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

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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: http://www.tmcnet.com/usubmit/2017/05/31/8555190.htm

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 tedxadelphiuniversity.com, 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: http://bit.ly/2qXFNkI

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: http://www.publicnow.com/view/3A4AB081FA52AF1AB74FF1133B9ABCAA2C2097D7

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: http://www.beckersspine.com/spine/item/36919-dr-andrew-moulton-receives-hca-humanitarian-first-award-5-key-notes.html

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

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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 http://www.cfre.org or call +1 703.820.5555.

SUNY Downstate News May 2017

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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.
New topics “Diet, Longevity and Quality of Life” and “Modern Medical Care and Diet” are included. A reading list and links to other relevant material will soon be added. This blog may be shared with anyone you know who might be interested. To do this choose the “more” tab and select “share by email.”
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Link to blog- http://jackswhatreallymatters.blogspot.com/

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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Alumni’s Work of Fiction Touches Depression, Recovery

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

Pink!
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.

John V. Forrest, MD ’66, Blogs Medical Knowledge from 50-Year Career

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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.

New topics “Diet, Longevity and Quality of Life” and “Modern Medical Care and Diet” are included, and a reading list and links to other relevant material will soon be added.This blog may be shared with anyone you know who might be interested. To do this choose the “more” tab and select “share by email.”

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Global Health at The Bell House, Brooklyn, April 29

Talks on Global Health to benefit the Brooklyn Free Clinic, followed by a night of comedy

BFC What’s Next: Global Health Here at Home

April 29, 2017

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Six medical and public health professionals will share personal narratives about the challenge of providing quality health care in the harsh social and political realities of our time. Follow their quests to serve their patients and their communities from own backyard in Brooklyn to sub-Saharan Africa, the capital of post-earthquake Haiti, Nepal and more. Hear about their confrontations with poverty, natural disasters, racism, mass incarceration, and other systemic barriers to successful health care delivery. Hear how far they’ve come – and how much further we have left to go.

Find more information, including speaker biographies, on our website. All donations and proceeds from the Silent Auction will be donated to The Anne Kastor Brooklyn Free Clinic, an entirely student-run branch of SUNY Downstate Medical Center that has been providing free primary health care to uninsured people in Brooklyn since 2007.

Where & When

The Bell House, 149 7th Street, Brooklyn (http://www.thebellhouseny.com)

Saturday, April 29th at 1:00PM, Doors and Silent Auction starting at 12:00PM

F/G trains to 4th Ave/9th St or R train to 9th St

Tickets

Register here. Entry is free, with a request for donations to support our cause (suggested $20).

About The Brooklyn Free Clinic

Donations will go toward The Anne Kastor Brooklyn Free Clinic (BFC), a student-run FREE clinic offering medical, psychiatric, physical therapy, and social work services at no cost to uninsured patients in New York City. BFC provides preventive screening services and free or low-cost medications and medical referrals for our patients. BFC is entirely staffed by volunteers comprised of students and medical professionals at SUNY Downstate Medical Center.

For more information

Contact Katie Lee at fundraising@brooklynfreeclinic.org for inquiries. Find out more about our work at www.brooklynfreeclinic.org.

Class Notes: March 2017

Stratos G. Kantounis, MD ’58
Dr. Kantounis has “finally retired from surgery, but still teaching medical students and surgical residents. Joan is still painting.”

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

Harvey Joel Penziner, MD ’65
Dr. Penziner wrote in April, 2017, that he had retired after 47 years as a clinical dermatologist.

Samuel Packer, MD ’66
Dr. Packer was promoted in March 2017 to Professor of Medicine and Professor of Ophthalmology, Hofstra Northwell School of Medicine.

Kaaren Zvonik, MD ’72
Dr. Zvonik is “retired and enjoying travel and bird watching,” in Green Valley, Arizona.

David Benn Crawford, MD ’74
Dr. Crawford writes that he retired in 2012, and is “living with my bride of 45 2/3 years, Kathleen. We welcomed a granddaughter, Tamsen Crawford, into our family in 2015.”

Henry Lim, MD ’75
In March, 2017, Dr. Lim was also elected as an honorary member of the Baltic Association of Dermatovenerology, and an honorary member of the French Society of Dermatology. On March 7, he started his one-year term as the President of the American Academy of Dermatology, the largest dermatological society in the world.

Robert Jay Spatz, MD ‘77
Dr. Spatz’s son, Harrison, is a junior at UCONN Dental School, and his daughter Paula is a junior at Adelphi University. His wife, Bilha Biggeleisen Spatz, is a CHRP 1978 graduate and Occupational Therapist, Registered.

