Welcome Renaissance School of Medicine Alums!
To All of My Fellow Alumni Colleagues:
Please join me in welcoming our most recent graduates from the class of 2019, who are now members of our network of 4,700 Renaissance School of Medicine alumni worldwide. The Class of 2019 had 132 graduates who will be pursuing their residencies around the country and making us all proud. I am delighted and honored to serve as the president of the Renaissance School of Medicine Alumni Board. I am grateful for the dedication and support of the slate of officers, each of whom brings distinct gifts and talent to our Alumni Board.
Our goal continues to be building strong and lasting relationships with our alumni across the country, providing support for our current students and advancing the interests of professional education in medicine. The Renaissance School of Medicine has undergone a tremendous amount of expansion over the past several years and we’re looking forward to the opening of the MART, the new bed tower and the Children’s Hospital.
And as always, our faculty continues to excel in research, teaching and clinical practice. As Stony Brook expands, it gives us even more reason to be proud of our school and its traditions. Please visit the website to look at some videos of Stony Brook past, present and future produced in commemoration of Stony Brook's 40th year of graduating Renaissance School of Medicine classes. Our website enables us to reach out to more alumni, create opportunities for alumni to connect with one another and improve support for medical education.
Please get involved by updating us and your classmates on “what’s new” with Send Us Your News, dropping us an email with ideas and concerns so we can address your needs, joining us at one of our upcoming events, participating in our HOST (Help Our Students Travel) Program, attending our annual Careers in Medicine and joining our Alumni Board.
As one of our priorities this year will be to increase the amount of scholarship funds we can offer to students, we ask you to please give a gift to enable us to reach our goals. In addition, we ask you to also support our most successful alumni and student initiative, which is our Stethoscope Drive. Through the generosity of our alumni, we are able to present each incoming first-year medical student with a stethoscope which serves as one of the most enduring symbols of modern medicine. Through these gifts, we continue to be role models for the current students who will follow us as future physicians.
Over the last year, we have hosted extremely successful reunions for our alumni. Graduates look forward to the opportunity to return to Stony Brook to reminisce, reconnect and revisit the School and Hospital. We encourage you to reach out to us if you would like to help organize your own reunion. We are currently planning reunions for the Classes of 1979, 1984, 1994, 1999, 2004 and 2009. Many graduating classes have also established class gifts. Please get in touch with Mary Hoffmann to find out more information at email@example.com.
I hope you join me in participating and strengthening the bonds between alumni, present students and the Renaissance School of Medicine. I feel extremely grateful for the outstanding medical education I received at Stony Brook and plan to continue to lend my support for years to come. Please join me and the many alumni who are already giving of their time, talent and treasure. I welcome you to get in touch and stay in touch as proud and supportive alumni. Pride and tradition at the Renaissance School of Medicine starts with us.
Lisa Vignogna-Barlas, MD ’96
President, Renaissance School of Medicine Alumni Board
Distinguished Alumni Award Recipient
2020 Renaissance School of Medicine Award Recipients
DISTINGUISHED ALUMNI AWARD
Laurence D. Higgins, MD '92, MBA
Laurence D. Higgins, MD '92, MBA has been named the 2020 Renaissance School of Medicine Distinguished Alumnus Award recipient. Dr. Higgins is the Vice President of Strategic Development at Arthrex, Inc., a global medical device company and leader in new product development and medical education in orthopedics. He is responsible for global corporate strategic development, enterprise-wide product management, leads M&A and strategic transactions, oversees clinical and outcomes research and continues to teach innovative techniques and design cutting edge products. He contributes to national and international strategic development, medical education, and health care administration relations among many other senior leadership responsibilities.
OUTSTANDING RECENT GRADUATE
Sarah E. Stumbar MD '12, MPH
Sarah E. Stumbar MD ‘12, MPH has been named the 2020 Renaissance School of Medicine Outstanding Recent Graduate. After earning her medical degree from Stony Brook University School of Medicine in 2012, Dr. Stumbar completed her residency in Social and Family Medicine at Montefiore Medicine Center in the Bronx, New York, with an interest in reproductive health care in the primary care setting. She is now serving as the Family Medicine Clerkship director and Assistant Dean for Clinical Education at Florida International University Herbert Wertheim College of Medicine (FIU HWCOM) in Miami. Dr. Stumbar has implemented several innovative curricula about primary care, social determinants of health, sexual health and reproductive health. Her work has been recognized at both the regional and national level, where she has published her scholarship in MedEdPortal, Family Medicine and Academic Medicine. She has also won the New Faculty Scholar Award from the Society of Teachers in Family Medicine and the 2018 Young Leader Award of the Florida Academic of Family Physicians.View Story
Renaissance School of Medicine Alumni Board
William Schweizer, MD '83
Jason Kim, MD '03
Juan Espinoza, MD '99
Lisa Vignogna-Barlas, MD '96
Elise Belilos, MD '86
Faculty Representative from Winthrop-University Hospital
Robin Cunningham MD '88
Gloria Escamilla, MD '91
Laura Hogan, MD '04
Andrew Lee, MD '80
Debra Messina, MD '88
Patricia Ng, MD '12
Melanie Rosenblatt, MD '91
David Silberhartz, MD '80
Thomas Sterry, MD '95
Patrice Vorwerk, MD '86
Edward Weingarden, MD '85
Sheryl White-Scott MD '84
Jheison Giraldo '21
Kaitlin Monroig '22
Soumya Mandava '23
"Help Our Students Travel" Program
The Renaissance School of Medicine Alumni Chapter launched the HOST Program to connect Stony Brook Medical Year IV students who are interviewing for their residencies and current School of Medicine students who are seeking advice with School of Medicine alumni who are willing to volunteer their time and share their experiences and hospitality.
Are you an alum who is interested in volunteering? Are you a student who wants to connect with an alumni volunteer?
If you have any questions, please contact Mary Hoffmann at 631-632-4995 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
International Alumni Awards
The Renaissance School of Medicine Alumni Chapter helps fund student volunteers traveling
on International Medical Missions to underdeveloped countries through the School of
Medicine Alumni International Medicine Award Fund.
View photos from international missions
Do you know a student who would like to apply for sponsorship? Contact Mary Hoffmann for information from the Alumni Board or fill out an International Alumni Award application by February 1, 2019.
You can be a part of supporting global health, and clinical & research student electives!
Learn more about the first recipients of the Endowed Fund for Global Excellence.
Celebrating 40 Years
Yet to Come:
There are a variety of options for you to support Stony Brook's Alumni Funds:
SOM Alumni Scholarship Fund: Current Use Fund that awards students based on academic excellence, financial need & community service
SOM Alumni Scholarship Endowment Fund: Need and merit-based scholarships are awarded with the dividends earned from the endowment
SOM Alumni Fund: Funding for the alumni board to support educational initiatives that benefit the School of Medicine and its students
SOM Alumni International Medicine Award Fund: Funding is awarded to student volunteers traveling on International Medical Missions to underdeveloped countries
Stethoscope Drive Fund: This fund supports the sponsorship of a personalized 3M Littman Cardiology IV stethoscope for an incoming medical student
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