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[December 15, 2010]

SUNY Downstate Returns to Heart Health Expo at Maggie Dixon Classic, Dec. 19

SUNY Downstate Medical Center physicians and staff will again provide free cardiac screenings to children and young adults up to age 22 attending the Maggie Dixon Classic Women’s Basketball NCAA tournament at Madison Square Garden. The event takes place Sunday, December 19, 2010, beginning at 12 Noon.

In this year’s tournament, Rutgers will face Texas A&M, and, in the second game, UConn will face Ohio State.

The Maggie Dixon Classic is held annually in memory of the former Army Black Knights women’s basketball coach, who died suddenly at age 28 due to an arrhythmia caused by a previously undiagnosed heart condition. Three weeks earlier, Dixon led her team to its first NCAA tournament appearance in history, capping a Cinderella season.

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 eighth 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.