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[October 9, 2008]

SUNY Downstate Highlights Obesity Epidemic and What to Do about It:
New York First Lady Michelle P. Paterson to Deliver Opening Remarks


“Obesity: Threats and Interventions” is the theme of a conference taking place on October 29, 2008 at SUNY Downstate Medical Center. New York State First Lady Michelle P. Paterson, MS, will deliver opening remarks, joining Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz, SUNY Downstate President John C. LaRosa, MD, and Clinton D. Brown, MD, FASN, associate professor of medicine at Downstate and director of the Brooklyn Health Disparities Center. Dr. Brown is also conference chair.

The event will take place from 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. in the Alumni Auditorium, 450 Clarkson Avenue, Brooklyn 11203. The conference is designed to orient the healthcare professional’s attitude toward the obese individual, recognizing that he or she may be at risk for serious medical problems related to obesity. Physicians, physician assistants, nurses, registered dieticians, exercise physiologists, school educators, and other professionals who work with obese individuals are the intended audience.

Topics to be covered include the alarming increase in metabolic syndrome in adolescents, looking at short- and long-term consequences; orthopedic issues, such as foot pain; sleep apnea; nutrition; psychological perspectives; support groups; bariatric medicine and surgery; and the latest interventions.

Continuing medical and nursing education credits are available. There is a $40 registration fee which includes refreshment break and lunch. Students and residents, SUNY Downstate and KCHC employees with a current I.D. may attend free. To register or for more information, contact the SUNY Downstate Office of Continuing Medical Education at 718-270-2422 or email

You can also download the registration form from the Brooklyn Health Disparities Website.

Download the Symposium Schedule »


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.