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.


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


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 (

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


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 for inquiries. Find out more about our work at

SUNY Downstate News March 2017

SUNY Downstate medical students excelled in the 2017 National Residency Match, passing the national average. Also, 71% of Graduates will train in New York State. Read more about SUNY Downstate Match 2017, here.

Research by SUNY Downstate Medical Center 4th-year Medical Student Jared Ditkowsky and 2nd-year Pediatrics Resident Sairaman Nagarajan, MD, MPH, was recognized by members of the national press at the Annual Meeting of the American Academy of Allergy Asthma and Immunology (AAAAI) in Atlanta, March 3-6. These research projects were performed in the Center for Allergy and Asthma Research (CAAR) at SUNY Downstate, an ongoing interdepartmental translational research collaboration. Read more about this allergy research at SUNY Downstate, here.

Pilot eye movements change noticeably by two hours in-flight. Pilot fatigue is a major contributor to aviation disasters, but coming up with an objective measure of fatigue has long eluded supervisors in both military and commercial airlines. Standard practice involves a combination of subjective self-report measures by the pilot, and an assessment by commanding officers. With numerous factors at play, including social and financial ones, how can one objectively determine a pilot’s ability to focus and fly safely? Read more about this SUNY Downstate research into flight safety, here.


SUNY Downstate: Emory Global Case Competition Finalists


SUNY Downstate’s Team (Bridget Furlong, Shelley Jain, George Mo, Brian Starkman, and Zachary Wolner) were selected as finalists out of 24 teams at the Emory International Global Case Competition.


“We prepared for months for the weekend long competition in Atlanta (Mar 24-26),” Zachary writes. “Patriot Yang and Angela Yao organized the team and provided us with invaluable insights based on their successes at last year’s competition. When we arrived in Atlanta on Thursday, we began preparing our solutions to the challenge case: treating mental illness in the children and adolescents of Monrovia, Liberia. After a long Friday night we went in front of two judges to detail our interventions.


“Out of 24 teams, we, and three others, were selected to present our solutions on the unmet needs of the mentally ill in Liberia to the other competitors and a panel of 6 judges from varied distinguished backgrounds in global health. The experience was thrilling and something we will never forget. Our performance earned us honorable mention and a $900 prize.


“This never would have happened if it weren’t for the generosity of the alumni foundation. We are so thankful for the foundation flying us out to Atlanta to participate in this wonderful event.


Thank you again,

Zachary Wolner

Every gift impacts a life.

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.

March 30 Alumni Reception in Long Island

M. Monica Sweeney, MD ’75, MPH, President of the Board of Managers, and host Daniel Nicoll, MD ’72, immediate past Chair of the Trustees for the Alumni Association of the College of Medicine at SUNY Downstate, invite alumni and their guests to a social reception for old and new acquaintances:

Alumni Reception
Lakeview Ballroom
The Hamlet on Olde Oyster Bay
1 Hamlet Drive
Plainview, New York, 11803

Wine and hors d’ouvres will be served

Please RSVP to alumni (at) downstate (dot) edu, or by calling 718-270-2075

lakeview ballroom



Hear Ralph Snyderman, MD ’65, Duke Chancellor Emeritus, Present AOA Lecture March 21

Downstate alumnus Ralph Snyderman, MD ’65, Duke University Chancellor Emeritus and the James B. Duke Professor of Medicine, will present “From Brooklyn to Duke’s Chancellor for Health Affairs: Lessons Learned” March 21 as the AOA annual lecture.

The reception and lecture are open to the public, but the AOA awards dinner to follow is by invitation only.

ATA Chapter of the Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Society
Annual AOA Reception, Lecture and Awards Dinner
Tuesday, March 21, 2017
Deity Events, 368 Atlantic Avenue, Brooklyn, 11217

For more information, visit the AOA site, here, or call the Alumni Association-College of Medicine for SUNY Downstate at 718-270-2075.

If you can’t make it in person, make sure we have your correct email address. We’ll include a link to a transcript or filmed version of the lecture in our email newsletter within the next few months.

