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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.

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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
  • 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
  • Reading our news site, Medicine Today

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

Distinguished Alumni Awards

2015 School of Medicine Award Recipient

Portrait of David Bernstein

David Bernstein, MD '88 received the 2015 School of Medicine Distinguished Alumni Award at the School's annual White Coat Ceremony on August 23, 2015. Recognized as one of the best doctors by Castle-Connelly since 2006, Dr. Bernstein is a national and international leader in the field of liver diseases. His research has led to the development of new medications which are able to cure more than 95% of patients with hepatitis C infection and in the future could lead to the eradication of hepatitis C infection in the United States.

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School of Medicine Alumni Board

Board Members
Joan Faro, MD, MBA (1982)

Joan Faro, MD, MBA (1982)
President

Debra Messina, MD (1988)

Debra Messina, MD (1988)
Vice President

Lisa Vignogna-Barlas, MD (1996)

Lisa Vignogna-Barlas, MD (1996)
Secretary/Treasurer

Anthony Girardi, MD (1990)

Anthony Girardi, MD (1990)
Immediate Past-President

Roberta J. Seidman, MD (1983)

Roberta J. Seidman, MD (1983)

Elise Belilos, MD (1986)

Elise Belilos, MD (1986)
Faculty Representative from Winthrop-University Hospital

Cliff Blumstein, MD (1980)

Cliff Blumstein, MD (1980)

Daniel Barlev, MD (1990)

Daniel Barlev, MD (1990)

Robin L. Cunningham, MD (1988)

Robin L. Cunningham, MD (1988)

Diane Horowitz, MD (2004)

Diane Horowitz, MD (2004)

Jason Kim, MD (2003)

Jason Kim, MD (2003)
Faculty Representative from Stony Brook University Hospital

Kara Kvilekval, MD (1983)

Kara Kvilekval, MD (1983)

Farshad Lalehzarian, MD (1988)

Farshad Lalehzarian, MD (1988)

Andrew Lee, MD (1980)

Andrew Lee, MD (1980)

Ashfaq A. Marghoob, MD (1987)

Ashfaq A. Marghoob, MD (1987)

Melanie Rosenblatt, MD (1991)

Melanie Rosenblatt, MD (1991)

Ronnie Salzman, MD (1980)

Ronnie Salzman, MD (1980)

Roberta Seidman, MD (1983)

Roberta Seidman, MD (1983)

David Silberhartz, MD (1980)

David Silberhartz, MD (1980)

Howard R. Sussman, MD (1996)

Howard R. Sussman, MD (1996)

William Schweizer, MD (1983)

William Schweizer, MD (1983)

Patrice Vorwerk, MD (1986)

Patrice Vorwerk, MD (1986)

Student Representatives
Hollisa Rosa (2019)

Hollisa Rosa (2019)
Student Representative

Hannah Elsevier (2016)

Hannah Elsevier (2016)
Student Representative

Kelli Summers (2017)

Kelli Summers (2017)
Student Representative

Sowmya Sanapala (2018)

Sowmya Sanapala (2018)
Student Representative

"Help Our Students Travel" Program

The School of Medicine Alumni Chapter launched the HOST Program to connect Stony Brook Medical Year IV students who are interviewing for their residencies and current School of Medicine students who are seeking advice with School of Medicine alumni who are willing to volunteer their time and share their experiences and hospitality.

Are you an alum who is interested volunteering? Are you a student who wants to connect with an alumni volunteer?

If you have any questions, please contact Mary Hoffmann at 631-632-4995 or mary.hoffmann@stonybrook.edu.

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International Alumni Awards

The School of Medicine Alumni Chapter helps fund student volunteers traveling on International Medical Missions to underdeveloped countries through the School of Medicine Alumni International Medicine Award Fund.
View photos from international missions

Do you know a student who would like to apply for sponsorship? Contact Mary Hoffmann for information from the Alumni Board or fill out an International Alumni Award application.

You can be a part of supporting global health, and clinical & research student electives!
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Learn more about the first recipients of the Endowed Fund for Global Excellence.

Give Back

There are a variety of options for you to support Stony Brook's Alumni Funds:

SOM Alumni Scholarship Fund: Scholarships are awarded to students based on academic excellence, financial need & community service

SOM Alumni Scholarship Endowment Fund: Need and merit-based scholarships are awarded with the dividends earned from the endowment

SOM Alumni Fund: Funding is awarded to the alumni board to support educational initiatives that benefit the School of Medicine and its students

SOM Alumni International Medicine Award Fund: Funding is awarded to student volunteers traveling on International Medical Missions to underdeveloped countries

Stethoscope Drive Fund: This fund supports the sponsorship of a personalized 3M Littman Cardiology III stethoscope for an incoming medical student

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