Call for STEM Talent: BioBAT Launches its Workforce Development Program for Students

0816171225-00.jpgBioBAT, the New York Science and Technology Center at the Brooklyn Army Terminal, is now a center for student science education and interactive learning.

This August, we launched our first series of educational events, a Youth Science Summer Camp to inspire kids through fun-filled exposure to science and engineering. The camp marks the start of BioBAT’s workforce development program.

263_cropped2.jpgThe summer program was created through a partnership with BioBAT tenant IRX Therapeutics, local educators, and the New York Academy of Sciences. Almost six dozen camp attendees came to BioBAT via bus and ferry.
Our camp offered a broad-based exposure to a range of scientific fields:
-Monique Garraud of Matter Labs hosted hands-on chemistry and genetics projects. – Michael Danza from Kingsborough Community College gave students.

Other activities included a tennis clinic provided by theSouth Brooklyn Tennis Association, a visit to the NYPD Harbor Patrol, and tours of the lab at IRX Therapeutics.


The camp was an integral part of an intensive introduction to robotics and coding. – Local educator Allison Demas led an exploration of the physics of sound through music.

BioBAT’s mission of building a 21st Century working waterfront in Sunset Park. As Brooklyn’s life science and technology cluster grows, tenants at BioBAT will have an increasing need for a science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM)-educated workforce.


This process begins with engaged and enthusiastic students who want to pursue educations and careers in science. By exposing students to STEM material and career opportunities, we will inspire the next generation of scientists and engineers that will fill New York’s growing science and technology industries.

To this end, we will be expanding our STEM educational programming to both older and younger students. High school students will have an opportunity to entertain possible options as they embark on their careers. Exposure for younger elementary school students will spark their interest and start them off on an exploration of STEM fields.

We are seeking other committed educators and scientists to help us develop more educational events in the coming months. If you would like more information or would like to participate in future programs, please contact us at, or visit us on the web at











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

Calling All Class Chairs

As we bring one Reunion to close, preparations for the next Reunion Weekend have hit the ground running. With an official date of May 4th-May 6th and the Brooklyn Marriott booked, we are still lacking one integral component, YOU, alumni.
The Alumni Association needs help recruiting alumni to attend the weekend and this process is heavily aided by the assistance of Class Chairs. A Class Chair is an alumnus/a who directly contacts individuals in their graduating class with the hopes of getting as many members as possible registered for the Reunion weekend.
The following Class Years will be represented at the 2018 Reunion Weekend: 1958, 1963, 1968, 1973, 1978, 1983, 1988, 1993, 1988, 1993, 1998, 2003, 2008, 2013.
     If you would like to be a class chair or know of another individual who would serve as possible Class Chair, please email Kristian Balgobin at Also, if you know of any alumnus/a who would make an exceptional candidate for an award or scientific session presentation, please provide their contact information and I will reach out accordingly.
 If you agree to be a chair you will be provided will the following documents:
  1. Confidentiality agreement – please sign and return via email, regular mail or fax
  2. Draft letters – please review, make any changes, and send back to me via email, mail or fax
  3. Class Lists – please let us know if you have more up-to-date contact information for fellow alumni
  4. Journal advertising – For those interested in advertising with us. A $1,000 advertisement includes two tickets to the weekend.
  5. Awards – let us know of classmates who are particularly accomplished.  The best award nominations come from you!
  6. An alumni pin – thank you for supporting us in this endeavor.

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.

Class Notes: July 2017


Class Notes:

Raymond Scalettar, MD’54
Dr. Scalettar states “On May 21, 2017 I was promoted to Clinical Professor of Medicine at George Washington University Medical Center. I closed my DC office for the practice of Rheumatology December 31,2016 As a Medical Expert Consultant for the Social Security Administration, I review cases appealing the ruling on disability. I continue as a Medical Consultant to the Charles E Smith Lifecare Center which is the fifth largest senior center in the USA. I am a healthcare consultant to the American College of Rheumatology.”

