Alumni Books, Articles, & Publications

“Don’t forget – no one else sees the world the way you do, so no one else can tell the stories that you have to tell.” – Charles de Lint


Have you or another alumnus/a you know authored a novel? Successfully submitted an article for publication and would like it highlighted in an alumni newsletter? Wrote a piece of poetry that you would like to share? Had a magazine feature you were especially excited about?  If the answer is YES, to any of these questions you should consider informing the Alumni Association!

The Alumni Association is calling out for any publications written by the SUNY Downstate College of Medicine alumni. Your books, article and/or publications will be featured in our office if you submit them. Please mail us two copies when you submit, one copy will be given to the SUNY Downstate library and the other copy will be on display in the Alumni Association. With a growing library of alumni books, we hope to continue this growth with new submissions from the year of 2016-2017.

If you are cognizant of any alumni piece please do not hesitate to call us at 718-270-2075 or email us at


SUNY Downstate News Digest, Sept. 15, 2016


Shaundelle Moore Goldsmith, JD, director of the Office of Diversity and Inclusion at SUNY Downstate Medical Center, has been recognized with the Diversity Visionary Award from INSIGHT into Diversity magazine. The award honors individuals who have made significant contributions to diversity in higher education. Read more from SUNY Downstate, here.

Ayman Fanous, MD, has been named professor and chair of the Department of Psychiatry at SUNY Downstate Medical Center. Dr. Fanous was most recently a staff psychiatrist and chief of the Psychiatric Genetics Research Program at the Washington DC VA Medical Center, as well as associate professor of psychiatry at the Georgetown University School of Medicine. Read more from SUNY Downstate, here.

Marilyn A. Fraser, MD, has been named chief executive officer of The Arthur Ashe Institute for Urban Health (AAIUH), succeeding Ruth C. Browne, ScD, MPP, MPH, founding chief executive officer of AAIUH, who has accepted a new position as president and chief executive officer of Ronald McDonald House New York. Read more on new CEO, Marilyn A. Fraser MD, here. Read more about Dr. Ruth Browne and the Ronald McDonald House, here.

SUNY Downstate’s Richard Rosenfeld, MD, recommends shared decision-making in treating adult sinusitis. The article, appearing in the New England Journal of Medicine, stresses minimal use of antibiotics. Read more from SUNY Downstate, here.

SUNY Downstate Medical Center’s Vice President for Faculty Affairs and Professional Development Joseph P. Merlino, MD, MPA, has been named to the Fellows Ambassador Program of the New York Academy of Medicine. Dr. Merlino, who is also professor of psychiatry at SUNY Downstate, was among seven persons chosen this year from the Academy’s prestigious membership of more than 2,000 experts from across the professions affecting health. Read more from SUNY Downstate, here.

SUNY Downstate Medical Center’s Clinical Associate Professor of Pathology and Medicine Maja Nowakowski, PhD, has been appointed by the Israeli Council of Higher Education to serve as a member of the International Committee for Review and Evaluation of Medical Laboratory Science Training Programs in Israel. Read more from SUNY Downstate, here.

Read the latest news on SUNY Downstate medical alumni, here.

Downstate Student Publishes, Experimental Neurology

SUNY Downstate medical student John Odackal published research initially funded by alumni giving

John won an Alumni Fund Summer Research Grant in 2013, which launched the research published in Experimental Neurology 273 (2015), pp 105-113. The project extended for years beyond with data collection, writing and revision.

Read the full article, here: T-type calcium channels contribute to calcium disturbances in brain during hyponatremia, Odackal


John is an MS4 entering Internal Medicine at UVa in June, 2016, with the goal of pulmonology/critical care

Receiving the Summer Research Grant was “incredibly important,” he said. “It connected me to a fantastic mentor (Dr. Sabina Hrabetova) and led to several additional research experiences, including a year-long project at Columbia, also funded by the Alumni Association.”

The research has been invaluable educationally, and is a significant contribution to medicine.

“The work argues that hyponatremia, an incredibly common electrolyte abnormality, might influence calcium regulation in brain,” John said. “If substantiated in humans, which requires in-vivo studies and human studies, the work might influence how we screen/treat hyponatremia, especially in the elderly.”



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SUNY Downstate, Kings County Hosptial presentation: Proximal Small Bowel Obstruction and Strongyloides

Strongyloides final edit

Strongyloides stercoralis, a parasitic helminth, affects an estimated 100 million people worldwide. The parasite is commonly known to cause abdominal pain and diarrhea especially in tropical and subtropical endemic areas such as Southeast Asia, Latin America, Sub-Saharan African, and parts of the southeastern United States.

Presented by Roger C. Cui, Scott Dougan, Patricia Leung, MD, Thomas McIntyre, MD

The SUNY Downstate College of Medicine Alumni Association supported this presentation given at the spring 2015 ASiT Conference in Glasgow by reimbursing student travel expenses.

Alumni donations made travel possible for two dozen Downstate medical students presenting at national and international conferences in 2014.

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Article by Peter Lenehan, MD, ’84, SUNY Downstate alumnus: Generation and External Validation of a Tumor-Derived 5-Gene Prognostic Signature for Recurrence of Lymph Node-Negative, Invasive Colorectal Carcinoma


One in 4 patients with lymph node-negative, invasive colorectal carcinoma (CRC) develops recurrent disease after undergoing curative surgery, and most die of advanced disease. Predicting which patients will develop a recurrence is a significantly growing, unmet medical need.


To the authors’ knowledge, the 5-gene rule (OncoDefender-CRC) is the first molecular prognostic that has been validated in both stage I CRC and stage II colon cancer. It outperforms standard clinicopathologic prognostic criteria and obviates the need to retrieve ≥12 lymph nodes for accurate prognostication. It identifies those patients most likely to develop recurrent disease within 3 years after curative surgery and, thus, those most likely to benefit from adjuvant treatment. Cancer 2012. © 2012 American Cancer Society.

Click here for entire article: Lenehan et al., Cancer 2012 (1) (1)


This chart illustrates the ability of the 5-gene molecular signature to differentiate lymph node-negative, invasive colorectal cancer (CRC) tumors in the external validation set (n = 264) for patients at “low risk” versus patients at “high risk” of developing a recurrence within 36 months after surgery. CI indicates confidence interval; HR indicates hazard ratio.

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