SUNY Downstate News June 2017


Congratulations to the Graduating class of 2017!

Executive Director of the Alumni Association, Eric T. Shoen-Ukre, recertified as a Certified Fund Raising Executive. 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. “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”

SUNY Downstate Announcement
: Dr. JoAnn Bradley, Senior Vice President in the Department of Philanthropy, has officially announced her intent to retire effective on June 14th, 2017 after a 47 year career here at SUNY Downstate.

Innovations in Medicine: Downstate prides itself on innovations in medicine and healthcare to provide patients with the best care possible. Below are some examples of  the exceptional and advances Downstate had been making in healthcare:

-Researchers at SUNY Downstate Medical Center’s School of Public Health have determined that two stressful work characteristics, low job control and “job strain” — that is, high-demand, low-control work — have been increasing in the U.S. since 2002. The findings were presented at the Seventh International Commission on Occupational Health (ICOH) Conference on Work Environment and Cardiovascular Diseases, in Varese, Italy, by Paul A. Landsbergis, PhD, EdD, MPH, associate professor in the Department of Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences, and earlier by lead author and SUNY Downstate Doctor of Public Health candidate Stephanie Myers at SUNY Downstate Research Day in Brooklyn, NY. For more information.

-Upper airway angioedema, while rare, is a potentially life-threatening side effect of ACEIs. As there is currently no therapy approved to treat it, a team of researchers, led by Richard Sinert, DO, from SUNY Downstate Medical Center/Kings County Hospital Medical Center, Brooklyn, NY, evaluated whether icatibant was effective in patients with ACEI-induced angioedema. To read more:

– University Hospital of Brooklyn/Downstate is the  first in New York City to use the BIOVIGIL hand hygiene system to aid in preventing Healthcare Associated Infections.

-Functional near infrared spectroscopic (fNIRS) imaging technology developed here at SUNY Downstate has advanced communication in patients with ALS using Downstate’s  Dr. Randall Barbour’s new wearable system. The system allows patients to communicate to ‘yes’ or ‘no’ questions.

-Downstate’s Muscular Dystrophy Association Clinical Care Center, is administering a new treatment for Spinal Muscular Dystrophy called Nusinersen/Spinraza.-

–  SUNY campuses were awarded 57 U.S. utility patents for advances in biotechnology, cancer research, manufacturing, renewable energy, and much more.  Downstate was mentioned for its work toward a lower power, more stabilized alternative to implantable cardioverter defibrillators to restart the heart. The new technology repurposes a nerve stimulator to use the body’s own nervous system to control the heart.To read more.

LGBT Pride Month: June marks the month of Pride and SUNY Downstate encourages students, faculty, and staff to support SUNY’s founding principles of diversity, equity and inclusion. To march with SUNY register at by June 22. On campus, there will be talk held by Dr. Nick Gordon, who completed his residency in emergency medicine at Downstate, titled “Focus on LGBT Health.”

SUNY Downstate Job Postings:

SUNY Downstate Medical Center
Location : Brooklyn NY US
Title: Interview Coordinator
Serves as receptionist, greet applicants and respond to questions from prospective applicants. Monitors expenditures and supervise the planning and coordination…

SUNY Downstate Medical Center
Location : Brooklyn NY US
Title: Nursing Assistant 2
New York State employees who hold a permanent appointment in this title will be considered for lateral transfer. Applicants must have completed one year of satisfactory full-time experience in the provision of simple treatment and other patient care services under professional supervision.

Equal Opportunity Funding

The Alumni Association remains committed to diverse and inclusive practices.

Diverse and Inclusive practices are subjects many organizations often speak about, but seldom practice, however  the Alumni Association – College of Medicine SUNY Downstate, is not one the aforementioned organizations. Staying true to the vision of the State University of New York Downstate Medical Center, the Alumni Association remains committed to serving the broad spectrum of individuals that attend SUNY Downstate’s medical school.

Recognizing differing ideologies based on life experience, culture, language, and ethnic background, leads to profound innovations in medicine.

The Alumni Association is proud support Downstate’s minority students with scholarships every year, funded by our generous donors.

This year we provided over $67,859, to African-American, Latino, and Native-American medical students. Depending on your definition of minority/under represented, if we include Asian-American students we have provided over $220,677 this year.

