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School of Medicine welcomes 136 students, largest class in history, at White Coat Ceremony Future physicians took the Hippocratic Oath and donned physician-in-training white coats for the first time at Stony Brook University’s traditional White Coat Ceremony, the 20th annual event held on August 13 at the Student Activities Center. The incoming class of 136 students is the largest in the school’s history. The Class of 2021 is a diverse group with varied backgrounds ranging from Long island natives to international students. While more than one-third of the students are from Long Island, many come from all areas of New…

This edition of Medicine Today highlights a truly transformative moment in the development of Stony Brook Medicine. On Aug. 1, we celebrated Southampton Hospital joining the Stony Brook Medicine healthcare system, giving residents of the East End even greater access to the most advanced medical care, closer to home. Bringing these two institutions together provides new opportunities to train our providers in a community-based setting — in the “real world” outside the boundaries of academia. At the same time, we are bringing Stony Brook Medicine to Southampton, with improved access to leading specialists, groundbreaking research and advanced technology. Also in…

Dear Fellow Graduates and Colleagues, Welcome to the Fall 2017 edition of Medicine Today. The School of Medicine Alumni Board continues to strive to support our medical students and engage alumni. Since the spring, we have welcomed the Class of ’92 back to Stony Brook for their reunion, and joined the Class of ’12 at their 5 year reunion in Manhattan. It was great to hear the paths that everyone has taken since graduating from Stony Brook. Our biggest and most proud day was when we welcomed our largest incoming class of 136 medical students at the White Coat and Distinguished Alumnus…

Celebrating a new vision for East End medicine, more than 100 gathered on Aug. 21 to commemorate Stony Brook Southampton Hospital joining the Stony Brook Medicine healthcare system. “Today signifies a bold step forward in realizing a new vision for bringing advanced medical care closer to home for residents of the East End of Long Island,” said Stony Brook University President Samuel L. Stanley Jr., MD. “We have raised a new flag and unveiled a new sign over the hospital entrance to symbolically signify the start of a new era for what is now called Stony Brook Southampton Hospital.” “Today…

Stony Brook-led research into the structure of a key enzyme involved with cell growth regulation could offer important clues to understanding cancer and neurodegenerative diseases, including Alzheimer’s disease. The finding, published in PNAS, reveals the first visualization of the enzyme and could provide insight into how the enzyme is activated. The enzyme, neutral sphingomyelinase (nSMase2), is one of the major enzymes that produces ceramide in the body. Ceramides are oil-like lipids that are produced in response to chemotherapy and other cell stresses. The ceramides that nSMase2 produces allow cancer cells to pass DNA and proteins to other cells to change…

Every day, more and more cancer patients are surviving and thriving. That was just one of the positive messages on Sunday, June 4, when Stony Brook Cancer Center welcomed 300 courageous people who are living proof that cancer diagnosis and treatment have come far. “Together we can push back on cancer,” declared Yusuf A. Hannun, MD, Director, Stony Brook University Cancer Center and Vice Dean of Cancer Medicine. The audience met his welcome with cheers and applause for the miracle of being alive. More than 1,100 people attended the event, Stony Brook’s 13th annual recognition of this worldwide celebration. Stony Brook…

The John C. Dunphy Private Foundation establishes Cancer Innovation Fund at Stony Brook Medicine The first documented case of cancer dates back to 3000 BC and is described in the Edwin Smith Papyrus, an ancient Egyptian textbook on trauma surgery, as having “no treatment.” Fast forward more than 5,000 years and cancer remains an incredibly resilient and difficult disease to understand, prevent and cure. But we’re getting close. At the Stony Brook Cancer Center, researchers are pioneering studies that are gaining worldwide attention. “Stony Brook is a disciplined and first-class organization that supports a culture of people who work to change…

Amy and Michael Howard of Center Moriches couldn’t believe when they heard that they were having triplets, but the surprises didn’t stop there.  Shortly after birth, the first time parents found out in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) at Stony Brook Medicine that all three of their babies — Jackson, Hunter, and Kaden — had Craniosynostosis, a congenital premature fusion of one or more sutures on a baby’s skull It’s particularly unusual because Jackson and Hunter, the identical siblings, both had Sagittal Synostosis, while Kaden, the fraternal triplet, had Metopic Synostosis. “Craniosynostosis in itself is not extraordinarily rare; it’s…

Fellowship Established with $1 Million From George and Olga Tsunis Stony Brook Cancer Center researcher Dr. Basil Rigas, MD is onto something big. His recent studies have identified two novel compounds that may hold the secret for new drugs to combat ovarian cancer and pancreatic cancer. To accelerate his research, Rigas needs more highly trained researchers to explore how the compounds react with cells and identify their molecular targets and also how safe and ultimately effective they will be. And the clock is ticking: more than 80,000 Americans are diagnosed with ovarian or pancreatic cancer every year. Thanks to their…

With an annual income of $10,000 or less, it’s no surprise that some Suffolk County residents can’t afford health care. Without access to preventative medicine or treatment, a sick child or spouse may worsen and quickly escalate a mildly stressful situation to one that requires emergency personnel. When illness strikes, where do they turn? Fortunately, for the past nine years, underserved Suffolk County residents have had the opportunity to find the aid they need at Stony Brook HOME, a free student-run primary care clinic that serves a twofold purpose: Improve the health and well-being of uninsured and in-need community…

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