Calling All Class Chairs

As we bring one Reunion to close, preparations for the next Reunion Weekend have hit the ground running. With an official date of May 4th-May 6th and the Brooklyn Marriott booked, we are still lacking one integral component, YOU, alumni.
The Alumni Association needs help recruiting alumni to attend the weekend and this process is heavily aided by the assistance of Class Chairs. A Class Chair is an alumnus/a who directly contacts individuals in their graduating class with the hopes of getting as many members as possible registered for the Reunion weekend.
The following Class Years will be represented at the 2018 Reunion Weekend: 1958, 1963, 1968, 1973, 1978, 1983, 1988, 1993, 1988, 1993, 1998, 2003, 2008, 2013.
     If you would like to be a class chair or know of another individual who would serve as possible Class Chair, please email Kristian Balgobin at kristian.balgobin@downstate.edu. Also, if you know of any alumnus/a who would make an exceptional candidate for an award or scientific session presentation, please provide their contact information and I will reach out accordingly.
 If you agree to be a chair you will be provided will the following documents:
  1. Confidentiality agreement – please sign and return via email, regular mail or fax
  2. Draft letters – please review, make any changes, and send back to me via email, mail or fax
  3. Class Lists – please let us know if you have more up-to-date contact information for fellow alumni
  4. Journal advertising – For those interested in advertising with us. A $1,000 advertisement includes two tickets to the weekend.
  5. Awards – let us know of classmates who are particularly accomplished.  The best award nominations come from you!
  6. An alumni pin – thank you for supporting us in this endeavor.
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137th SUNY Downstate Annual Reunion, May 19-20, 2017

The 137th Annual Reunion Weekend, May 19 – 21 2017, was attended by over 200 Alumni at the Brooklyn Marriott! The weekend was kicked off with a tour of SUNY Downstate Medical Center and Kings County led by current students. Alumni enjoyed lunch as they reminisced on the memories of their past and time spent in medical school.

On Saturday May 20th, the alumni were greeted by SUNY Downstate President Dr. Wayne Riley. His address marked a theme of progress. Dr. Riley stated “Downstate doesn’t have to be across the water to be great and to continue to be thoughtful adapters of new pedagogy.”

The scientific program featured 4 alumni, each prominent in their respective fields. Topics ranged from Lyme disease to prescription opioids. Immediately following was the alumni awards ceremony, with the highest honor conferred Daniel Perl, MD’67, for his distinguished service American Medicine. The weekend culminated in the elegant Dinner Dance. Alumni dressed in their best formal evening attires, and celebrated their achievements thus far.

Thank you to ALL of the Alumni who attended and made reunion weekend a success. Congratulations to the class of 1957 on the occasion of their 50th anniversary of graduation. Photos are available on the Alumni Association Facebook and for purchase on Shutterfly.
The compiled list of presentation topics and award winners is located below:

Scientific Session Topics:

Daniel Perl, MD ’67
“From the NFL to the Battlefield: Long-Term Effects of Traumatic Brain Injury”
Click here to watch the video of Dr. Perl’s talk: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fLxbfgoONxg
Martin Kafina, MD ’82
“Immunity in Lyme Arthritis’
Click here to watch the video of Dr. Kafina’s talk: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZE30My1zrp8

Myron Yaster, MD 77
“The World is full of obvious things that no one ever sees: The Epidemic of Non-Medical Use of Prescription Opioids”
Click here to watch the video of Dr. Yaster’s talk: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=daw2HzUOkqw

Allen Frances, MD ’67
“Saving Normal: Over Treatment in Psychiatry”
Click here to watch the video of Dr. Frances’ discussion: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=65fHK2gXGWg

Award Winners:
Click here to watch the video of the Awards Ceremony:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h5tFkOGMI8M

Alumni Medallion For Distinguished Service To American Medicine Is Presented To Daniel Perl, MD ’67   In Recognition Of Distinguished Service to the Medical Profession and the Community

Dr. Frank L. Babbott Memorial Award Is Presented To Gilbert Martin, MD ’67 In Recognition Of Distinguished Service to the Medical Profession and the Community

William A. Console, MD Alumni Achievement Award In Psychiatry Is Presented To Gerard Sunnen, MD ’67 In Recognition Of Significant Achievement in Psychiatry

