[May 16, 2006]
SURGEON GENERAL RICHARD CARMONA AND AAMC PRESIDENT JORDAN COHEN TO ADDRESS GRADUATES ON MAY 25
U.S. Surgeon General Vice Admiral Richard H. Carmona, MD, MPH, and Jordan J. Cohen, MD, retiring President of the Association of American Medical Colleges, will be the speakers at commencement ceremonies of SUNY Downstate Medical Center on Thursday, May 25, 2006 at Carnegie Hall in Manhattan.
Dr. Cohen will speak at the ceremony for the College of Medicine and School of Graduate Studies at 3:30 pm and Dr. Carmona will speak at the ceremony for the College of Nursing and College of Health Related Professions at 7:30 pm.
Dr. Carmona will be awarded an honorary doctor of humane letters degree, as will be Linda H. Aiken, PhD, RN, Claire M. Fagin Leadership Professor of Nursing at the University of Pennsylvania and Director of the Center for Health Outcomes and Policy Research.
Honorary doctor of science degrees will be awarded to Willem J. Kolff, MD, inventor of modern kidney dialysis and a voluntary Professor of Medicine at SUNY Downstate; and to Robert F. Furchgott, PhD, a 1998 recipient of the Nobel Prize in Medicine and Distinguished Professor Emeritus of Pharmacology at SUNY Downstate.
Dr. Cohen, who already holds an honorary degree from the State University of New York, will receive SUNY Downstate Medical Center's Ailanthus Award.