Stony Brook Medicine News
6/21/2018 National and International Experts at Long Island Heart ConferenceCardiovascular experts from around the world gathered together for the second annual Long Island Heart: State-of-the-Art Cardiovascular Care for the Clinician symposium from May 18 to 19, 2018 at the Melville Marriott Long Island in Melville, NY.
6/6/2018 Study Links Screen Time to Insomnia Symptoms and Depressive Symptoms in AdolescentsPreliminary results from a new study indicate that greater amounts of daily screen time are associated with more insomnia symptoms and shorter sleep duration among adolescents. Results show that for social messaging, web surfing and TV/movie watching, insomnia symptoms and sleep duration fully explained the association between screen-based activities and depressive symptoms.
6/6/2018 Alzheimer's Foundation of America Grant to Stony Brook Medicine to Investigate Development of More Targeted TreatmentThe Alzheimer's Foundation of America (AFA) is awarding $206,184 over the next three years to Stony Brook Medicine to support an innovative Positron Emission Tomography (PET) imaging research project that will compare neurons from healthy controls and those with Alzheimer's disease in an effort to improve drug development. By gaining a better understanding of exactly how these neurons are damaged by Alzheimer's, the team hopes to improve therapeutic strategies that can more effectively target and treat the damage and return these neurons to a normal state to help improve memory loss.
5/21/2018 It's All in the Family for New MDsFor nearly half the 126 graduates at the Stony Brook University School of Medicine's 44th Convocation, the traditional doctoral hooding ceremony - which officially earned them their MD degrees - included a once-in-a-lifetime moment. For those graduates, a parent or other family member with a doctoral degree took the honor and hooding their loved one. The hooding and degrees were conferred upon all of the graduates. They begin their residency training in July. Approximately half will practice at hospitals and academic medical centers in New York State, and the other half at facilities nationwide.
5/21/2018 Stony Brook Medicine Adds Port Jefferson Pulmonary Practice to Community NetworkStony Brook Medicine welcomed New York Pulmonary Consultants into Stony Brook Community Medical, its expanding network of community practices and physicians. The group offers comprehensive and integrated pulmonary care in Port Jefferson and Riverhead, with other satellite offices to be announced soon.
4/23/2018 Time for Skin Cancer ScreeningDid you know skin cancer is one of the more preventable types of cancer with more than 90 percent caused by excessive exposure to the sun? The combined number of skin cancer and melanoma cases account for about 50 percent of all types of cancer. This is why skin cancer screening is important for all adults. In support of National Skin Cancer and Melanoma Awareness Month in May, Stony Brook Medicine's Department of Dermatology will host free skin cancer screenings on Saturday, May 5, from 8 AM to 11:30 AM, at Stony Brook Medicine Advanced Specialty Care, 500 Commack Road, Commack, NY 11725. Individuals 18 or older who haven't received a screening within the last year are encouraged to make an appointment.
4/18/2018 New Drugs Using the Body's Natural "Marijuana" Could Help Treat Pain, CancerA new technology developed by Stony Brook University researchers affiliated with the Institute of Chemical Biology and Drug Discovery (ICB & DD) that has identified Fatty Acid Binding Proteins (FABPs) as drug targets of the body's endocannabinoid system is licensed to Artelo Biosciences, Inc. Endocannabinoids are natural marijuana-like substances in the body and have potential as the basis for new medicines. Artelo has an exclusive license with the Research Foundation for the State University of New York to the intellectual property portfolio of FABP inhibitors for the modulation of the endocannabinoid system for the treatment of pain, inflammation and cancer.
3/30/2018 New Non-Invasive Test for Urothelial Cancer EmergingUrothelial cancers of the bladder and upper urinary tract are among the most common cancers encountered worldwide. In the United States, urothelial cancers are among the most costly cancers to treat. With early diagnosis, followed by surgery, most urothelial cancers can be cured. Now an international team of cancer researchers including Kate Dickman, PhD, of the Department of Pharmacological Sciences and Medicine/Nephrology at Stony Brook University School of Medicine have developed a highly sensitive and specific non-invasive test as a biomarker for early detection of urothelial cancers. Details of this method known as UroSEEK, are published in eLife.
3/28/2018 Time for Oral Cancer Screening: Young and Healthy Need Screening TooDid you know the quickest growing segment of the oral cancer population is young, healthy, non-smokers? Commonly associated with tobacco use, oral cancer can strike anyone. In younger populations the incidence of this form of cancer is on the rise in part due to exposure to the HPV virus.
3/7/2018 Joshua D. Miller, MD, Named as President of the American Diabetes Association Long Island Community Leadership BoardThe American Diabetes Association, the nation's largest voluntary health organization leading the fight to Stop Diabetes, is pleased to announce that Joshua D. Miller, MD, of Setauket, NY, has been named as President of The American Diabetes Association Long Island Community Leadership Board.