Ralph Snyderman MD

Ralph Snyderman, MD ’65
From Duke University

Dr. Ralph Snyderman served as Chancellor for Health Affairs at Duke University and Dean of the School of Medicine from 1989 to July 2004 and led the transition of this excellent medical center into an internationally recognized leader of academic medicine. During his tenure, the medical school and hospital achieved ranking amongst the nation’s best. He oversaw the development of the Duke University Health System, one of the most successful integrated academic health systems in the country, and served as its first President and Chief Executive Officer. Dr. Snyderman has played a leading role in the conception and development of Personalized Health Care, an evolving model of national health care delivery. He was among the first to envision and articulate the need to move the current focus of health care from the treatment of disease-events to personalized, predictive, preventative, and participatory care that is focused on the patient. In 2012, Dr. Snyderman received the David E. Rogers Award from the Association of American Medical Colleges who referred to him as the “father of personalized medicine.”

Dr. Snyderman has been widely recognized for his contributions to the development of personalized health care, a more rational, effective, and compassionate model of health care.  He was awarded the first Bravewell Leadership Award for outstanding achievements in the field of integrative medicine in 2003. In 2007, he received the Leadership in Personalized Medicine Award from the Personalized Medicine Coalition for his efforts in advancing predictive and targeted therapies on a national scale. In 2008, Dr. Snyderman received Frost & Sullivan’s North American HealthCare Lifetime Achievement Award for his pioneering spirit and contributions to medicine.  In 2009, he received the Triangle Business Journal’s Healthcare Lifetime Achievement Award. In 2010, Procter & Gamble named Snyderman an honorary member of the Victor Mills Society for his leadership and impact on innovation and he was recognized as a Bioscience Leader Emeriti by the NC Association for Biomedical Research honoring North Carolina research leaders for their outstanding leadership in the transformation of the state through scientific discovery and innovation. In 2012, Dr. Snyderman received the David E. Rogers Award from the Association of American Medical Colleges for his leadership in academic medicine and for the conception of personalized medicine. Dr. Snyderman was awarded the North Carolina Life Sciences Leadership Award in February 2014.

Dr. Snyderman has played a prominent role in the leadership of such important national organizations as the Association of American Physicians, the Institute of Medicine and the Association of American Medical Colleges. He is a member of the Institute of Medicine and the American Academy of Arts & Sciences. He served as Chair of the AAMC in 2001-2002 and President of AAP in 2003-2004. He chaired the Institute of Medicine’s National Summit on Integrative Medicine and the Health of the Public held in February 2009.

Dr. Snyderman accepted his first faculty appointment at Duke in 1972 and by 1984, he was the Frederic M. Hanes Professor of Medicine and Immunology. His research contributed to the understanding of how white blood cells respond to chemical signals to mediate host defense or tissue damage and he is internationally recognized for his contributions in inflammation research. In 1987, Snyderman left Duke to join Genentech, Inc., the pioneering biomedical technology firm, as Senior Vice President for medical research and development. While at Genentech, he led the development and licensing of several major biotechnology therapeutics.

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Class Notes: February 2017

Roger Kallhovd, MD ’67
Dr. Kallhovd was Chief of Psychiatry & Director of the Phelps Memorial Medical Center in Sleepy Hollow, New York, from 1980-1993, and Chief Medical Officer of the Pederson-Krag Mental Health Center on Long Island from 1993-2014. He is currently in private practice in Northport, and his wife, Beverly Hoffman, is a psychotherapist in New York City. Dr. Kallhovd’s daughter Christy lives in Los Angeles with their granddaughter Tess, 7. His son Erik will be living in Westchester County with their 20-month-old twin grandchildren, Emma & Conor. I still love old movies, and Beverly is a passionate Master Gardener.

Arnold Wald, MD ’68
Dr. Wald’s wife Ellen is completing her tenth year as Chair of the Department of Pediatrics, Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health. Arnold is working three days a week in the Division of Gastroenterology and Hepatology where he is Professor of Medicine, and recent recipient of the Graham-Meyer Teaching Award.

