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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Doctors Sherry Sussman '91, '95 and Howard Sussman '92, '96 Donate $25,000 to "Scholars for Medicine Program"
“One thing we've learned from our lifetime at Stony Brook is you get what you give. We are deeply grateful for the outstanding and affordable education we both received. It’s far more than just wistful memories. Much of our success can be attributed to this strong foundation and to our life-changing experiences at Stony Brook. We're privileged to be able to help students in need and we're proud to help sustain Stony Brook Medicine's educational mission.
Through this endowment, we look forward to a lifetime of positively impacting the lives of our students and Stony Brook University. Our message to all those who dream about someday giving back to their alma mater is “Don’t wait!” The generosity of the Simons Foundation enabled us to make a greater impact with our gift, and we hope others will recognize and take advantage of this wonderful opportunity.
By paying it forward, we can watch firsthand as our proverbial seeds bear fruit. We’re excited to meet the young women and men to whom our scholarship is awarded. They will know that alumni like us are personally committed to Stony Brook University,” said Howard.
Click here to read the full press release.
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.
Medical Mission to Peru
Stony Brook University School of Medicine alumni, current students, and both school and local physicians, travel to Peru each year on a medical mission to support indigenous people living in the remote areas of the nation’s Sacred Valley. The mission is part of Promise to Peru, which is organized in part by Stony Brook University.
A Promise to Peru has established an annual mission to the Sacred Valley of Peru in an effort to provide the people in this region with cataract eye surgery and general medical health care. The mission involves volunteer physicians and other health professionals from Stony Brook University and across the United States. The mission of a Promise to Peru also includes a mentoring program for the medical students from the School of Medicine at Stony Brook University. Its future goals as a non-profit organization involve adding public health initiatives and ultimately outreach to other countries.
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 made the trip this past July:
“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 testimonials from alumni and students.