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SUNY Downstate Health Sciences University

Department of Urology

Awards

Teacher of the Year Award

This award was initiated by the graduating chief residents of 1998: Drs. Allen Chernoff, Eric Pachter and Joel Sherman. The award is selected by each year's graduating chief residents and presented during the annual departmental graduation dinner-dance and awards ceremony. 1999 - PRESENT

2019: Andrew Winer, MD

2018: Andrew Winer, MD

2017: Andrew Winer, MD

2016: Brent Yanke, MD

2015: Douglas Canning, MD

2014: Dhanan Etwaru, MD

2013: Jeffrey P. Weiss, MD

2012: Bernard Bochner, MD

2011: James Eastham MD

2010: Mark Horowitz, MD

2009: Nicholas Karanikolas, MD

2008: Nicholas Karanikolas, MD

2007: Ciril Godec, MD

2006: Llewellyn Hyacinthe, MD

2005: Ivan Colon, MD

2004: Adley Raboy, MD

2004: Peter Albert, MD

2003: Mark Plawker, MD

2002: Ivan Grunberger, MD

2001: Llewellyn Hyacinthe, MD

2001: Mark Harowitz, MD

2000: Mark Harowitz, MD

1999: Mark Harowitz, MD


SUNY Downstate Medical School Alumni Association “Master Teacher In Urology”

This award is part of the Master Teachers Award Program created in 1985 by the Alumni Association of the SUNY Downstate Medical School. In order to qualify a nominee must have graduated from the SUNY Downstate Medical School or be an honorary alumnus. The award is presented to the recipient during the annual Alumni Association reunion weekend.

 Mark Goldstein, MD '72
1997 MARC GOLDSTEIN, MD ’72

 Kenneth Glassberg MD
1998 KENNETH GLASSBERG, MD

1999 RICHARD J. MACCHIA, MD ‘94H

2002 JOHN H. McGOVERN, MD ’52 (posthumously)

Lawrence Hakim, MD '88
2003 LAWRENCE HAKIM, MD '88

 Scott Zeitlin, MD '91
2004 SCOTT ZEITLIN, MD '91

Anderw Kirsh, MD
2006 ANDREW KIRSH, MD

 Jack Mydlo, MD

2008 JACK MYDLO, MD

2009 ALLEN SEFTEL, MD

Outstanding Clinical Performance by a Pre-Urology Resident

The awardee is to be selected by consensus of the faculty of the Department of Surgery and presented to the awardee by the Department of Urology. The award, initiated by Dr. Macchia, and continued under Dr. Weiss, is not to be given on an annual basis necessarily, but only when merited.

1995 MICHAEL SOLLIDAY, MD
1996 ROBERT WEINSTEIN, MD
1997 ROBERT WEINSTEIN, MD
1998 ANDREW COWDER, MD
1999 ELIECER KURZER, MD
2000 ELIECER KURZER, MD
2001 LEE SCHACHTER, MD
2001 ROBYN ROSENKOPF, MD
2002 MICHAEL FERRANDINO, MD
2002 ELAN SALZHAUER, MD
2003 JEFFREY BLITSTEIN, MD
2004 ANGELO DEROSALIA, MD
2004 ALEXANDER SOKOL, MD
2004 ARNOLD TEO, MD
2005 COURTNEY LEE, MD
2005 ALEXANDER SOKOL, MD
2006 ERVIN TEPER, MD
2006 JOSEPH FELICIANO, MD
2007 SOPHIA CHIU, MD
2007 BRIAN MARKS,MD
2008 JOHN SFAKIANOS, MD
2009 MARIAM IMNADZE, MD
2009 ALEXANDER SANKIN, MD
2010 DARREN MACK, MD
2011 DAVID GOLOMBOS, MD
2012 DANIEL VERGES, MD
2013 ERIC LEVY, MD
2014 JYOTI CHOUHAN, MD
2015 FRANK MYERS, MD
2016 VIKTOR FLORES, MD
2016 John Sullivan, MD
2017 Viktor Flores, MD
2018 Dennis Robins, MD
2019 Corey Weinstein, MD

Highest Score by a SUNY Downstate Resident on the Annual In-Service Examination of the American Urological Association

This award is given each year to the physician who obtains the highest score amongst our residents.

