Honorees for 2016

  • Eli Friedman, MD – Downstate faculty member with a prolific career in renal disease. Bio »
  • Jeffrey Kahn, MD, PhD – Alumni Honoree. Bio »
  • Bruce Siegel, MD – CEO America's Essential Hospitals. Bio »

Past Honorees

Each year, Celebrate Downstate honors a select group of scientific, political, media, business, and philanthropic leaders whose outstanding achievements and commitment to humanitarian service have advanced medicine and transformed lives locally, nationally, and internationally – just as Downstate Medical Center does through its core missions of education, research, and patient care.



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Hugh J. Carroll, MD
Professor of Medicine at SUNY Downstate

Outstanding Innovation

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Raymond V. Damadian, MD
President and Chairman
FONAR Corporation
Inventor of Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI)


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Herbert Pardes, MD
President and CEO,
New York-Presbyterian Hospital

Corporate Achievement

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David E.I. Pyott
Chairman of the Board and CEO
Allergan, Inc.



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Anthony S. Fauci, MD
Internationally-renowned leader in human immunology and AIDS research


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Carl Zimmer
Distinguished Author and Science Journalist

Cardiovascular Research

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Jeffrey S. Borer, MD
Renowned researcher, inventor, and cardiologist



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Max Harry Weil, MD
Co-founder of the Weil Institute of Critical Care Medicine. Considered one of the fathers of critical care medicine.

Health Care Advocacy in the Media

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Larry King
Award-winning radio and television host community leader.

Distinguished Friend in the Media Award

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Ray Suarez
Writer and senior correspondent for The News Hour with Jim Lehrer.

Distinguished Political Historian Award

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Robert C. Dallek, PhD
Dr. Robert C. Dallek is an acclaimed historian.

Conscience of Media Award

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Joseph & Shirley Wershba
Journalists and TV news producers