School of Medicine
Alumni Chapter

The HSC Tower at Stony Brook

Welcome School of Medicine Alums!

To All of My Fellow Alumni Colleagues:

Please join me in welcoming the 2017 graduates of the School of Medicine who officially became alumni on May 18, 2017! We are so happy to add another 126 members to our growing alumni body. As the newest Board President, I am delighted to represent the School of Medicine Alumni.

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 School of Medicine has undergone a tremendous amount of expansion over the past several years. For those of you that live far away, you would be amazed at the sweeping hospital lobby, the Cancer Treatment Center, the rising new clinical and research towers, and the expanded Emergency Department, to name a few of the building projects. We have a state of the art simulation center and groundbreaking innovation.

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 SOM classes.

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We want you to get back in touch and to stay in touch! One of our priorities for this year will be to improve our web presence, making it easier to share information with our community of students and graduates. In the meantime, please get involved by:

  • Updating us and your classmates on "what’s new" with Class Notes
  • Dropping us an email with ideas and concerns so that we may be more responsive to your needs
  • Joining us at one of our upcoming events
  • Participating in our HOST (Help Our Students Travel) program
  • Becoming a member of our Alumni Board
  • Considering a gift to support one of our scholarship funds
  • Reading our news site, Medicine Today

Within the past two years, we have hosted five extremely successful reunions for the classes of ’76, ’85, ’88, ’90 and ’99, which were led by an enthusiastic reunion committee. Nearly half of the graduates of each class returned 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 1992 and 2012, and many of the classes have established class gifts. Please get in touch with Mary Hoffmann to find out more information.

Our most successful initiative in 2016 was the stethoscope drive. We received more than 120 sponsors, and we are ahead of schedule for 2017. Our students are extraordinary; each year we attract the best and the brightest, and three quarters of our graduates go on to become chief residents.

I hope you join me in participating and strengthening the bonds between alumni, present students and the School of Medicine. Pride and tradition at Stony Brook School of Medicine starts with us.

Thank you,

Debra Messina, MD ’88
President, Stony Brook School of Medicine Alumni Board

Distinguished Alumni Award Recipient

2018 School of Medicine Award Recipients

ParsonsDISTINGUISHED ALUMNI AWARD

Ramon Parsons MD PhD '92

Professor Ramon Parsons grew up in Washington, DC, and graduated from Columbia College, Columbia University in 1983. Dr. Parsons then attended the State University of New York at Stony Brook where he received his M.D. and Ph.D. degrees in 1992. Dr. Parsons continued his education at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine as a postdoctoral fellow with Bert Vogelstein. There, he and his colleagues discovered that inactivation of DNA mismatch repair genes cause hereditary colorectal cancer. At Columbia University Medical Center, his research laboratory identified the PTEN tumor suppressor gene, which he showed is inactivated in a wide variety of cancers and cancer predisposition syndromes. He has been a leader in establishing the importance of PTEN and the PI3K pathway for cancer using a combination of genetic, biochemical, human tissue, metabolic, and systems biology approaches...

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  Lauren Ferrante OUTSTANDING RECENT GRADUATE

Dr. Lauren Ferrante MD '07, MHS

Dr. Lauren Ferrante is an Assistant Professor of Pulmonary & Critical Care Medicine at the Yale School of Medicine in New Haven, CT, where she conducts clinical outcomes research at the interface of critical care medicine and geriatrics.  The overarching goal of her research program is to understand and improve the functional outcomes of older ICU patients. Her work has demonstrated the importance of an older person's pre-ICU functional trajectory on post-ICU disability and mortality, identified novel factors associated with functional recovery after a critical illness, and clarified the role of pre-ICU vulnerability factors (frailty and cognitive impairment) on post-ICU outcomes among older adults.  She was awarded an AGS/Merck New Investigator Award and the Yale School of Medicine Iva Dostanic Physician-Scientist Award in 2016.

Dr. Ferrante co-founded and co-chairs the Aging & Geriatrics Working Group of the American Thoracic Society (ATS) and co-chairs the Medical Subspecialties Section of the American Geriatrics Society (AGS)...

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View the complete list of Distinguished Alumni and Outstanding Recent Graduate Award recipients.

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School of Medicine Alumni Board

Board MembERS
Lisa Vignogna-Barlas, MD '96

Lisa Vignogna-Barlas, MD '96
President

William Schweizer, MD '83

William Schweizer, MD '83
President-Elect

Joan Faro, MD, MBA '82

Joan Faro, MD, MBA '82
Immediate Past-President

Elise Belilos, MD '86

Elise Belilos, MD '86
Faculty Representative from Winthrop-University Hospital

Jason Kim, MD '03

Jason Kim, MD '03
Faculty Representative from Stony Brook University Hospital

Robin L. Cunningham, MD '88

Robin L. Cunningham, MD '88

Gloria Escamilla, MD '91

Gloria Escamilla, MD '91

Juan Espinoza, MD '99

Juan Espinoza, MD '99

Laura Hogan, MD '04
Farshad Lalehzarian, MD '88

Farshad Lalehzarian, MD '88

Andrew Lee, MD '80

Andrew Lee, MD '80

Patricia Ng, MD '12
Melanie Rosenblatt, MD '91

Melanie Rosenblatt, MD '91

Roberta Seidman, MD '83

Roberta Seidman, MD '83

Ami Shah, MD '94

Ami Shah, MD '94

David Silberhartz, MD '80

David Silberhartz, MD '80

Howard R. Sussman, MD '96

Howard R. Sussman, MD '96

Patrice Vorwerk, MD '86

Patrice Vorwerk, MD '86

Edward Weingarden, MD '85

Edward Weingarden, MD '85

Student Representatives
Jheison Giraldo '21

Jheison Giraldo '21
Student Representative

Rafael Hernandez '20

Rafael Hernandez '20
Student Representative

Sowmya Sanapala '18

Sowmya Sanapala '18
Student Representative

Hollisa Rosa '19

Hollisa Rosa '19
Student Representative

 

"Help Our Students Travel" Program

The 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?

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SOM Host Map

If you have any questions, please contact Mary Hoffmann at 631-632-4995 or mary.hoffmann@stonybrook.edu.

International Alumni Awards

The 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!
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Learn more about the first recipients of the Endowed Fund for Global Excellence. 

Celebrating 40 Years

The Past:


Yet to Come:


The Student:

Give Back

There are a variety of options for you to support Stony Brook's Alumni Funds:

SOM Alumni Scholarship Fund: Scholarships are awarded to 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 is awarded to 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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