To donate to one of our scholarships to support under-represented individuals at the College of Medicine or to support any of our initiatives that insure medical students have access to the best education possible, click the link provided below. If you have any questions about different ways to contribute do not hesitate to call the Alumni Association office at (718)-270-2075.

Link to donate:

SUNY Central Organizes SUNY Pride March

SUNY Pride

SUNY Central asked us to share this with our alumni:

March with SUNY at NYC Pride
SUNY invites you to join fellow students, faculty, and staff to march in the New York City Pride Parade on Sunday, June 25th. All members of the SUNY community are welcome to attend and be a part of the largest pride celebration in the world.
The event runs from 11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. and registration is free. Specific details on exact parade day meeting time and location in Manhattan will be sent to all registered attendees prior to the event.
The day will be filled with excitement and pride as SUNY marches together through the streets of New York City in this one of a kind world renowned celebration. We encourage you to show your support for SUNY’s founding principles of diversity, equity, and inclusion as we walk in unity to celebrate the LGBTQ community and showcase the power of SUNY.
Registration is now open at and must be completed by June 22.
If you have any questions, please contact Johanna Kendrick-Holmes at
We hope to see you there!

Halfway There – Have you paid your dues yet this year?

The Alumni Association is proud of the support that we provide each year for our students.  That support is only possible because of the payment of dues each year or from the money from lifetime dues paying members.  Below is a list of all of the Alumni who have paid their annual dues as of June 8, 2017.  If you don’t see your name on this list, then we may not have received your dues yet this year.  Please consider making a dues payment online today at:

or mailing a check to:
Alumni Association College of Medicine
SUNY Downstate
450 Clarkson Avenue, BSB 1-6, MSC 1204
Brooklyn, New York 11203

Annual Dues Paying Members as of June 8, 2017

First Name Last Name Class
Albert Marsh ’55
Selig Eisenberg ’57
William Won ’57
Stratos Kantounis ’58
Richard Mazze ’59
Stanley Fischman ’60
Morton Diamond ’63
Lawrence Schulman ’63
E. Clifford Lazzaro ’65
S. Robert Contiguglia ’67
Suzanne Mirra ’67
Olympia Mottola MD ’67
Judith Turchen-Fishbein ’67
Kenneth Glassberg ’68
Lawrence Cohen ’70
Maurice Cerulli ’72
Rae-Ellen Kavey ’72
Madelyn Pullman ’72
Gregory Rauscher ’72
Mark Benkel ’74
Robert Block ’74
Daniel Lichtstein ’74
Richard Sadovsky ’74
Jacqueline Brunetti ’75
Louis Cregler ’75
David Flitter ’75
Robert Fuentes ’75
Henry Lim ’75
Douglas Mund ’75
M. Monica Sweeney ’75
Christopher Gostout ’76
Robert Weiss ’76
Barbara Cammer Paris ’77
Maurice Harris ’77
Murray Jonas ’77
Ann McNeal ’77
Matthew Rudorfer ’77
Niki Silverstein ’77
Gale Steinhauser ’77
Myron Yaster ’77
Stanley Lugerner ’78
Norman Riegel ’78
Kenneth Stein ’78
Miriam Caslow ’79
Aaron Stein ’79
David Rechtman ’80
Jill Rabin ’81
Martin Kafina ’82
Willie Morton ’82
Andrew Terrono ’82
Ann DiMaio-Ricci ’83
Joseph Werther ’83
Alice Lee ’84
Michael Gebel ’85
Ralph Guarneri ’85
Michele Lewis ’85
Helen Schleimer ’86
Gino Farina ’87
Stephen Wadowski ’87
Kevin McKenna ’88
Lynn Goldowski ’89
Blaise Latriano ’89
Rona Orentlicher Fine ’89
Paul Pipia ’89
Pamela Schultze ’89
Juana Hutchinson-Colas ’90
Sing Chan ’91
Christopher Kauffman ’93
Alfonso Tagliavia ’93
Robert Adamenko ’95
Arun Babu ’95
Walid Yassir ’95
Jess Shatkin ’96
Leonard Drey ’97
Ingrid Dodard ’98
Hayri Cabuk ’99
Christopher Cesa ’99
Jenny Libien ’01
Thuy Rotunda ’02
Kenan Stern ’06
Dov Ginsburg ’08


