Children of Alumni Information Session

COM – Save the Date (July 2018)

Calling all Children of Alumni who are College Juniors, Senior, and College Graduates interested in Medical School. There will be an Information Session on Wednesday, July 18, 2018, for the College of Medicine.

To register for the Information Session go to the following link:

If your child would like to set up an appointment to discuss their medical school application, competitiveness, and process, please contact the Alumni Association. You can email us at or call 718-270-2075.


Dr. Martin Salwen – Obituary

“Dr. Martin Salwen, Distinguished Service Professor Emeritus at SUNY Downstate Medical Center, died on December 12, 2017 at the age of 86.  He was buried with military honors in a private ceremony at Calverton National Cemetery in Long Island.  His family asked for privacy in the immediate weeks after his death.

Dr. Salwen was a graduate of City College of New York and of SUNY Downstate Medical Center (Class of 1957). After internship at the Yale-affiliated Hospital of St. Raphael, he was a resident and then fellow in Pathology at Yale – New Haven Hospital. He served as a Captain in the Medical Corps of the US Air Force from 1964-1966 in Asia during the years of escalation of the Vietnam War.  After his military service, Dr. Salwen returned to Yale as an Assistant Professor. From 1967-1978, Dr. Salwen was Director of Laboratories at Monmouth Medical Center in NJ.  Dr. Salwen returned to SUNY Downstate as Director of Pathology at Kings County Hospital from 1979-1997 and as Director of Laboratories at University Hospital of Brooklyn from 1986-1997 and remained on the medical school faculty until his retirement in December 2015. His teaching was notable for popular electives in “Laboratory Medicine” and “Interpretation of Laboratory Tests” and for the pathology museum specimens he saved and maintained for many generations of medical students to study (some are displayed on the 4th floor of the Basic Science Building).  His major research work was on graphic presentation of laboratory test results to improve the utility of the clinical interpretation of the results.

Dr. Salwen had leadership roles in many medical organizations including the Medical Society of the State of New York, the American Society of Clinical Pathologists, the New York State Society of Pathologists and the SUNY Downstate Medical Center Alumni Association – College of Medicine where he served as President and on the Board of Managers. He received the State University of New York Distinguished Service Professor Award in 1993 and in 2013 he was honored by the President of Downstate Medical Center with the Ailanthus Award.  Dr. Salwen received several awards from the Alumni Association including the Distinguished Service Award in 2002, the Dr. Frank L Babbott Memorial Award for distinguished service to the medical profession and community, and the Jean Redman Oliver Master Teacher Award in 1992. He was inducted into the Alpha Omega Alpha Medical Honor Society in 1995.  Among his many community activities, he served as trustee of the Prospect Park South Association and Director of the Brooklyn Friends of Chamber Music.

In 2010, Dr. Salwen edited the book, “Downstate at 150: A Celebration of Achievement” which profiled notable faculty and alumni for the College of Medicine’s sesquicentennial.  Dr. Salwen wrote in the preface to the book, “For many, the gift of Downstate has been the many wonderful teachers and classmates and the patients in need of care. We owe a debt for our outstanding education and for entry to the choice of a career. A world opened up for us, and we have been able to see farther; after all, we have stood on the shoulders of giants.”   It is, therefore, very fitting that donations in Dr. Salwen’s memory are being directed to the SUNY Downstate Medical Center Alumni Association – College of Medicine.

We send our sincere sympathy to his wife Jane Stafford Salwen, to his children and grandchildren, and to his many colleagues and friends in the Department of Pathology, at SUNY Downstate, and in the College of Medicine Alumni Association.”

For information on donating to the Alumni Association:

Obituary contributed by Jenny Libien, MD’01, Interim Chair of Pathology and Alumni Association Board Member

SUNY Downstate News: November 2017

October 6-12 marked  National Physician Assistant (PA) Week

October 19th was “Wear Purple to Work Day” to raise awareness for Domestic Violence.

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month

On November 11 Veterans Day was observed

SUNY Downstate Announcements:

-Shirley Girouard, Professor and Associate Dean for Research and Innovation at Downstate’s College of Nursing, received the Mary Jane M. Williams Diamond Jubilee Lifetime Achievement Award in Nursing from the Connecticut Nurses Association.

-On October 22 ,2017, a team of residents, medical students, and others participated in the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention’s Community Walk in Manhattan. The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention is at the forefront of research, advocacy, education, and prevention initiatives designed to reduce loss of life resulting from suicide.

-On October 24, 2017, Dr. Dilip Nath, Assistant Vice President and Deputy Chief Information Officer of Information Services, was awarded a Citation of Honor by Queens Borough President, Melina Katz, for his outstanding contribution to civil activism.

-The National Institutes of Health (NIH) awarded Downstate a $10 million grant to form a translational health disparities research program, with a specific focus on recruiting and training underrepresented minority scientists.

