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.


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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 Colorectal Cancer Roundtable for national leadership. He writes in January 2017, “I enjoy life with my wife and our four kids, and six grandchildren in Manhattan and East Hampton.” Read more on Dr. Winawer’s award, here.

Joseph Hartog, MD ’59 Dr. Hartog writes that he “retired from a half-century of work as a psychiatrist, including community psychiatry, office practice, administrative (directorship) positions, research and teaching via University of California, San Francisco, with a cross-cultural focus, and as the editor of “The Anatomy of Loneliness” (International University Press).” He is also former clinical professor, UCSF Department of Epidemiology and International Health.


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Harold Moskowitz, MD ’59 Dr. Moskowitz writes that he is “still working at University CT Health Center, not doing clinical work anymore but teaching radiology to residents and medical students.”


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Philip R. Liebson, MD ’60 Dr. Liebson writes monthly essays on the philosophy of science and medicine for an online medical/humanities journal, Hektoen International Journal.


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Photo: Duke University

Harvey Jay Cohen, MD ’65 Dr. Cohen is continuing as Walter Kempner Professor of Medicine, and Director for the Study of Aging and Human Development. He is completing a three-year term as President of the American Federation for Aging Research, and recently received a Lifetime Achievement Award from Brooklyn College.


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Sanford “Sandy” Avner, MD ’66 Dr. Avner retired Dec. 31, 2016 from Allergy & Asthma Care and Prevention Center, Lone Tree, Colorado, where he specialized in allergy, asthma and immunology. His retirement follows 44 years of “wonderful experiences, whether it has been writing chapters published in textbooks, clinical research, creating a foundation for the poor to educate those especially with asthma, serving on national committee boards” or interacting with patients and fellow practitioners one on one.

Irwin Grossman, MD ’68 Dr. Grossman practices radiology and has six grandchildren, one in college. He plans to “travel and play golf, if my back holds out.”


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Photo: Urology Consultants of North Shore

David Kauder, MD ’71 Dr. Kauder retired from his role as managing partner of a urology practice in Massachusetts, and now travels with his wife of 48 years, Susan. One of their sons, the father of their grandson, is a research scientist for a biotech startup in California. Their other son handles IT for an East Coast law firm. Dr. Kauder writes, “I enjoy skiing still, plus it is great to have time to read for pleasure.”

Paul S. Quentzel, MD ’71 Dr. Quentzel is formerly a gastroenterologist at McDonald Army Health Center in Fort Estes, Virginia. Since August 2016, he has returned to Florida, and plans to do volunteer work at a clinic nearby.

Mary Didie, MD ’74 As of December 2016, Dr. Didie continues to work at Blythedale Children’s Hospital in Valhalla, New York.

Ronald Hellman, MD ’75 Dr. Hellman was appointed Associate Professor of Psychiatry in the Center for Transgender Medicine & Surgery, Institute for Advanced Medicine, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, NY in June 2016.


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Christopher Gostout, MD ’76 Dr. Gostout is retiring from the Mayo Clinic Division of Gatstroenterology and Hepatology where he has held a joint appointment in the Department of Surgery as an interventional endoscopist and founder/director of the developmental endoscopy unit. I will become the chief medical officer for Apollo Endosurgery, Austin, Texas.


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John A Walker, MD ’76 Dr. Walker is a full-time faculty member of the Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School where he serves as professor and Vice Chair for Education for the Department of Medicine. He is also Clerkship Director, and Associate Dean for Faculty Development.


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Photo: Meadville Opthalmology Associates

John M Pulito, MD ’80 Dr. Pulito writes is still actively practicing ophthalmology in his single specialty group, Meadville Ophthalmology Associates. The group specializes in cataract and refractive surgeries. He is also currently the president of the Crawford County Medical Society. He and his wife Patricia (Downstate college of Nursing 1978) have been married for 36 years, and have three children and two grandchildren. Patricia heads the simulation labs at Mercyhurst University School of Nursing. “Not long ago I was on Who Wants to be a Millionaire but as you can see I am still working so it wasn’t me,” Dr. Pulito writes. “My next goal is Jeopardy.”