SUNY Downstate News October 2017


Thursday, September 21, marked the Jewish New Year, Rosh Hashanah.

National Supply Chain Week is celebrated October 1-7, 2017


News:

-Dr. Sydney Butts, Clarence And Mary Dennis Dedicated Service Award 2017 winner, was featured on a Good Morning America segment on Sleep Apnea in children. Dr. Butts states, “symptoms of sleep apnea in children include snoring, hyperactivity, trouble focusing in school, depression or anger and even bed wetting. Some of these symptoms can often be confused with those of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)”. To read more and watch here segment, click here.

– Brian K. McNeils MD, Downstate Urology Program Director, and Mike Haynes, NFL Hall of Famer, did a press tour for the American Urological Association. They are a part of the Know Your Stats Campaign, designed to increase awareness about prostate cancer.


SUNY Downstate Announcements:

-Dean of the College of Nursing,  Lori Escallier, PhD, RN, CPNP-PC, FAAN presented her work with veterans at the World Congress of Nursing & Nursing Education Conference in Rome, Italy.

– Announcements of the appointment of the members of the Employee Climate/Engagement Survey Steering Committee, chaired by Judith Dorsey, MA—Vice President of Human Resources and Campus Ethics Officer. The individuals serving on this committee are: Bernadette Selby;  Patricia Winston RN, MS; Laura Free, MPA; Pascale Daquin; Devon John, MD; Karen Saunders MA; Allen Lewis PhD, CRC; Lori Escallier PhD, RN, CPNP-PC, FAAN; Seth Langley PhD; Peter Ljutic; Rowena Blackman, MS; and Rose Jackman, MPH.

– Facility Improvements: Work has begun in the basement of the library to temporarily relocate departments who are currently housed in the trailed located on Lenox Road. The team at Facilities Management & Development will be working diligently towards to the goal of have most the departments relocated before the winter weather hits.

– Dr Raavi Gupta, MD,  is the Assistant Professor of Pathology at Downstate and Director of Laboratories at Downstate Bay Ridge. Dr. Gupta has been elected President of the New York Pathological Society.

– Andrew Hasenzahl, SPH/COM Class of 2020, Rev. Dr. Kirkpatrick Cohall, chair of Downstate’s SUNY Campus Council, and Ellen Watson, Assistant Vice President for Institutional Advancement, for attended the 2017 ACT Conference on behalf of SUNY Downstate. The Council is charged with reviewing critical campus plans, impacting structure and serving as advocates for their campuses.

– Dr. Robert Gore was honored at the United Hospital Fund Gala with the Distinguished Community Service Award. “The award recognizes volunteer leadership of a specific project or initiative that significantly improves health and health care in New York City. UHF saluted Dr. Gore’s work with the Kings Against Violence Initiative (KAVI).”


Innovations in Medicine:

– Dr. Todd Sacktor, Neurology Professor for the College of Medicine, participated in a BBC podcast discussing his breathtaking memory research. Dr. Sacktor“believes that memories are stored in the connections – or synapses … and what Todd Sacktor and his colleagues have done is to create a drug called ZIP that disperses PKM Zeta and appears to wipe out memories.” To read more and listen to his interview click here.

– One of the companies at the Downstate Biotechnology Incubator, HemoGenyx, LLC, is going public next week with a listing on the London Stock Exchange. This is the first and only Brooklyn-based company to have achieved this major distinction.

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Class Notes: October 2017

Class Notes:
Paul E. Schwartz, MD’60
Retired from private practice, buy enjoys volunteering at Americares.

Robert M. Weiss, MD’60
Dr. Weiss received the 2017 John W. Duckett, MD Pediatric Urology Research Excellence Award from the Urology Care Foundation.

Allen P. Kaplan, MD’65
Completed 50 years of basic and applied clinical research on the pathogenesis and therapy of bacteria and angioedema.

Paul S. Quentzel, MD’71
I am residing in Pompano Beach, Florida. I have retired 1 year ago from the practice of Gastroenterology. I am volunteering GI at a clinic in Boyton Beach, Florida for indigent patients. I look forward to seeing classmates at the 50th Reunion in 2018.

Ronald S. Green, MD’74
Dr. Green has retired from Clinical Gastroenterology practice and University of Connecticut faculty. He remains on Boston Hospital Board of Directors and Bristol Hospital and CT Hospital Association Quality Improvement Committees. Enjoying travel, grandchildren, outdoor activities and multiple volunteering opportunities.

James J. Hederman, MD’ 80
Dr. Hederman has celebrated his 25th year as a Jesuit.

David H. Berman, MD’82
Became the recipient of the Richard C. Troutman Master in Ophthalmology at the 2017

Lynne J. Goldberg, MD’86
Dr. Goldberg has been honored with an endowed professorship – The Jag Bhawan Professor of Dermatology – at Boston University School of Medicine.

Joy S. Feld, MD’01
Dr. Feld has been an internist in private practice at Cedars-Sinai in Los Angeles since 2004.

