School of Medicine
Alumni Chapter

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Welcome School of Medicine Alums!

The School of Medicine Alumni Board would like to proudly announce the new School of Medicine Alumni Board President, Lisa Vignogna-Barlas, MD ‘96.

To All of My Fellow Alumni Colleagues:

Please join me in welcoming our most recent graduates, The Class of 2018, to join our network of 4,700 School of Medicine alumni. The Class of 2018 had 126 graduates who will be pursuing their residencies around the country and making us all proud. I am delighted and honored to serve as the new president of the School of Medicine Alumni Association. I am grateful for the dedication and support of the new slate of officers, each of whom brings distinct gifts and talent to our Alumni Board. I am pleased to announce that over the past few years the Alumni Board membership has become increasingly diverse and now includes several newer members of the faculty, recent house staff graduates and student representatives.

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 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 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.

 

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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 1983, 1993 and 1980. Many graduating classes have also established class gifts. Please get in touch with Mary Hoffmann to find out more information at mary.hoffmann@stonybrook.edu.  

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

Warmest Regards,

Lisa Vignogna-Barlas, MD ’96
President, Stony Brook School of Medicine Alumni Board

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Distinguished Alumni Award Recipient

2018 School of Medicine Award Recipients

Ramon Parsons

DISTINGUISHED 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 MD and PhD 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

Jason Kim, MD '04

Jason Kim, MD '04
Secretary/Treasurer

Debra Messina, MD '88

Debra Messina, MD '88
Immediate Past-President

Elise Belilos, MD '86

Elise Belilos, MD '86
Faculty Representative from Winthrop-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

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
Hollisa Rosa '19

Hollisa Rosa '19
Student Representative

Rafael Hernandez '20

Rafael Hernandez '20
Student Representative

Jheison Giraldo '21

Jheison Giraldo '21
Student Representative

Kaitlin Monroig '22

Kaitlin Monroig '22
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.
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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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