In memorium

Leonard Bristol, MD ’44
Leonard J. Bristol M.D. passed away at home Oct. 22, 2016 at the age of 97. Dr. Bristol was born in New York City on April 28, 1919, and grew up in Peekskill, working in his father’s grocery store. He completed his pre-medical education at New York University, and his Doctorate of Medicine from Long Island College of Medicine in 1944. He also married Virginia (Ginny) Gallagher in 1944. In November 2015, they celebrated their 71st anniversary.
Prior to coming to the Adirondacks he was appointed LTJG in the US Navy. Dr. Bristol served as an assistant radiologist at the National Naval Medical Center, USA Navy Hospital at Bethesda, Maryland. He was also a full-time fellow in radiology at The Johns Hopkins University Medical School, Baltimore, Maryland. In 1949, he became the director of the Department of Radiology of the Trudeau Institute Inc. He and his family later lived in Saranac Lake and Rainbow Lake.
In addition to serving at the U.S.A. Navy Hospital, his professional appointments as Radiologist included those at Saranac Lake General Hospital, later known as the Adirondack Medical Center, Will Rogers Memorial Hospital, Saranac Lake; Placid Memorial Hospital, Lake Placid; Alice Hyde Hospital, Malone; Community Hospital, Elizabethtown; and U.S. Air Force Hospital, Plattsburgh. He was director of the Trudeau School, Trudeau Foundation, Saranac Lake. He was a consulting Roentgenologist at the former Sanatorium, Gabriels and Stonywold Sanatorium, Lake Kushaqua. He served as supervising radiologist at the Saranac Lake Rehabilitation Guild X-Ray Training School and as an instructor in radiology at The Johns Hopkins University Medical School. He was appointed special consultant to the Division of Occupational Health, Department of Health, Education and Welfare, Public Health Service, Washington, D.C. in connection with the study of health problems in the asbestos industry and other studies of pulmonary diseases, and was a certified reader of coal workers chest x-rays by the National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health, Public Health Service.
Dr. Bristol was a diplomate of the American Board of Radiology and a Member of the American College of Radiology, American Medical Association, the Radiological Society of America, Eastern Section American Trudeau Society, Franklin County Medical Society (of which he served as president 1965-1966), a life member of the Medical Society of the State of New York, the Saranac Lake Medical Society, associate member of the Baltimore City Medical Society, Baltimore, Maryland (1948-1950), Charter Member of the Northeastern New York Radiological Society and member of the New York State Chapter of American College of Radiology.

Thomas Edward Perdue, MD ’51
Dr. Perdue, age 99, passed away peacefully January 11, 2017 at NCH Baker Hospital Downtown in Naples, Florida. He was born on July 21, 1917 in Watervliet, New York. He attended the University of Iowa at Iowa City and the University of Buffalo, and received his medical degree in 1951 from State University of New York Downstate Medical Center in Brooklyn. He interned at University of Buffalo hospitals. He was a much respected and well-loved family physician in Massena, New York from 1954 until his retirement in 1988, and delivered thousands of Massena-area babies spanning multiple generations. After retirement, Dr. Perdue split his time between Massena and Naples, Florida, where his children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren loved to visit and spend time with him.

He served proudly in World War II as an Army Air Corp Navigator/Bombardier on a B-17 in the China-Burma-India theatre. He flew missions over the Himalayas (“the hump”) delivering gasoline to allied forces in China. He married Sarah (Sally) Richards August 9, 1948. They had seven children. Sally died January 4, 1987. Tom and Betty Patterson Spencer married September 24, 1988.

Sylvan H. Sarasohn, MD ’54
Dr. Sylvan “Sy” Henry Sarasohn,  87, of Doral FL, died Dec 29, 2016. Born in Newark, NJ, Dr. Sarasohn attended Weequahic High School. He completed his undergrad, Phi Bete Kappa, at Syracuse University and earned his MD at SUNY Downstate. Dr. Sarasohn was an Air Force captain/flight Surgeon in 1956, and then completed his residency at Columbia Presbyterian in New York. He moved to Florida to co-launch a successful group radiology practice, serving Miami Beach, Northern Miami General Hospital and Parkway General Hospital. He was president of the Florida Radiological Society and a fellow of the American College of Radiology. Sy was predeceased by his adored son Mark Sarasohn and sisters Peggy & Eleanor. He is survived by his beloved soulmate Beverly Grapin and extensive family. Dr. Sarasohn was passionate about people, and maintaining connections with family and friends was his forte during his 45-year radiology career.