Lifetime Dues Paying Members as of June 8, 2017

First Name Last Name Class
Anita Figueredo ’40
Vincent Santare ’44
Alfonse Cinotti ’46
David Cugell ’47
Stanley Gitlow ’48
Paul Kopsch ’48
John McGovern ’48
Emanuel Schwartz ’50
S. Sheldon Katz ’53
Frank Moya ’53
Harold Haft ’54
Robert Reardon ’54
Raymond Scalettar ’54
Robert Carras ’55
Albert Marsh ’55
Donna Younger ’55
Selig Eisenberg ’57
William Won ’57
Stratos Kantounis ’58
Alfred Kissack ’58
Richard Bloomenstein ’59
William Lee ’59
Richard Mazze ’59
Albert Oler ’59
Stanley Fischman ’60
Victoria Langsam ’60
Mitchell Rosenthal ’60
Arthur Drazan ’61
Allan Dunn ’61
David Jelaso ’61
Frank Medici ’61
Morton Diamond ’63
Michael Gold ’63
William McCormack ’63
Bruce Schlein ’63
Lawrence Schulman ’63
Elizabeth Jones-Lukacs ’64
Bob Pomerantz ’64
E. Clifford Lazzaro ’65
Lawrence Nastro ’65
Judith Rubenstein ’65
Sanford Avner ’66
John Forrest ’66
David Gordon ’66
Robert Iskowitz ’66
Gwen Klyman-Friend ’66
Foo Louie ’66
Samuel Packer ’66
Sharon Berkowitz ’67
S. Robert Contiguglia ’67
Michael Friedland ’67
Anthony Marlon ’67
Suzanne Mirra ’67
Olympia Mottola MD ’67
Judith Turchen-Fishbein ’67
Lawrence Brandt ’68
William Doscher ’68
Kenneth Glassberg ’68
Bruce Gordon ’68
Zonda Mercer ’68
Roy Fleischmann ’69
Marvin Garovoy ’69
John Nastro ’69
Walter Vukcevich ’69
Lawrence Cohen ’70
Marvin Frankel ’70
Lawrence Kane ’70
Stephen LeSauvage ’70
Joseph Marino ’70
Alan Rote ’70
Kenneth Winaker ’70
Nancy Falk ’71
Brett Gerstenhaber ’71
Marvin Kamras ’71
James Nelson ’71
Arthur Ostrowitz ’71
Walter Pedowitz ’71
Sheldon Zuckerman ’71
Joseph Bottino ’72
Maurice Cerulli ’72
Octavio Choy ’72
Marc Goldstein ’72
Margo Hilliard-Alford ’72
Rae-Ellen Kavey ’72
Madelyn Pullman ’72
Gregory Rauscher ’72
Robert Swersky ’72
David Tsoong ’72
Richard Farnham ’73
Alan Fein ’73
Ilona Hertz ’73
Ambrose Tsang ’73
Peter Wallach ’73
Mark Benkel ’74
Robert Block ’74
Erroll Byer ’74
Gerardo Camejo ’74
Mark Goodman ’74
Jonathan Harris ’74
Joseph Krause ’74
Neal Lewin ’74
Howard Lewis ’74
Daniel Lichtstein ’74
Stanley Ostrow ’74
Richard Sadovsky ’74
Charles Sprung ’74
Julia Block ’75
Ted Blum ’75
Jacqueline Brunetti ’75
Louis Cregler ’75
Salvatore Farruggia ’75
Howard Feldman ’75
David Flitter ’75
Robert Fuentes ’75
Louis Goyco ’75
Joyce Harper ’75
Henry Lim ’75
Richard Miller ’75
Douglas Mund ’75
Bandele Omokoku ’75
Erika Schwartz ’75
Stephen Snow ’75
M. Monica Sweeney ’75
Thomas Weiss ’75
Michael Zullo ’75
Harris Cohen ’76
Jonathan Cohn ’76
Ignatius Emeghebo ’76
Christopher Gostout ’76
Richard Herman ’76
Montgomery Hinkson ’76
Mamie Lim ’76
Leroy Odom ’76
Maxwell Ohikhuare ’76
Kevin Olden ’76
Daniel Tam ’76
