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Class Notes: June 2017

Harvey M. Cohen, MD’61 Dr. Cohen is retired from Kaiser Permanente  and the Army, Mid-Atlantic Region. He states he works part time as an orthopedist, at the Baltimore VA Hospital and teaches anatomy at University Services, University of Health Science.

Edward Kersh, MD’69 I have retired from clinical practice and am now medical Director of Telehealth for Sutter Care at Home. This is a part time position which allows me to call myself semi-retired. I also volunteer at the Chabot Space +  Science Center in Oakland.

Philip Greenberg, MD’71 FLX Bio, Inc., a biopharmaceutical company focused on the discovery and development of oral small-molecule drugs to activate the immune system, today announced the appointment of SUNY Downstate alumnus Philip Greenberg, M.D’71,  to its scientific advisory board (SAB). Dr. Greenberg serves as the head of the Program in Immunology at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center as well as professor in both the Oncology and Immunology divisions of the University of Washington, Department of Medicine. He received his B.S. degree in Biology from Washington University and his M.D. summa cum laude from the State University of New York, Downstate Medical Center. Read more about Dr.Greenberg here:

Niki Arif Silverstein,  MD ‘77 Dr. Silverstein wrote that she missed the reunion, so she reaching out to the Class of 77. I was at 30th but I guess I have to wait until the 50th now! I am an ophthalmologist in a very busy practice in Chester, NJ; still working very hard doing surgery and seeing many patients every day, but starting to think about smelling the roses a bit more and a new phase in life. Hope to hear from other of my long lost classmates.

James W. Ferguson, MD’81 Dr. Ferguson writes just a note to say hi. He recently spoke at Adelphi University about his Medical Missions and why others should volunteer. His talk is available on, where is the 4th speaker on the list. You can also view a video of Dr. Ferguson’s talk on YouTube.

Scott Fields, M.D’84 SUNY Downstate alumnus Scott Fields, M.D., was appointed as senior vice president and pharmaceutical development head, Oncology at Bayer on June 5th. Scott Fields, M.D., joined from Vertex Pharmaceuticals, where he was vice president and head of Clinical Oncology and responsible for the global development of all oncology assets. He earned his medical degree from SUNY Downstate and did his Internal Medicine and Hematology/Oncology training at Columbia University Medical Center. To read more about Dr. Fields view the following link:

Lyn D. Weiss, MD’85 Lyn D. Weiss, MD, chair of physical medicine and rehabilitation (PM&R) department at the Nassau University Medical Center (NUMC), has co-authored her ninth medical book, a revised, expanded and updated new edition of the first and only Q & A review for physical medicine and rehabilitation. For more information go to the following link:

Alfonso Ciervo, MD’93 Dr. Ciervo shared his daughter Francesca graduated from NYU and  his daughter Samantha is now entering NYU. Congratulations to both!

Daniel L. Beckles, M.D’ 97 Daniel Beckles, M.D’97 is being honored at the 4th Annual Caribbean American Healthcare Awards 2017 Gala on Thursday June 22nd, 2017, for his accomplishments in medicine.

Andrew Moulton, MD’97 HCA honored Sarasota Orthopedic Associates’ Andrew Moulton, MD, with the HCA Humanitarian First Award. To read more about Dr. Moulton go to the following link:

In Memoriam:    Arthur Young, MD’65 – Died on May 5, 2017


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