ; still working very hard doing surgery and seeing many patients every day, but starting to think about smelling the roses a bit more and a new phase in life. Hope to hear from other of my long lost classmates.

James W. Ferguson, MD’81
Dr. Ferguson writes just a note to say hi. He recently spoke at Adelphi University about his Medical Missions and why others should volunteer. His talk is available on, where is the 4th speaker on the list. You can also view a video of Dr. Ferguson’s talk on YouTube.

Scott Fields, M.D’84
SUNY Downstate alumnus Scott Fields, M.D., was appointed as senior vice president and pharmaceutical development head, Oncology at Bayer on June 5th. Scott Fields, M.D., joined from Vertex Pharmaceuticals, where he was vice president and head of Clinical Oncology and responsible for the global development of all oncology assets. He earned his medical degree from SUNY Downstate and did his Internal Medicine and Hematology/Oncology training at Columbia University Medical Center. To read more about Dr. Fields view the following link:

Lyn D. Weiss, MD’85
Lyn D. Weiss, MD, chair of physical medicine and rehabilitation (PM&R) department at the Nassau University Medical Center (NUMC), has co-authored her ninth medical book, a revised, expanded and updated new edition of the first and only Q & A review for physical medicine and rehabilitation. For more information go to the following link:

Alfonso Ciervo, MD’93
Dr. Ciervo shared his daughter Francesca graduated from NYU and  his daughter Samantha is now entering NYU. Congratulations to both!

Daniel L. Beckles, M.D’ 97
Daniel Beckles, M.D’97 is being honored at the 4th Annual Caribbean American Healthcare Awards 2017 Gala on Thursday June 22nd, 2017, for his accomplishments in medicine.

Andrew Moulton, MD’97
HCA honored Sarasota Orthopedic Associates’ Andrew Moulton, MD, with the HCA Humanitarian First Award. To read more about Dr. Moulton go to the following link:

In Memoriam:    Arthur Young, MD’65 – Died on May 5, 2017

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Alumni Director Eric Shoen-Ukre Recertified as CFRE

Eric T. Shoen-Ukre Recertified as a Certified Fund Raising Excecutive


Alexandria, VA – CFRE International has named Eric T Shoen-Ukre as a Certified Fund Raising Executive (CFRE). Eric T Shoen-Ukre, Executive Director for Alumni Association College of Medicine SUNY Downstate joins over 5,500 professionals around the world who hold the CFRE designation. Individuals granted the CFRE credential have met a series of standards set by CFRE International which include tenure in the profession, education, demonstrated fundraising achievement and a commitment to service to not-for-profit organizations. They have also passed a rigorous written examination testing the knowledge, skills, and abilities required of a fundraising executive, and have agreed to uphold Accountability Standards and the Donor Bill of Rights. “The CFRE credential was created to identify for the public and employers those individuals who possess the knowledge, skills and commitment to perform fundraising duties in an effective and ethical manner,” states Jim Caldarola, CFRE, Past Chair of CFRE International. “As the certification is a voluntary achievement, the CFRE credential demonstrates a high level of commitment on the part of Eric T Shoen-Ukre to himself, the fundraising profession, and, the donors who are served” CFRE recipients are awarded certification for a three-year period. In order to maintain certification status certificants must demonstrate on-going fundraising employment and fundraising results, and continue with their professional education. Employers and donors who work with CFRE’s know they are getting a professional who is committed to the best outcomes for their organization and has the requisite knowledge and skills. CFRE International is an independent organization dedicated to the certification of fundraising executives by setting standards in philanthropic practice. Governed by a volunteer Board of Directors and led by a small professional staff, CFRE International consistently meets the highest standards for certification excellence and is itself accredited by the National Commission of Certifying Agencies. As the premier global credential for career fundraisers, the Certified Fund Raising Executive (CFRE) designation is endorsed and supported by the world’s leading professional and philanthropic associations, including: Association for Healthcare Philanthropy (AHP) Association of Fundraising Consultants (AFC) Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) Association of Lutheran Development Executives (ALDE) Association of Philanthropic Counsel (APC) Boy Scouts of America (BSA) Brazilian Fundraisers Association (ABCR) Canadian Association of Gift Planners—Association canadienne des professionnels en dons planifies (CAGP-ACPDP) Council for Resource Development (CRD) Educate Plus European Fundraising Association (EFA) Fundraising Institute Australia (FIA) Fundraising Institute New Zealand (FINZ) The Giving Institute International Catholic Stewardship Council (ICSC) Japan Fundraising Association (JFRA) Kenya Association of Fundraising Professionals (KAFP) National Association of Cancer Center Development Officers (NACCDO) National Association of Charitable Gift Planners (CGP) National Catholic Development Conference (NCDC) New England Association for Healthcare Philanthropy (NEAHP) North American YMCA Development Organization (NAYDO) United Way Worldwide (UWW) CFRE International congratulates Eric T Shoen-Ukre for achieving the CFRE designation. For more information please visit or call +1 703.820.5555.

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.


