Shout Outs

By Office of the President | Mar 5, 2024

Spotlight on Pediatric Ear, Nose, and Throat Conditions and Treatments during Kids ENT Health Month

Sydney Butts

During Kids ENT Health Month in February, the focus was on raising awareness about ear, nose, and throat conditions affecting children, along with available treatment options.

Congratulations to the Department of Otolaryngology for their efforts in promoting awareness about neonatal ear molding—a non-surgical method for addressing congenital ear shape abnormalities.

This innovative technique can potentially eliminate the need for surgery; however, it is crucial to begin molding at a very young age—typically within the first four to six weeks of life. Sydney Butts, M.D., FACS, along with her team, has successfully corrected congenital ear shape anomalies, as documented in the journal Laryngoscope. See more of this abstract here.

Dr. Jason Lazar Presents on Heart Health and Digital Strategies at HITLAB Symposium

Jason LazarOn February 29, Jason Lazar, M.D., MPH, COM Vice Dean for Education and Chair of Medical Education, was a featured speaker at the HITLAB Digital Health Symposium on “Heartbeats of Equality: Navigating Pathways to Value-Based Care for All.”  Dr. Lazar’s presented on Navigating Cardiovascular Wellness: A Comprehensive Discussion on Heart Health and Digital Strategies.

Reverend Sharon Walker Receives Recognition

Rev. Sharon Walker was featured during Black History Month, and to mark the beginning of Women’s History Month, she was invited by Congressman Hakeem Jeffries to deliver “A Prayer for the Nation” and a personal blessing at his 2024 State of the District Address.

Rev. Walker’s work in mental health and spiritual care support garnered additional honor and recognition from Church Women United, New York City Mayor Eric Adams, and Brooklyn District Attorney Eric Gonzalez.

Reverend Walker

New Employee Orientation

New Hires

We join the Department of Human Resources in welcoming the most recent group of employees to complete the New Employee Orientation. Welcome, everyone, and we wish you success here at SUNY Downstate Health Sciences University. 

The Office of Communications & Marketing is excited to welcome the newest addition to our team, Graphic Designer Ann Li, two weeks ago, and look forward to her contributions. Read more about Ann and the Comms & Marketing team here.

Downstate Ranked in Top 10 for Undergraduate Earnings

Money TalksMoney Talks News listed Downstate as one of the top 10 colleges in the nation for undergraduate earnings. In an article published a few days earlier, Downstate came out #1 on Money Talks’ list for public institutions. You can read the articles here and here.

Downstate Incubator Company Wins EPA Grant

ChemfinityChemFinity Technologies, Inc., one of the companies in Downstate’s Biotechnology Incubator, recently received a Phase I grant from the EPA’s Small Business Innovation Research program. ChemFinity is developing a method to extract and recycle precious metals from solid waste, including from catalytic converters.  As one of 22 winners of a Phase I grant, ChemFinity will be eligible to apply for a larger EPA Phase II award aimed at helping small businesses develop and commercialize technologies.