Alumni’s Work of Fiction Touches Depression, Recovery

Paul Shalom Rhodes, MD ’75 reads Pink! May 27 in Coney Island Pink! By Dr. Paul Shalom Rhodes, illustrated by Shimra Starr May 27, 2017 5-8 pm Coney Island Museum 1208 Surf Ave. Brooklyn, NY  11224 Pink! is a gently fictionalized family memoir that begins in the early 1930s, as it follows a naive little girl’s fancies and fantasies when she and her mother visit her clinically depressed grandmother at the Blackwell’s Island Hospital in New York’s East River — once the actu

Global Health at The Bell House, Brooklyn, April 29

Talks on Global Health to benefit the Brooklyn Free Clinic, followed by a night of comedy BFC What’s Next: Global Health Here at Home April 29, 2017 Six medical and public health professionals will share personal narratives about the challenge of providing quality health care in the harsh social and political realities of our time. Follow their quests to serve their patients and their communities from own backyard in Brooklyn to sub-Saharan Africa, the capital of post-earthqu

Charlotte Sun Features David Klein, MD ’75, Humanitarian

David Klein, MD ’75, interim director of the Virginia B. Andes Volunteer Community Clinic, was featured on the front page of the Charlotte Sun for his humanitarian efforts. Drs. Klein and Mark Asperilla have been an active public health team in Charlotte County, Florida, particularly in the battle against hepatitis C. “Still going strong after all these years,” said Dr. Klein, a 2005 Babbott Award winner. “Downstate gave me my start.” #SUNYdownstate #hepatitusc #hepc #florida

SUNY Downstate News: January 2017

Dr. Allen J. Norin Elected to Represent New York State Transplant Laboratories on the Histocompatibility Committee of UNOS Allen J. Norin, PhD, D (ABHI), professor of medicine and of cell biology and director of transplant immunology and immunogenetics at SUNY Downstate Medical Center, was elected to represent the New York State Transplant Laboratories on the Histocompatibility Committee of the United Network for Organ Sharing (UNOS). UNOS oversees the organ transplant waitin

Report Card for a Curriculum: Inaugural Class Graduates From Downstate Integrated Pathways this May

SUNY Downstate’s medical curriculum took a decade to plan and implement The SUNY Downstate Class of 2017 will be the first class to graduate from four years of the College of Medicine’s new Integrated Pathways curriculum, launched in August 2013. “They seem to be doing very well,” said Dr. Jeanne Macrae, Senior Associate Dean for Academic Affairs. “Before we declare victory, we want to see how the Match comes out, but they have certainly given us some very good feedback. They

Running Down a Dream: Downstate Students Marathon for the Free Clinic

SUNY Downstate students and supporters raise $21,000 during the New York Marathon to benefit the Anne Kastor Brooklyn Free Clinic When Ben Naughton was 10 or 11, he got the opportunity from his aunt Anne to make someone else’s life better. The late Dr. Anne Kastor, who helped found the Brooklyn Free Clinic, offered to donate to her nephew’s non-profit of choice for his birthday. This was the dawn of Bionicle and PlayStation 2, and “birthday money” usually means gifts, but “sh

The Student-Run Brooklyn Free Clinic moves to Clarkson Avenue January 4

The Brooklyn Free Clinic is one of many programs supported in part by medical alumni Photo courtesy of SUNY Downstate The student-run Brooklyn Free Clinic moves to the University Hospital of Brooklyn January 4, 2017, on the SUNY Downstate campus, after a decade at its first home, UHB Health Associates at 840 Lefferts Avenue. The clinic had borrowed the office space after hours. The new location, Suite A on the first floor near the University Hospital entrance, is already a wo

Class Notes: December 16, 2016

Donna Younger, MD ’55 Dr. Younger, an internal medicine physician and Harvard Medical School professor, retired in 2016. Allen Silberstein, MD ’62 Dr. Silberstein writes that he has been retired for 10 years now, and spends his time sculpting, playing tennis and traveling with his wife, Irene. Allan Naarden, MD ’64 Dr. Naarden’s son, Gregory, and daughter-in-law, Ann, had a child, Dr. Naarden’s fourth grandchild. Andy Schwartz, MD ‘65 Dr. Schwartz writes, “We have evolved

SUNY Downstate News Digest, Nov. 16, 2016

SUNY Downstate research suggests that inhibition of liver sphingolipid de novo synthesis in early life impairs adherens junctions and promotes tumorigenesis. Read more, here. Kathleen Powderly, PhD, CNM, director of the John Conley Division of Medical Ethics and Humanities at SUNY Downstate Medical Center, has been elected a fellow of The Hastings Center, an independent bioethics research institute whose mission is to address fundamental ethical issues in health, health care,

SUNY Downstate Class Notes, Nov. 16, 2016

David Schneider, MD `53 Dr. Schneider writes from West Orange, New Jersey, that he’s “still okay, working four days a week.” Harold Chafkin, MD `54 Dr. Chafkin writes from Middletown, New Jersey, that he has “finally retired after 51 years.” Gerald I. Shugoll, MD `54 Dr. Shugoll, in North Bethesda, Maryland, became a great-grandfather in June 2016. Leonard Levine, MD `55 Dr. Levine in Alexandria, Virginia, is “retired, but still volunteering.” Michael Sulman, MD `57 Dr.

