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Thanks for attending our 50th Anniversary Bash


Opening in the fall of 1966, the College of Health Related Professions initially enrolled twenty

students: three in physical therapy; four in occupational therapy; and thirteen

in medical computing science.


Join us as we look back on half a century of incredible accomplishments. Come spend

the afternoon with old friends and colleagues, as we celebrate

50 years of Excellence in Education!


Alumni Class Reps

1974  Suzanne White

1976  Margaret Kaplan

1984 Debbie Schwartz

1985  Catherine Benecke Varunok

1992 Mary Shea

1995 Tina Gilberti

1996   Judy Spence

2000 Marsha Eiserman and Jennifer Richman

2001   Christine Kiefer

2003  Erika Levine Irogoyen

2005  Leah Rosenblum Rubino

2006 Zahava Friedman

2007  Gitty Rosenberg

2008  Sarah Keschner Mechlin

2009  Julie Lee Mui ( graduated 2008)

2010  Erick Leon

2011 Rachel Hillelsohn Bondar

.2012 Valia Kaloustian

2013 Alanna McLaughlin

2014  Esther Arden  and  Shantae Rhone

2015  Samantha Agnese


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Occupational Therapy Program Celebrates its 50th Anniversary

50th Anniversary Kick Off Celebration Begins


            SUNY Downstate Medical Center’s College of Health Related Professions (CHRP) is celebrating its 50th anniversary. Opening in the fall of 1966 along with Downstate’s College of Nursing, CHRP initially enrolled twenty students: three in physical therapy (PT); four in occupational therapy (OT); and, although computers had not become instrumental as they are today in health care administration, thirteen students enrolled in medical computing science.

The college was initially housed in the “T” Building at Kings County Hospital Center. Today it occupies an entire floor of the Health Science Education Building on the Downstate campus, at the corner of Lenox Road and New York Avenue. Over the years CHRP has offered a variety of programs as the needs of health care providers expanded and changed. Today, CHRP offers six programs, with four at the graduate level.

The allied health professions are among the fastest growing professions nationwide. Virtually all CHRP graduates find lucrative employment upon graduation.   Most CHRP students are from New York City and State with a high number coming from nearby neighborhoods in Brooklyn.