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Dear Fellow Alumni, It has been my distinct pleasure to serve as the School of Medicine Alumni board president. As my tenure expires in June, I can look back over the past two years and be proud of all that we have accomplished as a board. Our mission is to engage our alumni, and support our students and school. To that end, we have continued with our extremely successful individual class reunions, provided career advice, presented multiple financial awards to our students and identified extraordinary distinguished alumni. Each year we grant a $10,000 award to a third-year student, identified by…

Academic medicine creates breakthrough treatments and novel approaches to training the next generation of healthcare providers. At Stony Brook Medicine, our faculty are advancing the fight against kidney disease, addressing opioid use in pregnancy through a statewide task force, developing drugs for dangerous pathogens and pioneering treatments for catatonia. We are innovating medical education through our new three-year MD program, and highlighting the story of a Stony Brook University business graduate who became CEO of Harlem Hospital at age 37. In this issue of Medicine Today, you’ll also read about how we are making medical treatment less frightening for our…

Stony Brook University School of Medicine has created a new medical training curriculum that enables students to complete their MD degree in three years instead of the traditional four years. The new MD program is the first of its kind on Long Island and only the second one in New York State. Medical schools nationwide are interested in developing optional three-year degree programs for two reasons — such programs would graduate MDs sooner and help fill the national physician shortage more quickly, and the shorter termed program would help reduce significant student debt from tuition costs. The Stony Brook program…

Alumni Spotlight: David Bernstein ’88 MD, FAASLD, FACG, FACP, FAGA  A Stony Brook SOM Alumni Board Initiative Highlighting Prominent Alumni to Enrich and Inspire Students Today. Presented by: Sowmya Sanapala, MD Candidate Class of 2018 It is with great pleasure and pride that the Stony Brook School of Medicine Alumni board student representatives introduce Dr. David Bernstein for this month’s “Alumni Spotlight” feature. Dr. Bernstein has had a remarkable career thus far with so much more in store. We hope that his words of wisdom will inspire you! Graduated from SUNY-Stony Brook School of Medicine in 1988 Residency at Montefiore…

For Eboné Carrington ’01, going “Far Beyond” meant taking a trip across the street. After years of overlooking Harlem Hospital from her balcony — and after earning her BS in Business Management at Stony Brook in 2001 — the Harlem native and 40 Under Forty honoree made history in 2016 when she became the Hospital’s youngest-ever CEO at the age of 37. Today, Eboné manages over 2,400 employees and a $200 million budget.  Still, her ties to Harlem Hospital go beyond her own work as CEO. Both of her parents have held positions in the Hospital, making for over 80…

Leading dialysis provider names new professorship for Dr. Martin Liebowitz In its mission to deliver world-class, compassionate care, advance our understanding of the origins of human health and disease, and educate the healthcare professionals and biomedical investigators of the future, Stony Brook Medicine has had a valuable partner in Dialysis Clinic, Incorporated (DCI). The largest nonprofit dialysis provider in the United States, DCI has contributed over $200 million since its founding to research and education initiatives at a variety of institutions, including more than $5 million at Stony Brook University, where a great deal of that research has been carried…

The transformative career of Max Fink, MD, Professor of Psychiatry and Neurology Emeritus at Stony Brook University, a world-leading expert and defender of electroconvulsive therapy (ECT), is the focus of a new collection at the Stony Brook University Libraries. The University recently announced the opening of the Max Fink Papers and Digital Collection. The digital collection, a subset of the papers, includes nearly 7,000 items (20,000 pages) of Dr. Fink’s original notes on experimental psychiatry, outgoing letters to colleagues, professional writings and an autobiographical memoir completed in 2017. The archive documents the extraordinary career of the psychiatrist and neurologist, who…

Cryptococcus neoformans is a fungal pathogen usually affecting immunocompromised patients, particularly AIDS and organ transplant patients, and is one that can be lethal. Current treatments against cryptococcosis are often not effective. Now a team of researchers, led by Stony Brook University scientists Mansa Munshi and Maurizio Del Poeta in the School of Medicine’s Department of Molecular Genetics & Microbiology, have discovered a novel gene that helps understand the mechanism of survival of this pathogen in various host conditions. Their finding, published in Cell Reports, may help pave the way for more effective and innovative treatments against cryptococcosis. When C. neoformans survives in a host, disease results.…

Going inside a large medical scanner can be scary, especially when you’re a child. But what if children could perform a pretend scan themselves to learn what will happen beforehand? The Kitten Scanner, the newest addition to Stony Brook Children’s Hospital, is a miniature play-version of a computer-aided tomography (CAT) scanner, designed to help ease the anxiety CAT and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scans can cause. This special scanner is one of only three in the entire Northeast. Child Life Specialists help pediatric patients choose an elephant, chicken, alligator or robot, place it on the scanner bed, and slide the bed…

Opioid use and abuse is in the news virtually every day. But one area of concern that receives little press is opioid dependency among pregnant women. In a New York State summit held earlier this year, a number of key recommendations related to the opioid crisis and the care of pregnant women were developed. The summit was co-chaired by David Garry, DO, FACOG, Professor of Clinical Obstetrics and Gynecology at Stony Brook University School of Medicine, an expert on the topic of opioid dependency in pregnant women. Like opioid use disorder in general, addiction in this group is a growing crisis. Babies delivered to mothers who…

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