Sam Unterricht ’76
Robert Weiss ’76
Steven Wilkofsky ’76
Stephanie Brandt ’77
Barbara Cammer Paris ’77
Howard Eisenstark ’77
Michael Erdil ’77
Michael Frankel ’77
Elizabeth Glackin ’77
Maurice Harris ’77
Murray Jonas ’77
Donald Kollisch ’77
Ann McNeal ’77
Matthew Rudorfer ’77
Leslie Saint Louis ’77
Niki Silverstein ’77
Robert Solomon ’77
Gale Steinhauser ’77
William Sutro ’77
Jeffrey Vorsanger ’77
Myron Yaster ’77
Ann Marie Beddoe ’78
Alan Black ’78
Steven Brenner ’78
Rochelle Chaiken ’78
Alice Chan ’78
Barbara Dash ’78
Helen Flamenbaum ’78
Max Greenlee ’78
Madhuri Kirpekar ’78
William Kutcher ’78
Stuart Lehrman ’78
Walfredo Leon ’78
Stanley Lugerner ’78
Jerry Neuwirth ’78
Beverly Prince ’78
Judith Prophete ’78
Norman Riegel ’78
Daniel Rubin ’78
Steven Rubin ’78
Kenneth Stein ’78
Laurence Weiss ’78
Orlando Adamson ’79
Brian Browne ’79
Alan Burghauser ’79
Miriam Caslow ’79
Daniel Charnoff ’79
Alexander Ferenczy ’79
Eric Freling ’79
Vinette Greenland ’79
Jason Koutcher ’79
Mark Kropf ’79
Harold Kudler ’79
Joseph LaMantia ’79
Elizabeth Levin ’79
Nicholas Lillo ’79
Michael Nissensohn ’79
Ira Parness ’79
Steven Piecuch ’79
Matthew Pincus ’79
William Robinson ’79
Mark Rosenbloom ’79
Jeanne Rosenthal ’79
Patricia Ryan ’79
Jeffrey Schmierer ’79
Richard Sorace ’79
Aaron Stein ’79
Peter Tsivis ’79
Anthony Battista ’80
Charles Bernstein ’80
Richard Black ’80
Robert Glover ’80
Ira Hanan ’80
Karen Johnson-Adamson ’80
Charles Jungreis ’80
Myrtho Montes ’80
Stuart Pomper ’80
David Rechtman ’80
Charles Schwartz ’80
Edward Wolf ’80
Felix Acholonu ’81
Sharon Bent-Harley ’81
Michael Bulanowski ’81
Kenneth Cohen ’81
James Ferguson ’81
Eileen Fontanetta ’81
Kristine Krol ’81
Gary Pess ’81
Jill Rabin ’81
Ara Sadaniantz ’81
Mark Sanders ’81
Alan Schneider ’81
Frank Segreto ’81
Barbara Zarou ’81
Jonathan Zenilman ’81
Russell Amundson ’82
David Berman ’82
Carol Dimond ’82
Paul Friedmann ’82
Robin Goldman ’82
Aaron Greenberg ’82
Joanne Gurin ’82
Peter Hallarman ’82
Martin Kafina ’82
Christine Kimble ’82
James Lafferty ’82
Mark Lema ’82
Steven Levine ’82
Gregory Menken ’82
Barbara Moriarty ’82
Willie Morton ’82
David Reisfeld ’82
James Romanelli ’82
Bennett Salamon ’82
Giles Scuderi ’82
Sharyn Solish ’82
Steven Spellman ’82
Andrew Terrono ’82
Mary Boylan ’83
Ann DiMaio-Ricci ’83
John Hausdorff ’83
Hana Ilan ’83
Jeffrey Klein ’83
Audrey Prefer ’83
Joseph Werther ’83
David Berger ’84
Mayling Chin-Chu ’84
Edward Conway ’84
Anna Filipkowski ’84
David Garson ’84
Enacio Hunt ’84
Alice Lee ’84
Wai Leung ’84
Viola Ortiz ’84
Steven Schneiderman ’84
Allen Seftel ’84
Edward Smith ’84
Raymond Wong ’84
Michael Zenilman ’84
Joseph Cooke ’85
Michael Gebel ’85