Aaron Stein, MD ’79
Dr. Stein wrote in April, 2017, that he is the “proud father of three married children (no doctors), and grandfather of five – a wonderful club.” He also asks, “What happened to our profession? It’s been hijacked by EMRs, insurance companies and health care administrators!” He also writes, “Where are you Liz, Svedlsher, Rebbe and the Cine Prospecter?”

Ann DiMaio, MD ’83
Dr. DiMaio wrote in April 2017, “Moving back to NYC with my husband Bill Ricci, MD. He has been appointed the Head of Orthopedic Trauma Surgery at the Hospital for Special Surgery in New York City, and begins September 2017. Can not wait. Will visit Downstate soon!”

William Davis, MD ’95
Dr. Davis is a cardiologist, author of the New York Times Bestselling Wheat Belly Books, and health crusader for the wheat-free, grain-free lifestyle. Read more about his works, here: http://www.wheatbellyblog.com.

In Memorium

Robert Rauch, MD ’53
Dr. Rauch died September 27, 2016, in Boyton, Florida. He served for two years in the Air Force at Anchorage, Alaska, and went on to practice OB/GYN in The Five Towns for more than 50 years.

Franklin Glickman, MD ’54
Dr. Franklin of Roslyn Heights, New York, and Boynton Beach, Florida, died March 10, 2017, at 87 years old, leaving his wife, of 64 years, Leatrice (Lea), his sons and adored grandchildren. He was a classic Renaissance man, a graduate of Erasmus Hall High School ’47, a Phi Beta Kappa graduate, on a full academic scholarship from Hofstra University, ’50. He also became a full professor at SUNY Downstate Medical School.
He maintained a private dermatology practice in Brooklyn, and became Chairperson of the Graduate Medical Education Department at Wyckoff Heights Hospital in Brooklyn. He earned a master’s degree in health care administration from New York University in 1990. At Wyckoff Heights Hospital, he was honored with the Humanitarian Award in 1973. He also wrote two textbooks, 80 peer reviewed dermatology papers, and for fun, five novels. Obituary excerpted from the New York Times. http://bit.ly/2nN84Jq

Frederick William, MD ‘54
Dr. William of Greenport, NY, formerly of Syosset, NY, died November 14, 2016. He was the husband of Sally Hansen Norcott and the late Margaret Norcott, and father of Linda, Bruce, Jan, Craig, Sandra and Scott. He is survived by six grandchildren and three great grandchildren.

Stanley Dunkelman, MD ’55
Dr. Stanley S. Dunkelman, a 40-year resident of Goshen, New York, died December 21, 2016 at his home in Pompano Beach, Florida. He was 86. Dr. Dunkelman attended the University of Rochester, where he graduated Phi Beta Kappa, and SUNY Downstate Medical School, where he was inducted into the Alpha Omega Alpha National Medical Honor Society. Dr. Dunkelman was an endocrinologist, practicing in Middletown, New York, until his retirement in 1983. The Stanley S. Dunkelman M.D. Diabetes Treatment Center at Orange Regional Medical Center was dedicated in his honor in 1995 in recognition of his pioneering efforts in the field of diabetes care.
He was a veteran of the United States Army, and served in Germany as a physician. He was also an active member of the Goshen, NY community, where he helped establish a Goshen High School soccer team exchange with Fortuna Bonn in Bonn, Germany.

Thelma Jones, MD ‘63
Dr. Jones, 79, of Scarsdale, New York, passed away unexpectedly on March 24, 2017 at White Plains Hospital where she was on staff since 1973. She is survived by her daughters, Amy and Michelle Sack, their father, Joshua Sack, grandson Jack Blasbalg and many close friends. Born and raised in the Bronx, New York, she was a longtime resident of Scarsdale, New York. Dr. Jones graduated in 1955 as Valedictorian of the Bronx High School of Science. She went on to graduate cum laude from both Barnard College (’59) and SUNY Downstate Medical Center, where she was one of only three females in her graduating class in 1963. She had a private practice in Internal Medicine and Hematology in Scarsdale for thirty years. She later had a private practice in integrative medicine, also in Scarsdale, and was passionate about a holistic approach to patient care. She had hospital appointments at White Plains Hospital, where she served as Chief of Hematology for eight years, Montefiore Hospital and St. Agnes. She served as the past President of the Central Westchester American Cancer Society and was on the Board of Directors of the American Cancer Society among many other honors.

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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Watch the AOA Annual Lecture 2017: Ralph Snyderman, MD ’65, on YouTube

Ralph Snyderman, MD ’65, Duke University Chancellor Emeritus, gave the AOA Lecture March 21, 2017, at SUNY Downstate. Learn more about Dr. Snyderman’s ties to Duke and SUNY Downstate, here.