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SUNY Downstate News: July 2018


July 4th: Independence Day

July 19th: SUNY Downstate will be hosting a blood drive from 9:00AM to 6:00PM in Sodexho Court. Presenting donors will be mailed a pair of Brooklyn Cyclone tickets.

July: National Hemochromatosis Screening and Awareness Month

SUNY Downstate Announcements:

June 2-6: Downstate’s was well represented at the American Transplant Congress (ATC), held in Seattle, Washington. Residents and faculty of the Medicine and Surgery Departments had a total of 11 presentations, both oral and poster. The presentations are listed below:

  1. Gruessner A, Barrera K, Sharma S, Gruessner R: Pancreas Transplant Alone Outcome is Best in Diabetic Patients without Advanced Nephropathy.

  2. Tedla F, Brar A, John D, Sumrani N, Gruessner A, Salifu M: Comparison of Outcome in African-American and White Primary Kidney Transplant Recipients: A Matched Pair Analysis.

  3. Gruessner A, Laftavi M, Pankewycz O, Gruessner R: Pancreas Graft Function > 10 Years: The Cumulative US Experience.

  4. Sharma S, Barrera K, Gruessner A, Gruessner R: 28-Year Cumulative US Experience with Pediatric Living Donor Liver Transplant – How Far Have we come?

  5. Brar A, Tedla F, Salifu M, Gruessner R, John D, Sumrani N, Gruessner A: Association of Physical Function and Survival in Elderly Renal Transplant Recipients.

  6. Barrera K, Sharma S, Gruessner A, Gruessner R: Cumulative United States Experience in Domino Liver Transplants.

  7. Pankewycz O, Onan E, Laftavi M, Gruessner R, Smileuski H, Alissandrello E, Gruessner A: A Novel Combined Formula to Direct Optimal Immunosuppressive Drug Exposure in Renal Transplant Recipients.

  8. Gruessner A, Laftavi M, Pankewycz O, Gruessner R: Declining Number of Pancreas after Kidney Transplants Despite Significant Improvement in Outcome.

  9. Brar A, Gruessner A, Salifu M, Gruessner R, Sumrani N, John D, Tedla F: Living Donor Renal Transplantation in Adult Renal Transplant Recipients Varies Markedly across UNOS Networks.

  10. Desai C, Shurney J, Serrano P, Barrit A, Gerber D, Gruessner A: Outcome of Liver Transplant in Sequential Eras in Patients with Polycystic Liver Disease at Various Stages of Disease.

  11. Gruessner A, Laftavi M, Pankewycz O, Gruessner R: Pancreas Transplant in the Elderly Patient – Should it be done?

June 2018: COM 2021 student Ryan Bender was awarded the Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Society Award. The award will allow Ryan to spend the summer between his first and second years of school performing preliminary work on engineered vascular structures. Ryan is pictured below with Michael Augenbraun, MD and Alumni Association Board Member Richard Sadovsky, MD, the SUNY Downstate AOA Eta Chapter faculty leaders.


Photo courtesy of the President’s Bulletin June 15, 2018


Recent COM graduate (Class of 2018) Dr. Irini I. Youssef’s research paper has been rated top 10 from Cardiology Meetings. Along with her mentor Distinguished Teaching Professor, Samy McFarlane, MD, MPH, MBA, FACP, she presented an article on obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) as a risk factor for atrial fibrillation (A Fib). Since the presentation at the Cardiometabolic Health Congress annual meeting on October 4-7, 2017, there has been plenty of attention in the media.


Irini I. Youssef, M.D, M.S


SUNY Downstate Innovations:

July 11: M. Rami Nakeshbandi, M.D., Assistant Professor of Medicine and Infectious Diseases, Director of the Antimicrobial Stewardship Program and Director of the  Internal Medicine Inpatient Private Service announced that Downstate has started implementing a new urine culture order set in order to reduce unnecessary ordering of urine cultures when there is little to no evidence of a urinary tract infection. This new initiative was created in hopes of helping the reduction rate of catheter associated urinary tract infections and unnecessary treatment of asymptomatic bacteriuria, which may result in increased antibiotic resistance and C.difficile infections.

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