1990 VICTOR NITTI, MD
1991 INDERJIT SINGH, MD
1992 DAVID KLEINERMAN, MD
1993 EVAN VAPNEK, MD
1994 EVAN VAPNEK, MD
1995 EVAN VAPNEK, MD
1996 EVAN VAPNEK, MD
1997 ROBERT WEINSTEIN,MD
1998 ROBERT WEINSTEIN, MD
1999 CHONG-MIN KIM, MD, Ph.D.
2000 CHONG MIN KIM, MD, Ph.D.
2001 JEFFREY DONOHOE, MD
2002 JEFFREY DONOHOE, MD
2003 NEIL GRAFSTEIN, MD
2004 ANGELO DEROSALIA, MD
2005 ELAN SALZHAUER, MD
2006 JOSEPH FELICIANO, MD
2007 ERVIN TEPER, MD
2008 ERVIN TEPER, MD
2009 ALEXANDER SANKIN, MD
2010 MIRIAM HAREL, MD
2011 FARA FRIEDMAN, MD
2012 DANIEL VERGES, MD
2013 JASON SKENAZY, MD
2014 DANIEL VERGES, MD
2015 FRANK MYERS,MD
2016 JYOTI CHOUHAN, DO
2016 Frank Myers, MD and Daniel Verges, MD
2017 Jyoti Chouhan, DO
2018 John Graham, MD and Viktor Flores, MD
2019 Frank Myers, MD

Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center Outstanding Clinical Performance Award

Each year U2 urology residents rotate through the Department of Urology at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center. This award was initiated by Dr. Macchia who established the following criteria. The award is not an annual one, but presented only when merited. The awardee is selected by consensus opinion of the faculty of the Department of Urology at MSKCC and presented by the SUNY Downstate Department of Urology.

1997 MICHAEL SOLLIDAY, MD
2002 NICHOLAS KARANIKOLAS, MD
2003 ALEXANDER EPELBAUM, MD
2003 ROBYN ROSENKOPF, MD
2003 LEE SCHACHTER, MD
2004 BRENT YANKE, MD
2005 JEFFREY BLITSTEIN, MD
2005 MICHAEL FERRANDINO, MD
2005 ALEXANDER LIPYANSKY, MD
2006 ANGELO DEROSALIA, MD
2007 ALEXANDER SOKOL, MD
2008 JOSEPH FELICIANO, MD
2009 BRIAN MARKS, MD
2010 MIRIAM HAREL, MD
2011 MARIAM IMNADZE, MD
2012 STEPHEN MARSHALL, MD
2012 DARREN MACK, MD
2012 ANDREW WINER, MD
2013 FARA FRIEDMAN, MD
2014 MAZYAR GHANAAT, MD
2015 DRS. JYOTI CHOUHAN, JOHN GRAHAM, JONATHAN GERBER (FIRST TIME ALL THREE U2'S ARE CHOSEN)
2016 FRANK MYERS, MD
2016 Jyoti Chouhan, DO, Jonathan Gerber, MD, John Graham, MD
2017 Frank Myers, MD
2018 John Sullivan,MD
2019 Frank Myers, MD

Outstanding Clinical/Research Performance During GU Rotation by a Graduating Medical Student

2000 NEIL GRAFSTEIN, MD
2000 IGOR SERGEYEV, MD
2000 RAJIV SAINI, MD
2001 JEFFREY BLITSTEIN, MD
2001 EVAN EISENBERG, MD
2001 PAUL MILHOUA, MD
2002 FELIX DAVELMAN, MD
2003 ALAN KUSAKABE, MD
2003 RAJESH G. LAUNGANI, MD
2005 ANTHONY CORCORAN
2006 KUMARAN SATHYAMOORTY
2007 MIRIAM HAREL, MD
2008 GINA CAMBARERI, MD
2008 KARMINA CHOI, MD
2008 KRISTINA WITTIG, MD
2008 CHARLES CHANG, MD
2008 JASON WOLF, MD
2008 DEREK PRABHARASUTH, MD
2009 MICHAEL SHY, MD, PhD
2010 LORRAINE LIANG, MD
2010 MICHAEL AMIRIAN, MD
2011 MAZYAR GHANAAT, MD
2012 KSENIA ROUDAKOVA, MD
2016 WILLIAM ANDREW STERLING, MD
2016 Dennis Robins, , Brian Dinerman and Christine Liaw
2017 William Andrew Sterling
2018 Noam Fine, Hoang Tang, Mahyar Kashani, Zachary Feuer, Danny Segal
2019 Samuel Gold, MD and Matthew Epstein, MD