Alumni Achievement Award In Orthopeadic Surgery Is Presented To John Aversa, MD ’67 In Recognition Of Significant Achievement in Orthopedic Surgery

Clarence And Mary Dennis Dedicated Service Award Is Presented To Sydney Butts, MD In Recognition Of Distinguished Service to SUNY Downstate and the Surrounding Community

Clark-Curran Award In Medical Administration Is Presented To Stephen Wadowski, MD ’87 In Recognition Of Distinguished Service to SUNY Downstate and Your Accomplishments as an Administrator

Honorary Alumnus/A Is Presented To Jeanne Macrae, MD In Recognition Of Distinguished Service to the Medical Profession and the SUNY Downstate Community

Honorary Alumnus/A Is Presented To Robin Ovitsh, MD In Recognition Of Distinguished Service to the Medical Profession and the SUNY Downstate Community

Alumni Achievement Award In Physiatry Is Presented To Anna Maria Massaro-Dunn, MD ’92 In Recognition Of Significant Achievement in Physiatry

Alumni Achievement Award In Dermatolog Is Presented To Jeanine Downie, MD ’92 In Recognition Of Significant Achievement in Dermatology

Phillip L. Lear, MD ’34 Master Teacher Award In Surgery Is Presented To Celia Maria Divino, MD ’92 In Recognition Of Significant Achievement in Teaching In Surgery

Master Teacher Award In Dermatology Is Presented To Ivan Cohen, MD ’67 In Recognition Of Significant Achievement in Teaching in Dermatology

Master Teacher Award In Surgical Oncology Is Presented To Henry Mark Kuerer, MD ’92 In Recognition Of Significant Achievement in Teaching in Surgical Oncology

Alumni Achievement Award In Urology Is Presented To Elizabeth Kavaler, MD ’92 In Recognition Of Significant Achievement in Urology

Alumni Achievement Award In Public Health Is Presented To Noriel L. Sta. Maria, MD ’92 In Recognition Of Significant Achievement In Public Health

Alumni Achievement Award In Cardiovascular Medicine Is Presented To Icilma V. Fergus, MD ’92 In Recognition Of Significant Achievement in Cardiovascular Medicine

Alumni Achievement Award In Preventative Medicine Is Presented To E. Melinda Mahabee-Gittens, MD ’92 In Recognition Of Significant Achievement in Preventative Medicine

Alumni Achievement Award In Neurosurgery/Neurology Is Presented To Owen B. Samuels, MD ’92 In Recognition Of Significant Achievement Neurosurgery/Neurology

William A Console, MD Master Teacher Award In Psychiatry Is Presented To Allen Frances, MD ’67 In Recognition Of Significant Achievement in Teaching in Psychiatry

Richard C. Troutman, MD Master Teacher Award In Opthalmology Is Presented To David Berman, MD ’82 In Recognition Of Significant Achievement in Teaching in Ophthalmology

Alumni Achievement Award In Sports Medicine Is Presented To William Clancy, MD ’67 In Recognition Of Significant Achievement in Sports Medicine

Alumni Achievement Award In Pediatrics Is Presented To Myron Yaster, MD ’77 In Recognition Of Your Achievements in Pediatrics

Benhamin Zohn, MD ’25 Alumni Service Award Is Presented To Daniel Nicoll, MD ’72 In Recognition Of Distinguished Service and Dedication to the Alumni of the SUNY Downstate College of Medicine

Harry Z. Mellins, MD ’44 Alumni Achievement Award In Radiology Is Presented To Stanley Siegelman, MD ’57 In Recognition Of Your Achievements in Radiology

Richard L. Day, MD Master Teacher Award In Pediatrics Is Presented To Michael Whyte, MD ’72 In Recognition Of Your Achievements in Teaching in Pediatrics

Alumni Achievement Award In Immunology Is Presented To Martin Kafina, MD ’82 In Recognition Of Distinguished Service to the Medical Profession and the Community

Please provide feedback on the weekend using the following survey link: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/2RXKBDZ

Check out the photos of the weekend:  https://sunydownstatealumniphotos.shutterfly.com/

 

