School of Medicine
DEAN: Kenneth Kaushansky
OFFICE: HSC Level 4, Room 147A
PHONE: (631) 444-2113
- About the Program
About the Program
The School of Medicine consists of basic science and clinical departments that have the responsibility for preclinical and clinical instruction of medical students in all the schools of the Health Sciences Center, as well as university-wide responsibility to students in other schools on the campus. Basic science departments include the departments of anatomical sciences, biochemistry and cell biology, biomedical engineering, microbiology, neurobiology and behavior, pathology, pharmacological sciences, and physiology and biophysics. Clinical departments include the departments of anesthesiology, dermatology, emergency medicine, family medicine, medicine, neurological surgery, neurology, obstetrics, gynecology and reproductive medicine, ophthalmology, orthopaedics, pediatrics, physical medicine and rehabilitation, preventive medicine, psychiatry and behavioral science, radiation oncology, radiology, surgery, and urology.
In addition to instruction at the undergraduate and professional levels, these departments have major responsibility for graduate, postgraduate and continuing education. The goal of each of these departments is to:
1. Integrate as rapidly as possible new scientific knowledge and the advances of basic research into the training of every health professional
2. Promote input from all university disciplines into education and research in the health sciences
3. Ensure that every healthcare professional trained in the school is prepared to provide the highest level of patient care. In the basic sciences, these efforts are enhanced by collaboration with colleagues at the biology and medical departments of Brookhaven National Laboratory, Cold spring Harbor Laboratory and other research institutions in the vicinity. In the clinical departments, these objectives are enhanced by Stony Brook University Hospital as well as by the clinical affiliates of the Nassau University Medical Center, Winthrop University Hospital, the Northport Veterans Affairs Medical Center and various community clinical facilities integrated under a variety of arrangements.
For admission and academic information pertaining to the MD program, please see Degrees and Programs, Doctor of Medicine.
Graduate Studies in Basic Health Sciences
Graduate studies leading to the PhD degree in basic health sciences are offered in the fields of anatomical sciences, molecular microbiology, cellular and molecular pathology, molecular and cellular pharmacology, physiology and biophysics, or population health and clinical outcomes research. The Department of Oral Biology and Pathology also offers a Master’s of Science degree in Basic Health Sciences.
Basic health sciences departments of the School of Medicine also collaborate with the Division of Biological Sciences and other academic units to operate graduate study programs in various areas of the biological sciences, such as molecular biology and biochemistry, cellular and developmental biology, genetics, and neurobiology and behavior. Many of these programs are part of the tri-institutional consortium that includes Cold spring Harbor Laboratory and Brookhaven National Laboratory, and students have the opportunity to work with the faculty at these institutions in addition to the Stony Brook University faculty.
Each graduate studies program is guided by its own director and executive committee and establishes its own entrance standards and degree requirements, described in detail in the Graduate Bulletin. Inquiries regarding graduate admission to a specific department should be addressed to the director of the department’s graduate program. Please see ADMISSIONS in this Bulletin for more information.
Continuing Medical Education
The educational mission of the medical school targets medical students, post graduate trainees and practicing physicians. This is consonant with the philosophy that education is a continuing process throughout a professional career. The purpose of Continuing Medical Education is to optimize patient care and maintain and improve physician competency by means of offering high quality learning experiences for physicians. The activities offered permit physicians to fulfill CME requirements for re-licensure, maintenance of certification, hospital privileges, and medical or specialty society membership.
The School of Medicine’s continuing education program is fully accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education. Through its Office of Continuing Medical Education, the School of Medicine sponsors, co-sponsors, or jointly sponsors CME activities including regularly scheduled conferences, courses and enduring materials. The methods of instruction are varied to offer different types of learning experiences, appealing to diverse and individual learning styles and practice setting requirements. They include live conferences; interactive audio, video, and web-based programs; self-study materials; and hands-on training, e.g., procedural skills training in animal labs, simulation, standardized patients.
- Financial Information
Inquiries concerning sources of financial aid and student financial planning should be directed to the Health Sciences Office of Student Services. First-time financial aid applicants must complete the School of Medicine Institutional Application for Financial Aid. All financial aid applicants must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) for each academic year they are applying. Financial aid for medical students consists of loans and grants. Financial aid awards will not exceed the cost of attendance for each academic year. The cost of attendance includes tuition and fees; room and board; books and supplies; transportation expenses; and personal/miscellaneous expenses. The cost of attendance is set and published each spring prior to the beginning of the new academic year.
For more information, please see FINANCIAL INFORMATION in this Bulletin.
The Edmund D. Pellegrino Professorship of Medicine
In 1986, the University established a professorship in the School of Medicine to honor Edmund D. Pellegrino, MD, founder of the Health Sciences Center. The endowment specifies that the Edmund D. Pellegrino Professorship of Medicine will be occupied by “an individual who exemplifies the breadth of interests and achievements in education, research, and the practice of medicine that have characterized Dr. Pellegrino’s career.” The first occupant of that chair was Dr. Pellegrino, who held it for a brief period. Following Dr. Pellegrino’s tenure, the chair was occupied by Harry W. Fritts, MD, who is now the Pellegrino Professor Emeritus and former Chair of Medicine at Stony Brook. Currently, Benjamin J. Luft, MD, Professor of Medicine, occupies the chair.