F. C. Valentine Residents Essay Contest

This contest is open to urology residents and pre-urology medical students for the 15 ACGME approved urology residency programs in the geographic area of the New York Section of the AUA. The event is co-sponsored by the New York Section of the AUA and the Section on Urology of the New York Academy of Medicine. Approximately 120 papers are submitted for consideration each year. The judges are selected from institutions outside of the New York-New Jersey area. The following residents presented prize winning papers:

1997 MICHAEL VOLPE, MD
2000 MICHAEL VOLPE, MD
2001 ELIECER KURZER, MD
2003 JEFFREY DONOHOE, MD
2003 NEIL GRAFSTEIN, MD
2003 ELIECER KURZER, MD
2004 ROBYN ROSENKOPF, MD
2004 LEE SCHACHTER, MD
2004 BRENT YANKE, MD
2005 ELAN SALZHAUER, MD
2007 JOSEPH FELICIANO, MD

Murray Friedman Resident Essay Contest

This contest is established by the American College of Surgeons, Brooklyn and Long Island Chapter. It is open to all residents in approved residency training programs in all specialties in the geographic area of the Brooklyn-Long Island Chapter of the ACS. The following residents presented prize winning papers:

2001 KEVIN DIAMOND, MD
2004 NEIL GRAFSTEIN, MD
2004 ELAN SALZHAUER, MD
2005 LEE SCHACHTER, MD
2007 WILLIAM TRAN, MD
2009 DANIEL THORNER, DO
2010 MARIAM IMNADZE, MD
2011 JEFFREY SCHIFF, MD
2012 MARIAM IMNADZE, MD

SUNY Downstate Residents and Fellows Alumni Society Faculty Recognition Awards

In 2002 SUNY Downstate initiated an alumni society for residents trained at this institution. In 2003 the organization was expanded to encompass fellows as well as residents and the society was renamed. Our graduating chief residents select the awardee for the Department of Urology.

2002 CIRIL GODEC, MD
2003 MARK B. IRWIN, MD
2004 IVAN GRUNBERGER, MD
2005 LLEWELLYN HYACINTHE, MD
2007 IVAN COLON, MD
2008 PAUL RUSSO, MD
2009 LLEWELYN HYACINTHE, MD
2010 CIRIL GODEC, MD
2011 NICHOLAS KARANIKOLAS, MD
2012 LLEWELYN HYACINTHE, MD
2013 (EVENT WAS NOT HELD)
2014 (EVENT WAS NOT HELD)
2015 (EVENT WAS NOT HELD)
2016 (EVENT WAS NOT HELD)
2017 ANDREW WINER, MD
2018  Andrew Winer, MD

2002

2002 Residents and Fellows Faculty Recognition Awards

L-R: Chief Residents, Drs. Kevin Diamond, Rosalia Misseri, and Andrew Cowder with Faculty Awardee, Dr. Ciril Godec, and Chairman, Dr. Richard J. Macchia.

2003

2003 Residents and Fellows Faculty Recognition Awards

L-R, Sovrin Shah, MD, Ami Shah, MD, Chong Min Kim, MD, PhD, Dr. Macchia, Jeffrey Donohoe, MD, Mrs. Donohoe, Faculty Awardee Mark Irwin, MD.

