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Section V: Alumni News & Updates
Arno Fried, 1978, has been appointed chairman of the Department of Neurosurgery at Hackensack University Medical Center in Hackensack, New Jersey.
Ronnie Bochner, 1979, has expanded his Gynecology practice and has opened an office in Manhattan.
Richard B. Bullock, 1979, now married with three children and lives in Edison, New Jersey. He is an assistant Clinical Professor of Medicine at Robert Wood Johnson Medical School in Piscatway, New Jersey. He is practicing Internal Medicine/Geriatrics.
Rachel Cyrlak, 1979, is chief of staff at the Joe Dimaggio Children’s Hospital in Hollywood, Florida in addition to maintaining a full-time practice.
Angela Sanchez, 1981, reports that she has been working part-time for NYC Dept of Health in the South Bronx for 19 years and also part-time at the Peekskill Health Clinic in Westchester County. She is a mother of three teenage daughters.
Sally DiBuono Gibilaro and Eugene Gibilaro, 1981, have two children, their daughter Connie is now a junior at Fairfield University in Connecticut and their son Joseph is a senior at Poly Prep Country day school.
David Trock, 1982, has designed a website(www.davidtrock.com) devoted to his interest in Fibromyalgia and co-author of The Fibromyalgia Solution (Wiley & Sons publishers), scheduled for release in 2007. He is the father of two teenage children.
Joan DeCelie-Germana, 1983, is the Director of the Cystic Fibrosis Center at the Schneider Children’s Hospital at Long Island Jewish/North Shore University Hospital.
Niel Miele, 1984, has relocated to Williamsville, NY as Pediatric Emergency Medicine Fellowship Director and Clinical Associate Professor of Pediatrics and Emergency Medicine at the Children’s Hospital of Buffalo. He and wife Tracy have two sons, Joe (3) and Matthew (1).
Donald Louie, 1986, is Board Certified in Anesthesiology, Internal Medicine, and Critical Care Medicine. He is Chairman of the Department of Anesthesia at the Kingston Hospital in New York and a corporate officer of the Cross River Anesthesiologists, PLC. Dr. Louie is president of the medical systems at Wrealm Solutions, a health industry technology startup company. He serves on the think tank of the Marist College Business School which is examining healthcare management innovations and solutions on New York’s Hudson Valley Region.
Marla Stern, 1986, married in the fall of 2002 and is the mother of two boys, Reese (almost 3) and Drew (1) Pettzman. She is Assistant Clinical Professor, Pediatrics, at Mount Sinai.
Antony Pfaffle, 1987, has been named to the Board of Directors of INNOVIVE Pharmaceuticals, Inc., a Manhattan-based biopharmaceutical company whose mission is to acquire, develop and commercialize novel therapeutics addressing significant unmet medical needs in the fields of oncology and hematology.
Peter Piliero, 1987, is Director of Clinical and Scientific Affairs/Virology at the Boehringer Ingelheim Pharmaceuticals, Inc. in Connecticut.
Kathrin Balaura, 1988, became Assistant Director of Pediatrics at the Queens Hospital Center in Jamaica.
Suja Johnkutty, 1989, has started a solo practice in neurology in Long Island and is the mother of a boy, Zach, and girl, Grace.
Steven Santiago, 1989, has been Medical Director of Care Resource, South Florida's largest non-profit HIV/AIDS service organization since 2002. He is also principal investigator for various HIV-related trials, including an international trivalent HIV vaccine for high-risk individuals. He reports being very happy in sunny Miami for the past 12 years and doesn't miss the cold of the northeast. Classmates can reach him at email@example.com, and can check him out at www.careresource.org
Olveen Carasquillo, 1989, addressing students at 2005 White Coat Ceremony. Dr Carasquillo is Assistant Professor of Medicine at Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons and Assistant Professor of Health Policy and Management at the Columbia University School of Public Health.
Sandra T. Foo, 1990, Attending, Department of Medicine, is an endocrinologist and researcher at St. Luke’s Roosevelt Hospital, involved in Diabetes Prevention studies and programs.
