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Through a $206,184 grant over three years from the Alzheimer’s Foundation of America (AFA), Stony Brook University and Stony Brook Medicine will undertake an innovative Positron Emission Tomography (PET) imaging research project that will bring new insights into the origins of Alzheimer’s disease. “Our partnership with the Alzheimer’s Foundation of America marks the beginning of a collaboration between our two institutions and it underscores our long-standing commitment to fostering scientific discovery and looking at ways new therapies can be developed,” said Stony Brook University President Samuel L. Stanley Jr., MD. Alzheimer’s disease is the sixth leading cause of death in…

Stony Brook University School of Medicine’s new medical training curriculum – the first of its kind on Long Island, and the second one in New York State – is preparing to welcome its first class of students this July. The new “3YMD” program enables medical students to complete their medical degree in three years instead of the traditional four years. The 15 students enrolled in 3YMD’s Class of 2021 will enter the physician workforce a year early, helping to address a nationwide shortage of physicians. The accelerated program also allows students to save on tuition costs and reduce what is…

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…

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…

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…

Dear Fellow Alumni, Happy Holidays to you and your family. We wish you good health, happiness and peace. On behalf of the School of Medicine Alumni Board, I am delighted to update you on our latest activities and continue to invite you to get involved by reaching back to help our current students. Our Careers in Medicine is a hallmark of how we, as alumni, can help our first and second-year medical students. Do you remember how confusing it was for us to try to determine which path we should choose? By participating in Careers in Medicine, we can offer…

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“Heartbeats of Stony Brook,” an outdoor mural conceptualized by Naveen Mallangada ’17, was finally completed at the beginning of September.

Now a medical student, Naveen was able to connect the two hearts of the University with this project.

The beautification project was painted inside the Nichols Road underpass, connecting East Campus and West Campus with two heartbeats. It was mostly complete by April 2016, but planned construction on the hospital side prevented Mallangada from painting the second heartbeat until this semester. Mallangada, now a Stony Brook medical student, felt determined to finish the project as soon as construction was over, finally connecting the two hearts of the University.  

“In between studying for anatomy and biochemistry in the medical school, I squeezed time to finally complete the project,” he explained. “It just ended up that I painted the West Campus heart when I was an undergraduate, and I painted the East Campus heart in medical school. The project inadvertently represents my own transition between the campuses.”

The mural is meant to symbolize a connection between the two “hearts” of the University. “I felt the tunnel should reflect its importance to the students and the University community. I used that heart imagery to literally paint the hearts of campus,” Mallangada said.

The project was a community effort with help from people from all over the University. It’s Mallangada’s second project on campus, after he initiated the transformation of the Tabler Steps from regular stairs into piano keys. That previous experience gave him the tools he needed to undergo the larger project of painting the hospital tunnel.

“With the Tabler Piano Steps I learned the value of getting the word out, of collaborating and connecting with people. I learned to remain determined and persevere with an idea no matter the obstacle,” he said.

Mallangada sees his art as an extension of his mission to improve people’s lives. “As a medical student, your desire is to improve the lives of your patients and to become the best physician possible,” he explained. “I view public art as a form of public medicine, improving our surroundings, providing a message and depth to people’s daily lives, even for a moment.”

Of all the newborns to receive specialized care in the Stony Brook Children’s Hospital Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU), nearly 100 per year have a birthweight of 3 pounds or less. At that size, head circumference is often no larger than an orange, hands can barely grip an adult thumb and a foot — when birth weight hovers just over 1 pound — can be as small as a penny. Thankfully, Suffolk County’s smallest and most vulnerable citizens have access to technology and expert care delivered by Suffolk County’s premier neonatal team. In support of this tradition of excellence, Jim…

School of Medicine welcomes 136 students, largest class in history, at White Coat Ceremony Future physicians took the Hippocratic Oath and donned physician-in-training white coats for the first time at Stony Brook University’s traditional White Coat Ceremony, the 20th annual event held on August 13 at the Student Activities Center. The incoming class of 136 students is the largest in the school’s history. The Class of 2021 is a diverse group with varied backgrounds ranging from Long island natives to international students. While more than one-third of the students are from Long Island, many come from all areas of New…

This edition of Medicine Today highlights a truly transformative moment in the development of Stony Brook Medicine. On Aug. 1, we celebrated Southampton Hospital joining the Stony Brook Medicine healthcare system, giving residents of the East End even greater access to the most advanced medical care, closer to home. Bringing these two institutions together provides new opportunities to train our providers in a community-based setting — in the “real world” outside the boundaries of academia. At the same time, we are bringing Stony Brook Medicine to Southampton, with improved access to leading specialists, groundbreaking research and advanced technology. Also in…

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