Herminio Diaz, MD’ 09
Dr. Diaz is starting at Mid-Hudson Regional Medical Center as a Surgeon in November.
Alumni Award Ceremony.


In Memoriam:

George A. Sirignano, M.D’43
George A. Sirignano, M.D. of Heritage Hills, Somers, NY, died Thursday, June 2, 2011 at the age 92. Dr. Sirignano was born February 18, 1919 in Mount Vernon, NY, to Alfonso and Rosa (Cerbone) Sirignano. He attended Mount Vernon schools and graduated from Columbia College in 1940 and from the Long Island College of Medicine (Downstate Medical) in 1943. He married Helen Neubauer on January 14, 1944. She predeceased him on August 15, 2004. To read the rest of his obituary click here.

David Cugell, MD’47
Dr. David W. Cugell, an esteemed director emeritus of Respiratory Health Association, died December 5, 2016, at the age of 93. Dr. Cugell was a 50+ year volunteer with RHA, continuing his advocacy well after his board service here ended.  Dr. Cugell had a special interest in climate change and lung health, and in recent years had been a key supporter of RHA efforts in this arena. To read the complete obituary click here.

Elizabeth M. MacDonald, MD’54
Dr. MacDonald died peacefully in her new home on May 19, 2017 after a long illness. She was the beloved wife of Leo J. Macdonald Jr. M.D. Loving mother to Leo J. MacDonald III and his wife Nina of Raleigh, NC, Michael J. MacDonald and his wife Berline of Newport, KY, Brian C. MacDonald of Lynnfield, Robert D. MacDonald and his wife Elva of Sagamore Beach, and John A. MacDonald and his wife Dawn of VA Beach, VA, and Nancy Rodig and her husband Scott of Westwood. Sister of Marian Ambrosiano of Long Island, NY and Eleanor Hefferin of Ft. Myers, Florida. Also survived by 10 grandchildren. To read the rest of her obituary click here.

Kenneth Roth, MD’69
Dr. Roth died in 2017. He leaves behind wife Seth-Deborah, and daughter Samantha-Ann.

David A. Goldstein, MD’72
David Aaron Goldstein, M.D., who co-founded the Pacific Center for Health Policy and Ethics in 1990 and served as its Co-Director, died on May 22, 2017, at his home, after a year-long illness, at the age of 71. A leader who contributed enormously to the development of medicine at the Keck School of Medicine and the university’s private and public hospitals, Dr. Goldstein was a beloved physician, teacher, mentor, and colleague. To read the complete obituary click here.


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First Year Mentoring Program

The Mentoring Program sponsored by the Alumni Association has continued to be a positive addition to the Medical Student experience here at SUNY Downstate College of Medicine. To date, the program has served over 2,000 students and procured the services of about 270 faculty and alumni.

Students are provided with an opportunity to engage with other medical students and faculty.  In the month of September, 5 MS1 mentoring sessions were held. First year students were matched with  faculty mentors.

Faculty mentors can answer questions about what being a physician demands and provide students patients and clinical practice insight.

The Mentoring program also goes beyond MS1 student – faculty mentoring. Other programs include having one-on-one lunch with a faculty mentor in their office to see how first hand medicine is practiced and panel discussions involving insight into specialty fields.

Please contact Mrs. Dionne Davis-Lowe, the Mentoring and Alumni Career Program Coordinator at (718)270-7593 or dionne.davis@downstate.edu, if you have any questions or would like additional information.


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 alumni@downstate.edu.  We would love to show you around.







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SUNY Downstate News September 2017

Presidential Inauguration Ceremony: The Presidential Inauguration Ceremony for Wayne J. Riley, MD, MPH, MBA, MACP is on September 15, 2017 at 10:00 P.M., in the Alumni Auditorium.

White Coat Ceremony: On August 10th, our 23rd Annual White Coat Ceremony was head. The event was sponsored by the Arnold P. Gold Foundation and the Alumni Association. The newly oriented 195 first year medical students recited the Hippocratic Oath for the first time to mark the occasion. To view photos of the event, please visit our Facebook Page.

Robert F. Furchgott Annual Visiting Professor Lecture: Nobel Laureate Dr. Eric Kandel: “Topic: “The Biology of Memory and Age-Related Memory Loss”
Dr. Kandel is University Professor at Columbia; Kavli Professor and Director, Kavli Institute for Brain Science; Co-Director, Mortimer B. Zuckerman Mind Brain Behavior Institute; and an Investigator at the Howard Hughes Medical Institute. To read more on Dr. Kandel visit our Blog.


                                            SUNY Downstate Announcements:

– Dr. Anika Daniels-Osaze named a recipient of Insight Into Diversity magazine’s 2017 Inspiring Leaders in STEM Award. Dr. Daniels-Osaze is the Director of Diversity Education and Research at SUNY Downstate.