3/6/2018 Stony Brook Launches Three-Year MD ProgramStony 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.
1/16/2018 Hal Skopicki Appointed Chief of Cardiology in the Department of Medicine and Deputy Director of Operations in the Stony Brook University Heart InstituteDr. Skopicki is a renowned heart failure specialist, who has led the major effort in advancing the care of patients with advanced cardiac disease since his arrival at Stony Brook in 2006. He succeeds Javed Butler, MD, MPH, who is leaving Stony Brook to assume a new position as Chair of Department of Medicine at the University of Mississippi School of Medicine.
11/22/2017 Stony Brook University President's Statement on Tax ReformIn response to recent Congressional tax reform negotiations, Stony Brook University President Samuel L. Stanley Jr., said today "As tax reform negotiations continue, I urge leaders in Congress to consider the adverse impacts of proposed provisions on students, research and the State of New York. The provisions proposed would significantly increase costs for graduate students, hurt institutional stability by bringing about a reduction in charitable giving, and result in a decrease in federal funding availability for research and financial aid. In addition, the elimination of the state and local income tax deduction (SALT) would cause a brain drain in New York, resulting in a reduction in state services and support for areas like higher education. Increasing the tax burden on students and universities will make quality higher education less accessible and limit groundbreaking research conducted in the United States.
11/15/2017 White Paper Provides Tools to Manage Opioid Use Disorder in PregnancyA new white paper designed to provide New York State healthcare providers and communities with the tools to manage and reduce opioid use disorder in pregnancy has been released by the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG), District II. David Garry, DO, a Professor of Clinical Obstetrics and Gynecology at Stony Brook University School of Medicine, and Co-Chair of the ACOG District II Opioid Use Disorder in Pregnancy Task Force, believes the white paper highlights key solutions that could help women's healthcare providers statewide care for women struggling with addiction and encourage providers to become buprenorphine prescribers.
10/13/2017 Ernest Baptiste Appointed CEO of Stony Brook University HospitalErnest Baptiste, CEO of Kings County Hospital Center, part of the NYC Health + Hospitals, the largest public healthcare system in the United States, will join Stony Brook Medicine as Chief Executive Officer of Stony Brook University Hospital effective November 27, 2107, announced Stony Brook University President, Samuel L. Stanley Jr., MD and Sr. Vice President for Health Sciences and Dean of the School of Medicine, Kenneth Kaushansky, MD. As Baptiste takes on this position, he steps into the vacancy that will result from the bifurcation of the position of hospital CEO and Vice President for Health Systems at Stony Brook held by Dr. Reuven Pasternak. Pasternak will remain at Stony Brook as Vice President for Health Systems to continue to shepherd the increasing number of healthcare interactions underway.
10/4/2017 School of Social Welfare Receives $1.8 Million Grant to Deliver Behavioral Health Screening to UnderservedThe Stony Brook University School of Social Welfare, in collaboration with the School of Nursing, has received a $1.8 million four-year grant to deliver behavioral health screening, brief intervention, and referral to underserved populations within Suffolk County, NY. The Health Resources & Services Administration (HRSA) grant integrates the education and training of social work and nursing graduate students and is designed to expand the existing services at selected Delivery System Reform Incentive Payment Program (DSRIP) sites and regional mental health agencies.
9/27/2017 Stony Brook Leads Health Sciences Program in Project Establishing a Sustainable Village in HaitiStony Brook University is one of the 10 State University of New York (SUNY) campuses and five non-for-profit organizations establishing a sustainable village and learning community in Akayè, Haiti. The project is being supported by an $800,000 grant from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation. Stony Brook University is the lead campus for the health sciences component of the initiative.
9/14/2017 Dr. James A. Vosswinkel Named First Endowed Professor of Trauma SurgeryJames A. Vosswinkel, MD, Chief of Trauma, Emergency Surgery and Surgical Critical Care, and Medical Director of the Stony Brook Trauma Center and Surgical Intensive Care Unit at Stony Brook Medicine, was named the inaugural Lillian and Leonard Schneider Endowed Professor in Trauma Surgery at a Stony Brook University investiture ceremony on September 7, 2017.
9/6/2017 New Cardiac Cath Lab Brings Lifesaving Care to the North and South ForksOn Tuesday, September 5, Stony Brook Medicine opened a fully-operational cardiac catheterization laboratory at Stony Brook Southampton Hospital, making it the only facility on the East End of Long Island capable of providing clinically complex care to critically ill heart patients. Services offered include cardiac catheterization, angioplasty, stenting, intravascular ultrasound, and Impella®, a treatment to improve blood flow in heart failure patients requiring care in the lab.