School of Medicine Alumni Association

Welcome School of Medicine Alums!

To all of my fellow alumni colleagues,

Please join me in welcoming the 2015 graduates of the School of Medicine who officially became alumni on May 21, 2015! We are so happy to add another 121 members to our growing alumni body.

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.  For those of you that live far away, you would be amazed at the sweeping hospital lobby, the Cancer Treatment Center, the rising new clinical and research towers, and the expanded Emergency Department, to name a few of the building projects.  We have a state of the art simulation center and ground breaking innovation.  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 SOM classes.

We want you to get back in touch and to stay in touch!  One of our priorities for this year will be to improve our web presence, making it easier to share information with our community of students and graduates.  In the meantime, please get involved by:

- Updating us and your classmates on “what’s new” with Class Notes
- Dropping us an email with ideas and concerns so that we may be more responsive to your needs
- Joining us at one of our upcoming events featured on our website
- Participating in our HOST (Help Our Students Travel) program
- Becoming a member of our Alumni Board
- Considering a gift to support one of our scholarship funds:

Individual gifts are always welcome, but recently classes have worked to make a more substantial "class gift," establishing funds and endowments.  This is a great way to reconnect with classmates around a common goal of supporting students.  After a wonderful reunion last fall, the members of the SOM Class of 1983 honored Dr. Aldustus Jordan and Dr. Jack Stern for their significant positive impact on their medical school education and subsequent careers in medicine.  SOM Class of 1983 Endowed Scholarship Honoring Dr. Aldustus Jordan and Dr. Jack Stern)  We have heard that the class of 1988 is working on a similar gift.  We have hosted a number of class reunions and encourage you to get in touch with us if you'd like to bring your former classmates together. Please get in touch with Mary Hoffmann to find out more information.

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

Thank you,

Joan Faro, MD '82, FACP, MBA
President, Stony Brook School of Medicine Alumni Board

SOM Students at the White Coat Ceremony

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School of Medicine Cited in 2015 U.S. News & World Report’s Best Graduate Schools

In the 2015 U.S. News & World Report’s “Best Graduate Schools,” Stony Brook University School of Medicine increased in ranking to 56th overall. The annual rankings reflect data from surveys of more than 1,500 schools and more than 12,000 graduate programs. Read More.  

School of Medicine Curriculum Evolves to Meet Needs of Millennials

Students entering their first year of medical school at the Stony Brook University School of Medicine in August 2014 will have a very different experience than their predecessors when the LEARN (Learning focused, Experiential, Adaptive, Rigorous and Novel) curriculum launches this summer. It is designed to enhance active learning, help our medical school students establish an earlier sense of their professional identity and develop all the expected physician competencies in an integrated and contextual manner. Read more.

A Perfect Match

A Perfect Match

Fourth-year medical student Roger Luo made more than one match during Stony Brook Medicine’s Residency Match Day as he surprised girlfriend and classmate, Gaby Chancay, with a marriage proposal. Read more.

Stony Brook Medicine at 40 Looks to the Future, Celebrates the Past

40 Years

The Stony Brook University School of Medicine has come a long way in 40 years – from its first graduating class of 18 in 1974 to 129 graduates this year, to its rise as an academic medical center on Long Island and in New York State, and its evolution into a hub for collaborative medical research involving the University and other institutions. These themes resounded during the School’s 40th convocation and anniversary celebration that took place at Stony Brook University’s Staller Center on May 22. Read more.

SOM DAA and Recent Grad


School of Medicine Class of '99 Reunion

SOM Class of 99 Reunion

Click here to see additional photos from the reunion.

2015 School of Medicine Distinguished Alumni Awards Announced

David Bernstein, MD '88

Dr. David Bernstein, MD '88 was named the recipient of the 2015 Distinguished Alumni Award.

The School of Medicine Distinguished Alumni Awards presentation will be held in the Student Activities Center on Sunday, August 23, 2015 in conjunction with the School's annual White Coat Ceremony.  For more information about the award, please contact Mary Hoffmann at

School of Medicine Distinguished Alumni

View the complete list of
Distinguished Alumni and Outstanding Recent Graduate Award recipients.

Help Our Students (HOST) Program Launches

The School of Medicine Alumni Chapter is pleased to announce the launch of the HOST Program. The purpose of HOST is to make it possible for Stony Brook Medical Year IV students who are interviewing for their residencies or current School of Medicine students who are seeking advice, to connect with School of Medicine alumni who are willing to volunteer their time and share their experiences and hospitality.

Click here to learn more about the HOST Program and sign up as an alum or a student.

Messina Endowment Award Recipients

First Recipients of Endowed Fund for Global Excellence Announced

Congratulations to the first recipients of the Stony Brook School of Medicine Drs. Philip V. and Richard P. Messina Endowed Fund for Global Excellence, second year medical students Yuly Arias and Steven Matthews. The endowment was established by Linda Messina Collier, Joanna Messina O'Connell, Donald O'Connell, George N. Coritsidis, MD and Debra Messina, MD.

The Endowed Fund for Global Excellence, which is awarded annually to a Stony Brook School of Medicine medical student and a Stony Brook Medicine ophthalmology resident, is meant to help offset the costs so that recipients can engage in a cataract surgical and medicial mission with A Promise to Peru, Inc. It is a fitting way to remember the lives of Drs. Philip V. and Richard P. Messina. Their legacy of service to those in need and their passion for medicine will live on and serve to provide an example to young physicians in training, now and for future generations.

If you'd like to help support global health, and clinical and research student electives, please donate to the SOM Alumni International Medicine Award Fund. Interested students can contact Mary Hoffmann for information regarding sponsorship from the Alumni Board or download an International Alumni Award application

For photos from International Missions, click here