 

– Lorraine A. Sanassi, DHSc, PA-C, named Physician Assistant Educator of the Year by the New York State Society of Physician Assistants. Dr. Sanassi was recognized as a Presidential Honoree by the Society and as an exemplary educator, advisor, and mentor for PA students. She is an Assistant Professor of the PA program here at Downstate. She also serves as the PA Coordinator at the Special Treatment and Research (STAR) Program.

– Downstate Hosts community Health Fair at the Family Health Center at Lefferts. Alumna Dr. Marcia Edmond- Bucknor and The staff at Lefferts provided screenings to community members. Our Downstate colleagues staffed a table to educate the community on maternal, infant health, and breast health

– Judith H. LaRosa, PhD, RN, succeeds Pascal J. Imperato, MD, MPH&TM, MACP, as the Interim Dean of the School of Public Health (SPH). Dr. Imperato assumes a new role as Senior Vice President of Academic Affairs.


SUNY Downstate Job Postings:

APEX Therapeutic Services are hiring for the Upcoming School Year (2017-2018). Apex Therapeutic services is seeking full-time and part-time Occupational Therapist (OTRL) to work for The Department of Education. If you are interested or would like more information, please contact Micaella Flores (Healthcare Recruitment Manager). Office (516)472-7002, Mobile (917)363-3853, or Email: Mflores@apexcare.net
Salary: $70.00 to $76 /hour

 

Class Notes: September 2017

Class Notes:

Lionel G. Deutsch, MD’60
Dr. Deutsch states “retired finally (last years of practice was as the Psychiatrist of Woodstock, NY in November 2016. He has recently moved to Ohio to be grandpa to his youngest son’s first child.

Richard Phillips, MD’78
Dr. Phillips is happily retired after 27 years as Director of Hepatology at Mount Sinai Medical center, Miami, FL and Associate Professor of Medicine Division of GI, MSMC and University of Miami Miller school of medicine. He hopes all of his friends from class of ’78 are well.

In Memoriam:
Maureen K. Molly, MD’57
Dr. Maureen Molloy died 3/18/2017.

Donald M. Zarou. MD’61
Dr. Donald M. Zarou passed away at NYU Lutheran Medical Center on May 20, 2017. Born and raised in Brooklyn, New York, he was a graduate of Poly Prep Country Day School, where later he served as Chairman of the Board of the Trustees. He earned his Bachelor of Science Degree from the University of Vermont and later graduated from SUNY Downstate Medical School with the Doctor of Medicine Degree. To read the complete Obituary click here.

John J. LoCascio Jr., MD’77
Dr. LoCascio passed away on Friday, August 18, 2017, after a short battle with cancer. He was a physician and partner at Mount David Clinical Associates in Lewiston until 1990. He then left his internal medicine practice to work as a medical director in leading global disability insurance companies. To read the complete obituary click here.

 


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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


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First Year Medical Students iPad Giveaway! 2017

After much anticipation, first year Medical Students, MS1, came to the Alumni Association office filled will jubilation to pick up their iPads. The 194 iPads were donated by an anonymous alumnus donor who wanted to provide students with another resource to succeed during their time in Medical School. As expected, students responded with gratitude and a multitude of different reasons why this generous gift meant so much to them.

From financial reasons to differing types of learners, below are testimonials from students on the utility of the donation:

“I thought about purchasing an iPad for the longest time but couldn’t due to financial reasons.” – Hermione Gaw

“I can be slow at learning sometimes and visual aids are very useful to me …I hope you know that you aren’t just donating iPad to a “class,” but to individuals people who have their own unique reasons for cherishing this gift.” – Rebecca Walton

“I am already using this iPad mini to organize myself, make Anki flashcards, and observe anatomical structures with the many amazing apps available.” – Kelila Kahane”

“I can imagine a multitude of ways your gift will aid in our studies, from now as we delve into learning about anatomy, to have a handy reference on our future rotations.” – Swetha Mummini


The connection to SUNY Downstate and its vast Alumni Network has already begun to take root:

“I am also touched by what this gift represents – the continuity of the Downstate College of Medicine and that alumni still feel connected and invested in the college. I will keep that in mind so that one day I too can give back.” – Kelila Kahane

“I hope that you continue to be prosperous in your endeavors, and I promise to take the baton and pass it on at every stage of my learning experience and career.”  – Amarachi Uwaga

“I am proud to be a part of SUNY Downstate, especially knowing that it has a great alumni network and wonderful alumni.” – Johnny Wai Ming Tang


One student even looks forward to what this donation can contribute to in her future medical career:

 “While I know my mind may change, I currently plan to go into Cardiology and contribute to society from that. I hope to one day work in an underserved area and, when financially stable enough, to open my own clinic in order to build stronger bonds with my patients and provide them with greater one to one care. I also want to one day travel to the Dominican Republic and provide free basic healthcare to those families living in the countryside and impoverished areas of the country.” – Ana Maria Lopez

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