The Evelyn Glick Chair in Experimental Medicine
In 1990, Mrs. Evelyn Grollman Glick of Baltimore, Maryland, created an endowment designed to support a Chair in the Department of Pharmacological Sciences. Income from this fund provides research or salary support for the Chair. The current occupant of the chair is Arthur P. Grollman, MD, Distinguished Professor of Pharmacological Sciences and Professor of Medicine.
The William and Jane Knapp Endowed Chair in Pharmacological Sciences
An endowed chair in the School of Medicine, the William and Jane Knapp Endowed Chair in Pharmacological Sciences was established by the Knapps who are 1978 graduates of Stony Brook and continue to be connected to the University through a variety of activities. Bill Knapp is a member of the Stony Brook Foundation Board, and Jane Knapp is the former president of the Stony Brook Alumni Association. The endowment specifies that the “William and Jane Knapp Endowed Chair in Pharmacological Sciences will be occupied by a senior faculty member who is highly regarded, and who exemplifies the breadth of interests and achievements in education, and will advance the diagnosis and treatment of cancer, diabetes, and/or inflammatory diseases.” Howard C. Crawford, PhD, Associate Professor of Pharmacological Sciences, currently occupies this chair.
The Marvin Kuschner Professorship of Pathology
An endowed chair in the School of Medicine, the Marvin Kuschner Professorship of Pathology was established by the University in 1988 in honor of Marvin Kuschner, M.D. (1919-2002), the former Dean of the School of Medicine at Stony Brook. The endowment specifies that the “Marvin Kuschner Professorship of Pathology will be occupied by an individual who exemplifies the breadth of interests and achievements in education, research and the practice of pathology and environmental medicine that have characterized Dr. Kuschner’s career.” Kenneth Shroyer, MD, PhD, Professor and Chair of the Department of Pathology, currently occupies this chair.
Grants and Awards
The Arthur Berken Fellowship
Dr. Arthur Berken, a long-time member of the clinical faculty at the School of Medicine, was concerned about the impact of technology on men and women in medical school. With the advances in diagnostics and treatment made possible through technology, he feared that young doctors might come to see their patients as little more than biochemical machines. So when Dr. Berken passed away in the late spring of 1994, his wife Roberta, his family, and a number of friends and colleagues endowed a fellowship to encourage would-be physicians to remember that, in the end, it is people who matter most. The Arthur Berken Fellowship prompted a new addition to the School of Medicine’s MD with Recognition Awards, the MD with Recognition in Medical Humanism.
Sir James Black Award for Excellence in Research
An endowment has been established with a gift from Sir James Black, FRS, Nobel Laureate in Physiology or Medicine, to provide an award to the graduating undergraduate pharmacology major who has achieved the highest scholastic excellence in both course work and a senior research project.
Jean M. Devlin Achievement Award
This endowment, created by generous gifts from Richard A. Auhll and Rudi R. Schulte of Santa Barbara, California, matched by the Department of Pharmacological Sciences, honors Jean M. Devlin, founding Director of Stony Brook’s undergraduate program in pharmacology. The Jean M. Devlin Award is presented at commencement to the graduating pharmacology major judged to have the greatest potential for making future contributions to the pharmacological sciences.
William G. van der Kloot Awards
An endowment has been established by Professor Robert Nathans and the Department of Pharmacological Sciences in honor of William G. van der Kloot, PhD, Professor of Physiology and Pharmacological Sciences, and founding Chair of the Department of Physiology. The endowment provides awards annually to two students in the Molecular and Cellular Pharmacology graduate program. The van der Kloot Award for Excellence in Teaching recognizes the most significant teaching contributions by a graduate student to the undergraduate major. The van der Kloot Award for Excellence in Research recognizes outstanding accomplishments in research evident by first author, peer-reviewed scientific publication.
David L. Williams Memorial Travel Award
Funds are provided by an established endowment to honor David L. Williams, PhD, Professor of Pharmacological Sciences, who was widely recognized as an excellent teacher and mentor of students and junior faculty during his many years here. The award is given to a graduate student who has been advanced to PhD candidacy in the Molecular and Cellular Pharmacology Graduate Program, and who will participate in an advanced course (e.g., at Woods Hole, CSHL or an EMBO course) or present research results at either a national or international scientific meeting.
The Catacosinos Cancer Awards
Dr. and Mrs. William Catacosinos have generously donated funds for annual grants to support cancer research. The Catacosinos Cancer Award recognizes significant contributions to the illumination of the cancer problems of the past and anticipates major advances coming from these investigations. A committee of scientists, appointed by the Dean of Medicine, oversees these awards which are administered by the Stony Brook Foundation.
Radmila and Gabor Inke Anatomical Research Fund
The Department of Anatomical Sciences is the beneficiary of a generous testamentary gift from Dr. Gabor Inke. Dr. Inke became the department’s first member in 1969 and served for more than 20 years. Dr. Inke, a recognized expert on the development of the human skull as well as the kidney, dedicated his life to research and teaching. Upon his death, the Radmila and Gabor Inke Anatomical Research Endowment Fund was created to support the research mission of the department that he helped to create.
Emil C. Voll Bequest
A bequest of more than $1.7 million from Emil C. Voll was made in 1992 to fund a professorship in cancer research in the School of Medicine. Mr. Voll’s wife, Geraldine, died of cancer in 1987. Awards to four faculty investigators enable them to play a major leadership role in the School of Medicine’s cancer program.