Welcome, School of Medicine Alums!
Dear Fellow Alumni,
I am excited to serve as the new President of the Stony Brook School of Medicine Alumni Association. Our goal is to build strong and lasting relationships with our present and future alumni across the country, while providing support for our current students and advancing the interests of professional education in medicine.
Please get involved by:
- Updating us and your classmates on “what’s new” with Class Notes
- Drop us an email with ideas and concerns so that we may be more responsive to your needs
- Joining us at one of our coming events featured on our website
- Participate in our HOST (Help Our Students Travel) program
- Become a member of our Alumni Board
- Consider a gift to support one of our scholarship funds:
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.
Anthony Girardi, MD, FACS ‘80
President, Stony Brook School of Medicine Alumni Board
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School of Medicine Alumni Association Presents $10,000 Award to Two-Time Alumnus and Fourth-Year Medical Student Muath Bishawi '08. '10
The Stony Brook University School of Medicine Alumni Association presented a $10,000 Alumni Award to Muath Bishawi ’08, ’10, now in his final year of study, at the School’s annual White Coat Ceremony on Aug. 18. The award is presented annually to a fourth-year student who has made exceptional contributions to the field of medicine, scientific knowledge, the community and the School of Medicine through outstanding leadership, industriousness, innovation and vision. Read More.
Stony Brook Trained Surgeon Serves in Afghanistan
Gregory Mallo, MD, sharpens skills before starting Harvard fellowship next fall
Gregory Mallo, MD, says Stony Brook Medicine has prepared him for his career as an orthopaedic surgeon. His journey from Stony Brook to Afghanistan and back included an internship in general surgery and a residency in orthapaedic surgery at Stony Brook Medicine, a tour of duty as a naval surgeon in Afghanistan and a return to Stony Brook Medicine to work with former mentors to both teach and become re-acclimated with civilian medicine. After he soon completes his final months of military service at Camp Lejeune in North Carolina, he will be off to Harvard for a combined shoulder and elbow fellowship program next year at Massachusetts General Hospital. Read More.
2012 School of Medicine DAA Recipient Announced
Stony Brook University School of Medicine recognized Douglas S. Katz, MD, FACR., ’90, a leader in the field of clinical radiology and medical education, as its 2012 Distinguished Alumnus. Dr. Katz received his award during the School’s traditional “White Coat” ceremony.
Dr. Katz is Director of Body Imaging and Vice Chair for Clinical Research and Education at Winthrop-University Hospital, and Professor of Clinical Radiology at Stony Brook University School of Medicine. An educator at the School of Medicine since August 2006, Dr. Katz has trained undergraduates and residents in radiology and imaging.
“Dr. Katz is an icon in the field of radiology,” said Dr. Patrice Vorwerk, ’86, a fellow radiologist at Winthrop who nominated Dr. Katz for the award. “He is a true role model to students, residents, and other physicians. His broad knowledge, keen clinical skills, and stellar diagnostic and interpretive capabilities stand alone.” More.
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.
Stony Brook Students Spread Gift of Medicine
This past school year, 16 Stony Brook students traveled on medical missions to countries such as Columbia, Panama and Nigeria. Several were supported by scholarships from the Stony Brook Alumni Association.
Eight students traveled to Peru and set up a traveling medical clinic at the top of a mountain village where they saw patients of all ages—they treated a man for a post-surgical work-up, a ten-year-old boy with severe congenital glaucoma, practiced general pediatric care and took patient histories. They also learned to work with local Peruvian specialists and how to improvise in the field.
Despite the language barrier, the students worked hard to make sure their patients’ needs were met. Many of the patients—some of whom hadn’t seen a doctor in more than five years—left the clinic with a smile after their interactions with the students.
If you'd like to help support the fund, please donate to the SOM Alumni International Medicine Award Fund, which supports global health, and clinical and research student electives.
Click here for information regarding sponsorship from the Alumni Board or to download an International Alumni Award application.
A testimonial from Ruksana Rangwala BS ’10, ’15 who traveled to Peru:
“As a participant in the medical mission and the cataract surgery mission, I gained a tremendous amount of experience in organizing and managing an international traveling clinic, obtaining patient history, and providing care with the resources at hand. With a strong interest in global health, this mission provided me the opportunity to aid an underserved population and understand the difficulties faced in obtaining medical care.”
Click here for more photos from International Missions.