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[September 25, 2009]

dr robert f furchgott

SUNY Downstate to Hold Tribute to the Late Dr. Robert F. Furchgott, Nobel Laureate, October 8:

Gallery of Awards and Honors To Be Displayed Prior to Ceremony

A tribute to the life and work of the late Robert F. Furchgott, PhD, distinguished professor and recipient of the 1998 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine, will be held at SUNY Downstate Medical Center at 3:00 p.m. on Thursday, October 8, 2009 in the Alumni Auditorium, 395 Lenox Road, Brooklyn 11203.

The Furchgott family has generously donated Dr. Furchgott’s awards to SUNY Downstate, and they will be on display in the Atrium adjacent to the Auditorium on October 8 from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Awards on view will include Dr. Furchgott’s Nobel Prize medal, The Lasker Award for Basic Medical Research, The Gairdner Foundation Award, and many more.


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 School of Public Health, University Hospital of Brooklyn, and an Advanced Biotechnology Park and Biotechnology Incubator.

SUNY Downstate ranks ninth 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.