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January 30th, 2019
By Department of Medicine

Dr.FriesDr. Fries was elected Fellow of the American Academy of Microbiology. She was nominated by Dr. Ekhard Wimmer, The former Chair of Molecular Genetics and Microbiology, who is also a Fellow of that Organization, as well as a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Sciences and a member of the National Academy of Sciences. Over the last 50 years, over 2,500 distinguished scientists have been elected to The American Academy of Microbiology (AAM or Academy). The AAM is the honorific leadership group within the American Society for Microbiology (ASM), the world's oldest and largest life science organization. Dr. Fries presently has two active research grants (NIH and VA Merit). Half of her laboratory studies the effects of replicative aging in pathogenic fungi with novel, highly innovative methods. The other half of her group works on a highly translational research project, that is directed to the development of antibody therapeutics to multi drug resistant Klebsiella. Her laboratory is highly productive (seven publications in 2018). She has actively recruited faculty to expand Stony Brook’s reach in global health. So a hearty congratulations to Fr. Fries!

March 27, 2018
By Department of Medicine

SOAM AOA GHHS DinnerDepartment of Medicine faculty and resident inducted into the Alpha Omega Alpha (AOA) Honor Medical Society.

Four of our faculty and a chief resident were recognized for their contribution to medical school education by medical students and inducted into the AOA in a ceremony that took place on March 27, 2018.
The inductees are Drs. Imran Baig (VA), Roger Fan (Cardiology), Kaveh Sadigh (Cardiology), Edward Sun (Gastroenterology), and Lorenzo Ottaviano (Chief). 

From left: Drs. Smaldone, Yang, Fields, Fan, Ottaviano, Sun, Sadigh, Lane, Fuhrer, Ahmad, and Hwu.

March 7, 2018
By Department of Medicine

Joshua D. Miller, MD, Named as President of the American Diabetes Association Long Island Community Leadership Board Uniondale, NY

The American Diabetes Association, the nation's largest voluntary health organization leading the fight to Stop Diabetes®, is pleased to announce that Joshua D. Miller, MD, of Setauket, NY, has been named as President of The American Diabetes Association Long Island Community Leadership Board. Dr. Joshua D. Miller is the Medical Director of Diabetes Care for Stony Brook Medicine and an Assistant Professor of Endocrinology & Metabolism in the Department of Medicine. He is dual board-certified in Internal Medicine and Endocrinology, Diabetes & Metabolism.

Dr. Miller has vast experience helping people with diabetes to conquer the challenges of living with the disease; he has been living with type 1 diabetes for more than 20 years. “There are tremendous resources available at Stony Brook Medicine to help patients with diabetes and those at risk,” said Dr. Miller. “We are committed to improving the lives of all those affected by diabetes and are proud to collaborate with the American Diabetes Association to serve the people of Long Island.” Dr. Miller has a strong interest in population health and chronic disease. He serves as the Project Lead for the Suffolk Care Collaborative’s Diabetes Wellness and Self-Management initiative. This effort, through the New York State Medicaid Redesign Program (DSRIP), aims to enhance care and improve access to education for thousands of Long Island residents with diabetes and those at risk. As President of The American Diabetes Association Long Island Community Leadership Board, Dr. Miller is responsible for assisting with oversight of the Association's patient and clinical support programs in Nassau and Suffolk counties. Additionally, he will work closely with the Association's Long Island volunteers and staff on activities and initiatives to raise greater awareness of the diabetes epidemic and with primary care community to raise greater understanding of the seriousness and management of diabetes at the clinical level. A Long Island native, Dr. Miller studied at the University of Rochester where he received his undergraduate, graduate and medical education. He completed his training at Mount Sinai Medical Center and Columbia University/New York Presbyterian Hospital.

About Diabetes: Diabetes is a serious disease that affects the body's ability to produce or respond properly to insulin, a hormone that allows blood glucose to enter the cells of the body and be used for energy. The following data from the most recent Centers for Disease Control diabetes report underscores the burden of diabetes on America:

  • Prevalence: In 2015, 30.3 million Americans, or 9.4% of the population, had diabetes.
    • Approximately 1.25 million American children and adults have type 1 diabetes.
  • Undiagnosed: Of the 30.3 million adults with diabetes, 23.1 million were diagnosed, and 7.2 million were undiagnosed. 
  • Prevalence in Seniors: The percentage of Americans age 65 and older remains high, at 25.2%, or 12.0 million seniors (diagnosed and undiagnosed).
  • New Cases: 1.5 million Americans are diagnosed with diabetes every year.
  • Prediabetes: In 2015, 84.1 million Americans age 18 and older had prediabetes.
  • Deaths: Diabetes remains the 7th leading cause of death in the United States in 2015, with 79,535 death certificates listing it as the underlying cause of death, and a total of 252,806 death certificates listing diabetes as an underlying or contributing cause of death.

About the American Diabetes Association: The American Diabetes Association is leading the fight to Stop Diabetes® and its deadly consequences and fighting for those affected by diabetes. The Association funds research to prevent, cure and manage diabetes; delivers services to hundreds of communities; provides objective and credible information; and gives voice to those denied their rights because of diabetes. Founded in 1940, our mission is to prevent and cure diabetes and to improve the lives of all people affected by diabetes. For more information please call the American Diabetes Association at 1-800-DIABETES (1-800-342-2383) or Information from both these sources is available in English and Spanish.

