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Downstate Times

The Newsletter for SUNY Downstate
University Hospital of Brooklyn

Department and Staff News

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Dawn Morton-Rias, EdD, PA-C, professor and dean of health related professions, was recognized for community service by Borough President Eric Adams and Assemblymembers Rhoda Jacobs and Karim Camara at a banquet hosted by Strong Movement, Inc., an organization that encourages communities to embrace physical activity and build healthier lifestyles.


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On January 23, 2014, Dr. Mario Vassalle and Dr. Kiyomi Koizumi awarded the 41st annual "Chandler McCuskey Brooks Award" for outstanding achievement in the Basic Sciences to Justine Y. Kim, COM 2016, during a brief ceremony in the Physiology Department. The Award included a certificate citing Ms. Kim's "Outstanding Performance in the Basic Sciences," a copy of the book, Chandler McCuskey Brooks: the Scientist and the Man, and a check. As a personal gift, Dr. Vassalle also gave Ms. Kim a copy of his book of poems, Lost Emotions.


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At its 165th plenary meeting in October, the SUNY University Faculty Senate unanimously elected Henry Flax, EdD, residency education coordinator, Department of Pathology, to serve as the sector head for the Health Science Centers Sector for the 2013-2014 academic year. In this role, Dr. Flax will convene meetings of the representatives of the five health science campuses (Buffalo, the College of Optometry, Stony Brook, Upstate Medical University, and Downstate) and communicate the sector's concerns directly to Chancellor Zimpher. Dr. Flax also serves as a member of the University Faculty Senate Expanded Executive Committee for the 2013-2014 academic year.


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Eli A. Friedman, MD, distinguished teaching professor of medicine at SUNY Downstate Medical Center, will receive the Lifetime Achievement Award in Hemodialysis on February 8, at the Thirtyfourth Annual Conference on Dialysis, presented by the University of Missouri School of Medicine. The ceremony will take place in Atlanta, Georgia.