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

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

Class Notes: January 2017

New class notes received between December 15 and January 13, 2017. If you’re a SUNY Downstate College of Medicine alumn and have reached a professional or personal milestone, let us know! Call 718-270-2075 or email alumni (at) downstate (dot) edu. Sidney Winawer, MD ’56 Dr. Winawer is Professor Emeritus at Memorial Sloan Kettering, but lectures and continues with an active research program. He was recently recognized by the ACG for outstanding service, and by the National Co

Sidney J. Winawer, MD ’56 Recieves MACG -Samuel S. Weiss Award

Sidney J. Winawer, MD, DrSc (hon), MACG, is internationally recognized for his contributions to the prevention and diagnosis of colorectal cancer, describing the developmental stages of colorectal cancer, defining familial high-risk groups, promoting screening, and demonstrating the reduction in incidence and mortality of colorectal cancer by removal of adenomatous polyps through his leadership of the National Polyp Study. This led to the concept of screening colonoscopy, whi

Remembering Jonathan H. Miller, MD ’75 radiologist, world traveler

By Gene Warner Aug. 19, 1949 – Dec. 31, 2016 Starting in his early teens, Dr. Jonathan H. Miller followed several influences leading him toward a career in medicine, specifically radiology. His mother was diagnosed with breast cancer, he suffered a broken leg and he was impressed with the medical treatment both received. Later, his family’s next-door neighbor on Long Island, a radiologist, became his mentor. Those experiences led him to major in biology at Cornell University

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

Ralph Snyderman, MD ’65 appointed to the Argos

Ralph Snyderman, MD Photo Duke University Argos Therapeutics Inc. announces the appointment of Ralph Snyderman, MD ’65, and Irackly Mtibelishvily, LL.M., to the company’s board of directors. “It is a privilege to welcome a pair of profoundly accomplished professionals to the Argos board of directors who offer renowned expertise in each of their respective fields,” said Jeff Abbey, president and CEO of Argos. “Dr. Snyderman is widely referred to as the ‘father of personalized

Remembering Gerald Greenberg, MD ’59, Friend of Downstate

Died November 21, 2015 Gerald M Greenberg, MD, age 83, of Roslyn Heights, NY, died peacefully and gently and with a soft smile on his face, much as he had lived, on November 21, 2015 at home on hospice care, surrounded by his family. He was the beloved husband of Abby J. Greenberg, MD, ’59. Jerry was born on October 22, 1932, the son of Emanuel D. Greenberg, DDS and Sayde Greenberg. He was raised in the Bronx, overlooking Yankee Stadium, and graduated from the University of

Brooklyn Recognizes M. Monica Sweeney, MD, MPH ’75 for AIDS Work

On December 2, 2016, in conjunction with World AIDS Day, Brooklyn Borough President Eric L. Adams recognized Dr. Monica Sweeney, ’75, SUNY Downstate Vice Dean for Global Engagement and Chair of Health Policy & Management in the School of Public Health, for her years of dedication and accomplishments in public health. The ceremony was held at Brooklyn Borough Hall. Dr. Sweeney dedicated many years to addressing the health challenges in Brooklyn and elsewhere, and to achieving

Norman Chenven, MD ’70, TCMS Physician of the Year

By LeAnne DuPay, Travis County Medical Society Roll with the punches and respond to the changing environment as creatively as you can is Norman Chenven’s life philosophy. Quietly brilliant, Dr. Chenven has calmly followed life’s prompts since day one. So how did he decide to become a physician? “I was majoring in physics  at Brown University,” he explains. “But I knew I did not want a career in physics. I also knew I didn’t want to go to Vietnam.” He opted to apply to  medica

World AIDS Day at SUNY Downstate, Brooklyn, New York

Throughout today, panels from the AIDS quilt are on display in the atrium of the Basic Science Building for SUNY Downstate. We remember those people who have passed away during the epidemic, and those who continue to die from this disease. We celebrate those survivors and the amazing modern medicine that has made survival possible. SUNY Downsate events for World AIDS Day December 1, 2016 Display of panels from the AIDS Memorial Quilt, sponsored by the Student Center Governin

Alumnus Article: Portland Public Health Initiative to Prevent Flu Among American Indians

Portland Area Mobilizes to Prevent Seasonal Influenza November 23, 2016 Thanksgiving is almost upon us. As we prepare to gather together with family and friends, let us be mindful that one guest is not invited–influenza! Influenza has been shown to have a greater impact on American Indians and Alaska Natives and people with chronic medical conditions. The Portland Area IHS and Tribal clinics have been hard at work this year in vaccinating our communities against the flu. One

Giving Tuesday. Support Downstate Medical Students by Giving Today!

Today is Giving Tuesday, a special day for many nonprofits across the United States.  Please consider making a donation today to support the work of the Alumni Association for the College of Medicine at SUNY Downstate. Hopefully, you have received our most recent request for both your annual dues and for donations to the Alumni Fund in the mail. Please note that any gifts postmarked with December 1, 2015 will be counted in our Giving Tuesday goals. Our hope is to get at least

Monica Sweeney, MD, `75, Panelist for “Out in the Rural,” the Story of a Health Center &

The remarkable individuals who founded the first rural community health center in Bolivar County, Mississippi more than 50 years ago led “a radical assault on both the medical and the social status quo,” writes Thomas J. Ward Jr. in his new book, Out in the Rural: A Mississippi Health Center and Its War on Poverty, published by Oxford University Press. The story is as “urgent today as it was a half century ago,” according to Publisher’s Weekly. “The Mississippi experiment tes

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: Alisen Huang, COM ’19

Alisen Huang received funding from the Alumni Association to conduct summer research, and we followed up with her about the experience. What do you consider your “hometown?” Elmhurst, Queens What did your research entail? We administered questionnaires to stroke patients in the acute setting. The questionnaires assessed fatigue, depression, personality, purpose in life and daytime sleepiness. My summer project evaluated the relationship between purpose in life and daytime sle

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