About Stony Brook Medicine: Stony Brook Medicine elevates all of Stony Brook University’s health-related initiatives: education, research and patient care. It includes six Health Sciences schools — Dental Medicine, Health Technology and Management, Medicine, Nursing, Social Welfare and Pharmacy & Pharmaceutical Sciences — as well as Stony Brook University Hospital, Stony Brook Children’s Hospital and more than 90 community-based healthcare settings throughout Suffolk County. To learn more, visit



November 20, 2017
By Department of Medicine


Stony Brook Medicine Internal Medicine Residents had a clean sweep in the Resident Research Competition at the New York ACP Resident and Student Forum held on October 28, 2017, winner 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place in the research category! As 1st place winner, Kevin Zarrabi receives support from NYACP to present his research at the national ACP meeting in New Orleans in 2018.

1st place: Kevin Zarrabi, “Assessing Clinical Outcomes in Colorectal Cancer with Assay for Invasive Circulating Tumor Cells”. Mentor: Dr. Yue Zhang

2nd place: Gregg Cantor: Predictors of Non-calcified Plaque Among Patients With Obstructive Coronary Artery Disease on Coronary Computed Tomography Angiography. Mentor: Dr. Getu Teressa

3rd place: Jessica Harris and Qin Rao. “Reducing Inflammatory Bowel Disease Readmissions: A Retrospective Review of Factors Contributing to IBD Readmissions at a Single University Hospital Over a Period of 5 years”. Mentors: Ramona Rajapakse and Farah Monzur.



November 17, 2017
By Department of Medicine



2017 Mid-Atlantic Society of General Internal Medicine Meeting in Newark, DE

  • Patricia Ng, MD and Rachel Wong, MD, MPH- Show Me the Money! Preliminary Results from a tailored financial wellness program for Internal Medicine Residents. (Oral Abstract Winner for Education Innovations)
  • Kevin Zarrabi, MD; Kelly Cummings, MD; Tejas Shah, MD; Nirvani Goolsaran, MD- Understanding the Barriers to Error Reporting: A Needs Assessment (Poster Winner for Education Innovations)
  • Vadim Divilov, MD; Abhinav Rohatgi, MD; Bonnie Kiner-Strachan, MD- A Rare Case of Extramedullary Leukemic Infiltration of Bilateral Breasts as a First Sign of Relapse in AML
  • Ruth Abeles, MD; Patricia Ng, MD; Muataz Yaziji, MD; Nand Wadhwa, MD- Mixed Cryoglobulinemia with Monoclonal IgM Kappa and IgG Kappa in the setting of Primary Sjogren Syndrome
  • Aaron Levit, DO and Patricia Ng, MD – Rothia dentocariosa Endocarditis: A Rare Case of Fatal Disease
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Dr. Kevin Zarrabi
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Dr. Aaron Levit
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Dr. Ruth Abeles
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Dr. Vadim Divilov
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Left to right: Drs. Zarrabi, Abeles, Divilov, Levit, Ng (Attending)
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Dr. Patricia Ng, Primary Care Program Director


November 16, 2017
By Department of Medicine



Aaron Levit
Dr. Aaron Levit, Internal Medicine Resident, has been appointed to the United States Medical Licensing Examination (USMLE) Medical Student and Advisory Panel. The USMLE Medical Student and Resident Advisory Panel is composed of medical students and residents from across the U.S. and internationally and is charged to assist USMLE staff in working through operational issues directly impacting the examinee experience of the exam and serve as a voice and resource to inform substantive policy questions from or before official USMLE committees. Topics the panel may be asked to address or weigh in on include strategic enhancements to the USMLE, communication strategies to examinees, performance feedback to examinees, the testing day experience of examinees, and changes in USMLE policy.

Congratulations to Dr. Levit on this achievement!


October 27, 2017
By Department of Medicine



Dr. Audun Lier, PGY2, was awarded by competitive application the ID Week Mentorship Program Travel Stipend. The program provided one-on-one mentoring and opportunities to discuss career opportunities including global health. Dr. Lier presented his research on “Barriers to successful linkage to care among HCV positive individuals” at the recent IDSA meeting. Dr. Lier’s faculty mentor is Dr. Luis Marcos from the Division of Infectious Diseases.



September 27, 2017
By Department of Medicine



We are proud to announce that we had a record number of posters accepted to NYACP. The acceptance rate for Stony Brook Medicine was 67% with an overall acceptance rate of 46%. Really proud of everyone who submitted posters!
The following individuals have posters accepted:


Abstract Category Abstract Title Author
Resident/Fellow Clinical Vignette Gangrenous Cholecystitis Secondary to Extension of Celiac Artery Dissection into Hepatic Artery Jessica Harris
Resident/Fellow Clinical Vignette Nafcillin-Induced Liver Failure: A Rare Report and Review of the Literature Talal Seoud
Resident/Fellow Clinical Vignette Dermatomyositis without the Myositis: Acute Hypoxic Respiratory Failure Diagnosed as Anti-MDA5 Clinically Amyopathic Dermatomyositis Layla Sankari
Resident/Fellow Clinical Vignette Methylene Blue Dye Used for Visual Confirmation of an Enterocutaneous Fistula: A Case Report and Review of the Literature Talal Seoud
Resident/Fellow Research Assessing Clinical Outcomes in Colorectal Cancer with Assay for Invasive Circulating Tumor Cells Kevin Zarrabi
Resident/Fellow Research Reducing Inflammatory Bowel Disease Readmissions: A Retrospective Review of Factors Contributing to IBD Readmissions at a Single University Hospital Over a Period of 5 years Jessica Harris