2004

2004 Residents and Fellows Faculty Recognition Awards

L-R, RJ Macchia, MD, Nicholas Karanikolas, MD, Steven Maislos, MD, Faculty Awardee, Ivan Grunberger, MD

2005

2005 Award Winners

L-R, RJ Macchia, MD, Llewelyn Hyacinthe, MD, Robyn Rosenkopf, MD, Ivan Colon, MD, Alex Epelbaum, MD, Lee Schachter, MD

2007

2007 Award Winners

L-R, A. Lipyansky, MD, N. Karanikolas, MD, M. Ferrandino, MD, J. Blitstein, MD, Ivan Colon, MD (Faculty Awardee)

2008

P. Russo, MD & Dr. LaRosa

L-R, P. Russo, MD (awardee), Dr. LaRosa

2009

2009 Honorees

L-R, R.J. Macchia, MD, L. Hyacinthe, MD (awardee), C. Lee, MD, W. Tran, MD.

2010

Dr. LaRosa, and 2010 Awardee, Ciril Godec, MD

L-R, President LaRosa, Ciril Godec, MD (Awardee)

2011

Nicholas Karanikolas, MD (Awardee), Jeffrey P. Weiss, MD

2012

Llewelyn Hyacinthe, MD (Awardee), Jeffrey P. Weiss, MD.

2013

(EVENT WAS NOT HELD)

2014

(EVENT WAS NOT HELD)

2015

(EVENT WAS NOT HELD)

2016

(EVENT WAS NOT HELD)

2017

Jeffery Weiss Accepting award on Dr. Winer's BehalfEric Levy & William Atallah

Andrew Winner, MD Chairman Jeffrey Weiss accepting award on Dr. Winer's behalf. Chief Residents Eric Levy, William Atallah, Ari Bergman not pictured.

2018

(EVENT WAS NOT HELD)

2019

Dhanan Etwaru, MD

Honorary Degrees

The following graduates of our training program have received an honorary Doctor of Science degree from SUNY Downstate Medical School in honor of their world renowned accomplishments as physician-scientists.

2008: Marc Goldstein, MD (Urology, 1980)

Marc Goldstein, MD

An alumnus of the College of Medicine at SUNY Downstate, Marc Goldstein is a prominent surgeon and leader in reproductive medicine. His expertise in male reproductive microsurgery has helped thousands of couples make the successful journey from infertility to parenthood. Board-certifiied in urologic surgery, Dr. Goldstein is internationally known for his pioneering work in vasectomy reversals and repair of varicoceles and blockages. In 1984, he developed a microsurgical method of varicocelectomy, the most common operation for the treatment of infertility in men. He has sinced performed over 3,000 procedures with the lowest reported failure and complication rates. Similarly, his microsurgical technique for reversing vasectomy has yielded the highest reported sperm return and pregnancy rates. The first American surgeon to be trained in and to perform the Chinese method of no-scalpel vasectomy, Dr. Goldstein recently introduced the no-needle, no scalpel vasectomy technique to the Northeast.

Currently, Dr. Goldstein is the Matthew P. Hardy Distinguised Professor of Reproductive Medicine and Urology at Weill Medical College of Cornell University and Surgeon-in-Chief, Male Reproductive Medicine and Surgery, at Weill Cornell Medical Center. He also is senior scientist with the Population Council's Center for Biomedical Research, located on the campus of Rockefeller University.

After graduating summa cum laude from Downstate in 1972, Dr. Goldstein did his residency in general surgery at Columbia Presbyterian Medical Center. He spent three years overseas as a flight surgeon in the US Air Force, attaining the rank of major, before returning to Downstate to train in urology. he continued his postgraduate training in reproductive physiology at the Population Council's Center for Biomedical Research.

Dr. Goldstein has produced more than 230 scholarly articles, book chapters, and books. He is a member of a dozen national and international professional societies and past-president of the Society for Male Reproduction and Urology of the American Society for Reproductive Medicine.

In 1997 he received the Master Teacher in Urology Award from the College of Medicine Alumni Association and in 2002 was awarded Distinguished Alumni Achievement Award. He has been honored by the American Infertility Association for "outstanding commitment to family building" and is the recipient of the 2002 John Kingsley Lattimer Award in Urology from the Kidney and Urology Foundation of America and the 2007 Howard and Georgeanna Jones Lifetime Achievement Award of the American Fertility Association.