Charles Rabiner, MD ’56
Dr. Rabiner, 84, died on January 2, 2017. He was former Chairman of Psychiatry at L.I.J. Hillside Medical Center. In 1987 he became Medical Director of Mesa Vista Hospital in San Diego, CA.

Kenneth Kellner, MD ’71
Dr. Kellner died January 14, 2017 after a battle with cancer, at Haven Hospice in Gainesville, Florida. He was raised on Long Island, New York and began his career with an interest in embryology at Union College, where he was an Eliphalet Nott Scholar. Attending the State University of New York, Downstate Medical Center in the Combined-Degree Program, Dr. Kellner received both a M.D. and Ph.D. degree in 1973 doing research in embryology. This was followed by a residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology at Jackson Memorial Hospital, Miami and a fellowship in Maternal-Fetal Medicine at the University of Florida. He was board certified in both fields and had been on the faculty of the University of Florida since 1977.
Dr. Kellner’s interests were diabetes and pregnancy and psychosocial aspects of obstetrics. He was the Director of the Perinatal Diabetes Program at the University of Florida and founder and Director of the Perinatal Mortality Counseling Program. He was an internationally-recognized expert on perinatal bereavement and perinatal loss, and served as President of the North American Society for Psychosocial Obstetrics and Gynecology.
Dr. Kellner was the Director of the Third Year Clinical Clerkship in Obstetrics and Gynecology for 25 years. The Association of Professors in Obstetrics and Gynecology, the specialty’s national educational organization, recognized the UF Clerkship as the best in the country. During his tenure, the clerkship was recognized by the graduating medical school class with the Golden Apple Award as the best clinical clerkship nine times, more than any other clerkship. He was recognized by the College of Medicine as an exemplary teacher every year and twice by his department with the J. Lee Dockery Teaching Award and APGO Award for teaching excellence. Dr. Kellner served on numerous educational committees and was instrumental in the development of many pioneering courses, clerkships and curriculum designs. In 2012, he was awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award by the College of Medicine Society of Teaching Scholars, only the eighth faculty member so honored.
Since his retirement from clinical practice in 2012, Dr. Kellner continued to be active in student and resident education both at the College and Departmental level. After retiring, he was awarded Professor Emeritus, Division of Maternal-Fetal Medicine.
A dedicated family man, Dr. Kellner is survived by his high school sweetheart and wife of 46 years, Irene. Ken and Irene traveled the world, visiting six of the seven continents. However, their favorite places to visit were Atlanta and Chicago to spend time with their children and grandchildren. In his leisure time he enjoyed Gator sports, photography, creating photo albums, fixing things and tinkering.

Lynn Beinfield, MD ’76
Dr. Beinfield was born in Brooklyn, New York on Feb. 8, 1949. Her family moved to Westport in 1951 where Lynn graduated from Staples High School in 1967. She graduated from Antioch College and SUNY Downstate College of Medicine, where her father and her grandfathers, Henry Beinfield and Harry Koster, attended before her. She practiced psychiatry in Newtown before moving to Colorado Springs, Colorado. She died Jan. 1, 2017, at Baylor Hospital in Dallas while undergoing treatment for leukemia. She was 67.

SUNY Downstate News: February 2017


SUNY trustees have appointed Wayne J. Riley, MD, MPH, MBA, MACP, as president of SUNY Downstate Medical Center. Dr. Riley is currently a clinical professor of medicine and adjunct professor of health policy at the Vanderbilt University School of Medicine. Read more about the new SUNY Downstate president here.

Oklahoma City’s Surgical Superstar Melds Contrasting Personalities.” The Oklahoman’s feature story on Nazih Zuhdi, MD, touches on his medical partnership at Downstate with fellow medical superstar Clarence Dennis, MD ’90H. Read more on Zuhdi, Dennis and Downstate’s heart-lung machine, here.


Nancy L. Zimpher, Chancellor of the State University of New York, received Downstate Medical Center’s 2017 Martin Luther King, Jr. Leadership Award. Read more about Nancy Zimpher’s SUNY Downstate award here.


Programs Help Minority Students Fulfill Dreams Of Becoming Doctors.” Downstate graduate and current ER resident Maurice Selby, MD ’14, is featured in this video on pipeline programs. Watch how Dr. Selby started to prepare for the medical profession in high school, here.

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