Click here for the highlights of the 2011 Celebrate Downstate awards presentation.

To honor those who have advanced medicine and transformed lives

Each year, Celebrate Downstate honors a select group of scientific, political, media, business, and philanthropic leaders whose outstanding achievements and commitment to humanitarian service have advanced medicine and transformed lives locally, nationally, and internationally – just as Downstate Medical Center does through its core missions of education, research, and patient care.

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Lifetime Achievement

Hugh J. Carroll, MD
Professor of Medicine
Director Emeritus, Fluid and Electrolytes,
SUNY Downstate

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Outstanding Innovation

Raymond V. Damadian, MD
President and Chairman
FONAR Corporation
Inventor of Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI)

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Outstanding Alumnus

Herbert Pardes, MD
President and CEO,
New York-Presbyterian Hospital

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Corporate Achievement

David E.I. Pyott
Chairman of the Board and CEO
Allergan, Inc.

Distinguished Guests

Vincent Curatola Film and Television Actor, Sopranos Star
Martin J. Golden New York State Senator
Earl Monroe Legendary NBA Hall of Fame Sports Hero
Steve Schirripa Film and Television Actor, Sopranos Star
Tony Sirico Film and Television Actor, Sopranos Star

Master of Ceremonies

Tracie Strahan
News 4 New York Reporter

Groundbreaking Medical Research

Research is one of Downstate Medical Center’s primary missions.

This commitment to innovation distinguishes Downstate from other medical centers and makes us a great university.

Historic Achievements:

Nobel Prize in Medicine

Role of nitric oxide in regulating cardiovascular function

Birthplace of the MRI Machine

First full-body human imaging

Home of the Suitcase Kidney

A Revolution in Dialysis

Cardiac Firsts

First heart-lung machine for cardiac surgery
First open-heart operation in New York State

Alcoholism Redefined — The Genetic Connection

Revolutionized the way medical science views alcoholism

Breakthrough In Medical Imaging

Diffuse Optical Tomography (DOT)

Examples of Ongoing Innovation:


Eradicating perinatal HIV transmission
International AIDS Vaccine Initiative (IAVI)

Cardiovascular Research Centers

Five state-of-the-art research laboratories


Translational research advances


Diabetes and the Eye
Ocular Architecture and Retinal Defects
Parkinson's Disease


Biochemistry of Anxiety
Memory Molecule Mechanisms
Modeling Brain-cell Networks


Autoimmune Malfunction and Lupus

Your contributions to Celebrate Downstate make a vital difference to over 800 ongoing clinical and basic science investigations encompassing virtually every medical discipline.

Photo highlights from Celebrate Downstate 2008 & 2009