June 28, 2017
By Department of Medicine



The Department of Medicine Celebratory Grand Rounds was held on June 28, 2017. The 2017 recipients of Faculty Awards Program are as follows:

From left to right: Kaveh Sedigh, Teacher Educator Award (Medical Student category); Bettina Fries, Basic Science Research Award; Hal Skopicki, Clinical Research Award; Michelle Bloom, Mentoring Award; Alpa Desai, Teacher Educator Award (Fellow category); David Goodrich, Master Clinician Award; Susan Lee, Outstanding Service Award; Stephanie Jones, Teacher Educator Award (Resident category); Vincent Yang, Simons Chair of Medicine


June 6, 2017
By Department of Medicine



The 14th Annual Peter Cohn, MD, Lecture took place on May 24, 2017. This year’s speaker was Dr. William Lawson, Professor of Medicine and Vice Chair of Quality, Compliance and Patient Safety. The title of the talk was “Pipe Dreams of a Cardiologist”. Dr. Ken Kaushansky gave introductory remarks on both the Lectureship and the speaker. A commemorative plaque was presented to Dr. Lawson by Drs. Cohen and Javed Butler, Professor and Chief of Cardiology Division, and Co-Director of Stony Brook Heart Institute.



May 30, 2017
By Department of Medicine



On May 3, 2017, three Stony Brook Internal Medicine and 14 medical students volunteered for “Doctors Back to School” Day, a community outreach event organized by Dr. Cordia Beverly and Ms. Yvonne Spreckles. Primary Care Internal Medicine Residents, Drs. Olga Kaplun, Sean Hsu and Zachary Fleischner, spoke to nearly 500 students from Brentwood and Longwood High Schools to inspire them to pursue careers in medicine. The event was part of the American Medical Association’s nationwide efforts to increase underrepresented minority physicians in training and eliminate racial and ethnic health disparities.

Dr. Sean Hsu (3rd from the right)

Dr. Olga Kaplun teaching a Longwood High School student about auscultation

Dr. Olga Kaplun (2nd from the right)


May 23, 2017
By Department of Medicine



After 48 years of illustrious career as a cardiologist, 36 of which devoted to Stony Brook, Dr. Peter F. Cohn retired in January of this year as Professor of Medicine. A dinner was held in his honor on May 19, 2017, at the Melville Marriott Hotel and was attended by Peter’s family, friends, current and past Stony Brook faculty, as well as former fellows trained under him, including Professors Marvin Konstam of Tuft University and Marc Pfeffer of the Brigham & Women’s Hospital in Boston. Peter was the inaugural Chief of Cardiology at Stony Brook in 1981 when he moved from the Peter Bent Brigham Hospital of Harvard Medical School. He is known internationally for his pioneering work on silent myocardial ischemia. Under his leadership, Stony Brook Cardiology program grew tremendously both in terms of size as well as the services provided. A few years ago, friends of Peter also donated an endowment to initiate an annual Peter Cohn Distinguished Lectureship series. This year’s lecture will be delivered by Dr. William Lawson, Professor of Cardiology and Vice Chair of Medicine for Quality, titled “Pipe Dreams of Cardiologists”, on Wednesday May 24th.

From left to right: Dr. V. Yang; Dr. P. Cohn; Ms. Cohn; and Dr. J. Butler


April 11, 2017
By Department of Medicine



Dr. Sahar AhmadDr. Nirvani GoolsarranDr. Kaveh Sadigh Drs. Sahar Ahmad, Nirvani Goolsarran, and Kaveh Sadigh have been selected to become Members of the Miriam and David Donoho Academy of Clinical & Educational Scholars (ACES). Their selections reflect their contributions to teaching, mentoring, curriculum development, leadership and educational scholarship in medical education. As Members of this Academy they will become part of an elite group of leaders in medical education and medical education scholarship who will work with individuals and programs across all areas of the School of Medicine to identify, analyze, and solve challenges in medical education and clinical scholarship. The Academy aims to provide them with individualized mentorship to foster their educational and clinical scholarship for continuous career development, and to recognize and reward those who display dedication to and excellence in education.

Their initial terms in the Academy will be for three years, provided them continue to demonstrate exemplary service to the educational missions of ACES and of the School of Medicine. Their participation in and service to ACES will be reviewed annually by the ACES Director and the ACES Evaluation Committee.

Let's congratulate Drs. Sahar Ahmad, Nirvani Goolsarran, and Kaveh Sadigh on being selected as a Member of ACES.

More about the Miriam and David Donoho Academy of Clinical & Educational Scholars (ACES) can be found HERE.


