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[July 31, 2008]

Three Downstate Faculty Members Receive Chancellor’s Award for Excellence:

Drs. Sharon Glick, Dawn Morton-Rias, and Christopher Roman


Three SUNY Downstate Medical Center faculty members have received 2008 Chancellor’s Awards for Excellence.  Chancellor’s Awards are a statewide honor conferred to recognize consistently superior professional achievement and to encourage the ongoing pursuit of excellence within the State University of New York system. Awards are given for teaching, faculty service, professional service, librarianship, and scholarship and creative activities.

Sharon Glick, MD, assistant professor of dermatology and of pediatrics and chief of the Division of Pediatric Dermatology at University Hospital of Brooklyn and Kings County Hospital Center, has been honored with a Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Teaching.

Dawn Morton-Rias, EdD, PA-C, dean of the College of Health Related Professions and professor in the Physician Assistant (PA) Program, has received the Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Professional Service.

And Christopher Roman, PhD, associate professor of microbiology and immunology and director of the Downstate Medical Center Transgenic Mouse Facility, was given the Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Faculty Service.

Dr. Glick is a superb teacher who employs a variety of techniques including formal lectures, one-on-one patient reviews with students, problem-based learning, and supervision of the preparation of posters and manuscripts for publication in peer-reviewed journals. Her scholarship ranges from innovative new therapy to in-depth study of rare diseases, and it has been recognized by her peers with repeated invitations to lecture at meetings of professional associations. 

Dean Morton-Rias was appointed dean of the College of Health Related Professions in 2004, after having served three years as interim dean. Prior to that, she was chair of the Physician Assistant Program at Downstate, where she secured $1.5 million in training grant funds for faculty development. Under her leadership as dean, the College has enjoyed growth both in applicant numbers and graduation rates. Over the past five years, its six academic programs have received full accreditation to the maximum level. Recently, she completed a Fulbright Senior Specialists project at Haifa University in Israel.  

Since his arrival at Downstate in 1998, Dr. Roman has led a very successful research program, as evidenced by a senior-authored paper in Nature Immunology in August 2006 on two transcription factors that are critical for T-cell-dependent humoral immunity. His research projects on human and mouse autoimmunity have earned him extramural support as principle investigator from NIH/National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, the NIH/National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases, the American Cancer Society, the Lupus Research Institute, and the NYC Council Speaker’s Fund/New York Academy of Medicine.

The Chancellor’s Awards underscore SUNY’s commitment to sustaining intellectual vibrancy, advancing the boundaries of knowledge, providing the highest quality of instruction, and serving the public good. Through these awards, SUNY proclaims its pride in the accomplishment and personal dedication of its instructional faculty, librarians and professional staff across all its campuses.


SUNY Downstate Medical Center, founded in 1860, was the first medical school in the United States to bring teaching out of the lecture hall and to the patient’s bedside. A center of innovation and excellence in research and clinical service delivery, SUNY Downstate Medical Center comprises a College of Medicine, Colleges of Nursing and Health Related Professions, a School of Graduate Studies, a Graduate Public Health Program, University Hospital of Brooklyn, and an Advanced Biotechnology Park and Biotechnology Incubator.

SUNY Downstate ranks seventh nationally in the number of alumni who are on the faculty of American medical schools.  More physicians practicing in New York City have graduated from SUNY Downstate than from any other medical school.