Class Notes: May 2017


Norman M. Mann, MD’45
Dr. Mann wrote in April, 2017, “As a member of the 1945 graduating class, I feel my class should be represented in notes about us in our alumni magazine. Medicine has undergone so many changes since I entered practice in 1949, in the field of Internal Medicine. Initially, I took part in making many house calls during the day, and many during the night. Early hospital visits to see patients were necessary. Attendance at lectures in medicine was part of daily medical life.
Now, patients must see their physician in the office, or run to the emergency room. If a patient has to go to the hospital, his or her doctor does not follow. A local hospitalist takes over. Unfortunately, the relationship between the patient and his doctor is severed. Many patients and some doctors have therefore resorted to hiring ‘consierge doctors’ who, for a yearly fee ($1,500 to $2,000), act as ‘backup care.’ They will take calls, make house calls, help in the transfer of the patient to the hospital.
All of the above, I am sure my fellow physicians know very well. I must say my own experience in medicine was very satisfying. I am fortunate to continue to be active. I am on the staff at U. Conn. Health Center at Farmington, CT. I hope to hear from my classmates.”

Martin Kaplan, MD ’53
Dr. Kaplan writes in April, 2016, “Phil Warren and I get together during my winter stays in Sarasota, Florida.”

Murray Kofkin, MD ’53
Dr. Kofkin writes in April 2017 that he has retired from his Child Psychiatric practice to be closer to his three New York-raised daughters, now all living west of the Mississippi.

Stan Fischman, MD ‘60
Dr. Fishman writes in March, “Still alive and kickin’!” from Woodside, California.

Jack V. Forrest, MD ’66
With much help (as always) from my wife, Deb Pate, I now have a blog which includes an archive of many health related emails I have sent over the last few years. The title “Jack’s What Really Matters” was inspired by my frustration with the reams of professional medical and popular press articles which emphasize trivial issues and often spread incomplete, or even false, information about diet, drugs, medical testing and procedures. Huge amounts of money are made by the food, drug and medical businesses promoting poor diet and medical care choices. We joke about used car salesmen, but food, drug and medical promoters are the worst. They are killing people to increase their companies’ profits. Poor lifestyle, especially food choices; inappropriate medical tests and procedures; unnecessary drugs and supplements are the major cause of death, disability and physical suffering in western countries. We have glamorized this approach to diet and medical care with frightening results in developing countries. Some, like China and Mexico, now have a greater problem with diabetes than we in the United States do.
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Robert Rudnicki, MD ’68
Dr. Rudnicki writes in April that he has retired from his Rheumatology practice. “I’m enjoying winters in Florida, visiting grandchildren (8) and traveling (Hawaii, Australia …) See you in Spring 2018 for our 50th!!”

Paul S. Quentzel, MD ’71
Dr. Quentzel has retired from active gastroenterology practice. He now volunteers at a clinic in south Florida, taking care of indigent patients. Dr. Quentzel writes, “I look forward to the 50th reunion in 2021.”

David M Klein, MD’ 75
Dr. Klein is being named a recipient of the 2017 Excellence in Medicine Awards by the Board of Directors of the American Medical Association (AMA). He will be honored on Friday, June 9, 2017, in Chicago, held in conjunction with the American Medical’s Association’s Annual Meeting. These awards honor physicians who represent the highest values of altruism, compassion and dedication to patient care. Dr. Klein is the recipient of the Jack B. McConnell, MD Award for Excellence in Volunteerism.

Gary Witman, MD ’75
Dr. Witman is executive medical director of Canna Care Docs in seven states. Canna Care Docs evaluate patients for the use of medicinal cannabinoids. In Aug 2010, Dr. Witman was hit in the back of the neck by a wave in Narragansett, Rhode Island, and since has been a complete quadriplegic at the c3 and c4 level. “I was immediately terminated from my position as both the medical director of the Town of Stoughton, Massachusetts, as well as the chief of emergency medicine at the Good Samaritan medical center in Brockton, Massachusetts. Dr. Witman writes, “I am happy to say that I have been able to make the RI hospital the first institution in the US to utilize medical marijuana instead of opioids for the treatment of post-operative post-surgical pain.”

Steven Bernstein, MD ’85
Dr. Bernstein writes in April, 2017, “I continue as Vice Chair for Research at the University of Maryland at Baltimore in the Department of Ophthalmology. We are looking at ways to enhance optic nerve regeneration, and have identified nanoparticles as a way to target strokes and inflammation-related damage.”

In Memoriam:

James Leslie Perry, MD ’77
Dr. Perry was born April 21, 1935 in Kansas City, Missouri, and died January 22, 2017, at 81. He his survived by his wife Linda, of almost 59 years, and their extensive family and family of friends. With his father’s permission, Dr. Perry joined the US Air Force where he served as a radar technician and was discharged with rank of Staff Sergeant in 1956. Jim followed his father’s path to Kansas University and joined the Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity. He also joined Air Force ROTC and received a 1st Lieutenant Commission and a BS in Electrical Engineering in 1960. Dr. Perry accepted an offer from Sperry Gyroscope Company on Long Island where he worked for three years and then moved to Grumman Corporation and was assigned to team developing the radar system for the Apollo 11 Lunar Module which landed on the Moon on July 20, 1969. During the 60’s he enrolled in night courses at Adelphi University, MS in Physics 1965, and in Columbia University for Pre-Med courses. In 1973, he began four years at the State University of New York School of Medicine in Brooklyn, followed by Internship at VA Hospital and residencies in Nuclear Medicine and Psychiatry at Long Island Jewish Hospital. He accepted a staff position in the Metropolitan Jewish Geriatric Center on Coney Island for several years until hired by the NY State Department of Mental Health and served the next 20 years in state psychiatric hospitals and out-patient clinics treating persons afflicted with schizophrenia.

Menachem Friedman, MD ’86
Dr. Friedman was an internist affiliated with Maimonides for over 25 years, and specialized in Geriatrics. He died suddenly on March 10.

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