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SUNY Downstate Medical Center

Middle States Accreditation

Steering Committee Members


  • JoAnn Bradley, EdD
    Senior Vice President for Institutional Advancement and Philanthropy
  • Jeffrey Putman, EdD
    Vice President for Student Affairs and Dean of Students

Deputy Co-Chairs:

  • Teresa Smith, MD
    Clinical Assistant Professor of Emergency Medicine


  • Kevin Antoine, JD
    Assistant Vice President, Office of Diversity & Inclusion;
    Assistant Professor of Health Law and Policy
    College of Nursing;
    U.S. Fulbright Scholars Campus Representative
  • Ruth Browne, ScD
    Chief Executive Officer
    Arthur Ashe Institute for Urban Health
  • Joanne Casarella
    School of Public Health
  • Daisy Cruz-Richman, PhD, RN
    Professor and Dean, College of Nursing
  • TBD
    Interim Chief Information Officer
  • Dorothy Fyfe, MPA
    Associate Vice President for Policy and Planning
  • Constance Hill, MD
    Clinical Professor of Anesthesiology
    College of Medicine; and Dean, Minority Affairs
  • Johnson Ho
    School of Graduate Studies
  • Margaret Kaplan, PHD, OTR
    Interim Dean and Associate Professor
    College of Health Related Professions
  • Evan Leung
    College of Health Related Professions
  • Emily Levine
    College of Medicine
  • Nicholas J. Penington, PhD
    Associate Professor of Physiology and Pharmacology
    School of Graduate Studies
  • Stephan Rinnert, MD
    Professor of Emergency Medicine
    College of Medicine;
    and Vice Chairman for
    Faculty Development and Education
  • Joyce Sabari, PhD, OTR, FAOTA
    Associate Professor and Chair of Occupational Therapy
    College of
    Health Related Professions
  • Moro Salifu, MD, MPH
    Professor and Chair of Medicine
    College of Medicine
  • Laila Sedhom, PhD, RN
    Professor and Associate Dean for Graduate Programs
    College of Nursing
  • Mark Stewart, MD, PHD
    School of Graduate Studies
  • Stephen Wadowski, MD
    Clinical Associate Professor of Pediatrics
    College of Medicine;
    and Associate
    Dean for Graduate Medical Education and Designated Institutional Officer
  • Richard Winant, PhD
    Dean of Academic Information Access and Director of Libraries