April 6, 2017
By Undergraduate Research & Creative Activities (URECA)



Evelyn Kandov
Evelyn Kandov is on track to graduate in May with an honors degree in Biology — and in just 3 years! She is a member of the Women in Science & Engineering (WISE) program, and has been active in research at Stony Brook since she was a high school participant in the Garcia Research Scholars program. In her freshman year at SB, Evelyn began doing research in the Physiology & Biophysics Department, and participated in the 2015 PSEG-sponsored Explorations in STEM program. During 2015-16, she worked primarily with Dr. Richard Lin and Dr. Lisa Ballou on a project involving protein interactions in pancreatic tumor cells. In January 2016, Evelyn joined the laboratory of Dr. Berhane Ghebrehiwet (Medicine) and received a URECA award in Summer 2016 to support her work on “The dual roles of membrane and soluble forms of gC1qR and C1q in the breast cancer microenvironment." Evelyn will be presenting a poster at the The American Association of Immunologists in Washington D.C, next month. She will also be presenting on-campus at the annual URECA undergraduate research symposium on April 26th. This summer, Evelyn will be interning at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center and in the fall will start a two-year post-baccalaureate program at the NIH.

Please click HERE for the full interview/feature on URECA site.


April 4, 2017
By Department of Medicine



Dr. Rachel Wong and her team won National ACP Champion Awards for their wonderful accomplishments in the Quality Improvements arena. We are very proud of their accomplishments:

Several residents and faculty members are named as ACP QI Champions this year:
2017 - 18 ACP QI Champions
Atrial Fibrillation - Bibi Zainul MD (faculty), Alley Fernan, RN (nursing)
Diabetes - Wendy Podany MD (resident)
Chronic Pain - Astha Muttreja MD (resident), Stephanie Jones MD (faculty), Alley Fernan RN (nursing), Rachel Wong MD (faculty)

From left to right: Rachel Wong, MD (faculty), Bibi Zainul, MD (faculty), Wendy Podany, MD (PGY2),
Astha Muttreja, MD (PGY2), Alley Fernan, RN

The Stony Brook QI Pain Champion team also won the 2017 John Palmiero ACP QI Team Champion Award for excellence in QI with their work on Chronic Pain Management. This is a remarkable achievement. The winning team members are:
William Carroll MD (resident), Alley Fernan RN (nurse), Rachel Wong MD (faculty)

From left to right on the left photo: Salem Wubu from the ACP accepting, Rachel Wong, MD and Alley Fernan, RN
On the right photo: Will Carroll, MD (PGY3) with the award

Dr. Rachel Wong’s efforts in Quality Improvement have led to national recognition of the excellent work she is leading with her team at Stony Brook. Congratulations to Dr. Wong and her colleagues!


March 9, 2017
By Department of Medicine



Dr. Sahar Ahmad
It is a pleasure to announce that Dr. Sahar Ahamd has been selected for the membership in the Medical Honor Society, Alpha Omega Alpha. This selection recognizes her important contribution to medical students' education and is a testament of their high regard for her. She now joins a most select group of physicians, scientists, and educators whose performance places them in the highest category of excellence. Let's join the students and other faculty members in offering the most sincere congratulations upon her selection for this honor.


February 27, 2017
By Department of Medicine



Dr. Susan Lane
Dr. Vincent Yang, Chair of Medicine, announced that Dr. Susan Lane has been elected as a Councilor to the Association of Program Directors in Internal Medicine (APDIM) for a three-year term, beginning July of this year. This is a remarkable achievement given the significant leadership role that the Councilor plays in guiding the development of policies and strategies of the society. Dr. Lane has been Chair of the Health Policy Committee of the Alliance for Academic Internal Medicine (AAIM), the parent organization to which APDIM belongs, and will be moderating the Opening Plenary at the annual AAIM conference at Baltimore in March. She certainly makes us at Stony Brook proud. Let's congratulate Dr. Lane for her exemplary contributions and accomplishments.


February 27, 2017
By Department of Medicine



Dr. Smadar Kort
The American College of Cardiology (ACC) is planning to produce a new version of EchoSAP – the popular self-assessment program on echocardiography – for release in 2018, and Dr. Smadar Kort has been selected to be the editor-in-chief for the next version of EchoSAP. EchoSAP helps its users prepare for the initial or recertification exam in echocardiography, stay abreast of new advances in the field, teach others and earn CME credit. We are excited to see Dr. Kort to make EchoSAP 8 even better than its predecessors! Congratulations!


February 27, 2017
By Department of Medicine



Dr. Jonathan Tolentino
Dr. Russ Kolarik, Chair of MPPDA Nominating Committee, announced that Dr. Jonathan Tolentino had been elected to be Member Representative of Medicine-Pediatrics Program Directors Association (MPPDA). Dr. Tolentino will serve a two-year term which begins July 1, 2017. Congratulations on this remarkable achievement!


January 23, 2017
By Department of Medicine



Dr. Michelle Bloom
Dr. Vincent Yang, Chair of Medicine, announced that at its most recent meeting, the School of Medicine’s Appointment, Promotion and Tenure (APT) Committee, had recommended the promotion of Dr. Michelle Bloom in the Division of Cardiology, Department of Medicine, to Clinical Associate Professor of Medicine, pending on the approval of the President. Please join us in congratulating Dr. Michelle Bloom on the well-deserved and outstanding accomplishment.