Brooklyn Health Disparities Center: Conversations on Patient Adherence

The Brooklyn Health Disparities Center, a partnership between SUNY Downstate, Arthur Ashe Institute for Public Health and the Office of the Brooklyn Borough President, is hosting the Friday, Nov. 4 Interdisciplinary Dialogues on Patient Adherence conference. “Our goal is to engage key stakeholders in addressing this critical issue. Therefore, the target audience includes physicians, nurses, community health workers, community-based organizations, community providers, faith-ba

SUNY Downstate Student Profile: Eileen Harrigan, COM 2018

Where did you do your undergraduate education and what did you study? I went to Wesleyan University, and I studied Biology and Neuroscience & Behavior. Who is/was your favorite professor at SUNY Downstate College of Medicine and why? I’ve enjoyed learning from lots of professors at Downstate, but I have to say that the person who has influenced me most is Dr. Yaacov Anziska, an alumnus of Downstate. I had the opportunity to work with Dr. Anziska during the Neurology clerksh

Great Brooklyn Turnout for SUNY Downstate Autism Fair

More than 300 people and nearly 30 local organizations providing services to people with developmental disabilities, including autism spectrum disorder, met at the Grove at SUNY Downstate Sept. 25 for food, fun, information and community. The FDNY and its mascots distributed fire safety information and giveaways for kids, and provided a firetruck for the children to explore, said Ben Schindel, MD/MPH. Children also got to interact with therapy dogs. A performer specializing i

SUNY Downstate Student Profile: Demitri Dedousis

Demitri Dedousis, a third-year SUNY Downstate medical student, presented his preliminary findings, “The Effect of Formative Usage on Summative Grades for Preclinical Medical Students,” Sept. 3 at the Pediatric Medical Student Research Forum at the University of Florida. His travel was funded partially by an Alumni Association travel conference grant, provided by alumni giving. The project goal was to evaluate whether the use of weekly formative exams by first- and second-year

Join Downstate at the Crohn’s & Colitis 2016 Walk, Brooklyn

Take Steps for Crohn’s & Colitis 2016 Walk, October 9 Join SUNY Downstate’s GI Division team, and to raise money for crucial, cutting-edge research, and to support the local patients and families in our area. Help us reach our team fundraising goal of $5,000! On Sunday, Oct. 9, the Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation of America (CCFA) hosts a morning of music, food, kids’ activities, patient resources, and a celebratory 2-3 mile walk around Prospect Park. It’s a great way for local

Photos: SUNY Downstate Alumni Wine & Cheese Event Sept. 22

Mark the next one, Dec. 15, 2016, on your calendars! Dan Nicoll, MD ’72, catches up with Louis Cregler, MD ’75 From left to right, foreground, Bandele Omokoku, MD ’75, Vinette Greenland, MD ’79, Dan Nicoll, MD ’72 and Louis Cregler, MD ’75 Bandele Omokoku, MD ’75 and Louis Cregler, MD ’75, talk in front of Alumni Auditorium From left to right, William Urban, Jr. MD, ’89, Joseph Merlino, MD, MPA, and Paul Pipia, MD, ’89 Robert Iskowitz, MD ’66, Walter Diamond, and M. Monica Sw

Anonymous Alumnus Donates 200 iPad Minis to 1st-Year Downstate Med Students

Downstate’s first-year medical students got a highly anticipated email Tuesday, September 20. The more than 200 iPad minis purchased by an anonymous Downstate alumnus for the entire class were ready to pick up in the Alumni Office. “It’s easier to pull stuff up for anatomy,” said med student, Vinny Sinatra, waiting to pick up one of the 7.9-inch, 32GB iPads. “You can put it in a Ziploc bag and take it to anatomy with you. It’s small enough to fit in your coat pocket.” Student

Leave Downstate and Go Anywhere: Diversity and a Vision for Urban Health

A conversation with Carla Boutin-Foster, MD ’94, MS SUNY Downstate Associate Dean for Diversity Education & Research The SUNY Downstate Office of Diversity Education and Research supports diverse students interested in pursuing medical education. It’s an important initiative for SUNY Downstate, Dr. Boutin-Foster said. The students are increasingly diverse, medicine is increasingly global, and Brooklyn, in particular, provides a singular opportunity to develop standards to im

Downstate Student Renee McDonald-Fleming, Public Health, and the Long Way Across the Street

Renee McDonald-Fleming grew up in a gabled brick house on 37th Street in Flatbush, Brooklyn, directly across the street from SUNY Downstate Medical Center. She used to ride her bike under the sycamores that dwarf the streetlights, and watch doctors take their smoke breaks by the ambulance bay from her bedroom window. Twenty years later, Downstate is her medical school, just like she said. “I’d say, ‘I’m going to be here. When the time comes, I’m going to be a doctor, and I’m

Brooklyn Free Clinic Thanks Downstate Alumni Volunteers

In August, the Brooklyn Free Clinic recognized Downstate alumni volunteers for “dedication to student medical education and community service,” said Cleopatra McGovern, Chief Operating Officer. “We are so grateful to them for working with us.” The list of clinic volunteers includes former and current (and future) attendings at the BFC who are also Downstate alumni, as well as Douglas Lazarro, MD ’90, who offers patients free ophthalmology appointments at Downstate. James Ferg