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Department of Anesthesiology
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Honorary Degree Recipient Merel H. Harmel, M.D.
It is with great pleasure that we announce that Dr. Merel Harmel, a graduate of Johns Hopkins School of medicine, and founding Chairman of the Department of Anesthesiology at Downstate will be awarded an honorary degree at this year's commencement during the Sesquicentennial celebrations on May 27, 2010.
If you had to come up with one word to describe Dr. Harmel, it would be first, Dr. Harmel was the:
Finally, the FIRST that Dr. Harmel is probably best known for was his participation, as the anesthesiologist, in the first Blalock-Taussig shunt procedure; a then novel procedure pioneered by surgeon Alfred Blalock and cardiologist Helen Taussig to shunt blood to the lungs of children with tetralogy of Fallot (more commonly known as "blue babies") in 1944.
Currently, at age 92, Dr. Harmel is Professor and Chairman Emeritus of Duke University's Dept. of Anesthesiology, still teaches a class there and serves on the Medical School Admissions Committee.
Honors & Awards:
Dr. Harmel is the author of numerous scientific articles in peer-reviewed journals focusing primarily on monitoring techniques, the effects of anesthetic agents and resuscitation techniques, as well as several textbooks.
Major Contributions to the field of Anesthesiology:
Dr. Harmel is revered in the anesthesiology community as an innovator, teacher, researcher, administrator and scholar. In so many areas, he could be considered a pioneer who truly advanced the practice, safety and teaching of anesthesiology. As a result of these accomplishments, Dr. Harmel is most deserving of receiving an honorary degree from SUNY Downstate Medical Center.
Honoring Mark Lema, MD, PhD
Dr. Mark Lema has been selected as a Tribute Honoree at this year's Graduating Residents and Fellows Event to be held at the New York Marriott Brooklyn Bridge on Thursday, April 29, 2010.
Dr. Lema is an alumnus of SUNY Downstate College of Medicine (MD 1982) and of SUNY Buffalo (Ph.D. 1978) where he currently serves as Professor and Chair of the Department of Anesthesiology.
Dr. Lema is internationally renowned as an expert in the mechanisms of neuropathic pain, as well as an innovator and a leader in the field of pain management for cancer patients. As such, his contributions to this field have led to new standards of care utilized throughout the world.
Dr. Lema has held many prestigious posts during his career. Among them are Past President, American Society of Anesthesiologists (2007) and Past President, NYSSA New York Society of Anesthesiologists (2001).
He has lectured at more than 225 academic institutions worldwide, authored/co-authored over 150 papers in major international scientific journals, served on 10 editorial boards, authored/co-authored several anesthesiology textbooks and was the winner of the David O. Little Book Award.
Dr. Lema's Major Contributions to the field of Anesthesiology include:
The development of these pain techniques served as the bridge between oral pharmacologic cancer pain management and the future development of implantable reservoirs and stimulators used in today's pain practice.
As a result of Dr. Lema's contributions to the study of pain management and the practice of anesthesiology, thousands of patients over the span of a decade have greatly benefitted from the neurolytic techniques he perfected by alleviating their severe metastatic cancer pain. As a result of these accomplishments, Dr. Lema is most deserving to be named as a Tribute Honoree at SUNY Downstate Medical Center.
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