2009: Tom F. Lue, MD (Urology, 1981)

Dr. Tom Lue, MD

Tom F. Lue is one of the most respected names in urology today. Internationally recognized for having revolutionized the diagnosis and treatment of male sexual disorders, he continues to make major contributions through his basic and clinical research.

Dr. Lue is also a leader in medical education. He is t'he first to hold the Emil Tanagho Endowed Chair in Clinical Urology at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) School of Medicine, where he serves as vice chair of urology and medical director of the Knuppe Molecular Urology Laboratory. The director of the clinical fellowship in sexual medicine and co-director of the andrology fellowship at UCFS, he has trained more than 70 postgraduate physicians and scientists, many of whom have gone on to prominent careers in research and academic medicine.

After graduating with highest honors from Taiwan's Kaohsiung Medical College, Dr. Lue completed a surgical internship at Jewish Hospital Medical Center in Brooklyn, a surgery residency at Brookdale Hospital Medical Center, followed by a urology residency at SUNY Downstate under former chairman, Keith Waterhouse, MD, and Richard Macchia, MD, the current chairman of urology. Dr. Lue joined the faculty at UCSF in 1982. He continues to support Downstate in many ways, including mentoring medical students and residents and contributing financial support for resident education.

An expert in penile physiology research, Dr. Lue is a major contributor to the field of organic erectile dysfunction therapy. He and his team were the first to discover the anatomical mechanism of venous compression, necessary for healthy sexual function. Among the first to use injection therapy, he introduced the combination of duplex ultrasound and intracavernous injection that has become the gold standard for diagnosing vascular insufficiency.

Dr. Lue's research on a class of compounds known as PDE5 inhibitors helped explain the mechanism of Viagra, Levitra, and Cialis-the drugs of choice for men with ED. His laboratory has been at the forefront of research on Peyronie's disease, priapism, and stress incontinence and currently is investigating the use of adult stem cells to treat ED, urinary incontinence and several other diseases.

Dr. Lue is widely admired for his ability to connect with patients and talk openly about their most intimate concerns. His long list of publications includes several books for lay readers explaining ED and its treatments. Ranked as one of the nation's top doctors by Men's Health Magazine and Best Doctors in America, he has received many professional honors and awards. He was a recipient of the Gold Cystocope Award from the American Urological Association. He chaired the International Consultation on Sexual Medicine in 2003, which developed guidelines and a new treatment algorithm for men's sexual dysfunction. Dr. Lue is a founding member of the Sexual Medicine Society of North America and the World Chinese Urological Society.

SUNY Downstate Institution Wide Annual Research Day

Each year the institution hosts a research day for PhD candidates, MD students and clinical residents and fellows. The following students have won first place for presenting urology papers in the medical students division.

1997 ARIEL HIRSCH
2002 KAVITA PATEL
2005 SHERMAN CHAN

Special Award

Periodically the graduating chief residents recognize individuals inside or outside the department who have made special contributions to their education.

1999 JOSHUA BECKER, MD DEPARTMENT OF RADIOLOGY
2000 KHALID BUTT, MD DIVISION OF TRANSPLANTATION, DEPARTMENT OF SURGERY
2002 DALE DISTANT, MD DIVISION OF TRANSPLANTATION, DEPARTMENT OF SURGERY
2005 JOEL SHEINFELD, MD VICE CHAIRMAN, FELLOWSHIP, PROGRAM DIRECTOR, MSKCC
2008 MARWAN ATALLAH, MD CLINICAL ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR, LICH

SUNY Downstate GME Committee Resident Awards

In 2006 the institution wide GME Committee instituted a series of awards to be given to selected graduating residents from amongst all graduating residents in all departments who have excelled in the areas of academia, service, teaching, research. The following residents from our department have won one of these prestigious awards.

2006 NEIL GRAFSTEIN OUTSTANDING ACADEMIC PERFORMANCE
2007 MICHAEL FERRANDINO OUTSTANDING ACADEMIC PERFORMANCE
2010 JACOB COHEN OUTSTANDING TEACHING PERFORMANCE