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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 and Mark Asperilla, MD

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)” with Dr. Mark Asperilla and J. Hishmeh, to be presented at the Third Euro-Global Conference on Infectious Diseases Sept. 5-6 in Frankfurt, Germany. This is the clinic’s fourth internationally recognized contribution to hepatitis C care, according to Florida Weekly. Read more here.


Joel H. Setler, MD

Joel H. Selter, MD ‘84 Dr. Selter now offers a new treatment to help patients to safely tolerate highly allergic foods. He is one of only a few private practice allergists in the US to be doing oral immunotherapy (OIT).


Lisa Merlin, MD

Lisa Merlin, MD ‘86 Dr. Merlin, Downstate Distinguished Professor of Neurology, Physiology, and Pharmacology, co-authored an article with Sheryl Smith, PhD, SUNY Downstate Professor of Physiology and Pharmacology, on their research suggesting that a novel inhibitory brain receptor is a mechanism for remission of epilepsy in adolescence. Read more here.


Salvatore Volpe, MD

Salvatore Volpe, MD ‘86 Dr. Volpe will receive a national Patient-Centered Primary Care Collaborative practice award in November, 2016.


Mark Stewart, MD, PhD ‘91 Dr. Stewart was named SUNY Downstate Interim Provost in August. As Interim Provost, he will work closely with the office of Michael Lucchesi, MD, Downstate Officer in Charge, and with Downstate’s academic leaders to strategically plan academic programming, and maintain academic scholarship and research. Dr. Stewart will also serve as campus liaison with SUNY on academic matters. Read more, here.


Daniel L. Beckles, MD

Daniel L. Beckles, MD ‘97 Dr. Beckles recently talked about the changes at Downstate, read about them here, brought about during his first year as Chief of the Division of Cardiothoracic Surgery.


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