In Commemoration of The 21st Anniversary Of 9/11

By Office of President Wayne J. Riley, M.D., MPH, MBA, MACP | Sep 8, 2022

Twenty-one years ago, we witnessed the worst of humanity when terrorists attacked America’s freedom. This September 11, we will again pay tribute to those we lost. We each have a story and remembrance of that day, but what NEVER changes are the memories of how we came together as a nation.

We celebrate the lives of those heroic first responders—our firefighters, law enforcement officers, EMTs, paramedics, and others—who ran toward and into the Twin Towers, not knowing the fate that awaited them. We also celebrate the other selfless heroes who stopped along the way to help others. We also acknowledge the families and loved ones left behind, reminding them they are not alone. Today’s anniversary prompts us to share our gratitude and appreciation for each other as a nation of one family.

The strengths we share are necessary to create great communities, deepen understanding, and find solutions to our most complex challenges. Our Downstate family exhibits these qualities daily and works hard to honor the oaths to serve others.

SUNY Downstate Health Sciences University joins in honoring our lost heroes, first responders, and their families.


Contact: Dawn S. Walker
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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.