Downstate Celebrates Women’s History Month

By Office of Communications & Marketing | Mar 30, 2022

As Women’s History Month winds down, here’s a recap for those who might have missed some of the activities and events.

Each March, globally, we honor women for their commitment, work, and contributions to the betterment of our world. This month, we had the pleasure of highlighting some of the phenomenal women at Downstate with video tributes.

The Office of Diversity and Research hosted several events including the annual Dr. Dale Blackstock Awards and a critical conversation about the impact of war on women and children in war-torn regions.

During our most recent Match Day, 89 of our 186 students were women.

Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson became the first Black woman to be nominated for the US Supreme Court. She is on the cusp of confirmation.

We are privileged to highlight these important occurrences and these inspirational leaders, and celebrate the great examples of great women leaders all around the world.

Finally, we are delighted to share messages from the two most senior women in leadership at Downstate Health Sciences University and University Hospital at Downstate: Heidi J. Aronin, MPA, and Patricia A. Winston, DNP MS, RN, NEA-BC, FACHE.

We thank all of the Downstate women for their service and leadership, every day, but especially during Women’s History Month.


Contact: Dawn S. Walker
917.439.9666 | 347.533.2071

About SUNY Downstate Health Sciences University

SUNY Downstate Health Sciences University is the borough's only academic medical center for health education, research, and patient care. It is a 342-bed facility serving the healthcare needs of New York City and Brooklyn's 2.6 million residents. University Hospital of Brooklyn (UHB) is Downstate's teaching hospital, backed by an outstanding medical school's expertise and world-class academic center research facilities. More than 800 physicians, representing 53 specialties and subspecialties—many of them ranked as tops in their fields—comprise Downstate's staff.

In addition to high-risk neonatal and infant services, pediatric nephrology, and dialysis (kidney diseases)—and offering the only kidney transplantation program in Brooklyn, among many other distinctive programs—Downstate also sponsors a major learning center for young children with developmental disorders and disabilities. In addition to UHB, Downstate comprises a College of Medicine, College of Nursing, School of Health Professions, a School of Graduate Studies, a School of Public Health, and a multifaceted biotechnology initiative, including the Downstate Biotechnology Incubator and BioBAT for early-stage and more mature companies, respectively. For more information, visit or follow us on Twitter at @sunydownstate.