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Kenneth Kaushansky, MD, Senior Vice President for the Health Sciences at Stony Brook University and Dean of Stony Brook University School of Medicine, was installed as the 2017-2018 Chair of the Greater New York Hospital Association (GNYHA) Board of Governors on May 16, 2017, at GNYHA’s Annual Meeting and Reception. Dr. Kaushansky follows a long line of individuals committed to GNYHA’s principles of equity in access to high-quality patient care. The GNYHA Board includes hospital CEOs from Buffalo, Rochester, Syracuse, Albany, Hartford (CT), Hackensack (NJ), Elizabeth (NJ), Newark (NJ), and the entire New York City region. As GNYHA Chair, Dr.…

Among this month’s graduates from Stony Brook School of Medicine are several who took non-traditional paths to the medical field. The graduates, emerging from various walks of life and professions, reflect the diversity and vitality of medical education at SBU. Take recent Stony Brook School of Medicine graduate Erika Blaikie, of Brooklyn. Her change of heart speaks directly to the need to make a difference. Blaikie decided to jump professions when she realized that in her prior job she was merely helping people with money make more money and not contributing anything meaningful to the world. So at age 39, Blaikie started…

Cancer survivors and their families are invited to the Stony Brook Cancer Center on Saturday, June 4, to celebrate at the 13th Annual National Cancer Survivors Day, which honors those who are living with and beyond cancer, regardless of where they received treatment. Inspirational speaker Dr. Jennifer Arnold, a three-year cancer survivor who stars in TLC’s docudrama, The Little Couple, will discuss “Surviving with Grace.” Dr. Arnold has a rare type of dwarfism called Spondyloepiphyseal Dysplasia Type Strudwick. She is proud that the show has become a powerful method to break down barriers and educate people around the country about people…

The number of women with heart disease delivering babies increased by 24 percent over a 10-year period, a Stony Brook-led study shows. Reported in the American Journal of Cardiology, the research could prompt new guidelines for screening and care during pregnancy. Kathleen Stergiopoulos, MD, PhD, Professor of Medicine in the Division of Cardiovascular Medicine and a specialist in heart disease in women at the Stony Brook Heart Institute, led the study of more than 80,000 women with heart disease. From 2003 to 2012, researchers found, the prevalence of women with heart disease delivering babies increased by 24 percent. This jump may prompt greater awareness of…

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…

Dana Badke and Catherine Vidal, two senior Stony Brook University respiratory care students, advocated for the American Association for Respiratory Care in Washington, DC, in April. They were accompanied by Clinical Associate Professor Stephen G. Smith from the School of Health Technology and Management’s Respiratory Care Program. The group had scheduled meetings with New York congressional representatives to discuss the importance of the clinical care that respiratory therapists provide to their patients and to encourage them to support legislation that will have a positive effect on caring for patients, specifically with cardiopulmonary diseases. Respiratory therapists add to the care of…

Latha Chandran, MD, MPH, the Miriam and David Donoho Distinguished Teaching Professor and Vice Dean for Undergraduate Medical Education at Stony Brook University School of Medicine, has been elected to a four-year term as an executive board member of the National Board of Medical Examiners (NBME). The NBME is an independent organization that provides a common evaluation system for physician applicants seeking licensure to practice medicine in the United States. NBME membership is composed of approximately 80 individuals representing the academic community, national professional organizations, state licensing boards, students, residents, the federal government and the public. Responsibilities of the membership…

Speaking at the Stars of Stony Brook Gala on April 19, former Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. offered inspiring words about the ongoing battle to find a cancer cure. He revealed his sole regret in not becoming President of the United States, emphasized the “urgency of now” in finding new ways to combat the disease, and offered his vision for the future of cancer research. View the 10 most inspiring moments from his speech:

The Stony Brook University Neurosciences Institute is hosting a CEU-accredited conference on the newest approaches, treatment options and management of diseases and conditions of the brain, spine and nervous system. Open to nurse practitioners, physician assistants, nurses, physical therapists, speech therapists, occupational therapists, nursing students, medical residents and medical students, the conference will be held on Thursday, May 18, from 8:15 am to 4:30 pm in the Health Sciences Tower, Lecture Hall 1, Level 2. Registration begins at 7:45 am and breakfast and lunch will be provided. To register, contact Joanna Foley at (631) 444-1741 or joanna.foley@stonybrookmedicine.edu. The registration fee…

Join Stony Brook Movement Disorders Center experts Hanna Czarkowska, MD; Guy Schwartz, MD; Chuck Mikell, MD; and Thomas Preston, PhD as they share the latest diagnostic approaches, nonsurgical and surgical treatments, management of Parkinson’s disease. The presentation will take place on Thursday, May 11, from 5:30 pm to 8 pm in the Stony Brook University Hospital Galleria, Health Sciences Tower, Level 3. A light buffet and refreshments will be served. This event will be of special interest to people with Parkinson’s disease and their families, neurologists, internists, psychologists, nurse practitioners, nurses, physician assistants, physical therapists and students. Registration is required…

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