Robert Giambrone, 1990, is combining his experience as a physician, doing leadership development, communication and team-building coaching in the Rochester, NY area.
Po Ching Fong, 1992, of St. Vincent’s Hospital Medical Center, recipient of The Excellence in Teaching Award of 2004 by the Association of Professors of Gynecology & Obstetrics.
Mathew Maurer, 1990, at Lois Pope Awards Luncheon, September, 2005. Dr Maurer is Assistant Professor of Medicine at Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons, a cardiologist at the Allen Pavilion and Director of the Columbia Cooperative Aging Program.
Vincent Ardovino-Jarvis, 1992, has recently joined Mount Sinai as Assistant Professor of Medicine (General Internal Medicine) and Director of Medical Services at the Narcotics Rehabilitation Center. Dr. Jarvis spent the summer of 2005 in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam as a clinical mentor for the International Center for Equal Healthcare Access, a nonprofit organization that places infectious disease specialists in underdeveloped nations.
Ami A. Shah, 1992, received the 2005 Outstanding Recent Graduate Award given by the Alumni Association of the Stony Brook University School of Medicine. A member of AOA and 1994 graduate, Dr. Shah did her training in Diagnostic Radiology at New York Hospital Cornell Medical Center, Hospital for Special Surgery and Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center. She currently practices in Manhattan.
Angeles Carrasquillo, 1994, married Raol Otero in 2004. The Otero’s are the proud parents of a daughter, Anyalis, born in September, 2005.
Kelley Halstead '95, at Prospective Students Event in April 2006. Dr. Halstead, a graduate of SUNY Downstate, is practicing Obstetrics and Gynecology.
Isaac Dapkins, 1998, practices pediatrics and internal medicine as a member of the Montefiore Medical Center Care for the Homeless Program. He and his wife Rosa Lee, MD, are parents of Paolo Lee Dapkins born June 1, 2006.
Steven Celestin, 1999, practicing family medicine, was married in to Alexis Harry in the fall of 2005.
Julian Nelson, 1999, got married in December, 2004.
Anil Balani, 2000, married in February 2005, and did a gastroenterology fellowship at Winthrop University Hospital in '05 - '06.
Deepti Thomas, 2001, married Mathew Poulose, Jr.
Alejandro Romero, 2002, was inducted into the City College Athletic Hall of Fame for Volleyball.
John (Jeong Won) Choi, 2004, was awarded the SUNY Downstate Alumni Association Medical Student Research Year Scholarship for 2005-2006 which supported his research into the role of the F11 receptor in platelet activation under the direction of the Departments of Anatomy and Cell Biology and of Medicine at Downstate. He is continuing his research for another year in Bethesda as a Fellow in the NIH Interim Research Program.
Janice Yungtai Wang and Frank Michael Fazio, both Class of 2004, were married on November 5, 2006. Both graduated from SUNY Downstate School of Medicine in Brooklyn and have begun their internships at Long Island Jewish Medical Center in New Hyde Park, N.Y., and New York Hospital Queens in Flushing respectively.
Amie Dave, 2005, who has completed her third year of medical school at New York University has been named a prestigious Doris Duke Clinical Research Fellow and will be one of 16 Fellows at the Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons. She will join its Pediatric Tumor Biology Laboratory co-directed by Drs. Darrell Yamashiro and Jessica Kandel. The laboratory focuses on the role of angiogenesis in promoting the growth and metastasis of pediatric solid tumors
In Memory: Kathrin Balaoura, 1988, wrote to let classmates know of the death of
Alfred Giordano in December, 2003.
Kudos to those named in the annual New York Magazine “Best Doctors of 2006”
Meyer Abittan, ’84, Interventional Cardiology
Richard Bullock, ’79, Geriatrics
William J. Cole, ’78, Cardiovascular Disease
Samuel Grubman, ’81, Allergies & Immunology
Lawrence Grunfeld, ’77, Reproductive Endocrinology
Eric Mandel, ’80, Ophthalmology
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