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SUNY Downstate Medical Center

Department of Physiology and Pharmacology

Department Administration

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Rose Savage Jackman

Senior Administrator
(718) 270-4786

For more than three decades Rose Savage Jackman has served in an administrative capacity at our campus – first in the Office of the Dean of the College of Medicine and then as the Administrator for the Department of Pathology. From 1989-1998 she served as the Administrator for the Department of Pharmacology, and then in 1998 she became Senior Administrator for the Department of Physiology and Pharmacology. In this position she is responsible for fiscal and human resource management for the department. Rose assumed the role of Director of the Robert F. Furchgott Society in 2005 and as of 2017 has raised nearly $500,000 to provide awards and grants for medical students, graduate students, residents and fellows. She has successfully created two conference rooms in the basic sciences building that honor past Chairmen Dr. Robert Furchgott and Dr. Alfred Stracher. She is the recipient of several community and service awards, including the State University of New York Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Professional Service.

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Jacqueline Alvarez

(718) 270-1153

Jacqueline Alvarez is the Administrator for the Department of Physiology and Pharmacology and is responsible for management of the administrative faculty affairs. She has been a member of this campus since 1989. Mrs. Alvarez works directly with the Vice Chairman in day-to-day operations, and she assists the Course Directors in the College of Health Related Professions and the College of Medicine. Mrs. Alvarez is an eminently resourceful staff member with knowledge about research foundation policies, human resource policies and state acquisition. She has participated in campus committees and received recognition for her role in Employee Satisfaction. For over 10 years she coordinated fitness classes for employees. She is also a recipient of the Extraordinary Women of Downstate Medical Center Award.


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George Burke

Assistant to the Chair
(718) 270-1338

George Burke joined the Department of Physiology and Pharmacology in 1990. His primary role is to assist the Chairman in matters concerning the faculty and to serves as the liaison to the Dean of the College of Medicine, the Office of the President, and Budget Administration. His expertise is in administrative affairs of immigration, travel and contracts. He also works with the Senior Administrator in matters pertaining to departmental operations, including financial management, infrastructure development and core laboratory equipment. Mr. Burke coordinates the Faculty Review and Development process for the LCME and Middle States accreditations for the department. He is an active member and officer for our campus United University Professions and has been recognized for outstanding service.

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Rosanne Persaud

Assistant to the Senior Administrator
(718) 270-1339

Rosanne Persaud has been an employee at SUNY Downstate since 2007 and has worked in the Department of Psychiatry and the Infant Child and Learning Center. In 2016 she joined the Department of Physiology and Pharmacology. She is the assistant to the Senior Administrator and works on various projects including the Robert F. Furchgott Society and The Alfred Stracher Memorial Lecture. Mrs. Persaud's primary work is maintaining database files for fiscal management. She also assists with day-to-day administration of the department by providing support to the faculty and the Chairman.