December 22, 2016
By Vincent Yang, MD. PhD, Simons Chair of Medicine



Dear Members of the Department of Medicine Community:

It is my pleasure to announce the recipients of the 2017 Pilot Project Grants program in the Department of Medicine. We received a large number of applications which were reviewed by an expert panel of faculty volunteers. I am delighted to announce that four grants were selected for funding. They are:

Nirvani Goolsarran, M.D. (Division of Geriatrics, General Internal Medicine and Hospital Medicine; Lisa Strano-Paul and Latha Chandran, Co-Mentors)
Project Title: Systems Based Thinking in Medical Education: Developing an Approach to Competency in Quality and Patient Safety. A retrospective pilot study.

Dr. Nirvani Goolsarran

Dr. Lisa Strano-Paul
Dr. Latha Chandran
Chelsea Estrada, M.D. (Division of Nephrology and Hypertension; Sandeep Mallipattu, Mentor)
Project Title: STAT3-KLF4 Signaling Mediates Renal Endothelial Injury in Antibody Mediated Rejection in Kidney Transplant Recipients.

Dr. Chelsea Estrada

Dr. Sandeep Mallipattu
Weiqin Lu, PhD (Division of Gastroenterology and Hepatology; Vincent Yang, Mentor)
Project Title: Interplay between NADPH Oxidase and Mutant KRas in Pancreatic Inflammation.

Dr. Weiqin Lu

Dr. Vincent Yang
Nadia Hasaneen, M.D. (Division of Pulmonary, Critical Care and Sleep Medicine; Geoffrey Girnun, Mentor)
Project Title: Role of Extracellular Matrix Metalloproteinase Inducer (EMMPRIN) in Lung Fibrosis (funding partially provided by VAMC Northport).

Dr. Nadia Hasaneen

Dr. Geoffrey Girnun
I would like to take this opportunity to thank all of the applicants and their mentors for submitting the proposals. I would also like to thank the reviewers for their effort in reviewing the applications and providing constructive comments. The review committee was chaired by Dr. Marie Gelato and includes the following members: Drs. Hussein Foda, Susan Lane, Getu Teressa, Minsig Choi, Bill Lawson, Dennis Mynarcik, Ashley Snider and Roy Steigbigel. Mr. Ivan Crnosija provided statistical review. A special appreciation goes to Dr. Bill Lawson for his generous financial support of the program and to Dr. Hussein Foda for funding a project related to the VAMC Northport. Their combined effort in promoting the scholarly activities of the department is much appreciated.

Once again, please join me in congratulating the awardees for their success and wish them the best in conducting their projects.


December 22, 2016
By Department of Medicine



Dr. Jules Cohen
Dr. Vincent Yang, Chair of Medicine, announced that at its most recent meeting, the School of Medicine’s Appointment, Promotion and Tenure (APT) Committee, had recommended the promotion of Dr. Jules Cohen in the Division of Hematology and Oncology, Department of Medicine, to Clinical Associate Professor of Medicine, pending on the approval of the President. Please join us in congratulating Dr. Jules Cohen on the well-deserved and outstanding accomplishment.


November 22, 2016
By Department of Medicine



Dr. Susan Lee The National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA) acknowledged that the Level 3 NCQA PCMH application of Stony Brook Internists had been successful and had been granted Recognition. Dr. Susan Lee of Primary Care is the lead for this application. Congratulations on such a great achievement!

The following clinicians are linked to this Recognition:
  • Lisa Strano-Paul MD
  • Tracey Spinnato MD
  • Irene Hwu MD
  • David Goodrich MD
  • Jennifer Hensley MD
  • Scott Stein MD
  • Rachel Wong MD
  • Susan Lane MD
  • Kimberly Kranz MD
  • Catherine Nicastri MD
  • William Wertheim MD
  • Susan Lee MD
  • Donna Heinemann MD
  • Stephanie Jones MD
  • Diane Klein-Ritter MD
  • Bibi Zainul MD
  • Suzanne Fields MD
  • Mandeep Patel MD


November 21, 2016
By Department of Medicine



Dr. Vincent Yang, Chair of Medicine, announced that at its most recent meeting, the School of Medicine’s Appointment, Promotion and Tenure (APT) Committee, had recommended the promotion of the following faculty members in the Department of Medicine:

Dr. Jonathan Buscaglia
Dr. Jonathan Buscaglia, Division Chief of Gastroenterology & Hepatology, to Associate Professor of Medicine with Tenure; and

Dr. Sam Parnia
Dr. Sam Parnia, Division of Pulmonary, Critical Care & Sleep Medicine, to Associate Professor of Medicine with Tenure.
All promotions are pending on the approval of the Chancellor of SUNY. Please join us in congratulating Drs. Buscaglia and Parnia, on the well-deserved and outstanding accomplishment.


November 18, 2016
By Jonathan M. Buscaglia, MD & Vincent W. Yang, MD, PhD



Dr. Juan Carlos Bucobo Please join us in congratulating Dr. Juan Carlos Bucobo for his new position within Stony Brook Medicine as Assistant Dean for Clinical Outreach. In his new role, Dr. Bucobo will work alongside Dr. Basil Rigas and Dr. William Wertheim, identifying and recruiting highly-skilled community practitioners into Stony Brook Community Medical (SBCM). Juan Carlos will help manage the SBCM practices in their promotion of quality, effective and accessible care; and work on clinical integration of the SBCM with the current CPMP and SBUH practices.