-Jeffrey Putman, Vice President for Student Affairs, Dean of Students, was honored by The College Student Personnel Association of New York State for with the “Outstanding Contribution to the Profession” award.

-Downstate had winners in multiple sections at the New York Chapter—American College of Physicians (NYACP) Resident and Medical Student Forum on October 28th .Downstate students/trainees won first and second place in the Medical Student Clinical Vignette Category (Muhammad Yaasen Bhutta and Benjamin Parnes), first place in the Medical Student Research Category (Justina Ray), and third place in the Resident and Fellow Clinical Vignette (Odeth Barrett-Campbell, MD).

-On October 25, Rep. Yvette D. Clarke, the Congressional Caucus on Black Women and Girls, and Black Women’s Health Imperative hosted a briefing entitled, “Black Women’s Health: Where do we go from Here” in Washington, DC.
Alumna, Marcia Edmond-Bucknor, MD’04, Assistant Professor/Medical Director, Dept. of Family Medicine-Family Health Services, presented on how the Affordable Care Act (ACA) has impacted Black women’s access to care from the perspective of the medical community.

– Dr. Richard H. Schwarz, passed on November 9, 2017. Dr. Schwarz has served Downstate as Chairman of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Provost, and finally, Acting President from 1978 to 1994. He also served as Chair of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Methodist Hospital. Downstate honors his life and legacy.

Innovations in Medicine:

Dr. Samuel Márquez, Associate Professor of Cell Biology and Co-Director of Gross Cell Biology in the College of Medicine, co-authored an article in the October issue of The Anatomical Record entitled, “Cranial Indicators Identified for Peak Incidence of Otitis Media.” The article describes reconstruction of the cartilaginous Eustachian tube at different stages of growth.


Presidential Inauguration Ceremony 2017

“If you want to go fast, go alone, if you want to go far, go together.”

This past Friday, 9/15/2017, marked the beginning of a new era in SUNY Downstate history. Dr. Wayne J. Riley was officially inaugurated as the new President of State University of New York Downstate by SUNY Board Chairman Carl H. McCall
and SUNY Chancellor Kristina M. Johnson.

Notable speakers all expressed the a similar sentiment, Dr. Riley will make an outstanding President and his past experiences have provided him with the tools necessary to succeed in his new role.

“Given his unlimited talent and experience, Dr. Riley is the person to lead this transition”- H. Carl McCall on political climate transitions in Washington and the United States.

“You can not get anything better than a great, transparent community builder” – Chancellor Johnson on Dr. Riley’s character.

“Dr.Riley’s countless leadership experiences and skills have prepared him to excel in this new role” – Dr. Louis W. Sullivan

Perfection is not the goal, excellence is the goal, Dr. Wayne J. Riley set the tone for his term during his inaugural address. He exuded great pride in taking on this new role and stated Downstate is “the academic health science center of the American Dream.”

The Alumni Association congratulates President Riley on his inauguration.

Speakers included:

-SUNY Board Chairman Carl H. McCall
-SUNY Chancellor Kristina M. Johnson
-Eric L. Adams, Brooklyn Borough President
-Dr. Samuel L. Stanley, Jr., President Stony Brook University
-Rev. Dr. Calvin O. Butts, President, SUNY Old Westbury
-Dr. Mark G. Stewart, Dean, Downstate School of Graduate Studies
-Dr. Rauno O. Jok, Presiding President, Downstate Faculty and Staff Assembly
-Abhimanyu Amarnani, President Downstate’s University Council
-Dr. Darilyn V. Moyer, President, American College of Physicians
– Dr. Darilyn V. Moyer, Executive Vice President an CEO, American College of Physicians
-The Honorable Dr. Louis W. Sullivan,Former Secretary of U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, and President Emeritus, Morehouse School of Medicine

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Renovations & Updates

The College of Medicine at SUNY Downstate has been hard at work this summer updating and renovating classrooms, common areas, and our Alumni Auditorium.  Crews worked extra hours all week this week to finish the Alumni Auditorium in time for the inauguration of our new President, Dr. Wayne Riley.  In the coming weeks, all of the donors who have named chairs in the Alumni Auditorium will have their chair plaques updated and replaced as well.  Check out the photos of the updates and renovation including the new official names of some of the classrooms.

Additionally, the Alumni Association is happy to have our award case back for the Clarence and Mary Dennis award.  SUNY Downstate borrowed the display case for the 100th anniversary of the Hospital.

If you would like a personal tour of the medical school and/or to see the updated spaces, please contact the alumni office at 718-270-2075 or via email at  We would love to show you around.

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Robert F. Furchgott Annual Visiting Professor Lecture: Nobel Laureate Dr. Eric Kandel

On Wednesday, September 6 at 3:00 p.m. in BSB Lecture Hall 6, the Robert F. Furchgott Annual Visiting Professor Lecture featured  Dr. Eric Kandel, 2000 Nobel Laureate and Professor at Columbia University. A packed auditorium coupled with Dr. Kandel’s jovial and engaging lecture style produced an exceptional event.