Robert Greenberg ’85
Ralph Guarneri ’85
Nogah Haramati ’85
Tak Kwan ’85
Michele Lewis ’85
Isaac Lowenwirt ’85
Allan Perel ’85
Joseph Rozenbaum ’85
Harris Sterman ’85
Theodore Strange ’85
Laurie Varlotta ’85
Jay Weiss ’85
Janice Whitty ’85
Gary Freeberg ’86
Joyce Grossman ’86
Paula Klein ’86
John Maese ’86
Samson Mebrahtu ’86
Michael Mendeszoon ’86
Peter Michalos ’86
Patricia O’Neill ’86
Anthony Rizzo ’86
Helen Schleimer ’86
John Stafford ’86
Debbie Youngelman ’86
Gino Farina ’87
Edwin Levine ’87
Glenn Schattman ’87
Alan Strobel ’87
Stephen Wadowski ’87
Gaston Deysine ’88
Joseph Di Vito ’88
Judith Hugh-Goffe ’88
Marnie Lustig-Dolin ’88
Kevin McKenna ’88
Pedro Murati ’88
David Schwartz ’88
Laurence Shapiro ’88
Peter Varunok ’88
Robert Vitiello ’88
Abraham Warshaw ’88
Courtney Williams ’88
Nicholas Germanakos ’89
Lynn Goldowski ’89
Insu Kong ’89
Blaise Latriano ’89
Modestus Lee ’89
Rona Orentlicher Fine ’89
Paul Pipia ’89
Carolyn Raia-DeCorato ’89
Pamela Schultze ’89
Marc Waldman ’89
Patricia Allen ’90
Nicholas Condulis ’90
Douglas DeCorato ’90
Christine Gourin ’90
Carlette Graham ’90
Juana Hutchinson-Colas ’90
Douglas Lazzaro ’90
Barbara Barnett ’91
Traci Burgess ’91
Sing Chan ’91
Jack Choueka ’91
Judith Dattaro ’91
Maxime Gedeon ’91
Lauren Kearney ’91
Jacqueline Lamour ’91
Robert Meyer ’91
Kevin Mudd ’91
Joseph Navon ’91
Carol Petruff ’91
Russ Saypoff ’91
Jill Waldman ’91
Chow Ng ’92
Tze Poon ’92
Umeko Takeshige ’92
Alfred Tinger ’92
Camilo Torres ’92
Robyn Wolintz ’92
Cathryn Cunningham ’93
Flynn Delaney ’93
Phyllis Gelb-Seidler ’93
Jeffrey Gibberman ’93
Rosalind Hoffman ’93
Christopher Kauffman ’93
Alfonso Tagliavia ’93
Sungwai Chiu ’94
Jordan Foster ’94
Eric Nager ’94
Nanette Silverberg ’94
Richard Macchia 94H
Robert Adamenko ’95
Arun Babu ’95
Aaron Berger ’95
Anh Nguyen Reiss ’95
Jane Pachter-O’Rorke ’95
Jason Wexler ’95
Eric White ’95
Walid Yassir ’95
Christopher Daigle ’96
Margaret Hooks ’96
Chiyin Lee ’96
David Neuman ’96
Jess Shatkin ’96
Robert Wetz ’96
Andrew Yacht ’96
Daniel Beckles ’97
Leonard Drey ’97
Monica Hum ’97
Demetrios Karides ’97
Nancy Silva ’97
Pete Williams ’97
Kidane Assefa ’98
Ingrid Dodard ’98
Kevin Rosas ’98
Jared Sender ’98
Hayri Cabuk ’99
Christopher Cesa ’99
Seong Cho ’99
Gautam Khakhar ’99
Si-yuen Moy ’99
Solomon Osei ’99
Ilya Blokh ’00
George Fernaine ’00
Punita Ponda ’00
Matthew Smolkin ’00
Jenny Sung ’00
Julie Gershun ’01
Stephen Havasy ’01
Srinivas Kolla ’01
Jenny Libien ’01
Adam Rotunda ’01
Sam Gao ’02
Fenney Kwan ’02
Thuy Rotunda ’02
Kaye Malton ’03
Christopher Teng ’04
Xiaoqian Zhang ’04
Alyson Myers ’05
Kenan Stern ’06
Dov Ginsburg ’08
Jonathan Barker ’09
Jillian Perry ’09
Felix Pacheco ’10