Juan Carlos has been part of the Stony Brook family since his residency and GI fellowship days. After completing additional training in advanced endoscopy from the Cedars Sinai/UCLA program, he joined the Department of Medicine in 2010 as full-time faculty. He has served as Chief of Endoscopy for SBUH since 2012, and was recently promoted to Associate Professor of Clinical Medicine. This year, Juan received special recognition by the American Society for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy (ASGE) for his exceptional service to this international organization, and his overall commitment to quality in the field of gastrointestinal endoscopy.

Dr. Bucobo will continue his work as a clinical gastroenterologist, specializing in advanced therapeutic endoscopy and GI cancers. We look forward to watching him flourish in this additional role within the University. Again, join us in congratulating Dr. Bucobo for his achievement!


September 6, 2016
By Department of Medicine



Dr. Javed Butler Dr. Javed Butler's grant application focusing on the effect of HIV infection on cardiac structure and function was funded by the Office of Aids Research at NIH. This 5.6 million USD grant will have multiple aspects of cardiac physiology assessed and will include an echo core lab at Northwestern, MRI core lab at Duke, and proteomics/metabolomics core lab at Duke as well. The coordination will be from Stony Brook and will lead us to better integrate in CV research with other peer institutions.


September 6, 2016
By Department of Medicine



Dr. Allen Jeremias Dr. Allen Jeremias successfully brought a live course on coronary physiology and intravascular imaging to Stony Brook. We will be one of the four sites in the country for this course and the only one in Northeast. This course is focused on teaching interventional cardiologist and other staff the precise assessment of the hemodynamic impact of a specific coronary stenosis as well as how to optimize stent procedures by using intravascular imaging.


August 29, 2016
By Stephen Feller (Credited to UPI)



Dr. Benjamin Luft "CHICAGO, Aug. 29 (UPI) -- A study of first responders to the Sept. 11, 2001, terror attack on the World Trade Center in New York confirmed a link between post-traumatic stress disorder and the development of cognitive impairment, which researchers say affects the treatment of first responders as well as military veterans and other people with PTSD.

Patients with PTSD should be monitored for signs of cognitive impairment, according to researchers at Stony Brook University, based on research consistently showing one condition can be predictive of the other after particularly traumatic experiences.

Previous research has linked PTSD, major depressive disorder and cognitive impairment, though researchers say the new study, published in the journal Alzheimer's and Dementia: Diagnosis, Assessment and Disease Monitoring, is the first to show increased incidence of impairments in civilian responders to the terror attacks who did not sustain head injuries.

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention started the program in 2002 in order to monitor the health of police, firefighters and other officials who participated in the search, rescue and cleanup efforts after the attack.

More than 33,000 responders enrolled in the WTC Health Program and roughly one-fifth have developed PTSD, making the results of the research significant and far-reaching.

'This is a problem we must solve,' Dr. Maria Carrillo, chief science officer at the Alzheimer's Association, said in a press release. 'The silver lining in these troubling new findings is that they will help us better understand the relationship between PTSD, cognition and dementia. More research is needed in this area. This is crucial so that we can provide better care for all individuals who experience PTSD.'

For the study, the researchers screened 818 responders at Stony Brook University who reported for annual monitoring visits for cognitive impairment and dementia.

Roughly 12.8 percent of responders in the study had indications of cognitive impairment and 1.2 percent showed signs of possible dementia, which researchers extrapolated out to estimate that overall between 3,740 to 5,300 responders may have cognitive impairment and 240 to 810 may have dementia.

'These numbers are staggering, considering that the average age of responders was 53 during this study,' said Dr. Sean Clouston, an assistant professor of public health at Stony Brook University. 'If our results are replicable, doctors need to be aware of the impact of cognitive impairment among individuals who have experienced traumatic events leading to PTSD. For example, cognitive impairment can compound the course of PTSD and depression, impairing the person beyond the impact of PTSD itself.' "


Dr. Ashley Snider            Dr. Ashley Snider

Dr. Ashley Snider, a faculty member in Gastroenterology is a recipient of a 2016/2017 Targeted Research Opportunity Fusion Seed Grant Award – Obesity High Fat Diet and Colon Cancer Racial Disparity.  Congratulations Ashley!

Ashley and her Co-Investigator Dr. Jennie Williams will dissect the alterations in colonic pathobiology unique to African American colorectal cancer patients, including the impact of high fat diet and obesity on the colon proteome and the impact of specific fatty acids on tumor formation.

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  Dr. Sandeep Mallipattu

Dr. Sandeep Mallipattu of the Division of Nephrology and Hypertension has been awarded a grant from the American Heart Association entitled Krüppel-Like Factor 15 is critical to the identification of novel therapeutics in chronic kidney disease.  Congratulations!

In the June 2016 issue of the Journal of the American Society of Nephrology, Dr. Mallipattu published an article entitled Krupple-Like Factor 15 Mediates Glucocorticoid-Induced Restoration of Podocyte Differentiation Markers.  The contents of this publication underpin the grant he was just awarded that intends, in its third specific aim, to identify novel small molecules that up regulate KLF15 gene expression.  This is classical translational research and hopefully will discover chemical leads that will ultimately result in effective therapeutics for diseases such as Focal Segmental Glomerular Sclerosis, HIV-associated nephropathy and Diabetic Nephropathy.

