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[October 14, 2011]                                                  

New Medical Leadership at SUNY Downstate

New medical leadership has been elected at SUNY Downstate Medical Center’s University Hospital of Brooklyn (UHB). M. William Atallah, MD, has been elected president of the medical and dental staff, and Victor Masi, DO, has been elected secretary and treasurer. Dr. Atallah and Dr. Masi represent the medical staff at all three University Hospital locations: Central Brooklyn, UHB at Long Island College Hospital (LICH), and SUNY Downstate at Bay Ridge.

Dr. Atallah, a board-certified urologist with practices in Brooklyn Heights and Bay Ridge, is also a clinical associate professor of urology at SUNY Downstate and the director of the New York Stone Center. He has chaired LICH’s Operating Room Committee since 2004. Dr. Atallah has been a teacher and mentor to countless students and medical residents throughout his 30-year career. Dr. Masi is a community-based internist with a focus on geriatric medicine and preventive care.

Debra Carey, chief executive officer of University Hospital of Brooklyn, said, “The new medical leadership at Downstate combines the best of academic and community medicine. I would also like to thank Stanley Fisher, MD, past president of the University Hospital Medical-Executive Committee and chairman of pediatrics, and John Romanelli, MD, past president of the LICH Medical Board, for their invaluable contributions as we blended our hospitals.”

“Downstate provides the vital services we need in a changing healthcare landscape,” continued Ms. Carey. “Our medical staff and employees look forward to continuing to serve our community with high-quality, patient-centered care.”

The recent merger of SUNY Downstate Medical Center and Long Island College Hospital has brought together the expertise of over 1,400 physicians. With three locations, Downstate now has one of the broadest reaches of any health facility in the borough.


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 (UHB), including locations in Central Brooklyn, UHB at Long Island College Hospital, and Downstate at Bay Ridge, 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.