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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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George Burke

Associate Administrator
(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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Dionne Davis

Associate Administrator
(718) 270-3102

Ms. Davis began her career at SUNY Downstate Medical Center in 2001. She has worked as an Administrative Assistant in the Alumni Association-COM office and recently with the Dean’s Office College of Medicine as the Mentoring Program Coordinator. She was also the Assistant to the Director of the John Conley’s Division of Ethics and Humanity. This May, Dionne graduated from Brooklyn College with a BS in Business Management and Finance. Among her responsibilities she will work with the Course Directors in the College of Medicine and the College of Health Related Professions.


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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.