Dr. Joshua MillerDr. Joshua Miller


Dr. Joshua Miller, a faculty member in Endocrinology, is a recipient of a 2016/2017 Targeted Research Opportunity Clinical Research Award – Diabetes, glycemic control & progression to colon cancer.  Congratulations Josh!

Josh and his co-investigators Dr. Ellen Li, Dr. Jonathan Buscaglia, Dr. Igor Kravets and Dr. Juan Carlos Bucobo will analyze the effects of glycemic control and insulin resistance on the progression of colorectal cancer along the adenoma-carcinoma pathway in patients with diabetes mellitus.  This study will provide data crucial to Dr. Li’s Specialized Programs of Research Excellence (SPORE) grant application investigating Colorectal Cancer.


Dr.Getu TeressaDr.Getu Teressa 


Dr. Getu Teressa, a faculty member in Hospital Medicine is a recipient of a 2016/2017 Targeted Research Opportunity Pilot / Feasibility Study – Diagnostic Utility of Coronary Computed Tomography Angiogram in Stable Patients with High Pre-Test Probability.  Congratulations Getu!

Getu and his co-investigator, Dr. Javed Butler will test the hypothesis that Coronary Computed Tomography Angiogram use in stable chest pain patients with high pretest probability and no known coronary artery disease is safe, efficient, and improves diagnostic yield of invasive coronary angiography.  Given mounting evidence that the pretest probability assessment algorithm over-predicts the presence of obstructive coronary artery disease and the high rate of low-yield invasive coronary angiography in contemporary practice, such a study is important and can bridge the evidence gap in the evaluation of this patient population. 



June  2016



Dr. William Lawson of the Division of Cardiovascular Medicine received the Clinical Service Award for consistent superiority in ability, availability and affability in patient care and in cooperation with other providers and/or initiated improvements to enhance patient care.  Other nominees were Dr. L. Baer, Dr. J. Fuhrer, Dr. D. Goodrich, Dr. S. Lee, De. A. Mani and Dr. A. Patnaik.

Dr. Kathleen Stergiopoulos of the Division of Cardiovascular Medicine received the Clinical Research Award for an original clinical research manuscript published in a peer-reviewed journal within the last 18 months.  Association of cardiomyopathy with adverse cardiac events in pregnant women at the time of delivery. Journal of American College of Cardiology: Heart Failure 3, 257-266 (2015).

Dr. Agnieszka Bialkowska of the Division of Gastroenterology & Hepatology received the Basic Science Research Award for an original basic science research manuscript published in a peer-reviewed journal within the last 18 months. A novel small molecule that efficiently inhibits the growth of colorectal cancer xenografts in mice. Molecular Cancer Therapeutics 15, 72-83 (2016). The other nominee was Dr. N. Hasaneen.

Dr. Nand Wadhwa of the Division of Nephrology & Hypertension received the Mentoring Award for excellence in mentoring junior faculty, fellows, residents or students in their career development and/or research as demonstrated by career advancement or research productivity.  Other nominees were Dr. M. Bloom and Dr. L. Lense.

Dr. Sahar Ahmad of the Division of Pulmonary, Critical Care & Sleep Medicine received the Teacher Educator Award for consistent dedication and high quality in teaching and empowering the learning of students, residents, fellows, junior faculty, or peers.  Other nominees were Dr. L. Gruberg and Dr. A. Mani.

From the left, Dr. William Lawson (Clinical Service Award), Dr. Kathleen Stergiopoulos (Clinical Research Award), Dr. Agnieszka Bialkowska (Basic Science Research Award), Dr. Nand Wadhwa (Mentoring Award), Dr. Sahar Ahmad (Teacher Educator Award), Dr. Marina Charitou (Chair of the Faculty Awards Program), Dr. Edward Nord (Chair of the Faculty Development Committee) and Dr. Vincent Yang (Simons Chair of Medicine)


June 7, 2016
By Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society



Dr. Susan Lane Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society has announced the recipients of its 2016 Alpha Omega Alpha Fellow in Leadership Award. The three fellows were selected from a pool of highly qualified candidates from medical schools and institutions across the country. The three fellows are:

Brian Clyne, MD (AΩA, Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University, 2016, Alumnus), is an Emergency Medicine physician at Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University. Dr. Clyne serves as Vice Chair for Education for the Department of Emergency Medicine; Associate Professor of Medical Science and Emergency Medicine; Co-Program Director for the Medical Education Research Fellowship at Rhode Island Hospital; and Attending Physician at both Miriam Hospital’s and Rhode Island Hospital’s Emergency Departments.

Nora Gimpel, MD (AΩA, University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas, 2016, Faculty), is a Family Medicine physician at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas. Dr. Gimpel serves as Chief of the Community Health Section, the Department of Family and Community Medicine; Associate Professor of Family and Community Medicine; and the Director of the Community Medicine Fellowship Program for the Department of Family and Community Medicine.

Susan Lane, MD(AΩA, Stony Brook University School of Medicine, 2011, Faculty), is an Internist at Stony Brook University School of Medicine. Dr. Lane serves as Associate Professor of Clinical Medicine; Vice Chair of Education for the Department of Medicine; and the Internal Medicine Residency Program Director.