Gerald W. Deas, MD’63
Dr. Deas is being featured on Health Center talk show featured on networks like Bronxnet and Brooklyn Community Access Television(BCAT). His feature will air on June 25th 11:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. and July 2nd 11:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Wilsa Ryder, MD’73 & Brian O’Malley, MD’ 74
In an article by, “Brian O’Malley and Wilsa Ryder talk about the bittersweet decision to close the doors of Provincetown Medical Group,  which the couple has run since the early 1980s.” To read more about their story go to the following link:

Brent Schillinger, MD’79
An interview with Dr. Schillinger is featured on, titled “A Lesson on Medical Ethics.” He has served on the Board of Governors of the Florida Medical Association, where he chaired the Council of Ethical and Judicial Affairs. To read more  on Dr. Schillinger’s expansive career and listen to his interview on ethics.

Daniel W. Wilen, MD’89
Dr. Wilen, an Orthopedic Surgeon at the University Physicians of Brooklyn, has been named a 2017 Top Doctor in Brooklyn, New York. He graduated from SUNY Downstate Medical Center College of Medicine in 1989.

Douglas R. Lazzaro, MD’90
Dr. Lazarro, a longtime borough physician and resident leads efforts to expand Ophthalmology Services with NYU Langone. They have launched two comprehensive eye care practices in Brooklyn. Dr. Lazzaro is taking a lead role in helping NYU Langone identify opportunities for continued expansion. Chief of ophthalmology at NYU Lutheran Medical Center since 2003, he recently took on additional responsibilities for NYU Langone as vice chair of clinical affairs and business development for the Department of Ophthalmology and physician director for the health system’s network development in Brooklyn.

Kristina Wittig, MD’08
Kyle Jellings, talk show host on KHTS AM 1220, sits down with Dr. Kristina Wittig, a urologic surgeon and an assistant clinical professor of surgery at local City of Hope facilities. Topics both professional, like what signs people should be on the look out for and treatment options, and personal, like her childhood in Russia and her earlier desires to become an environmental scientist are discussed.

In Memoriam: *The Alumni Association recognizes in the “In Memoriam” section, not all alumni listed are recently deceased. As we become aware of the passing of our alumni we recognize them to provide their class mates with an update. *

Robin Goldman, MD’82
Dr. Goldman died in January of 2016.  We were just notified of her passing.

Stay in touch with SUNY Downstate alumni!
Make sure we have your correct address and email, here.


Student Profile – Zaki Azam

This month’s SUNY Downstate College of Medicine student profile is of Zaki Azam, class of 2019. Zaki completed his undergraduate education right here in our borough at Brooklyn College, where got his Bachelors in Science in Psychology. He is still unsure about his future specialty in Medicine but has had some remarkable experiences here at Downstate.

Who is/was your favorite professor at SUNY Downstate College of Medicine and why?

“My favorite professor is Dr. Eisner, because she always pushes her students to achieve even more than they think is possible.”

What is your favorite memory so far of your time studying at SUNY Downstate College of Medicine?

“My favorite memory is attending the AAMC Conference in Seattle with the faculty and Dean of the College of Medicine. I got to know them personally while presenting on the importance of student and faculty wellness.”

How has the Alumni Association for the College of Medicine at SUNY Downstate helped you (scholarships, clubs, events, white-coat ceremony, senior week, research, summer research, technology, healthcare in developing countries elective or other)?

“The Alumni Association has helped me realize great strengths through projects I would otherwise not have had an opportunity to pursue. Given the funding to present at a national conference has not only encouraged me but also gave me the confidence to continue formulating new ideas and present in such settings in the future. I look forward to the next time I can count on the Alumni Association for assistance whether it be for research, presentations or more.”

Alumni Throwback Thursdays

Every Thursday on the Alumni Association Facebook page and Facebook group a throwback photo will be featured. Photos will be taken from the yearbooks, with the goal that each year of SUNY Downstate College of Medicine graduates is represented.

If you have a photo you would like to share and be featured, please send it to

Be on the look out for a new post every single Thursday. If you see someone you recognize, do not hesitate to let them know they are featured and comment with their name.

The link to the Facebook page is:

The link to the Facebook Group is:



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!