Alumni Association Staff Changes

Alumni Staff

The Alumni Association is proud to announce the hiring of a new staff member, Kristian Balgobin.  Kristian is the new Administrative Associate and Social Media Manager.  He replaces Sara Harvey-Patrick who has left the Alumni Association to work as the Social Media manager for the Star Clinic.  We will miss Sara, her sense of humor, her work ethic, and everything she did to help transform the social media for the Alumni Association.

Kristian is a 2016 graduate of the University of San Francisco with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology.  Following his graduation, he worked at the University in a number of administrative offices before coming home to Brooklyn.  In his four weeks here, Kristian has already begun to connect with our alumni in students, and he dove into reunion weekend on his third day with a smile and a great attitude.

We are excited to see what Kristian can do.  He joins Financial Associate, Latisha Hailey, and Executive Director, Eric Shoen-Ukre as your staff for the Association.  We focus every day on engaging our alumni and students.  Our goals including increasing membership, increasing donations, and making sure that as much of our support as possible is passed on to the students through scholarships, research support, conference travel support, students activities and events, and providing for other student needs.

2017 Student Alumni Pinning and Awards Day

Pinning and Awards Day

On May 18, 2017, M. Monica Sweeney, MD’75, MPH, President of the Alumni Association for the College of Medicine at SUNY Downstate presented the official alumni pins to the Class of 2017, welcoming them into the Alumni Association.  Each student also received an engraved pen compliments of the Alumni Association.  Following the pinning, Dr. Sweeney was able to present the three annual Alumni Awards to members of the Class of 2017.

Ben Jacquie Sweeney
Jacqueline Tin and Benjamin Johnston were awarded the Alumni Award for outstanding service to the SUNY Downstate Medical Center for their volunteering with the Anne Kastor Brooklyn Free Clinic, mentoring, being peer leaders, and their participation in student activities and the medical student council.


Sam Chung
Samuel Chung was awarded the Nathan Spitzer, MD ’25  Honor Achievement Award in Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Medicine.  This award was established by Dr. Adrienne Siegel, daughter of Dr. Nathan Spitzer, class of 1925, in memory of her father.  It is presented to a graduating medical student who exhibits excellence in cardiovascular and pulmonary medicine.

Check out more photos on our Facebook Page at:

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:
Martin Kafina, MD ’82
“Immunity in Lyme Arthritis’
Click here to watch the video of Dr. Kafina’s talk:

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:

Allen Frances, MD ’67
“Saving Normal: Over Treatment in Psychiatry”
Click here to watch the video of Dr. Frances’ discussion:

Award Winners:
Click here to watch the video of the Awards Ceremony:

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

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Brooklyn Free Clinic Benefit: Comedy at The Bell House, April 29

Brooklyn night of comedy follows talks on global health at The Bell House

This Won't Hurt

April 29, 2017

Jo Firestone (The Tonight Show) and Aparna Nancherla (Late Night with Seth Meyers) will guide you through a healthcare-themed comic jungle of juggling, dancing, stand-up, weird videos, sketch and other antics. It’s all happening! Featuring Found Footage Festival, Marina Franklin, Julio Torres, Cocoon Central Dance Team, Gary Richardson, Joe Bonacci, Michael Canfield, and Luther Bangert.

All proceeds 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 7PM. Doors at 6:30PM.

F/G trains to 4th Ave/9th St or R train to 9th St.


Tickets available here. General admission $20. Student price $15 (with school ID).

About The Brooklyn Free Clinic

All ticket sales from this event 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 free preventive screening services as well as free and 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.

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And we promise, THIS WON’T HURT.

David Klein, MD ’75 Recognized by AMA for Volunteerism

SUNY Downstate alumni David Klein, MD ’75, has been named a recipient of the 2017 Excellence in Medicine Awards, according to the an April 17, 2017 announcement from the American Medical Association.

“These awards honor physicians who represent the highest values of altruism, compassion and dedication to patient care,” according to the AMA. “These awards honor Physicians who represent the highest values of altruism, compassion and dedication to patient care. The caliber of our nominees was awe-inspiring.”

Dr. Klein’s selection “from such an impressive group speaks volumes in recognizing his dedication to the profession of medicine.”

As a recipient of an Excellence in Medicine Award, Dr. Klein will be honored at an awards ceremony and dinner at The Ivy Room on June 9 in Chicago, in conjunction with the American Medical Association’s Annual Meeting. The organization that Dr. Klein works with will also be awarded $2,500.


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.