The fellows will each receive $25,000 to be used fund their respective leadership development projects. They will also receive coaching and mentorship from nationally renowned leaders in medicine to help them exemplify the qualities of leading from within, AΩA’s professional values, and the concepts of servant leadership.

Previous fellows have attributed this award to preparing them for career advancements, taking on more responsibility, and better advocating for their needs.

“I am very impressed with the quality of this year’s fellows,” says Richard L. Byyny, MD, FACP, Executive Director of Alpha Omega Alpha. “The AΩA Fellow in Leadership Award is a unique opportunity to support emerging physician leaders in their careers and give them new leadership opportunities in medicine. This group of fellows joins our six previous AOA Fellows in Leadership in becoming the next generation of leaders in medicine.”


April 5, 2016
By Yvonne Spreckels, MPA, Director, Department of Community Relations



Dr. Minsig Choi Dr. Minsig Choi was selected to receive Stony Brook Medicine’s Distinguished Community Service Award. This award is given to individuals who performed the most community service in 2015. The award was presented to Dr. Choi at the Michael A. Maffetone Community Service Award Ceremony and Reception on Thursday, March 31. The event was emceed by SBUH CEO L. Reuven Pasternak and was held in the HSC Galleria.


March 4, 2016
By Joseph H. Laver, MD, Chief Medical Officer, Stony Brook Medicine



Dr. Joshua Miller Dr. Joshua Miller, Clinical Assistant Professor of Medicine in the Division of Endocrinology, Department of Medicine, has been appointed as the Medical Director of Diabetes Care for the Stony Brook University Hospital.

This position was created to provide focused and innovative leadership with the intention to elevate and enrich diabetes care in the Stony Brook medical community. In his short time here, Dr. Miller has emerged as a natural leader and energetic physician champion for diabetes care at many fronts. As a person with type 1 diabetics, he has a strong rapport with patients and keen knowledge of the challenges they face in managing their disease. Under his direction, we are confident that Stony Brook Medicine can build the first truly comprehensive diabetes program in the region. Dr. Miller is charged with the mission of spearheading and transforming diabetes care at Stony Brook by overseeing program quality, content, process redesign, efficiency and regulatory compliance. His major responsibilities will be focused on, but not limited to, inpatient diabetes care at Sony Brook University Hospital, as well as:

- Establishing standards and processes for care and education that adhere to national best practices
- Implementing systems for measuring outcomes and reporting findings
- Supporting the Hospital in maintaining accreditation by the American Diabetes Association Education Recognition Program
- Enhancing interdisciplinary collaboration and staff educational programs
- Chairing the multidisciplinary Hospital Diabetes Advisory Committee (DAC)
- Providing clinical leadership to the Stony Brook medical community population health management efforts that seek to implement evidence-based strategies for adult diabetes care in selected high-risk populations.

Dr. Miller also maintains a close involvement in information technology initiatives that seek to standardize diabetes protocols and outcome measurement. In the area of population health, Dr. Miller leads a key Delivery System Reform Incentive Payment (DSRIP) project related to diabetes and chronic disease management. He is currently facilitating a Joslin Diabetes Center-supported gap analysis of our clinical and educational offerings for patients with diabetes whose outcome will help direct future investment decisions in diabetes-related services.


March 2, 2016
By Department of Medicine



Dr. Juan BucoboDr. Jonathan Buscaglia Stony Brook Medicine’s Endoscopy Unit was awarded continuing recognition on February 21, 2016 by the American Society of Gastroenterology Quality Endoscopy (ASGE) as a unit committed to delivering quality and safety in endoscopy.

The ASGE’s Endoscopy Unit Recognition Program honors units that have demonstrated dedication to quality improvement and places our organization and staff at the forefront of integrating quality, safety and efficiency into clinical practice. Under the leadership of Juan Carlos Bucobo, MD (Director of Endoscopy) and Karen Wiederkher, RN (Nurse Manager for Endoscopy), the endoscopy unit has maintained policies, credentialing, staff training, competency assessment and quality improvement activities in order to be eligible for this award. Stony Brook Medicine’s Endoscopy Unit has been recognized for our commitment to providing high-quality endoscopic care since the program’s inception in 2008 initially under the direction of Dr. Jonathan Buscaglia.

The recognition allows us to use the ASGE “Quality Star” logo. The nationally recognized star is granted to programs that meet the ASGE rigorous criteria. The quality star informs our patients, referring physicians, surveyors and others that we are committed to the highest standards of quality care related to endoscopy.

This award distinguishes the entire interdisciplinary team and all the services that support that team together as providing the highest standards of endoscopy care.


February 29, 2016
By Department of Medicine



          Left: Dr. Nirvani Goolsarran; Right: Dr. Carine Hamo Dr. Carine Hamo MD, one of our rising chiefs, was selected for giving both a platform and poster presentation at the ACGME Annual Meeting for a patient safety project: “Minimizing Harm: Teaching Patient Safety Using an Interprofessional, Team-Based Learning (TBL) Simulation Model”.

Dr. Nirvani Goolsarran MD led the project team which included, Drs. Carine Hamo MD, Wei-Hsin Lu PhD, Stacey Frawley RN, Colby Rowe MS, and Susan Lane MD.