Remembering Gerald Greenberg, MD ’59, Friend of Downstate

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Died November 21, 2015

Gerald M Greenberg, MD, age 83, of Roslyn Heights, NY, died peacefully and gently and with a soft smile on his face, much as he had lived, on November 21, 2015 at home on hospice care, surrounded by his family. He was the beloved husband of Abby J. Greenberg, MD, ’59.
Jerry was born on October 22, 1932, the son of Emanuel D. Greenberg, DDS and Sayde Greenberg. He was raised in the Bronx, overlooking Yankee Stadium, and graduated from the University of Rochester with a BA in Physics, and then from the SUNY Downstate Medical School in 1959. He completed his residency in Internal Medicine at the Jewish Hospital in Brooklyn and his Fellowship in Pulmonary Disease at the Mount Sinai Hospital in New York.
After serving in the US Navy, Dr Greenberg was appointed Chief of the Pulmonary Disease Division and Chief of the Department of Medicine at the Greenpoint Hospital Affiliation of the Jewish Hospital and Medical Center of Brooklyn. Then, from 1971 – 1980, he was Associate Director of the Department of Medicine and Director of the Division of Pulmonary Disease at Jamaica Hospital.
Dr. Greenberg returned to Brooklyn Jewish Hospital in 1980 and became Chief of the Pulmonary Division and also Chief of the Critical Care Division of Interfaith Medical Center (formerly Brooklyn Jewish Hospital). He remained in those two positions for two decades until 2004, and then stayed in the Department of Medicine as an Attending Physician in charge of the Tuberculosis Outpatient Program until he retired in 2011. At his funeral, Dr. Greenberg was eulogized by M. Frances Schmidt, MD, his successor as Chief of the Pulmonary Division of Interfaith Medical Center. She said that Dr. Greenberg educated multiple generations of physicians and pulmonologists in the Pulmonary Fellowship Program and each of them will remember him as a man of great character and integrity, an honest man, a great teacher, and a great Physician. She noted that he was a source of inspiration to all at Interfaith Medical Center; and he taught the members and trainees in the Pulmonary Division about mutual respect and about the need to try to perform to the highest standard and to care passionately for their patients. She reported that the Pulmonary Fellowship has been able to maintain its very high academic standard because of the structure and norms that Dr. Greenberg established.
In 2005, in honor of the 50th anniversary of their wedding, Dr. Gerald Greenberg and his wife, Dr. Abby Greenberg, established the Drs. Gerald and Abby Greenberg Scholarship Fund of the SUNY Downstate Medical Center Alumni Association – College of Medicine. The scholarship monies are designated to be awarded periodically to married medical student couples. This criterion was selected because Jerry and Abby entered SUNY Downstate Medical Center, College of Medicine together as young newlyweds and then graduated together in 1959 with a 6 month old addition to their family; and they wanted to be able to provide some additional support to couples in similar circumstances.

Abby Greenberg

Noel Kleppel, MD ’56: The First Fecal Transplants in the US

Dr. Noel Kleppel, MD ’56 presents a little on the history of the current SUNY Downstate and speaks about his role in the first ever fecal transplants in the USA to help cure C-Diff.

Commencement, Alumni Reunion Photos, More!

Check out the 2016 SUNY Downstate Reunion Weekend gallery, here! If you need help accessing the site, please email alumni@downstate.edu.

May 21 2016 SUNY Downstate Med School Reunion Photobooth (57)Click here for Downstate reunion’s Sweet Booths photo booth gallery. If you need help accessing the site, email alumni@downstate.edu.

Commencement photos by SUNY Downstate Medical Alumni Director Eric T. Shoen. Graduating students receive alumni pins and pens 5/19. Browse the gallery on Facebook, here.
Pinning 3 Sara

Pinning 5 Sara

Pinning 2 Eric

 

 

 

SUNY Downstate Reunion: Times, Schedule, Registration Brochure

Click here: Alumni Reunion Brochure 2016-5.75×8.75-Single Panels

For more information on SUNY Downstate’s medical reunion weekend May 20-21, 2016, or to register online, visit the Downstate alumni reunion page. To reach us live, call 718-270-2075, Monday through Friday, 9 am to 5 pm, or email alumni@downstate.edu.

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