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Steven L. Strongwater, Chief Executive Officer of Stony Brook University Medical Center, was among eight Long Island men honored by Networking® magazine at the 2010 David Awards breakfast. The award is named after Michelangelo’s statue of David, representing the ideal Renaissance man. The ninth annual event took place at the Crest Hollow Country Club in Woodbury on January 14. Networking magazine, which reaches leaders in business, the professions, and networking associations on Long Island, supports women’s business interests and publicizes their achievements. Each January the magazine honors men at the David Awards, recognizing each recipient’s professional achievements, giving, and service…

Sandeep Gupta is now Assistant Professor of Surgery in the Division of Cardiothoracic Surgery at Stony Brook University Medical Center. He comes to SBUMC from the Cleveland Clinic in Cleveland, Ohio, where he completed his General Surgery Residency, Transplant Immunology Fellowship, and Cardiothoracic Surgery Fellowship. Gupta will focus his practice at Stony Brook on surgery for all forms of adult heart disease. His special interests include minimally invasive complex mitral valve repair and aortic valve surgery, including robotic mitral valve repair. His practice will also include treating patients with coronary artery disease with all arterial conduits. Gupta has extensive experience…

Eight-year-old Zach Sheikh was overjoyed when the doctors, nurses, and staff of the Department of Radiation Oncology at Stony Brook University Medical Center surprised him on December 22 with a special party and gift, his Christmas list fulfilled. Zach has Rhabdomyosarcoma, a form of childhood cancer, and is undergoing therapy at SBUMC. He took a break from treatment and relished in the moment when Santa delivered his gifts, among them a boom box, DVD player, iPod touch and tunes, and a train set. The SBUMC Radiation Oncology team collectively decided to help one of their youngest patients and his mother,…

Isaiah Gilliam had a special visit from four New York Islanders who delivered some holiday cheer to him and many other children at Stony Brook University Medical Center on December 9. The Islanders spent two hours going room to room dropping off gifts and visiting with more than 30 patients in the Pediatric Oncology, Pediatric Acute, and Pediatric Intensive Care Units. The holidays are a difficult time for anyone to be hospitalized, especially children. The players gave out toys, other gifts, and autographed cards while mingling with the children and their families. They also gave out NY Islanders Practice Jerseys…

Stony Brook University Medical Center has opened a new and expanded World Trade Center Medical Monitoring and Treatment Program (WTCMMTP) facility to care for thousands of 9/11 first responders who continue to suffer from asthma, pulmonary conditions, post-traumatic stress disorders, and other conditions related to their work at ground zero. The WTCMMTP medical staff, patients, and government officials attended a ribbon cutting of the state-of-the-art facility in Islandia in early December. In operation since immediately after 9/11, the WTCMMTP is a federally funded program largely supported by the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), an arm of the…

Amid the late semester pressures of classes and clinical work, students from the School of Medicine gathered their resources to run a food and clothing drive for PRONTO, a Long Island-based non-profit human service agency that provides services to the homeless, unemployed, immigrants, uninsured, and others in need. The drive ran November 11 through 20. It was spearheaded by the SB Chapter of the Student National Medical Association (SNMA) and the Suffolk County Office of Minority Health. The students collected enough food and clothing to fill seven large boxes, which were delivered directly to PRONTO in Islip on November 23.…

Philip Bao has been named Assistant Professor of Surgery, Division of Surgical Oncology, at Stony Brook University Medical Center. Appointed by Todd K. Rosengart, Chair of Surgery, Bao specializes in the treatment of malignant and benign tumors of the upper gastrointestinal (GI) tract including liver, pancreas, esophagus, and stomach. Bao comes to SBUMC from the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center in Pennsylvania. He joins the Upper Gastrointestinal and General Oncologic Surgery Group, a team of experts dedicated to broadening minimally invasive surgery for complex GI tumors and other diseases of the GI tract. “The appointment of Dr. Bao is an…

Members of Stony Brook’s baseball team helped register other students for the Stony Brook University Medical Center (SBUMC) bone marrow registry drive held in three campus locations on November 5, 7, and 10, with the hope that patients with leukemia or lymphoma in need of a bone marrow or blood stem cell transplant will receive a match. SBUMC is partnering with DKMS Americas, the world’s largest marrow donor center. According to the American Cancer Society and DKMS, blood cancer takes a life every ten minutes. The drive may help SBUMC patients Alex Mele, 16, from Coram, and Dustin Wunderlich, 25,…

 Instrumentalists, vocalists, and dancers will take center stage at the fifth Rising Stars Talent Show and Art Exhibit, which features pediatric cancer patients, their family members, and Stony Brook University Medical Center staff as the performers. The event takes place in the Student Activities Center on Sunday, December 6, at 2:00 pm. Patients, families, and the community have supported Rising Stars since the first performance in 2003. The show gives patients a chance to showcase their talents and express themselves through theater and art. The forum provides an opportunity to promote a sense of purpose, accomplishment, and self-confidence among these…

David Fiorella has been named Professor of Clinical Neurological Surgery and Radiology at Stony Brook University Medical Center. Appointed by Raphael Davis, Professor and Chair of the Department of Neurological Surgery, Fiorella specializes in Interventional and Diagnostic Neuroradiology and joins the Cerebrovascular Center at SBUMC. Fiorella comes to Stony Brook from the Barrow Neurological Institute in Phoenix, Arizona. As an interventional neuroradiologist, he focuses on the most effective and innovative ways to treat intracranial aneurysms, ateriovenous malformations, acute ischemic stroke, and intracranial atherosclerosis. Fiorella will work closely with Henry H. Woo, SBUMC cerebrovascular and endovascular surgeon and Director of the…

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