Family Medicine Clinic Opens in New Location under “Downstate Health” Brand

By Office of the President | Apr 2, 2024

Downstate HealthAfter nearly three decades, SUNY Downstate has moved its Lefferts Clinic into a new facility located at 253 Empire Boulevard. Now known as the Family Medicine Clinic (FMC), under the Downstate Health sub-brand, the new location boasts 7,700 square feet, a significant increase from the previous facility of just over 5,000 square feet.

Now, with 12 patient care exam rooms and a dedicated procedure room, the facility is well-equipped to accommodate a variety of medical services. Among the comprehensive offerings are primary care for adults, geriatrics, and children, as well as women’s health services and family planning. The facility also provides social work services, mental health counseling, chronic disease management, and cancer screening, ensuring holistic care for patients.

To serve the community better, the new Family Medicine Clinic offers extended hours on evenings and Saturdays, with plans to extend hours in alignment with recruitment efforts.

The FMC accepts various insurance plans in addition to Medicaid and Medicare. Uninsured individuals receive support, education, and guidance, including assistance in verifying eligibility and qualifications. An on-site representative will help with member enrollment, PCP changes, recertification, and general inquiries, ensuring a smooth experience for all patients.

The new Family Medicine Clinic will provide treatment for a wide array of dermatologic, musculoskeletal, gynecologic, and respiratory ailments.

Congratulations to the UHD leadership led by David Berger, M.D., MHCM, FACS, Chief Executive Officer, Patricia A. Winston, DNP, MS, RN, NEA-BC, FACHE, Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, Jason M. Lazar, M.D., MPH, Downstate Health Family Medicine team, including Vice Dean for Education and Interim Chair of Family Health Services and the Department of Medical Education; Assistant Professor and Family Health Services Medical Director Marcia Edmond-Bucknor, M.D.; and Immediate Past Chair of Family Health Services and professor Montgomery Douglas, M.D.

This significant project could not have been undertaken without the heavy lift by the FM&D team under the leadership of James, A. Minto, Vice President, and the Design/Construction & Empire Committee team led by Senior Associate Vice President Ambulatory Care Services Hesham Shaaban, MHA and Lavonia Francis, M.D., Assistant Vice President Ambulatory Care.

I extend gratitude to everyone for pulling together this great effort to improve and provide greater access to healthcare for our community.


Bebi Amad, Practice Manager, Family Medicine Downstate

Adeola Dabiri, Assistant Vice President, Regulatory Affairs

Milad Botros, Director of SMIC                                                                  

Marie Boursiquot, Assistant Director Nursing Ambulatory Care

Dwain Brown, Facilities Coordinator

Sonia Brown, Director, Infection Control

Lori Bruno, Assistant Vice President, Office of Policy and Planning

Montgomery Douglas, M.D., Family Medicine Physician Lead

Marcia Edmond, M.D., Medical Director Empire

Eve Faber, M.D., Family Medicine Physician/Resident Program Director

Lavonia Francis, Assistant Vice President, Ambulatory Care/Patient Access

Uriah Gardner, Network System Administrator

Mohammad Islam, Associate Director, Regulatory Affairs

Wolf Lacossiere, Director, Strategy and Community Campus Initiatives

Jason Lazar, M.D., Interim Chair, Family Medicine

Raymond Michelitsch, Director, Design & Construction

Michael Newman, EVS Manager

Austine Osadiaye, RN, Supervisor Empire

Sonia Reyes, Practice Manager, Family Medicine Empire

Mag Robinson, Senior Administrator, Ambulatory Care

Lee Rose, Assistant Vice President, Real Estate

Lou Santoro, Director, Telecommunication Services

Hesham Shaaban, Senior Associate Vice President,  Ambulatory Care/Patient Access

Patricia Turner, Director, Environmental Health & Safety

Carlos Valdez, Manager, Real Estate

Jennifer Vignapiano, Executive Assistant, Ambulatory Care

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