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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 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.


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.”


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.


Stanley Feld, MD ’63, MACE Dr. Feld has spent several years writing the blog, “Repairing the Healthcare System,” located online at



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.


Photo: Allergy & Asthma Care and Prevention Center

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.”



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.


Photo: Mayo Clinic

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.


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.



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.”


Photo: Seton Hall

Michael Giuliano, MD ’81 Dr. Giuliano has been appointed Assistant Dean for Faculty Development at Seton Hall School of Medicine.


Donald Sherak, MD ’86 Dr. Sherak lectures at Tufts Medical School, and maintains a clinical and forensic practice. He now also has a son studying medicine at Einstein College of Medicine.



Photo: Tyme

Giuseppe Del Priori, MD ’87 Dr. Del Priori is the Chief Medical Officer at TYME (TYMI-NASDAQ), and professor at the Morehouse School of Medicine. He is launching efforts now to start screening for endometrial cancer.


Mark H. Jackson, MD ’87 As of April 2015, Dr. Jackson works in the field of Addiction Medicine as Chief of the Medical Unit of START Treatment & Recovery Centers in New York City.


Eric Singman, MD ’92, PhD Dr. Singman is Division Chief of the General Eye Services Clinic of the Wilmer Eye Institute in Baltimore, Maryland.


Myles Wolf, MD ’96 After serving as Margaret Gray Morton Professor of Medicine and founding director of the Center for Translational Metabolism and Health at Northwestern University’s Feinberg School of Medicine in Chicago, Dr. Wolf was appointed Professor of Medicine and Chief of the Division of Nephrology at the Duke University School of Medicine in Durham, North Carolina, in August 2016.


Lauren Adams, MD ’10 Dr. Adams, a dermatologist, joined the White Plains, New York, Hospital Group Physician Associates division in January, 2017. Dr. Adams earned her undergraduate degree from Duke University and her medical degree from the SUNY Downstate College of Medicine. She completed her internship at Maimonides Medical Center, and her dermatology residency at the SUNY Downstate Medical Center in Brooklyn.

The White Plains Hospital Group has offices in Mount Kisco and Scarsdale. In addition to offering screenings, laser surgery and cosmetic dermatology, the group also offers Mohs surgery.


Sara Cohen, MD ’13

Dr. Cohen is chief resident third-year at Tufts University.


In Memoriam

Marvin Kochman, MD ’56 Dr. Kochman passed away Jan. 10, 2017, in Brooklyn at age 90. He was a Senior Partner in the Brooklyn Eye Surgery Center, a Fellow in the American Academy of Ophthalmology and Fellow in the American College of Surgeons, among many other professional societies and affiliations. He was also a member of the Alumni Association-College of Medicine, SUNY Downstate Board of Managers, as well as a past Alumni Association president.


Morton L. Kurland, MD ’56 Dr. Kurland passed away in August, 2016, at 83. He retired in 2014 from his psychiatric practice in Rancho Mirage, California, where he practiced for 40 years after leaving his practice in New York City and his teaching position at the New Jersey College of Medicine. He was associated with the Eisenhower Memorial Hospital, The Betty Ford Clinic, and the Barbara Sinatra Children’s Center. He is lovingly remembered by his wife of 60 years, four daughters, ten grandchildren and two great grandchildren.

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