Richard Allen Williams, MD `62, Named 117th President of National Medical Association

Dr. Richard Allen Williams, the newly installed 117th President of the National Medical Association, is currently Clinical Professor of Medicine at the UCLA School of Medicine and President/CEO of the Minority Health Institute, Inc. in Los Angeles, California. He was born and raised in Wilmington, Delaware. Upon graduating from Howard High School at the top of his class, he was awarded a full scholarship to Harvard University and graduated with honors as the first African Ame

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

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

SUNY Downstate News Digest, Sept. 15, 2016

Shaundelle Moore Goldsmith, JD, director of the Office of Diversity and Inclusion at SUNY Downstate Medical Center, has been recognized with the Diversity Visionary Award from INSIGHT into Diversity magazine. The award honors individuals who have made significant contributions to diversity in higher education. Read more from SUNY Downstate, here. Ayman Fanous, MD, has been named professor and chair of the Department of Psychiatry at SUNY Downstate Medical Center. Dr. Fanous w

SUNY Downstate Class Notes, Sept. 15, 2016

Seymour Glick, MD ‘55 Dr. Glick writes that he’s still active in Be’er Sheva, Israel. He writes that, as of August 2016, he also has 46 grandchildren and 66 great-grandchildren. David Klein, MD ‘75 Dr. Klein, a Port Charlotte, Florida, ophthalmologist is getting a “100% result” from the drug Harvoni in his work at the Charlotte County Hepatitis C Clinic. Dr. Klein has also co-authored “Cost Effective Management of Non-Interferon Based Therapy for the Hepatitis C Virus (HCV)”

Salvatore Volpe, MD ’86, to Receive National PCMH Practice Award

The Patient-Centered Primary Care Collaborative annually honors three distinguished primary care champions from across the country that have dedicated their careers to promoting advanced primary care and the patient-centered medical home. Salvatore Volpe, MD ’86, will receive the Patient-Centered Medical Home Practice Award for outstanding dedication to promoting a coordinated health care system that achieves improved quality and access at lower costs during the PCPCC Annual

Mark Stewart MD, PhD ’91, Named SUNY Downstate Interim Provost

Dr. Mark Stewart was named Interim Provost for SUNY Downstate on August 18, 2016. From Michael Lucchesi, MD, Downstate Officer in Charge and Chief Medical Officer: Dr. Stewart, who currently serves as dean of the School of Graduate Studies and Vice Dean for Research, is an accomplished academician, researcher, and administrator with proven leadership skills and a deep understanding of both Downstate and SUNY academic strengths and regulations. Dr. Stewart is widely respected

Orientation First Impressions: Meet 3 New SUNY Downstate Med Students

Undergrad college or university: I went to Vassar College for undergrad where I majored in Political Science and minored in Chemistry. Hometown: Guyana/Brooklyn Potential specialty: I haven’t decided what specialty I would like to go into, but Cardiology is one that I have been considering. What inspired you to study medicine? It’s hard to pinpoint a singular moment or experience that inspired my decision to study medicine. Growing up I remember being fascinated by the hum

Devon John, MD appointed SUNY Downstate Interim Chair of Surgery

Dr. John was recruited to Downstate in August 2010, and has served as chief of transplantation surgery. He completed his residency and a research fellowship at SUNY Downstate from 1988-1995, and then completed a joint Downstate/NYU fellowship in kidney and liver transplant surgery from 1995-1997. Afterward, he accepted a faculty appointment at NYU. He was appointed director of kidney and pancreas transplantation in 2006. “Dr. John is a committed educator and an exemplar of se

Ayman Fanous, MD Appointed Downstate Chair of the Department of Psychiatry

The appointment, effective August 1, followed an international search, with a special focus on the confluence of psychiatry and the field of genomics conducted in the context of a cluster recruitment model, “seeking to advance Downstate’s stature in the burgeoning field of genomic health,” according to Carlos N. Pato, MD Dean of the College of Medicine. A committee of nine diverse faculty from within and without the department searched for the best candidate for chair, and th

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Noel Kleppel, MD ’56: The First Fecal Transplants in the US

Dr. Noel Kleppel, MD ’56 presents a little on the history of the current SUNY Downstate and speaks about his role in the first ever fecal transplants in the USA to help cure C-Diff. #health #SUNYdownstate #medicalarticle #medicaleducation #Brooklyn #newyorkhistory #NewYorkCity #university #medstudents #highereducation #medicaltechnology #medschool #SUNYDownstateAlumni #highered

David H. Abramson, MD: Leaps in Retinoblastoma Treatment in the Span of One Career

To watch a video of the lecture, search for SUNY Downstate on iTunes University. Lecture given at the annual Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Society lecture and dinner, March 22, 2016, funded by the Downstate Alumni Association. The speaker was David H. Abramson, MD, FACS, Chief, Opthalmic Oncology Service, Sloan Kettering, Professor of Ophthalmology atWeill-Cornell Medical. AOA – Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Annual Lecture: Ocular Oncology Update, David H. Abramson, MD, FACS Chief, Oph

Douglas R. Lazzaro, MD ’90, Interim Head of Downstate Department of Surgery

Dr. Antonio Alfonso stepped down from the Clarence and Mary Dennis Chair of the Department of Surgery in June, but is continuing as a Distinguished Teaching Professor and member of the senior faculty. His previous position has been posted and the School of Medicine has received inquiries from interested candidates. A search committee is forming to assess candidates and to make recommendation. “We have defined what we believe will be a solid management structure that will ensu

Class Notes: News Briefs on Downstate Medical Alumni

Proctor Child, MD ’49, deceased Dr. Child died April 7, 2012. He trained as a resident in pathology at the US Army’s Fitzsimons General Hospital in Denver. He was a veteran of World War II, and the Korean War, serving 26 years in the military, two years in the Navy, and 24 years in the Army. Dr. Child retired as a Lt. Colonel in the US Army Medical Corps in 1967. During his career, he served at the Armed Forces Institute of Pathology in Washington as Assistant Chief in the G