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SUNY Downstate Class Notes, Nov. 16, 2016


David Schneider, MD `53 Dr. Schneider writes from West Orange, New Jersey, that he’s “still okay, working four days a week.”


Harold Chafkin, MD `54 Dr. Chafkin writes from Middletown, New Jersey, that he has “finally retired after 51 years.”


Gerald I. Shugoll, MD `54 Dr. Shugoll, in North Bethesda, Maryland, became a great-grandfather in June 2016.


Leonard Levine, MD `55 Dr. Levine in Alexandria, Virginia, is “retired, but still volunteering.”


Michael Sulman, MD `57 Dr. Sulman writes from Rancho Palos Verdes, CA, “My wife and I continue to enjoy our retirement. Fortunately, our health remains good and we’re able to indulge our love to travel. Our children and grandchildren are close enough for weekend visits.”


Stanley Gulotta, MD `58 Dr. Gulotta writes from Greenwich, Connecticut, “I’m still standing! Enjoying retirement!”


Stratos G. Kantounis, MD `58 Dr. Kantounis, in Rockville Center, New York,  is “still assisting in OR and teaching, and Joan is still painting.”


John Michael Aversa, MD `67 Dr. Aversa in Woodbridge, Connecticut, writes, “The year 2016 will be not only the 50th anniversary of my medical school graduation, but also my and Ellen’s 50th wedding anniversary. This year, we welcomed our eighth grandchild, and there is another on the way. I have been blessed with four wonderful children, John Jr., a colorectal surgeon, Kristen, an OB/GYN, David, a psychiatrist, and Monica, with an MBA. God is good.”


Robert D. Argand, MD `69 Dr. Argand has retired after 44 years as an ED physician.


John J. O’Brien, MD `68 Dr. O’Brien retired from private practice of orthopedic surgery in 2013, and has worked part-time as Director of Orthopedic Clinics at Hartford Hospital in Hartford, Connecticut, since 2014.


Herbert Diamond, MD `62 Dr. Diamond is a volunteer for Volunteers in Medicine Berkshires in Massachusetts.


Joel M. Ingegno, MD `62 Dr. Ingegno writes that he recently moved to Florida, but still misses New York City.


Frank “Burt” Dibble, MD `66 Dr. Dibble writes that he’s “almost retired – doing a little long-term care. Living on the New Hampshire seacoast and loving it.” His partner is still happily practicing law, and they’re active in non-profits, civic affairs and travel in their light plane.


Rica G. Arnon-Rabinowitzm, MD `67 Dr. Arnon-Rabinowitz is “still enjoying being a full-time pediatric cardiologist.”



David A. Abraham, MD `70 Dr. Abraham “retired back to Long Island in June 30, 2016, after nearly 14 years of ENT practice in northern Minnesota.”


Steven Polansky, MD `71 Dr. Polansky will be Chief of Staff, Mercy San Juan Medical Center, from January 1, 2016 to December 31, 2017.


Neil J. Principe, MD `71 Dr. Principe writes that he’s now “mostly retired, but doesn’t have to move to Florida, because he’s already there.”


Peter Verril, MD `73 Dr. Verrill is “happily retiring from my Florida OB/GYN practice in January.”


Uri Vaisman, MD `74 Dr. Vaisman writes that he is, “Still alive and still practicing radiology full time” in Appleton, WI.



Linda Susan Marcus, MD `75 Dr. Marcus is on the Board of Directors of Women’s Dermatological Society.


Leland Deane, MD `78 Dr. Deane has completed two terms on the Department of Health Board Office of Professional Medical Conduct.


David S. Katz, MD `80 Dr. Katz, based in Indianapolis, has now practiced occupational medicine for 33 years. His daughter, Abby, is a vice president in commercial banking at PNC Bank, Columbus, OH.


Aaron Saul Greenberg, MD `82 Dr. Greenberg writes that he is “proud to have my daughter, Jill Greenberg, as a third-year student in the SUNY Downstate Class of 2018.”


Edward Chapnick, MD `85 Dr. Chapnick is Senior Vice Chair of Medicine and Director of Infectious Diseases at Maimonides Medical Center in Brooklyn, and Professor of Clinical Medicine at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine in the Bronx.


Jonathan Tarrash, MD `87 Dr. Tarrash writes from Boca Raton, FL, that he is “proud to report our two sons are pursuing careers in law, and our daughter started medical school.”


Theodor Kaufman, MD `93 Dr. Kaufman is Program Director for General Surgery at Bassett Medical Center, Cooperstown, NY.


Maya Moorley, MD `01 Dr. Moorley is still in private practice in Internal Medicine at Mount Sinai Doctors Long Island-Huntington, since 2004. She’s been married 13 years, and has two children, Ajay, 10, and Avani, 4. She’s “still friends with many classmates, including Steven Brunner (pediatrician, ’01), Paula Lester (geriatrician, ’01) and Izchak Kohen (geriatric psychiatrist, ’01).”


In Memoriam

Robert Bertero, MD `56 Dr. Bertero died May 19, 2016. He was born in 1931 in Brooklyn and grew up playing on the monkey bars in Prospect Park with his best friend Charlie, browsing the Brooklyn Museum, and enjoying the Brooklyn Botanical Gardens. He attended Stuyvesant High School, Columbia University and SUNY Downstate Medical School, and was a primary care physician specializing in internal medicine for nearly forty-five years serving the Manhattan community affiliated with St. Vincent’s Hospital, Greenwich Village. He was one of the last physicians who regularly made house calls to patients too ill to come to his office. George had a great sense of humor and was a wonderful storyteller. He was a brilliant man who could discuss virtually any subject. Source: Thomas F. Dalton Funeral Homes.


John F. Mullane MD `63, PHD, JD Dr. Mullane was born in Brooklyn, NY, and died Aug 13, 2016 at 79. He received an MD from SUNY in 1963, a PHD in 1968 and a JD from Fordham University in 1977. Dr. Mullane was an associate medical director at Ayers Labs, a division of American Home Products in Wilmington DE 1973-75, director clinical research from 1975-76, became VP of Clinical in 1977, VP Science 1978-82, executive VP 1983-88, and President of Mullane Health Care Cons in 1989. He was also director of drug development at DuPont Med. Products in 1990, and Senior VP from 1991-94. He also served as a Lt. Col. In the US Army from 1970-73. He received the Upjohn Achievement award in 1970, and was named a NY Heart Assoc. Crawford-Maynard fellow 1966-68. His achievements included the development of major drugs including Inderal, Premarin, Lodine, Coumadin and Cozaar. From the obituary of John F. Mullane, MD, Sarasota, Florida, Herald-Tribune.

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