“Dr. Kandel’s research has been concerned with the molecular mechanisms of memory storage. He has been recognized with the Albert Lasker Award, the Heineken Award of the Netherlands, the Gairdner Award of Canada, the Harvey Prize and the Wolf Prize of Israel, the National Medal of Science USA and the Nobel Prize for Physiology or Medicine in 2000”

Dr. Kandel is currently a University Professor and the Director of Columbia’s Kavli Institute for Brain Science. Additionally, he is the Co-Director, Mortimer B. Zuckerman Mind Brain Behavior Institute, and an Investigator at the Howard Hughes Medical Institute.

The Robert F. Furchgott Annual Visiting Professor Lecture highlighted some of his current research ““The Biology of Memory and Age-Related Memory Loss.” Dr. Kandel’s research uncovered increased bone density, higher osteocalcin hormone levels and increased RbAp48 protein in the Dentate Gyrus produces significant results in decreasing age-related memory loss.

“Get more exercise and drink more red wine, to decrease age-related memory loss.” -Dr. Eric Kandel




Building Brooklyn’s Future on the Waterfront


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Inside the workspace of one of BioBAT’s anchor tenants, the International AIDS Vaccine Initiative (IAVI) 


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“When I visited the BioBat incubator in March, I saw future of our economy unfolding. Tomorrow’s jobs and opportunities depend on technological innovation, and BioBat provides the space and support needed to ignite that spark. Through this kind of partnership between government, the private sector and academia, we will foster the next generation of entrepreneurs and industry leaders.”​-New York Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul

SUNY Downstate Medical Center’s commitment to research and education goes beyond the Downstate campus, including all the way to the Brooklyn harbor, where its venture BioBAT at the Brooklyn Army Terminal is working to strengthen the city’s scientific community.

Space is always a pressing concern for NYC’s researchers. Prior to BioBAT, finding affordable locations within easy reach of the city’s academic and financial centers was a challenge. Through the creation of affordable wet lab and office space at the Brooklyn Army Terminal, BioBAT has expanded the options for scientific firms seeking to operate in the city.

BioBAT stands six miles from the Downstate campus and Downstate’s Biotechnology Incubator, where two of BioBAT’s anchor tenants got their start. BioBAT tenants can take advantage of the partnership with SUNY Downstate, granting access to the school’s library, research personnel, and other resources.

An educated workforce and a culture of entrepreneurship benefit not just the city’s researchers, but New York as a whole. SUNY Downstate, Brooklyn’s only academic medical center, appreciates the importance of workforce development. The school has fielded initiatives such as biotechnology job-training programs in collaboration with Hunter College, and entrepreneurship programs for startup founders.

Downstate’s Dr. Eva Cramer, BioBAT and the incubator’s founder, has been a leading force in these workforce development efforts. BioBAT has launched its own initiative to create a STEM career pipeline and develop a 21st century working waterfront in Brooklyn. Among the initiative’s cornerstones is a series of extracurricular STEM educational programs which will inspire and engage students of all ages. The center is seeking sponsors and volunteers, and has enlisted SUNY Downstate’s support. Volunteer graduate students from SUNY Downstate’s School of Graduate Studies are guiding elementary through high school students in a fun-filled science summer program.

Since their inception, these ventures have received government support. SUNY Downstate President Dr. Wayne J. Riley said, “When I came to Downstate in April, I met with Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams and shared my appreciation for his strong support of our biotechnology initiatives, including the Biotech Incubator and BioBAT facilities, and for our pipeline programs.”

These ventures are helping to transform Brooklyn and the city as a whole into a global science and technology hub. Thanks to Downstate’s and BioBAT’s initiatives, researchers from every corner of the world will be able to find space, resources, personnel, and a thriving startup community at their fingertips. Under Dr. Riley’s leadership the borough can become as much of a magnet for scientific and commercial talent as SUNY Downstate is for outstanding students. SUNY Downstate’s students come from all over the world, and its alumni go just as far afield. But the best place to take part in the future of innovation may be back in Brooklyn.

Visit BioBAT and the Biotechnology Incubator on the web at and



SUNY Downstate News July 2017



Tis the Season: “Poison ivy rashes have been getting more severe each season due to global warming and longer growth seasons with stronger urushiol production,” says Jessica Krant, M.D., a clinical assistant professor of dermatology at SUNY Downstate Medical Center in Brooklyn, N.Y., and a member of Consumer Reports’ medical advisory board. For helpful tips.

You May Want To Reconsider Your Favorite Antibacterial Soap:” Dr. Laura Geer of the School of Public Health at SUNY Downstate, states “antimicrobial substances added to common household products can potentially disrupt the human endocrine system and are known to longer in the environment.”  For Dr. Geer’s research findings read more on the Brooklyn Eagle website.


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.